Let's start from the beginning.
I have spent countless hours on Hemp farms. The photo was from one of my tours last year. Walking through a hemp farm, you would swear it is the Cannabis that we all think of - the one that gets you high. The look, the smell, the plant itself is virtually identical, what it is missing is THC. The reason for this is that Hemp is the Cannabis Sativa L plant, and has a variety of strains that dictate the terpene profile, flower, and percentage of CBD. While it is scientifically Cannabis, it has been given the name Hemp to differentiate between the psychoactive plant and the non-psychoactive plant.
The way your Hemp or Cannabis is grown is critical.
Cannabis is a unique plant, in that it cleans the soil, pulling toxins out through a process called Phytoremediation. While it is fantastic for our environment to use a plant to pull heavy metals and toxins from our earth, it isn't fantastic when that plant is used as medicine. It is imperative that the Cannabis and Hemp used as medication be grown organically and tested thoroughly for toxins and heavy metals. Hemp grown for the purposes of fiber plays an important role in detoxifying soil, Italy grows Hemp for the sole purpose of detoxifying the earth.
There are three types of CBD products; CBD isolates and full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate has been processed to remove all THC and other naturally occurring compounds such as terpenes and other Cannabinoids. Broad Spectrum CBD products contain an array of cannabinoids and terpenes but zero THC. Full-spectrum CBD products contain everything the cannabis plant contains. That means they contain CBD as well as flavonoids, the natural fatty acids found in hemp, terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and trace amounts of THC, to be federally legal they must contain <0.3 percent of THC.
How CBD Works
Let's face it, CBD is having it's "moment," and although it is a fantastic breakthrough in health care and wellness, there is still a lot of research to be done. According to an article on NCBI "the endocannabinoid system is involved in a host of homeostatic and physiologic functions, including modulation of pain and inflammation," studies have shown that CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, this stimulation is important in your body achieving homeostasis. A team of Stony Brook University scientists found that "CBD functions as an anandamide reuptake and breakdown inhibitor, raising endocannabinoid levels in the brain's synapses. Enhancing endocannabinoid tone via reuptake inhibition may be a key mechanism whereby CBD confers neuroprotective effects against seizures, as well as many other health benefits."
We know that scientists have only begun to scratch the surface, and the ongoing research is exciting. Many of the health benefits are currently evidence-based while scientists work to uncover the full Spectrum of our endocannabinoid system and how Cannabis interacts with it, as well as a multitude of other receptors that are still very much in the research phase.
We are lucky enough to talk with people every day about the positive changes that CBD and Cannabis have made in their lives, we believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of CBD and Cannabis. However, it is essential that you do your research, speak with your physician, and find what works best for you.
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