Studies on the effects of CBD oil are on the rise with Cannabis activism and awareness increasing globally. People are turning to Cannabidiol for its health benefits but the internet is full of unorganized, misinformed and often hard to navigate information. We put together a small guide to help you in your journey into the world of CBD oil.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is created by extracting Cannabidiol (and sometimes other Cannabinoids) from the Cannabis plant. CBD is found in both "Marijuana" and Industrial Hemp. Some consumers may benefit from CBD oil that also contains THC, but for this guide we will be discussing CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp. Hemp contains less than 1% THC. There are a few extraction processes that use ingredients such as ethanol and olive oil, however the preferred extraction method is supercritical CO2 which uses high pressurized, low temperature carbon dioxide to isolate and preserve the medicinal quality of the oil.
The extract can then be combined with base ingredients to make a variety of products. Some of these products include edibles, creams, capsules and vape e-liquids. One of the more popular methods of ingestion is an oral tincture, which is also commonly referred to as "CBD Oil". These oils are usually higher in CBD content.
CBD oil effects
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been researched for over 20 years, however studies have been limited due to federal laws regarding the Cannabis plant. Despite limitations Cannabidiol continues to show promise in both clinical and pre-clinical studies. This is reinforced by the thousands of testimonials available online.
Most studies show Cannabidiol to be safe, non-toxic and well tolerated in chronic and high doses. These studies show the potential of CBD as a treatment for a variety of ailments.
Studies have shown Cannabidiol to have anti-seizure qualities in animal models. Case studies and user testimonials also show CBD as a potential treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy in children.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory and may help with pain associated with arthritis and scoliosis as well as general aches and soreness.
Neuroprotectant / Anti-oxidant
Research also shows Cannabidiol is an anti-oxident and has neuroprotective properties that may help prevent or treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
CBD reduces both mental and physical measures of stress and anxiety in both animal models and humans. As well as treating anxiety, CBD also improves the ability to forget traumatic memories making it an enticing potential treatment of PTSD.
Early findings show the possibilities of Cannabidiol in the treatment for substance abuse. Research shows the reduction of opiate induced rewards and compulsions in animal models. More studies are needed regarding these effects in humans.
Cannabidiol has been shown to decrease nausea and vomiting in case studies.
Studies on the effects of CBD oil are ongoing. CBD is currently being studied as a treatment for substance abuse, neuropathic pain due to spinal chord injury and attenuation of the cognitive deficits caused by THC.
CBD oil dosage is dependent on your purpose for taking it. Read and follow all instructions on your product before taking.
Studies on the negative side effects of CBD (Cannabidiol) have been inconclusive. More research is needed to determine if there are any unknown side effects of CBD.