What Is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol or CBD is creating quite a buzz …..but without the high associated with its cousin THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Both CBD and THC are the two most dominant phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. There are more than 100 other plant cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids present. Cannabis with high levels of THC is called marijuana and cannabis with low levels is called hemp. For a clear understanding please watch our Understanding Cannabis Video.
CBD Cannot Get You High
Unlike THC, CBD and the rest of the cannabinoids do not cause a high because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC. CBD binds to CB2 receptors found throughout the body.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety, concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
When is it Marijuana and when is it hemp?
Marijuana is the cannabis plant that contains high levels of THC, anywhere from 5-35%. When heated this plant can cause the user to become “high”. CBD on the other hand will never cause this affect. CBD can be extracted from either marijuana or hemp, however CBD extracted from marijuana is not legal in all states. CBD extracted from hemp is legal to be shipped to all 50 states.
Different Types of Hemp
There are two different types of hemp. One we use for industry and one we use for medicine. Let us explain the difference.
Industrial hemp has been used for decades for things like rope, canvas, paper and so much more. This is where hemp seeds and therefore hemp seed oil comes from. This plant grows up to 20 feet tall. It is not medicine. Its seeds are considered a “super food” because it contains omega fatty acids and other valuable nutrients. This oil makes a great carrier oil and helps our bodies absorb these beneficial cannabinoids. Therefore, we use hemp seed oil as our carrier oil in our CBD BioCare Products.
Medicinal Hemp looks exactly like marijuana and it grows in a bush. The only difference between this plant and marijuana is the THC content. Legally hemp must contain .3% or less.
Here’s where it gets confusing
True industrial hemp is genetically inferior to medicinal hemp, yet it is defined the same way by the regulatory agencies. Many brands, companies and even legal counsel who still believe that hemp-derived CBD must come from overseas to be “fully legal” are not taking into consideration the 2014 US Farm Bill section 7606 which created for the first time since 1937, a Federally legal pathway to growing “industrial hemp” once again on American soil. As a consumer, understanding the difference is crucial before buying. Otherwise you may not be satisfied with the results or lack thereof.
What makes CBD BioCare’s CBD Oil a better choice?
- Full Spectrum CBD Oil
- Whole Plant Extracted
- Organically Grown in the USA
- Manufactured in the USA and bottled in an FDA food grade facility.
- 3rd party tested for compliance, safety and security 4 x before reaching you.
- Company transparency
Industrial hemp oil from overseas
As demand for CBD continues to grow, so too will the synthetic forms of CBD crystalline isolate coming out of China and Eastern Europe. CBD buyers need to be cautious when purchasing CBD from overseas. True quality control can only be guaranteed if all aspects of the supply chain and manufacturing is monitored and tested for compliance, safety and quality.
Here is a brief explanation of different cannabis oils on the market
Hemp oil, can be any oil derived from hemp. This includes hemp seed oil, full spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate. You must read the label. Some hemp oil includes oil extracted from the whole plant or just the stalk of the plant. It can also mean hemp seed oil which is pressed from the Cannabis Sativa seeds and does not contain any active cannabinoids which includes CBD. There may be trace amounts from plant residue, but CBD is not a product of the seeds. Be aware, there are companies claiming CBD is in their hemp seed oil, which cannot be true if it is derived only from the seeds.
Full spectrum CBD Hemp Oil
This is hemp oil that contains all of the cannabinoids and provides the most medicinal product available. When you have all the cannabinoids present, this creates what is called the entourage effect. You can expect a full spectrum product from CBD BioCare. Even though we remove THC from our product, results show that full spectrum benefits are still offered.
How do we remove the THC from our cannabis?
Once oil from the whole plant is extracted, the small traces of THC in the oil are isolated and removed without harming the other very important cannabinoids and terpenes that naturally occur in our cannabis strain.
This is CBD isolated from the plant and is converted into a powder like substance. This isolate is then added to a carrier oil. This product can often be identified because the seller will state it is 99% pure. CBD alone is a great product, as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. However, It does not have all the medicinal benefits of a full spectrum product.
Marijuana oil – THC Oil and Cannabis oil
These names refer to oils that are extracted from the marijuana plant that has high levels of THC, making it illegal in most states. It will also contain CBD and other cannabinoids.