There has been much interest lately over the discovery of the many benefits of an herb called the Hemp plant or often confused with a family member called the Marijuana plant. Just like any other herb there are many properties and uses of this single plant. There has been much stigma in the US when we hear the name Hemp or Cannabis we think of the forbidden. From a personal stand I do not like “getting high” or do I promote it, but this is all we ever thought this plant had to offer. Please watch the you-tube clip provided at the bottom of this page with an open mind and from the perspective of someone living outside the US who know’s the medical benefits of this amazing super-herb.
CBD is one of more than 60 compounds unique to the Hemp plant and grouped under the umbrella term “cannabinoids.” Cannabidiol, are usually the most common cannabinoids in the plant and are therefore the most widely studied. CBD or Cannabidiol is derived from the flower or bud of the genus Cannabis and is 40 percent of cannabis extract. CBD does not appear to have any intoxicating effects such as those caused by THC. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. This compound works by imitating the effects of anandamide which is a neurotransmitter produced naturally by the human body to help regulate sleeping and eating habits, as well as the perception of pain. CBD in cannabis does not have any psychoactive effects “getting a high” such as those caused by THC in marijuana.
THC and CBD are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are arranged differently. Both of these substances interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, but the types of effects brought about by these compounds couldn’t be more different. For this reason, CBD is more often used as a medical treatment than THC. THC causes euphoria by binding to special CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the brain. CBD does not bind to these receptors, so CBD does not give you the same effects as THC. Given the increasing popularity of medical marijuana, breeders are currently creating strains with higher CBD to THC ratios to minimize the psychoactive side effects.
CBD may be beneficial in treating epilepsy, anti-anxiety, the spreading of cancer, psychotic symptoms, convulsions and nausea and inflammation. CBD may also prove to have therapeutic uses in a number of conditions involving oxidative stress, including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and ischemia-reperfusion injury.
Not all Hemp is created equal. Just as different strains of hemp absorb different concentrations of beneficial minerals, like iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, different strains of Hemp absorb different levels of toxic chemicals more than others. Because the molecules in toxic heavy metals closely resemble beneficial minerals the body does not recognise them as toxins and stores them instead of eliminating them. THC and CBD in hemp are found mainly in the sticky resin that is extracted from the female buds of Cannabis. Growing conditions are very important in determining the correct ratios of CBD and THC. The most crudely extracted CBD paste taken from “industrial hemp” leaves is truly an inferior starter material for formulating CBD rich oil products. The problem is that companies are not transparent enough concerning their product labels and online descriptions. CBD from China has been flagged as potentially dangerous because a lot of their hemp is grown in fields irrigated by run-off from local mines. In recent years the FDA rounded up at least 8 online companies claiming to sell CBD oil which was proved to have no CBD in it at all! Look for companies you can actually talk to and don’t be afraid to ask questions until you get all the answers you need. Don’t be fooled by media hype.
At the Healthy Living Center we order Pure CBD Oil’s from a company who supply us products that have less than .3% THC by law and they are processed in a Denver Environmental Health Department compliant facility, for safety and purity. Generally, this oil is an extract from the varieties of cannabis plants that have CBD occurring naturally in large amounts and THC in low amounts. To ensure a high concentration of CBD in the oil, a specialized process is used to extract the compound. The oil contains other compounds like terpenes, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, chlorophyll, vitamins, and phytocannabinoids like cannabigerol, cannabichromene, cannabidivarian, and cannabinol. When you have all of the cannabinoids together in the oil, that is referred to as Full Spectrum Oil.
CBD Dosage: everyone will react differently to varying dosages. The dosage of CBD differs for each person, it is best to start small and gradually increase until you experience the desired result or use the amount advised by your health practitioner.