CBD (cannabidiol) oil is a beneficial dietary supplement that has been steadily gaining a lot of attention. This essential oil is extracted from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. CBD oil has the potential to support the vital communication network responsible for regulating many essential functions throughout your body.
Since CBD is extracted from cannabis, it is understandable that you may have concerns about using a CBD oil. Your concerns are understandable. You are not alone, but you will soon understand the similarities and differences between CBD oil from marijuana and CBD oil from hemp.
Throughout recorded history, and in many cultures, the cannabis plant has been grown as a source of food (hemp seeds) and textiles. As an herbal medicine, cannabis was used to treat an extensive list of health problems, from chronic pain to skin infections. While our ancestors did not understand how or why cannabis alleviated their symptoms, they continued to rely on products made from cannabis plants.
Although the popularity of hemp declined during the 1930s when hemp was grouped with marijuana in the Marijuana tax act of 1936, researchers were still curious about the effects of cannabis on the body.
In 1940 Roger Adams, an American chemist, was the first to isolate the CBD compound. More than two decades later, an Israeli scientist, Raphael Mechoulam, isolated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from within the CBD compound. THC is responsible for the psychogenic effects of marijuana.
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan allocated tens of millions of dollars to prove that marijuana causes brain damage. These studies proved the opposite, marijuana does not cause brain damage. This conclusion prompted the Reagan administration to subsidize a series of studies that led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system.
While the study of the endocannabinoid system is still in its infancy, we have come a long way in our understanding. Today, we understand that the endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors and messengers that create the communication system between your body and your brain. It’s like a system of locks and keys.
You have receptors throughout your body (CB1 and CB2), these are the locks. Cannabinoids function as the keys that create a response when the lock is activated. Your body makes two cannabinoids; they are called endocannabinoids because they are created within. Your endocannabinoids are 2- AG and anandamide. Your endocannabinoid system is now known to be responsible for regulating many important biological functions, including:
Ideally, your endocannabinoid system would remain in balance. Unfortunately, under the assault of stress, illness or injury, your body may not produce enough endocannabinoids to fulfill communication requirements. The system becomes unbalanced, communication deteriorates. Some scientists are leaning towards the belief that many diseases and medical condition, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune disorders and some forms of cancer are potentially caused by endocannabinoid deficiencies.
CBD oil is an exogenous cannabinoid, that means that it comes from a source outside of your body, the cannabis plant. CBD extracted from the cannabis plant marijuana also contains THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the psychogenic effects of marijuana.
CBD extracted from the cannabis plant hemp only contains trace amounts of THC (<.03 percent), not enough of the cannabinoid to elicit any form of intoxication. The exogenous cannabinoids of both cannabis plants have the ability to supplement and restore balance to your endocannabinoid system.
The exogenous cannabinoids in CBD oil mimic the actions of your naturally occurring cannabinoids, but the effects of exogenous cannabinoids are stronger and longer lasting. Preliminary studies show that CBD has the potential to improve many health conditions regulated by the endocannabinoid system. Some of those health conditions may include:
It’s important to note that the evidence supporting the use of CBD to supplement the endocannabinoid system is based on laboratory studies and the testimony of CBD enthusiasts who use hemp-sourced CBD products.
CBD oil is extracted from cannabis much like any other plant essence is extracted. CBD is extracted from the stalks and stems of the, preferably organic, hemp plant. While there are several potential extraction methods, there are two that are commonly used. Those methods include:
Many CBD products are also heated in a process called decarboxylation to make the CBD more bioavailable.
While browsing a selection of available CBD products, you may notice that some products are labeled as full-spectrum CBD and others are created from CBD isolates. Full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate both have the potential to work effectively with your endocannabinoid system. There are several distinguishing features between these product types.
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains the essence of the original plant in the same ratios provided by the source plant. Besides cannabidiol, there are 113 other cannabinoids in hemp, plus the resin of the cannabis plant contains a host of phytocannabinoids and plant terpenes, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and flavonoids, powerful antioxidants with immune system benefits.
It is believed that a full- spectrum CBD product takes full advantage of what is called the entourage effect. The theory is that the additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of the original plant source, magnify the effects of the others.
These trace amounts of additional cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD may help strengthen the potential impact of the product because they are synergistic. This means that the compounds interact creating a result greater than their individual effects. Some of the additional compounds available in full spectrum CBD oil include:
While it may appear that full-spectrum CBD oil should be your product of choice, there are many reasons you may prefer to use a CBD isolate. CBD isolate is essentially a full- spectrum CBD oil that has been “purified.” The plant terpenes are removed, the result is a product that is 99 percent pure CBD. You should know that most of the potential benefits of cannabis are obtained from the cannabidiol. Some of the advantages to selecting CBD isolate include:
Our understanding of CBD products have come a long way since hemp appeared to fall out of favor in the 1930s. The signing of Controlled Substance Act of 1970, along with the creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resulted in hemp being grouped with marijuana. While some believe this classification was made in error, it resulted in the inability to grow or cultivate hemp in the United States, although it was legal to import hemp for industrial use.
Fortunately, the laws have since changed. Many of the restrictions placed on industrial hemp were lifted when President Obama signed The US Farm Bill, (the Agricultural Act of 2014). Now it is legal to grow hemp for research and pilot programs. Today hemp (<0.03 percent THC) is legally grown in 19 states, and hemp products are not regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, since hemp cannot cause any intoxicating effects.
It’s important to note that CBD products are not intended to treat or cure any medical conditions. CBD is not a drug; it is not a medication. CBD is a dietary supplement with the potential to benefit your endocannabinoid system. Anyone with a chronic health condition or taking medication should discuss their intentions with their healthcare provider before adding any dietary supplements. CBD is known to interact with several medications.
We encourage you to learn all you can about your endocannabinoid system and the potential benefits of CBD supplements. Download The Ultimate User Guide to learn more about CBD extraction and the importance of selecting organic, non-GMO CBD supplements. To experience the potential benefits of CBD oil for yourself, or even your pet, visit CBDistillery and explore our selection of quality CBD oil, isolates, capsules and topical ointments. Learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil and what CBD could do for you.