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What’s the difference between Hemp Oil and CBD?

Tennessee Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan is a huge fan of CBD oil. All 266 pounds of him.

As part of his regular training routine after nine grueling years in the NFL, he relies on CBD for pain recovery — and now teams with other players calling for research on its neuroprotective qualities.

Before fights, MMA All-Star Gina Mazany uses CBD to help reduce anxiety.

So does Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio prior to strutting down the runway.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 29, Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox says “If there’s anything working with CBD has taught me, it’s that there’s always hope. Even for the hopeless.”

Hemp oil, on the other hand, has become a new hope for those seeking to keep their brains sharp and memories free-flowing. Its combination of healthy fats “helps brain cells stay fluid and flexible” says TV personality Dr. Oz, citing ongoing research in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease and vascular dementia.

Unlike some fish oil supplements used to boost brain health, hemp oil is 100% mercury free. Plus, two of its fatty acids — Omega-3 and Omega-6 — are vital for new skin cells, replenishing moisture and natural oils of our hair, and may also support healthy bacteria in our intestines. “Our bodies don’t produce either of these essential fatty acids naturally,” Oz adds. “Adding them to your diet is smart.”

So there are many benefits of hemp oil and CBD. With active compounds believed to positively affect our neuronal, vascular, metabolic, reproductive and immune systems. But are hemp oils and CBD safe? Do they really work? What are the right dosages? And will people suddenly “judge” you for using them like you’re some kind of pothead?

Lets back up a bit…

Mesopotamia Hemp Cultivation

Mesopotamian Hemp Cultivation – (Image: The Herbal Center)

All the way to ancient Mesopotamia where archaeologists have found remnants of hemp cloth dating from 8,000 BC. The Chinese were adding nutritious hemp seeds and oils to food as early as 6,000 BC. Egyptian tombs from 1550 BC clearly depict cannabis for medicinal use. Buddhist texts from 150 BC were written on paper made from hemp, while medical scrolls from that period prescribe the plant for convulsions, inflammation, and “mental malaise.”

Throughout history, hemp’s popularity continued to grow like … well … weeds. Before cotton was king, Henry VIII would fine his subjects if they didn’t harvest enough hemp for the British empire. By 1616, colonists brought the crop to Jamestown for food and clothing. George Washington grew it on his plantation at Mount Vernon. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that increased restrictions started in the USA.

Prohibitions began in the 1920s, and by the mid-1930s, cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state. It was then officially outlawed for any use (medical included) with the the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

So what is hemp, exactly?

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis plant — specifically, Cannabis Sativa. However, it is a special strain which is cultivated to contain very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound known for getting people high. Industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC, producing NO psychoactive effects. Instead, it is higher in CBD content and other benefits, with mounting evidence as a viable alternative medicine.

What is hemp oil?

Simply put, it’s the oil extracted from hemp plants by cold-pressing their seeds. (Much like extra-virgin olive oil from fresh olives.) Since hemp seeds do not contain any THC, the extracted oil doesn’t either. Its nutrient-dense minerals and vitamins can safely be added in foods such as edible supplements , in topical lotions, creams, and patches , as well as oils and tinctures and gel capsules.

Rich in protein and antioxidants, with high levels of vitamins E, B, B1, and B2, hemp oil also contains potassium, magnesium and healthier unsaturated fats. Additionally, hemp has gamma-lanolin acid known to be helpful in balancing hormones and used to ease premenstrual symptoms for ten millennia.

What is CBD?

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidol Chemical Structure – (Image: Lindgren Functional Medicine)

It stands for Cannabidiol, and is found in both the Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativaplants. So what’s the difference between CBD and hemp oil?

CBD is extracted from the plant itself, not the seeds — which is believed to provide additional therapeutic benefits. Like hemp oil, CBD has no measurable THC, is non-psychoactive and according to the World Health Organization, does not have potential to become an addictive substance.

What it DOES have is a growing body of scientific research:

  • The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University teamed with  NFL players in its “Bright Lights” campaign, leading to broader clinical trials on CBD’s effects with brain injuries.
  • In 2018, the FDA approved prescription use of a purified CBD oil for treating epilepsy.
  • The journal “NeuroTherapeutics” suggests CBD “has considerable potential for anxiety disorders.”
  • Studies also report positive findings for relieving pains of  Chrohn’s  and cancer treatment effects.

How do hemp oil and CBD work?

(Go ahead. Skip this part if you hated science class. There won’t be a test, but it’s still good stuff.)

We’re talking about the biology of our own bodies and a particularly crucial network of receptors called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). As it turns out, all mammals have special “sensors” called cannabinoid receptors that “listen” to conditions in and around our bodies.

The Body's Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System – (Image: CannaInsider)

Everything about us is monitored by the ECS — from heart rate and temperature to moods and impending infections. So when something changes, it helps regulate our bodies by assisting in creating better “balance.” (Also known as “homeostasis” for those taking notes in case of a pop quiz.)

Sometimes there is imbalance which cannot be corrected on its own. That’s where CBD and hemp oil are thought to help. Scientists have identified two primary receptors called the CB1 and CB2 which specifically respond to cannabinoids, indirectly influencing our endocannabinoid systems. CB1 receptors are abundant in the brain and nervous system. CB2 receptors are concentrated in our immune systems, organs and tissues.

There is increasing support that absorbing hemp oil and CBD into the bloodstream can lead to better functioning EC systems throughout the entire body. Which could make achieving our own homeostasis feel “like coming home again.”

Safety first! Know what you’re putting in your body.

CBD and hemp oil are popular natural remedies used to enhance well-being and for many common ailments. In their purest forms, sourced by reputable providers, they’re widely regarded as highly safe without the risk of getting high.

Compared to pharmaceutical “remedies” with known negative side effects, there’s a groundswell of support for safe, back-to-nature options. Plus, it appears there is no threat of overdosing.

A 2015 clinical review of potential side effects on humans found the following:

A review of potential side effects in humans found that CBD was well tolerated across a wide dose range, up to 1500 mg/day (orally), with no reported psychomotor slowing, negative mood effects, or vital sign abnormalities noted

Permission granted…

Congress officially legalized industrial hemp with passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, removing it from the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The long-awaited move is predicted to be a boon to American farmers, manufacturers, and most importantly, healthcare consumers.

Already, 40 states have established pilot programs for hemp cultivation dedicated to industrial and commercial applications. Retailers will also be able to sell a wider variety of hemp products. Soon, even for those in states where medical marijuana is illegal or unavailable, there may be freedom of choice.

You are now free to feel Real Good.

As for the stigma of being “a stoner?” Join the A-List of professional athletes, top performers, celebrity talk show hosts and entrepreneurs who believe in exploring all solutions for better health.

Hemp extracts are on the forefront of holistic healing, yet time-tested over 10,000 years. They are considered increasingly promising among the medical community, backed by new discoveries daily.

Just the highlights:

  1. It won’t get you high.
  2. Naturally safe supplement/remedy.
  3. Rich in nutrients, essential fatty acids.
  4. Proven health benefits over centuries.
  5. Researchers learning more daily.
  6. Endorsed by alternative medicine experts.
  7. Increasingly embraced by medical community.
  8. More popular than ever nationwide.
  9. Oprah recommends it. (What else matters?!)


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

As with any dietary or nutritional supplement, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor or a trained medical professional. It’s also important to keep in mind that the information in this article should not be considered medical advice.

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