a) Definition of CBD oil
CBD oil is so called because it contains cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid. The compound was discovered in the year 1940. Cannabis plants have more than 100 cannabinoids in one plant accounting for more than 40% of the plant extract. Although there are over 100 cannabinoids in one cannabis plant, THC and CBD exist in large quantities with CBD being second after THC in quantity levels. However, although THC is psychoactive, CBD is nonpsychoactive. It means that unlike THC, CBD does not affect the state of mind of a person using it and does not cause someone to get high. On the other hand, the industrial hemp plant has traces of THC, the amounts are not more than 0.3%, this are very low levels and should not be a concern to anyone not wishing to get high. THC is the active compound in marijuana that makes users get high.
When the CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, it is mixed with a carrier oil, mostly coconut oil or hemp seed oil. CBD gives CBD oil various medicinal properties.
It is associated with managing various neurological conditions. It is also quite therapeutic. CBD hemp oil has been associated with boosting appetite improving sleep quality, helping in digestion, reducing anxiety to name but a few.
How CBD Works in the Body Medically
Usually, the human body has the capacity to produce its own Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids produce an effect in the body by attaching themselves to two receptors in the body namely CB1 and CB2. Most CB1 receptors are in the brain while CB2 receptors are more common in the human immune system. CB1 receptors, common in the brain but still spread throughout the body, are responsible for various functions including emotions, pain, and coordination.
Medical Benefits of CBD Oil
For CBD benefits, the oil is taken or applied on the body of humans and pets to manage a range of symptoms. Epidiolex, a drug made with CBD oil is useful in managing Dravet syndrome (DS), and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), two types of rare epilepsy. Epidiolex was approved by the USA Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA) in June 2018 for use in children who are over two and a half years old or older.
In addition, CBD is an alternative treatment for chronic pain. It works by relieving stiffness. CBD can also be used to help people with addiction disorders. Smokers can use inhalers with CBD to get rid of nicotine cravings successfully.
More research is being conducted to get more medical benefits of CBD oil in humans and pets. Further research is necessary with using CBD oil to combat cancer, Schizophrenia, type 1 diabetes, acne, Alzheimer’s disease, and various other neuropsychiatric disorders.
There are quite many products with CBD oil in the market to deliver the same CBD effects. Some of the products are capsules and tinctures. You can take CBD oil using a dropper, spray, pipe, or mix it in food or drinks.
b) History of CBD oil
The cannabis plant has been cultivated for its medicinal and psychoactive properties since time immemorial. The plant was used as a medicine for treating dysentery, insomnia, difficult child births and also for treating animals for example horses hooves. As early as 19th century, William Osler a doctor advocated the use of cannabis as an alternative treatment for migraines. However, the recorded history of CBD and its naming dates back to 1940 when CBD was discovered by Dr. Roger Adams of the University of Illinois and his research team.
c) The Future of CBD oil
Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, more medical and other uses are expected from CBD oil. At the moment the Food and Drugs Administration has only approved Epidiolex, a drug containing CBD. More research is expected and more drugs for dealing with other medical conditions are expected to be approved as prescription drugs in the near future.
More and more citizens are expected to turn to the use of CBD oil as an alternative treatment to many conditions in future. This is because, the plant is now readily available and in that case it will get cheaper to use it.
d) Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a Difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
Hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same. Indeed both of them are extracted from the industrial hemp but from different parts of the plant. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. On the other hand, CBD oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Another major difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is their chemical compositions. CBD oil contains active non-psychoactive components called cannabinoid which hemp seeds don’t have. Their properties make CBD oil medicinal in nature and hemp oil nutritious.
Whereas CBD oil is medicinal in nature and only useful for use in pets and human beings, hemp seed oil is also used for industrial purposes. The hempseeds can be used for the large scale production of biofuel. What’s more, hempseeds oil is an ingredient in detergents, fuel, inks, plastics, and lubricants.
Where do I purchase CBD oil?
Get CBD oil from a reputable manufacturer online. Ensure that the manufacturer has a quality control system and you know the percentage of CBD in the CBD oil. Also don’t confuse it with hemp seed oil. Hemp oil has no CBD compounds in it.
Will one get high from consuming CBD oil?
The 2018 Farm Bill describes the industrial hemp plant as having low levels of THC, of not more than 0.3%. Therefore THC levels in the industrial hemp plant are quite low and cannot be able to get someone high. This is in contrast to a marijuana plant which has THC levels of between 3% to 27% with some strains of plants having 30% THC. To get high, you need to consume marijuana and not CBD oil.
By consuming CBD oil will I fail a drug test?
CBD oil has traces of THC. CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, flowers and leaves of the industrial hemp plant which has not more than 0.3% THC. This amounts are too low to make one fail a drug test or get high.