Everything explained in one simple guide for you from Talisman.
You can’t read or watch any media these days without coming across references to CBD hemp oil and CBD oil. These products have hit the market in a big way over the last few years. The Cannabis industry analysts The Brightfield Group say that the hemp and CBD market alone is set to grow to $22 billion by 2022. The UK CBD market alone is estimated to be worth almost £1 billion by 2025. The CBD market is one of the fastest growing wellbeing product categories in the UK and in many other places around the world.
However, with fast growth in a new marketplace, always comes confusion about different products and the benefits they can bring. Here at Talisman we want to help you understand the differences between CBD oil and Hemp oil and how they can help you. And to answer any questions you may have about their legality and use.
So first of all – what is hemp?
Hemp is part of the Cannabis sativa plant. But, the key thing to understand here is that hemp is not marijuana – which is the variety of the plant which is known for giving you a ‘high’. The reason this difference is important to understand is that hemp does not get you ‘high’ and therefore the laws surrounding its use differ from those around marijuana. The reason that hemp does NOT get you ‘high’ is because there is no more than 0.2% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content in hemp which effectively means there is not enough to produce any psychoactive ‘high’ effects.
Hemp is a natural plant that has been used over thousands of years to help cure various ailments. What hemp does have is a high content of other cannabinoids. So now we can explain what CBD is and the difference…
Explaining CBD in simple terms
So what are cannabinoids from the hemp plant and how to they relate to CBD oil?
Cannabidiol shortened to CBD, is one of many cannabinoids – the various chemical compounds found in the cannabis plants. There are estimated to be over 133 cannabinoids, with the most understanding at the moment about THC and CBD. In fact, it was a clever scientist in 1963, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his research partners who were the first to discover the structure of the Cannabidiol (CBD). By the following year they had isolated THC for the first time. He was the first to recognise that CBD related and affected many illnesses and systems in the body. He said: “The endocannabinoid system is very important. Almost all illnesses we have are linked to it in some way or another. And that is very strange.”
DR RAPHAEL MECHOULAM
The World Health Organisation Supports CBD…
Effectively CBD is what gives the plant its many therapeutic effects and that is why it is now very popular as an ingredient due to its many roles in regulating well-being in the body. CBD can’t get you ‘high’ and has no psychoactive properties. In fact the World Health Organisation stated that CBD is ‘well-tolerated in humans. It does not have the potential to be an addictive substance. There is a lot of new research coming out all the time about CBD and how it can help with various different health problems.
So how can CBD help you?
In simple terms, CBD influences our ECS (Endocannabinoid System). Only discovered in 1992 by scientists, ECS is a system within our bodies that works hard to regulate health and maintain homeostasis. It is thought to keep all other systems in our body in balance such as – Immune functions, inflammation, sleep, pain response, mood Control, memory, plus many more…
The ECS, when working correctly, is efficient in keeping us balanced and for maintaining the other systems we have in place in our bodies. However, many external reasons during our busy, stressful everyday lives can cause our ECS to become less efficient.
This can lead to what scientists call an endocannabinoid deficiency, where the body can become ‘less-balanced’ and illness can occur.
How do you take CBD oil?
Most people take CBD oil with a dropper and into their mouth, specifically underneath your tongue. This is because the CBD is absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the capillaries in your mouth. You can also use CBD oil in sauces and drinks and on your food which can help to hide the taste, however this method of taking it makes it less effective as it then has to pass through your liver first.
Is CBD and hemp oil legal?
Yes, CBD is legal in the UK and much of Europe and the USA. However we always recommend that you research your specific country for an updated legal status. The legality of the CBD depends on the THC content which generally can’t be higher than 0.2% or less. All of our Talisman products comply with this level but if you are using any other products please be sure to check the THC levels before purchasing them.
So how are hemp oil and CBD oil made?
Hemp oil and CBD oil can be produced in many ways. With Hemp oil the most efficient way to produce it is through cold pressing the seeds which then produces the very healthy hempseed oil. CBD oil is a little more complicated as the CBD needs to be extracted from the hemp plant. There are many ways to do this, however most companies choose to now use supercritical CO2 extraction. This requires very specific extraction equipment but ultimately produces a safe high quality final CBD product for use.