Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Hemp, Cannabis, CBD OIL. What are they? They all come, basically, from the same plant species.
The above mentioned terminology of products on the market, are in the news today, emerging on the level, as having health benefits. But do they? They are being considered by the media, the medical field, and etc., as ‘herbal health supplements’. But are they? I have talked to and interviewed many people about their views on the subjects to be discussed today. The result? Confusion! Most folks are confused about what they are, and how they have become to be so talked about…to the point of voting on them in order for the public to use them. Therefore, I will try to explain in simple terminology the what, the why and the how of these products so you can make your own decision whether they are for you, or good for your individual ailments.
MARIJUANA – what is it? It is described in most dictionaries, as coming from the cannabis sativa plant species, and is especially smoked or consumed as a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug. My Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary adds – it comes “from leaves and flowers of the Indian hemp plant (another name for the cannabis sativa plant species).” It is “psychologically habituating but not habit-forming. Withdrawal of marijuana causes no such physical symptoms as opiate withdrawal does. The drug is considered to have no medical value.”
MEDICAL MARIJUANA– The Beginning of Legalization. In 1996, California first passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana. By the end of the decade, Alaska, Maine, Oregon, and Washington and then Colorado had followed suit. There are different types and strains of legalized marijuana/medical marijuana that I will not go into at this point of time. They include, indica, sativa, hybrid, recreational, etc. This is a very ambiguous topic to discuss.
HEMP – what is it? Found on the computer – Hemp, or industrial hemp, typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
CANNABIS – According to Wikipedia, “Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.” Scary in my book. Here in Florida, it is the Cannabis in the vaporizing form that parents and teachers are concerned about, because in the High Schools, vaping has grown to epidemic proportions among the High School students. The educators are saying the THC that is in the Cannabis vape liquid or oil, etc. destroys the brain cells. And, since a young persons brains are not fully developed at this point in their lives, the damage can become debilitating and permanent. Think about it folks! Do you want these kids becoming the leaders of our country in the future?
CBD OIL – What is it? This is the main topic of my discussion. CBD Oil has emerged as the alternative to marijuana usage, especially for medicinal purposes. It was presented on the Show ‘SHARK TANK’ TV by a gentleman who was hopefully trying to get the ‘Sharks’ support for his product – CBD oil. From what I understand in the news, all of the Sharks backed him. As I watched the show, when I realized it was about CBD oil, and knowing somewhat about CBD oil, I changed the channel, thinking the Sharks would not back him because of the relationship of CBD to marijuana. I was wrong in my thinking. Then, some of my clients started asking me about CBD Oil. Not really being that interested in it before, my curiosity was now piqued. Research, here I come. Continue reading “CBD Oil…”