Marijuana and Hemp – What’s the difference?


There is a lot of confusion surrounding marijuana and hemp and their benefits and I thought it best to shed some light on what these two herbs are. Both marijuana and hemp are forms/subspecies of the cannabis plant. They both contain essential elements (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. The most popular of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Marijuana however, contains a higher THC and cannabinoid content than hemp.  Now that you know about these two varieties of the cannabis plant, it is best if I explain the difference between medical marijuana oil and hemp seed oil. Medical marijuana oil is also known as hemp oil. Hemp seed oil on the other hand is the oil that is released when seeds of the hemp plant are pressed together. Hemp seed oil is abundant in fatty oils that contain essential elements beneficial to your body. Hemp seed oil is easily accessible and can be purchased from health food stores. It’s easy to confuse hemp seed oil and hemp oil as most stores don’t differentiate on their labels. That said it is important to remember that medical marijuana or the real hemp oil is made from the buds of the female marijuana plant and it contains THC and cannabinoids that have essential healing properties. Its worth remembering that medical marijuana is also referred to as hemp oil, cannabis oil or hash oil just so you don’t get confused.

So what are the benefits of hemp oil/ medical marijuana oil?

Before I let you know about the benefits of hemp oil, here are a few things to ponder over:

  • Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 people in the world
  • There are no known recorded cases of death arising from cannabis use
  • Over ingestion of cannabis can actually save your life rather end it
  • Medical marijuana actually treats conditions that conventional medicine doesn’t

Pretty amazing don’t you think. The major benefit however is the enormous health conditions hemp oil is able to treat. Alzhemiers, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, depression, hepatitis c, cancer, AIDS and morning sickness are just a few of the diseases and conditions medical marijuana can treat. So as the debate rages on we would like to ask for your opinion on the continued legalization of medical marijuana across the nation. Do you think it is a good move?

Can CBD Cure Seizures?

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CBD or Cannibidoil as it is also know as is an essential psychoactive element found in the cannabis plant. This element is considered much ‘cleaner’ than THC tetrahydrocannabinol and is known to have properties that can cure chronic ailments such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures and cancer. With the spotlight having been turned on this new and alternative treatment method, more and more people are taking a keen interest to find out whether CBD can really cure seizures.

Being the second leading active ingredient in the cannabis plant after THC, CBD does not produce a natural ‘high’ like THC but it is known to contain very essential properties that have drastically reduced effects of conditions like epilepsy and anxiety. So just how can you cure seizures with CBD? The truth is, you will have to consult a qualified medical practitioner for his/her expert advice on that however, I will share with you a few fundamental reasons why you should consider using CBD for treatment of seizures.

First, it is important to understand that CBD lacks a lot of noticeable effects when used alone,however, it produces a calm, soothing effect when used together with THC. This calming, soothing effect has been proved to reduce memory loss, paranoia and anxiety. However, the only drawback is you getting intoxicated.

The good news however is that there are different strains of CBD found in the cannabis plant that don’t have to be combined with THC for treatment. Cannabis plants high in CBD strains are fast gaining popularity since the amazing recovery story of Charlotte Figi. Figi suffers from a rare condition known as Dravet’s syndrome and before her treatment with CBD was having up to 300 seizures everyday!

Since changing her treatment to include CBD, Charlotte’s seizure have drastically reduces to one or two a month! She might not be full cured, however, this gives hope to other sufferers that there could be light at the end of tunnel. The good news is that Charlotte’s is just one of many success stories with CBD and they cure of seizures.

Today, more funds are being poured into the research and development of even higher quality CBD strains. Charlotte’s story seemed to have been the catalyst that has given medical scientists fighting degenerative diseases a new lease of life. So far preliminary findings show that CBD can treat chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, cancer, heart problems amongst other diseases.

Dr. Sean McAllister of the California Pacific Medical Center has also proved in his research that CBD can be used to suppress colon tumors in mice and kill breast cancer cells. No tests have been on humans. One thing is certain, there is a whole lot more to cannabis use than just for recreational purposes. It won’t be long before CBD will cure seizures and other diseases.