Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is just one of over a eighty naturally occurring compounds called cannibinoids found in the cannabis plant. Not only is CBD the most plentiful non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, CBD is becoming increasingly popular as new research begins to shed light on the medicinal benefits of CBD extracts. Many folks might not be aware that high amounts of CBD are not only found in marijuana, but can also be found in the amazing hemp plant. Both of these plants are a type of cannabis, but unlike marijuana, hemp doesn’t contain significant levels of THC. Smoking the hemp plant surely won’t get you high. But in addition to hemp’s already impressive roster of industrial and agricultural uses like paper products, construction molded plastics, soaps, fuels etc., extracting CBD from hemp is not only legal throughout the United States and other countries, but is also a great resource for producing highly potent, naturally CBD rich products like oils and powders for medicinal use.
As CBD continues to grow in popularity for it’s obvious medicinal advantages, an entirely new market has emerged that produces synthetically made CBDs for use in oils, topical lotions, pills and more. This process creates single molecule cannabidiol products that are being sold interchangeably with whole-plant derived CBD oil. But people are beginning to wonder if there is a difference between synthetic and plant derived CBD, and research is showing that CBD’s synthetic variety just doesn’t stack up to the effects of whole-plant, cannabis derived CBD extracts.
Producing this compound synthetically has been thought to be not only more pure, but more effective in treating inflammation. But this isn’t always the case as researchers discovered that, giving mice large amounts of pure synthetic CBD extract actually decreased it’s therapeutic properties, while giving mice too little of the extract was equally ineffective for treatment. Using synthetic CBD treatments, doses had to be just right (not too little, not too much), or the treatment was ineffective. The study goes on to find that, when administering the mice with whole-plant derived CBD treatments, higher potency doses resulted in improved therapeutic effects. This suggests that CBD from whole-leaf extracts, like the hemp plant, are drastically more beneficial at higher doses than synthetically produced CBD. Research is showing that other non-psychoactive cannibinoids aid CBD in its therapeutic effects.
Some are using this to support arguments that, because synthetic CBD’s effectiveness can only be sustained at such moderate doses, getting the full benefits CBD has to offer can only be achieved using extracts derived from the Cannabis L family of plants (marijuana, and hemp). Because higher doses of CBD from the cannabis plant are more effective than the same does of synthetic CBD, the medical community is beginning to wonder just how helpful synthetic CBD really is. If a patient is expecting to receive the full benefits from their single-molecule, synthetically derived CBD extract, but isn’t able to experience the full benefits they expect of their CBD treatment, this can render the treatment essentially useless.
Agricultural hemp and medical marijuana both come from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, which is responsible for plant derived CBD extracts. The difference is, while the United State’s political climate begins to shift on the topic of cannabis, medical marijuana CBD extracts still remain illegal and difficult to find in many parts of the country. CBD derived from hemp, however, is legal in the US due to hemp’s lack of THC and psychoactive effects, and can be sold and shipped anywhere in the country. This is great news for those seeking to benefit from the therapeutic effects of whole-plant derived CBD oils, extracts, topical lotions and more, without breaking the law or getting high.
These man-made synthetic CBDs are created in pharmaceutical labs without the need to actually grow cannabis plants, which let’s these companies skirt around a swarm of potential legal issues of growing and harvesting cannabis plants. This synthetic process is also less costly and time-consuming, which is wonderful for revenue, but not so great for those who are seeking the true benefits CBD has to offer patients suffering from a variety of ailments and diseases. The inflammation-reducing qualities of man-made synthetic CBDs are simply not effective compared to naturally occurring CBDs found in hemp and marijuana, rendering the man-made variety potentially dangerous, as inflammation can cause damage that could have been avoided if simply using plant-derived CBD extracts. Educating those who seek to be treated with CBD, should consider the potential dangers of synthetic CBD and seek out a whole-plant derived CBD formula.