There is a big difference, but not in the fact that these 3 items still reduce arthritis pain and eliminate stiffness.
Our society is very confused about it, and our very own government has brainwashed us into believing these misconceptions.
I have already talked about cbd oil to some degree. My interest in this product has widened.
I’m going to go a little deeper so that you will learn more about the marijuana industry and the stand that the United States took from a legal stance. Certain perceptions arose from it and still exist today.
I’m going to start by saying the FDA has not put their stamp of approval on anything marijuana at this time. I just want to state that I have a disclaimer on this. The federal law also doesn’t recognize marijuana legally. Only the states, so check your state law regarding marijuana and it’s use.
But your telling us “cbd oil is legal in all 50 states and marijuana isn’t”. I know there is plenty of confusion and I am going to sort it out.
Please bear with me as I was plenty confused myself. There is a difference between marijuana, hemp, and cbd oil.
Hemp, you say, what the heck is that? You thought hemp and marijuana was the same, let alone throwing in the cbd oil! Please stay tuned as I sort it all out for you.
Let’s start by going back into history and find out some things about cannibus.
I’m going to show some laws that were passed by this government to prohibit any use of anything related to marijuana.
Let’s start with the history of this product first, and then move forward through the generations.
The original term cannabis and it’s use dates back to ancient China. It’s use by them goes back centuries.
More recent times, about 10,000 years ago, China started using cannabis for medicinal purposes. The product was used to treat various ailments.
As time passed the Greeks used marijuana to help heal their horses after battles. It is known that the Greeks introduced marijuana to the Arabic nations.
Throw the Egyptians into the mix as well. I am not going to get into exact timeframes here. Just want to point that this product has been around for a very long time.
The healing properties are very important for our current society to research. Because of that research we are beginning to understand how this product will help us.
Eventually marijuana made it to England and north America in the mid 1800’s.
From that point forward marijuana has not only been used for medicinal use, but also recreational use. Yea, It’s about getting high.
But wait a minute, you say, I’m about to start using cbd oil and your telling me I’m gonna get high?
No, I am not telling you that. This the point where you need to understand the difference between a couple of species of the same plant.
Cannabis is the origin of the plant period. All the other names, which would include “marijuana”, “pot”, and “weed, all mean the same as cannabis. Notice I didn’t include cbd oil or hemp. Please stay tuned please.
As I said earlier, there are two species to this plant. It is said that they are considered to be cousins. That means these two species carry very similar traits through their genetic structure.
You need to understand that these two species do not look alike. They also exist in total different climates. But they are very similar in their genetics.
I made that statement again because a lot of folks out there get confused and are not understanding there is a very distinct difference in these two species.
From the cannabis plant you have 2 species, the marijuana plant, and the industrial hemp plant.
The marijuana plant’s physical appearance is short and bushy and has broad leaves. It has high levels of thc (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is by definition, a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis.
It is the high level of thc in this marijuana plant that gets you high. Medical marijuana is developed from this plant and exists in various forms of hybrid plant with all different levels of thc. The medical marijuana plant is grown in a controlled environment.
This plant also has cbd (cannabinoids), which carries a low concentration level of that chemical. However, it is the CBD that has the healing properties.
The other species to this cannabis plant is hemp, more exactly industrial hemp. The chemical THC exists in this plant also. It’s concentration is very low, and there is no “high” associated with it. The level of Thc is .03 or less, which is far below the legal limit of getting high.
However, if your job requires constant urine sampling or other types of sampling, you might want to take that into consideration. Although they state that the light traces of Thc are undetectable.
This industrial hemp plant also has the chemical CBD, which has high concentrations levels for healing.
The industrial hemp plant is a very tall plant with narrow leaves. Many of it’s industrial uses through the ages included sails, rope, clothing, and also was used for cooking, to name just a few.
And this country was involved in the industrial hemp industry back in the mid 1800’s. So what happened that this country stopped participating in that industry?
We are going to get into that, because it is a combination of politics, businesses, and the laws that were generated, along with the general public’s misguided perceptions that have led this country down the wrong path for decades.
There I go getting ahead of myself again. Let’s get back to discussing these two species of the same plant called Cannabis.
Although these two plants, marijuana and industrial hemp, are composed of many chemicals, it’s two major chemicals are THC and CBD.
The distinction between these two plants was something I didn’t know about. Many people don’t like to get “high”, and consider anything related to a cannabis plant or marijuana plant has to be bad because all it does is get you “high”.
I was brought up to believe that everything marijuana will get you high. I actually thought marijuana and hemp were the same thing.
