CBD From Hemp – What You Need To Know
CBD is all over the news today, and for good reason. CBD or Cannabidiol is being shown to help with an staggering array of ailments to the human body ranging from the common to the more serious. Due to decades of marijuana prohibition, many people believe that CBD only comes from Marijuana and is therefore still illegal in most states. But this is not true.
Marijuana and Hemp are both from the Cannabis family and both produce CBD. However, because hemp only contains minuscule amounts of THC, it is legal in all 50 states if formulated in accordance with the law.
Here are some significant facts that you should know about this truly remarkable miracle from nature called cannabidiol.
1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis
CBD is only one of over 85 components found in the cannabis family that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these components, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. CBD and THC levels tend to vary in amount and ratio among the various different strains of cannabis. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains higher levels of THC than CBD and this is why hemp can be the better choice for a CBD product.
However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis growers have managed to create strains which contain high levels of CBD and levels of THC that are almost zero and well below the legal limit. Because the medical benefits of cannabis are becoming more well-known and new markets are being established, these strains are becoming more popular and hemp is rapidly re-emerging as a significant industry, both abroad and here in the US.
2. CBD from hemp is non-psychoactive
THC is the compound in marijuana that produces the “high” that has historically driven it’s use. Unlike the THC in marijuana, CBD from hemp does not have psychoactive effects, which makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users looking for a high. However, it does give CBD derived from hemp a clinical advantage as a medicinal therapy, which many health professionals prefer because of it’s minimal side effects. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways in our bodies as THC. These pathways are called CB1 receptors and are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concluded that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
3. CBD is proving to have a wide range of medical benefits
Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to share many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
|Medical Properties of CBD||Effects|
|Antiemetic||Combats nausea and vomiting|
|Anticonvulsant||Combats seizure activity|
|Antipsychotic||Combats psychosis disorders|
|Anti-inflammatory||Combats inflammatory disorders|
|Anti-oxidant||Combats neurodegenerative disorders|
|Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer||Combats tumor and cancer cells|
|Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant||Combats anxiety and depression disorders|
Multiple other studies have found CBD to possess other medical benefits for diseases and disorders such as:
- Cancer and Cancer treatments
- Epilepsy, and other neurological disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Diabetes and diabetic nerve pain
- Gastroparesis and IBS
- Cardiovascular disease
- Stress reduction
- And more…
A pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, a drug company based in the UK. The company is presently funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia as well as certain types of epilepsy. Additionally, Dr. Sean McAllister is leading a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center. They have stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.
It seems that every month, more clinical studies are being done to show the positive health benefits of CBD from hemp.
4. CBD can assist the immune system
Every human being (and all other mammals), possess an Endocannabinoid System. This system is a network of specialized receptors that regulate many bodily systems which help nurture and heal the body. When the Endocannabinoid System is deficient or not working properly, a number of minor or more serious conditions can occur. There are many ways to nurture the Endocannabinoid System, which can include some fruits and vegetables. However, no known substance feeds our Endocannabinoid System as efficiently as pure CBD oil. Once you begin feeding this system, it is not uncommon to experience a noticeable or possibly dramatic improvement in health. A simple Google search will reveal thousands of testimonies from people who have experience the benefits of CBD. Many physicians are taking notice, including CNN’s Sanjay Gupta who has become an vocal advocate of CBD.
5. CBD from hemp is legal in all 50 states
It is important to note that while CBD comes from cannabis, there are two primary types of cannabis plants – marijuana and hemp. Both can be a great source of CBD. However, CBD from marijuana normally contains THC and is still presently illegal in most states. However, CBD extracted from hemp does NOT contain illegal amounts of THC, so it is legal in all 50 states. In addition, many experts agree that CBD from hemp may be superior and offers excellent potency without the psychoactive effects of THC.