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What are the effects and uses of Cannabidiol?

We live in remarkable times, as only a few years ago, marijuana, hemp, and other related products with profound health benefits were not readily available, largely misunderstood, and often illegal. But these days, now that the World Health Organization is backing Cannabidiol as a health benefit, more people understand that cannabidiol oil and other products offer a safe, natural, and effective potential treatment of various ailments or even serious diseases. We’ve even seen public figures like Dr. Sanjay Gupta, notable CNN medical correspondent, become an outspoken medical marijuana advocate. In light of sky-high healthcare costs and the prescription opioid painkiller epidemic, natural remedies are more important than ever.

However, if you’re like us, all of the terminology, products, and seemingly conflicting claims can be confusing. So today, we’re going to bring you a breakdown of cannabidiol and its oil that’s as easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3. You’ll also find that this American Hemp Oil website is an invaluable resource. In fact, our mission is to provide you with the best quality products AND serve as the industry’s best source for information and education. After reading this page, feel free to call one of our helpful representatives if you have questions about which product may be right for you or anything at all.

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What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are natural compounds that exist in marijuana and hemp plants. In fact, cannabis plants contain about 85 types of these cannabinoids, some of which have proven medical value. Called “phytochemicals,” they impact the body’s endocannabinoid system, affecting many functions throughout the body as well as general homeostasis, or balance and proper function.

What is Cannabidiol?

chartOf those 85 chemical compounds naturally secreted by cannabis flowers, cannabidiol is important from a medical standpoint, particularly THC and CBD. It works by binding receptors in the body, as well as imitating compounds that we naturally produce.

How do Cannabinoids work with your body?

Cannabinoid acts upon certain receptors in your cells that impact the release of neurotransmitters, or chemical messages, that help guide cognitive, nerve, and bodily functions. One of those is your endocannabinoid system, which regulates and stabilizes essential functions throughout the body. When these systems are lacking in endocannabinoids, symptoms manifest and disease can occur.

Your endocannabinoid system is made up of two main types of receptors, called CB1 and CB2. While CB1 receptors mostly sit in the brain and nervous system, CB2 receptors are a part of your overall immune system. When you take in THC – an active ingredient, whether from medicinal marijuana product or smoking marijuana – it activates both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, creating the feeling of being “high.”

But cannabidiol oil is not psychoactive because it doesn’t directly stimulate the CB1 or CB2 receptors, instead of activating other receptors like adenosine and serotonin. The resulting release of neurotransmitters can have a positive effect on symptoms of anxiety, inflammation, cognition, motor skills, pain perception, nausea, and appetite.

Factors To Consider When Purchasing the Oil

When you’re looking to purchase one of these health products for the first time, it’s easy to get a little confused or overwhelmed, especially if you’re browsing online. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure you purchase the highest quality, safest, and most effective cannabidiols for your therapy. The two most important factors in any oil are content and concentration. Typically, the higher the content and the purer the concentration, the more it speaks to that products quality, strength, and therefore, effectiveness.

• Content

This measures the amount of CBD in a product. While many people are looking for the oils that contain a large percentage of CBS for a stronger effect, some are looking for a gentler supplement. Other factors, like the specific ailments you’re looking to alleviate, your weight, your tolerance to CBDs, etc. may come into play.

Common Mistake: Checking Hemp Oil Content vs. CBD Content

When first purchasing a product for medicinal use, some people mistakenly look at the hemp oil content rather than the CBD oil content. If you’re looking to take a product for the alleviation of symptoms and to help treat medical conditions, prioritize high CBD oil intake, so check the label and product description twice!

• Concentration:

How strong is the oil? While content tells you what’s in it (and there is a correlation between content and concentration), the concentration will tell you how strong it is. Therefore, the first thing to look for on any bottle, package, or product description is the percentage of CBD it contains.

Here is how you calculate the CBD content of any product:

• If a bottle of CBD hemp oil contains 10 ml. of oil and 8% CBD, what is the total CBD concentration?
• 10 ml. = 10g. and 10g.= 10.000 mg.
• 8% of 10.000 mg. is 800 mg. of pure CBD oil

Things To Consider When Purchasing the Oils

Content and concentration are important when choosing a product, but there are other things to consider, too. The method of extraction is critical in ensuring the quality and purity of the oil. But too many manufacturers take shortcuts, sell impure products, or even knowingly mislabel their products. Therefore, you should always ask to see a certificate of analysis conducted by an independent laboratory.

An important tip for first-time buyers:

Do a little research online, but also read unbiased consumer reviews about the different products available. But it’s not unheard of for some companies to write fake consumer reviews about their own products just to dupe you! So you should also look into the credibility of any company you’re considering buying from. For peace of mind, use American Hemp Oil. Hold us to those same rigorous standards, and you’ll soon be confident that you’re purchasing the highest quality products available, manufactured, labeled, and sold with the utmost care and concern for your health.

What Form Do Cannabidiol Products Come In?

You’ll often find it sold as CBD oil, a greenish, golden, or dark brown liquid. This oil can vary in its viscosity and potency, with some products containing only a few percent CBD and others up to 90 percent. It even comes in different flavors. It comes in several forms of easy administration, quickly absorbing into the bloodstream and taking effect. That includes capsules, edibles, sprays, vaporizers, and drops (tinctures). We’ll cover them here:

CBD oil concentrates

For those who want to use the most powerful form of CBD, cannabidiol oil concentrates are a popular option. You’ll find this un-flavored concentrate as a pure oil or wax crumble, and they can be taken orally or through a vaporizer. Some early CBD users may find oil concentrates too intense at first, but soon it becomes their go-to treatment option.


Just like any other vitamin or supplement, cannabidiol comes in capsule form, too. In fact, some patients prefer capsules because they’re convenient to store, carry, and also easy to ingest – even in public. However, CBD oil capsules or soft gels take a little longer to produce the desired effect, so it’s recommended you schedule your dosage accordingly.


There are a variety of sprays on the market, allowing you to easily administer under the tongue.


Cannabidiols, also called CBD vape juice can also be heated and inhaled through a vaporizer.

Is Cannabidiol legal?

misunderstoodYou’ll hear a lot about medical marijuana and other cannabis-based health products these days. However, the law does not look upon them all equally, so it’s important to understand your federal and state laws concerning any product you’re considering taking. The good news is that CBD oils from American Hemp Oil are 100% legal anywhere in the United States. So how do you make an important distinction?

CBD oil can be produced from either cannabis or industrial hemp. But even though both CBD products come from cannabis plants, they are far different in chemical composition. Medicinal marijuana contains some CBD, but it also includes high levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical compound with psychoactive properties that give you a “high” when smoked or ingested.

It’s that high level of THC to watch out for. In fact, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) deems that any product made from industrial hemp with a THC concentration of over 0.3% is illegal. But American Hemp Oil contains zero THC, only beneficial CBDs, so our products are legal for sale and use in any state and without a prescription.

Be careful, because some CBD oils contain small amounts of THC that measure higher than the DEA’s 0.3% cutoff, which means owning or using them could be a Schedule I offense. Thankfully, you can rest assured that you’re getting a perfectly legal and safe health supplement when you order from American Hemp Oil!

Cannabidiol Safety and Possible Side Effects:

CBD oil is a safe and natural way to treat a variety of health ailments, with no known reports of overdoses or fatalities. Even in higher doses, your body can tolerate it, and it often has less and milder side effects than the pharmaceutical medications doctors prescribe for the same conditions.

While CBD has been shown to be safe, it’s best to start out with a smaller dose, increasing as you go until you achieve the desired benefit. Remember that every person can react to CBD differently based on weight, metabolism, tolerance, and other factors, so always be cautious. Likewise, CBD may interact with certain medications, so always consult a physician before starting this natural health supplement.

Likewise, to ensure safety, always purchase the oil and CBD products from a trusted source like American Hemp Oil. Unfortunately, the industry is rife with illegitimate companies that sell the product irresponsibly. In fact, independent studies confirm that some CBD oils on the market contain little or no cannabidiol, or may be contaminated! But American Hemp Oil adheres to the most with stringent testing and production requirements, ensuring that you’re receiving only the highest quality supplement.

Now, let’s take a look at some key terms that will help you understand and make good choices when pursuing CBD or it’s oil for health purposes:

Common Terms:


Cannabis has been grown in the United States as long as there’s been the United States of America. But most people don’t realize that it’s a plant genus, with several different species, each with their own characteristics. Marijuana and hemp are two such common species that fall under the genus, cannabis.


