What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 85 different chemical compounds that are produced by the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike marijuana CBD oil, hemp CBD oil has no psychoactive effects while still maintaining a wide range of health benefits.
The Benefits of Hemp CBD Oil
For hundreds of years, people have praised cannabis for its beneficial properties. Its worldwide use in remedies is a testament to this. But what exactly is doing all the good? Recently, there has been a breakthrough – scientists have been able to identify and isolate the amazing compound that is cannabidoil or CBD.
Hemp CBD oil has many benefits and has already been approved to treat certain ailments. CBD oil is a rich source of various nutrients that are vital for a healthy mind and body including Omega 3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
The human body has an endocannbinoid system. This system includes endocannabinoids, the enzymes that create and destroys them, and the receptors on your cells. Endocannabinoids are cannabis-like compounds produced by your body.
Due to its low THC concentration, unlike marijuana CBD, hemp CBD does not produce psychotropic effects. It has been shown to inhibit tumor growth of glioma and breast cancer in vitro and in vivo through the induction of apoptosis (cellular death), inhibition of cell migration and angiogenesis (development of new blood vessels needed by tumors). More recently, CBD was shown in animal studies to inhibit the progression of lung, prostate and colon cancer tumor growth and to inhibit tumor cell viability, invasion, metastasis and angiogenesis.
Research on the endocannabinoid system and the benefits of supplemental cannabinoids for the treatment of many diseases including cancer is growing. Plant based Cannabinoids can be used as a complement to allopathic treatment or as an alternative treatment especially for non-metastatic cancers and cancer prevention. Twenty nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana which should produce many clinical trials to explore the medicinal benefits of the cannabinoids derived from cannabis (marijuana) and the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids have shown a diverse pharmacologic activity beneficial for cancer treatment including inhibition of cancer cell growth, anti-inflammatory effects, tumor regression and psychotropic benefits valuable in pain management, sleep disorders, muscle spasms, migraines and neurodegenerative conditions. Cannabis sativa has two main varieties, the cannabis plant (marijuana) and the hemp plant.
Although there are over 400 documented cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa those most recognized for cancer are THC found in high concentration in cannabis and CBD found in high concentration in hemp. THC contains the psychotropic properties we correlate to marijuana. Both THC and CBD contain anticancer properties. In addition, the body produces its own endocannabinoids which provide the same benefits as both CBD and THC.
How Does it Work?
Endocannabinoids are cannabis-like compounds produced by your body and the receptors on each cell are like locks on the outside of the cell that activate the cell when bonded to an endocannabinoid. This system can also accomodate phytocannabidoids – cannabinoids derived from plants. CBD is one such phytocannabidoids – it is able to communicate with these receptors, helping the cells of our organs and tissues maintain a stable internal environment. This is especially important when your body is experiencing large changes in the external environment. Hemp CBD bonds specifically to the CB2 receptor, which is found on cells in the immune system and nervous system, strengthening them to keep you healthy. THC, found primarily in marijuana, binds to the CB1 receptor that is most commonly found on brain cells and thus leads to the psychoactive effects. Unlike marijuana THC, Hemp CBD has no psychoactive effects.
Where does Hemp CBD Oil Come From?
Hemp, otherwise known as the Cannabis Sativa plant, is cultivated to grow much longer stalks and very little THC. The fiber from these stalks can be used in thousands of products, including pressing CBD oil out of them. In order to harness the health benefits of CBD, there must be a safe and effective way to get it into your body, without the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD Oil is produced from the stalks of the Cannabis Sativa plant through a CO2 (carbon dioxide) cold-pressed technique. This is by far the best method for extracting CBD Oil as CO2 is non-toxic and does does not require mechanical separation. At room temperature, the CO2 will evaporate leaving pure CBD oil. The whole process can be done at temperatures close to each plant’s natural environmental temperature, decreasing degradation in the oil. Cold-press extraction produces 99.99% pure concentrated hemp cbd oil.