The fact that CBD-rich hemp doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking relief without the troubling lethargy or dysphoria that is associated with THC.
Cannabidiol — CBD — is a compound found in the hemp plant that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel high and is reported to counteract the psycho activity of THC. After decades in which only high-THC plants were available in North America and beyond, CBD-rich strains and products are now accessible to medical users.
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.
Here are a few facts about CBD derived from industrial hemp:
- Agricultural hemp comes from the can· na· bis Sativa L. plant.
- Agricultural hemp, which is often referred to as “hemp stalk,” grows differently than THC-containing plants, and looks similar to bamboo.
- THC-producing plants are grown to an average of five feet in height, spaced six to eight feet apart. Agricultural hemp is grown to a height of 10 to 15 feet or more before harvest, placed three to six inches apart. Hemp has little potential to produce high-content THC when pollinated.
- As long as agricultural hemp plants are pollinated by members of their own crop, the genetics will remain similar with low levels of THC.
- There is a strong legal argument that production and distribution of CBD oils/products derived from imported raw material industrial hemp is not a violation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA); in fact, one Colorado law firm has published a written opinion making the case.