We think of hemp we usually like to associate it with recreational drug use. Images of shiftless drug users cloud our minds and we stigmatize the plant. Despite popular opinion holding rigid stereotypes about hemp, this plant has been shown to have proven healthy uses. The medical use of the hemp plant is not necessarily tied to THC or any so-called “recreational” effects. Other compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as cannabidiol or CBD for short, have been shown to be useful. With recent changes to medical marijuana laws, there are now companies offering THC free supplements for those who would like to use them. One such example of these new supplements can be found in the example of Charlotte’s Web Oil. Developed in 2011, the plant has become a popular dietary supplement for those looking for the health benefits of hemp.
First and foremost, it must be known that Charlotte’s Web Oil contains less than 0.3% THC. This essentially makes it virtually impossible to use this supplement to get “high”. What Charlotte’s Web Oil does have is high amounts of cannabidiol. Known as CBD, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Known for its possible effects on epilepsy,arthritis, and other chronic ailments it has been the focus of recent attention by cannabis farmers in the state of Colorado (where this product originates from). Unlike THC, CBD inhibits rather than activates cannabinoid receptors. This produces effects that are rather the opposite of THC. For example, CBD reduces anxiety while THC increases it. As an inhibitor of the cannabinoid receptor, CBD is being researched for possible use to fight many different diseases. Researchers into autoimmune diseases and arthritis have researched using it to reduce the inflammation inherent in rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Mental disorders such as general anxiety disorder and schizophrenia have also been researched.
Named after Charlotte Figi, a girl known for the crippling disease Davet syndrome, Charlotte’s Web Oil is an experiment into a new and fascinating side of the cannabis plant. A fascinating subject of scientific research, Charlotte’s Web Oil shows that we have only begun to see even a sliver of the secrets of the cannabis plant.