The world-leading producer of hemp is China, which produces more than 70% of the world output. France ranks second with about a quarter of the world production. Smaller production occurs in the rest of Europe, Chile, and North Korea. Over 30 countries produce industrial hemp, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
A fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain is the main trigger of seizures. While there were unconcluded studies that CBD can control seizures it was not until recently that scientists confirmed the claims. Placebo research involving double-blind patients conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine showed that CBD medication administered in people diagnosed with the Dravet syndrome could help reduce the symptoms.
The other notable difference between hemp and CBD oil is the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the 13 components found in cannabis. Hemp oil has low levels of THC (less than 25 parts in a million) while CBD can have as much as 15% CBD. In fact, one of the considerations to make when buying either of the oils is to check the amount of THC in the product as indicated on the label.
It’s still very early in the days of cannabis research but there is a strong case for the therapeutic benefit of a less refined full spectrum hemp extract with more of the plant compounds intact. There are so many beneficial health possibilities waiting to be unlocked by further studying the combinations of these compounds found in hemp and cannabis.
Hemp is not the same as marijuana. One really has nothing to do with the other. Hemp was made illegal back in the days when cotton was king in the south and southern cotton plantation owners did not want the competition. They lobbied for, and got a law against hemp being grown nationwide. It never had to do with drugs at that time, and still doesn’t. As always, money and government go hand in hand. Now, recently, South Carolina has legalized growing hemp again, which is the only state in 50 to do so. We will hope for more enlightened agri-business legislation across the nation, soon.