Hemp, weed, marijuana, and CBD are all by-products of cannabis, and the terms are used interchangeably. There is a slew of poetic words, slang words, and euphemisms imprinted in youth culture that render them much more perplexing. Interestingly, they are not all the same and have very different purposes. One is used for getting high, while the other is a relaxing potion.
The legal status of cannabis is also determined by how it is used. Although the use of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes is legal in many countries, recreational consumption is not.
Now, whether you do smoke it or not is subjective, but here’s a clarification to help clean up any misunderstanding.
CBD (short for “cannabidiol”)
A chemical present in cannabis plants. Do you have a friend who drinks too much but rarely gets drunk? That is CBD. CBD is a psychotropic active cannabinoid, although it does not have the same psychotropic influences as THC. It is non-intoxicating and non-euphoric, so, you won’t get high from it.
What’s the deal with everyone’s obsession?
In brief, CBD has been shown to relieve anxiety and inflammation without making you high. And, unlike other prescribed anxiety drugs, it is not addictive. CBD can be more beneficial when combined with THC for people who want to use cannabis for medical purposes but don’t want to get high or euphoric. However, it has proven to heal properties of its own. CBD is not an analgesic. Some studies have shown that CBD is helpful in the treatment of neuropathic pain. However, further research is required before a conclusive conclusion can be made.
The World Health Organization mentions many diseases and disorders that CBD can be used to treat but cautions that there is insufficient evidence to support its use in epilepsy. CBD can theoretically cure Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, psychosis, anxiety, pain, depression, cancer, hypoxia-ischemia damage, nausea, IBD, inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, heart problems, and diabetic disorders according to WHO.
CBD can be used in oils and tinctures for sublingual (under-the-tongue) applications, and also in gummies, candy bars, and drinks.
Are you looking for a quick remedy? Aim to vaporize the oil.
Topical CBD items have been found to give anti-inflammatory aid for certain patients with skin ailments (although there is no recent study or reports to back up their success stories). Since CBD is just a beginner, there aren’t any set guidelines about how to use it: the dosage differs depending on the person and the illness, and doctors don’t have a milligram-specific, standardized dosing procedure for CBD as they do for traditional prescription medications.
Marijuana (a high-THC variety of cannabis plant)
The cannabis, Sativa type, in particular, contains high levels of THC (more than 0.3%) and moderate levels of CBD, depending on the strain. Marijuana has been vilified and banned for decades as a result of government attempts to curtail its use. The reality is that the only theoretically “negative” outcome of medicinal marijuana consumption is intoxication, which is a benefit for certain patients. (Keep in mind that there is not adequate long-term marijuana research to tell if there are any long-term harmful effects.) The calming effects of THC in marijuana can help with anxiety in some situations.
Smoking marijuana, like any other form of smoking, may have harmful consequences (this is as opposed to consuming marijuana via an edible form or tincture). As per the University of Washington, the smoke “contains a similar range of harmful chemicals” that can cause lung illness. Marijuana contains CBD, but the two are not quite the same. CBD can be obtained either from marijuana or a hemp plant if you choose to use it on its own. You’ll enjoy the rewards of the previously mentioned entourage influence if you choose to use marijuana therapeutically.
Marijuana is known by many names: pot, weed, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, and so on. It is consumed in various manners, including rolling it into cigarettes and inhaling it using a pipe. Cakes, biscuits, gummies, lollipops, rice crisps, chocolate bars, sweets, and beverage mixes are all examples.
Hemp (a high-CBD variety of cannabis plant)
Hemp plants are abundant in CBD and low in THC (less than 0.3 per cent); hemp currently accounts for a significant portion of commercial CBD on the market due to its ease of cultivation (while marijuana needs to be grown in more controlled environments). Given the higher CBD ratio, hemp plants don’t normally produce large amounts of extractable CBD, so CBD oil or tincture requires many hemp plants.
Hemp oil isn’t quite the same as CBD oil. It’s crucial to understand the distinctions when making purchases online. Since CBD is still unregulated by the FDA, this is important. You might be putting your body at stake if the hemp through which the CBD is extracted was cultivated abroad. Hemp is a bio-accumulator, which means that it stores nutrients in the body. Hemp is grown to purify soil since it absorbs all that’s present in it, including toxins, pesticides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizer. A large amount of hemp is imported from other countries, and it may not be cultivated in a [protected or clean] manner.
As per Consumer Reports, hemp produced in the United States is better than hemp grown in other countries, especially in a state where both recreational and medicinal cannabis is legalized. Make sure a hemp-derived substance has been thoroughly checked by a third-party lab before purchasing and using it.
CBD is, without a doubt, the most well-known ingredient in the herbal remedy – cannabis. What is the reason for this? Approachability. Since CBD is non-psychoactive, it draws the attention of various cannabis users, even those who aren’t looking to get high or who may have negative reactions to THC. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization, CBD has few to no harmful side effects. Aside from the THC material, hemp and marijuana have various uses.
Textile products (clothing, handbags, and shoes), food (hemp seed oil, hemp seed hearts, and hemp protein powder), paper, ropes, vitamins, and more are all made from hemp. Cannabis is composed of about 120 compounds referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prevalent (THC). Both marijuana and hemp contain THC and CBD. Hemp has a high CBD content and a low THC content (less than 0.3 per cent), whereas marijuana has a far higher THC content (over 0.3 per cent).