The Difference Between Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD

A Common Misunderstanding of CBD Products

As cannabidiol (CBD) emerges as a promising new supplement, a common misunderstanding has emerged – cannabidiol and marijuana must be the same thing, right?  But that is incorrect.  People who consume CBD do not get “high.”  Rather, people who consume CBD report many benefits from its use.  Accordingly, fear of getting high should not dissuade people from experiencing the potential benefits of CBD, as explained below.

The Many Offspring of Cannabis

Cannabis is, put most simply, a flowering plant, with three recognized species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.  It must be understood both that the components of any particular cannabis plant can be categorized and that there are several different ways of identifying a component.

For example, it is possible to isolate 113 unique cannabinoids in every cannabis plant.  “Cannabinoid” is a term for the various naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis.  CBD is one such compound, but there are others.  People may be familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive compound derived from cannabis.  But there are many others, which, like CBD, are not psychoactive, such as cannabigerol (CBG), which, like its cousin CBD, is showing promise in improving people’s lives.  Early research suggests that supplementing your Endocannabinoid system, (ECS) with cannabinoids like CBD, CBG may offer relief for a myriad of ailments.  For its part, CBD’s interactions with human endocannabinoid system suggest that it can help inspire the ECS to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, and protect the nervous system, all without the psychoactive side effects of THC.

But cannabinoids are not the only way to identify the components of cannabis.  Cannabis can also be separated into various categories by way of processing.  People may be familiar with “marijuana,” a term that generally refers to the result of processing cannabis into a leafy green substance used for smoking.  Marijuana, by definition, will always contain some amount of THC.  Some people may think that “marijuana” is synonymous with “hemp,” but most authorities recognize these two substances as significantly different.  “Hemp” is the term given to industrial products derived from cannabis which contain less than .3% THC.  Hemp is commonly used for making paper, clothing, plastics, and paints among other common items. 

Why The Difference Between Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD Matters

The potential benefits of CBD are legion, but confusion over its origin may be dissuading people from exploring those benefits.  CBD is not marijuana, nor do people consume it to experience anything remotely close to the effects induced by consuming marijuana.  CBD is a naturally occurring derivative of the cannabis plant, separate and distinct from its progenitor and its cannabinoid cousins.  Indeed, CBD derived from industrial hemp is unlikely to have ever shared space in a plant that carried psychoactive cannabinoids like THC.   Always look for high quality CBD products from reputable CBD oil companies like HempLife Today!

Accordingly, CBD does not make people high.  Rather, most people describe the consumption of CBD as relieving stress or anxiety.  People who apply it topically have reported relief from swelling, joint pain, and other discomforts.  Some have reported relief from insomnia and other sleep-related ailments.  These reports are not surprising, as the human endocannabinoid system is responsible in many ways for maintaining the body’s equilibrium.  Unlike THC, or marijuana in general, which can throw the body’s equilibrium in flux through its psychoactive effects, CBD may help the endocannabinoid system keep the various functions of the body singing in harmony.  In sum, CBD is not marijuana, but rather a derivative from the cannabis plant, and curious minds should not be dissuaded from consuming CBD and experiencing its potential benefits, over a misplaced fear of getting high.  The only high that people should anticipate after taking CBD is the natural high that comes from pain relief, focus, reduced stress, and a healthy appetite.  

 

 


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