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A New ‘Super’ Hemp Oil?

Dec 30, 2013 06:19PM ● By Ann O’Neill

For those of you who are believers in hemp oil, here are three letters you need to become familiar with: CBD.

Most people familiar with cannabis know all about THC, the component of marijuana that gets you “stoned.” But thanks in part to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s recent support of medical marijuana, there is high demand instead for an extract of a rare strain of medical marijuana that contains almost no THC and much, much more of a compound called CBD.

Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is not psychoactive, but it confers many of the health benefits that medical marijuana users are seeking. Dr. Gupta’s CNN medical marijuana special exposed the amazing health benefits of CBD for the first time on a mainstream news channel. The special, entitled Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports, showed patients using high-CBD cannabis oil to reduce seizures in children and to successfully treat other health issues. In a truly groundbreaking move by a medical doctor, Sanjay Gupta noted that, in some cases, children with epilepsy were able to reduce their seizures from dozens per day down to zero. These incredible results from a non-psychoactive (this is important for people afraid of getting themselves or their children “high”) plant extract are so promising that parents of severely ill children are uprooting their families to legal marijuana states like Colorado, hoping to acquire some of this marijuana extract for their kids, many of whom suffer from hundreds of seizures a week. Even when these families relocate, they will have to be patient; high CBD marijuana oil is only legally available in Colorado and the waiting list is hundreds of families long.

Take a moment to think about CBD as a brand-new discovery (it isn’t, but more on that in a moment). Are you able to consider it outside of the decades of misinformation and fear surrounding the cannabis plant? What if cannabis were discovered in the Amazon jungle just this year? What would experts and scientists have to say about not only the incredible oils, protein and other medicinal-quality substances found in the plant? What would public opinion look like?

Think about this: Scientists have known about CBD for nearly five decades. In fact, the U.S. government holds a patent on the therapeutic use of CBD (and other major cannabinoids—like THC) that indicates that they think CBD is a powerful anti-oxidant.

The big question: Is CBD legal? According to the news and the government, that depends on which plant it comes from.

Families are being torn apart in their quest for CBD thanks to the many legal issues associated with marijuana-derived CBD oil. They face potential child protective services interventions, accusations of drug trafficking outside legalized state lines, and restrictions against marijuana oils—plus they fear the misunderstandings from their neighbors, who might think they are exposing their children to street drugs.

Hemp MedsThere is good news: The public needs to know that there is a legal alternative to medical marijuana-based CBD oil that is available in all fifty states that is not made from marijuana, but from hemp. 

If this is the first time you’re hearing about industrial hemp-based CBD oil products, there’s a reason for it. The FDA doesn’t yet recognize CBD. No health claims or references to the many peer-reviewed studies can be made, and fear that industrial hemp is the same thing as marijuana abounds. Here’s how to think about the difference between hemp—like the hemp products you see in natural food stores—and marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are to cannabis the way oranges and lemons are to citrus. THC levels in marijuana are naturally high (no pun intended), while CBD content is low. The opposite is true with hemp; there are significant levels of CBD in hemp and THC is naturally and virtually non-existent. That difference is why you see hemp oils, hemp protein, even hemp clothing in stores all around the country.

If you search the internet for people who have used the only alternative cannabis oil available—Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™)—you will quickly see that people are seeking this plant compound. Consumers are finally able to have all the benefits of medical cannabis—without the “high”—thanks to natural CBD from wholesome, “super” hemp oil.  

For more information on Real Scientific Hemp Oil and other innovative CBD-rich industrial hemp oil products visit

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