Hemp seeds are in local grocery stores and they’re being marketed as “overachievers.” The package states they are packed with protein, iron and the list goes on an on. We also know they contain more essential fatty acids than any other nut or seed oil. This of course is fantastic news and I encourage everyone to try them. They even taste good. But here’s the irony, hemp seeds are being sold in supermarkets around the world because they’re considered “super foods” yet the CBD or cannabidiol that comes from the same plant, is considered by some to be a Schedule I drug.
A closer look
So let’s evaluate hemp seeds vs. CBD. First, just like the seeds, CBD cannot make you high no matter how much you consume. In addition, unlike the seeds it has amazing medicinal properties according to many researchers and experts, even the federal government. You read correctly, even the federal government states CBD has medicinal value, this is also ironic, we will explain later. So why the contradiction? Why is one a super food and the other a drug similar to heroin? Will there be a day when CBD oil can be sold in supermarkets as well? Imagine an oil that can be taken in lieu of commercial medications that can not cause intoxication, has no side effects, no drug interactions and its on the store shelves. Plus you wouldn’t even need a prescription. That would be amazing right?
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
When the cannabis plant is bred to have high levels of cannabidiol or CBD then it is considered to be hemp. According to the 2014 Farm Bil, hemp is considered legal and classified as industrial hemp as long as it has less than .03% THC. THC is the more well known molecule in cannabis that makes users high. If a plant has high levels of THC it is called marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, weed, you get the picture. There is no CBD or THC in the seeds, besides possible trace amounts from residue.
So why would CBD not be as celebrated as the hemp seed?
CBD is so much more than a seed, it comes from the flowers, leaves and sometimes the stalks. In fact, CBD oil is considered medicinal when it comes from the whole plant and is not only loaded with CBD but dozens of other cannabinoids in the plant. Through research experts have determined that when all of these cannabinoids exist together they have amazing power. Why? Because our human bodies have an endocannabinoid system and when you introduce this plants cannabinoids it works as a team.
Benefits of CBD according to the US Government.
Although the governments of many states are fighting the benefits of CBD, it’s the government who actually owns the patent on it. It’s true, here is the abstract from the US Government patent. It was filed in 1999.
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##
You be the judge….
One thing for sure is that people are not shy about sharing their opinions about cannabis, we at CBD BioCare just hope for the millions of people who could benefit from this plant that you educate yourself before placing judgement. CBD is what we offer at this time because it is safe, effective for many and legal. We believe the entire plant is amazing when used properly and we are passionate about spreading the word.