A Beginner's Guide to Hemp Oil, the Cannabis Product That's Legal Right Now
Fine. So what does it do?
There's more to the cannabis plant than just getting stoned, bro. These days, the plant can be used to make about 25,000 products, including clothes, cars, plastics, building materials, rope, paper, linens, and so on. It can be grown in almost any soil, requires little care, and can be used for practically everything. Almost every other western country grows it, and it could provide a wealth of sustainable alternatives to standard American industry -- yet it's illegal.
But we digress. Though growing cannabis is illegal, possessing hemp oil, paradoxically, is not, and many people insist the health benefits it provides are invaluable. While there's been little research in the U.S. regarding CBD, other countries have studied it extensively. Some findings indicate CBD is helpful for a wide range of concerns, from skin care to epilepsy and cancer.
Dr. John Hicks, a physician in Los Gatos, California, advises his patients to take hemp oil for a whole host of conditions, from insomnia to cancer.
"When you smoke marijuana, the two big things you get are THC, which is the psychotropic piece, and CBD, which is more of the medicinal piece. Hemp oil has high CBD with minimal to no THC, and that's why it's really a supplement," Hicks explains.
For normal folks, he touts its ability to serve as a cellular energy boost and preventative that helps increase focus, memory, and concentration, as well as protect against stroke and heart attack. For people with inflammation issues or neurodegenerative diseases, he says it can help decrease pain and restore function to neurons.
Basically, lower doses are designed for healthy people looking for preventative care, and higher doses can be used to fight specific diseases.
Hicks adds that research suggests CBD might be a potent cancer fighter (especially breast and prostate) and might prevent metastasis. A whole coalition of moms agrees. Dubbed "cannamoms," they believe in and advocate for CBD as a medical treatment for their children.
The Food and Drug Administration, however, stops short of classifying hemp oil as a medicine. And Hard says HempMeds is bound by FDA regulations to refrain from commenting on any of the potential health benefits of CBD.
"We adhere very strictly to federal regulations. Hemp oil is categorized as a food or as a nutritional supplement, not as a medicine," he explains.
I'm willing to give it a shot. But how?
Hemp oil use takes two forms: topical, as in creams and oils, and ingestible, as in supplements and capsules or just the straight dope, RSHO.
Before you begin any course of treatment, though, it's important to consult your doctor. And if you decide to take the plunge, you have plenty of hemp oil options. HempMeds' product line uses hemp oil in products such as Cibaderm hand cream, body wash, and shampoo; Canchew gum; Cibdex supplemental drops and capsules; and Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO).
So to sum up: Hemp oil is out there. It doesn't get you high. It might cure your various ailments. And it's legal. Any questions?