What Is CBD?
One of the most recent crazes to hit the supplement or natural remedies market is CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound that has been derived from cannabis that is stated to have both therapeutic and medical benefits. It can help with chronic pain, psychosis, inflammation, seizures and anxiety.
What is Cannabidiol?
Briefly mentioned above, CBD is found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the main compounds found in the plant but much different from THC. There are many Americans recently in favor of the use of CBD for the therapeutic and relaxation benefits without the “high” feeling that is associated with THC. The user still feels the calm surrounding the CBD but still leaves the user clear headed and aware, much differently than THC in marijuanna. CBD is sold in many different concentrations according to what it is being used for. CBD comes from the hemp part of the cannabis sativa and so does marijuanna, and even though they’re from the same part of the plant they are very different compounds. When it comes to marijuanna, the plants are bread to have higher levels of THC but for CBD they are grown to have less THC.
These substances are derived from the same marijuana plant but are completely different substances and they do not have the same uses either.
Hemp Defined: Typically we see marijuana, hemp and cannabis being used as description of the mariujuana plant interchangeably but this is not the case always. Hemp is the actual fibrous elements of the plant. It is commonly used to create thread, rope, clothing, and more textile materials. It is one of the oldest crops in the world and has been grown for years. There are many varieties of the cannabis plant, hemp is a main material that is non-psychoactive. Even though hemp and marijuana are taken from the same species of cannabis, the chemical compounds and how their cultivated is very different. Hemp does not contain THC (the aspect that makes a user high) and is used for a variety of materials because it is versatile and renewable. It is easy to grow for farmers because it doesn’t take much water or pesticides, so much more environmentally friendly than other crops. Even though hemp crops have many advantages that can be used in our country, there are many restrictions on growing cannabis in the U. S. and has been illegal for many years. Most all hemp is imported from other countries, and even when there can only be minimal amounts of THC discovered. When it comes to CBD and hemp, CBD is found in everything the hemp or the marijuana plants. Currently in America, there are many battles going on for the legalization of marijuana.
It is much easier to take the CBD from hemp because of the less than 1% THC aspect that hemp has. It is easier to take CBD from hemp than it is from cannabis. This is attractive to many people who do not have any legalization for marijuana, medically. CBD is a great replacement because of all the healing aspects it offers for the users.
Cannabis Oil vs. Hemp Oil
While CBD doesn’t necessarily have to be marijuana as was touched on above, there are CBD products that are used with the entire cannabis plant. Some proponents of industrial hemp-derived CBD cite problems including the fact that industrial hemp tends to have less cannabidiol than other cannabis strains. It can take a massive amount of industrial hemp to derive enough CBD, and there are also worries that when CBD comes from hemp, it doesn’t have some of the valuable secondary cannabis of cannabis oil. Despite the fact that some people only see value in cannabis oil as opposed to hemp oil, again it can be difficult to source cannabis oil because of various laws, and this is also an area that’s debated because many people see hemp oil to be as valuable medicinally as cannabis oil.
How Does CBD Work and How is CBD Made?
CBD works by attaching to receptors within the brain, very similar to most mind altering substances. Many CBD users are doing so for chronic pain and other health issues, individuals are able to get the healing properties without the high associated with marijuana because of the CBD not containing any THC. CBD recently has been looked at as an alternative to opioid based medications since the pain pills are so heavily abused in the U. S. and causing the current opioid epidemic our country is struggling with. The process of making CBD oil is comprised of several steps. The plant is soaked in an alcohol-like liquid and then evaporating the solvent, what is left after this process is the CBD oil. The important thing is to choose high quality plants for this process. The CBD oil can be sold as the oil, put into gummies, other products and gel-caps before placed on the market. CBD now is in vapes and many other products, there is new CBD products in production daily. We are at just the beginning of the CBD craze, so more products will be coming out as the substance becomes more popular.
As we have mentioned, there are many effects and uses for CBD oil. The main effects and uses are mentioned below in detail:
Anti-Psychotic and Anti-Anxiety: This is one of the main reasons why so many people world-wide are using CBD oil. There have been many clinical trials that have looked into patients who have Parkinson’s with psychosis who had great results from taking CBD for the ailments. For anti-anxiety there have been tests looking at not only animals but also people to reduce stress and help with anxiety. Using CBD for many individuals has reduced the anxiety in their lives.
Anti-inflammatory Effects: There has been some research done to show that CBD has many benefits for helping with neurodegenerative diseases. This includes Parkinson’s (previously mentioned), stroke, Alzheimer’s, and even neurodegeneration caused by alcoholism. When using CBD with these problems, the quality of life in the individuals affected has drastically increased.
Anti-Seizure: CBD was mainly first introduced on a large-scale because of the anti-seizure effects it has. Over the past 20 years, CBD studies have been done and has shown CBD’s potential on reducing seizure activity. In children, it has been shown to treat epilepsy in children specifically for those who are resistant to the epilepsy medications on the current market. Even though the studies are somewhat limited, all the results have been in favor or CBD.
Analgesic Effects/Chronic Pain: Studies have looked at CBD and especially the CBD benefits regarding its potential analgesic effects. It has been proven helpful to treat arthritis pain and neuropathic pain.
Substance Abuse Withdrawal: There have also been some benefits for those who are coming off of severe substance abuse disorders. More specifically opioid withdrawals, and while the studies are all limited, it seems CBD could be beneficial to many individuals without altering the minds of the people taking the supplement.
Cancer Treatment: While findings are recent and just now coming to light, many cancer patients are turning to CBD for help during chemotherapy and other pains that are associated with cancer. CBD oil will continue to gain research and there will be more studies conducted because of all the support (worldwide) of this natural supplement. It is especially popular because individuals are able to use CBD without having the mind altering aspects of marijuana. In recovery the focus is having a clear mind, we see many people using CBD in recovery to help with anxiety and pain without being clouded by the high. CBD has also been proven to be not addictive, there is no physical withdrawal after suddenly stopping CBD use.