More and more people are searching for all-natural ways to remedy the conditions which ail them.
Some don’t trust Big Pharma to have their best interests at heart, whereas others simply don’t like the negative side effects that come with a lot of the prescription medications. This is leading more and more people to CBD and hemp oil for help, hoping to find some much-needed relief.
One cannabis compound that pops up repeatedly when it comes to greater health is cannabidiol, also known more commonly as CBD. But what is it?
CBD is “one of more than 80 active cannabinoid chemicals in the marijuana plant,” explains Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a 2015 Senate Caucus address. Because it comes from the marijuana plant, some people worry that CBD-containing products will produce the high normally associated with this drug. However, Volkow says that is not correct.
According to Volkow’s explanation of this compound, CBD doesn’t provide the same brain-based response as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant. Instead, it simply interacts with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors in a way in which “alterations in thinking and perception caused by THC are not observed….”
Additionally, in this same address, Volkow advised that, although more research needs to be conducted, “there is significant preliminary research supporting the potential therapeutic value of CBD.”
What types of benefits do hemp oil and CBD supplements provide? Before that question can be answered, one must first understand the difference between the two.
CBD and hemp oil differences
Aimée Gould Shunney, ND, is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine, where her specialty is in women’s health, and she explains that “CBD or cannabidiol is one of over 120 cannabinoids found in hemp oil.” Shunney goes on to say that, unlike CBD, “hemp oil also contains fatty acids, plant sterols, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamin E, and chlorophyll.”