It is highly important to make a proper distinction between hemp and cannabis. Many people mistakenly believe them to be the same plant, but this could not be further from the truth. While both plants share a common ancestor and could be thought of as cousins, cannabis – or marijuana – is derived from the cannabis sativa plant that is grown for its buds and resinous glands called trichomes. These trichomes contain a great deal of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, a chemical compound famed for its psychotropic and psychoactive properties.
Hemp, on the other hand, is often grown for industrial applications and only contains trace amounts of THC. Because hemp usually contains less than 0.05% of THC, it is legal to sell, buy, distribute, and consume.
You may have heard about CBD oil, cannabis oil, THC oil, marijuana oil, hemp oil, and Rick Simpson oil. Perhaps you’ve even asked yourself if these are all the same things. The answer to that question is a resounding “no”. CBD oil only contains minor traces of THC (usually less than 0.2%) while cannabis, or THC oil often contain anywhere between 1 and 8% of THC. That’s why THC oil is a controlled substance while CBD is completely legal.
In most European countries, including the United Kingdom, CBD is 100% legal. While people are not permitted to have drugs controlled by the Dutch Opium Act, CBD is not a controlled substance and may, therefore, be freely traded and used.
Now that we are aware of the differences between cannabis and hemp, we can start talking about CBD and its many benefits. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is another cannabinoid found in this plant, and it’s this chemical compound that is responsible for the high effect cannabis is famous for. CBD and THC have been described as “sister molecules”. Usually, CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant because it contains plenty of CBD and only a negligible percentage of THC. Growing hemp plants is completely legal, which is excellent news, as the CBD it contains has substantial uses and benefits.
When buying CBD products from a reliable and trustworthy source, you can rest assured that, unlike supplements containing THC, these products will never produce a high. High-quality CBD oil, such as the ones we carry in our online store, contains only pure CBD and a number of other non-psychotropic cannabinoids. Their THC is always negligible (under 0.05%) and literally cannot produce a so-called “high”.
CBD is rather unique and is notably different from other cannabinoids. Several studies have indicated that CBD has very little effect on the two significant receptors in the nervous system. What it does do, however, is strengthen the effects of both endogenous and indigenous cannabinoids. Thus, CBD supports the body’s endocannabinoid system and enables it to absorb cannabinoids better.
pastes, and capsules – or even by taking chewing gums or applying body butter. CBD tinctures are usually dripped under the tongue after which it is absorbed by the body within (approximately) half an hour. People who dislike the natural (and somewhat strong) flavour of CBD oils and CBD pastes often mask it by mixing these products into their food or beverages. Those who are often on the go and travel frequently may prefer taking capsules, as they are both discreet and easily portable.
Many people mistakenly think that all types of CBD oil are the exact same. There are however many different types of CBD oil: their respective differences mainly reside in concentration, chemical composition, and in how they were produced.
In order to make a CBD product, the CBD must first be extracted from the hemp plant. There are a lot of ways of extracting CBD from cannabis or hemp: each extraction method has its own advantages and disadvantages.