You may be aware of some of the fantastic claims out there about the benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, oil. But you may not be fully cognizant of what, exactly, this substance is. You know that it is related to marijuana, so you may have some concerns about its effects or even its legality. So, let’s answer those questions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound produced from Cannabis Sativa plants. There are two species of this plant, marijuana, and hemp. CBD oil contains only the CBD compound, which produces a natural feeling of relaxation and calm. It may have trace amounts (about 0.3%} of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s more notorious cousin which provides the more drastic psychoactive effects for which the plant is more well known, but nothing to worry about. Dr. Junella Chin, a doctor of osteopathy and medical marijuana expert, assures us that the use of CBD oil should in no way leave us feeling sedated or altered in any way. That being said, there are a small number of people, less than 3%, you may experience such effects, but these tend to be those who suffer the same effects from the use of Tylenol or Advil.
SO what, exactly, are the benefits of CBD oil? Studies have linked the substance to improvement in the immune system, reduction in chronic pain, and reduction in inflammation. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetic side effects. It seems to be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, migraine, gastrointestinal disorders as well as neurodegenerative disorders, and even eases the symptoms and treatment of cancer. And lately, it seems to be shown to have beneficial effects on the circulatory and cardiovascular systems.
CBD seems to be a helpful vasodilator, opening arteries to provide greater blood flow on an immediate and time-released basis. This lowers the blood pressure, giving further protection against heart attack and stroke. Recent studies suggest that CBD can help prevent damage to the vascular organs, veins, and arteries, thus contributing to a healthy circulatory system. It is also a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a substance critical to the health of our circulatory system. Although further testing needs to be done, CBD looks to be a promising contributor in the battle against heart and circulatory disease. And CBD oil provides these benefits when used topically, as well. Applied to an injury, CBD will open up blood flow to provide increased healing.
All this sounds very beneficial, indeed, but there are some cautions involved in the use of CBD oil. First of all, is where to purchase the substance. CBD is not considered a drug, and therefore is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Although it is readily available in malls and convenience stores, and online, your best choice may be a reliable natural grocer or health food store. You must be careful when choosing a vendor. Ask for references and look for reviews. And make sure to check the label. If you don’t see a quality assurance stamp or a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing facility, consider making your purchase elsewhere. In 2017 the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 28% of the products on the market contained lower amounts of CBD than promised. And you should be aware that there are some mild side effects associated with CBD oil, although they are rare. These include drowsiness, dry mouth, and changes in appetite.
You need have no concern about CBD oil showing up on a drug test unless you are a competitive athlete subject to more rigorous testing. The compound seems to be a harmless way to combat a variety of ills in a natural way. It will make you feel good, or even better, without any concomitant loss of mental acuity.