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CBD OIL You may have heard about the health benefits of Cannabidoil (CBD) and medical marijua-na, but not understand the differences between CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or how the different cannabinoids within cannabis function. Due to decades of misinformation, you may not even appreciate the wide varieties of cannabis and the full potential of this most potent of plants.CBD (Cannabidoil) is a chemical compound known as a cannabidoid, and the sec-ond most abundant source in the hemp plant (about 40%), from which it is extracted and separated. The first most common source in hemp is THC, which is an intoxi-cant and is used recreationally around the world as an illegal drug. CBD and THC are NOT the same, although they both come from the same plant. You cannot get ‘high’ from CBD hemp (with low levels of THC), nor from CBD oil products (which contain no THC at all).CBD is extracted from hemp and can be used as an oil, with a growing international body of science pointing to its nutritional and health benefits.Both industrial hemp (used for centuries to produce fibres) and marijuana (the psychoac-tive plant that gets you “high”) come from the same genus (sub-family of flowering plants) that we now call cannabis. There are three main species of cannabis plants: Cannabis sativa (higher levels of THC over CBD), Cannabis indica (higher levels of CBD than THC) and Cannabis ruderalis (low levels of THC). While these species occur naturally in nature, man has been cultivating them for hundreds of years for specific outcomes, such as medicines, foods, clothes, etc.Industrial hemp is derived from strains of Cannabis sativa specifically cultivated to pro-duce minimal levels of THC and taller and stronger plants. You can’t get ‘high’ off industrial hemp, but it can make hemp oils, waxes, resins, hemp seed foods, clothing, ropes, sails, fuel–the list goes on! Cannabis sativa can also be cultivated to grow high-yield THC plants (the kind that are ‘psychoactive’ or alter consciousness).

Cannabinoids

Cannabis contains 85 chemical compounds known as ‘Cannabinoids’ that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC activate specific cells in our brains called cannabinoid receptors, which transmit signals and have varying physiological effects on our bodies. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 (found primarily in the brain, and also the liver, kidneys and lungs) and CB2 (found mainly in the immune system). Together, the cannabinoid receptor sites help make up what is called the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate things like memory, appetite, pain sensation, mood, sleep and more.

Benefits

CBD oil and the cannabinoids in it are non-psychoactive, safe, and have been known to provide relief from anxiety and inflammation. CBD is currently being studied by scientists and is legal in most places across the world when taken as a dietary supplement. Many people have used CBD and reported that it can be a successful antibiotic regarding a wide array of symptoms. Medical tests are currently examining the use of CBD to alleviate epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, spasms, convulsions, nausea, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, inflammations, and other conditions such as cancer. CBD has been also scientifically proven to inhibit the growth of the MRSA bacterium (the antibiotic-resistant staphyloccus), which causes infections. CBD also has antioxidant properties which remain to be fully explored, and it is safe and legal to use in any reasonable dosage.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. CBD Central is not licensed to treat any medical condition and suggests contacting your doctor for any questions you may have regarding and illness or disease.

Source: http://communitybasedispensary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/THECBDFACTSHEET.pdf