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The Definitive Guide to CBD Oil
(Updated) CBD oil is a beneficial extract of the hemp plant which is gaining worldwide recognition for its therapeutic success over a wide range of physical and mental ailments.
Table of Contents
- What is CBD Oil?
- The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
- No, CBD Won’t Get You High
- Hemp Has Been a Key Crop With Many Uses in the US
- CBD is Legal in the US and Demand for the Crop is Growing
- How CBD Works With the Human Body
- CBD Dosage Recommendations
- Hemp Oil Tinctures
- Hemp Oil Capsules
- Topical CBD Salve
- CBD Face Cream
- Purity and CBD Products at Bota Hemp
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a beneficial extract of the hemp plant which is gaining worldwide recognition for its therapeutic success over a wide range of physical and mental ailments. CBD is the medical abbreviation for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid which is common to both the hemp plant and marijuana. CBD’s therapeutic benefits have been endorsed by a host of celebrities, athletes, and devoted parents of children with severe seizure disorders. CBD oil from hemp provides a way for users to enjoy the health-enhancing benefits of CBD without the hazards of smoking or inducing an undesired high which occurs with marijuana.
The organization Athletes4Care was formed to raise public awareness about the benefits of CBD as an alternative to addictive opioids for effective pain management and sports injury recovery. Their membership includes NFL, NHL, and MMA athletes who endorse CBD. As ongoing research validates these claims, traditional prejudice against cannabinoids, and especially CBD, is decreasing.
In 2017 the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) dropped CBD from its prohibited substance list. As of January 2018, CBD is now legal for UFC fighters. Marijuana is still on the WADA 2018 prohibited list. In the following section, we’ll compare the two sources of CBD to see why this is so.
The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
Hemp and marijuana belong to the common plant species Cannabis Sativa L., one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops. There aren’t major genetic variations between hemp and marijuana, but years of selective breeding have resulted in strong distinctions between the two Sativa cousins. They are as different today as apples are to oranges.
Traditionally, hemp was cultivated primarily for its seeds, oils, and fibers for industrial purposes. Marijuana breeders focused on increasing the psychoactive characteristics of the plant which produce a high for recreational, medicinal, or spiritual uses. The result today is two distant cousins with completely opposite characteristics.
Marijuana is high in the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) with low CBD content. Hemp is rich in CBD with just trace levels of THC. Still, when people hear the terms “cannabis” or “cannabinoid” they tend to associate it with marijuana and the famous effects produced by its high THC content.
No, CBD Won’t Get You High
CBD oil products work in conjunction with the recently discovered endocannabinoid system by providing a supplement to natural cannabinoids already present in humans, and other mammals as well. In essence, each of us is already “prewired” to utilize the healing benefits of natural CBD. Many are surprised to learn that cannabinoids are produced naturally in the body. We’ll explain in more detail how CBD oil works in harmony with the recently discovered endocannabinoid system further on in this guide.
THC can induce unpredictable psychoactive effects (the high) which vary from individual to individual. CBD does just the opposite. In fact, the presence of CBD in marijuana actually counteracts the extreme psychoactive effects triggered by THC. For this reason, modern medical marijuana has a much higher CBD content. There is evidence that THC and CBD work well together or “synergistically” in cancer therapies. Those who use medical marijuana products need to experiment with the CBD to THC ratio to achieve therapeutic results without getting high. For CBD oil users this is never a concern since THC content in hemp is at minimal trace levels. You’ll notice that all Bota Hemp products are listed as “zero high”.
While CBD from hemp does not produce a short-term psychoactive high it does tend to induce an overall sense of well being. Many users who begin a CBD regimen for relief from pain or inflammation are happily surprised to find that their mood and sleep also improve.
The many benevolent effects of hemp have been known throughout the world from the earliest days of civilization. Many ancient civilizations considered the hemp plant to be a divine gift, and Queen Victoria was known to use hemp oil to manage menstrual cramps way back in the 19th Century. So just how did hemp become “the forgotten super crop” while its healing reputation faded into obscurity in the 20th Century?
Hemp Has Been a Key Crop With Many Uses in the US
Hemp was first domesticated from a wild plant in ancient China dating back to the earliest primitive societies 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. At one time hemp was a dominant crop in the United States, from earliest colonial days to WW1.
Cherry trees weren’t the only thing the father of our country may have chopped. George Washington grew hemp at his Mount Vernon plantation as a source crop for paper, rope, and clothing, to name just a few applications of this amazingly useful plant. Before Washington, the first hemp plants were cultivated at the colony in Jamestown, Virginia, where it was considered to be so vital to the well-being of the colony that planting hemp was mandatory for farmers.
Washington grew hemp and encouraged his fellow Virginians to do the same. Thomas Jefferson invented a specialized brake to process hemp fiber and developed improved varieties of the treasured crop. Jefferson saw hemp as a crop far superior to tobacco which “exhausted the soil while requiring excessive amounts of manure, without providing feed for livestock”. Hemp was so valuable at the time that it was often used to pay taxes.
The first blow to the hemp industry was struck in the 1880s when the development of steamships drastically reduced the market for sailcloth and cordage made from hemp fiber. To put this reduction of demand for maritime industry hemp in perspective, a single ship such as the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides” required 55 tons of hemp just for the rigging.
In 1942 hemp made a brief comeback for the WW2 war effort with the campaign “Hemp For Victory”, a film encouraging patriotic American farmers to grow as much of the indispensable crop as possible.
Today, industrial hemp sustains its utilitarian legacy as the source for organic body care products, health foods, biofuels, plastic composites, and construction materials. The entire plant has industrial uses for raw materials including the hemp seeds, fibers, and oil. With so many uses and such outstanding sustainability, it’s quite logical to wonder why every farmer in the United States isn’t cultivating acre upon acre of hemp.
When the federal government passed the infamous Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 to regulate narcotic varieties of cannabis, hemp was drawn into the legislation as well. While the Hemp for Victory program was in effect during WW2 farmers weren’t severely affected by the regulations, but demand for hemp dried up severely after the war ended. New cheaper synthetic fibers introduced to the market in the 1950s were the final blow, driving the US hemp industry into obscurity.
CBD is Legal in the US and Demand for the Crop is Growing
Today the US hemp industry is staging a comeback to position itself as a global economic force once again in the 21st Century. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, just introduced in Congress, would legalize the commercial cultivation of the crop. Many US consumers who are now eager to benefit from therapeutic CBD oil are deterred by uncertainty concerning its legality, so let’s answer another of the most frequently asked questions concerning CBD oil.
There is certainly widespread confusion today about the legality of CBD, caused by the two possible sources for the beneficial cannabinoid. CBD obtained from marijuana is not legal in all 50 states because of the various and sometimes conflicting state laws banning marijuana, chiefly due to its psychoactive THC content, which could be as high as 30%.
CBD from hemp oil, on the other hand, has just a minimal trace level of THC which doesn’t exceed 0.3%. The key words to CBD’s legality are “hemp-derived.” The THC content in natural hemp oil is so extremely low that it is virtually impossible to induce a high. Therefore the law has no problem at all with CBD oil extracted naturally from the hemp plant.
A hemp revival fueled by unified groups of farmers, doctors, nutritionists, environmentalists, and businesses gained even more momentum with the exciting discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the 1990s.
How CBD Works With the Human Body
One of the top FAQs about CBD is “Why does CBD oil work so well in the treatment of so many different ailments?” The answer lies in the endocannabinoid system found in humans and all mammals.
Dr. David Allen, a noted heart surgeon, states in an informative YouTube video, “The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS)is the single most important medical scientific discovery ever and will save more lives than the discovery and application of sterile surgical technique.”
The journey to discovery of the endocannabinoid system began in 1964 when Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify and isolate THC and CBD cannabinoids for the first time. The next step was the discovery of cannabinoid receptors in a rat’s brain. Further research mapping cannabinoid receptors in the human brain revealed that they were the most numerous of all types of neurotransmitters.
Significantly, these receptors were located primarily in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes including memory, mood, higher cognition, motor coordination, immune response, appetite, and emotions. More receptors were discovered throughout the body including the gut, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells and even the reproductive organs. This begged the question ” Why do we have all these cannabinoid receptors in the first place?”
The answer came in 1992 when the first naturally produced, or “endogenous”, cannabinoid anandamide was discovered, again by Raphael Mechoulam, who followed up in 1995 with the discovery of a second naturally occurring cannabinoid. The long evolving but newly discovered biomolecular system was dubbed “the endocannabinoid system” and ongoing research revealed that its primary role is homeostasis.
CBD Dosage Recommendations
We’re pretty sure that after studying our definitive guide to CBD oil you’re eager to begin a CBD regimen to enhance your own body, mind, and spirit. You may have a specific disorder that you want to treat with CBD. The questions now are how much CBD to take and what CBD products are the best choice for you.
There is no practical way for us to recommend specific doses as every case and individual goals will vary extensively due to the wide range of therapeutic applications for CBD. We can, however, offer some general guidelines to get you started.
In most cases, the best first step to developing a personalized CBD regimen is to start with small doses and work your way up until the desired results are achieved. One general rule of thumb is that low doses of CBD tend to stimulate and high doses have a sedative effect. A 2011 study showed that 400mg of CBD daily was sufficient to improve symptoms of anxiety in 10 patients who received it as opposed to those who took a placebo. For pain management and joint injury recovery, a higher concentration of CBD oil will probably be required to achieve the desired results.
Hemp Oil Tincture
Our CBD tinctures are available at 3 levels of CBD concentrations per 15ml bottle; 250, 500, and 1000mg. The CBD oil is in liquid form for blending in smoothies and coconut oil adds some flavor for dosing orally under the tongue. Tinctures provide the most dosing versatility.
Hemp Oil Capsules
For those who want a precisely measured dose and are used to taking daily medication orally our 25mg hemp oil capsules are available. Capsules are a good option for starting at low measured dosages and working your way up until the desired results are achieved.
Topical CBD Salve
We know now that CBD receptors are located throughout the body and our topical CBD salve delivers relief through the skin right where it’s needed most to manage joint pain, inflammation, and rashes. Topical salve is frequently used in combination with tinctures or capsules. Topical application can manage flare-ups throughout the day while daily oral dosing with tinctures or capsules ensures a good night’s sleep. 500mg of CBD from pure hemp oil per container is blended with lavender, peppermint, wintergreen and other essences for a pleasant aroma.
CBD Face Cream
CBD has proven itself as an effective treatment for the 3 most common types of skin conditions eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Bota Pure Radiance Face Cream combines the regenerative effects of CBD with a blend of skincare essentials including nutrients such as lavender, tea tree, helichrysum, aloe, glycerin, and grapefruit seed. The 500mg CBD blend is formulated for use in the morning and at night for consistent healing and conditioning.
Purity and CBD Products at Bota Hemp
When researching CBD effectiveness it’s common for consumers to find long lists of the benefits of CBD followed by the disclaimer “if you can find a good product.” Since CBD is a supplement that is not regulated by the FDA it is very important to find a hemp oil supplier you can trust.
At Bota Hemp all of our products are made from pure, 100% pesticide free, non-GMO hemp oil extracted from mature stalks and stems of the hemp plant. We use independent third-party lab testing to ensure the highest quality.
We know that our customers are pursuing healthy active lifestyles. Our oral and topical CBD products allow our customers to enjoy the numerous benefits of CBD without the hazards of smoking and the undesired effects of THC.
Now that you’ve completed our definitive guide to CBD oil we’re sure that you’ll want to make CBD an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. The first step to enliven your body, mind, and spirit is just a click away at the Bota Hemp Store. We provide same day shipping to all 50 states. If you have any questions about our line of pure CBD oil products please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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