Published on: 04/22/16
CBD rich oil – why are people looking for it, and what do they expect to find?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is the second most common of approximately 85 compounds so far that have been identified as being produced by the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the best known of these because it was the first to be identified as being the psychoactive ingredient of the plant that causes the famous “high” that pot smokers commonly experience after having smoked cannabis – and is the substance that has given the plant it’s bad reputation consequent status as an illegal drug in so many countries around the world. SO why are people looking for CBD rich oil, and what do they expect to find?
Over the past decade increasing research into the medical and non-medical health benefits of cannabis has revealed that the previously little-known compound CBD holds much promise as an important weapon against many of the ills that we are heir to, as well as the various whole-plant extracts that are now being punted at every turn.
CBD rich oil, extracts and other compounds are being investigated by the medical fraternity for their reportedly effective action in controlling, ameliorating, mediating and even curing an incredibly wide range of medical and health problems.
It is also under investigation as a neuroprotective, exhibiting effects that protect the nervous system against damage by other substances and caused by neurodegenerative diseases.
CBD rich oil has also been shown to moderate the psychoactive effects of THC itself – reducing the anxiety and discomfort associated with being “stoned” – which makes it a useful add-on for those who are using THC in the management of some of the same illnesses and conditions.
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Cannabis, hemp and CBD rich oil – some history . . .
Scientific papers have been published on research done on the medicinal and health benefits of cannabis and hemp since the early 1800’s. Various forms of cannabis extracts have been included as ingredients in many medicinal compounds, and it was only in 1942 that cannabis was removed from the American Pharamacopeia – because of “persistent concerns about its potential to cause harm”. The harm-causing potential of cannabis was (and still is) directly linked to its psychoactive effects when smoked or otherwise ingested . . . in other words because of the THC content of the plant.
Unfortunately, because of this and other industrial concerns related to the production of man-made fibre and cotton, industrial hemp was simultaneously demonized and made illegal. Why say unfortunately? Because industrial hemp is naturally very low in THC, and relatively high in CBD.
Today industrial hemp is enjoying a major comeback, and is quite widespread in its cultivation, and companies like Endoca now grow their own industrial hemp under organic conditions specifically for the responsible and strictly quality controlled production of CBD rich oils and other high CBD products. Hemp extracts – as opposed to marijuana extracts are simply the most reliable source of CDB rich oil, but industrial hemp itself became even more difficult to find than the THC loaded varieties that the “stoner underground” was clandestinely growing for their own purposes.
Why has CBD rich oil been difficult to find?
Most cannabis strains are high in THC, because this is the compound that stoners are looking for. High THC means relatively low CBD concentrations, which means that most extracts are going to get you really high and testing positive for cannabis use. To make it even more confusing, many of the hundreds of supposed medicinal strains now around are themselves highly potent and very high in THC . . .
CBD rich oil – be careful what you choose to use!
Not all CBD rich oils are equal. Some of them aren’t even closer to what they claim to be, and some have no measurable CBD in them whatsoever. Sounds crazy? The FDA are very busy addressing the problem of unscrupulous vendors of bogus CBD rich oil. They issue warning letters giving these operations deadlines within which to cease operation, or face heavy fines and indictments.
Others advertise what appears to be a good product at a cheap price – but how cheap is it really? That can only be answered if one knows exactly what the concentration of CBD actually is in that bottle of “cheap CBD rich oil” . . . Bottom line: place your trust in reputable, professional producers of high quality products – like Endoca.
Author: Andrea Durrheim
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).