CBD oil has been around for thousands of years. People have been using it as a form of natural medicine for just as long.
So what exactly is this natural substance and what does it do?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of the many different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another one you’ve probably heard of. THC is the cannabinoid that makes people feel “high.” That is not what we will be discussing here. We are talking about simple CBD oil without THC. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Once it is blended they can add flavors, etc.
So, let’s clarify a few things. First of all, there are two different types of cannabidiol out there:
- Hemp-based CBD oil
- Marijuana-based CBD oil
Secondly, both contain CBD, both have healing properties and both come from the cannabis plant, but hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the plant. The main source of most CBD oil on the market today is the hemp plant.
CBD oil from hemp naturally contains a higher CBD to THC ratio than the marijuana plant. The THC count is usually very low. Therefore, the CBD from hemp plants do not cause the “high” feeling that is often associated with cannabis. That feeling is from THC, a totally different type of cannabinoid.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
Most people who use CBD oil on a regular basis began using it after hearing about from a friend or a family member. I started looking into it when my son mentioned it helped his back pain. It has been known to help in many areas. Here are a few:
- Reduces inflammation
- Eases pain
- Calms nausea
- Reduces anxiety
- Limits seizures/tremors
- Helps with acne
CBD can come in a variety of different products; oils, salves, edibles, etc. I actually started with a cream that I could use to apply right to my painful ankles. It was amazing to me. Within 30 minutes, I was feeling less pain. I didn’t love the fact that I had to apply it though, so I looked into the actual liquid. I purchased my first tincture and that was it. I was a fan for life. My experience is just one of many. Turns out there are some others that are doing their own research, too. The AARP says that almost 36% of the medical marijuana registry is over the age of 50. They are looking for alternatives to pain relief without the “high”. Here is a link to what they are doing. Just click here.
Now, Consumer Reports is also looking into the CBD boom. They say that an estimated 64 million Americans have tried CBD and that 1 out of 7 people continue to use it on a daily basis! The really great news is that 22% of those folks have used it to replace an opiod or other prescription drug. That’s wonderful. You can read more about it here.
Is CBD legal?
YES! Now, the laws concerning CBD, Hemp and Marijuana are changing all the time. Here is where we are at right now. Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 United States on the federal level- That is such great news! However, marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. So, you always want to make sure that you check your state laws, especially if you are doing any traveling and use marijuana-derived CBD. I just use CBD from hemp, so no worries for me.
Are there any side effects to CBD oil?
Like anything you put in to your body, CBD can possibly have an adverse reaction in some people. While it is generally well tolerated and very safe, side effects can happen. Most studies show that side effects are fairly limited to diarrhea, fatigue and changes in appetite or weight. There is a slight risk it may interact with medications that include a “grapefruit warning”. Personally, I have not had any issues.
What is the future outlook for CBD?
The research on CBD products and pain management has been promising. Most exciting is that it is a great alternative for people who have chronic pain and rely on medications, such as opioids, that can be addictive and cause more side effects. Now, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t too involved YET. There are not any FDA-approved, nonprescription CBD products, so they are not regulated for purity or dosage. But, so far they have one approved CBD product for the treatment of epilepsy. We expect more to come soon.
Researchers agree that these types of products have a lot of potential. Who knows what the future may bring? Perhaps one with a more natural approach to health. Perhaps we will see less addiction, less suffering and less death.
If we seek our healing from the Earth- we might find miracles.
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