Are you wondering…What is CBD oil and how does it work? What is CBD oil used for, what is CBD oil made from? This article has got you covered. It answers those questions plus more.
Why Are People Buying CBD Oil?
People are using CBD to improve their health and it’s a natural way to feel better. The lid is starting to open in legal terms also. According to The Atlantic, Feb 6, “Cannabis law is changing rapidly across the United States and at all levels of regulation and enforcement”. So watch this space!
What Do CBD Oils Help With?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, promises benefits for people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, blood pressure issues, chronic pain, anxiety disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and other medical conditions. It helps with sleep and according to studies based on clinical trials CBD helps reduce seizures in rare forms of epilepsy.
Currently, the US research database shows more than 180 clinical trials that are either active, recruiting, or intend recruiting to study CBD in terms of health benefits.
This is like a medical marijuana spree — a different approach to the recreational use of marijuana or ‘pot’, as CBD is not the same.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytochemical (plant chemical), a bioactive compound produced by the industrial hemp or cannabis plant. Did you know that CBD is one of 113 certified cannabinoids in Cannabis sativa L. (better known as marijuana).
Is This Marijuana Oil?
Yes, in that it comes from the Cannabis sativa L plant. But the thing to note is that there are different strains of C. sativa and that not all oils are the same, here. This is a specific one known as cannabidiol oil. It is not the Marijuana oil that contains high levels of THC (the part in ‘pot’ that gets you high). At present, the products with high levels of THC are mostly illegal and unregulated in production (depending on the country of course).
What is CBD Oil and How Does It Work?
CBD oil contains cannabidiol, a phytochemical from the plant C. sativa L. How does it work? It’s all to do with our endocannabinoid system, which has numerous functions and involves receptors in the surface of our nerve cells. CBD interacts with this network without producing the psychoactive effects associated with THC. Different to THC, it interacts indirectly with the CB1 receptors and appears to deliver the health benefits without the psychotic side effects.
Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil
These names are often used to describe the same thing. They are both sought after for their eco-friendly properties and human health benefits. Both come from the industrial hemp plant (a strain of Cannabis sativa with little to low levels of THC but high levels of CBD).
However, about CBD oil: “It is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil” explains Matthew Rivard. And it generally contains much more cannabidiol (up to 25% CBD) than hemp oil. Though, both can be called hemp oil, because they both come from hemp.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
This depends on where you live, but across the world legislation is changing around the use of health supporting substances made from marijuana. At present, no CBD-oil based products appear to be available for purchase from major outlets in the US, although hemp oil is readily available on Amazon.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
Imagine yourself floating in a warm tub of water and the stress melting away or the calm feeling after a meditation session. CBT helps with anxiety and pain.
Do CBT Oils Help With Anxiety?
Apparently so. Taking CBD can melt the stress away much like floating in a relaxing tub of warm water, according to some users. In which case, in times of feeling overwhelmed and stressed CBT would work as a natural mood enhancer.
Do CBD Oils Help with Pain?
According to manufacturer claims they do. And in reviews by people who buy hemp oil, pain relief is often mentioned.
What is the Best CBD Oil?
CBD oil products are sold by different companies. The main thing to look for is potency and purity. You should look for products with a COA, or certificate of analysis, which proves an independent laboratory has tested for potency, pesticides, and contaminants.
A fully-filtered CBD oil will have no terpenes, flavonoids, among other compounds. This is called an isolate and compares with the full-spectrum CBD, which contains all the compounds naturally occurring in the plant including the terpenes that give that unique taste and flavor (and any THC). With this you get the ‘full’ or synergistic effect of all compounds in the product. Broad spectrum, on the other hand, has the THC (the ‘high’ producing factor) removed, but is otherwise similar to the full-spectrum.
What Should CBD Oil Look Like?
Should CBD oil be clear? The highest quality CBD oil is clear because the impurities have been filtered out. It has a clear gold-like color to its appearance.
What Should CBD Oil Taste Like?
Expect CBD oil to taste nutty, earthy, or grassy unless you have the isolate form.
What Should CBD Oil Smell Like?
It has a unique smell, a weedy aroma linked to the terpenes in the hemp plant. However, if you happen across the purest or isolate form, due to lack of terpenes, you wouldn’t expect this odor.
Do CBD Oils Expire?
Average shelf life expectancy is about 12 to 24 months, but check to see if the product has an expiry date and use that as your guide. Best to store in the dark away from changes in temperature to ensure you get the best out of your oil.
Which do you find is the best?
Let me know your experiences in the comments below.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects as found from studies based. The CBD oils may have THC if they are the full-spectrum form (See differences btw isolates, full-spectrum, and broad spectrum above).
Night owls might be happy to know that CBD oil can help with insomnia. At the same time however, CBD does not make you tired, like that from marijuana used by recreational users. Different processes are at work here because CBD works on the source of the insomnia, e.g. stress and anxiety.
You can store your CBD oil in the pantry or cupboard out of light and fluctuating temperatures. You can choose to store it in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life especially if you live in hot climates.
It’s advisable to take CBD oil with food to improve how your body absorbs it. A few drops in your morning smoothie or over your breakfast cereal can do the trick.
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Hi, this is Mary-Anne. I have a PhD in Earth Sciences and a whole heap of other life experiences. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.