CBD oil is made by extracting cannabidol from the cannabis or hemp plant. Cannibidol was discovered in the 1940s as an effective way to ease anxiety and also help those suffering with epilepsy and cancer. Since then, it has been found beneficial in treating a wide range of medical conditions.
Cannabidol is diluted in a carrier oil such hemp or coconut. Most products only contains a trace of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Consequently, using CBD oil will not make you ‘high’. As well as using CBD oil to ease specific health problems, many people use it as a general relaxant.
In the last few years, CBD oil has become much more widely available and can be bought online or in some high street shops in many countries including the UK and USA. CBD oil is certainly an emerging and booming market in the wellness market. Scientific research continues to see what other medical conditions can be improved with the use of CBD oil.
Is CBD oil legal?
In many countries such as the UK, the use of CBD products is now fully legalised – as long as the products do not contain more than 0.2% THC. The products must also be clearly labelled as a health supplement. The very best CBD oils only contain a minute amount of THC because they have been produced to the highest standards and are very pure.
Many people are concerned about the use of CBD oil as they have heard that the cannabidol is extracted from plants that are related to the marijuana plant. The difference is that marijuana is very rich in THC so consequently, people who take it will experience the sensation of ‘being high’. CBD oil does not give users any mind-altering experiences.
Are there different types of CBD oils?
CBD oil bought from a reputable and licensed source can be bought with confidence. CBD oils made by these companies are made to the highest standards and are strictly regulated. If you are seeking the best quality, full-spectrum is better than broad-spectrum CBD oil and has a higher efficacy. It is worth checking that the carrier oils that have been used are produced from organically and sustainably grown plants so that they cannot contain any harmful chemicals. Vegan CBD oil is available. Some of the companies producing CBD oil only use hand-picked hemp flowers and only subject them to lower heat and pressure as this is believed to yield oils of the highest standard.
Many of the CBD oils are designed for a particular purpose and are available in a variety of strengths – these include tinctures to give pain relief and promote deep sleep.
What 10 health problems can CBD oil ease?
Current medical research is exploring the possibility that CBD oil can be taken as a preventative measure to prevent certain medical conditions developing. CBD oil can be taken orally or rubbed on the skin (topically) and can successfully ease the following medical conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Stress and anxiety
- Neurological disorders
- Sleep problems
- Skin conditions including acne
How can I use CBD oil?
The amount of CBD oil you need to take will depend on the severity of your health problem. Most people, simply pop the drops of CBD oil under their tongue and wait a couple of minutes before they swallow. Others pop the CBD oil drops into a glass of fruit juice. It is not unknown for CBD oil to be added to cakes and cookies!
If you are using CBD oil topically, it is best to mix it with some moisturising cream. Some people who take CBD oil do suffer side effects such as nausea and headaches.