Manufacturers of CBD, or cannabidiol, tend to market their products as non-psychoactive derivatives of the cannabis plant, which implies that the oil does not cause the user to feel any mind-altering effects. However, this is not always the case. What determines the oils’ capabilities of inducing that euphoric sensation is its intrinsic THC content.
While hemp traditionally contains less THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, than most marijuana strains, it does contain a certain amount. In many cases, the THC content of hemp-based CBD is not enough to result in getting high, but the chances increase depending on the categorization of the CBD product itself.
Full spectrum versus isolate hemp-based CBD
One of these categorizations is called full spectrum CBD. These products are more heavily regulated by the U.S. government and limit the THC levels to under 30 percent. The second is named isolate CBD, whose manufacturers intentionally restrict the THC content to about 100 times less that of the full spectrum alternative or approximately 0.03 percent overall.
Since isolate CBD products contain less THC, they are also far less likely to induce any notable cerebral stimulation. Even with full spectrum alternatives, the psychotropic effects are still reduced substantially compared to conventional marijuana strains.
Cannabidiol products can also differ in their types and quantities of additional included cannabis compounds other than THC. Common examples might include Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromevarinic Acid (CBCVA), Cannabicyclol (CBL), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). To make things even more confusing, different chemical compounds tend to produce differing health benefits, too.
For example, hemp-based CBD products can act as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-nausea medication, an antioxidant, or all of the above based on the included cannabis-related compounds. Manufacturers of isolate varieties usually filter out much of the non-essential components based on the specifically targeted medicinal effects of the final product.
CBD manufacturers can also intentionally manipulate the levels of certain chemical compounds to increase the product’s intended positive side effects. For example, many cannabis enthusiasts already know that CBD helps reduce nausea resulting from colds, flu, and even pregnancy.
But what about the more debilitating scenarios involving cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments whose nausea events tend to be comparatively more severe? Since THC is the chemical compound most responsible for managing nausea symptoms, perhaps a CBD product with a higher THC content – or a full spectrum option – may be warranted.
Possible healing effects of hemp-based CBD
Until recently, the scientific community generally believed that isolate CBD products were substantially safer and more effective in providing medicinal and holistic value for the typical consumer. The collective opinion slowly began to change after the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem released its 2015 cannabidiol study. The researchers began by creating a list of health benefits most commonly associated with hemp-based CBD, including the following.
- Boasts natural anti-inflammatory capabilities
- Reduces or eliminates the effects of muscle spasms, aches, pains, strains, sprains, and even migraines.
- Exhibits natural antioxidant properties.
- Reduces nausea and vomiting.
- Possesses anti-depressant capabilities, in some cases.
- Often useful in treatments involving schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental issues.
- Reduces seizure episodes in some epilepsy patients.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Increases physical stamina and energy.
- Promotes enhanced sleep.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Helps improve heart health.
- Slows the progression of certain cognitive and neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
- Significantly reduces or perhaps even eradicates tumor growth in cancer patients.
- And so much more!
Throughout the course of their experimentation, the Lautenberg Center scientists ultimately determined that full spectrum CBD products not only provide increased levels of medicinal relief, but the relief is provided much faster, too. Even the potential cerebral effects of getting high can be carefully managed by minimizing the THC content while exacerbating other cannabis-related chemical compounds.
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