Health Benefits of CBD Vs Marijuana
In recent years the discussion about which is better – Hemp or CBD oil has raged on. Both are effective treatments for seizures but are better suited towards helping those with neurological conditions such as epilepsy and those in the pre-teen age group. Hemp is considered much less addictive than CBD oil and there are no known side effects related to either substance. On the other hand, it is not fully understood how CBD oil works and it is believed that it may work by reducing the impact of the five senses. It has also been shown to help children with sensory processing disorders.
So, what are the facts when it comes to deciding which is better – CBD oil or hemp plant extracts? There are many things that make the decision difficult. For one, you can only go by the results of people who have tried the various remedies and treatments. And when they mention side effects, it is important to know what they mean and whether or not they were specific to one or both substances.
Both CBD and hemp oils are made from the whole plant. They differ primarily in their chemical makeup and the way the plants are cultivated. Hemp plants are grown without any pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals and they are cultivated solely for the oil and not for other medicinal qualities. The oils made from the raw plant contain higher concentrations of CBD and lower concentrations of other compounds that may be beneficial.
CBD oils, however, are extracted from the cannabis plant, which contains both the CBDA and the THC. Thus, it contains both the desired therapeutic Cannabinoid plus the dangerous THC. So, the Cannabinoids and THMs will have to be balanced out. If the levels of the two are not equal in the body, a certain “high,” may develop. In fact, some believe that Cannabinoid use during the human adolescence years increases the risk for depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia as well as a host of other ailments.
Recent studies show that the concentration of CBD found in hemp plants is much lower than the concentration found in cannabis plants. The latest information is that cannabidiol (CBD) is the most powerful anti-psychotic of the five natural chemical neurotransmitters, including Adrenalin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. The reason for this is that CBD has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier, where all other neurotransmitters must be processed, before it can be released into the rest of the body. The latest research also indicates that CBD is more powerful than the “good” cholesterol, which is needed in the production of the chemical neuroligosapentaenoic acid or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). However, the study did not specify which anti-psychotic medication was effective against the “bad,” such as NSAIDs.
As far as the health benefits of CBD vs. marijuana, it appears that the lack of smoke produced by marijuana is the main benefit. Some argue that there are no health benefits at all, and that smoking produces the most harmful side effects. Those who are interested in trying CBD should look for pure CBD oil, which is extracted from the “brighter” buds of the cannabis plant. CBD is not the same as THC, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. In fact, the CBD is not psychoactive at all, although it does contain significant amounts of the same mind-altering chemicals found in marijuana.