The Difference Between Marijuana THC Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, and Plain Hemp Oil. Sativa, Endica, & Ruderalis Cannabis. By Cindy Trethewey
What is Cannabis?:
There is a lot of buzz going around today about cannabis. So let's break down the meaning of the word CANNABIS. The word cannabis comprises both marijuana strains (THC rich) which causes a psychoactive effect when smoked and hemp strains (with negligible THC content) which is used to make industrial products such as textiles, building materials, food (such as hemp seed hearts, plain hemp oil and CBD oil), animal feed, rope, paper, fuel, clothing, paint, and cosmetics.
Definition of Cannabis Terms:
Cannabinoid = One of 85-120 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant (the number of cannabinoids is unknown new ones are constantly discovered). Some cannabinoids are more prominent than others and recently science has identified their molecular structure and is delving into studies on their possible medicinal benefits in anecdotal and preliminary medical studies. None of the findings in this article are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. According to the United States Federal Government there are no known medicinal benefits for the cannabis plant in any variety. This is a oxymoron because 29 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana on the state level and 9 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. The question I get asked a lot is, "Can doctors in the US prescribe medical marijuana to patients who need it in legalized marijuana states?" Technically NO! A doctor can only recommend marijuana as a possible treatment for a patient which differs from a doctor's prescription since doctors can only prescribe drugs and not whole plants from nature. It is against federal law for a doctor in any US state to actually prescribe marijuana as a drug for the treatment of any condition or disease because it is a schedule 1 narcotic and it's a plant, not a drug.
To delve deeper into the chemical composition of cannabis (both marijuana and hemp) we need to define the meanings of each cannabinoid in cannabis and briefly describe what could be some of the possible medicinal benefits for each compound. These are not statements pointing to any cures at all. These are only statements made by researchers in possible preliminary findings and they are not endorsed by the FDA. However the FDA has made a public statement a few days ago (August of 2017) rendering CBD to be beneficial to the human body without specifics.
The Most Prominent Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Possible Uses Are As Follows (Keep in Mind It is Unlawful To Make Definitive Statements Regarding Medicinal Benefits of Plants. So Any Statements Made Here-In Are to Be Taken as Conjecture and Non-Definitive No Matter How Truthful They May or May Not Tend To Be In Reality. That Is How the Medical Cabal Likes Things):
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) - The only cannabinoid with overt psychoactive functions when heated or cooked and ingested or smoked. THC has been known to relieves pain, reduces vomiting and nausea, stimulates appetite, and suppresses muscle spasms in anecdotal testimonies and in preliminary medical findings. THC in large doses or in isolation can create an anxiety effect.
CBD (Cannabidiol) - Anecdotal and Preliminary Medical Findings of the Possible Medical Benefits of CBD is a Long List, Such As, But Not Limited To: Having anti-bacterial properties, inhibits cancer cell growth, neuroprotective, promotes bone growth, reduces seizures and convulsions, reduce blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation, reduced risk of artery blockage, reduces small intestines contraction, reduces vomiting and nausea, relieves pain, relieves anxiety, relieves depression, and suppresses muscle spasms. CBD provides energy in lower doses and induces drowsiness in larger doses.
CBG (Cannabigerol) - Anecdotal and Preliminary Medical Findings of the Possible Medical Benefits of CBG: Slows bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, and inhibits cell growth of tumors and cancer cells and promotes bone growth.
CBC (Cannabichromene) - Anecdotal and Preliminary Medical Findings of the Possible Medical Benefits of CBC: Inhibits cancer growth, reduces inflammation, and reduces pain.
CBN (Cannabinol) - Anecdotal and Preliminary Medical Findings of the Possible Medical Benefits of CBN: The cannabinoid can make you sleepy and is slightly psychoactive. Topical uses also have shown promise in treating burns, as an anti-bacterial and psoriasis. If the cannabis containing CBN is exposed to the air, the THC will begin to degrade and convert to CBN. Generally speaking there is very little CBN in the fresh leaf cannabis unless this degradation takes place. CBN is a great compound to fight insomnia.
