Industrial Hemp CBD Oil vs. Whole Plant CBD Oil,
Everything you need to know to aid your illness.
There is a lot of confusion between the benefits of CBD derived from Industrial Hemp vs. CBD derived from Whole Plant Cannabis (Marijuana) when you are looking for the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Specifically the very popular CBD.
The lines between hemp and recreational/medical cannabis use have become blurred and consumer confusion has hit a all time high as a result of new entrepreneurs attempting to find a new use for hemp as medicine.
A quick clarification of terms: This is important
Both hemp and marijuana are of the same genus, Cannabis. Depending on how the plant is grown and utilized will determine which term is correct. For the purposes of this article and we will refer to the Whole Plant Marijuana CBD that includes THC as Cannabis CBD.
Whole Plant Cannabis (or marijuana with THC) is used when describing a Cannabis Sativa or Indica plant that is bred for its potent, resinous glands (known as trichomes). These trichomes contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties.
Industrial Hemp, however, is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC. Hemp is a high-growing plant, typically bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, and much more.
In the United States, cannabinoid (THC) is still illegal. This allows hemp businesses to market variations of knockoff CBD treatments that they claim have the same healing power as popular CBD strains such as *Charlotte’s Web.
*A NOTE ABOUT Charlotte’s Web.
This is confusing so I will try and make it as clear as possible.
Charlottes web is a whole plant hemp extract CBD product. BUT, the makers of the strain, Realm Of Caring are quick to point out that their product has a newly imposed Colorado Hemp classification because they have been able to produce a strain that contains less than 0.3% THC, which makes it legal to purchase online. This is exciting for people looking to help aid major illness with CBD products and also where the confusion sets in because….
NOT ALL ONLINE HEMP PRODUCTS ARE THE SAME. The makers of Charlotte’s Web use 100% Colorado grown hemp extracts. Many other companies sell hemp imported from other countries with little restrictions making it impossible for you to know the quality of the product you are purchasing. So this should make the consumer who is purchasing the Charlotte’s Web products feel better right? Well hold on. Because of strict FDA guidelines, online products have to be listed as dietary supplements and most sites add (in very small print) that they make no health claims associated with the hemp products.
So this is the 100 foot stone wall that online consumers looking for hemp oil to help with major illness remission are hitting. It is difficult to find the kind of information linking Hemp oil and illnesses like, Cancer and MS. It clearly is used to treat Epilepsy and auto-immune illnesses with some success based on reviews, but to what degree is still hard to find. Essentially making it a hit-or-miss, guessing game of what to buy and who has the money for that?
Hemp although technically a cannabis plant, is a very different variety from the cannabis that is used recreationally and medicinally. The best source of CBD from a plant is organically grown cannabis with twenty percent CBD by dry weight.
Hemp does contains trace amounts of CBD, although these quantities are far less in comparison to the high-CBD strains of cannabis and it lacks the robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis which enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC.
Interestingly, a research firm dedicated to cannabidiol education – called Project CBD – launched an investigation after patients began submitting complaints about some of these CBD derived from hemp labeled products, including “Real Scientific Hemp Oil,” claiming they were making them sick. After six months, the organization emerged with a 30-page report entitled “Hemp Oil Hustlers: A Project CBD Special Report on Medical Marijuana Inc., HempMeds and Kannaway,” which began as a curious look into an umbrella penny stock company, but transformed into a dissection of the hemp oil industry and its sometimes shady business practices.
CBD products derived from industrial hemp potentially have several problems:
• Industrial hemp typically contains far less cannabidiol than CBD-rich cannabis strains so a huge amount of industrial hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD. This raises the risk of contaminants as hemp is a “bio-accumulator”—meaning the plant naturally drawns toxins from the soil.
• Hemp-derived CBD and refined CBD powder lack critical medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids found in cannabis oil. These compounds interact with CBD and THC to enhance their medicinal benefits.
• It’s against federal law to use hemp leaves and flowers to make drug products. Hemp oil entrepreneurs attempt to sidestep this legal hurdle by dubiously claiming they extract CBD only from hemp stalk before importing it to the United States, a grey area activity at best.
Project CBD found that all three companies featured in the report are operated bythe same controlling interest, and shows that Kannaway and HempMeds are both subsidiaries of Medical Marijuana Inc. These companies are infamous for making claims about their legal hemp oils being significant sources for CBD because they are derived from imported hemp paste – implying that legal hemp oils are a suitable alternative to CBD medicine but just a quick conversation with growers or patients and they will tell you that you can take pounds of hemp CBD oil with no relief vs. drops of CBD rich Cannabis oil which starts to help aid symptoms and reverse illness almost immediately.
When choosing a cannabis medicine, look for:
- CBD-Rich Products: For maximum therapeutic impact, choose products that include both CBD, a non-intoxicating compound, and THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD and THC work best together, enhancing each other’s therapeutic benefits.
- Clear Labels: Products from Hemp have to be labeled as such. This includes oils and edibles. Look for labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date and batch number (for quality control).
- Lab Testing: Look for products that are tested for consistency, and verified as free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants.
- Quality Ingredients: Select products with quality ingredients. No corn syrup, GMOs, transfats, and artificial additives.
- Safe Extraction: Avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like BHO, propane, hexane or other hydrocarbons. Solvent residues are especially dangerous for immune-compromised patients. Look for products that entail a safer method of extraction like supercritical CO2.
- Cannabis Not Industrial Hemp: Compared to whole plant cannabis, hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, raising the risk of contaminants because hemp, a bioaccumulator, draws toxins from the soil. The robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC.
Bottom line is CBD derived from industrial hemp should not be used as an alternative to medicine from CBD Whole Plant strains to help with illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune diseases and MS.
We still believe and research has shown that for maximum therapeutic benefits a whole plant product that contains both CBD and THC is the only real cure for major illness. See more info her. Cannabis Products for Chronic Illness
Hemp CBD is a very effective dietary supplement or as a pain reliever. But, USE ONLY Organic hemp extracts and always look for clear labeling.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I am dedicated to bringing you the correct information regarding CBD oil as it pertains to those with acute illnesses. Do to the extreme interest and response I am receiving, this story will be updated as new information becomes available on Help oil. If you would like to be notified of updates please subscribe in the footer.