Top 9 Facts About CBD Oils that You Need to Know
With the rising tide of cannabis legalization, more and more people are becoming educated about the intricacies of various cannabis forms and products, but perhaps no aspect of the industry has consumers more confused than CBD oils.
It’s not difficult to see why there is so much mystery around CBD hemp oils, their effects, and how to make them. For most people, their conception of cannabis is fairly traditional – grow plant, dry plant, smoke plant, get “high”. But CBD oils turn this paradigm on its head.
So what’s the story on CBD oils? Here are 9 facts you need to know about this powerful medicinal tool:
CBD isn’t an acronym.
It’s an abbreviation of “cannabidiol”, which – along with THC – is one of the most common and widely studied of the 60+ cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant.
CBD will not get you high
CBD oil has a number of effects, but it doesn’t get you high the way THC does. The euphoric effect caused by THC is brought on when it binds with the CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the human brain. CBDs don’t bind in this manner, meaning you get all of the medical benefits without getting stoned.
CBD Hemp Oil offers an array of medical benefits – a lot of them.
Research has indicated that CBD oils can deliver a wide range of therapeutic health benefits. In 2013, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology ran a review stating that CBD oil alleviates nausea and vomiting, works as an effective antioxidant by reducing free radicals in the body, and has anti-inflammatory properties meaning it can reduce swelling. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Studies have shown that CBD oils can also reduce pain and stimulate the appetite. Further research has indicated that CBD oils may be an effective tool for combating serious issues like diabetes, fibromyalgia, Mad Cow Disease, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and even schizophrenia. Still more studies have shown promise that CBD oils could help prevent the spread of cancer.
CBD can help children cope with seizures
Sure, this is another medical benefit, but this one has made such a splash that we think it deserves special emphasis.
CBD oils have shown massive promise when it comes to preventing seizures in children with disorders such as Dravet syndrome. The effect has been so dramatic that the internet abounds with videos of children whose lives have been changed by CBDs. Recently the FDA greenlit the University of California at San Francisco to study the effects on children spanning ages one to eighteen.
CBD oils produced from hemp is legal
Unlike THC based products, CBD oils can be derived from both medical marijuana plants and industrial hemp plants. This is an important driving factor when it comes to questions of access. In most U.S. states, the cultivation of both marijuana and hemp plants is illegal. But when hemp is grown in other countries, it can be imported into the United States legally. This eliminates the necessity for those seeking CBD treatment to break the law.
You can purchase CBD oils without a prescription
You can legally order CBD hemp oil products online right now, from any state, without a prescription. It should be noted, however, that if you want to purchase CBD oils made from medical marijuana plants, you must live someplace where medicinal cannabis is legal, and you must have a prescription.
CBD seems to combat “THC Fallout”.
Ever found yourself experiencing a bad buzz from traditional, THC based marijuana? Well, according to a review published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, CBD seems to combat THC related side effects like memory impairment and paranoia.
CBD oil can treat acne.
Looking for a way to clear up your skin? Researchers have found that, when applied to the skin, CBD oil can function as a surprisingly effective anti-inflammatory and sebostatic agent by reducing lipid synthesis, which is a fancy way of saying that it can treat acne.
CBD can help you quit smoking cigarettes.
In a recent study, participants were randomly given either a working CBD oil inhaler or a placebo, and they were asked to take a hit anytime they felt the craving for a cigarette. By the end of the weeklong study, placebo users showed zero change in cigarette smoking habits, while those with the CBD inhalers experienced a forty percent drop in smoking. Effectively, the study indicated that a CBD inhaler decreases the number of cigarettes a person will smoke without allowing their nicotine cravings to increase, meaning CBD is a likely ally in preventing withdrawal.
CBD Oil Side Effects
So now that’s we’ve delved into a few facts and benefits pertaining to CBD hemp and marijuana oils, you might be wondering about adverse side effects.
Happily, while dozens upon dozens of studies have indicated the positive effects of CBD that we’ve already covered above, negative side effects have been found to be minimal to nearly nonexistent.
That isn’t to say that there have no downsides reported.
Studies have shown that CBD can interact questionably with a variety of pharmaceutical drugs by changing the way they are ingested by the body. So the lesson here is, as when taking just about any prescription drug, to consult with your physician before combining CBD oils with other medications. It is worth noting, however, that CBDs have roughly the same effect on pharmaceutical metabolizing that a grapefruit does.
There have also been studies that have suggested that high doses of CBDs can increase muscle movement and tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease. At the same time, however, still more studies have shown that CBD oils are safe for people with Parkinson’s.
Finally, the only other CBD oil side effect to be reported on a wide scale (and not a very wide scale at that) involves a somewhat unpleasant dry sensation in the mouth, more commonly known as “cotton mouth”.
So there you have it. While CBD oils have been proven to deliver an expansive array of positive health benefits, studies have found very little in the way of negative side effects.
How to Make CBD Oil
The question now is, how is CBD oil made? It can be extracted from marijuana and hemp plants using three different techniques:
This method involves forcing CO2 through the plant material at a low temperature but at extremely high pressure. While this is the most expensive technique, it also produces the purest extract as it removed all chlorophyll and other residue, resulting in a cleanest possible taste.
CBD can also be extracted through the use of a high-grain ethanol alcohol. This, however, is not an ideal technique as it destroys many of the plant’s natural oils, reducing the beneficial properties of the final product.
This final method has been booming in popularity in recent years. It involves using a carrier oil, like you would if you were trying to make, say, a garlic flavored oil. Olive oil is perhaps the most commonly used medium for this technique. Consumers appreciate this method because the oil adds in its own healthy nutrients, and because it is safe and free of residue.
So what’s the difference between CBD oils extracted from marijuana compared to hemp?
The differences come down to legality and THC. Marijuana plants are bred for high THC levels while hemp plants are bred for the opposite. As a result, CBD oils derived from marijuana plants often include higher levels of THC which can deliver psychotropic effects. CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, contains almost no THC meaning it provides only the effects of the CBD itself.
And as we mentioned above, CBDs derived from medicinal marijuana plants can only be purchased in states where medicinal or recreational cannabis is legal, and in medicinal-only states you must have a prescription.
CBD hemp oils produced abroad, however, can be imported and purchased legally in the United States no matter where you live and without a prescription.
In the end, it’s simple. CBD oils can deliver an array of benefits both mental and physical. For the most part, they deliver these benefits without the “high” or “stoned” effects that come with typical THC-based cannabis products. And what’s more, they’re legal – or at least they can be acquired legally if you purchase the right type or live in the right place.
Sound amazing? Ask around and people who are in the know will tell you – it is.