Are you confused about the controversy surrounding CBD oil?
There are lots of misleading information about what this compound is and what its effects are. You might be a victim of this confusion and all you need is to get the correct information, right?
This article is dedicated to clearing the air with everything you need to know about this compound.
So, let us get started.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD, is a component of cannabis that does not have psychoactive effects. CBD oil is the oil that contains this organic compound. This oil is used for various purposes and its concentration also varies.
Is CBD Marijuana?
According to research studies, delta-g-tetrahydrocannabinol, abbreviated as THC, is an ingredient contained in marijuana that is the most active.
Marijuana is made up of both THC and CBD. However, despite their common source, these compounds exhibit different effects.
A great percentage of CBD that is used for health purposes is contained in the cannabis plant that has undergone the least processing.
Hemp and marijuana are both produced from the same natural source, i.e. the cannabis sativa plant. However, they are not exactly the same thing.
How Does CBD Work?
All forms of cannabinoids, which include CBD, produce their effects by attaching themselves to specific receptors in the body.
Our bodies naturally produce specific cannabinoids and contain two types of this chemical compound known as receptors, i.e. CB1 and CB2. Despite most of the CB1 receptors being found in the brain, they are also spread across the body. THC is attached to these receptors.
The CB1 receptors in our brains are responsible for:
- Movement and body coordination,
- Emotions, moods, and pain,
- Thinking and memory,
- Controlling appetite.
CB2 receptors are components of the immune system that are mainly found attached to the white blood cells, in the spleen as well as in the tonsils. Although the same immune cells also do express CB1 receptors, the number of these is fewer than CB2.
In the human immune system, one important role played by all cannabinoid receptors is the regulation of the release of cytokine.
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
Due to the various ways that CBD acts in the body, it has several benefits. Here are some of them:
- It relieves natural pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties,
- It helps people quit smoking and drug withdrawal,
- It helps treat epilepsy and other mental health problems,
- It helps in fighting cancer,
- It helps in reducing anxiety,
- It is used in acne treatment,
- It is used in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease,
Despite cannabis being legal for medicinal or recreational purposes in some countries, it is illegal in most countries and territories of the world.
Some countries have only approved CBD oil as a product of hemp but do not allow the use of marijuana for medical or any other reasons.
Side Effects of CBD
Various studies have looked into the possible side effects of CBD. However, there are no significant effects discovered. The only major side effect that one can face is tiredness. However, there are people who have reported experiencing diarrhea and reduced appetite.
How to Use CBD
The CBD oil can be used in various ways for medicinal benefits. Here are some of the ways it can be taken:
- It can be mixed with different drinks,
- It can be administered using a pipette or a dropper,
- It is also used as a thick paste massaged on the skin,
- It can also be consumed in CBD capsule form.
The Difference Between THC and CBD
Both THC and CBD are contained in marijuana. However, the effects of these compounds vary.
THC is known to alter the mind to make its user feel “high” when broken down using heat and consumed through smoking the plant or adding it to cooked food.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. What this means is that CBD does not alter the state of your mind after using it. Instead, it produces insignificant changes in the body. In fact, a number of studies have shown that it has medicinal benefits.
It is clear that CBD oil is useful for a number of ways to the human body. We have also seen the many differences that exist between CBD and THC.