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CBD Oil. Fact or Fiction?

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

You’ve probably heard the buzz around CBD oil and its uses. Today’s blog post takes a closer look at CBD and why you might consider adding it to your list of supplements. While CBD is 100% natural, its popularity means there are many products on the market today featuring CBD oil. Learn more so you can choose the oil that will work best for you.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the cannabis plant and diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Although CBD naturally occurs in crystalline form (similar to salt), the oil is extracted since this form produces the most beneficial effects. The oil also ensures proper metabolization and absorption of CBD to heighten its efficacy.

Both marijuana and hemp are classified as cannabis but it is usually the hemp plant from which CBD is derived. Since hemp does not contain the high levels of THC found in marijauna, CBD oil produced from hemp is legal and safe.

When choosing CBD, look for a full-spectrum oil that contains terpenes, flavonoids, and phytonutrients for the most effective oil.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have very different properties. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and is attributed to the “high” that is experienced through smoking or other ingestion of cannabis. THC and CBD make up 90% of cannabis plant properties.

CBD does not have psychoactive effects and does not produce a high. We will explore the side effects of CBD oil a little later.

What is CBD used for?

CBD is known for its pain-relieving effects as well as effects in the following areas:

  • Cancer-related symptoms

  • Seizures / Epilepsy

  • Anxiety / Depression

  • Insomnia (and other sleep disorders)

  • Pain / Inflammation

  • Diabetes

  • Neuropathy

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Arthritis

  • Spasticity / Muscle spasms

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • PTSD

  • Stress

Let's take a closer look.

Pain treatment.

The fact is, the human body is built to receive cannabinoid benefits. Your body contains a specialized system known as the endocannabinoids or ECS. This system is involved in controlling functions like sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response.

When the body produces the ECS neurotransmitter, it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Studies have shown CBD to be effective in relieving pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Reduce anxiety and depression.

A recent study of patients with social anxiety disorder received either CBD oil or a placebo. The CBD group experienced less anxiety and cognitive impairment than the placebo group.

CBD has even treated children with PTSD and has been proven effective in treating insomnia.

Cancer-related symptoms.

CBD may relieve cancer related symptoms or help those who did not experience pain reduction with mainstream pain medications. CBD may relieve the effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.

Might reduce acne.

Because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it may reduce the production of sebum, the pore clogging secretion made by the sebaceous glands. When sebum production is lessened, fewer outbreaks occur and skin clears. Results may vary and can depend on the type of acne you are treating.

Heart health.

Because CBD can reduce inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease, it has positive benefits to combat heart disease. CBD’s anti-oxidant and stress-reducing properties might also work to reduce blood pressure. These combinations mean less stress on the heart and fewer losses of tissue or function.

CBD can interact with other medications. It’s always wise to consult your healthcare professional to determine if CBD is right for you. CBD is not regulated by the FDA or other government oversight groups and so it is important to do your homework before choosing CBD. Although it is 100% natural and considered safe, some reactions are possible. Side effects such as diarrhea or changes in appetite have been reported. Monitor your reactions and notify your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns.

Jumping on the CBD bandwagon might be the solution you’ve been looking for to manage pain, anxiety, or sleep-loss. Shop wisely and arm yourself with facts so you can choose the safest, most effective CBD oil.

CBD oil is now available at Body Mind Spirit Wellness.

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