In this brief post, I will be discussing the health benefits of hemp oil, also known as hemp CBD oil. Over the last few years, there has been a tremendous amount of hype about CBD oil. It seems to be showing up in everything from foot cream to lip balm to my favorite—chocolate. However, the subject of hemp oil often gets confusing when the terms hemp oil or hemp CBD oil are used interchangeably with marijuana oil or marijuana CBD oil or cannabis oil or just plain CBD oil.
It becomes even more confusing when you hear or read terms like cannabis plants, cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, tetrahydrocannabinol, phyto-cannabinoid, anandamide, THC, CB1 and CB2 receptors, just to name a few.
There are many sites on the internet that explain in technical terms the differences between hemp CBD and marijuana CBD. I’ve listed several at the bottom or this post.
This post, however, is going to be short, non-technical, and to-the-point. I will try to answer the following questions:
- What is hemp, and where does it come from?
- What are the similarities and differences between CBD and THC?
- Does CBD oil come from marijuana?
- Will hemp (CBD) oil make you “high”?
- What are the benefits of hemp oil?
- Why hemp (CBD) oil and chocolate?
I will try to keep unfamiliar terms to the bare minimum, but some are critical to the understanding of this topic.
What is Hemp, and Where Does it Come From?
Hemp along with marijuana are subspecies of the cannabis plant, believed to have been domesticated as long ago as 30,000 years. Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD, a chemical compound found in humans and in some plants. They also both contain another compound called THC. The compound, THC, is the game-changer.
What are the similarities and differences are between CBD and THC?
Both THC and CBD can be found in marijuana and in hemp. THC is a compound most associated with marijuana because of its euphoric and psychoactive properties. THC is what gives marijuana users the “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, so you will not get “high” from CBD.
CBD and THC are compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids promote a stable internal environment at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism. The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant have almost the exact effect on the human body as the cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, in human breast milk.
Here is important point one: Hemp CBD oil (hemp oil) has high concentrations of CBD and very low concentrations of THC; marijuana CBD (marijuana oil or cannabis oil) has high concentrations of THC and very low concentrations of CBD. The least potent strain of marijuana CBD oil has at least 33 times the THC content of hemp CBD oil. In fact, hemp oil cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. You will not get “high” on hemp CBD oil.
Here is important point two: Hemp CBD oil is legal and easy to get almost everywhere; marijuana CBD oil is illegal in many states and is often difficult to get.
What are the benefits of CBD?
While marijuana is recognized for its euphoric and psychoactive properties, marijuana CBD oil can also have the effect of relaxation and pain relief. Unfortunately, frequent use of marijuana, whether smoked or eaten, can also result in feelings of paranoia and depression.
Hemp CBD, on the other hand, has the same benefits as marijuana CBD oil and more without the negative side effects associated with the marijuana CBD oil. Hemp CBD has also shown to have positive effects on many conditions including chronic pain, epilepsy, migraines, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, MS, cancer, and more. There have been more than 23,000 published studied on the effects of CBD, and it is certain that many thousands more will be published in the future on this potential miracle alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. In fairness, it must be recognized that some negative side effects of hemp CBD oil like nausea, digestive problems, or slight “high” for those sensitive to very low doses of THC have been reported. But these side effects are relatively uncommon. As with any supplement, it is advisable to check with your family doctor before beginning a regimen of CBD-infused chocolate.
Why CBD and Chocolate?
Many believe that the greatest benefits of CBD oil are realized when it is combined with chocolate. We should all be aware of the known health benefits of chocolate, especially dark chocolate. If you need to review these benefits, please read my post, Health Benefits of Chocolate for Men, Especially Husbands.
Consider this: Your body, like the cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana, contains naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids in your brain are called Anandamides. Cacao also contains cannabinoids known as Anandamide and Anandamide Inhibitors. The Anandamide inhibitors in chocolate boost and potentiate the effects of the CBD and THC.
Bottom line: When you eat chocolate infused with hemp CBD oil, the positive effects of the CBD and the chocolate are stronger and longer-lasting. You can enjoy these health benefits without any negative side effects. Chocolate infused with hemp CBD oil is delicious, healthy, legal, and accessible. Try some today.
I hope that this post has helped to dispel any misconceptions you may have held about hemp CBD oil and the products infused with hemp oil. If you found this post informative and interesting, please take a moment to Share us and Like us on your favorite social media site.
- “High on Health: CBD in the Food Supply”. Reality Sandwich, 2014
- “What is CBD oil exactly?”. Readers Digest, 2018
- “Hemp CBD vs Cannabis CBD: What’s the Difference?”. Healthy Hemp Oil, 2019