What is Cannabidiol?

The health benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp family, is this blog’s main focus. Many people confuse cannabis and hemp. Cannabis as a medicine has been around for a while. Before the Prohibition, pharmaceutical companies produced a wide variety of cannabis-based medicines and 1840-1937 were considered the “Golden Age” of cannabis medicine. Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, dating back 1000 years BC in India and at least 5000 years BC in China.

What is new, however, is the discovery (1992) that the body has an endocannabinoid system. It was also discovered that the cannabis plant is filled with phytocannabinoids (aka plant cannabinoids) that can stimulate the body’s ECS receptor sites of this system.

What’s the difference between marijuana and hemp?

Marijuana and hemp (aka Industrial Hemp) belong to the same plant family, known as the Hemp Family, or Cannabaceae (in Latin). Under the hemp family, both are in the Genus Hemp, or Cannabis L. Cannabis refers to what is known as all types of marijuana and hemp.

The hemp genus of flowering plant includes a species Cannabis sativa, which has three further subspecies: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp is the non-psychoactive CDB-rich plant containing below 0.3% THC (the Federal legal amount).

Industrial hemp is actually a very versatile plant used in the manufacturing of thousands of commercial products, and the cultivation for its CBD medicinal properties has only recently been discovered. Hemp (Cannabis L) is grown for industrial use in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. Typically, it has a very low amount of THC (often less than 1%), which means it is generally not used for recreational purposes – it does, however, have a very good source of CBD extract. Hemp that is allowed to be grown legally in the US falls under the Schedule 1 drug policy, because it contains some THC. If CBD oil is extracted from US Hemp, it would not be allowed to be sold in the US. CBD Oil that is sold in the US must come from other countries.

The hemp family of plants has approximately 500 compounds, consisting of about 100 phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD are two of them), 120 terpenoids, and many flavonoids. The non psycho-active cannabinoid called Cannabidiol (CBD) has direct influence on the body. Furthermore, CBD can he extracted from the Industrial hemp plant. There is a growing movement in the US and around the world that promotes the use of the CBD phytocannabinoids for health benefits. It’s sold commercially and is considered a very safe substance.

Commercial CBD products have a THC content below 0.3%, which is not enough of a concentration to produce a high. High CBD with below 0.3% THC preparations can be purchased legally in every state without a doctor’s prescription.

You can find more information about Cannabaceae, here as well as more information about Industrial Hemp, here.

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