CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high, no matter how much you take.
People everywhere are raving about CBD oil in particular, saying it has relieved their back pain they have been struggling with for years, ridding their anxiety symptoms they have been suffering from, aiding in PTSD, depression, severe digestive problems and other forms of chronic pain — and feeling relief from those unpleasant symptoms almost instantaneously upon consumption of CBD oil.
Does all of that sound too good to be true? It does, actually, but the science, research and our bodies’ reactions don’t lie.
CBD can be administered through multiple forms including oil, tincture, capsule, cream, edibles and vape pens. CBD oil, though, seems to top the list in terms of popularity.
Why is this? CBD oil appears to produce the strongest and fastest therapeutic effects in comparison with the above-mentioned forms. This is most likely due to CBD oil being more bioavailable (the degree and rate at which the cannabinoid is absorbed by the body) than the rest of the CBD product pack.
This post will explain what CBD oil is, what people use it for, and how it works to heal so many different mental and physical conditions.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) oil is the natural cannabinoid (in liquid form in this case, after extraction) found in hemp and marijuana strains of cannabis plants. Depending on the way the plants are cultivated, CBD oil derived from them can be very to moderately potent.
In other words, quality of CBD oil matters much more than quantity.
Because CBD oil is just that — oil — it is in its original form of when it is extracted from the cannabis plant. This makes sense as to why the quality of content is greater than that of a lotion or capsule — those products have other ingredients mixed in, with CBD typically acting as the main ingredient.
Most CBD oil products are made with whole plant hemp extracts that contain all of the beneficial cannabinoids and elements of the hemp plant, not just isolated CBD. To learn more about the cannabinoids working in tandem, rather than just CBD on its own, check out this post on the Entourage Effect.
What do people use CBD oil for?
People are using CBD oil for any kind of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and for those who suffer from more serious conditions like seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, they are also taking CBD oil, and witnessing extraordinary results.
A lot of people view CBD oil as their everyday vitamin or wellness supplement, stirring it in their morning coffee or placing a few drops underneath their tongues before they head to work. Using CBD oil in this manner is said to set your day on the right foot, lasering your focus and boosting your mood first thing in the morning.
For people suffering from anxiety, chronic stress or depression, they are taking CBD oil the moment they feel that swirl of worries or doubt come on, and it appears to be working just minutes after the oil is consumed.
For people with debilitating diseases like MS, cancer, epilepsy, or Alzheimer’s Disease, they are making claims that CBD oil is significantly reducing their symptoms of serious pain, drastically minimizing seizures and improving memory loss.
How does it work?
When you take CBD oil, (and any other CBD product) it interacts with the body through the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, which regulates the body’s normal state of balance and harmony. This system is quite incredible, as it helps promote and maintain good moods, sleep habits, appetite and pain response.
Basically, it keeps our bodies and minds in great spirits. If we take care of ourselves, our ECS will in turn take care of us.
As our external environment affects our normal state of homeostasis within the body (think smoke, the sun, and other factors part of the outside world) our ECS keeps us in check by regulating our body’s reaction to those external stimuli.
Taking CBD oil (an external factor) can enhance those feelings of balance and harmony, boost our moods, and manage physical and emotional stress as it interacts (indirectly) with the ECS.
When you think about it, CBD is an astonishing substance, which is why some are referring to CBD as the “miracle molecule.”
- CBD oil devotees swear by its health benefits, claiming the substance has given them their lives back
- CBD oil is a natural alternative for pain relief with little to no side effects
- CBD oil is well on its way to making its mark on the medical world, but more clinical trials need to be conducted to confirm CBD’s benefits and effects