The new (but old) hot topic is CBD Oil. This is just a brief explanation of what it is and the difference between it and it’s relationship to marijuana. CBD comes from the hemp plant. Hemp and Marijuana are both a genus of flowering plant. They are both a cannabis plant. But the hereditary profile of each plant are very different. Here is just one link to some benefits of CBD Oil and even side effects that have been noted in research. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits
Hemp plants, like most everything, are made of may parts. One part that we are discussing here is CBD Oil. It is one of more than 85 cannabinoids in the Hemp plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are active chemical compounds found naturally in the seeds, stalk and flowers of cannabis plants. CBD is among the most abundant of all the cannabinoids. It’s found in all varieties of cannabis, but dominates the makeup of hemp plants.
“Thousands of scientific studies suggest that cannabidiol may hold a wide array of potential benefits. CBD has been shown in a patent by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to possess significant and antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, suggesting that it could be beneficial for treating neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Several studies have found CBD to be effective for reducing, and in some cases eliminating, seizure activity in those with refractory epilepsy disorders.” (https://echoconnection.org/difference-cannabinoids-cannabidiol/)
Studies have shown that cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, unlike THC. Therefore, consuming CBD won’t cause a high or temporarily inhibit cognitive functions. THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use.
CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, with the atoms in a different arrangement.
This slight variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect, while CBD does not. This fact means that when you ingest CBD for medical purposes, you will more likely experience a relief of your unwanted discomfort, with little or no noticeable effect on your cognitive abilities. (https://cbdoilreview.org/cbd-cannabidiol/thc-cbd/)
There are many benefits to THC, but because of the psychoactive effects it creates issues with work and different activities. If you were to be drug tested you would not want to have THC in your system. CBD Oil contains trace THC and can be purchased completely THC free. Studies have shown that CBD Oil from Hemp that contains only very trace elements of THC is the most effective because it keeps it in as natural of a state and maintains it’s complimentary interactions as much as possible.
Check out this link if you want to have a quick run down of Hemp vs Marijuana. https://ministryofhemp.com/hemp/not-marijuana/
Hemp bought from a store is often only made from the Hemp seed. This can be a good nutritional value but has minimal CBD in it. This is why it is important that you know what you are purchasing.
How does CBD work?
Yu-Fung Lin, an associate professor of physiology and membrane biology at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, teaches a course on the physiology of cannabis. She says although CBD is not considered to be psychotropic—meaning it won’t alter our perception of reality or produce a feeling of euphoria—it’s still working on our brains. CBD doesn’t activate our brains’ cannabinoid receptors in the same manner as THC, but it does target a wide variety of proteins in the brain and nervous system that regulate cell activities all over the human body. By interacting with the brain’s signaling systems in various ways, it can provide relief from pain, anxiety, and nausea. Beyond our brains, says Lin, CBD may benefit our bones and immune systems and work broadly throughout the body as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which may help protect cells from damages associated with neurodegenerative diseases. (Quartzy)
Cannabis: a genus of plant
Cannabinoid: chemical compounds found in the seeds, stalk and flowers of the cannabis plant
Hempworx is a company that seems to have a good product, information, and distillation processes. Here is a link to learn a review of the above material in a different format.