What is CBD Oil?
You hear about it but what exactly is it? Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) is a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. Most would associate intoxicating compound of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with cannabis, but it’s important to note that there are many compounds that make up the plant and THC is the psychoactive component, not CBD. There are over 80 different chemicals contained in the plant and Cannabidiol makes up around 40% .
Quick History on Cannabis
The use of the cannabis plant for medical use goes back quite some time. There is written documentation on its history and use medicinally in ancient Greece. Even the roots of the cannabis plant have been used medicinally. Although written records of its medicinal use have been documented hundreds of years ago, in recent years it has been a topic of much debate.
In the United States many states have approved or in the process of approving cannabis for medicinal purposes. Though it has been involved in pockets of mainstream medicine for a few decades it has been more recent where there has been a stronger drive to research the medical benefits of the cannabis plant.
Its important to note that CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) is not the same chemical compound that causes intoxication. The psychoactive chemical that causes the “high” or intoxication is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Using CBD Oil will not have the same effect. Don’t allow yourself to confuse the two different substances or believe that CBD is a legal means to get the an intoxicating high. That could not be further from the truth.
READ MORE: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THC AND CBD
The Benefits of CBD Oil
There are numerous benefits from the use of CBD Oil and there has been a greater effort to increase research around its medicinal benefits. Some of the common benefits include relief for: chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, multiple scleroses, pain management, arthritis, inflammation, autism etc.
There is still some skepticism in the medical community regarding its use but you will find that most integrative physicians are more engaged in its benefits and capabilities to properly advise their patients.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) are physicians whom normally train and operate within this whelm and are normally on the forefront in utilizing non-traditional treatments for patients.
Don’t discount your local Doctor (MD) either. Many people may feel that too many mainstream Doctors are too quick to pull the trigger to throw traditional medications (which often have very nasty side effects) at symptoms. Yet there are many that are embracing an out of the box approach and on top of the latest research to advise their patients.
CBD Oil Forms And Other Uses
There are different mediums in which CBD Oil is used. Most use the drops from the bottle but other forms are in capsule, edibles such as gummies (here are the Pros and Cons of CBD edibles) and even CBD Vape Oil (I would be cautious of vaping of any kind – specifically for CBD Oil – Here’s Why).
There even seems to be uses outside of human consumption whereas CBD Oil has been used for dogs. There is research that has been performed to validate its successful use for dogs.
There are limited side effects (check out my extended post on the side effects of CBD Oil) with the usage of CBD Oil but some that are reported include: fatigue, diarrhea, changes in weight & appetite.
Its always important to speak with your physician about taking CBD Oil if you are taking medications to avoid any interactions.
Include CBD Oil With Your Arsenal For Overall Wellness
Many of us are seeking out less evasive and safe aides for common ailments. Traditional treatments included medications that often come along with nasty side effects and even lead to epidemic abuse and addiction.
Fortunately, there are other natural options are there that may provide the solution. Chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, stress, arthritis are many of the medical conditions in which CBD Oil has been used to help relieve.
Perhaps its time for you to try it out for yourself as well.
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