Cannabis, Hemp Seeds, and CBD

Cannabis (often called marijuana) and hemp are two varieties of the same plant, Cannabis sativa. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a component of medical marijuana but is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin to the marijuana plant. Because marijuana, hemp, and CBD share the same plant species, they are often lumped together, resulting in confusion around their benefits and uses. In fact, some brands market their products as hemp seed-based to avoid FDA regulations on cannabis-based products.

Hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant, but they do not produce the mind-altering effect that most people think of associated with cannabis. Cannabis plants are referred to as either hemp or marijuana, depending on their level of THC, the compound that creates the mind-altering “high.” Hemp seeds contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, and are exceptionally nutritious and rich in protein, minerals, and healthy fats. Neither hemp nor CBD changes a person’s state of mind when used. CBD also contains a host of health benefits.

Let’s break down the usages and benefits of hemp vs. CBD.

Uses of Hemp Seeds

Hemp Seeds are a great source of plant-based protein with about 25% of calories in hemp seeds coming from protein. This is a similar amount of protein as beef and lamb and considerably more than chia seeds and flaxseeds. Hemp Seeds also provide all nine essential amino acids. Because the human body cannot produce amino acids on its own, consuming hemp seeds are a valuable part of a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Whole hemp seeds with the hulls intact are also a good source of fiber, which is an essential part of your diet and connected to better digestive health. The benefits of fiber include the following:

·  Normal bowel movements and overall bowel health

·  Lower cholesterol levels

·  Stable blood sugar levels

·  Weight management

In addition to nutritional benefits, hemp seeds have also been found to:

·  Help with neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain

·  Boost heart health

·  Improve skin

Uses of CBD

CBD oil is not psychoactive, meaning that it does not cause the sensation of getting high that is usually associated with marijuana. This makes CBD an appealing option for those looking for pain relief without mind-altering effects. CBD uses vary from person to person, and the following are some of the wide range of health benefits of CBD:

1. Pain relief. CBD oil applied on the skin could lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Studies have also shown that CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

2. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia treatment. CBD is commonly used to address mental disorders and can help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.  

3. Cancer symptom relief, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain. Researchers have also discovered that CBD has significantly helped to prevent the spread of cancer in a cancer patient.

4. Acne relief. CBD can help lower the production of sebum that leads to acne.

5. Neurological disorder treatment, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Both hemp and CBD have unique compositions and usages. Because neither hemp nor CBD has significant amounts of THC, neither will produce a mind-altering effect of getting high. CBD oil effects and hemp effects are wide-ranging, and it is a popular natural remedy used to treat many common ailments. If you decide to try CBD, talk to your doctor to make sure it does not affect any other medications you are taking. You should also seek advice from a professional to determine the best dosage for you.

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