The Science Behind Cannabis

Cannabis Oil

Every cannabis oil plant contains a wide variety of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Every cannabinoid has a similar structure, they each offer their own distinct set of benefits. Cannabinoids are derived from terpenes, the compounds found in the plant’s colorful resin glands. These compounds can resemble tiny orangish or purple-ish strands that give each cannabis plant its own distinct flavor and smell. On their own, terpenes offer aromas widely considered to be therapeutic. When they pair with other cannabinoids (this is known as the “entourage effect”), they determine each strain’s overall profile.

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If you’ve ever wondered why a full-bodied IPA and a particular strain of cannabis can share the same robust tropical fruit flavor, it’s because all three of those things probably share a similar terpene profile. Anywhere from 80-100 different cannabinoids are found in a given plant, but the most significant are CBD and THC. THC offers the “high” that comes with using cannabis while also containing a number of anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and analgesic properties. Recreational and medical cannabis is finding steadier legal ground in the US as a result. Cannabinoid products containing THC are still illegal for recreational use in most states (and medical use in 4 states)

Hemp vs Marijuana

Basically the main difference between the two is the amount of THC content in each plant.  Hemp naturally contains very little THC (less than .3%) while marijuana generally has very high THC content (15-40%).  Hence why hemp is legal in all 50 states and marijuana is only legal in less than 10 states but that figure is starting to climb rapidly.  Because of this, Hemp is grown primarily for industrial purposes, while Marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes.

The other main difference between the two is the anatomy of each plant.

Marijuana features broad leaves, dense buds and has a short, bushy appearance. Hemp, however, features skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grows taller and skinnier than Marijuana, with few branches beneath its upper portion.

If you look at both plants side by side you can clearly see the difference between the two since the hemp plant is tall and skinny while the marijuana plant is short and fat basically.

6 Reasons For The CBD Hype

For most, CBD’s ability to treat chronic pain is its biggest draw. It’s believed that cannabidiol does this by targeting brain receptors and reducing inflammation and soreness. There’s even an oral spray on the market, Sativex, that combines CBD and THC to treat pain associated with multiple sclerosis (it’s been very successful).

Some studies have shown that CBD can be used to help with overall brain function, and can even possibly help with the fight against symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and psychosis.

CBD oil has also become an appealing alternative for treating seizures. Recent trials have shown patients successfully taking CBD for issues related to epilepsy, with their epileptic seizures being drastically reduced with treatment. While there are many other medications on the market for treating seizures, they often come with unpleasant side effects that dwarf whatever minor side effects taking CBD may cause.

For the same reasons CBD is effective in treating anxiety, it can help dramatically for those suffering from insomnia or stress. Because of its naturally relaxing properties, taking CBD can help take the edge off hard days and long sleepless nights.

A growing number of people have also started to see the benefits of treating symptoms of anxiety and depression with CBD. The lessening of these common mental and physical symptoms often leads to a better overall quality of life. Definitely beats taking prescription drugs and seeing a shrink every week to find some sort of comfort and relief from these hard to treat problems.

Research has shown that cannibus oil can trigger the endocannabinoid system to create smoother, more radiant skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can also help with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. For this reason, it also functions well mixed into hair care products for a healthy scalp.