You've probably heard mention of CBD at least a few times lately - and with good reason. CBD, or cannabidiol, is proving to be one of the most impressive developments in the medical industry today, with many people reporting significant and meaningful health benefits and quality of life improvements resulting from their use of CBD products.
As with anything new, there's still quite a learning curve with CBD and its uses and benefits; this makes the sharing of factual and accurate information all the more vital- and that's exactly what we're going to do here. We firmly believe in the importance of those currently using CBD and those considering using CBD having all the facts, so here's what you should know.
The molecule making all the headlines these days goes by the name of “cannabidiol,” which is a derivative of the hemp or cannabis plant. Interestingly, CBD is one compound out of about 60 other compounds in cannabis, but it accounts for more than 40% of compound concentration found! CBD is different from another well-known molecule of the same plant, THC, in that it is non-psychoactive - meaning you can’t obtain a high or get impaired from using CBD.
One of the most interesting things about CBD is that it works directly with an endocannabinoid system that your body already has in place. So, what’s an endocannabinoid system? Well, it turns out that your body is already set up to work with cannabidiol by binding with it when it enters into your system and creating reactions that many people are claiming have immense health benefits.
The effects that CBD has in the human body, and the medical benefits it contributes when used, are still in the beginning stages of being studied; however, it’s clear to scientists that many reactions are occurring when it binds to the endocannabinoid system. This is an important thing to be understood because when these reactions occur, they seem to affect most of the body’s functions in noticeable ways - which is remarkable, but definitely complicates the research process!
THC, the other most common compound found in cannabis, has always been closely associated with CBD; while these two molecules are from the same plant, their effects on the human body are entirely different. CBD does not cause any psychoactive reactions like THC, for instance. However, because of these compounds both being closely related, CBD has often been misunderstood and rejected by people believing it would cause a high - this is not the case.
The receptors in the human body that THC binds and reacts with are entirely different than with CBD; THC binds with receptors in the orthosteric site, for instance, while CBD binds in the body’s allosteric site. This difference in binding is what causes you to feel different reactions between the two compounds.
Both hemp and marijuana are products of the same plant - Cannabis Sativa. However, how the two plants are bred causes them to be drastically different from one another. Marijuana is small and leafy with a lot of flowering buds, for instance, while hemp is a more fibrous texture, has hardly any flowers and has long stalks.
Hemp is known to be the strongest natural fiber in the World and has an extensive range of uses from textiles to building materials, food to body care; while marijuana is mainly used for its psychoactive qualities. The main difference between the two varieties of cannabis? The levels of THC. Hemp has no more than 0.3% THC, while marijuana can contain levels of up to 30%.
CBD is derived from both marijuana and hemp and will not contain more than 0.3% THC regardless of which one it came from. However, the FDA classifies CBD differently by whether it was produced from hemp or marijuana: Marijuana derived CBD is legal in only some states, whereas hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states.
All CBD products sold by Oily.Com are hemp-derived and legal in all 50 states. We do not sell any marijuana-derived products.
The use of CBD is appealing to a broad spectrum of people because of its many reported health benefits, particularly with pain relief and anxiety, without the psychoactive effects found in THC or opioid-based products. While the scientific community is still heavily researching CBD and how it works with the human body, there are reports from CBD users all over the World that point to the positive uses of the product in treating their ailments.
Some of the conditions CBD is currently being used for are:
Cancer and cancer treatment symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain
Treatment for substance abuse
While most users of CBD products generally report improved symptoms with little side effects, it is possible to experience things like diarrhea, fatigue, or appetite change from its use according to studies. If you are concerned about the side effects of CBD, are using it to treat a diagnosed condition (like the ones mentioned above), or are unsure of how it may react with any current medications you’re taking, be sure to discuss it with your physician.