Industrial Hemp Extract is a natural chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It contains over 113 compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids. However, Industrial Hemp Extract is not a psychotropic cannabinoid like THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, found in Marijuana; Industrial Hemp Extract does not produce intoxication or euphoria.
Industrial Hemp Extract can be beneficial in myriad ways.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oils are oils that contain concentrations of CBD, which is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the possible therapeutic uses of CBD. The concentrations and the uses of these oils vary.
Is CBD marijuana?
Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC. THC is the most active ingredient in marijuana. But marijuana contains both THC and also CBD, also know as cannabinoids. These compounds have very different effects on the body. THC creates a mind-altering "high" when a person smokes it or uses it in cooking. This is due to THC breaking down when we apply heat and introduce it into the body. CBD is different, unlike THC, it is not psychoactive. This means that CBD does not change a person's state of mind when they ingest it. However, CBD does appear to produce significant changes in the body, and some research suggests that it has medical benefits.
Where does CBD come from?
The least processed form of the cannabis plant is hemp. Hemp contains most of the CBD that people use medicinally. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa, but the two are very different. Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to contain high levels of THC and other compounds that interested them, often because the compounds produced a smell or had another effect on the plant's flowers. On the other hand, hemp farmers have rarely modified the plant. These hemp plants are used to create CBD oil.
How does CBD work?
All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects by attaching to certain receptors in the body. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, known as the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, with a higher concentration in the brain. THC attaches more frequently to these CB1 receptors. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with movement, coordination, pain, emotions, mood, rational thought, appetite, memory, as wells as several other functions.
CB2 receptors are much more common in the immune system. They affect pain and inflammation. Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own production of cannabinoids.
What are possible Benefits of CBD?
CBD may benefit a person's health in a variety of ways.
Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain.
Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative.
Authors of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats. The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.
Reduction in Anxiety disorders
Authors of a review from Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may help to reduce anxiety in people with certain related disorders. According to the review, CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The authors noted that current treatments for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects, which can cause some people to stop taking them. No further definitive evidence currently links CBD to adverse effects, and the authors called for further studies of the compound as a treatment for anxiety and it should be noted that doctors often advise people with chronic anxiety to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify feelings of anxiousness and paranoia.
In recent years, with the introduction of medicinal marijuana, studies have shown that various cannabinoids have had a positive impact on reducing inflammation all over the body. Because Industrial Hemp Extract is introduced into the endocannabinoid system, it can help fight inflammation in many parts of the body at once. Many prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceutical options only administer treatment to one part of the body at a time. Industrial Hemp Extract helps open up receptors in the endocannabinoid system, allowing your body to return to homeostasis. Industrial Hemp Extract is also a 100 percent natural alternative option to traditional prescription drugs.
Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals
Some promising evidence suggests that CBD use may help people to reduce or quit smoking altogether. A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine. Furthermore, a similar study, published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addictions. The researchers noted that CBD reduced some symptoms associated with substance use disorders. These included anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia. More research is necessary, but these findings suggest that CBD may help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.
After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) as a therapy for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures in 2018.
In the U.S., a doctor can prescribe Epidiolex to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a condition that appears between the ages of 3 and 5 years and involves different kinds of seizures. Also to treat Dravet syndrome (DS), a rare genetic condition that appears in the first year of life and involves frequent, fever-related seizures. The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are difficult to control with other types of medication.
Other neurological symptoms and disorders
Researchers are studying the effects of CBD on various neuropsychiatric disorders. Authors of a 2014 review noted that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy. Findings suggested that CBD may also treat many complications linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases. Another study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, found that CBD may produce effects similar to those of certain antipsychotic drugs, and that the compound may provide a safe and effective treatment for people with schizophrenia. However, further research is necessary.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes results from inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas. A study published in 2016 by Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease this inflammation in the pancreas. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes. A paper presented in the same year in Lisbon, Portugal, suggested that CBD could possibly reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the development of type 1 diabetes.
Treatment of acne is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. A 2014 study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sebum is an oily substance, and overproduction can cause acne.
CBD could become a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.
Initial papers published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficit in participants with Alzheimer’s Disease. This means that CBD could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer's to keep the ability to recognize the faces of people that they know. This is the first evidence that CBD may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.