Thursday, 17 January 2019

CBD Oil: Hemp for Health – Cabarrus Business & Lifestyles Magazine

With the level of synthetic drugs being prescribed or
misused, there are those looking for a natural means to alleviate chronic

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, legalized in the U.S. for medical
purposes in 2014, is a component of the cannabis plant. It shouldn’t be
confused with illegal marijuana, though, which contains tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC), the psychoactive component that delivers a high.

According to Ministry of Hemp, CBD was first extracted from
cannabis by chemist, Roger Adams, in 1940. However, he didn’t know what it was
or how it would be utilized until he and other researchers started testing
years later. In 1946, doctors Walter S. Loewe and Raphael Mechoulam found no
mental/psychotic effect from CBD use on laboratory animals and also identified
its chemical structure. In 1980, a study conducted by Dr. Mechoulam found CBD
to be valuable in treating epilepsy.

 CBD has not been approved
by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services has categorized CBD as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant
(limiting neurological damage following stroke, trauma, etc.).

The U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama’s passing of the
Agricultural Act of 2014 – the Farm Bill – ushered in the research and
manufacture of hemp products like CBD. While there is still a handful of U.S.
states that do not recognize or allow industrial hemp, North Carolina is not
one of them.

For clarity, the definition of industrial hemp in North Carolina
is a product that contains 0.3 percent of THC or less and, according to the
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), “State legislatures have
taken action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in recent
years. A wide range of products, including fibers, textiles, paper,
construction and insulation materials, cosmetic products, animal feed, food and
beverages all may use hemp.

“The plant is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products
spanning nine markets: agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture,
food/nutrition/beverages, paper, construction materials and personal care.”

To go along with that, the list of potential CBD oil benefits as
a supplement has broadened widely and includes treatment of epilepsy and
multiple sclerosis; pain relief; reduction of anxiety and depression; aiding in
cancer-related symptoms and treatment side effects; lowering blood pressure; even
reducing acne.

Deborah Mohrman, ND, is a naturopathic doctor and owner of
Concord’s Genesis Herb Garden (; 704-782-1650), which she
opened in 1992.

“The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is both the ‘newest’ bodily
system (not discovered until the

CBD oil can be effective for physical ailments or anxiety in dogs

late 1980s) and the oldest in existence,” she
says. “The ECS is made up of a network of receptor sites (CB1 and CB2) on cell
membranes, with the highest concentration in the brain and central nervous
system. The role of the ECS is the regulation of everything from appetite,
energy metabolism, fertility and immunity, to sleep, mood, pain perception and

“There is virtually no function in the human body that does not
benefit from a healthy Endocannabinoid System. In fact, Cannabidiol (CBD) is
being touted as a magical elixir, a cure-all now available even in bath bombs
and dog treats.”

Other forms include tinctures (liquid extracts); capsules;
topicals; suppositories; water, beer, coffee and tea; shampoos and lotions;
dried buds, flowers and leaves that can be smoked; vape juice; concentrates;
sprays; fresh leaves in salads or juices; and edibles like cookies, brownies,
butter and honey.

“The most preferred method of taking CBD is in the oil form
(drops), probably because it is in the system in as little as 20 minutes,”
Mohrman shares. “Capsules are available for those who do not like the taste of
CBD oil. In addition, we also offer creams for topical pain relief.”

Ken Rodell is a local CBD entrepreneur with World of Hemp LLC.
His introduction to CBD oil was actually for his German Shepherd, diagnosed
with dysplasia as a puppy. Rather than put him down, Rodell sought a “quality
of life” solution.

He has Johann and his two older dogs on a daily CBD maintenance
program and says, “He’s doing fine. His dysplasia will never be completely
cured but once he’s up and stretches, he’s 100 miles an hour all day long.”

Rodell has since dug deep into the information that’s out there
about CBD. Since industrial hemp is a facet of business in its infancy in the
U.S., keeping up with the ever-changing laws and levels of regulation is

Mohrman and her staff actually followed the legal progress of
CBD when its usage passed in 2014, but didn’t put it into practice until
January 2016. “We wanted to spend time researching the use and side effects
before we were comfortable suggesting it to our clients,” she says.

As of this writing, it was expected that President Donald Trump
would sign revised Farm Bill wording with regard to hemp production. It basically
points to overall use of the hemp plant for product manufacture, and scaling
back on the ban against convicted drug felons who want to take part in the
business of industrial hemp.

Prior to this, President Obama’s 2014 Farm Bill allowed farmers
to grow hemp in conjunction with/overseen by a state program – in North
Carolina’s case, N.C. State University.

