Put simply, CBD restores homeostasis (the body’s natural balance). It works in the endocannabinoid system by activating two of its core receptors (known as CB1 and CB2), which regulate mood, temperature, cognitive function and muscle repair.
CBD can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp. However, as marijuana is illegal in most places, much of the CBD you’ll find on the market is made from hemp.
Is CBD made from marijuana or hemp?
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It depends on what you are using it for, as both have properties that serve different purposes. Hemp oil typically has more nutritional benefits, while CBD oil is best for treating the conditions we mentioned above (anxiety and depression). And, when it comes to hemp oil and CBD oil for pain relief, CBD oil wins (although hemp oil can help as well).
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that many experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation and the immune system. Gamma linolenic acid (or GLA) is part of the omega-6 family and is known for its role in easing the symptoms of PMS and supporting the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails. Meanwhile omega-9 plays a role in promoting heart health by supporting balanced cholesterol levels and improving immune function.
Hemp is a plant of the cannabis species. Hemp contains at most 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is what makes certain cannabis plants psychoactive. Since hemp’s concentration of THC is so low, it is non-psychoactive and cannot get you high. In contrast, marijuana plants contain between 5 and 20 percent THC, meaning they are psychoactive and can get you high.
People take CBD in a variety of forms for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, people take CBD oil (aka a tincture) by dropping the oil underneath the tongue and holding it there for about a minute. There are also CBD gummies, pills, chocolates, sparkling waters, lotions, soaps, bath bombs, and more.
What Is CBD?
CBD can be used to alleviate symptoms that come with a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and general stress. People have found that it also helps with conditions including epilepsy, muscle soreness, menstrual cramps, headaches or migraines, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, and joint pain.
Hemp oil, aka hemp seed oil, is a carrier oil made from the seeds of the hemp plant, that does not contain any cannabinoids or any CBD, as explained by Anavii Market. Hemp oil can be used in cooking, and it is also sometimes used in skincare. Therefore, hemp oil is completely different than CBD, as it is not meant to help with any mental or physical conditions.
CBD (aka cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis sativa plant has two classifications — marijuana or hemp. CBD can come from either marijuana or hemp, but almost always comes from hemp, since recreational marijuana is illegal in many states. So if you’re buying any CBD product (from oil to gummies to lotion), it is most likely derived from hemp.