Explore the World of CBD Oil

CBD oil has taken the United States by storm in the last few years with many amazed by its effects and benefits. Before taking the plunge to try this new miracle substance yourself, it’s always best to do your research and know the product before using it.

What is Cannabidiol? 

While you may not know what CBD is, you have probably heard of THC. THC and CBD are, in a sense, cousins as both are considered cannabinoids that are derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. These plants can be categorized as either marijuana or hemp, depending on how much THC is present.

Though coming from the same plant, cannabidiol has a very different outcome than THC because you are able to experience the benefits without a “high” or euphoric effect. In studying the effect of cannabidiol on the body, researchers found that the body makes its own cannabinoids and has receptors for these which affect mood, pain, appetite, thinking, memories and even inflammation. When cannabidiol is ingested, it’s believed that the presence of it prompts the body to make more of its own cannabinoids, positively impacting these areas.

Pure CBD Oil

As this industry has exploded, many companies have started to explore different products that can be made using this cannabinoid. There are lotions and creams, capsules, edibles, and even ways to vape it. Another popular product is simply CBD oil, but often consumers are confused about how to use it.

The method is quite simple, however, and one of the fastest-acting because of its quick absorption through the capillaries in the mouth. The bottle will contain an oil infused with cannabidiol and a dropper. Simply place a few drops under the tongue, hold it there for about 60 seconds, and then swallow.

Uses and Benefits

Because CBD oil research is limited, most uses and benefits are shared through individual consumers, rather than scientific research. However, as this product continues to grow in popularity, many believe the research will come and show even greater advantages. Despite the lack of scientific evidence, the industry continues to surge forward because those taking it swear by its effectiveness.

Some of the most common uses include:

  • Relieving pain
  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Alleviating cancer-related symptoms
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing symptoms associated with neurological disorders
  • Treating acne
  • Preventing the spread of cancer
  • Relieving symptoms associated with treatment for substance abuse

Currently, the only cannabidiol product that has been studied in-depth, approved by the FDA, and sold as medication is Epidiolex, which is used to treat two severe forms of epilepsy.

What Are the Side Effects?

With pharmaceutical companies today, we anticipate a long list of side effects for any medication we take. Another reason so many individuals are turning to CBD oil is that it is a natural product that has very few to no side effects. Those that do occur tend to minor including, fatigue, diarrhea, and possible changes in appetite and weight.

It’s important to note that this oil may also impact the effectiveness of any current medication you are on; therefore it is best to discuss it with your doctor before consuming. It is also beneficial to share with someone when you are taking it for the first time. That way, if there are any adverse reactions, he or she will know what is going on and how to handle the situation.

A Word of Caution

Because there is not an organization governing the practices of growing and selling CBD products, it is imperative that consumers do their research. 

Find a few different companies that sell these products and dig into how they grow their hemp or where it’s sourced, how it’s extracted and bottled, as well as their business practices and quality standards. 

Because of a lack of accountability for growers and sellers, several groups have formed to start testing and ensuring the quality of their products. When buying, look for the stamp of approval from one or more of these groups:

  • American Herbal Products Association
  • U.S. Hemp Authority
  • American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
  • AOAC, or the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists

Take Your Time

With all of the buzz and excitement surrounding CBD products, it’s easy to get swept up into the hype. However, if this is something you are seriously considering to treat a condition, remember that this product goes into and impacts your body. Slow down, do your research, find a reputable company, and discover the method that works best for you and ultimately gives you your desired outcome. 

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