CBD Oil: What Is It And Does It Really Work?

What is CBD oil?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a chemical in a cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa) that has significant medical benefits without the THC. It’s a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that doesn’t get you stoned.

Sorry, Cheech & Chong

How is it made?

Once the cannabis plants are cultivated and harvest, they’re ready for the extraction process.

It’s complicated.

There are many methods that are used, and I can write a whole article on each one (Co2 extraction, ethanol, and olive oil) that’ll probably be completely boring to you. So, the short and to the point answer to this question is, the best method is using CO2 (carbon dioxide) under extreme pressure and low temperatures to pull out as much CBD oil as possible while avoiding contaminants. This process isolates, preserves, and maintains its purities. The CO2 will eventually evaporate, leaving no trace on the CBD oil. This requires complex and expensive equipment and expertise. However, when done well, the product is safe and potent.

Did you know cannabinoid is a natural remedy that’s gaining popularity in the health and wellness community?

Yeah, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down due to scientific studies confirming the health benefits of CBD oil. 

In June of 2018 after researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, which is a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome).

The effects on various neuropsychiatric disorders CBD has is being researched and studied.

There was an article published in Current Pharmaceutical Design that researchers found CBD may be able to treat schizophrenia but again further research is needed before their claim becomes absolute.

Scientists are also starting to think that this miracle oil may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and it’s proven to help Parkinson’s disease in patients. It has offered many benefits for people plagued with it, such as better mood, fewer tremors, easier movement, pain relief, and the quality of sleep is much better.

CBD helps to prevent the spread of cancer. It also reduces pain for people undergoing chemo treatments as well as improving their appetite and mood.

CBD also curbs anxiety by reducing stress levels. Recent studies are discovering that it can help general and social anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive behavior.

CBD oil has many medicinal properties, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic, which provides anxiety and pain relief.

How does CBD actually work?

Okay, I’m going to get a little scientific here.

The human body has an endocannabinoid system and has cannabinoid receptors throughout it. Currently, there are two known subtypes of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 & CB2.

CB1 is mainly in the brain (central nervous system), but also in the lungs, liver, and kidneys.

CB2 is mainly in the immune system.

These receptors are responsible for memory, pain sensation, mood, awareness of time, appetite, motor coordination, and the senses.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that bind to the endocannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body.

The human body produces natural endocannabinoids and when the receptors are activated, it triggers various chemicals that relate to how we feel both mentally and physically.

This is exciting stuff, and scientist are suspecting there are additional cannabinoid receptors to be discovered.

How can I take the CBD oil?

There are a variety of ways you can take it . . .

Sublingual. This is how I’m ingesting it. You put a couple drops under the tongue and it immediately absorbs into the bloodstream.

Smoking/Vaping. You can smoke or vape CBD oil.

Transdermal patches. They’re much like cigarette patches. You slap that baby on your arm and the CBD oil slowly absorbs into your skin. This method is used to maintain stable amounts of CBD in the body for days at a time. Also, topical application: creams, lotions, salves. It’s made for local pain relief and healing.

Ingestion. You can get CBD oil in capsules, beverages, candy and food. My sister buys gummy bears that has CBD oil in them, and she says they’re really good. You can get them in all kinds of yummy flavors. You can also add CBD oil to your own drinks like your morning coffee or breakfast smoothie.

Where can I get CBD oil?

There are a lot of companies online where you can get CBD oil, however, before you order from them do some research. You’ll want to know if the company has a reputation for producing high- or low-quality CBD products. Also, you want to make sure the products are tested by a third party lab to verify ingredients and to ensure quality. Another thing you can do is check reviews. I always do.

Diamond CBD is where my sister and I get our CBD oil. Here’s the link http://tracking.diamondcbd.com/SH1cN

They have all kinds of products to choose from, and they’re reasonable in price.

Wrapping it up.

I’ve done a lot of research on CBD oil, and I’ll continue to do so because I’m amazed at all the health benefits it provides, not only on us humans but pets as well.

 . . . Yeah, CBD oil helps our furry friends. I’ll write a post about that in the future.

Over to you.

Have you tried CBD oil? If so, what is your experience with it?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Fantastic article! Great education! I will be going down the rabbit hole often. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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