Stuart Tomc, vice president of human nutrition at CV Sciences, one of the country’s largest hemp-derived CBD oil and product companies, said it’s partly about perception.
“The genetics are different, but the cannabinoids are exactly the same. And that can be confusing,” said Tomc, whose San Diego-based company has been focusing on discovering the properties and benefits of hemp-based CBD.
Cannabinoids are the hundred or so molecular compounds in hemp and marijuana. Some are more potent, like CBD and THC, while others do less.
“People have this perception that the CBD in marijuana is going to be somehow more efficacious. There is truly an appropriate medical place for THC, and there is an appropriate medical place for CBD. It wasn’t until we were able to separate the two, that we were able to see the difference.”
Tomc said that in 1992, scientists found that mammals, including humans, have cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. These receptors can perform vital tasks to maintain a stable internal environment, regardless of our external environment.
So he and his company began developing minerals, nutrients and vitamins to address deficiencies in our diet which can stimulate this system.
Hemp-based CBD has been shown to be therapeutic and helpful for the nervous system health, metabolic health, stress resilience, immune health support, and proven CEDC symptoms.
Possible dietary deficiencies can also contribute to fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, seizures, and microglia diseases that can cover certain neurological diseases, like depression or Alzheimer’s.
Tomc said he hopes his products also appeal to customers who want the benefits but not the risk or stigma of marijuana.
“There are people who are afraid or scared or very sick or old or religious, or who are interested in the pain relief alternative to fentanyl but not the psychedelic effects of marijuana,” he said.
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