What Is CBD Oil? 10 Things You Need To Know
Unbelievably, there are still people who hear the phrase “Hemp CBD Oil” and instantly think it’s referring to a mind-altering drug. Though they are similar, marijuana, is different from Hemp. Unfortunately, some write off this amazing natural oil because of its relation to a psychotropic drug.
In America right now, the medical benefits of cannabinoids are becoming more widely accepted. The amount of research focused on CBD oil’s ability to reduce pain and increase quality of life is at an all time high. Though little was known before about CBD oil treatments, now there is suddenly a plethora of information available right at our fingertips.
Along with all the information circulating concerning CBD oil, comes plenty of misconceptions and misinformation as well. Right now it’s more important than ever to separate fact from fiction. At Martin’s Wellness we understand the wonderful healing properties of CBD Hemp oil. We want to help you make sense of the product that has grown so much in popularity over the last few years.
Some of the conditions we have seen dramatic help with in using Hemp based CBD Oil are:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Neurological Disorders
- Heart Issue
- Quitting Smoking and Drug Withdrawals
Hemp Oil CBD and any hemp-based products are completely legal in all 50 states. Please drop by any of the three Martin’s Wellness Pharmacies and have a discussion with one of our knowledgeable Wellness Consultants about CBD Oil and how it might help you with a condition you might have.
But just to get you started right away - here’s a list of 11 things you maybe wanted to know about the CBD oil and Hemp oil products that have taken the health and wellness industry by storm.
The Answers To All Your Questions About Cbd Oil
1. What is the Legality Of CBD Oil?
To answer this question clearly, we need to clarify the difference between Hemp-derived CBD Oil and marijuana-derived CBD Oil.
Hemp is often confused with the marijuana, and CBD can be extracted from both. Hemp and marijuana both originate from the Cannabis Sativa plant. However, the marijuana strain is high in THC, while hemp is virtually void of it. Instead, Hemp possesses high levels of CBD. Thus, CBD from hemp plants has no psychoactive effects. The amount of THC in hemp is less than 0.3 %. In other words, it’s impossible to get high off it.
Hemp Oil CBD, and any hemp based products, are completely legal in all 50 states. It gets more legally complicated when it comes from marijuana-based CBD oil, because it contains up to 30% THC.
2. What are the Differences Between CBD And THC?
There are over 100 different Hemp Cannabinoids, but two of the major ones are THC & CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid most responsible for the psychoactive high you get from marijuana.
CBD possesses different receptors than THC and does not have a mind altering effect. This allows it to be a safe and natural option for those in need of pain relief without the high.
3. Is Hemp Seed Oil the Same As CBD Oil?
This is a common question, because both oils come from the same plant. However, due to the extraction process, they have different effects and uses. Simply put, Hemp oil is a mild, versatile, nutrient-rich substance, while CBD oil has a significant amount of cannabidiol, and is used for more medical purposes.
Hemp oil is extracted from the seed of the plant and contains extremely low amounts of cannabidiol, at less than 25 parts per million. Hemp oil is wonderful for cooking and is a nutritious substitute for olive oil. You’ll also find a whole myriad of organic beauty products that contain Hemp oil, due to it’s moisturizing properties. It can even be used to make different forms of plastic, paint, and biodiesel fuel.
CBD oil is 15% cannabidiol. Cannabidiol has been proven to help in the treatment of various conditions, minus the intoxicating effects of marijuana. Unlike Hemp oil, which is extracted from hemp seeds, CBD oil is made from the hemp plant flowers, leaves and stalks. It’s uses and effects are beneficial in many ways, which we will discuss more below.
4. What are the Origins of CBD Hemp Oil?
Marijuana has been used to treat pain for thousands of years, dating all the way back to the Chinese in 2900 B.C. However, the use of CBD Hemp oil as a pain reliever has only been researched over the last 30-40 years.
It’s always been known that THC enriched marijuana could be used to alleviate the symptoms of illness and injuries. But little was known about the effects of CBD specifically, until the 1980’s, when studies began to show its ability to minimise pain, anxiety and nausea.
