This is a frequently asked question. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural substance that has emerged into the spotlight for several reasons. CBD is one of over 500 compounds, and among a class of at least 113 molecules called Cannabinoids found within Cannabis Plant (Marijuana and Industrial Hemp).
The definition of "Cannabinoids has evolved over time. Cannabinoids were originally defined as compounds produced only by plants, now termed "Phyto-Cannabinoids". The definition has been expanded upon the discovery of our body's own natural production of
Cannabinoids "Endocannabinoids" and the production of artificially manufactured Cannabinoids "Synthetic Cannabinoids."
Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. CBD is natural & safe to consume, as well as legal in all 50 states and 40 countries. The FDA classifies CBD as a food product. Currently the most popular known forms are sublingual (under the tongue) or oral edibles, yet topical products continue to grow in popularity. The classification as a food product may be adjusted moving forward, depending on the outcomes of current & future CBD clinical research trials.
What ls the Difference?
The Cannabis plant family includes three distinct species of the Cannabis plant: Cannabis lndica, Cannabis Ruderalis and Cannabis Sativa.
CBD oil is extracted from the Industrial Hemp plants grown specially to contain high concentrations of Cannabidiol (CBD). Industrial Hemp belongs to the plant species named 'cannabis'. There are many varieties and several categories of Cannabis plants. The two most popular categories are the Non-Psychoactive plant ( Industrial Hemp) and the Psychoactive plant (Cannabis or Marijuana). Industrial hemp is considered unsuitable for recreational use as it will not produce the euphoria or "high" feeling when consumed.
Cannabis lndica Is native to India and is a short bushy plant. Cannabis Ruderalis is native to Russia, which blooms earlier and can withstand harsher weather conditions. Cannabis Sativa is the most common species of cannabis and has been cultivated for thousands of years into several different varieties, most notably Industrial Hemp and Marijuana.
Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are so distinctively different that mostly people would not be able to tell that they belong to the same plant family of cannabis if they encountered them in the wild.
The Industrial Hemp plant has tall, fibrous stalks that are very strong and have very few flowering buds. On the on the other hand, the Marijuana plants are short, bushy, and have high amounts flowering buds (the part of the Cannabis plant where the THC is located). There are two major differences between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana. The first, Industrial Hemp produced from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant Is bred with the purpose of maximizing the highest concentrations of CBO and the lowest possible concentrations of THC. Meaning Industrial Hemp's chemical profile makes it incapable of inducing Intoxicating effects (Getting "high") from ingesting it. The second, Marijuana is bred with the purpose of maximizing the highest concentrations of THC, associated with Psychoactive & intoxicating effects. Industrial Hemp is grown to utilize the seeds, oils & fibers to be refined into numerous products including Cloth, Fuel, Paper, Pulp, Resin, Rope, Wax & Hemp / CBD Oil.
Benefits of CBD
Benefits of CBD are its moderating effects upon THC, as illustrated in numerous studies. CBD removes THC from the CB1 Receptor, thus counteracting the effects of THC such as Intoxication, Memory Impairment & Paranoia, while the added pain relief benefits of THC remains. The fact that there is a system within our body that produces and is specifically designed to accept Cannabinoids, illustrates the overwhelming efficacy of Cannabis as a medicine.
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