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What Is CBD Oil Good For

September 07, 2022 6 min read

What Is CBD Oil Good For

What Is CBD Oil Good For

One might have explored CBD oil or other forms if they leave with chronic conditions. As many people use CBD and other compounds of cannabis sativa, different people get captivated by various states because of the method used to deliver them or their taste.

Cannabidiol oil has different consumer benefits and uses, pushing more people towards it. The benefits of CBD oil are not limited to treating anxiety, alleviating chronic pain, treating cancer symptoms, and reducing stress, among others. However, CBD oil has some side effects that one must consider to avoid health problems. This article will unfold the basics of cannabidiol by giving different types of it, how one can ensure quality and safe picking, and what to do before planning on cannabidiol usage. As most people are eagerly waiting when cannabidiol will be fully legalized in their respective countries and states, it is essential to know more about its form, especially the oil type. Consider the below article to find answers to such questions:

CBD vs. THC

People who smoke cannabis or marijuana have come across THC and CBD. According to ElSohly et al. (2017), CBD is one of the compounds extracted from cannabis sativa or hemp plants. Cannabidiol, also referred CBD, can be consumed without experiencing any weird feeling like a 'high' feeling or having psychoactive effects since it is void of the compound that causes such feeling (THC). On the other hand, THC is a compound in the cannabis plant responsible for the 'high' effect. Using THC for a long time will lead to addiction and over-dependence. Consequently, one may also suffer the psychoactive effects leading to a change in behaviors and perception of activities. As a result, when one smokes unprocessed cannabis, the chances of mental are high.

CBD Oil

According to Urasaki et al. (2020), this is cannabidiol form which is made by extracting cannabidiol from the cannabis plant and diluting it with a carrier oil. The carrier oil may be coconut or olive oil; hence, they are from plant products. Cannabidiol oil is delivered through the mouth; therefore can be referred to as an oral or sublingual method of delivery. It is one of the fastest ways of feeling the effect, as oil is absorbed by the saliva and enters the bloodstream faster.

Benefits of CBD Oil

There are more benefits one gets from cannabidiol, as explained below:

Treatment of Anxiety

Sholler et al. (2020) explained that cannabidiol is effective when it comes to the management of anxiety. The human body has an endocannabinoid system that maintains the body's internal environment. When one becomes anxious, consuming cannabidiol oil helps stimulate the release of chemical compounds from endocannabinoid receptors. The chemicals make one feel calm and relaxed, hence managing anxiety.

Beneficial for Heart Health

The heart is a vital organ and delicate and should be well protected from injuries. According to Wang et al. (2020), consuming cannabidiol oil helps prevent inflammation in the blood vessel, contributing to heart health. It is possible since the blood flows uniformly, leading to the heart.

Reduces Stress

When stressed, the mind cannot concentrate on the duty accorded. Moltke et al. (2021) stated that cannabidiol oil help in managing stress and other mental conditions. It achieves this by stimulating chemical compounds from CB1 and CB2, which make one feel relaxed and mentally relaxed.

Neurological Protector

Neurons are essential in the body since they help transmit impulses. One may have mental conditions when affected by either external factors like noises or internal factors like stress. Suraev et al. (2017) stated that cannabidiol oil could manage neurological conditions like epilepsy.

Other Forms of CBD

Apart from cannabidiol oil, other forms are equally beneficial to the body. Such forms of CBD include and are not limited to tinctures, edibles, gummies, and vapes. They can be discussed as below:

Tinctures

It is an alcohol-based cannabidiol form extracted from the cannabis plant using alcohol as the solvent. The alcohol further forms part of the tincture; hence serves the purpose of increasing the shelf –life. This form can only be delivered through the mouth or sublingually since it is unsuitable for external purposes.

Vapes

Vapes are forms of cannabidiol that are consumed through smoking or vaping. They take the shortest time to bring an effect among other cannabis compounds.

Gummies and Edibles

Both two forms of cannabidiol are enjoyed through the mouth. The only difference between the two forms is that edibles are infused in foods or beverages while gummies are chewed as one may do to a piece of a ball gum.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

Despite the benefits one may get from cannabis sativa; there are also drawbacks of cannabidiol oil. The following are the potential side effects of cannabidiol oil:

  • According to Liu et al. (2021), CBD causes dry mouth. Cannabidiol is delivered through the mouth, sublingual or oral delivery. As a result of continuous usage, it affects the secretion of saliva by salivary glands leading to a dry mouth.
  • Causes loss of weight. The use of cannabidiol oil increase metabolic rate reducing food intake. It makes one lose weight in the long run.
  • Causes addiction and over-dependence. It is mainly associated with full-spectrum cannabidiol oil, a type containing THC. Using it repeatedly makes it easy to be addicted and unable to without it.
  • Causes diarrhea. As one cannabidiol affects the walls of the intestine, it may also block some digestive organs, leading to poor digestion, hence diarrhea.
  • Causes fatigue. Usage of cannabidiol is associated with fatigue.

Types of CBD

There are different types of CBD according to the compounds each contains and the level of THC used. There are three types of cannabidiol which include broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and CBD isolate. The following is a separate discussion on each type:

  • Full-Spectrum- It contains most cannabis sativa compounds and at least 0.3% of THC. It is the only type of cannabidiol that can make a person feel 'high' after consumption.
  • Broad-Spectrum – Broad-spectrum contains most cannabis sativa or hemp compounds except THC. It is suitable for those who want to enjoy cannabis compounds without a feeling of 'high.'
  • CBD isolate- It is the purest type of cannabidiol without any compound of cannabis sativa except cannabidiol. It is suitable for first-time cannabidiol users who may find the feelings and taste of cannabidiol intolerable.

Conclusion

One can treat many diseases by embracing the use of cannabidiol oil. In this article, the following are the potential benefits discussed; treatment of chronic pain, reducing anxiety, reducing stress, and offering protection of neurons. However, there are side effects that undermine cannabidiol use, including causing fatigue, leading to diarrhea, causing dry mouth, and leading to addiction, and over-dependence. Knowing the types of cannabidiol is essential, which enables one to choose which type. Different varieties have different concentrations of THC and constituent compounds; hence one should choose the suitable one. Additionally, it is essential to know the forms of delivering cannabidiol.

References

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Liu, T. (2019). What is CBD Oil? Learn the Facts: Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects.

Moltke, J., & Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research, 3(1), 1-12.

Sholler, D. J., Schoene, L., & Spindle, T. R. (2020). Therapeutic efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD): a review of the evidence from clinical trials and human laboratory studies. Current addiction reports, 7(3), 405-412.

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Urasaki, Y., Beaumont, C., Workman, M., Talbot, J. N., Hill, D. K., & Le, T. T. (2020). Potency assessment of CBD oils by their effects on cell signaling pathways. Nutrients, 12(2), 357.

Wang, B., Kovalchuk, A., Li, D., Ilnytskyy, Y., Kovalchuk, I., & Kovalchuk, O. (2020). In search of preventative strategies: novel anti-inflammatory high-CBD cannabis sativa extracts modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 gateway tissues.