There is much misconception or rather confusion about CBD oil. Don't you think so? For me, it is. At least, in the beginning. Now, I am well aware what CBD is and why it is one of the most talked-about subject pertaining to natural healing.
Here goes the story…
When a friend wrote about CBD Oil on her website, I was curious as to what this product is. In a simple search, I found that it was related to cannabis and marijuana. Wait! Don’t click away. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Yes, I clicked away because I want to know nothing more about cannabis or marijuana. Well, the negative part of it.
After reading a couple more of the related articles, my curiosity got the better of me and I started my CBD quest.
Is Cannabis a Herb?
Let’s start by looking at the end product – CBD Oil.
CBD oil is made from the flowers, leaves and stalk of the hemp plant. And hemp plants are in fact Cannabis (sativa) plant. These are specifically produced to contain no more than 0.3% THC.
CBD refers to Cannabidiol. It is a chemical component found naturally in the Cannabis plant and known to have valuable medicinal properties.
THC refers to Tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the main psychoactive component and responsible for creating the “high” feeling and hallucination.
Click here to learn more of the scientific terms and the chemical components’ effects on your body.
Coming back to the question, is cannabis a herb? Well, what defines herbs?
According to the Google Dictionary
noun: herb; plural noun: herbs
any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume.
"bundles of dried herbs"
any seed-bearing plant which does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering.
"the banana plant is the world's largest herb"
Do you see the connection?
The flowers, leaves and stalk of the Cannabis are used to make CBD oil. And CBD oil contains medicinal properties.
Hemp seed oil is another end product of the Cannabis which is made from its seeds.
There you go – flowers, leaves and seeds of the Cannabis plant are used to make CBD oil and Hemp oil. Does this make the Cannabis a herb? Certainly so.
What do you use CBD oil for
I am pretty sure you have heard of the many benefits of using herbs. Besides enhancing the flavours, they give your home cooked meals a nutrition boost.
Most herbs have antibacterial and antiviral properties and they are high in vitamins and minerals. In fact, most contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables.
As for cannabis, the herb plant, in the form of CBD oil, it is an exceptional herb. In recent research, the CBD oil extracted from the plant has shown to have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions that include
- • Anxiety
- • Appetite
- • Depression
- • Metabolism
- • Inflammation
- • Neuropathic pain
- • Energy regulation
- • Autoimmune disease
- • Reproductive function
I want to bring to your attention, Hemp Oil is NOT CBD Hemp oil. You have to read this - What is the Difference between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil.
CBD oil has medicinal value while hemp oil is mostly nutritive without the healing properties. Go on, read the article to ensure you know how to distinguish them and therefore pay for what’s worth. Obviously, CBD oil is more expensive.
A positive point to note, CBD does not give you the “high” or hallucinations as with marijuana.
A Simple Closing
YES! Cannabis is a herb. Thus, my quest continues…
This is just the beginning of my CBD quest on top of my continuous search for ways to utilize herbs and spices.
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