Marijuana is the best-known species of the cannabis plant, and contains a high concentration of THC – the psychoactive compound that gives users a feeling of being “high.” However, due to ignorance and confusion around these plants, many people think that all cannabis plans contain THC and can deliver a high. In reality, it’s only marijuana that has high THC content and delivers such profound psychoactive properties. But marijuana also does contain cannabinoids that are not psychoactive in nature. In fact, the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana is CBD, which interacts with your system in important ways and can deliver health benefits, as we’ve documented earlier.


When cannabis plants are cultivated for their high CBD concentration, they’re called hemp. Fibers, oils, and other useful products can be extracted from the hemp plant and its seeds. Since hemp contains no THC, hemp oil products are legal in all 50 states – unlike marijuana. But hemp also contains non-psychoactive cannabinoids that impact your health positively, such as CBD.

Industrial Hemp

Hemp plants are often farmed on a large scale for specific practical purposes, called industrial hemp. Once cultivated, industrial hemp can be used for a variety of applications, including making paper, rope, and building materials, just to name a few. (Ropes, sails, and even paper were commonly made of hemp since the birth of our nation, and out United States Constitution is even written on hemp paper!). Another great characteristic of industrial hemp is that it’s high in CBD content, so hemp oil is often used as a nutritional or health supplement, helping treat a variety of diseases and medical conditions.

Hemp Oil

At American Hemp Oil, you’ll find top-quality hemp oil products in the form of soaps, body lotions, and hair care products too. The seeds from these hemp plants aren’t extracted into oil but crushed into a powder. That hemp seed powder is perfect for making dietary supplements that can be administered with food, drinks, and even in baking ingredients. Remember that hemp oil, hemp seeds, and all of the ensuing hemp products contain no THC, so they are perfectly legal to purchase and use in all 50 states.

Cannabis Oil

Oils that are extracted from any cannabis plant are referred to as cannabis oils. Some strains are bred and cultivated specifically because they have high THC levels (like marijuana), but others are valued solely for their cannabidiol oil content. Before purchasing any cannabis oil, thoroughly research its health benefits, possible side effects, and interactions, making sure you use a trusted company like American Hemp Oil for the best quality and safest products.

Marijuana Oil

Marijuana oils are extracted from cannabis strains known for their high levels of THC, specifically, marijuana. Since they come with a lot of THC, these oils do have psychoactive properties that users will feel aside from any health or medical benefits. Due to its concentration of THC, marijuana oils are only legal in certain states that have legalized medicinal and/or recreational marijuana. So if you’re concerned about the law in your state or looking for the health benefits of cannabinoids without the psychoactive high, hemp oil is a better choice than marijuana oil.


CBD oils are extracted from the flowers, stalks, and leaves of the hemp plant, useful for their high cannabidiol content. The resulting oil has a profound effect on the body’s systems and the general balance of health, called homeostasis. When you purchase a CBD oil from American Hemp Oil, you’ll know it contains high concentrations of desirable cannabidiol oil but no THC, so it won’t give you a “high” that can result in anxiety, paranoia, or dryness, even when consumed in high concentrations. Ongoing research suggests that CBD is an effective treatment option with a wide array of natural health properties, including possible anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anti-anxiety, and anti-tumor properties.

Common Question: Are Hemp Oils And CBD Oils The Same Thing?

No. Hemp oil (the oil extracted from hemp seeds) has very low CBD levels, so it’s most beneficial as a dietary supplement, in personal care products, paints, and as a biofuel. CBD oil, however, is produced from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of industrial hemp, cultivated for its high cannabidiol oil content that offers users more profound health benefits.

CBD Oil With THC

Be careful, because many CBD oils on the market DO contain traces of THC, and therefore are not legal in all 50 states. These fly-by-night manufacturers refine their oils from marijuana plants because it’s cheaper and easier, but also comes with higher levels of THC. While some of them may still offer health benefits, they’ll come with some degree of psychoactive side effects and are not the best option for consumers who are looking for the safe, natural, and legal health advantages of CBD oil.

Do you have further questions, would like to talk to someone for guidance, or you’re ready to buy one of our products? Feel free to call one of our helpful representatives or place an order right here online. We’re here to help you improve your health and finally feel better!


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