However, it wasn’t until 1998 when GW Pharmaceuticals began developing a consistent process for extracting CBD, that solid medical data on CBD came about. And by 2009, scientists were able to grow a strain of hemp plant with very low levels of THC and high CBD.
By the 2010’s the profound effects of CBD oil were widely accepted, both by the medical community and the public at large. Groundbreaking medical trials over the last decade have proven the benefits of CBD oil. And now, by 2018, there have been over 23,000 published studies about cannabinoids in relation to a wide variety of health issues.
5. What are the Effects of CBD Oil on the Body?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), found in all mammals, is a specialized system that helps regulate daily functions in our body. We produce neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids, that bind to cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain, central nervous system, and immune system. This helps balance our body in regards to sleep, immune system response, appetite and pain.
The endocannabinoid system keeps the body in homeostasis, or in a general state of balance. CBD has been proven to benefit this important regulatory system. Though CBD Hemp oil helps boost the ECS function, the body is not entirely reliant on plant-based cannabinoids. It is capable of making its own version. Anandamide and 2-AG are similar to CBD and are produced naturally in the body.
However scientists are still learning about the many ways CBD works to assist in communication between cells and mediating the functions of the body.
6. What are Some CBD Oil Benefits?
Though scientists are still discovering the many health benefits of CBD Hemp Oil through clinical studies across the globe, CBD has been proven to benefit the body in a variety of ways, in regards to:
• Anxiety and depression
Especially in America, when a person is diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression, they are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. In 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association wrote “Overall, %16.7 of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs.” However, the side effects of psychiatric drugs are vast. Medications like benzodiazepines are possibly addictive and can lead to substance abuse.
CBD oil is a natural approach to mood support, and has been proven in a number of studies to improve sleep quality and to help normalize moods in children suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tests have shown that CBD possesses the ability to work with brain’s serotonin receptors. These are the neurotransmitters in charge of regulating mood and social behavior.
• Chronic Pain
CBD has also been proven through numerous medical studies to support pain management by interacting with neurotransmitters and endocannabinoid receptor activity. A study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine supports this, and suggests that CBD helps with pain management while supporting the body’s natural response to inflammation.
The study also found that the subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to CBD and would have no need to increase the dosage. They concluded that CBD is a natural, safe, non-addictive method of pain management.
• Cellular Replication
Cancer is on the rise globally, and the number of toxic insults thrown at the body due the consumption of low quality, inflammatory foods, exposure to to chemical toxins, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic household cleaners, and other environmental pollutants is increasing at an alarming rate.
According to the CDC, “between 2010 and 2020, we expect the number of new cancer cases in the United States to go up about 24% in men to more than 1 million cases per year, and by about 21% in women to more than 900,000 cases per year.”
Although there is no universally accepted cure for Cancer, Cannabis extract is believe to help support normal, healthy cellular replication. CBD also helps promote the body’s natural response to stress and inflammation, the root cause of most diseases.
Acne affects over 9% of the human population, making it the 8th most prevalent disease in the world. It’s caused by several factors including genetics, inflammation, and bacteria.
The overproduction of the oily secretion, sebum, by the sebaceous skin glands, is one of the main causes of acne. Based on recent studies, CBD oil may help reduce the production of sebum, while also supporting the body’s response to inflammation, inhibiting the activation “pro-acne” agents.
• Neurological Disorders
Research suggests that CBD’s effect on the endocannabinoid system and brain signaling functions may help with neurological support. Cannabis extract supports mood, cognitive function, response to stress, deep restful sleep, and an overall sense of well-being.
• Heart Issues
Studies have shown that CBD oil helps support blood pressure levels already in the normal range. Heart health is directly linked to blood pressure, as well as the circulatory system. High blood pressure has been proven to lead to many different health problems including heart attack, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. CBD is a natural and effective way to manage and maintain cardiovascular health.
