The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals, and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites (CB1 and CB2 receptors) located throughout the body. The endocannabinoid system is one of the regulatory systems in the human body, but most people do very little to support the health of this system, because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet. If you would like to know more about the technical aspects of the endocannabinoid system, you can go here.
The next question we often receive is, “is CBD legal?” Yes, in fact, hemp-derived products containing CBD are available for purchase online and delivery straight to your door, or at retailers in the United States and over 40 countries around the world. Almost everyone can access CBD products, so what is CBD oil and why is it so popular?
Uses and Benefits of Cannabidiol Products
Yes, CBD derived from hemp plants is legal in the U.S. Growing, processing, and selling hemp and hemp-derived products for commercial purposes in the United States is permitted. While previously hemp was only legal to grow for hemp pilot programs and research needs, the passage of the 2018 bill reclassified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made it legal to produce all hemp-derived products, including CBD oil.
A CBD oil routine is beneficial for anyone interested in maintaining health and promoting wellness. The balancing effects of CBD combined with the nutritional content of hemp oil will help ensure your body is given what it needs for peak performance each day.
Cannabidiol is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant. THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. This allows users to experience the balancing effects of CBD, without the psychoactive intoxication of THC.
Clinical research indicates that CBD is effective at treating epilepsy. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can help with pain and even anxiety – though scientifically the jury is still out on that.
In states where recreational marijuana is legal, the list of cannabis-derived products greatly expands to include CBD with much higher THC content than 0.3%.
Hemp, marijuana and cannabanoidals
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While 67% of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis is low. A third of Americans think hemp and marijuana are the same thing, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many people still search Google to find out whether cannabidiol – a cannabis derivative known as CBD – will get them high, as marijuana does.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis. There are hundreds of such compounds, which are termed “cannabinoids,” because they interact with receptors involved in a variety of functions like appetite, anxiety, depression and pain sensation. THC is also a cannabinoid.
For instance, in China there are few regulations enforced on the agricultural industry, leading to the production of hemp-based CBD products that tend to contain high levels of contaminants. Studies have shown that, due to the country’s mining activities, the water and soil in some regions of China are contaminated with heavy metals.
Experimenting with both hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD with varying levels of THC and CBD, if it’s legal for you to do so, may be the key to finding the right product for your needs. Ideally, choose an organic product with a low CBD concentration and incrementally increase your intake or product concentration until you find a level that works for you.
For those who have the freedom to choose the plant source of their CBD, the experts tended to highlight the benefits of choosing whole-plant products when possible. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The terminology used to describe different products is the source of a lot of the potential confusion in the world of CBD oil. For example, while you might see labels that use the word hemp to indicate that the CBD came from a legal hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant, there is also a totally separate product called hemp seed oil.
CBD comes from one of two types of cannabis plant: hemp or marijuana.
CBD isolate products are those which contain only the CBD molecule, with no accompanying terpenes, THC, or other cannabinoids. For patients with certain medical conditions, or those wishing to avoid THC, CBD isolate may be preferred. The alternatives to CBD isolate would be whole-plant CBD oil, full-spectrum CBD oil, or broad-spectrum CBD oil.
CBD isolate products are those which contain only the CBD molecule, with no accompanying terpenes, THC, or other cannabinoids. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps