Sep 27, 2019

CBS Oil vs. Hemp Oil

Just as there is a difference between THC and CBD, there is also a difference between CBD and hemp oil.
Most people use the words “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana” interchangeably, but cannabis is actually the name for the genus of plants.  All of the plants within the cannabis genus contain many compounds called “phytocannabinoids.” The most well known are THC and CBD, with THC as the only one that gets you high.
The leaves and flowers of marijuana plants are used to make joints and edibles because they typically contain 15-20% THC. CBD oils are made from the hemp plants, which contain, at most, 0.3% THC, so CBD oils do not get you high.
All mammals naturally produce compounds called “endocannabinoids.” Endo means “within”– within your body. All these compounds work together to keep your body’s endocannabinoid stems functioning normally. Phytocannabinoids, phyto meaning “plant”– as a compound that occurs naturally in a plant work with the endocannabinoid system.
Many CBD products are made from hemp extract oil, but there are also products called hemp seed oil, which is different. Hemp seed oil is derived only from the seeds of the hemp plant, no phytocannabinoids. The oil is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so it can help skin issues, but does not have the same benefits as CBD oil.
CBD works with your body’s natural systems to help you manage, among other benefits, everyday stress, sleep better, reduce pain, and function at a higher level. As with all products, the best way to ensure that the CBD is up to the standards you would have for everything else you consume is to use products from companies that you trust. It might be difficult to judge the effectiveness of the new CBD sports bras, bath salts, and doggie treats, but have fun. There does not appear to be negative side effects, at least so far.

Bottom line, hemp oil is better for cosmetics, skin conditions, and eating hemp seeds is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while CBD compounds are taken internally and also used as oils, creams, and in other consumables, used to relieve pain, anxiety, depression, acne, heart disease, promote more restful sleep, etc.
Incidentally, the FDA has approved the first CBD medicine for reducing seizures.

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