Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many “active” cannabinoids that are produced in the glandular trichomes of the cannabis flowers (often referred to as “buds”). CBD is non-psychoactive but studies show that this cannabinoid enhances the positive effects in THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “high”. CBD also possesses a large number of medicinal benefits.
There are many opinions on whether the genus Cannabis (Cannabaceae) consists of one or more species. Cannabis strains grown for fiber and/or seed production, commonly known as Hemp, are differentiated from strains grown for medical and recreational use.
We are lead to believe that hemp is often mistaken for its cannabis cousin, however hemp is grown for fiber and/or for seed production. CBD is NOT a component of hemp seed or fiber (which is produced from hemp stalk). Hemp oil, produced from hemp seed, does contain a very low level of CBD, which is usually less than 25 parts per million (ppm). CBD extracted from cannabis flowers are usually up to 15 percent (150,000 ppm).
The hemp retail market in the US is growing at an alarming rate and there are unscrupulous public companies that are selling CBD hemp oil at astronomic prices. To state that hemp oil is medicine is incorrect, although hemp oil is a very valuable daily dietary essential.
Cannabinoids, including CBD, produced in the glandular trichomes of cannabis flowers is a natural and valuable medicine. However, the government criminalized cannabis and has included it as a controlled substance with little to no medicinal value.
Cannabis, including both medicinal and industrial hemp, are environmentally friendly, nutritionally and medicinally beneficial and contain too many natural resources that threaten or make it impossible for powerful corporate giants to compete with.
It is criminal to see giant public corporations misleading the public by selling and promoting CBD hemp oil as a medicinal product.
The non-profit organization Hemp Industries Association, produced a position paper on the misbranding of CBD extracts and Hemp Oil. Please click the following link to read this paper: Hemp Industries Association Position Paper