If you have heard of Hemp CBD oil benefits, but don’t really know what all the hype is about, then you will find this article informative. It sheds some light on what Hemp CBD oil is, and all the health benefits it contains.
Most of us have heard of cannabis oil and perhaps even know someone who is using this oil. At the mention of the word cannabis, we immediately think of the controversial plant commonly referred to as “dagga”, “pot”, “dope” etc. The plant is ubiquitously associated with the euphoric “high” from recreational use. But there is so much more to cannabis, beyond the common perception. This article serves to provide a summary of the incredible medicinal properties of a very
powerful cannabis oil called cannabidiol (CBD).
How does it differ to marijuana?
Firstly, lets clear up the confusion and stigma attached to the word “cannabis”. Hemp
and marijuana are cousins of the cannabis plant family. They both contain cannabinoids called CBD (the powerful medicinal ingredient) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol- the ingredient that produces
mind-altering effects in users). But hemp has less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana contains much higher levels, therefore CBD has no mind-altering ‘highs’ as is experienced with THC packed marijuana
(1). CBD is the magic and ‘legally accepted’ medicinal ingredient that everyone is talking about and its medicinal use dates back to 2700BCE (2).
There is another hemp oil not to be mistaken with CBD oil and that is hemp seed oil. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and hemp seed oil is extracted from its seeds.
Hemp seed oil is primarily used as a cooking oil or for industrial and cosmetic purposes.
CBD’s intimate and unique communication with our cells
What caught my eye about CBD is the intimate way it can speak to and influence our cells. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids that are made outside the body (exogenous cannabinoids), but the human body has naturally occurring cannabinoids (endocannabinoid) which originate inside the body (3). We have cannabinoid receptors in the brain, central nervous system, lungs, liver, kidney, immune system and
suspected in the endothelial cells (skin). When endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bind to these specific receptors of cells, changes occur within the cells and thereby act as regulators to keep bodily
functions in check. Hemp is the only plant that can “speak” to the human body in this way and that is what gives CBD oil its remarkable ability to generate change within our bodies- beginning in
our cells (4).
It has been speculated that an impaired endocannabinoid system can lead
to multiple ailments from migraines, IBS, fibromalgia, all of which
can be relieved using cannabinoids as a treatment (5).
So what does it do for our health?
CBD is considered to be one of the most balanced nutrition oils found in
nature. It has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids Western diets are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and have excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. The ratio is sometimes as
high as 16:1. Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio is found to promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease,
cancer and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (6).
CBD oil does not have the worrying mercury content (found in some fish oil supplements) which can affect neurological or developmental mechanisms of the unborn baby, making it an attractive omega
supplement for pregnant mothers (3).
The most exciting benefits of CBD oil is for cancer patients. It has
been shown that cannabinoids induce tumour cell death and inhibit
tumour angiogenesis and invasion in animal models of cancer (7).
Human studies are still ongoing and, as yet, the most studied and
established roles for cannabinoid therapies include pain,
chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and anorexia. Given the
positive results in animal models as well as CBD oil’s powerful and
positive impact on the body’s overall health and well-being, its use
in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments should be
CBD oil is known to have an excellent impact on the health of the
heart. It contains a high content of the enzyme lipase, which is a
superior non-invasive chelation therapy for removing plaque build-up
(undigested protein and cholesterol) from arteries and cell membrane(2).
As the years pass by, most of us are concerned about our brain health
and memory. CBD has been proven to protect the brain against memory
decline as well as improve brain function. CBD oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that is required for brain development and is crucial for brain health and that of the
eyes’ retina. Mothers who take CBD oils during pregnancy may provide
brain and eye protection for the developing baby (8).
Each of us will experience some sort of skin ailment at one other
stage of our life. Whether eczema, teenage acne, psoriasis or general
aging concerns; CBD oil taken orally or applied topically, can be the
solution. The fact that CBD oil is able to communicate with the
endocannabinoid receptors of the skin cells, as well as having
anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ensures it is
comprehensively investigated in the skin care industry. Although
studies are preliminary, there have been numerous success stories to
date and it’s just a matter of time before a new, unprecedented CBD
oil skin care market may well begin to develop (9).
CBD oil is one of the best sources of vitamin D and one of the few vegetarian and vegan sources for this vitamin (10). Unsuitable levels of vitamin D lead to poor calcium absorption, cardiovascular disease, cancer or asthma in children (11). Those at risk of low vitamin D levels could benefit greatly by including CBD oils in their diet.
One of the most studied uses of CBD oil is its ability to stop seizures resistant to traditional pharmaceuticals. It also has the potential to reduce and eliminate depression, anxiety and
other mental illnesses. There is evidence of its positive impact in alleviating chronic pain, Alzheimer, Parkinson, ADHD, arthritis, diabetes as well multiple skin conditions…the list seems endless (2, 12).
Choosing the right product:
It is much easier to extract CBD from marijuana and a lot more hemp plant is needed to get the same amount of CBD as you would from a few marijuana plants. Growing marijuana is not an option in many
countries, therefore hemp is the plant of choice. However, hemp draws toxins and heavy metals from the soil and when a lot of plant matter is needed for an extraction, the greater the accumulation of toxins.
Therefore, it is imperative that you choose a product made from non-GMO hemp grown without chemical fertelizers, herbicide or pesticides. Extraction with a non-toxic CO2
solvent is also worth looking-out for when choosing the right brand (1).
One such company is CTFO. Their CBD is completely isolated through CO2 extraction and crystal precipitation and is of the highest grade, pesticide-free, Non GMO Hemp in the world. They also have a Cruelty Free Policy.
Ongoing studies continue to elucidate the healing power of CBD oil. It is becoming evident that this product requires consideration in the treatment of ailments as well as preventative medicine. The positive benefits of CBD oil have the potential to improve quality of life.
Written By: Alisson Lynch – M.Sc Genetics, Diploma in Nutrition.
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