There are 68-110 known cannabinoids in cannabis (depending on in which expert you confer) that work together with another 420 chemical compounds such as terpenes, enzymes, flavonoids, proteins, sugars, fatty acids, sugars, esters, amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. And it is this complexity that gives cannabis it's potential medical values. The famous cannabis researcher Raphael Mechoulam who discovered the THC compound also coined the term "Entourage Effect." This "Entourage Effect" is the theory that the whole plant extract is more beneficial to the body than extracted components in isolate form. For instance CBD can be isolated out as a single molecular compound. When CBD is isolated, it turns into a crystalline white powder diminishing some of it's special capabilities when the CBD was originally rendered in its entirety, in whole plant form. When the cannabinoids, terpenes and other chemical compounds are intact in the cannabis plant, as nature intended, the components play off of each other with synergy in ways science is only beginning to understand. For instance, various components of the whole cannabis plant are better absorbed and their attributes are maximized with minimal side effects. Until recently, not a lot of funding has gone into the overt and publicly published researched medical studies on cannabis.
Cannabis Comes in Three Varieties:
Industrial Hemp (is rendered from the Stativa L. strain of cannabis): This is the variety of cannabis with the most uses, up until 1937 and the institution of that Marhijuana Tax Act, hemp was used for about 10,000 products: food, clothes, fuel, sails for boats, canvas, textiles, biodegradable plastic, animal feed and building supplies (as pointed out earlier in this article). Hemp is of the Sativa variety.
Industrial Hemp Originates From the Sativa L. Strain:
Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. CBD is present in all hemp seeds in a variety of strengths depending on the strain. Hemp seed hearts are sold in similar fashion as cereal and exudes a nutty flavor and aroma. The hemp seed hearts when hulled are soft like oatmeal and can be added as a bakery good ingredient or sprinkled on soups, salads, or other food items for a protein source. Processed hemp seed is also given as a livestock feed. From Wikipedia: "Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor as well. The darker the color, the grassier the flavor. Hemp oil or CBD hemp oils should not be confused with hash oil, a tetrahydrocannabinol-containing oil made from the Cannabis flowers, hailed by some for its medicinal qualities. Hemp seed oil is comprised of the Sativa L. variety and the seeds themselves do not contain any THC. However, during the extraction processing, very minute amounts of THC may leach into the oil from residues from the leaves, but the amounts are insignificant."
Hemp seed oil extract is quite popular now as an additive in skin lotions, shampoos, soaps and other apothecaries and is even sold in vitamin capsules. Hemp seed oil's claim to fame as a nutritional food item is its perfect ratio of omega fatty acid 6 (linoleic acid)-(AL) and omega fatty acid 3 (alpha-linolenic acid)-(ALA), the ratio being 3:1 respectively, and is considered to be natures perfect ratio as such over any other food known. Just one tablespoon provides a full daily requirement of both AL and ALAs. the The first Model-T Ford automobile was powered by hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is lower in saturated fatty acids as compared to other oils.
Additional Points of Interest Regarding Hemp Seed Oil:
- Low flash point is not conducive to frying foods.
- Lower quality hemp seed oils that lack antioxidants can go rancid easily if not stored properly in dark bottles in a cool location.
- Hemp seed oil can be frozen for short periods.
- Hemp seed oil may relieve symptoms of eczema.
- Hemp seed oil is used as an additive in: resin, paint, solvent, ink, fuel, plastic and varnish.
Hemp seed oil is nutritious and full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E.
Hemp is very high in perfectly balanced levels of omega fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is much cheaper than it's more expensive counterpart, CBD hemp oil, which is hemp oil too with a much higher CBD content.
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"Cannabidiol for Neurodegenerative Disorders: Important New Clinical Applications for this Phytocannabinoid? "Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid with therapeutic properties for numerous disorders exerted through molecular mechanisms that are yet to be completely identified. CBD acts in some experimental models as an anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, anxiolytic and anti-psychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia, respectively. The neuro-protective potential of CBD, based on the combination of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is of particular interest and is presently under intense preclinical research in numerous neuro-degenerative disorders."
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