What Is The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Both Hemp and Marijuana are strains of the cannabis plant. Marijuana has high levels of the cannabinoid THC which is psychoactive and produces the “high” associated with it. Hemp is bred to produce high levels of CBD and other non psychoactive cannabinoids that are valued for potential health benefits. Hemp is defined as having less than .3% THC. You can not get “high” consuming hemp products with this low level of THC.

Is CBD Legal?

Yes, CBD has been legal federally since December 2018. It is legal to cultivate, harvest, process and sell hemp products as long as the THC content is under .3%.

What Is CBD?

CBD is one of over 100 compounds produced by the hemp plant. Working together these special compounds called “cannabinoids” are associated with the ability to treat many symptoms of ill health. The “entourage effect” is the term used to describe the ability for all these cannabinoids to interact, working together to help the body's many biological systems function properly.. Hemp medicines have been used by people for thousands of years because of their ability to treat disorders ranging from pain, inflammation, nausea, anxiety, to epileptic seizures.

How Does CBD Work?

Research on CBD lead to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in all animals. Molecules of CBD and other cannabinoids are crucial for the proper functioning of the ECS. Your  body actually produces cannabinoids for use by your ECS. 

CBD has the incredible ability to connect like a key in a lock with these receptors and act as a chemical messenger. When this connection is made signals are sent to other cells crucial to the proper functioning of the body’s various biological systems allowing them to function properly. .When your ECS is out of balance various symptoms, often severe, can erupt.

How Does The Endocannabinoid System Work?

The endocannabinoid system consists of millions of ECS receptor cells found throughout the body. These receptors form networks in your nervous and immune system as well as many of your organs, bones, skin and blood. The ECS helps regulate inflammation, pain, sleep, appetite, mood and a whole host of other aspects of human health. When it is not working properly all kinds of problems occur.

For example, when neurons in the brain discharge abnormal electrical “storms” the results are seizures. The use of CBD has been successful in regulating the activities of overstimulated neurons bringing their electrical signals back to normal and ending the seizure. (go to for a stunning example of CBD being used to treat seizures). This same process regulates the body’s inflammatory response which when unbalanced can produce conditions such as Lupus, Crohns, Arthritis, Parkinson's and MS as well as anxiety, seizures, inflammation, insomnia, pain, and depression.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Because there hasn’t yet been clinical studies to determine the dosage needed for the various conditions people use CBD to treat, you will need to experiment to find what works for you. People may begin using a CBD oil dosage of about 10 milligrams per dose to see if it produces results. Depending on their reason for using CBD, they may eventually increase it to 20 milligrams or more per day. The FDA does not allow us to recommend dosages.

What is Full Spectrum Oil?

We use whole plant full spectrum oil to provide you with a broad range of cannabinoids and other beneficial substances found in the cannabis plant. Full plant extracts contain, in addition to CBD, beneficial terpenes, fatty acids, enzymes, and other phytocannabinoids which are beneficial. All these substances work together to produce the maximum healing power of the cannabis plant. This is often called the “entourage effect”

What Is The Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds.  Hemp seed oil is good for cooking and it is rich in fatty acids like omega-3s. However it does not have concentrated cannabinoids like CBD which are the chemicals that help regulate your endocannabinoid system. Beware of products that do not specify how many milligrams of CBD they contain. Also note that products sold on Amazon do not contain CBD as Amazon has banned CBD products.

What Is The Therapeutic Potential of CBD?

Hemp has been used for several millennia to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Modern research is now figuring out how cannabinoids cure or moderate medical conditions. A breakthrough occurred recently when the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug Epidilex which is derived from CBD. Epidiolex has been approved to treat seizures caused by two rare forms of epilepsy. To see a dramatic use of CBD to treat seizures click on this link

CBD also has cancer fighting properties. A preclinical study by Dr. Sean McAllister and his colleagues at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco report on how CBD destroys breast cancer cells by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is a potential strategy for cancer treatment and CBD is a potential treatment.

How Is CBD Being Used Today

A survey from Brightfield Group and HelloMD investigated the usage of CBD products and their effectiveness. The most common reasons people used CBD were to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain, according to Dr. Perry Solomon, the Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. Forty-two percent of the CBD users said they had stopped using traditional medications like Tylenol pain relievers or prescription drugs like Vicodin and had switched to using cannabis instead. Eighty percent said that they found the products to be “very or extremely effective.”

History of Cannabis Medicine

The cannabis plant has be used as medicine by humans for five thousand years. The First recorded use of cannabis as medicine was in China in 2,700 B.C. Until it’s prohibition in 1937, physicians in America prescribed cannabis to their patients who went to the pharmacy to fill these prescriptions. Before 1937, cannabis medication was the 3rd Most prescribed medicinal agent in America. Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Parke Davis sold cannabis medicines. Today research is proceeding discovering the benefits of CBD and cannabinoids in general.

Our knowledge of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health, and disease. Cannabis has a special relationship with the chemistry of our body.  What makes it so exciting is thinking off all the things that lay yet undiscovered.


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