What is CBD oil?
To start this off, “CBD” is an acronym for Cannabidiol, which is one of the 400 different active components found in cannabis plants. Hemp based CBD oil is oil extracted from hemp plants that are high in CBD.
Unlike the other cannabinoids, CBD is considered a major phytocannabinoid, as a result, it accounts for roughly 40% of the entire extract of this plant. From past studies, CBD doesn’t show any intoxicating effects and actually has shown many health benefits. More and more people are preferring CBD over its infamous sister cannabinoid “THC” because CBD does not cause a “high” and has even shown the potential to counteract THC’s psychoactivity.
The fact that CBD is not intoxicating appeals to patients, parents, family members, and medical professionals alike. The world is realizing the need for an organic, all natural cure as chemical treatments. Big pharma is becoming less and less popular.
Hemp based CBD oil is very different than traditional medical marijuana.
The Facts of CBD
It’s important to note that CBD extracts differ from traditional cannabis oil extracted from traditional marijuana with high THC, despite the fact that they both come from the same parent plant (cannabis).
Biologists have been breeding marijuana plants with a sole purpose and aim to create strains with the highest amounts of CBD possible. These industrial plants contain virtually NO THC. These low THC strains cannot be used for recreational use.
These low-THC plans are often referred to as industrial hemp.
Here are a couple key facts to know about CBD:
- CBD is LEGAL in the USA ONLY IF the CBD is extracted from industrial hemp plants
- CBD products that are made from agricultural or industrial hemp do not violate the Controlled Substances Act
- CBD from medical marijuana (plants containing THC) are only legal in certain states in the USA
- Unlike THC, CBD does not give users a euphoric sensation (a “high”)
- You don’t need a prescription to buy and use hemp-based CBD products
- CBD is used regularly by pediatric patients and families around the world because of its therapeutic effects and a low-risk of side-effects
- CBD has not been proven to “treat” any specific health condition
Here’s what research says about CBD:
- Pain Relief:
“In conclusion… cannabinoids are a modestly effective and safe treatment option for chronic noncancer (predominantly neuropathic) pain.”
- Migraines, Fibromyalgia, & IBS:
“Migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.”
“Specifically, cannabis extracts (THC & CBD) have shown effectiveness to relieve some symptoms of the patients with multiple sclerosis, mainly for pain and spasticity.”
- Sleep Disorders:
“The systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time, in addition to increasing sleep latency in the light period of the day of administration.”
“Studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. Moreover, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder.”
“At this time, there does seem to be a growing body of basic pharmacologic data suggesting there may be a role for CBD, especially in the treatment of refractory epilepsy.”
CBD provides the above health benefits without the disconcerting high and/or lethargy feelings. (Although some people do experience some sedation from high doses of CBD. Always use caution when using a new supplement.)
How CBD Works
We are going to get a little scientific here. When a person consumes CBD, the CBD basically attaches itself to certain brain and body receptors inside their bodies. These receptors are known as the endocannabinoid system. These receptors are responsible for the regulation of various processes, feelings, emotions, and sensations that humans experience every day. They include:
Under normal circumstances, these receptors are activated by the naturally occurring endocannabinoids within our body. However, CBD imitates these endocannabinoids, which results in CBD connecting very easily with the brain and central nervous system. Since the brain and central nervous system is in charge of secreting and releasing different neurotransmitters, the new CBD within the body initiates the activation of adenosine and serotonin receptors.
What does all this mean?
- This physiological action affects inflammation and pain perception
- When adenosine receptors are activated, they help with the release of dopamine, which eases the symptoms of anxiety
- When CBD is taken in higher doses, it can activate 5-HTIA receptors. This is a serotonin receptor and its activation causes an anti-depressant impact
- CBD blocks some of the mind-altering effects that THC is known for… Meaning, if people take high amounts of CBD, with low amounts of THC, they often don’t experience the mind-altering, high, and paranoia effects of THC, but will now obtain all the health benefits provided by cannabinoids.
How Is Cannabidiol (CBD) Made?
Production of CBD products starts with the selection of the right strain of a hemp plant. The selection process is directly associated with finding a strain that contains the highest percentage of CBD possible.
After growing or obtaining the plant, it is then harvested through a specific C02 or ethanol process to remove all THC and extract only the CBD along with other important terpenes and cannabinoids, which make up the “Entourage effect”.
Manufacturers isolate pure CBD from the plant using various methods and this extraction process is what sets their company a part from their competitors. After extraction, all the different CBD products are made with many flavors added in order to meet the demands of clients and while also making the CBD more palatable.
While there are many studies still needed to better understand CBD and establish exactly how it works, people are still using it due to the health benefits and therapeutic effects that it has already shown. At the end of the day, it is extremely important to speak with your doctor about CBD before you use it for medical purposes and this is especially important if you are under medication as well.
- Pain: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2125.2011.03970.x/epdf
- Migraines, Fibromyalgia, & IBS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18404144
- Inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085542/
- Sleep Disorders: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23343597
- Anxiety: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22729452
- Epilepsy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4189631/
Christopher Visser is a web-designer, entrepreneur, online-business coach, blogger, and social activist with an incredibly strong interest in finding a natural treatment and/or solution to cure cancer on an international level. Cancer hits very close to home with Chris as he has lost four family members to various forms of this disease and thus has dedicated most of his time to promoting health and wellness causes and has started a few of his own.