All About CBD Oil
Within the burgeoning cannabis oil industry is a new category of products enjoying its own equally rapid rise to success: cannabidiol hemp oil, or CBD hemp oil. These hemp-derived products are not only in high demand but are available for purchase online with delivery straight to one’s door, or at retailers in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the globe. CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products that are usually sourced from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Furthermore, because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products fall under the category of “non-psychoactive.”
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 85 cannabinoids currently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana following THC. However, when it comes to hemp, THC is only present in trace amounts, whereas CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD interacts with “naturally occurring” systems, yet is non-psychotropic and doesn’t yield the “high” effect, making it a safer, less controversial alternative while still offering significant health benefits.
In recent times, CBD has become a highly sought-after compound, acting as a kind of tour-de-force in the natural products industry after receiving highly-publicized exposure in the media. Among these exposure pieces, Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” special on CNN stands out for the way it brought widespread attention to these substances. Since the premier of “Weed,” CBD oil products have appeared on shelves in doctor’s offices, medical marijuana dispensaries and grocery stores alike – no medical card required to purchase them.
The way in which CBD interacts with the body has to do with the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis – or general state of balance – impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation and pain/immune response. Sometimes likened to an acrobat on a highwire, as the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “makes corrections” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.
All mammals boast endocannabinoid systems, which are made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system (otherwise known as CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) – all of which act in neural communication. However, it must be noted that the endocannabinoid system doesn’t simply rely on plant-based cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids; the human body is quite capable of producing its own endocannabinoids, created to control communication between cells, thus mediating our body’s functions.
What’s unfortunate is that most people do very little to support the health of this system, irrespective of the fact that the endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body, because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet.
Still, there’s no denying the elements that make hemp CBD oil unique – the naturally low THC hemp plant, a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis, is grown in many countries around the world and imported to the United States for use in textiles, building materials and, of course, nutritional supplements and foods. Further, there exists thousands of unique varieties of hemp; the cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of CBD than others, and utilizing these uniquely potent plants can allow for extract of cannabis oil that contains significant levels of cannabidiol, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
It’s often been said that hemp CBD oil represents a game-changing solution in the supplement marketplace…and for good reason. CBD hemp oil is significantly different than the hemp seeds or organic hemp oil commonly found in garden-variety grocery stores; derived only from hemp seeds, hemp seed oil is a proficient enough supplement, containing a plethora of vitamins and minerals and other healthy constituents, but it is missing one key ingredient: cannabidiol.
Here’s an eye-opening stat: There have been over 23,000 studies published in the past decade or so in peer-reviewed medical journals detailing the effects of cannabis, cannabis oil and cannabinoids on the body. Indeed, now that families, scientists, legislators and others are becoming more aware of the potential of cannabidiol, hemp CBD oil does in fact represent a game-changing solution in the supplement marketplace, providing all the benefits of CBD without the “high” of marijuana…all of which thousands of people already count on every day.
Also interesting to note is that the hemp used to create the high CBD products available in America is cultivated in various countries around the world. And not just any hemp crop will do, either – specific cultivars of the hemp plant are required to yield an extract high enough in CBD.