Published on: 02/16/16
Hemp CBD: good, bad or ugly?
The plant grows tall and straight. It has compound leaves consisting of three, 5 and sometime more leaflets. It looks familiar: it’s POT! But any hopeful stoner who tries to smoke this plant isn’t going to be particularly pleased with the results. Why not? Because it’s hemp, not pot! So, Hemp CBD: good, bad or ugly?
The difference between hemp and pot lies in the cannabinoid composition of these two plants. One contains a lot of THC and a small amount of CBD, and makes you high; it’s marijuana. The other contains only trace amounts of THC and a whole lot of a compound called CBD. Both plants fall into the genus Cannabis. Hemp has been grown for thousands of years as a food and a fiber crop, and it has been used as a herbal medicine, but in recent years, hemp CBD has been grabbing all the headlines.
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How newspapers report on hemp CBD
We all know that sensationalism sells newspapers and keeps people riveted to the TV news bulletins. Saying that hemp CBD is mentioned in many anecdotal cases as a potential medicinal ingredient just isn’t going to do that. So the newshounds go all out: “Marijuana cures child’s epileptic seizures”, “Does marijuana cure cancer?” Read a little further, and you’ll find that high CBD hemp was used, but these are the type of headlines that get attention.
They’re also the kind of headlines that give hemp a bad name. Hemp is not pot, and any pot-head you ask will tell you that hemp isn’t the ‘good stuff’, because it doesn’t give them the high they’re looking for.
So does hemp CBD do nothing at all?
The ways in which CBD affects our bodies is currently under investigation, and so far, all the indications are very positive indeed. There are already registered medications containing CBD, and more are on the way while still more possible uses for this natural compound are the subject of intensive scientific study.
After all, it is known that the our bodies contain an endocannabinoid system that reacts with cannabinoids synthesized in the body and from external sources and that it plays a regulatory role in the body that is still being studied. That’s why cannabinoids in general, and CBD in particular, are getting so much attention from researchers.
How much CBD is in hemp?
The amount of CBD that is found in hemp differs according to the genetic makeup of the strain that is being examined. Scandinavian hemp strains are among the strongest producers of CBD in the world, while other strains contain less CBD.
That’s why simply buying hemp oil doesn’t guarantee you a product with much CBD in it. And if hemp CBD is the ingredient that interests you most, you will want to know how much of a hemp oil contains CBD and how much consists of other ingredients.
To know how much hemp CBD oil you are getting, you will need to see a laboratory analysis – and you will have to watch out for fakes too. Because so many people are interested in hemp CBD, a largely underground industry has arisen, and when the commercial motive is strong, people don’t always play fair.
Why you should choose Endoca
We are aware that there are many fake CBD in hemp oil businesses, so we have turned to third party verification to support our claims. Apart from being able to produce reputable and genuine laboratory analyses, we have also achieved Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification, which is used in Europe to certify the safety of products (amongst others) as well as the veracity of claims such as those made on the label of a product.
Just to add to the amount of confidence you can have in Endoca products, we only use hemp that has been certified as being organically grown, and yes, we do choose the Scandinavian strains that are very high in CBD to make our hemp oil.
Good? Yes! And new uses for CBD seem to pop up on a very regular basis.
Bad? Absolutely not! No harm can come to you – we’ve made sure of that.
Ugly? While the commercial feeding frenzy and unsafe products on the market are certainly ugly, we don’t follow suit! hemp CBD may yet prove to be one of nature’s most bountiful gifts.
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).