While we’ll address potential side effects of CBD, Rodell’s
passion is product purity. He says not all CBDs are created equal.

“Purity is an important issue,” he says. “Soil conditions,
growing environment, processing methods and storage are some that can impact
the quality of the final product. For example, in the extraction process
different options exist for the solvents being used, such as CO2, ethanol,
alcohol, hexane, propane and butane, which is dangerous.

“The label won’t necessarily say what the processes were. If
anyone says it was grown in China, walk away. Hemp is very fibrous – the most
fibrous plant – and it sucks up everything in the soil like metals, toxins and
contaminants. There are many European companies offering their products on the
Internet and partnering with U.S. businesses. You don’t really know if it’s
grown in Chernobyl or France,” he adds.

Mohrman agrees. “Be careful where you purchase because there are
various ways in which CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant to create CBD
oils, and not all these methods are created equal when it comes to the purity
and quality of the final product. Some companies that cut corners and produce
cheap CBD products may use harmful solvents such as propane or butane to render
their extracts.

“It is very important that you choose your product from a
reputable company or practitioner who has researched the product extensively.
Factors such as the extraction method, the soil quality, where it comes from
and whether it has been diluted and with what are extremely important factors
to consider; therefore, do not purchase based on price alone.”

Rodell says there is a “buy local” movement here in North
Carolina that he believes is important. Legal status has put this state’s
growers behind growers in other states. He knows people with North Carolina
ties that have moved here from Oregon, Colorado and California to start
businesses and farms. He hopes they will share their knowledge and help our
locals close the gap on the learning curve.

There are two processing plants already in North Carolina. As
Rodell understands it, they process locally-grown hemp and hemp from other
states as well. What that means is, they have extra capacity to process more

While CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive, Rodell presents
a side effects worst-case scenario. His research indicates CBD-drug
interactions can occur in some cases.

CBD and other plant cannabinoids can potentially interact with
many pharmaceuticals by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450 – a family
of liver enzymes. At sufficient dosages, CBD will temporarily deactivate
cytochrome P450 enzymes, thereby altering how we metabolize a wide range of
compounds. He recommends consulting a medical professional.

“Most people running around selling CBD have no idea about
cytochromes in the body,” he says, “so use the grapefruit test
( If you’re taking a heart medicine – a beta blocker – and your
doctor says don’t eat grapefruit with this medicine or don’t eat grapefruit for
five or six hours, don’t take CBD or don’t take it for five or six hours.”

Very Well Health says that some research indicates side effects
could include anxiety; changes in appetite or mood; diarrhea; dizziness;
drowsiness; dry mouth; nausea; or vomiting. However, some of these experiences
could also come from impurities in the product.

Mohrman isn’t concerned about the side effects of CBD “because
CBD has a much lower potential for side effects than many other pain
medications. For some people, it’s only when taking too high a dose of CBD that
it could lead to drowsiness and lethargy. Other possible negative side effects
include upset stomach and diarrhea but nothing compared to pharmaceutical

“One of the most celebrated health benefits of CBD oil is its
pain relieving effect. CBD has anti-seizure properties, reduces anxiety and
depression, fights cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, treats sleep
disorders, has neuroprotective properties, could benefit heart health, has
anti-tumor effects, reduces psychotic symptoms, and has been shown to reduce
morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior,” she notes.

Rodell says there’s a subjective therapeutic window when
determining the best CBD dosage individually. “Everybody’s system is different
so you have to basically find your own level, what works for you, because you
can take too much and all you’re doing is wasting it. Or you can take too
little and it won’t have an effect. You really need to monitor your intake. And
it’s a cliché, but less is more. Taking too much can’t hurt you, but you’re
going to negate the positive effects,” he shares.

Rodell offers some advice for those looking into trying CBD:

• Is the maker of the CBD oil accountable to anyone?

• Ask if the product is laboratory tested (certificate of

• Find out how the CBD was extracted.

• Where was the hemp grown?

• Don’t choose a product from China!

“You can take CBD forever,” he adds. “I advise people that once
they start it and start feeling the effects, they can cut down on the amount
they take and find their own level. Then continue with it because it’s a
beneficial preventative tool.”

He predicts that, by 2022, CBD will be a $3- to $4-billion
industry. Visit, call 704-361-2196 or send an email to Rodell
at for more information.

There are writings all over the Internet both advocating and
denouncing CBD. Do your research, talk with your physician, then make the
decision that’s right for you. 

Article By: Kim Cassell

Photos Courtesy: Michael A. Anderson Photography


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