A Few Things You Should Know About Cannabis

I became interested in CBD oil end of last year when the Constitutional Court in South Africa, ruled that the personal use of dagga was not a criminal offence.

The right to privacy is not confined to a home or private dwelling. It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private space, ” Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said.

The ruling followed a Western Cape High Court judgement that the possession, cultivation and use of dagga for private use was allowed.

Most conservatives were up in arms and the whats-up groups was a highway for false news about drugs in food and sweets making it’s rounds.  Off course my first reaction was…”Worry about sugar which is highly addictive and killing people”.

CBD oil and HEMP products will soon be available on the shelves of Clicks and Dischem, in South Africa. It’s already legalized in over 50 states in the US. Other countries are following suit.

I started using HEMP oil about 2 weeks ago to see what impact it will have on my sleep (or lack thereof) and recovery after my training. It’s still early days, but I’m definitely already sleeping better. 

As with everything I put in my body, proper research is key. Before you decide to take cannabis, educate yourself. Education is power and with knowledge, comes revelation. 

I get a lot of people asking questions like, “What’s the difference between CBD oil and HEMP oil?”. These phrases actually describe different products, so if you’re asking questions like this, it’s important that you read further so that you can understand the difference between these products. 

Some of the terms you might’ve heard include:

  • CBD (oil)
  • Hemp (oil)
  • Medical Marijuana
  • THC
  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Cannabis
  • Dagga – a popular word in South Africa

Most people use these terms interchangeably. There is a distinct difference between these terms and type of products.

Some names listed above are just street names, jargon used that refer to different parts of the plant where cannabis is derived from. So next time you have a conversation with someone, make sure they understand the different terminology and definitions. It will clear up a lot of confusion around camp fire discussions.

Everything starts with the HEMP plant. In fact, HEMP seeds have been around for ages in our shops. You just haven’t noticed it (unless you are a frequent HEMP seed user). 

There are 3 different species of the HEMP plant. A species, is a type of plant having certain characteristics that differentiate it form other members of the sub-family. The 3 species are:

  • Cannabis Sativa L
  • Cannabis Indica
  • Cannabis Ruderalis

The difference between whether something is going to put you on a trip or not, is based on how much of the active ingredient is in the part of the plant or subsequently, the product that is produced.

The active ingredient is referred to is THC.  THC is what gives the product it’s psychoactive properties and different parts of the plant and different species have more of the psychoactive properties (higher THC concentration) than others.

Cannabis Sativa L

Cannabis Sativa is also known as HEMP. It has a THC concentration of less than 0.3%. In other words, this is a non-psychoactive form of cannabis. This is the part of the plant that are legalized in some countries. Important to note, that industrial CBD is classified as a dietary supplement and as such, can be sold or added to food or cosmetics. 

Cannabis Indica

Cannabis Indica contains a higher THC concentration. Products made from Cannabis Indica will get you stoned. Marijuana e.g. has a THC concentration of 18% – 38%. 

So you’re ready to test out a product? Here’s what you should know.

Always make sure you shop from a reputable retailer, in which case you will either shop for CBD oil or HEMP oil. Meeting someone in his backyard where he grows his plants and press and fill his own bottles with zero labels, in his wendy house, is not a reputable retailer.

CBD oil and HEMP oil are two unique products that benefit our health, but in different ways. Since they come from different parts of the cannabis plant, they have different uses and benefits.

CBD oil uses the whole plant – leaves, stalks and flowers, while HEMP oil comes from the HEMP seeds. The main active ingredient in CBD oil is off course CBD (Cannabidiol). This compound is popular in the holistic wellness community. It’s main role is to regulate the endocannabinoid system in your body, which is responsible for maintaining proper internal balance in systems. The amazing benefit of CBD oil, is that it works on the level of the system, and not just the symptom.  Modern medicine only focus on the level of the symptom. So CBD oil fixes the system, not just the symptoms you experience because something has gone wrong.

Although more research is needed, the professional support for CBD’s usefulness in helping to reduce stress, provide joint, muscular and neurological relief, and to support better sleep.  So far, users of CDB oil has also reported the following benefits:

  • Overall general well-being
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Loss of appetite and body weight
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart ailments
  • Some forms of cancer

HEMP oil is obtained by cold pressing the the hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined HEMP oil is dark to clear light green, with a nutty flavor. 

HEMP seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids.

They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

They don’t contain any significant levels of THC, so you can sprinkle them in your salads, grind them and throw them in your favorite food or dips.

Reported health benefits of HEMP seeds include:

  • Boosts immune system.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory; eases arthritic pain.
  • Lowers high blood pressure.
  • Promotes cardiovascular health.
  • Supports healthy metabolism & cell growth.
  • Improves brain function & focus; helps to reduce ADHD symptoms.

As with any product you wish to take, it’s extremely important that you continue to do your own research, gather your own information and then you can decide which product is best suited for you.

Here are the products I use. The HEMP oil is available in South Africa and they deliver the products straight to your door. 

The reason I chose them? They are actually cheaper than some local products, they are certified and they are safe for athletes.

Like I’ve said previously in some posts on Facebook. The nutrition supplement industry in South Africa is not regulated. So you you don’t really know what you buy, unless it’s certified as tested. So I seek the high quality stuff all the time, every time.

If you do try out some products, let us know what you think!

See you later!

Petrolene

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