Author: Mark PetersPublished 23 hours ago
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is one of the biggest lifestyle trends right now, featuring as an ingredient in everything from pancakes to dog treats. This guide is here to answer all of your questions about what CBD oil is, what its benefits are and how you can use it.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is a cannabinoid, which means, in layman’s terms, it is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. The two most well-known compounds in the cannabis plant are CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or as it is more commonly known, THC. THC is the psychoactive agent in cannabis, which means it is THC that is responsible for changing a person’s state of mind when it is ingested.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, however, this does not mean that it is not an active agent in the body. In recent years there has been a lot of research into the medical and therapeutic benefits of CBD.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?
Studies have found that there are many benefits of taking premium CBD oil, these include:
CBD oil has been approved in America for use as a treatment for people who suffer from seizures. Studies have found that CBD reduces the frequency of seizures in over half of epilepsy patients that were involved in one particular study.
· Sleep Disorders
CBD is a useful treatment for sleep disorders having been found to increase both the quality and length of sleep for those suffering from sleep disorders.
· Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Studies have found that CBD oil can reduce the feelings of anxiety in those suffering from mental health illnesses, especially anxiety disorders, depression and PTSD.
· Chronic pain, Arthritis, Headaches and Other Painful Conditions
CBD oil is considered a natural alternative to traditional pain medications for relieving a range of different pains and chronic pain conditions. Studies conducted on mice found that CBD oil reduces inflammation in the body. This is because CBD oil has been found to prevent the release of the compounds that are responsible for triggering inflammation.
· Parkinson’s disease
Studies are currently finding that CBD has the potential to increase the quality of life of those suffering from Parkinson’s disease by reducing the signs of symptoms.
· Alzheimer’s disease
Studies have found that CBD has the potential to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Although there is no conclusive evidence at this stage, scientists are hopeful about the potential use of CBD oil in the treatment of this disease.
· Drug withdrawal
CBD has been found to reduce the cravings that are felt during drug withdrawal. Researchers are currently focusing on the withdrawal from tobacco products but there are indications that the effects of CBD will be consistent for withdrawal from other types of drugs.
CBD oil is a potentially very useful natural ingredient in the treatment of acne. Those that suffer from acne experience an excess of oil, dirt and dead skin cells that clog pores. This causes a specific bacteria to build up that results in the visual signs of acne. Ongoing research is finding that CBD is a potentially valuable treatment for acne as CBD oil inhibits the causes and inflammation of acne.
Studies have found that when used together CBD and THB can have a very beneficial effect on symptoms of nausea.
How CBD Oil Is Used
There are many different ways that people can use CBD oil. For example, CBD oil can be mixed into food or drink. Alternatively, the oil can be ingested straight or swallowed in capsule form. Some people like to massage CBD oil onto the skin, this is most commonly practiced by those trying to elevate rashes or skin inflammations. There are many other ways to ingest CBD oil, those listed above are just some of the most popular methods.
The dose of CBD oil that you take will depend on the strength and concentration of the oil itself and your body weight. The strength of the CBD oil will depend on whether it is a CBD full-spectrum or CBD isolate. Full-spectrum CBD oil, contains both CBD and other natural compounds. This combination of compounds creates what is called an ‘entourage effect’, which essentially means that the compounds are more effective when ingested. Whereas, CBD isolate is 100% CBD, which counterintuitively means that you will need to ingest more of it to have the same level of effect. Studies have also found that the CBD compound break down over time. This means that older products are usually less effective, so it is worth considering the age of a CBD oil, too.