Any time a holistic– or any remotely healthy– practice or product breaks through mainstream medicine past Big Pharma, it easily becomes a fad. Unfortunately, there are countless people eager to take advantage of the sudden interest. Due to ignorance, it’s easy to oversaturate an unregulated market with random ingredients claiming to have the desired health benefits.
Moreover, it is irresponsible– and unethical– for medical professionals to make generic recommendations without at least basic working knowledge of such fads so patients can rest assured they’re trusting the right sources.
The best example of this is oil. Every few years a new oil is added to the list of substances people should be ingesting. Whether via dietary supplement or topical skin care, the new go-to ingredient will be highlighted on product packaging and featured in ads and print articles.
Even more unfortunately, is the misunderstanding between 2 relatively similar things things that will actually have the complete polar opposite desired effect if interchanged: hemp and cbd oils.
Generally speaking, each type of oil isn’t all bad or all good. As I outlined in a previous post, most have beneficial properties under the right circumstances. It’s widely known and accepted that a certain amount of fat is essential and can affect cholesterol (good or bad). What most people fail to take into consideration is that an imbalanced system can lead to insatiable cravings for excess sugar or salt.
Keeping this in mind, recall my prior posts about both hemp and Cannabis. Hemp– not the same thing as Cannabis– is multi-purpose; oil is derived from its seeds. Like any other oil (e.g. almond, sunflower, pumpkin, safflower) it adds dietary fat, the effects of excess I just listed above.
CBD– not the same thing as hemp– can be made into oil by harvesting leaves and/or flowers from Cannabis, which is not the same plant as hemp. There are multiple strains of Cannabis, the most famous being marijuana. But CBD contains so little traces of THC it cannot cause hallucinations or euphoria (get you “high”).
To confuse Hemp and CBD oils is not only an inexcusable mistake; it has serious– and potentially fatal– consequences. Again, oil– in the right portions– is essential to many bodily functions; excess will impede bodily functions.
Besides digestive discomfort and interference with blood clotting, hemp can have negative side-effects. Ironically, joint pain, excessive weight gain, unhealthy cravings, fatigue, insomnia, and bacterial overgrowth (all of which strongly contribute to irritability and anxiety) are the very things CBD oil– in its true, pure form– alleviates.
So before you buy any oil or oil- based product, ask the proprietor or company rep a few basic questions. Consider any claim that hemp and CBD are basically the same a flashing neon sign that reads, “SCAM!”