On October 17th 2018, Canada introduced the Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45. Under this new legislation, both medical and recreational cannabis use is federally legal in Canada. There are minimal changes to the medical stream, as patients can continue to purchase directly from their licensed producers and have their medical cannabis mailed directly to their home, including regulated & tested CBD oil.

Though both CBD and hemp oil are derived from the same cannabis plant (hemp), CBD is derived from multiple parts of the plant – the stems, leaves, flowers, and stalks. Only amazon products with full spectrum, or hemp extract, does the presence of CBD cannabinoids exist, as it is derived from the entire plant. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is derived from hemp seeds only. This means that hemp seed oil does not contain the same number of cannabinoids found in CBD and full spectrum hemp oils, and therefore contains very little to no CBD content. In addition, neither CBD oil nor hemp oil carries psychoactive properties, as neither is commonly derived from the marijuana plant, and therefore is extremely low in THC. (THC is the psychoactive compound found in nearly all marijuana strains). While CBD oil is commonly viewed as a health supplement for the management of symptoms brought on by severe illnesses and disorders, hemp seed oil is commonly viewed as a food additive and an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6. Therefore, hemp oil is a strong and eco-friendly alternative to fish oil, a common supplement associated with heart health. Hemp oil has also been repeatedly praised by consumers for carrying relaxing effects due to Omega-3 and Omega-6 content, and has been cited for assisting in pain management as well.
This article provides a wealth of practical information for the individual considering CBD as an adjunctive or alternative treatment for pain and or anxiety. CBD works in the body by manipulating receptors throughout organ tissues, the immune system, the pain response system, the hormonal system, and other systemic regulatory systems. While CBD oils have not been reviewed or approved by the FDA for the treatment of these conditions, a wealth of literature, both anecdotal and research-related now exists to help describe both their safety and effectiveness. As discussed in this article, the potential new adopter must be mindful of several important items. First, only those products that are sourced from Industrial Hemp will be considered legal in all states. One must be careful if the product you choose is sourced from the marijuana plant, as those products may contain THC levels above the legal limit in your given state. Secondly, all products are NOT created equal – they differ significantly in strength, absorption, and elimination by the body and in the manner in which they are formulated. One should be mindful of the differences in doses available for each of these products, starting at a low or moderate dose and increasing as needed in order to find the lowest dose that provides the desired relief. In this way, one can individualize usage to maximize effectiveness, while minimizing risk, a proper goal for the use of all medicinals.
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