Wednesday March 16, 2016

By Abby Hutmacher


Since its discovery in 1964, THC has received a lot of attention – both positive and negative – while the other chemicals in cannabis have not. But another cannabinoid, CBD, is finally having its turn in the limelight and proving once and for all that not all who seek cannabis are in it for the high.

Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a characteristic “high” upon its consumption. In fact, CBD seems to counteract many of the effects of THC by blocking special cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body. But CBD does much more than tame a marijuana high. In fact, CBD may be the most medically-beneficial cannabinoid of all, doing amazing things to promote homeostasis within the body without the unwanted side-effects of THC.

CBD-only products may be the most influential argument for the medical benefits of marijuana. Many popular doctors and practitioners have changed their stance on marijuana reform after personally witnessing the amazing health benefits of CBD-based products like hemp oil. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, for example, changed his position after witnessing 5-year-old, Charlotte Figi, transform from being crippled with Dravet Syndrome into a bubbly, happy young lady with stories to tell thanks to the help of concentrated CBD oils. Numerous personal accounts of the positive effects of CBD can be found throughout the internet as well, in numbers too high to ignore.


What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 85 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the most prominent cannabinoid, accounting for up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract (depending on the strain).

CBD doesn’t produce a “high”, but it does have a wide range of medical applications. Recent research suggests that CBD could be used to treat a variety of health issues from general pain management to neurological disorders. Though the research is limited, a few companies have been granted fast-track research to study CBD in greater depth.

What’s the difference between hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD oil?

Scientifically-speaking, there is very little difference between marijuana and hemp. Most of the difference lies in the total THC content of the final product. Whereas marijuana buds may contain as much as 30 percent THC (concentrates can be as high as 90 percent), hemp should never contain more than .3 percent THC, though this allowance can change slightly by location.

It is important to distinguish the difference between hemp- and marijuana-based products for one major reason: the legality of hemp compared to marijuana. Though both marijuana and hemp contain CBD, only hemp-based CBD oil is legal throughout all 50 states, so there is no need to have a medical marijuana card. CBD oil that is derived from marijuana, even “pure” CBD oil, may contain an unapproved amount THC and thus cannot be sold legally in many states. For those wish to ship or otherwise transport CBD oil into a non-420-friendly state, this distinction could be the difference between legal, compliant CBD use and illegal cannabis consumption.


What are the benefits of using hemp CBD oil?

There has been more research on CBD in the last 10 years than ever before and what researchers are discovering is astounding. Considered to be a “miracle drug”, CBD has been shown to be beneficial for the following health issues:

  • Pain relief

  • Anti-anxiety

  • Antibacterial and antifungal applications

  • Bone stimulation

  • Hair growth

  • Improved immune functioning

  • Gastroparesis and IBS

  • Diabetes and diabetic nerve pain

  • Muscle spasm reduction

  • Antiproliferation of cancerous cells

  • Epileptic seizures

  • Symptoms of autism

  • Reduce brain damage

As we mentioned, research is limited (hence the reason many doctors cannot officially recommend CBD therapy), but the State of Colorado has recently approved $9,000,000 of funding to research CBD and other cannabinoids, which is certainly a step in the right direction.

What are the different types of hemp CBD oil products?

There are many ways to reap the benefits of CBD oils. Topical CBD oil can be used to treat dermatological conditions, for example, while edible CBD oil can be used to supplement endocannabinoids to promote internal homeostasis. CBD-infused e-juice is another popular way to consume CBD, though it is important to note that edibles and CBD oil for vaporizers are not the same and should never be used interchangeably.

If you’re interested in trying CBD products, our friends at Direct CBD have an excellent selection of hemp-based items including oils, tinctures and e-juice, as previously mentioned. Not only is it affordable, but they can legally ship it right to your door in a matter of days, no matter where you live in the United States. Their popular CBD tinctures are a great way to get started -- and at 250mg of CBD per ounce bottle, it's a great deal too.

Many Americans have discovered the benefits of CBD, eagerly sharing it with whomever may listen. Parents desperate to treat their children’s epilepsy, autism or other neurological disorders are flocking to states where they can legally access CBD products. What many do not realize however, is that CBD oil is available to them throughout all of America – legally – as long as it is derived from hemp rather than marijuana.

Have you tried CBD products? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Hemp Life Today

Abby Hutmacher Abby Hutmacher

Abby is a writer and founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace designed to connect cannabis writers and creatives with businesses in the industry. She has been a professional cannabis writer since 2014 and regularly contributes to publications such as PotGuide and M&F Talent. She is also the Content Director at Fortuna Hemp, America’s leading feminized hemp seed bank. Follow Abby on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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