As the tides change regarding hemp and cannabis use, store shelves have seen a sudden influx of oils, supplements, and specialty food and drink items touting the numerous benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD.
A non-psychoactive compound found in both hemp and cannabis plants, CBD has a lot of newfound support within the health and wellness industry and is fast becoming the choice, “natural” alternative for many when it comes to treating symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain.
Hemp oil, a source of CBD, is probably the most common in places where cannabis has yet to be legalized. This is due to an extraction method that ensures no detectable amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the compound that causes the “high” associated with cannabis — is in the product.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Knowing Your Oils
Before you look into learning about hemp oil, it’s good to know what other products are out there. The types of products you’re able to find will greatly depend on the legality of cannabis in your state.
If you live somewhere where cannabis use is still illegal, hemp oil is the CBD supplement you’ll most likely find on store shelves. Extracted from the hemp stalk for its CBD content, this oil is legally required to contain less than 0.3 percent THC. To ensure this, all hemp oil is made using hemp that has been approved for legal use.
Hemp oil is not the same as hemp seed oil, which is commonly used for cooking. There is no CBD in hemp seed oil so make sure you check the labels before you buy.
CBD oil is made and sold in states where cannabis is legal and can be made using the entire hemp or cannabis plant, including the flowering part of the plant.
Cannabis oil features both CBD and THC and is derived only from cannabis sativa plants. Some argue that the full effects of CBD can be enhanced when paired with other compounds, including THC, featured in the plant. This is known as the entourage effect. That said, these oils can feature a prominent THC profile, which can outweigh the benefits of CBD for those not looking for any kind of “high.” These products can only be found in places where cannabis is legal.
How Do You Use Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil can be used in a number of ways. Those who ingest it will experience the effects of the CBD gradually compared to those who vaporize it or place a drop or two underneath the tongue. These people will experience its effect right away.
The oil can also be used topically, with many finding CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties doing wonders for sore muscles and damaged skin cells.
What Are The Benefits of Hemp Oil?
Because hemp oil contains CBD, its potential benefits are similar to those found in other oils with CBD in them. While research is still being done regarding how effective CBD actually is, many find that taking hemp oil can help with:
- Chronic pain
- Lack of focus
- Sore muscles
Treating Medical Conditions
As for more severe medical conditions, research shows that the CBD found in hemp oil may help treat epilepsy without the abrasive side effects associated with many medications. The efficacy of treating cancer and Alzheimer’s disease with CBD is also being researched, and the outlook is very promising.
For anyone suffering from any of these medical conditions, hemp oil may provide relief. Given its lack of THC, hemp oil is probably the best product to start out with when looking into CBD, even for those who live in states where cannabis is legal.