Here at Myriad Wellness, our products focus on a phenomenal compound called CBD. But what is CBD? How does CBD work in the body? And why is there so much hype surrounding this cannabinoid?
What is CBD?
CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. It’s present in both marijuana and industrial hemp. However, it does not have psychoactive effects, meaning it doesn’t cause a “high”.
What CBD does have are some incredible therapeutic effects on the human body. Through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, CBD may help to regulate inflammation, seizures, pain, anxiety, and many more common ailments. The benefits of CBD are substantial, although clinical research has historically been inhibited by the legal prohibition of cannabis.
CBD vs THC
It’s important to understand the difference between CBD and THC.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. THC is responsible for the “high” associated with consuming marijuana. THC is also the compound that is considered a drug, and therefore is illegal in many areas.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is not psychoactive. It causes no high, and is not subject to the same legal restrictions as THC. CBD is responsible for many of the therapeutic effects of cannabis. CBD itself is legal in the United States, so long as it’s derived from industrial grade hemp.
Both CBD and THC are present in all cannabis sativa plants. However, their concentration levels vary significantly. Generally speaking, marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD, while industrial hemp is high in CBD and very low in THC.
At Myriad Wellness, all of our products are made from industrial hemp, and contain less than 0.3% THC. Our products do not cause a “high” or any sort of psychoactive effect. Myriad Wellness products are legal in all 50 US states, and many foreign countries.
In short, the difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is not psychoactive, is fully legal, and has many therapeutic properties, while THC is psychoactive, is illegal in some areas, and causes the “high” associated with marijuana.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
Research on the effects of cannabis in humans in the 90’s lead to an important medical discovery: the Endocannabinoid system.
The Endocannabinoid system is a biochemical communication system found in the human body, which receives endogenous cannabidiol and other cannabinoids. However, these cannabinoids are only produced by the body in small amounts. Plant based CBD (Cannabidiol) works by binding to endocannabinoid receptors such as serotonin, adenosine, and vanilloid receptors. These receptors are distributed all over the body by the endocannabinoid system to restore balance between the central and peripheral nervous systems that these hormones regulate. Thus, the endocannabinoid system and its interactions with cannabinoids plays an important role in regulating mood, physiology and more.
These findings have helped to advance our knowledge of human biology, as well as our understanding of how cannabis affects the body.
For more on the endocannabinoid system, check out this guide on Project CBD, a nonprofit advocacy group.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD is the actual cannabinoid found naturally in industrial hemp and cannabis. But what is CBD oil?
CBD oil is an extracted product, typically made using either an ethanol (alcohol) or CO2 extraction process. The oil can be extracted from marijuana or from industrial hemp, but hemp is more commonly used.
Manufacturers of CBD oil (including Myriad Wellness) take raw industrial hemp that is engineered to be rich in CBD and send it through an extraction process. From there, the extracted CBD oil is often bound to a carrier oil (such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil), and placed into capsules. Liquid tinctures are also common, as are topical lotions.
At Myriad Wellness, we produce high quality CBD oils using 100% industrial-grade hemp. We use strains of hemp that are very high in CBD, and very low in THC. We offer both CO2 and ethanol extracts to give our customers more choices.
What is CBD Oil Used For?
CBD is used by many in the natural health industry to support their healthy lifestyle.
It’s important to note that CBD is not FDA approved for any medical treatment, except for one severe form of epilepsy. It should not be considered a medicine, and it is not recommended by most Western doctors.
With that said, there is growing evidence that CBD may be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. Below, find some of the potential uses of CBD, along with links to recent studies on the topic. Some promising potential applications include:
- Inflammation (1, 2, 3)
- Pain (1, 2, 3)
- Anxiety and Depression (1, 2, 3)
- Seizures and Epilepsy (1, 2, 3)
- Many other applications (1, 2)
While there is some promising research and anecdotal reports of CBD benefits, there is still a lot of research to do. Many studies have been conducted on animals, partly because of the complex legal status of cannabis-derived products.
We encourage our customers to do their own research, speak with their doctors, and make informed decisions about the products they choose to use.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
What is the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?
There is some confusion surrounding the difference between CBD oil vs hemp oil. The confusion is understandable, given the fact that both are actually made from hemp.
CBD oil is made by extracting oils from the whole hemp plant. It typically uses strains of hemp with a high CBD content. CBD oil is used for therapeutic applications.
Hemp oil is typically made from hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil contains no CBD or other cannabinoids, but it does contain healthy fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp oil is used in cooking and as a dietary supplement.