iPuff CBD 101
When providing accurate and objective information about Cannabis, Hemp, CBD, and other Phytocannabinoids, iPuffCBD™ encourages the safe growth of the ever emerging hemp industry while informing the people about the widely misunderstood plant. Misinformation provided online regarding CBD harms consumers and legitimate individuals in desperate need of legal hemp-derived CBD products. We promise to represent the scientific data pertaining to both the law and science – and encourage you to do the same!
INDUSTRIAL HEMP-DERIVED CBD: WHAT’S THERE TO KNOW?
As CBD’s medicinal qualities continue to make waves across the country, more states are starting to look into limited medical marijuana legalization laws so their residents can get access to CBD products to treat their debilitating medical conditions.
If a patient is unlucky enough to live in a state with no laws in place or no legal access to CBD products, he or she may feel as if there’s no viable alternative that can provide the same relief.
Here’s where hemp-derived CBD products come in. There’s been much debate suggesting that CBD derived from industrial hemp has the same properties as cannabis-derived CBD, making it a potential alternative for patients who can’t legally access medical marijuana but can legally acquire hemp-derived CBD products. A lot of people aren’t entirely familiar with hemp-derived CBD, however. What exactly is there to know?
Some Facts About Industrial Hemp-Derived CBD
- Agricultural hemp and medical marijuana both come from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
- Agricultural hemp, which is often referred to as “hemp stalk,” grows differently than THC-containing cannabis, and looks similar to bamboo.
- THC-producing marijuana plants are grown to an average of five feet in height, spaced six to eight feet apart. Agricultural hemp is grown to a height of 10 to 15 feet or more before harvest, placed three to six inches apart.
- Hemp has little potential to produce high-content THC when pollinated.
- As long as agricultural hemp plants are pollinated by members of their own crop, the genetics will remain similar with low levels of THC.
CANNABIDIOL 101: A PEEK INTO CANNABINOID CHEMISTRY
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex signaling network within the human body that uses specialized compounds known ascannabinoids to control various bodily processes by interacting with different receptors and regulatory enzymes.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is often referred to as a “phytocannabinoid.” Phytocannabinoids are plant derivatives that contain a number of diverse chemical compounds that can affect appetite, metabolism, pain sensation, inflammation, thermoregulation, vision, mood, and memory. It’s important to note that phytocannabinoids are any plant-derived product capable of either:
1. Directly interacting with cannabinoid receptors;
2. Sharing chemical similarities with cannabinoids that allow them to interact with other components of the ECS;
3. Or both.
CBD is the second most prominent compound found in the Cannabis sativa l. plant, while THC is the first. Proponents claim that, unlike THC, CBD can be legally purchased and used throughout the United States when derived from agricultural hemp. It is non-psychoactive and is thought by some to have a much broader range of medical applications, including beneficial effects on neurodegeneration, autoimmune disorders, heart, and liver health.
Some enthusiasts believe the existence of cannabinoid receptors in the human body signifies that the cannabis plant was intended for therapeutic and recreational consumption. However, this is simply a “chemical coincidence” whereby plant cannabinoids mimic our own.
There are numerous examples of botanical compounds that have some chemical similarity to other hormones. Some of these compounds are called “phyto-estrogens” because although they are found in plants, they can interact with hormone receptors in humans. Scientists are enthusiastic to explore the potential to modulate physiologic systems in healthy individuals.
CBD’s ability to interact with multiple organ systems, combined with its remarkable safety profile and extremely low toxicity, could signify a bright future for this 5,000 year old botanical superstar.