You may have noticed that more and more people are using, sharing, talking, and posting about a little known herb called hemp, and it’s by product—CBD hemp oil. And, If you haven’t already heard about it by now, hang on, because this herb is going to be everywhere! From soft drinks, to spa treatments! As a matter of fact, the CBD hemp oil market is expected to grow by 700% by the year 2020, according to Forbes. Why, you ask….well, there has been a plethora of testimonials and information that claim that cannabis oil can help with many aches, pains, ailments, and diseases, even Cancer. People are claiming to have less anxiety, lower blood pressure, ease of chronic pain, fewer headaches, alleviated arthritis, and the list goes on. The research on the safety and efficiency of CBD oil is still in the beginning stages, and doesn’t suggest that cannabis oil should replace conventional medications, but as more and more studies and tests are preformed, positive results are occurring all over the world, with more and more people turning to this alternative health answer. Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a hemp derived pharmaceutical drug to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. This drug is made from CBD or purified cannabis and is the first to be approved in the U.S. marketing it under the name Epidiolex. This approval is a step toward the advancing developments and the active ingredients contained within the hemp plant, which can lead to medical progress. Personally, I believe in pure, natural, and no chemical enhancements with my CBD hemp oil, and I will share with you more about why as we continue. So, if you were like me when I first heard about CBD hemp oil, I was a little confused…. I mean, I needed to know what it was exactly, and if it was the same thing as marijuana, I wanted to know what were the benefits, and of course, was it safe to consume, and the big question……was it legal to use, let alone purchase? Well, In this article, I will help to clear up any confusion about CBD Hemp Oil, by giving you the lowdown and the facts, which in return you can make your own educated decisions on whether you believe that it is a healthy alternative to your ailments or not.

What is CBD Hemp Oil Anyway?

Cannabidiol or as it is commonly referred to–CBD Hemp Oil, is one of over a hundred chemical compounds found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis Sativa. Simply put, CBD is the concentrated liquid extract of the marijuana plant. Industrial hemp farms grow and harvest the hemp plants, then the extraction process produces the cannabidiol (CBD), which occurs naturally from within the flowers and buds of the plant. Similar to other herbal extracts, the chemicals in cannabis varies…depending on the extraction process, because, not all hemp is created equal. CBD really should be farmed and harvested as pesticide free with a CO2 extraction. The cannabis plant produces thousands of compounds but the most recognized are THC (tetrahydocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidoil). THC is the main chemical compound found in marijuana and will get a person “high”, CBD on the other hand, isn’t known to cause any psychoactive effects, and therefore, is an attractive solution to those who would like the medical benefits without the mental high. People all around the world are claiming that the cannabis oil (CBD) can be used to treat a number of health conditions from chronic pain to acne, some even believe that the oil is helping to lessen the progression of Alzheimer’s and even curing Cancer (but again, there is no clinical evidence available to support these claims.) Inside the human body, it was discovered that we have something called the Endocannabinoid System, which has receptors that spread throughout the body and brain. When these receptors are activated, they can enable a two-way communication between the body’s systems and the brain, previously thought of as impossible, new Science and research is finding that the use of cannabidiol (CBD) is actually showing that it can go in, activate and help to connect and join these receptors naturally.

Isn’t Hemp the Same Thing as Marijuana?

So, the history of hemp is very vast and actually goes back many, many years, 10,000 to be exact, and it is just now making an exciting comeback in which many believe it will be the most valuable commodity to mankind. Looking at the history of hemp, it has been recognized as the main plant of significant importance from the Egyptians to the Chinese. Here are just a few hemp history facts–
  • The first American Flag was made from hemp
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp
  • The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp
  • Hemp was used for rope for ships, construction, and more
  • It was a requirement to grow hemp in the American Colonies if you were a Farmer
  • Hemp was used as money in the 1800s
  • Over 25,000 products can be made with hemp
But let’s get to the question at hand, and the one from the paragraph’s title….isn’t hemp the same thing as marijuana? Well, the short answer is No, they are just both part of the Cannabis family. Hemp is completely different in its functions, cultivation, and application than marijuana. But our political leaders get a little confused and in my opinion have accidentally grouped all Cannabis species as a Schedule I Drug and banned it in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. It wasn’t until the Farm Act of 2014 that Federal Law changed the legal status of hemp in the U.S. and gave State Departments of Agriculture and institutions of higher learning the ability to grow, cultivate, process, and market hemp as long as research was conducted in accordance with corresponding state and federal laws. Although progress by legislation is being made, it seems to be slow, until now, as more and more people are realizing the many benefits of hemp and hemp oil (CBD), along with our Government Agencies. So, to recap, hemp and marijuana serve completely different purposes. Marijuana, is widely used for its medicinal or recreational purpose, and does have the psychoactive (high) effects, where hemp is used in a variety of other applications that include; dietary supplements, skin care, clothing, tools, accessories and many more (over 25,000 more to be exact) and does not have the psychoactive effect like marijuana, so it will not get you “high”. I like to think of them as “first cousins”, originating from the same family but with different mothers. Hemp stalks grow skinny and tall, where marijuana plants are lower to the ground with densely clustered leaves, both were bred for many different purposes.

