A naturally occurring compound is being researched for possible therapeutic uses, and some studies are finding that it alleviates the symptoms of a wide range of health disorders and illnesses. I’m referring to CBD oil, an oil derived from the Cannabis plant and is manufactured into numerous products now on the shelves of an increasing number of health and wellness stores. We’ll look at what CBD oil is, the products now on offer and who can benefit from using CBD oil.
What Is CBD Oil?
The full name of the main active ingredient is Cannabidiol, and it is one of over a hundred compounds that make up the host Cannabis plant; whoa, I hear you say won’t it make me high? The answer is no; CBD oil contains very little of the main psychoactive compound (THC) in Cannabis, so it does not have the same effect. Cannabidiol interacts with and stimulates the body’s receptors that govern pain and the immune system, and it can also prevent the release of compounds that trigger inflammation in the body. CBD is then mixed with a plant oil such as coconut or palm oil to form the product manufactured into different saleable items like edibles, tinctures and CBD vape liquids, which we’ll now look at further.
The Range of Available Products
CBD oil uses are wide-ranging; it is best absorbed by direct contact with the body; CBD oil tinctures dropped or sprayed under the tongue mean they are quickly dissolved into the bloodstream. Oils and balms rubbed into the skin are also absorbed faster than edibles swallowed into the stomach, where they are diluted by stomach acid before entering the body’s internal system. That’s not to say all the available products aren’t effective; some are just faster acting than others; these include –
- Oral capsules, tablets, and other edibles such as gummies or sweets.
- CBD oils, balms, and skincare products.
- Vaping e-liquids containing CBD
These products will contain one of three different types of CBD oil, which include other compounds and concentrations these are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolates; their differences are –
- Full-Spectrum includes all the compounds of the host cannabis plant; full-spectrum products must have a level of THC less than 0.3% to be legal.
- Broad Spectrum CBD oil contains all the other compounds except for THC.
- CBD isolate has no other cannabis compounds; it is the purest form of CBD.
You may find it difficult to decide what type is best for you, and the short answer is to try each in turn and see how you react to them; there is no right answer prior to using the different types.
Who Can Benefit from CBD?
The number of scientific studies involving CBD oil is ever-increasing. Still, there are encouraging results for various disorders and illnesses, from mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD to chronic pain illnesses like arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It also has positive effects for cancer suffers and patients with circulatory problems such as high blood pressure.
My advice is to further your research, and there is a wealth of available online information on the subject of CBD oil and who could benefit. If this short article means that just one person can find relief from chronic pain or other medical problem, it will have done its job.