You might have heard about CBD from a lot of its users talking about how effective it can be in treating various kinds of diseases.
Before you start buying and trying this product that is known to have a lot of health benefits, it is important that you know all the basics about it. This way, you will be able to try CBD with an open and informed mind about its benefits and effects.
What Does CBD Stand for?
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids in the cannabis are natural chemical compounds found in the plant. Among the high-value cannabinoids found in hemp include THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBN or cannabinol, and CBC or cannabichromene, but the most well-known cannabinoid is CBD. You can read about these cannabinoids.
While cannabinoids, in general, can have positive effects on the brain and body when consumed, not all cannabinoids are created equal, and each has their own benefits and effects. For one, THC can provide euphoric effects while CBD is mostly used for medicinal applications.
While you can smoke cannabis to get the effects and benefits of CBD, the most popular product would be the CBD oil as it is more concentrated and won’t make you “high.”
CBD Oil vs. Marijuana Oil: What Is the Difference?
For most people who don’t know the difference, they often use CBD oil and marijuana oil interchangeably, but the two have a very distinct difference from each other.
First, you have to know that hemp and marijuana are both cannabis. And while they are the same by botanical standards, they are informally classified as two different things. Marijuana is usually the term used for cannabis strains that contain THC. On the other hand, cannabis strains that don’t have THC are classified as hemp.
In this case, CBD oil is made from hemp or what is often called industrial hemp, which is why CBD oil is also usually called hemp oil. Thus, CBD oil doesn’t contain THC, which is the cannabis compound that can give you that “high” effect.
And since CBD is a compound found in cannabis, oil derived from marijuana also contains CBD but with the inclusion of THC. You can read about HEMP Vs Marijuana.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?
Now that you know what CBD oil is and that it won’t make you “high,” it’s time to know why a lot of people are using it and why you should too.
- Pain Relief
One of the most common uses of CBD oil is for its pain relief properties. Most of the studies made on the effects of using CBD oil conclude that it can be a very effective pain reliever and without any side effects or risks compared to traditional pharmaceutical alternatives.
People have been using CBD oil to relieve pain caused by migraine headaches, trauma, and physical injuries. It has also been used for patients with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia as well as for those who have recently undergone surgery.
- Anxiety Relief
Using CBD oil to treat symptoms regarding anxiety disorders has also gained popularity in recent years. From many anecdotal reports on its effects in people with anxiety, it is found that CBD has a certain positive effect on the limbic and paralimbic activities in the brain, which is a significant part in mood regulation. There is also other documentation on the anxiety-reducing effects of CBD.
From various clinical studies made, CBD is also found to reduce the symptoms of conditions such as OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and many others.
- Relief from Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Another known benefit of using CBD oil is to reduce inflammation, and as such, it has become one of the natural remedies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBM. CBD helps by interacting with the PPARG or the proliferator-activated receptor-gamma, which can cause inflammation in the digestive system if it functions improperly.
- Lower Blood Sugar
There is also an increased optimism in treating diabetes using CBD oil from various researches. The possible effects of CBD in lowering blood sugar are mainly because of its anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body. And since one of the reasons for developing diabetes is insulin resistance, which is often caused by chronic inflammation, CBD oil can change how diabetes is currently treated.
- Better Sleeping Pattern
There is a variety of reasons for having a disrupted sleep or insomnia. It can be caused by stress, medication, or can already be a symptom of a chronic condition. Whatever the cause, CBD oil is found to be an effective remedy for insomnia especially those caused by emotional stress.
Is Using CBD Oil Legal?
There might still be confusion on the legality of cannabis in the US and other countries. But, there are states that have already legalized the use of cannabis-derived products, but most of them have strict regulations on its use.
However, CBD oil is legal just about everywhere, but it is important that you understand why. While cannabis is under the Schedule 1 list of the controlled substances of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, non-psychoactive hemp or industrial hemp that doesn’t contain THC is not included in the Schedule 1 list. Therefore, the DEA doesn’t have the authority to regulate CBD oil derived from industrial hemp.
However, when you buy CBD oil, you should be mindful of the quality of the product you are buying or where you are buying it from. If you order CBD oil outside of the US, there can be delivery challenges when your package reaches the border. If you do find a supplier, you have to ensure that your CBD oil doesn’t have any traces of THC.
Setting A Specific Diet May Boost CBD Oil Benefits Even More
CBD or cannabidiol has elevated its popularity status in the past few years and poised to become a multi-billion enterprise due to the high number of recreational athletes claiming that this substance helps alleviate pain, grant faster recovery, improve sleep and a whole lot more.
While the general public might still be divided about the opinion on CBD, a few studies have popped up to show how CBD effects may vary depending on how an individual responds to the substance, the preparation being taken and dosage, and even genes.
A journal called Epilepsia has recently published an article that states how diet affects the way the body absorbs the compound. It also shows how food can dramatically determine the efficacy of a CBD supplement by measuring the amount of CBD supplement taken.
The small-scale study involves eight adults prescribed with the CBD-infused drug approved by the FDA to treat seizures that are related to epilepsy. Half of the volunteering subjects took the recommended dose of their CBD four hours before breakfast in the first half of the research. The remaining half had an intake of a breakfast burrito containing high-fat level, specifically 52% or 850 calories of fat in around 30 minutes of ingesting CBD oil. The two groups exchanged setup around two weeks later.
After blood works done regularly within the duration of the study, results showed that their food intake is correlated with the amount of CBD effectively absorbed by the body. The volunteers who had a breakfast burrito with their CBD increased their CBD uptake of up to 14 times on average, compared to those who ate nothing before taking CBD. The amount of cannabidiol absorbed by their system quadrupled along with eating the said high-fat breakfast.
