What is CBD Oil?
My friend Jim came over to my house the other day and mentioned he had been hearing a lot about a supplement called CBD oil and that a mutual friend had said we had found CBD products we were quite impressed with. He asked, “So, what is CBD oil? Do you know much about it?”
I said, “A little.” (Actually I knew quite a bit, but did not want to sound too overwhelming.) I asked, “What do you want to know?”
“Well,” Jim asked, “what is the CBD definition, and what does CBD oil do?”
I explained that CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and the CBD oil we recommend comes from the hemp plant. He said, “Oh, so it’s marijuana, right?” I answered, “No, actually it’s not marijuana.
“That’s great news,” Jim said, “because I like what I’ve heard about the health benefits of CBD, but I need to be able to get through my day thinking clearly, and I don’t want to feel high.”
Hemp vs. Marijuana | What is CBD vs THC?
I explained that while the hemp and marijuana plants are both in the Cannabis family, the genetics and natural chemical composition between the two plants is different. The plants are different, they are grown differently, and they are used differently.
I told Jim that CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis plants. The cannabinoid that causes the psychoactive effect, which causes people to feel high, is called THC (for more info on cannabinoids, see this Wikipedia article).
But the important thing for him to know is that hemp plants produce more a lot more CBD than THC (hemp plants only contain up to 0.3% THC) and marijuana plants produce more THC than CBD (marijuana plants contain 5-30% THC), which is why marijuana has a psychoactive effect. There are some strains of marijuana that are high in CBD (for example, you may have heard how much the strain called Charlotte’s Web has helped with seizures), but there is still a fairly significant amount of THC in these strains as well.
What is CBD Oil used for?
“You may never have heard these health issues identified that way,” I said, “but I am sure you have heard of some of these.”
I pulled out a list of chronic inflammatory diseases and showed Jim. He mentioned that he heard of all most all of them but wasn’t totally sure what the symptoms of some of them were. Here is the list I showed him:
How does CBD work?
We know our bodies have various systems, such as the circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system and lymphatic system, to name a few. And we know keeping these systems supported helps us keep our bodies healthy and vibrant.
But a system that is coming more and more into the spotlight is the Endocannabinoid System, as medical research is discovering its importance. This system has receptors for cannabinoids that are in our brain, immune system and digestive system.
We have these receptors because our bodies are supposed to naturally produce cannabinoids. And when we ingest a good, healthy organic CBD oil in our bodies, like the one we are recommending, it is introduced to these receptors in the body and can be delivered to the areas in need. Also, CBD is fat soluble, so putting it in oil allows our body to utilize more of it. When we learned this, it helped us to understand why people and animals were seeing so many benefits with this CBD oil, the CBD dog treats and our CBD creams.
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