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CBD As a Beneficial Natural Plant Medicine: Why The Stereotype?

CBD is becoming increasingly popular because of the potential health benefits it can offer people looking for a natural plant-based compound. Yet many are still confused about what CBD is and what it does. It seems everywhere you look these days, people are talking about CBD oil. It’s like the new kid on the block, […]

CBD is becoming increasingly popular because of the potential health benefits it can offer people looking for a natural plant-based compound. Yet many are still confused about what CBD is and what it does.

It seems everywhere you look these days, people are talking about CBD oil. It’s like the new kid on the block, and this kid is the hippest yet. For many, they suggest CBD should be considered the next ‘superfood,’! Yet as CBD products infuse the marketplace, many are confused about what CBD is or how it works. So let’s rewind briefly for a candid look to straighten things out.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in both the hemp and marijuana plants. Both plants belong to the flowring plants of the Cannabaceae plant family. However, most refer to CBD and Marijuana as one in the same, probably because they both come from the same lineage of the Cannabis sativa family, of which, is the commonly referred to as marijuana. This of course only adds to the confusion and lends to the ‘stoner’ stereotype because marijuana contains a component called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, of which gives the sensation that gets one high. While both plants look very similar, they each have unique properties. We found a research paper published, entitled: The Name of Cannabis: A short Guide for Nonbotanists, that helps clarify even further these name games, if you feel inclined to have a look.

CBD, unlike THC, has no psychoactive properties. What does this mean? It means that CBD isn’t going to get you ‘high’ like many marijuana products that contain THC.

In 2018, the US Farm Bill legalized (at a federal level) the cultivation of hemp and the ability for manufacturers to produce products made from hemp. This essentially opened the floodgates for a rush of different companies to enter the CBD market. The caveat here is that it’s created too many items on the menu, if you will,  and in the mad rush to get to market… how can one truly determine what product is best; how to decipher what products do what they claim to do; and further yet: do they contain what is being implied?

Common CBD Stereotypes Explained

  • CBD is not a marijuana product. Most CBD products (do your due diligence in checking) are made from commercially produced hemp plants which are naturally low in THC. Industrial hemp plants are high in CBD but have less than 0.3% THC– or to be sold legally, this is the percent maximum it can contain of THC. Marijuana plants by their natural orgin have a much higher THC/CBD radio than hemp plants. This is the biggest difference.

  • CBD oil and hemp oil aren’t the same things. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous businesses intentionally mislead people about CBD oil and hemp oil. This is due to advertising prohibitions of CBD in most cases, so many choose to falsely name their CBD products as ‘hemp’ – of which those who are clued in get the code word, let’s say and understand they are really getting CBD. Again, this adds to the confusion. Yet, CBD oil contains the active ingredient cannabidiol (CBD), where hemp does not. Hemp oil is usually made from processed hemp seeds and does not contain any CBD at all. That’s not to say that hemp isn’t a beneficial natural compound, but it doesn’t contain CBD nor carry any of the thereapeutic properties of CBD. Do take note of this difference

  • Full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate are very different products. Full-spectrum CBD is the whole plant, period. Nothing extracted, nothing added, it is the full enchilada in it’s truest essence. Full spectrum products contain all the natural compounds found in the whole plant, such as other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and its natural essential oils. Full-spectrum CBD is made using the entire plant. Research has shown that the effectiveness of the CBD is biologically boosted when combined with these other compounds. This enhancement is referred to as the ‘entourage effect.’ See our published account explaining this entourage effect here. If you read our findings, you’ll understand why and how Ananda full-spectrum CBD products are formulated and why we add essential oils traditionally known for or studied for their therapeutic benefits. CBD isolate products on the other hand, only contain CBD. During the isolate manufacturing process, different extraction methods are used to strip the CBD from the plant and to ‘isolate’ or separate individually, one or a few other compounds.

  • CBD helps balance the body. CBD helps to reduce the negative side-effects many people experience when they consume THC products such as nausea, anxiety, stress, and paranoia.

CBD Stereotypes Conclusion

While there is growing potential for CBD to be a top choice as a natural alternative to many pharmaceutical medications, the science is still racing to catch up. There have been some very promising studies into CBD and the potential health benefits which it may offer.

Honest CBD companies are continuing to educate people about what CBD is and how to identify premium CBD products. We encourage everyone to look deeply at any product you are considering and make sure you’re getting what you need to support you in your health journey. If you have any questions about our full-spectrum CBD or any product, then please don’t hesitate to ask! We’d love to be able to help you better understand this natural compound and the potential health benefits which it may offer.

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