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Hemp vs Marijuana - Aren’t Hemp and Marijuana the same? This is the first question most people ask. The short answer is No. They are both plants in the Cannabis family with each having its own specific set of traits and uses. Hemp has generally been used to describe non-intoxicating Cannabis that is harvested for the industrial use of its derived products, such as various cannabinoids (the most prominent one being CBD) which are used in a variety of items for supplemental healthy living without causing mental impairment. By today’s standards, Hemp must contain .3% or less THC to be legal on the federal level. Marijuana contains higher levels of THC which can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user and is usually referred to as recreational use; however, studies show that there are health benefits as well when using Marijuana in a controlled way.
About CBD & Hemp:
Endocannabinoid System - The What??? Each of us has a naturally occurring endocannabinoid system in our bodies which is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. If you imagine the body like a machine, each system works together to keep the machine moving. The immune system is like a filtration system, the brain is like the motherboard, and endocannabinoids help to maintain these systems.Like any machine―whether it be a result of poor maintenance, damage, or natural aging―our body’s parts and systems can deteriorate and malfunction. When this happens, it affects the entire body and can lead to various health problems. Studies show that when CBD bonds with the CB1 or CB2 receptors, it alters and/or improves the capabilities of that receptor, thereby improving the receptors functionality. Additionally, if the body suffers from cannabinoid deficiency, administering CBD can help equalize the deficiency (studies suggest that cannabinoids are a finite resource, and the deficiency of cannabinoids can result in headaches, irritability, and other health issues). By bonding with our body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD not only helps to maintain vital health functions―it helps to restore the homeostasis or balance, within the body. This is the root of its many health benefits.
Cannabinoids and Terpenes: The Entourage Effect There are well over 100 identified cannabinoids that are found in the Cannabis plant. The most prominent ones are CBD and THC (Hemp is high in CBD and low in THC, Marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD), however there are many other cannabinoids that are quite beneficial to our bodies as seen in the chart below. Terpenes are aromatic molecules found in most fruits, plants, and herbs, including cannabis. Along with the aromatic feature, terpenes also have a number of health benefits as noted in the chart below. Aside from providing cannabis strains with their distinct natural aromas, terpenes also provide a wide range of therapeutic benefits. When cannabinoids like CBD and terpenes interact with the body, they work synergistically to deliver what is known as the “Entourage Effect.” This occurs when multiple cannabis compounds work together to deliver a stronger influence on the body than any individual compound could alone. Because of the Entourage Effect, CBD products that contain terpenes have the potential to deliver enhanced therapeutic benefits.
Benefits of CBD: The health benefits of CBD are nothing new. CBD has been studied for decades In fact, over the last century, researchers have evaluated CBD as a potential treatment for more than fifty conditions and new studies are being conducted every year. For more information on specific conditions, please visit https://www.projectcbd.org/conditions-hub