The phrase “well-oiled” machine means a machine that is ‘useful, efficient, [and]
effective.’1 What do you do every 3,000-6,000 miles you drive your
car? Change the oil. In fact, any machine that’s expected to put in the long
hours frequently gets some love in the form of this lubricant. And although we
lack the metal and bolts of our robotic friends, many of us humans are
considered to work like machines. So where’s our lubricant? Where’s our
Welcome to world of Cannabis Sativa.
The Cannabis Sativa plant is responsible for two main oils that are the Dr.Ganja hot topic of today:
CBD oil and Hemp Oil. Surprisingly, although the two oils are derived from the
same plant, their chemical composition and effects (and therefore, uses) are
drastically different. So here’s the lowdown on these two wonderful oils:
Hemp Oil is usually only extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The seeds
are cold pressed and voila!: oil.
Hemp (seed) oil is a lot like other oils that you use every day in your kitchen
such as olive or coconut oil. It contains vital minerals like magnesium and potassium,
but it also contains the essential Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that the body
requires but cannot manufacture on its own! The importance of these fatty acids
for the brain and the body alone cannot be underestimated, here’s the short of
it: omega 3’s are essential for your cardiovascular health (among other things)
and omega 6’s are essential for proper brain functioning (among other things).
Just like the cooking oil comparison above, hemp oil is often used in the kitchen. It has
amazing health benefits due to its nutritional power-punch, and is even used in
some soaps and skin care products.
CBD Oil, unlike its hemp oil cousin, is taken from all parts of the Cannabis Sativa
The “main” ingredient in CBD oil is exactly that, CBD. CBD stands for
cannabidiol and is a cannabinoid much like the famed THC everyone has heard of
(the aspect of the marijuana plant that gives you the euphoria); however,
unlike THC, it does not get you “high.” That is not to say CBD doesn’t do other
amazing things. CBD is an amazing antiemetic (helps with nausea) and
anti-inflammatory (helps with inflammation or swelling). In fact, many athletes
that put some of the hardest beatings on their body, MMA fighters, use CBD oil
to help with their inflammation post-fights and post-workouts. Hemp oil doesn’t
contain any cannabinoids like CBD oil does, and so its inflammatory effects
aren’t nearly as pronounced as they are in CBD oil (although recent research
has shown that the omega fatty acids, such as those found in hemp oil, have
anti-inflammatory effects2). CBD has also been found to be an
effective analgesic, or pain reliever, as well, something that the already
amazing hemp oil, cannot boast about.
So, nature, or nature with a little man-made extraction, gave us two oils from the Cannabis
Sativa plant. Hemp oil, which is typically extracted from the seeds and
contains a whole lot of nutrition, but lacks any or very very low levels of
cannabinoids; and CBD oil, which is extracted from all parts of the plant and
contains dominantly the cannabinoid CBD. CBD is very effective for nausea (and
thus chemo survivors), inflammation, and pain. Hemp oil contains many vital
fatty acids and minerals that are crucial for a healthy body. Both oils have
little to no THC in them, so there is no risk of “getting high” from the oils;
however, your body might just feel a little euphoric after you lubricate them
with some of nature’s best oils.