The CBD market has ballooned and according to Forbes, it could reach $20 billion by just 2024.
The interaction between CBD and our brains and bodies is complex - but we know that it operates via the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which helps regulate many biological processes from metabolism to mood and movement.
Many of our cells and biological structures contain ECS pathways including nerve cells, brain cells, and white blood cells.
We actually produce some of our own form of natural endogenous cannabinoids already.
CBD and other cannabinoids essentially help us to modulate and top-up our natural intracellular ECS system. They work together with our own cannabinoids.
CBD Oil, extracted from the stalks, stems and the flowers of the Hemp Plant, provides a valuable natural way to ‘top-up’ this crucially important biological system.
What is CBD Oil and what is Hemp Oil?
CBD is a natural chemical, derived from the hemp plant and possibly other cannabis plants. The Hemp Plant is a variety of the cannabis Sativa plant and is chosen for its naturally high CBD content and low THC content. THC, is the Cannabinoid that produces a psychoactive effect in recreational marijuana or cannabis. CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect and thus does not get you high.
The Hemp Plant is an extremely impressive and hardy plant, with a diverse evolutionary history.
CBD is thought to have evolved as part of the plant’s natural defense against the cold, insects, pests, and bacteria or viruses.
CBD and other cannabinoids produced mostly from the hemp plants interact with our ECS, and it’s not just humans that have an ECS, but almost every living species of plant or animal on Earth.
In fact, the ECS evolved long before cannabis evolved.
The reasons why CBD from plants interacts with our own endogenous cannabinoid system are still rather mysterious, but they likely share similar evolutionary traits that aided our survival and development.
CBD does not directly bind to our CB1 ECS receptors, but it modulates and influences their behavior in beneficial ways that help support the biological functions governed by the ECS.
It’s an extremely interesting but complex area of medicine and biology, but an exciting one at that.
Some of the most frequently asked questions for CBD products concern CBD, or CBD Oil vs hemp oil, and so on.
There are two categories of CBD-related products available on the market; CBD Oil containing a CBD isolate (just CBD) and hemp oil, containing CBD together with a host of other chemicals found in the hemp plant..
The Hemp Plant contains a higher percentage of CBD than any other cannabis strain.
Hemp also naturally has a low percentage of THC which makes it ideal for CBD oil.
The Cannabis Plant bred for its THC content, contains around 17% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on average compared to just 0.15% CBD.
The Hemp Plant on the other hand, contains some 12% to 18% CBD with a THC content of just 0.3% maximum (usually more like 0.01%).
Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are extracted from the hemp plant.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil, sometimes referred to as Hemp Oil, is obtained by pressing the hemp seeds from the hemp plant. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil id dark to clear light green in colour, with a nutty flavor.
The darker the colour, the grassier the flavour. This should not be confused with hash oil, a tetrahydrocannabinol-containing oil made from the cannabis flower.
Hemp seed oil (Hemp oil) is not the same as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The production of CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which contain a higher concentration of CBD, another potential beneficial compound in the plant. Hemp seed oil is a good carrier for CBD but does not contain any CBD or any of the other many different cannabinoids found in hemp plants.
The Hemp Plant not only contains CBD, it also contains many other cannabinoids as well as phytochemicals and other nutrients, even including vitamins and minerals.
There are many Cannabinoids in the hemp plant, other than CBD:
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
- CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
- CBE (Cannabielsoin)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
- CBGV (Cannabigerovarin)
- CBL (Cannabicyclol)
- CBN (Cannabinol)
- CBT (Cannabicitran)
- CBV (Cannabivarin)
CBD is the most heavily researched Cannabinoid by far, but others have shown their own promise in clinical research. CBA and CBDV, for example, are thought to be partly responsible for CBD’s powerful anti-convulsion effects.
Some Hemp oils can be filtered out from most of the stem and other non-beneficial parts of the plant with low nutrient content. Think of it as a hemp puree or hemp juice. It’s a thicker liquid, a golden-brown sap-like liquid that is densely packed with plant chemicals.
This type of Hemp oil is favored by many due to the ensemble or entourage effect that suggests how hemp’s various chemicals perform better when they’re administered together, in a chemical ensemble.
Most research into this is ongoing. There is a good deal more research that studies CBD specifically, and we understand a lot more about how and why CBD interacts with the ECS and how this yields substantial medical benefits.
That’s certainly not to say that full-spectrum products don’t confer their own advantages, but that CBD isolate might be a more refined natural medicine but without the benefit of the entourage effect.
CBD Oil (CBD Isolate)
CBD isolate contains just CBD - there are no other active ingredients present, there is no entourage effect that comes with the range of nutrients present, in a full-spectrum CBD Oil.
Isolate CBD oil filters out all other good plant nutrients - that is the difference between CBD oil and the other hemp oil. Although CBD isolate doesn’t provide the benefits of the entourage effect, some research suggests that taking CBD alone may still be beneficial, although full-spectrum oils are preferred by most - and have the more widely reported health benefits.
CBD Oils from BWell
BWell CBD is a CBD Oil Specialist. We offer the highest-quality full-spectrum CBD Oil in 3 different concentrations ranging from 4% to 10% and 20%, 30% and 40% CBD Oils are in the pipeline.