From the world’s first Cannabis College to countries and states slowly legalising the use of CBD-Hemp / recreational marijuana/ Medical Cannabis.
The hemp plant has come a long way indeed! This wonder plant has made entrepreneurs willing to take the chance and bet big on the adaptable plant by bringing advanced products that fit right into the wellness industry.
Although we still have quite some time for every individual, state, and country to completely accept the facts, continue reading this blog to enlighten yourself.
Practicalities and Science
Stating the most obvious fact first – NO, CBD does NOT GET YOU HIGH. IT DOES NOT HAVE PSYCHOACTIVE EFFECTS!
Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa (they are both parts of the same family). This also means, despite being of the same species, they grow and have different characteristics.
According to Healthline, even though science does not make a distinction between “hemp” and “marijuana,” our laws surely do. Their chemistry and characteristics are what set them apart.
As we’re already aware of marijuana, THC content present produces the ‘high’ when a person smokes, ingests, or vapes it. As per our laws, THC content is a legal dividing line between hemp and marijuana.
The term “hemp” refers to cannabis with a THC content of 0.3 percent or less by dry weight (Legal). Anything above a THC content 0.3 percent becomes illegal.
Hemp, also known as industrial hemp, contains THC, but in such little out that it is unlikely to produce psychoactive effects.
Drug or No Drug?
Hemp is one of the world’s most adaptable plants. The stalk of a hemp plant, for instance, may be used to create textiles or biofuels.
Hemp seeds are especially high in these beneficial fats, which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Known for its ability to improve heart health by lowering cholesterol, and blood pressure.
If CBD is extracted from cannabis leaves, it is technically legal. CBD oil produced under a licence granted by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 is legal to use.
However clear/unclear the legalities may be, the use of cannabis plant leaves and flowers is still permitted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985.
The definition of a drug, medicine or other substance that, when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body, has a physiological effect.
Just like general medications are drugs (pharmaceutical drugs) i.e. legal & no psychoactive effects, hemp/CBD are the same – legal & no psychoactive properties.
Health Benefits Of Hemp/CBD
CBD oil is broadly regarded as an effective pain treatment and management product.
The human body’s endocannabinoid system is a specialised system that aids in the regulation of sleep, appetite, the immune system, and pain response.
Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters in the nervous system that bind to cannabinoid receptors. CBD can help to alleviate chronic pain by influencing this receptor.
Often used as an appetite stimulant, a sleep aid, a treatment for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, for relief of pain, to prevent seizures and much more.
Ever since the popularity of CBD and hemp in the health and wellness sector, there have been constant research and study about the same.
A list of concerns CBD may help with are as follows:
- Assists with neurological disorders
- It could help with pain relief
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- It could help with cancer symptoms. It relieves chemotherapeutic effects (studies for accuracy are still being conducted).
- It prevents digestive disorders
- Improves Sleep