Legalisation of medical marijuana has caused a lot of confusion, and the current CBD oil market can be compared to the Wild West. There are no real rules or regulations as to what medical CBD oil is and what it can be called. There is a lot of misinformation floating around.
One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are the legality of CBD oil, whether or not it causes a high, whether or not it can cause you to fail a drug test, and whether or not it has any side effects. This article is intended to set the record straight as to what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, medical CBD oil, THC and hemp seed oil.
CANNABIS AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. There are two main species of cannabis that are cultivated for human consumption: Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.
Sativa plants are taller and produce a lot of fiber and are widely used for hemp cultivation. Indica plants are shorter and bushier and are well-suited for medical purposes.
Marijuana is a colloquial name for both types of the cannabis plants but is mainly used in reference to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, so called ‘high’.
What is generally referred to as cannabis hemp plant, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive.
In the UK, Europe and USA, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled substance. As of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate cultivation of non-psychoactive hemp and allow its use as medicine. Some US states as well as Canada have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.
MEDICAL CBD OIL VS THC
All cannabis plants have over 100 different active compounds called cannabinoids, with CBD and THC being the two most predominant ones.
As mentioned above, marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that causes a euphoric feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Medical CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. As with hemp, in order to be legally sold, it must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Following the 2018 legalisation in the USA, UK and Europe, medical CBD oil is quickly growing in popularity all over the world and is headed toward mainstream acceptance.
Thanks to its amazing therapeutic benefits, CBD oil is finding its way into a variety of products, from tinctures and drops to CBD-infused edibles and CBD balms, as well as a wide range of cosmetics. CBD oil is even becoming popular among pet owners who wish to help their pets live longer, healthier lives.
Various research studies have demonstrated that medical CBD oil can treat an unbelievably long list of conditions, is well-tolerated and non-toxic to humans. Click here to read an overview of how this truly phenomenal remedy works on our bodies.
MEDICAL CBD OIL VS HEMPSEED OIL
Another important distinction to be made is that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product.
Hempseed oil is sometimes referred to as hemp oil, and it is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hempseed oil is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement as it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids, with about a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which is considered to be the optimal range. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids.
Medical CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes and other active compounds.
Regenifi™ premium grade medical CBD oil is made with hempseed oil. Research shows that the hempseed oil is the best protector of CBD from being broken down by your stomach acids, thus ensuring a high bio-avalabililty. The concentration of the medical CBD active compounds is expressed in milligrams per bottle and in percentage terms.