CBD Oil versus Hemp Oil
Over the past decades, we have seen the attitudes towards marijuana change from a prohibition mindset to a more lax, and decriminalised mindset. While it is still illegal in Europa for consumption, the law is becoming more lax and often times only results in a fine. Across the pond in the United States, many states have legalised the medicinal use and some have even legalised recreational use.
With this new attitude towards cannabis, comes new research, products and possibilities. Products made from hemp (such as oil) are becoming more popular, because of their perceived health benefits. However, hemp oil on its own, doesn't contain medicinal properties that consumers want. Confusion arises when the consumer thinks that hemp oil and CBD oil are one in the same.
For example, hemp oil is best used as a soap or an oil for cooking and not for medicinal reasons. Therefore, it is important for consumers to understand that hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same thing. Some unethical merchants have sold hemp oil under the guise of CBD oil with nasty consequences. These vendors will claim that hemp oil is a cheaper alternative and a good source of CBD Consuming hemp oil in the same manner can make the individual more ill.
What is CBD oil?
The acronym CBD stands for "cannabidiol" and it is a compound that makes up part of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is made up of many different compounds called cannabinoids. The main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are CBD and THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient what gives cannabis users that "stoned feeling". Conversely, CBD is the compound what gives users medicinal benefits, such as pain relief. Until recently, the majority of the cannabis plants that were grown contained high levels of THC and very little CBD. Enough CBD in a plant can block out the effects of THC. This makes CBD a much better cannabinoid for medicinal purposes because it won’t cause drowsiness or other side effects associated with THC.
How does CBD oil work in the body?
The way CBD, and all cannibinoids, effect the body is by accessing the cannibinoid receptors that are spread out throughout the human body. The two receptors primarily affected are called "CB1" and "CB2". The CB1 receptor is found on the surfaces of cells in the brain, and the CB2 receptor is linked to one's immune system.
What are the potential medicinal benefits of CBD oil?
The medicinal effects are subjective, so it can become difficult to gauge individual benefits. There may be many potential benefits to CBD oil ranging from pain relief to anxiety relief. Other clinical studies have suggested that CBD might be used to treat addiction such as alcoholism. Ask your doctor if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.
The effects of CBD on the body are still being studied and explored. New information is coming out all the time. Currently, there is no certainty in just what CBD oil will to do an individual. It is up to the individual to do their own research and understand the risks involved when using CBD oil to treat an illness. Always consult your physician before trying any new form of treatment.