The proponents of the study concluded that cannabidiol should be introduced with food to improve the absorbing capacity of the body for CBD. They also indicated that low-fat meals do not have the same absorptive function as that of high-fat preparations, which was shown to boost the amount of CBD in the body.
According to Angela Birnbaum, Ph.D., co-author of the study and University of Minnesota professor in the College of Pharmacy, stated that while a certain food type made a huge impact on CBD absorption, it can also foster variability. This is because not every meal has the same fat content and therefore needs to be planned out to get the optimum level for greater absorption.
Another co-author of the research, Ilo Leppik, said that an increase in the amount of CBD being absorbed by the body may lead to fewer expenses on medication and treatment.
If you think that your CBD intake isn’t as effective as others despite using the same dosage and brand, it might be time to adjust your diet and let in high-fat foods to get the most out of cannabidiol.
Colombian Law Enforcers Seize 300 Kilos of Cannabis Stored in Coffins, Hawaiian Hemp Crops Being Destroyed
Cannabis laws are a hot topic on a global scale following back-to-back legalization passed by lawmakers in some US states and a few European countries. This turn of events, however, has not stopped the black market from becoming alive. A lot of users who don’t have access to legal dispensaries or purchase from their own state turn to smuggled goods. This is why some distributors turn to smuggle for their supplies.
BBC released a report earlier about a police operation recently in Colombia, wherein 330 kilos (660 lbs.) of cannabis, which was hidden inside a coffin, was seized by authorities.
Details about the Operation
Regional Police Commander Fabian Ospina said that two coffins transported by a hearse were caught by police officers for possessing a huge amount of the illegal substance. As of writing, only the driver was detained and questioned, but no additional information has surfaced yet regarding the incident. There is also no word about the ongoing investigation of other people suspected of involvement in the said case.
Marijuana is still very much illegal for recreational use in all of America. Anyone caught possessing such substance is subjected to fines, detainment, and criminal charges. This is because marijuana is included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of controlled substances as a schedule 1 drug.
Marijuana is known to have a psychotropic effect on a user’s mind, causing a “high” to kick in, especially if the substance has a very potent amount of tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabis component responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive property.
Hawaii’s hemp crops are being wiped out
The plight of marijuana in the face of law is still largely uncertain, but it’s also unfortunate how hemp crops grown in Hawaii are set to be destroyed. Half of the cultivated crops from 2019 are in danger of being included. This is due to the fact that reports by the Hemp Industry Daily revealed that such crops have been tested and are shown to have elevated levels of THC.
The THC in Hawaiian hemp crops may have been brought about by the shortage of cultivars that can thrive on the island’s climate, which is known to be tropical.
Eighteen hemp crops were destroyed by authorities although for four have been waived from destruction because their THC contents were only a little over 0.3%. Officials from the state’s agricultural officials are convinced that Hawaii faces multiple challenges when it comes to growing local hemp crops.
Authorities expect only four hemp crops to be produced yearly in the state. Most hemp cultivars are imported from the European Union and Canada. These crops are used to long summer days and low-temperature evenings.
Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L., a plant species that is the source for marijuana, too. Hemp has been embroiled in controversy for many years because of this. However, after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed by President Donald Trump, hemp has been excluded in the federal definition of marijuana. This legalized harvesting, processing and using hemp and its derived products anywhere in the US as long as state laws also allow it.
Feds indicate CBD, hemp not qualified as controlled substances
The US Justice Department recently decided to expand its marijuana research program which earned a lot of comments from the media and the general public. Along with their press release is the information that small Nebraskan businesses have been hoping to hear for a long time.
Authorities confirm that the hemp plant and extracted cannabidiol or CBD from such variety that has less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content does not belong to the federal list of controlled substances.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) finally cleared the air just as the law enforcement from Nebraska are marred with confusing regulations about the hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species that also produces marijuana, which is understandably included on the prohibited substances list.
Prior to the announcement from DOJ and DEA, Nebraska laws concerning hemp and its oil extract has been confusing especially for cops who are trying to uphold the law when it comes to possession, distribution, and use of the said products.
Doug Peterson, Nebraska’s Attorney General, told a news outlet during an interview at the Capitol building halls that official comments would be released but at a later date. Peterson’s office was asked about his position regarding CBD and hemp confusion.
Raids and prosecution issues
A memo from Peterson’s office authored before the state announcement from Nebraska’s lawmakers to differentiate hemp from marijuana became the basis for raiding a CBD store in Herman.
Felony drug charges were pushed by the local prosecutor thrice, but judges dismissed each attempt. However, the office of the County Attorney appealed each time a decision was made.
The biggest prosecuting office in the state says CBD is not a cause for concern because it does not cause a high unlike the related CBD extracted from marijuana.
Don Kleine, Douglas County Attorney, told the media in an interview that the people conducting the drug tests confirm that hemp CBD does not have the same impact as cannabis CBD, making it a challenge to secure a conviction regarding cases of possession. This statement was made prior to the change in statutes made by Nebraska lawmakers to align with the federal law.
The Agriculture Improvement Act
The 2018 Farm Bill is responsible for the change in state laws regarding hemp and its derived products. Signed into law by President Donald Trump in December of last year, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 states that hemp is excluded from the legal definition of marijuana.
Hemp and CBD extracted from the said Cannabis sativa L. variety is legal to grow, process and use, provided that it has no more than 0.3% THC content based on the dry weight. The THC content is an important marker for differentiating hemp from marijuana, which is the substance having a psychoactive effect on users.
The federal law is the main cause for most states in the US to legalize hemp and grant growers an official license to harvest hemp and extract CBD from it. There are specific regulations concerning the process, but laws enable growers and distributors to legally sell hemp products that users can lawfully take.
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