The Maze

Published by The Bee News

April 14, 2021

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Trying to decipher and understand the conflicting information about CBD oils can be compared to finding your way through a maze. Is there a difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil? Are there health benefits? What about THC content? Is CBD oil addictive?

There is a lot of confusion around the names of CBD products. Hemp oil and hempseed oil are often used as a descriptor for CBD oil. But hemp seed oil and CBD oil are different products. CBD oil is derived from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant.

As the name implies, hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. There is no CBD in the seeds. But hemp seed oil will have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and bioactive compounds that may have health benefits.

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol. It is one of of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). But CBD oil is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” The key here is the words “pure CBD.”

Side affects of CBD oil use are rare. These include nausea, fatigue and irritability. And there are other potentially severe risks associated with CBD oil if a person to taking certain medications such as blood thinners. The oil can raise levels of medications in your blood in the same manner as grapefruit juice.

However, a primary concern is that CBD oil is often marketed and sold as a dietary supplement. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. As a result it is imperative that you rely on established reputable companies such as The Bud Farmacy for information as well as products.

More research is needed. But increasingly studies indicate that CDB oils may help manage anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain associated with afflictions such as rheumatoid arthritis. A study from the European Journal of Pain demonstrated that CBD oil inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

There are generally three different types of CBD oil available. The first is full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains all compounds of the cannabis plant, including a very low level of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD oil, which contains a number of compounds but without the THC. Then there is CBD isolate, which contains only CBD oils.

It is recommended that you check the Certificate of Analysis (COA) before purchasing CBD products. This analysis is usually conducted by an independent third party. This is the best way to determine what exactly a CBD oil product contains.

Still confused? The knowledgeable and professional staff at The Bud Farmacy can answer your CBD oil questions.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America 


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