CBD OILS

CBD oil is a whole-plant extract from cannabis sativa, it is usually mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil.

CBD oil is used by various people for all sorts of reasons. It’s usage remains controversial mostly by those who do not know it’s intended use or are not knowledgeable about what its benefits. It may also pose a risk to the health. Products containing CBD is legal in most American states even in some states where marijuana use is prohibited.

This article would shed more light Cannabidiol, it’s health benefits, the risks it poses, its usage and its regulatory requirements according to American laws.

In the second quarter of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Epidiolex, a purer strain of Cannabidiol for treating epilepsy cases.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a compound extract known as Cannabidiol that is found in cannabis plants. Researchers have been studying the health benefits of CBD.

CBD oils have varying concentrations of the compounds and have different purposes.

Is CBD Marijuana?

CBD contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana is majorly made up of THC compounds. THC has different psychological and physiological effect on the body. CBD on the other hand has no effect on the mind of the individual. While THC over-activates the brain receptors, intoxicating and making you high, CBD does not give you that high effect. However CBD has shown positive correlation between its usage and potential health benefits for some ailments and medical conditions. The fact that CBD does not alter the state of mind makes it an appealing medication for those who wish to relieve pain or treat other ailments without the psychoactive effect.

Where is CBD obtained?

Cannabis sativa is the plant that produces both hemp and marijuana. It is a widely useful Asian herb that has used in food, medicine or industrial purposes.

Unlike marijuana, hemp is highly unprocessed ,contains the CBD compound in concentrated amounts and contains low concentrates of THC compound about 0.2% or less). In comparison, marijuana contains 20% – 50% THC concentrations.

Most of the CBD oils produced are sourced from hemp.

How CBD works

The body produces natural endocannabinoids

All Cannabinoids attach to receptors in the brain or other parts of the body for its effect to be produced. Two main receptors, CB1 and CB2 are the receptors for cannabinoids.

CB1 are distributed all around the body but mainly concentrated around the brain where they control movement, coordination, memories, pain, emotions, mood and thoughts. THC attaches to CB1 receptors.

CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system. They usually deal with inflammatory effects and pain in the body.

It was commonly thought among Researchers that CBD attaches to CB2 receptors, this is a common misconception. It actually only prompts the body to directly utilize its natural cannabinoids.

Benefits

Pain reliever and reduces inflammation

This oil can be prescribed in pharmacies or hospitals for pain relief and anti-inflammation.
It provides a natural relief and medication.

Helps quit smoking and drug withdrawals

Smokers who used CBD inhalers reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked and had a lesser craving for nicotine. CBD has proven to be a promising treatment for opioid withdrawal symptoms and addiction disorders such as anxiety, paranoia,insomnia, irritability and loss of appetite. CBD can be used to deal with depression and anxiety. This is because CBD attaches to serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood related issues.

Treatment of cancer

It can be used to alleviate cancer related symptoms such as nausea and pain. Research shows that CBD has significant effect in alleviating cancer related chronic pain. Chemotherapy has side effects such as vomiting and nausea in some cases, using CBD helps with these discomforting symptoms. CBD compound suppresses the growth of cancer cells and destroys the cells.

Acne Treatment

Acne is a common skin condition that affects a lot of people within the population. It is caused by a number of factors including genetics and bacteria, inflammation and over production of sebum . CBD causes anti-inflammatory effect and relives the sebaceous gland of excess sebum production which all contribute to acne.

Alzheimer’s

CBD slows down the progress of Alzheimer’s diseases and reduces the onset of psychotic symptoms. This may help patients with facial recognition of people they already know.

Type 1 Diabetes prevention

Type 1 diabetes is caused as a result of inflammation that develops when the immune system attacks the pancreatic cells. Research shows that CBD has anti-inflammatory effects on the pancreas, reducing inflammation and delays the progress of type 1 diabetes.

Side Effects

  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of weight
Researchers have not found a correlation between CBD oils and any adverse effect on the central nervous system even when high doses where used. CBD interacts differently with several medications and drugs. Ensure to seek the advice of your doctor before using CBD oils if you are currently undergoing medication.