Hemp has been grown in the United States since the 1600s. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species that’s grown specifically for the industrial use of its byproducts – such as fiber, paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics and biofuel. With that being said, hemp also has many health benefits to offer when consumed; this is where CBD oil comes in.
The Science of Cannabis
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and is considered a major phytocannabinoid (unique compounds found in abundance in the cannabis plant), with many additional medical applications. I know, I know, that sentence was a mouthful from the moment you read phytocannabinoid (say that five times fast). So, let’s take a moment to break-down these terms – making it easier to differentiate products.
The first term – one that’s important to clear up – is the word “cannabis.” The Cannabis plant is actually a flowering plant that’s indigenous to central Asia and south Asia. There are three different species of the plant: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. These different species can be bred by farmers to have different qualities such as different amounts of compounds within the plant – including cannabinoids and terpenes. The overarching term, cannabis, includes what’s referred to as “hemp” as well as “marijuana.” All of these products and their components come from the Cannabis plant.
Cannabis: Marijuana vs. Hemp
Likely the most well-known kind of Cannabis plant is Marijuana. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that gives people a “high.” THC is the principal psychoactive component of cannabis, and plants can be bred to have higher amounts for medical uses. Although humans and animals have been consuming or using cannabis for thousands of years, THC was first isolated by two Israeli scientists in 1964. THC has many medical applications, however; it’s the component that’s most often associated with “getting high.”
On the other hand, Hemp is a term used for the cannabis plant that has been bred with trace amounts of THC. Hemp has higher amounts of other cannabinoids, like CBD. Hemp products, like fibers and oils that are made from the seeds, have been legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States since the creation of hemp products. Hemp products do not have THC in any discernible amount; therefore, these products don’t have psychoactive effects – meaning they don’t get you high.
CBD Oil / Cannabidiol Oil: Our Key to Cannabis Therapy
Now, back to the star of the show: CBD oil. Since CBD is not psychoactive, this compound is treated as a supplement rather than a drug Therefore, CBD oil benefits have enormous potential to help more people with their health and wellness while also bypassing much of the bureaucracy created for medicine by federal and state government regulations. The industry isn’t without complications, but we’re in an incredibly fortunate time and place. Cannabis plants bred to have high levels of CBD and trace levels of THC – not to mention zero percent THC via a product line soon available through WeThinkHealth – can be used to create natural medicines that are immediately available to the people who need them. Some examples of those who’re in high demand of pure CBD oil are children, cancer patients, people with anxiety, those with other mental wellness issues, and so many more.
At WeThinkHealth, our mission is to educate the general public about the immense benefits of CBD oil and to make it more readily available to those who need it most. This is about health, wellness, and CBD education. We look forward to bringing quality CBD education to help you do your own research, and find out what is best for supplemental treatment. If the potential of CBD oil has you interested, which is why you’re likely here, join our email list to be the first to hear about exclusive product offers and – most importantly – join the movement toward freedom.
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WeThinkHealth cannot make any concrete medical claims about CBD's medical uses so if you do decide to take CBD, please be sure to inform your doctor or health practitioner, especially if you are taking other medication.