It’s never too late to learn about the healing powers of CBD.
At 5 years old, Charlotte Figi suffered from roughly 300 grand mal seizures each week, for years. Her father Matt started looking for alternatives to her unsuccessful traditional allopathic treatments, when he found a video online praising the benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of Dravet Syndrom. At the time under Colorado’s fledgling medical marijuana program, Charlotte’s parents found a strain of high cannabidiol (CBD), low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis flower named R4 being sold at a dispensary. They bought a few ounces and worked with friends to extract the oil from it. High-CBD, low-THC cannabis is a desirable medicine, both for the therapeutic benefits of CBD and the lack of THC, minimizing psychoactivity. Charlotte responded favorably to her very first dose, which brought the frequency of her seizures down to just one per week.
After the miraculous breakthrough in her treatment, Charlotte’s parents met with the Stanley brothers, owners of Colorado’s largest dispensary at the time and cultivators of a high-CBD strain of cannabis which very few people were purchasing. Together, the team developed the dormant strain into a continual harvest and constant supply of CBD oil to treat Charlotte, and other patients seeking similar relief. When news of this product and others like it aired on the Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary Weed in 2013, people across the globe, especially parents of children suffering from seizures and Dravet Syndrom flocked to the Internet to find this “miracle” CBD oil… however, little was to be found.
Capitalizing businesses quickly jumped in to fill the void to created by the federal Controlled Substances Act, which strictly prohibits the use and sale of marijuana, because of the presence of THC, not CBD. Thanks to reform at the state level and regulatory grey areas, CBD can be produced legally. In order to produce legal CBD oil, high-CBD hemp or cannabis plants must be harvested. In the United States, this requires growers to be licensed in their state as either an industrial hemp farmer or a medical/recreational marijuana grower. Not all states provide these licenses, and those that do have a completely different set of parameters, rules, and regulations… including to whom products can be sold.
The overnight demand created for CBD oil, combined with the intricacies of a nation involved in a war on drugs, created a very perplexing topic and an opportunity for businesses. Today, people are discovering the wonders and health benefits of CBD and yearning for information on how to obtain it. In an effort to unravel this web, here is a go-to guide to understanding the differences between Hemp CBD oil and Marijuana-derived CBD oil.
Hemp CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid known largely for its CB1 and CB2 receptor interaction to provide pain and anxiety relief. Isolated on its own, CBD is non-psychoactive and it’s been reported to be effective in treating seizures, even in young children. CBD is found in both the drug-producing cannabis indica and hemp-producing cannabis sativa plants. Hemp CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp, the sativa species of cannabis, which produces nearly none of the cannabinoid Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but does produce some amount of the cannabidiol (CBD).
Not All Hemp CBD Oils are Created Equal
Not many cannabis researchers will refute the effectiveness and wonder of cannabidiol. It can be a potent and powerful product with amazing therapeutic health benefits. However, the ways in which cannabidiol is extracted from industrial hemp plants, then manufactured, concentrated, formulated, delivered or administered to a customer or patient, is largely suspect. At Pure Science Lab, we list all of our 3rd party independent lab test results with each product that we manufacture.
Many Medical Marijuana Producers are Producing Quality CBD
Since 1996, several medical marijuana markets have been growing in the western United States. In the region, states like California, Washington, and Oregon have created an avenue for seasoned cannabis cultivators to farm cannabis medicines for their patients. Nearly two decades later, these states and several others, including Colorado, are expanding into the country’s first full-fledged recreational cannabis markets. Growers in these markets have been producing both high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana and merging them into edibles, concentrates, and topicals to assist customers and patients with therapeutic needs.
CBD Works Best Combined with Other Cannabinoids
Cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, 80 of which are currently categorized as cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the principal cannabinoids, both commonly occurring in the relatively largest concentrations, and they are incredibly synergistic.
Embracing the full-spectrum of cannabis’ naturally occurring phytonutrients is part of a process called whole plant medicine. This practice is highly regarded in the holistic and alternative medicine communities, existing in contrast to the practice of fractionated medicine, a process involving the heavy use processing and chemical synthesis popularized by the pharmaceutical industry.
Long before people began crossbreeding cannabis to create the highest THC strains to wow judges at cannabis competitions, naturally occurring fields of cannabis most likely contained plants with moderate concentrations of both primary cannabinoids, CBD and THC… along with other naturally occurring therapeutic cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, plus various terpenes, flavonoids, and all other phytonutrients found in healthy cannabis plants. Thanks to Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam, the interactions of all these compounds working together is now known as “the entourage effect.”
While marijuana-derived CBD is not sanctioned for children, due to the euphoria-producing properties, adding any other natural cannabinoids to a dose of CBD largely enhances CBD’s effects. Medical Marijuana cardholders in many states can now access CBD products with varying ratios of CBD to THC.
This guide simply states the intricacies and processes involved with accessing various types of CBD, and as the industry continues to grow in popularity for medical treatments and general wellness practices the future of CBD looks miraculous.
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