I am sure by now you have heard about CBD oil. But you may not understand what the excitement is all about. If you have not heard about this amazing compound then you will learn all the basics here about what it is, where it comes from and what it helps I am going to over simplify my explanations so that everyone can understand and relate.
So, What is CBD Oil?
CBD refers to cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating extract from the cannabis plant that does not have the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD does not gets people “high.” or “Stoned”. CBD can be found in the marijuana plant in small amounts and in the Hemp plant in large quantities. Both are called cannabis but they are just different families of of the cannabis plant. CBD used to be an illegal schedule 1 controlled substance. The 2018 Farm bill legalized CBD in all 50 states and the growth of the CBD industry has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2016-17 CBD sales were about 100 million dollars. It is expected to jump to around 22 billion by 2021-22.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a plant with a wide history as medicine going back thousands of years. Today now, the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. It is a safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are completely unique to cannabis/hemp and gives the plant its huge range of benefits.
CBD oil contains CBD and it is mixed with an oil, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. The oil is bottled, called a tincture, and it is sold in various concentrations/doses. There are also CBD capsules, CBD gummies, CBD Vapes, and sublingual, under-the-tongue CBD sprays. Some brands contain trace amounts of THC. To be legal the trace amount needs to be under 0.03% concentration. This is a VERY small, almost nonexistent amount. But it is there nonetheless But you can also get CBD Isolate with zero THC. I will explain more about that in another post.
CBD oil is being shown to treat pain, reduce anxiety, and stimulate appetite and so much more in the same way that marijuana does. CBD has also shown promise in treating certain types of seizures. In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution that is used for the treatment of certain rare forms of epilepsy in children under two. Before federal legalization there were few clinical studies done. Since federal legalization there has been a race by scientists to start studying CBD.
How does CBD work?
Unlike THC, CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules to which THC binds to elicit its psychoactive effects.
Scientists discovered the Endocannabidol system many years ago. Every mammal has one. The goal of the human endocannabinoid system is to help the body maintain a certain level of homeostasis. Homeostasis means the body is working as it should be.
In the human body specifically, cannabinoid receptors can be found not only in the central nervous system, but also in various organs, cells, blood vessels, and other soft tissues according to the UCLA. And when cannabinoids interact with these receptors, it can positively impact the basic bodily processes and systems. Some of these are related to pain management, mood regulation, immune system function, sleep, stress, and metabolism, among others. These interactions have been scientifically proven to provide a range of health benefits.
Proponents claim that CBD oil can treat a wide variety of health problems, including:
- Chronic pain
- Drug addiction and withdrawal
- High blood pressure
- Muscle spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
Available in a variety of forms—which include CBD oils (which are sometimes called cannabis oils or hemp oil) and tinctures—both human studies and animal studies have been confirming that this particular cannabinoid has the propensity to help treat and manage a variety of medical conditions.
I will go into detail on each of the different things that CBD can help with in other posts so you get a detailed explanations…
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