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CBDistillery: This is Why We Use Hemp
Knowing that CBD is derived from cannabis is often a source of curiosity and confusion for those investigating the potential benefits. For many people, the word “cannabis” is automatically interpreted as marijuana. It’s not unusual for people encountering the word “cannabis” to wonder about psychoactivity and product legality. People tend to forget that hemp is also a cannabis plant.
In most states, marijuana is a controlled substance or only available by prescription. While marijuana is legal in our state, the CBD offered by CBDistillery is hemp-derived. While CBD from hemp and marijuana are similar, we choose to offer CBD from hemp because of the differences.
The Extermination and Revival of Hemp Cultivation
Cannabis plants are considered the oldest domesticated crops in our history. Some cannabis plants were selectively bred for religious and medical purposes. As an herbal medication, cannabis was used for an extensive list of health issues. These were the marijuana plants. Other cannabis plants, hemp plants, were bred for food (hemp seeds), textiles, and rope. Same species, different purposes. Until the 1930s hemp was in high demand, and marijuana was legal. Then the tides turned.
- As an effort to curb substance abuse, the government implemented the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.1 The Tax Act imposed taxes on doctors and pharmacists for prescribing or selling cannabis. The government also imposed taxes on the cultivation of hemp. Taxation made hemp less economically viable and reduced the size of the hemp industry. The American Medical Association was opposed to the Marijuana Tax Act.2
- President Nixon signed The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 and created the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).3 The new legislation established a list of banned drugs. The prohibited substances were referred to as schedule 1 drugs, substances with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Although hemp does not have psychoactive capabilities, the law specified cannabis. Under the Controlled Substance Act, it was no longer legal to grow hemp in the US, although hemp could be imported for industrial use.
- In 2013 the farming and cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized in Colorado. Thanks to the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the US Farm Bill), it is again legal to grow industrial hemp in 33 states. Today the differentiation between hemp and marijuana is clearly defined. As a result, hemp products can be shipped to all 50 states.
Non-Psychoactive Hemp Oil Supports the Endocannabinoid System
Although cannabis may have fallen out of favor, researchers were still interested in the effects of cannabis on the brain. CBD was isolated from cannabis in the 1940s, and THC from CBD decades later. It was the investigation into the effects of CBD and THC that eventually led researchers to discover the endocannabinoid system.
Your endocannabinoid system is a network of messengers and receptors that regulate the way your body functions, the communication system between your body and brain. The messengers, called cannabinoids, bind with the receptors located throughout your body. The cannabinoids made in your body are endocannabinoids. Although your body makes endocannabinoids (2-AG and anandamide) as needed, they are quickly broken down by enzymes. Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating:
- Your moods and emotions
- Stress and anxiety responses
- Circulation and digestive processes
- Metabolism, energy, and temperature regulation
- Learning and Memory
- Muscle movement and neuroprotection
- Reproductive processes
- Inflammation and pain perception
- Immune system responses
The cannabinoids in cannabis are exogenous cannabinoids, meaning cannabinoids from an outside source. Exogenous cannabinoids are found in CBD, the extract of hemp and marijuana plants. The reason we offer CBD from non-GMO, naturally sourced hemp is because of it’s potential to assist in endocannabinoid system balance. Researchers today believe many health problems could be caused by endocannabinoid deficiencies.
Endocannabinoid Support without the Risk of Side Effects
CBDistillery uses CBD from hemp because the CBD extracted from marijuana contains high levels of THC (5-30 percent tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. The CBD (cannabidiol) from hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (0.30 percent or less). These trace amounts are not enough to cause any intoxication, even if large amounts are ingested. CBD from hemp provides the same level of endocannabinoid system support without the high or the risk of marijuana’s potential side effects. Some of the side effects of marijuana include:
- Intensification of anxiety symptoms
- Impaired motor skill function
- Elevated heart rate (tachycardia)
- Hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia
- Impairment of short-term memory recall
CBD From Hemp is Available Without a Prescription
Since CBD from hemp offers the same potential health benefits as CBD from marijuana, anyone who is interested can experience the potential benefits of cannabis, no prescription required.
You do not need a prescription because CBD is not a medication. It is not a cure or treatment for any known health disorder. CBD is a potentially beneficial dietary supplement. The potential health benefits reported for CBD are based on laboratory tests, animal studies, and the testimony of those who claim benefits from the use of CBD supplements.
Hemp CBD Provides Essential Vitamins and Minerals
In addition to supplementing your endocannabinoid system with exogenous cannabinoids, Full-spectrum CBD is a potent antioxidant, containing all plant terpenes and flavonoids of the original plant. When you select a full-spectrum CBD product, rather than a product made from an isolate, each of the compounds magnifies the effects of the other. This is known as the entourage effect. Some of the additional compounds in full-spectrum CBD include:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- All 20 amino acids
- B Complex vitamins
- Calcium and magnesium
- Phosphorus and zinc
- Calcium and iron
Making CBD from Hemp Available to All
CBD is a potentially beneficial dietary supplement for endocannabinoid support. Offering hemp sourced CBD allows us to provide a quality product to everyone who wants to experience the potential health benefits of CBD, across all 50 states.
For a diverse selection of products sourced from natural, non-GMO, organic hemp, visit CBDistillery. We will always encourage you to learn more about the many potential benefits of CBD supplements and the impact CBD could have on your health.
- Study.com. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
- Schaffer Library of Drug Policy. (1937). Statement of Dr. William C. Woodward: Taxation of Marihuana.
- Wikipedia. Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.
- Leaf Science. (2016, April 19). 9 Side Effects of Marijuana.