It was not long ago that cannabis in every form was viewed as negative in the public eye. One by one, states are beginning to legalize the recreational use of cannabis and cannabis products. Hemp, containing very low levels of THC, is now legal at the federal level. A large reason why the public opinion of cannabis has changed is because of the production of CBD hemp oil, and the benefits many people receive from its use.
What Is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that is present in cannabis. A cannabinoid is a chemical that has receptor sites within the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the body. When cannabinoids bind at these receptor sites, they influence the ECS.
The ECS has shown evidence to modulate the following:
- Anxiety and stress1
- Inflammatory conditions1
- Neurodegenerative conditions1
- Pulmonary function1
- Cardiovascular function1
- Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)2
Does CBD Get You High?
For a long time, cannabis had been illegal because it was considered a drug with no medicinal properties, used for the sole purpose of getting high. Another cannabinoid, THC, is responsible for the psychoactive properties of marijuana or marijuana oils. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and will not get you high on its own.3 However, In states where recreational cannabis is legal, you may still encounter cannabis oils that contain enough THC to get you high. Federally, cannabidiol oils that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal because, at this low level, you will not get high.
Cannabidiol allows for the stimulation of the endocannabinoid system without the risk of getting high. Because of this, people are finding relief from a variety of ailments. According to a 2019 Consumer Reports survey,4 more than a quarter of Americans have tried CBD for mental or physical reasons. One out of every seven of those people claimed to use it daily. Almost three-quarters of all of the people who used CBD stated it was at least moderately effective for the reason it was taken, and 48 percent of them claimed it was extremely effective.
The 2018 Farm Bill and Its Effect on Hemp Products
In 2018 the United States Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing the growth of hemp and the production of CBD products at the federal level so long as they contain less than 0.3 percent THC. There are still a few states which have chosen to keep hemp and CBD products illegal with any percentage of THC, including hemp products that contain no THC. Though, with the majority of states legalizing CBD oil, and it being legal federally, it would not be surprising for these states to change the way they look at cannabis as well in the near future.
Form Your Own Opinion Through Experience
At Complete Hemp, we are excited for the future of the cannabis industry, and we are proud of how far it has come. We offer a variety of CBD oils. Try them for yourself, and see why cannabis is now perceived in a much better light than it was in the past!
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2Cheung KAK, Peiris H, Wallace G, Holland OJ, Mitchell MD. The Interplay between the Endocannabinoid System, Epilepsy and Cannabinoids. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(23):6079. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.3390/ijms20236079
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