Demystifying CBD Oil: What It Is, How It Works + Why You Might Want to Try It
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It seems that everywhere we look lately, CBD oil is making headlines for its numerous abilities to improve quality of life—and boost health. With such a surge in popularity in a seemingly short amount of time, questions abound about CBD oil, from how to use it to how it is sourced. Sarah Syed, Director of Marketing for CV Sciences Inc., the makers behind PlusCBD Oil, recently set the record straight on the benefits of the wellness industry’s latest darling, and provided us with a thorough cannabidiol education.
Tell us about PlusCBD Oil. Is it derived from the hemp or marijuana plant—and does it matter? Aren’t they the same plant?
CBD is CBD, no matter what the source is. While both marijuana and hemp refer to the Cannabis Sativa L plant and have many similarities, there is one important difference that separates the two—the THC content. THC is the constituent in cannabis that causes a psychoactive or “high” effect. In order to be classified as hemp, it must contain under 0.3 percent THC, while medical and recreational cannabis can contain up to 30 percent THC. Because it’s derived from hemp, PlusCBD Oil products are available for purchase across the U.S., not just in states with cannabis regulations. And in fact, it’s the chosen brand of natural products retailers nationwide.
We’ve heard CBD is kind of a cure-all. What is CBD oil best used for, and when is it most effective?
We aren’t big fans of the use of the term “cure.” What we do know is that hemp CBD balances the system that balances you. Each of us has an internal system called the endocannabinoid system that interacts with every other organ system in the body to help maintain homeostasis. Because each of our bodies are unique, every person’s experience with CBD will be different. Finding the sweet spot is part of the CBD journey to a healthy lifestyle, and once you find that, you find balance.
There’s so much conflicting information out there, including that CBD is most effective when it contains a bit of THC. Is this true?
All phytocannabinoids, including CBD, have the potential to improve quality of life. According to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, often referred to the “Father of Cannabis,” cannabinoids can work both alone and synergistically with each other. CBD is still a promising phytocannabinoid in and of itself. However, true, full-spectrum hemp extracts may still contain other cannabinoids even in trace amounts, along with many other naturally occurring plant nutrients that all play a role in wellness.
Speaking of THC, what would you love for people to understand about CBD oil and how it differs from THC?
CBD does not cause the same euphoric, sometimes intoxicating reactions that people will typically experience with THC. CBD focuses more on whole mind-body wellness, while THC targets the brain directly, allowing the user to have some psychological effects as well.
How is PlusCBD oil sourced?
All of our PlusCBD Oil™ products are sourced from agricultural hemp grown on our farms in Europe. We use EU-certified hemp seeds which ensure each batch of our products contain far less THC than the legal limit.
What’s the deal between single molecule CBD and the whole plant CBD oil? What does PlusCBD use, and why?
PlusCBD Oil™ is a natural botanical dietary supplement, and our goal is to provide high quality supplements just as nature would, which is why all of our products are made using full spectrum/whole plant hemp extracts. With whole plant extracts or whole plant CBD oil, there is more than just CBD. These amazing plants provide a wealth of nutrients including: fatty acids, plant sterols, terpenes, chlorophyll and naturally occurring vitamin E. In single molecule or isolated CBD products, these other plant nutrients are stripped away, leaving just the CBD behind, in a crystalline form.
Lastly, what’s your favorite thing about using CBD oil, and how do you incorporate it into your wellness routine?
There is no other plant that offers the plethora of health benefits that natural hemp CBD can provide. PlusCBD Oil™ has many different products to offer and all are easy to use, even on the go. It’s great to take daily with other supplements for maintaining a stress-free work week, helping to balance out workouts, meals and sleep.