What are the Benefits of Using CBD and What Does it Really Do?

The benefits of CBD oil are quite numerous, but one of the most celebrated is its analgesic (pain relieving) effects. It is thought that CBD can interact and help to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, with some studies such as the one from the Journal of Experimental Medicine, finding significant reduction of inflammation in mice and rats, but it’s not just rodents that experienced these effects, humans have too. Here is a short list of the many ailments that CBD has been show to help with:
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Fighting Cancer
  • Reduce the risk of Diabetes
  • Treating Sleep Disorders
  • Reduce Acne
  • Reduce Depression
  • Heart Health
Though research is still limited at this time, the studies that have been done have shown that CBD has shown to effectively treat many symptoms and is generally well tolerated, and considered safe, with only small adverse reactions in some people, like; dry mouth, dizziness, change in appetite, or diarrhea. But overall, CBD is known to interact well with several medications, but of course, before you decide to start using CBD oil, it’s always a good idea to discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety. Bottom line, the research on the ongoing potential health benefits of CBD oil is vastly improving and new research is showing up each day, there is still much to be learned about the safety and efficacy of CBD, but I can tell you from my own experience, I wouldn’t go a day without it. I have been able to switch from pharmaceutical meds to a pure and potent CBD hemp oil, and my headaches, anxiety, “brain fog”, and stress levels have reduced significantly. Stay tuned for more posts about which companies I believe to be “top shelf” when it comes to purity and safety.

Isn’t Hemp illegal?

Let’s get down to it….is CBD hemp oil legal or is it not? Hemp’s popularity is on an impressive rise right now, showing very little signs of slowing down, again, mainly because of the many health benefits that people are experiencing all over the world. But, what we want to find out, is hemp legal in the United States, and to answer that, the answer really is that as a whole the legality of CBD is still somewhat unclear due to different laws in different states, and even different laws at the state and federal levels. So, because of this many people have been hesitant from using and benefiting from the powerful cannibinoids to enhance their health. And to answer the above question, honestly, it’s not exactly a straightforward, black or white answer, and while yes, it is true that CBD is legal in all 50 states, there are some situations when it is not. The main difference between legal and illegal really depends on a few important factors that are determined by each state, but the one main factor and question across all states is where is the CBD derived from….hemp or marijuana? As we learned, hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family, so they do have a few common characteristics, the crucial difference between them is the amount of the psychoactive Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that each plant has. Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, and hemp contains no more than 0.3%, and since hemp cannot make you “high”, they have been deemed completely legal and available in different industries, stores, and online all across America. Marijuana, on the other hand, is a different story, and this is why the source of CBD products is crucial to it legality. So, if we are talking about hemp-derived CBD, then the answer is yes, the purchase, sales, possession, and consumption of hemp CBD is legal. All of it became possible because of the Farm Act in 2014, when it was signed in to existence by then President Obama. And while political indifference have caused tons of confusion for consumers, there are a handful of states that allow both hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD as completely legal, and with this acceptance, hopefully a nationwide shift toward its use will be in our future. I do want to make a quick disclaimer, I am not a Doctor or Lawyer and the information that I share is in no way to be interpreted as professional advice or legal counsel, some information may not always be accurate, as it changes quite quickly, please feel free to notify me in the comments section below and I will be happy to update the information accordingly.

What to Look for in a Bottle of CBD Oil—Pure, Potent & Beneficial.

Hopefully, I’ve answered many of your questions like “what is CBD hemp oil” and “what does it do” with clarity, and hopefully you found this article useful in making a decision about trying a bottle of CBD oil for yourself, but I do want to point out just a few more things, and that is what to look for in a bottle of CBD oil, because purity is the most important thing to look for, that and the THC levels. Here are 4 standards to go by when looking to purchase a bottle of CBD hemp oil.
  • Extraction Methods–There are a number of ways to extract the CBD-rich hemp oil from the cannabis plant, but not surprising, since so many companies are rushing to market their oils, some tend to use cheap methods that involve toxic solvents such as pentane, butane, and propane. Conversely, to preserve the plant’s cannabinoids, look for Supercritical (or Subcritical) CO2 Extraction, this method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the oil.
  • Sourcing–Soil, climate, and farmland are all based on the quality of CBD. Where it is grown, how it was grown, and what species of cannabis all are so important in quality CBD. Look for brands who source their cannabis from organic-certified, hemp-grown farms, along with those who are strict with high standards.
  • Bioavailabilty–This is important because it is the rate at which a substance can be absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition, the bio availability determines just how much of what you are taking is actually present and providing the effective levels for benefit.
  • Safe & Effective–When considering using CBD, be aware that there are many products entering the market every day as the popularity of CBD is growing, and with that, quality my go down in a push to get a product on the selves. Just ask lots of questions about it’s farm source, it’s extraction method, any third party tests, and make sure to check the level of THC, it should be 0.03%
I will be updating and adding more articles often about the hemp industry and which products that I personally use and stand by as pure, safe, and beneficial, but here is one that I recommend today, but stay tuned, as I will be adding more soon! Please feel free to leave any comments below, and thank you for stopping by to learn more at Hemp Happens!