CBD Oil: Benefits and Side EffectsSeptember 30, 2020
Since the first time Cannabidiol showed up in the international market, it became a widely sought-after ingredient to treat many health issues. The popularity of it has increased a lot, especially in recent years, and users of this ingredient now are of different ages, races, or nationalities.
However, what exactly do we know about the effects and side effects of this ingredient? In this article, we will inform more about cannabidiol and its impact on human health.
Firstly, What Is CBD?
This cannabinoid belongs to the group of hundred cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant. Another essential member of the cannabis family is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for getting users ”high.” THC, along with CBD, is the most researched cannabinoid.
Recently, products containing cannabidiol are popping up all around the world in different industries, be it beauty, food, healthcare, textile, or more. The reason why CBD is so popular is that unlike THC, CBD does not create psychoactive effects, in fact, it is very beneficial.
The important differences between hemp and marijuana?
It is very important that before moving on to explain all sorts of cannabidiol forms and types, we explain some things. The main thing you should know is that Cannabis can be of many families but Sativa is the main one. The Cannabis Sativa family has two main strains or varieties that will help you understand what is the difference between helpful cannabis and harmful cannabis.
These varieties are hemp and marijuana, and these two are different from each other in many ways, but the concentration of the main cannabinoids on them is very important. Hemp and Marijuana have different THC and CBD concentrations. Hemp is legal because it may contain less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana contains around 30%. This is why hemp is the best choice to obtain cannabidiol from.
Do not get this wrong, THC has benefits also, not just negative effects. But, the psychoactive effect it gives on users makes it stand behind such cannabinoids as CBD, which does not have psychoactive effects and provides humans and animals with many benefits.
As you can see the difference is evident, and you should keep in mind that all the products derived from hemp that have less than 0.3% THC, are safe to use.
What Are The Main Forms of CBD?
Cannabidiol consumers may find it challenging to choose the right product that best suits their needs. Fortunately, there are many different forms of CBD out there. It is this variety of cannabidiol forms that allow users to choose the right method for them. The best forms of CBD are as follows:
Although it takes a little longer for absorption, CBD edibles are the most popular form to get CBD, especially for people who are more sensitive when it comes to taste. Edibles come in different forms, including chocolates, gummies, caramels, etc.
Cannabidiol Oils and Tinctures
These are liquid natural oils, which are mainly taken by placing drops under the tongue. Oils or tinctures are considered a very effective way of taking Cannabidiol oil, especially for those who do not prefer or cannot take capsules or pills. You can also mix Cannabidiol oil and tinctures with food and drinks.
Capsules and Pills
These two are considered a secure form to take CBD because of the dosage accuracy, compared to oils. Cannabidiol capsules and pills are used to treat digestive problems and seizures disorders. Regarding the latter, Epidiolex is the first cannabidiol-containing drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), used to treat two forms of epilepsy.
Creams and Lotions
Products containing CBD oil can also be used topically. Cannabidiol creams and lotions are good to relieve joint or muscle pain, or even to treat skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Types of Cannabidiol:
Full-spectrum Cannabidiol. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all the natural cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including THC. To be considered, full-spectrum products must contain high levels of Cannabidiol and less than 0.3% THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD. This type of CBD oil is obtained by taking all parts of the cannabis plant like leaves, roots, stems, flowers. Hence, it includes cannabidiol and all other substances of the cannabis plant, excluding THC, which, after extraction, is entirely removed. Since broad-spectrum CBD products do not contain THC at all, they are legal within the Farm Bill.
CBD isolate. This type refers to the extraction of one isolated compound, such as CBD, not including other cannabinoids.
What Are The Benefits of CBD?
Research on benefits in a range of health conditions is still limited; therefore, it is actively ongoing. Despite this, this cannabinoid has gained a lot of attention because of its amazing effects on treating several health conditions. Some of this cannabinoid’s potential benefits include:
It Relieves Pain
Cannabidiol is estimated to reduce pain, ranging from arthritis pain, chronic and acute pain, migraine pain, etc. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, it is considered an amazing natural remedy to help people with arthritis. Besides, a 2018 review published in “Frontiers in Pharmacology” assessed the good cannabidiol effects on relieving chronic pain after looking at some studies conducted within the period 1975 – 2018. Other studies carried out during the years, also concluded that this substance is effective in managing the overall pain.
It Alleviates Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are common conditions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people globally are affected by depression. Meanwhile, 1 in 13 people suffer from anxiety. CBD is known for its calming effects, so it is often used to treat these two conditions.
It Treats Epileptic Disorders
As mentioned above, in 2018, Epidiolex became the first CBD medication, approved by the FDA. It is estimated to treat seizures in two types of epilepsy:
- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
- Dravet syndrome
Cannabidiol is also believed to help with stress, insomnia, skin issues (irritation, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more), inflammation, heart problems, to lower the blood pressure as well as prevent diabetes.
CBD Side Effects
It is not considered harmful at all. However, some side effects can occur. Some of them include:
- Dry mouth
- Appetite changes
Thus, be careful with the dosage you take, make sure you buy reliable CBD products, and consult your doctor in advance.