• Quitting Smoking and Drug Withdrawals
A pilot study by Addictive Behaviors shows promising evidence that CBD helps with nicotine cravings, while another by Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD may help against opiate addiction. Though the findings are early, this is a huge step towards dealing with withdrawls when it comes to quitting smoking and drug addiction.
7. What are Some Hemp CBD Oil Side Effects?
According to many smaller studies, Hemp CBD oil has been found safe and well tolerated, across a wide range of dosages. It’s safe for the whole family due to the non-psychoactive qualities. No significant side-effects to the overall well being of the user’s central nervous system, vital signs, and overall mood, have been documented, no matter how much a person consumes.
There have been some reports of minor side effects, including dry mouth, drowsiness, lightheadedness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.
And, as always, when adding a new or alternative treatment to your routine, you should talk with a healthcare or pharmaceutical professional beforehand. If you are taking any other medications, CBD could possibly reduce the enzymes responsible for metabolizing the medication. This only occurs over a brief period, so if timed accordingly, CBD should not interfere with other medications.
8.What are the Risks Related To CBD Hemp Oil?
Though CBD Hemp Oil has been proven to be completely safe. There are a few risks to keep in mind, that are easily avoidable.
With any hemp based product, you risk getting a low quality, potentially harmful product depending on where the Hemp is sourced from. The Hemp plant is considered a “hyperaccumulator”, meaning it absorbs any and everything from the soil it is cultivated in. If hemp is grown in a ground rich in heavy metals, like lead and mercury, the CBD oil will accumulate those toxins. This can make it unsafe, especially to children.
Always research where the CBD vendor grows or sources the hemp plants from. US grown hemp is certified by the state department of agriculture and can be trusted to yield quality hemp. More and more organic, toxin-free hemp farms are popping up in the US, in states like Colorado and Oregon.
Also, keep in mind that the CBD oil industry is still relatively young, so there’s not many regulations on the manufacturing process. Different brands have different processes when extracting the CBD oil from the Hemp plant.
Hemp CBD oil quality matters greatly, and is directly related to the extraction methods and quality of the Hemp. Low-grade CBD oils may not function at the same level as top-rated brands, and could contain harmful toxins.
To ensure a product contains an effective and safe amount of CBD, read the label closely, and research the vendor’s practices. It only takes a minute of searching the internet, or a quick chat with a customer relations specialist. Find a brand that is trustworthy and knows the best way to extract CBD from Hemp plants (which we will discuss immediately below).
9. How Are CBD Oil Products Made?
Due to the unregulated CBD extraction process, no vendor is required to adhere to a specific method. Though there are several approaches to the production of CBD Hemp Oil, some are far better than others.
Companies that sell CBD products, sold at an extremely low price, probably use cheap techniques and unholistic shortcuts when extracting the CBD oil from the plant. These practices typically involve toxic solvents like butane, hexane, pentane, and propane. This type of process is cost effective because the solvents are cheap, and it can be accomplished on a simple gas stove. But the results are poor and potentially harmful.
The purest CBD oil comes from “Supercritical CO2 Extraction”. It’s a far more complicated method that requires expertise and expensive equipment. The process ensures purity throughout the process by extracting the CBD in an extremely cold environment, using CO2 under high pressure. Heated, liquified, and pressurized CO2 achieves the properties of both a gas and liquid. This allows it the pass through the hemp while extracting the oil at the same time. Supercritical CO2 Extraction is the only solvent free extraction process out there currently.
10. Where Can You Buy CBD Products Legally?
You can legally buy, order and ship Hemp CBD oil in all 50 states in the US. It’s practically everywhere nowadays- in grocery stores, pharmacies, vape shops, and there are even whole storefronts dedicated to Hemp CBD oil products. You can even order it online.
And, as of 2018, 8 states allow the medical and recreational use of marijuana-derived CBD. These states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Here in Texas, marijuana-derived CBD oil is only allowed with a prescription, and there are regulations on the amount of THC allowed.