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?
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.