WHAT IS CBD OIL, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

What exactly IS CBD oil, and how does it work? Get familiar with one of the fastest growing industries, and see what all the fuss is about!

What Exactly IS CBD Oil?

Before we can understand HOW it works, let’s make sure we have a clear understanding of exactly what it is we’re talking about.

We get CBD (short for Cannabindiol) from extracting the natural oil from cannabis plants. Cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, contains high levels of CBDs. The biggest difference between the two, is that marijuana also contains high levels of THC—the chemical responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. Legal CBD oils, will NOT get you high, because they contain either no THC at all, or only trace amounts, incapable of producting any reaction.

CBD, or cannabinol, is one of roughly 85 natural cannabinoids, which are micro-nutrients found in cannabis plants. Hemp and marijuana are cousins, both members of the cannabis family. Because of the many medicinal properties of CBDs, such as its anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant qualities, it has been increasing in popularity among those seeking natural relief from a wide range of ailments. While NOT FDA approved, due to lack of clinical trials, its proclaimed to be a natural “miracle” by many who’ve experienced its benefits first-hand.

Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?

Hemp oil can be a type of CBD oil. I say can, because not all hemp oils actually contain CBDs. You can get CBD oils made from the marijuana plant, as well, but only oils without the THC effects are legal, depending on where you live. You can only legally obtain THC containing CBD oils in states that allow medical or recreational marijuana. Remember, CBD is a component found WITHIN both hemp and marijuana plants; BOTH of which are members of the cannabis family. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry. The more you read, the clearer it will become, as you gain more knowledge and understanding of CBDs, what they are, what they aren’t, and how they work.

So, How DOES CBD Oil Work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the primary active ingredient found in cannabis plants, like hemp. Inside each of us, we have what’s known as the “endocannabinoid system.” This unique system has special receptors all-throughout our bodies, including the central nervous and immune systems. As it happens, these cannabinoidal receptors have a significant impact on all kinds of bodily functions, such as regulating mood, pain, memory, energy levels, appetite, and more. Our bodies naturally produce endocanninoids, however, higher concentrations of CBDs often have an increased positive impact. So basically, by increasing the amount of CBD in our bodies, we can help improve, and enhance, our health in numerous ways.

 

Can CBD Oil get you High?

As mentioned earlier, legal CBD oil, made from hemp will NOT get you high. Nor should it interfere with drug tests, so long as the THC levels are low enough. Remember, the chemical responsible for “highs,” is THC. While some CBD products may contain traces of THC, it’s no where near enough to have any kind of effect. You do have to be careful though, as to the level of trace amounts of THC present within a particular CBD product, if any. In rare cases, people have failed a drug test, but it’s not usually an issue—especially if the product is guaranteed to not have any THC at all.

To be perfectly clear, I’m referring to CBD oil commonly sold online, or at physical stores. There are, of course, exceptions. For instance, you CAN get CBD products with higher THC levels in locations where medicinal or recreational marijuana is legal. There’s evidence that there’s  health benefits to THC, as well. However, since most areas still outlaw such substances, most CBDs are strictly THC free. Not to worry, you’re not going to inadvertently end up with the wrong stuff. For one thing, it’s much harder to get ahold of high levels of THC containing oils.  For another thing, the sellers will make it quite obvious if it DOES or DOES NOT contain THC. If you’re still not 100% sure, it never hurts to ask.

Miracle Drug or just another Scam?

To be perfectly honest, CBD products are neither a scam nor a miracle. When you understand the science of how the body functions, as well as the roll Cannabidiol plays in our health, you see it’s no miracle, just medicine. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Natural medicine often does quite well, when given the chance, but don’t expect the FDA to confirm that anytime soon. It’s no scam because, well, it actually does work. So, there you have it. It’s not a miracle cure-all, and it can’t take the place of proper diet and exercise, but as far as medicine or supplements go, it’s definitely gets high marks from natural and alternative medicine folks.
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FDA DISCLOSURE: Due to federal regulations, claims cannot be made about whether CBD products can help improve specific health conditions. However, we strongly urge everyone to research as much information as possible. Many resources about CBD oils, and their potential health benefits, can easily be found online. Furthermore, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program. 

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10 Reply to “WHAT IS CBD OIL, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?”

  1. Great post! So many medicines that are approved are so dangerous yet this is not. It’s all about the money sad to say.
    Anything can be abused, but this seems to have so many benefits. Do you know of any articles where this has helped someone with fibromyalga? Think I spelled that wrong.

    1. Hi, Michael! My mother-in-law takes it for her fibromyalgia, and says it has defiantly made a significant difference. As far as articles and research/studies, they do exist. I’ll see if I can find a link for you.

      Update: here’s an article you might find interesting regarding the correlation between fibromyalgia and how CBD oil may have a positive impact to reduce chronic pain. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321501.php

  2. Hi Freya. Thanks for your extremely enlightening article. Unfortunately CBD oil is still illegal in our country (Australia), but they’re working on it. I can’t understand the logic behind banning it for so long, it’s not as if (as you state) it’s going to give anyone a high. The benefits in taking it are numerous. All the best Jim

    1. Hi, Jim. Thanks for your comments. Unfortunetly CBD is currently outlawed in Australia, but hopefully that will change. There’s always hope!

      Good luck!

  3. Hello there Freya, great article explaining how CBD oils work and knowing the difference between legal CBDs and illegal ones. I don’t use marijuana myself, and I never will, but I must say that based on how you wrote this, you struck a chord with me as being knowledgeable about the subject and someone who will gain authority pretty quickly. Keep up the great work here!

  4. Lots of good info for anyone who has questions about CBD. Lots to learn.
    Which do you recommend-CBD Hemp oil or CBD oil from marijuana?

    1. Hi, Brad!

      Thanks for the comment, and great question!
      For working professionals who need absolutely ZERO THC content to pass a drug test consistently, I would definitely go with CBD HEMP OIL.

      That said, if drug testing is NOT an issue, I would definitely recommend CBD from Marijuana, as even if it’s the legal version with almost no detectable THC, there is generally at least some trace amount still present, which, while it ISN’T enough to get you high, may be enough to be beneficial to your health.

      IF you live in a legal recreational Marijuana state or live in, and have, a medical marijuana card, I might recommend at least considering a CBD/THC oil. I say this because THC DOES have medical benefits, and it’s been suggested that when CBD and THC are combined they are even more effective, than alone.

  5. Great article, informative and well written. It is a shame that a plant with so many uses and benefits has such a bad reputation due to propaganda from vested interest in the cotton industry over a hundred years ago.

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