But really, it was my parents that didn’t know the difference and raised us to stay away from marijuana because it will get you high and eventually lead to harder drugs.
But you can’t blame them entirely. Our country passed laws that made marijuana illegal. Unfortunately they included the industrial hemp plant with it.
That’s right, let me say it again, our government lumped marijuana and industrial hemp into the same category.
The confusion existed because of the Cannabis plant. The Cannabis plant species called marijuana will get you high. The Cannabis plant species called industrial hemp will not get you high.
Basically, our Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) passed laws that made marijuana illegal.
Because industrial hemp fell into the cannabis plant category, it became illegal as well. This all happened around the turn of the century 1900.
During the early industrial revolution is where the wealthy giants showed up to push their agendas.
Let’s start with The Great Depression. Lots of businesses folded, and our economy failed.
But their were some industrial giants that were trying to weather the storm. These wealthy people were well of reports that promoted not only the health and wellness of marijuana and hemp, but they were already aware of hemp and its industrial uses.
So let’s start with the Rockerfellers. Yea that’s famous and rich enough. Given all areas of their great wealth creation, one of those areas was a new industry called pharmaceuticals.there were industrial power heads at work here. Industrial hemp carries many chemical properties that provide commercial value for various industries.
Rockerfeller was fully aware of marijuana and hemp and their healing properties. But their was bigger money in the pharmacy industry. He used is great wealth and power and, well, you see the path we went down as a result.
Now let’s throw Dow Chemical into the mix. Their interest was in the plastic industry. I’m not going to get to deep here, but industrial hemp can play a role here in its superiority over the plastics industry. Also, much cheaper.
Dow Chemical used its influence to keep industrial hemp out. The public was kept busy looking at how bad these marijuana and hemp plants were for us. Let’s keep looking at it.
The next person is Randolf Hearst. This is a bad character in that he was a known racist. It was against the Mexicans and some other groups.
It is widely known that Randolf Hearst, the newspaper giant, who had a very strong interest in lumber, pulled his weight with the Senate to clump the industrial hemp plant with marijuana to be illegal.
His propaganda was to use his great newspaper to put out many false claims about marijuana. You remember “reefer madness”. Yep, that was his doing.
All of that led to the passing of “The Marijuana Act” in 1937.
That allowed for his interest in lumber, hence making paper, to flourish. After all, his printing presses were set up to run paper. Maybe hemp will make a resurgence again, I hope so.
I want to point out that people out there dislike marijuana no matter what gets said. I feel that I really need to let it be known that I am not out to change anybody’s mind, but to educate that there is a difference that our society in this country didn’t know about.
To expand a little more on that, there is a whole category on medical marijuana that will not be discussed in this text.
But I will mention that I believe that hybrid plants exist to address varying levels of pain management. My topic is CBD oil, yes we are finally addressing what that is.
CBD oil stands for cannabidiol, which comes from the industrial hemp plant. Don’t be confused with the word CBD that I used earlier. That stands for cannabidnoid(CBD), which is a major chemical of the plant.
The CBD oil is extracted from the industrial hemp plant. That extraction produces a oil that has high levels of concentration for healing purposes.
It is important to know that these healing properties are still being studied and are not backed by the FDA at this time.
More recently, the FDA has approved of this product for epilepsy treatments. I believe that occurred in 2018.
The best extraction process is called CO2 extraction. This process eliminates all impurities from the seed.
This would include impurities that come from the soil that the plant grows in. These impurities could include metals, pesticide, that would be harmful to you.
It is important to also know that the industrial hemp plant is very durable. It can be grown in any environment and flourish.
It is because of this situation that you must be careful. The industrial hemp plant will fully absorb whatever is in the ground. This includes contaminated soil.
Sorry, I needed to say it twice. Again, there are many cbd companies, and the feds and the FDA are not regulating this industry yet. YOU MUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Please stay with the reputable companies. They are the ones that use CO2 extractions. They also use independent 3rd party evaluations and will release those studies if you want to inquire about it.
Also you may see cbd isolate which is nothing more than a different extraction process. That’s ok as long as the company is reputable.
Be mindful of this when you purchase cbd oil. If you don’t know what’s in the product your purchasing, I would steer clear. There are many, many companies pushing cbd oil and you will want to stick with the reputable ones.
It was my purpose to explain not only the difference in plants, but to show that marijuana and hemp have been around for centuries.
The cbd oil was developed here in this country in the 1940’s. It has taken a little bit of time to bring that process forward. The scientist are making progress everyday.
And finally I think our society is starting to accept this industry. Albeit through education, it’s taken some time to right this ship.
Please feel free to leave comments below. As always, thanks for the read.