The popularity of CBD oil has skyrocketed since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) legalized hemp production and product sales on a federal level. These days people recommend CBD oil to treat everything from chronic pain to anxiety, but what is CBD oil? When should it be used? Let’s take a closer look at CBD oil and its uses. You can also reach out to our knowledgeable team at Cannabis and Glass.
What is CBD Oil?
The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids (compounds that can interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human body). CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the best-known cannabinoids, alongside tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties and won’t get you “high.”
Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD, but CBD oil is most often made from hemp in the US due to legal restrictions. While only one CBD medication is only approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (Epidiolex, a treatment for epileptic seizures), it may have other health benefits.
Legal Aspects of CBD
Marijuana, and derivatives such as THC, are considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance in the US, though some states have legalized its use and sale. However, hemp and hemp-derived products like CBD with less than .3% THC content are legal to some degree in all 50 states.
While CBD is gaining momentum in the health and wellness industry, it can’t currently be sold as a health supplement or marketed as a medical treatment beyond as a treatment for epilepsy. CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and can only be sold as a product that doesn’t require FDA oversight, such as cosmetics. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t use CBD oil for medicinal purposes.
Research into the health benefits of CBD is ongoing, but current findings suggest it may prove beneficial for:
- Ongoing pain: Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, a neurotransmitter that binds chemicals to your nerves. The endocannabinoids system impacts your immune system, sleep, pain perception, and appetite. Scientific studies show that CBD works similarly to the body’s natural cannabinoids to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Depression: Doctors often treat depression with pharmaceutical drugs, but studies show that CBD oil is an effective and non-addictive alternative.
- Cancer side effects: Cancer treatments have come a long way, but they can still lead to a long list of side effects, such as loss of appetite and nausea. Research shows that cancer patients reported less pain and nausea when treated with a combination of CBD and THC.
- Acne: While acne has many causes, most lead to the same result—clogged pores. Due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, CBD can be helpful in the fight against acne.
- Blood pressure: The use of CBD has shown a remarkable ability to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Researchers believe this may be due to the anti-stress and calming effects of CBD.
Note that CBD may interact with some prescription medications. It’s best to discuss CBD use with your health care provider before beginning use.
CBD Clinical Trials
Clinical trials of CBD-based products break down into two classes—neurological and physiological conditions.
- Substance abuse: CBD may help to reduce opioid cravings in recovering heroin users.
- Cognitive dysfunction and schizophrenia: Clinical trials are promising for the use of CBD as an antipsychotic, but more research is needed.
- Epilepsy: The most widely recognized use of CBD approved by the Food and Drug Administration is for people with epilepsy, with a reported over 40% reduction in episodes when using prescribed CBD. CBD is also shown to decrease the duration of seizures.
- Ulcerative colitis: CBD may reduce the incidence of irritable bowel episodes, among other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Parkinson’s disease and tremors: The use of CBD oil in conjunction with traditional Parkinson’s disease medications may improve mood, cognition, and fine motor movements.
Precautions When Using CBD Oil
Whether used topically or orally, there are times that you should take precautions when using CBD oil. While it may prove useful in managing morning sickness, pregnant and breastfeeding women should speak with a healthcare provider before using CBD.
You should also avoid giving children CBD oil or CBD-related products unless instructed by a health care provider. Those with poor liver function or Parkinson’s disease should refrain from taking high doses of CBD oil and keep an eye out for adverse reactions.
Considering Trying CBD Oil?
If you’re ready to give CBD oil a try, the most important thing to remember is to purchase high-quality products from a reputable seller. At Cannabis and Glass, we offer the largest collection of CBD products in Eastern Washington. Our friendly staff can help you select top-shelf CBD oil for your intended use.
Contact us online or stop by one of our convenient locations to learn more about what CBD oil is and what you can use it for.