Do you have questions about the uses and benefits of CBD? Below is detailed information on CBD oil uses and benefits.
According to Lazarjani & Young (2021), extracting CBD results in a thick oil paste, which is subsequently mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil, to create a product with a specific concentration of CBD and to enhance easy usage of the product; CBD oil. CBD has increasingly grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to its potent calming effects. CBD can now be found in various products, from oil tinctures to CBD-infused gummies, creams, and balms.
What Exactly Is CBD Oil?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other most common cannabinoid is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. Although closely related, these two cannabinoids are different. THC is mostly associated with marijuana and is responsible for the high feeling of cannabis users. On the contrary, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t intoxicate you but provides therapeutic effects.
Under federal law in the United States, CBD oil and CBD-infused products are legal, provided they contain less than 0.3% THC levels. This THC level isn’t enough to intoxicate you and will rarely show in drug tests. Also, CBD oil under federal law should be extracted from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp, the industrial version of cannabis, has only minute levels or less than 0.3% THC content.
Also, CBD is extracted in three different concentrates: full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum oil, and isolate CBD oil. Full-spectrum CBD oil has all the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, including THC. Broad-spectrum CBD oil has all the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant except THC. Lastly, CBD isolate is almost 99% pure CBD. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oil produce the entourage effect in your body. Russo (2011) confirmed the entourage effect of how all cannabinoids work together to offer all the plant benefits.
Some consumers prefer a THC-free CBD product; thus, CBD isolate would be a great idea. A full or broad-spectrum CBD product would be great for consumers who want to reap all the benefits of the plant. The THC content in full and broad-spectrum CBD products isn’t enough to alter your mind. As a result, always double-check the ingredients level before purchasing to get what you want.
How Does CBD Work?
When consumed by topical application, vaping, or edible consumption, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which sends signals between your cells to help regulate important body processes such as movement, sleep disorders, anxiety, mood, homeostasis, and immune system. Below are ways in which CBD oil could benefit your health.
Cannabis has been appraised as a potential treatment for pain. The human body has a special system called the ECS, which regulates various body functions, including pain sensations. Note that most evidence for CBD’s ability to reduce pain is animal-based research. So human research is yet to be conducted. Hammell & Zhang (2016) found that CBD applied to the skin of rats with osteoarthritis substantially reduced joint pain and inflammation. In the research also, continued use of CBD prevented further pain and nerve damage in the same joints.
Offset Anxiety Attacks and Depression
Medics have often advised people with chronic anxiety attacks to avoid cannabis since THC can trigger or enhance feelings of anxiousness and paranoia. However, CBD may help reduce anxiety. Stanciu & Brunette (2021) showed that CBD significantly minimized symptoms in rats with anxiety. However, human trials are needed to confirm whether CBD can induce the same antidepressant reaction in our bodies.
CBD Oil for Epilepsy Syndrome
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certified the use of CBD under the brand name Epidiolex to treat seizures in children. The FDA approved it for treating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, rare forms of epilepsy that involve seizures that are difficult to manage with other types of medication. Several studies have been provided as the basis of support for the FDA’s decision. Lattanzi & Trinka (2021) showed that their data recorded efficacy, tolerability, and safety outcomes in patients across a broad range of epilepsy disorders.
CBD Oil for Opioid Addiction
Some animal and human research show that CBD could help treat people dependent on opioids. Prud’homme & Cata (2015) administered CBD to people with heroin use disorder. Over the week, CBD significantly reduced heroin users’ cue-induced cravings, withdrawal anxiety, resting heart rate, and salivary cortisol levels. Also, no serious adverse effects were found.
CBD Oil for Acne
Some evidence shows that CBD can be helpful in the treatment of acne. Acne is caused by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. Baswan & Mynn (2020) found that CBD helps lower sebum production, leading to acne. That’s because CBD has anti-inflammatory effects. The research further states that topical application of CBD may reduce inflammation in psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases. As a result, CBD is becoming a common ingredient in skin creams and ointments. However, experts have concerns about the absence of evidence regarding its efficacy and the lack of regulation.
CBD oil is being studied for its potential role in easing the symptoms of various ailments such as anxiety and neurological disorders. It’s worth noting that some of the health benefits are related to CBD combined with THC and not CBD alone. Currently, only one product has been FDA-approved to treat seizures in children. Note that unapproved products are not legal in all states. Research is still ongoing about the effects of CBD oil on certain conditions, and there’s still much to be learned. If you intend to try CBD to manage a health condition or support general health, consult a health professional first. They’ll help you decide whether incorporating a CBD product into your routine is appropriate and help you choose the best product.
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