CBD Hemp Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid recognised primarily for the relaxing effect on muscles and systems within the body. By itself, CBD is considered non-psychoactive and in the US it’s been reported to be effective in treating seizures, even in young children.
CBD is found in both the plant producing Cannabis Indica and hemp producing Cannabis Sativa. CBD Hemp Oil is derived from industrial hemp, the C. Sativa species of cannabis, which produces very little of the cannabinoid Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), however it does contain the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD). Industrialised hemp production is legal in various countries, with laws and licensing varying across the globe. In the UK, the MHRA are currently researching and investigating CBD and as such have their own licensed 'grow-sites'.
CBD Hemp Oils - Why such difference in quality leading to confusion.
Not many CBD or cannabis professionals would argue against the benefits and potential of the cannabinoid Cannabidiol. It can be a strong and uniquely effective product with fantastic therapeutical qualities. However, the ways in which CBD is extracted from industrial hemp crops, then manufactured, concentrated, formulated, etc. and delivered or administered to a customer, is largely unsupervised. Some people have even reported becoming violently ill from poorly manufactured hemp CBD products, many of which either contain unknown inactive chemicals or ingredients that differ to those listed on the side of the bottle!
Hemp CBD is regulated in the UK as a dietary food supplement, and as such there is little regulation in terms of what can be printed on the label, and how the CBD products can be marketed. This current method is in direct confrontation to most modern day medical and recreational marijuana markets found in various other countries outside of Britain. Both regulated medical and recreational markets typically have stringent production and testing guidelines and manufacturing regulations, and these guidlines typically exclude the sale of hemp-derived CBD through medical and recreational outlets.
CBD Works Best When Combined With Other Cannabinoids
Cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, 120 of which are currently known as cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the prominent cannabinoids in cannabis, both commonly occurring in the relatively largest quantities.
Embracing the full-spectrum of cannabis’ naturally occurring phytonutrients is part of a process called whole plant medicine. This practice is highly regarded in the holistic and alternative medicine communities, existing in stark contrast to the practice of fractionated medicine, a process involving the heavy use processing and chemical synthesis made popular by the pharmaceutical industry.
Long before people began toying with cannabis strains to create the highest THC content to wow judges at cannabis competitions, naturally occurring fields of cannabis most likely contained plants with moderate concentrations of both primary cannabinoids CBD and THC along with other naturally occurring therapeutic cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, plus various terpenes, flavonoids, and all other phytonutrients found in healthy cannabis plants. Thanks to Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam, the synergies of all these compounds working together is now known as The Entourage Effect.
While not legal to give to children due to the euphoria-producing properties, adding any amount of THC to a therapeutic dose of CBD largely enhances CBD’s effects. Medical cardholders in the United States, Canada, China, Panama, Argentina, Holland (and many more countries) can now access CBD products with varying ratios of CBD to THC. Everything from 20:1 to 1:1 ratios, even 2 parts THC to 1 part CBD, make for an incredibly therapeutic array of options for patients seeking the benefits of Cannabidiol.
Hopefully this article will help you better understand the intricacies and the processes involved in accessing varying forms of CBD.