Heard about CBD products, but not sure what they are?
There’s no doubt that CBD oil is gaining popularity.
In 2015, the CBD market in the U.S. was $202 million. That number is expected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020. But before you become a consumer of CBD products, wouldn’t you like to become well-informed?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa, the Latin name for cannabis or hemp.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It’s history in medicine dates back to prehistory. It has long been pushed aside while scientists and users focused on the mind-altering component, THC.
In brief, they are the natural chemical constituents of cannabis and hemp. CBD is one of the most well-known and well-researched cannabinoids. Others you may have heard of include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol, (CBN).
Each cannabinoid has unique properties. Many times the ratio of CBD to other cannabinoids can enhance or moderate its effects. CBD oil is the most popular for preventing and/or treating a variety of health conditions.
CBD has been known to reduce anxiety and stress, inflammation and pain; as well as topical ailments like psoriasis, acne and eczema.
CBD oil is non-intoxicating, has almost no side effects, and is virtually impossible to lethally overdose.
By botanical standards, marijuana and hemp are both cannabis. In common terms, marijuana is the named used often for cannabis strains with THC. Strains without THC are informally classified as hemp.
What is CBD oil made from? Hemp, sometimes called industrial hemp. While marijuana also contains some CBD, using hemp prevents the inadvertent inclusion of THC. It’s also easier to manage the quality and quantity of CBD in the oil it’s made from hemp.
This is why CBD oil is also known as hemp oil. CBD oil is usually made using the whole plant.
The two most common ways to make CBD oil are alcohol extraction and CO2 extraction.
Alcohol extraction involves soaking the hemp plant in a solvent such as ethanol. The solvent leeches out the CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant. The alcohol solution is then heated, which causes evaporation. The heat doesn’t damage the cannabinoids. So, the residue after evaporation is an oil rich in cannabinoids.
The CO2 method involves forcing carbon dioxide (CO2) through the hemp plant. This action, done through temperature and pressure changes within chambers of specialized equipment. The CO2 causes the cannabinoids to separated from the plant and allow collection in the various chambers of the equipment.
Both methods can produce high-quality CBD oil. But some people believe the CO2 method can improve purity because of the way different cannabinoids are capture in separate chambers. That, in turn, makes it easier to control the ratio of CBD to other cannabinoids.
What should I look for when buying CBD oil?
Consider the following questions:
No. Nope. Noo. We carry Zero % THC CBD oil that contains zero THC, the psychoactive property found in some strains of cannabis. CBD is made from hemp, the collection of cannabis strains with no THC.
We also carry the Full Spectrum CBD Oil that contains 0.3% THC, but that still is not enough to get you "high". (Click here to read our artical on Full Spectrum vs Isolate CBD)
Pain relief is probably the most common use of CBD or hemp oil. There’s no shortage of evidence that CBD oil is good for quick and sustainable pain relief without the risk of addiction common to traditional pharmaceutical options.
People self-report using CBD oil for pain from migraine headaches, physical injury and trauma, surgery, and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. The science behind these claims is strong.
A 2012 study found that CBD can suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents without addiction. Better still, the test subjects didn’t develop tolerance. That means the dosages didn’t have to be increased as time went on, which is what prompts the need for increased dosages.
What is CBD oil doing to help relieve pain? Researchers have found that CBD interacts directly with pain receptors involved with chronic pain.
More than 18 million Americans live with anxiety-related disorders. Treating anxiety with CBD oil has gained popularity. Compared to traditional pharmaceutical remedies, CBD has few - if any - negative side effects.
What is CBD oil doing to brain receptors to remove or diminish debilitating anxiety?
In a 2010 clinical study, participants with social anxiety disorder (SAD) had their baseline anxiety levels measured by subjective tests as well as regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF). Some participants then received 400 mg of CBD. Others received a placebo in standard double-blind protocols.
The subjective and rCBF tests administer again, followed by another round of CBD or placebo.
In the end, researchers found that CBD significantly reduced subjective assessments of SAD. Plus, it had positive effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain, which are involved in regulating mood.
And that was only one study. The anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects of CBD in all its forms are well documented.
In a summary review of various clinical studies, one team of researchers concluded that the rate at which CBD can reduce symptoms obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other anxiety disorders was remarkable enough to warrant further and greater research.
The medical establishment has long been cautious about using any form of cannabis when treating IBD. Despite knowing about the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties, the psychoactive properties of THC created treatment conflicts.
But more widespread cultivation of high-quality hemp along with improved processes for isolating CBD during extraction, have led more clinicians to prescribe CBD to patients.
Unofficial reports from physicians and their patients with IBD are almost entirely positive. People who have suffered the symptoms of IBD for years have regained a noticeable level of quality of life while using CBD.
In study, researchers realized that CBD likely interacts with receptor sites beyond the endocannabinoid system. Specifically, CBD may interact with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARG).
Anyone being treated for IBD likely knows about PPARG. These receptors play a role in metabolizing fats. The improper functioning of PPARG can cause inflammation at the cellular level of the digestive system.
Every night, millions of Americans have trouble getting to or staying asleep. There are many root causes of insomnia and disrupted sleep. Some, like jet lag, shift work, or medication are temporary. Others like chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are ongoing.
CBD oil can be an ideal remedy for temporary bouts of insomnia, especially those brought on by extended periods of emotional stress.
Small doses of CBD oil before bed allowed a person with severe anxiety and insomnia to sleep through the night. At the same time, the subject had no negative side effects and performed better in daily life.
If you’re thinking of using CBD oil or hemp oil to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, get a good night of sleep, or improve your health in a variety of other ways, you aren’t alone.
Every day, there’s a growing amount of clinical proof that CBD works. Every day, people are buying CBD oil, capsules, and creams to improve their health and quality of life.
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