Learn About Hemp Oil
What you don't know ... can be learned. Scroll down for answers to some of the most common hemp oil questions asked by customers like you.
It is the second most prevalent active compound found in cannabis, behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound in cannabis that has psychoactive properties and gives people a high.
Cannabis is a plant, and there are two main types, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Both marijuana and CBD can be derived from both types, but hemp oil is only derived from Cannabis Sativa. By law, hemp oil must contain no more than 0.3% THC (the oil in marijuana that gives you a high) to be called “hemp,” otherwise, growers are at risk of prosecution under federal law. Hemp is a great resource for making 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly products such as clothing, packaging, biofuel, building materials, and paper.
CBD derived from hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC and is legal federally but still illegal under some state laws. Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, are illegal federally but legal under some state laws.
There is no evidence it has any abuse or dependence potential and to date, there is no evidence that it is associated with any serious side effects, according to the World Health Organization.
Instead, CBD has been credited with relieving numerous medical conditions, such as epilepsy, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain. Although “credited” does not mean proven.
Because of the historical regulatory landscape, there are hardly any well-conducted trials backing up those claims, although research is expected to ramp up now that laws distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
1. Epilepsy: hemp oil is beneficial for treating certain types of epilepsy.
2. Pain: hemp oil may be beneficial at relieving pain but no high-quality human studies prove this.
3. Arthritis: topical hemp oil may be beneficial at relieving arthritis but no high-quality human studies prove this.
4. Anxiety: hemp oil may relieve anxiety before events such as public speaking but it is not known what the optimal dose is.
5. Depression: hemp oil may help with depression but more trials are needed.
6. Sleep disorders: hemp oil does not appear to interfere with sleep and may help people sleep better.
7. Acne: topical hemp oil may help relieve inflammation and excessive sebum production associated with acne but more trials are needed.
8. Parkinson’s Disease: hemp oil shows promise for improving the quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease but larger trials are needed.
9. Nausea and vomiting: hemp oil is unlikely to be effective by itself for nausea and vomiting.
Many other studies, both on animals and humans, have overwhelmingly concluded that CBD has immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties which may make it a good choice for some autoimmune conditions or inflammation-related complaints.
In addition, more trials are needed to investigate its use for numerous other conditions, such as muscle-spasticity in multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, substance-abuse treatment, and diabetes protection.
In isolated cases, they may include nausea, tiredness, and irritability, and it may interact with some medications, such as warfarin and carbamazepine. Ask your doctor before using, especially if you take synaptic inhibitor medications.