Plant Cannabis sativa, aka marijuana, is like a double-edged knife. On the one hand, this plant has an intoxicating effect, but on the other hand, there are good compounds contained in cannabis, namely cannabidiol or CBD. In recent years researchers have discovered therapeutic properties associated with CBD extracts. One of the most beneficial is CBD oil. Read on to learn about the explanation, benefits, and side effects of this oil.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a phytocannabinoid produced by the Cannabis sativa tree. This gained a lot of attention among researchers because it lacked psychoactive properties.
Why Is CBD Not a Psychoactive Compound?
There are two types of receptors in the brain and immune system cells – CB1 and CB2. Psychoactive compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) bind to these receptors and cause a characteristic euphoric effect. CBD, however, has a much lower interest in CB1 and CB2 receptors than THC. So, even if CBD manages to bind to these receptors, there is little or no euphoria at all. And that’s why extracts like CBD oil are increasingly popular with the medical community for treating neurological disorders. Let’s get to know CBD oil up close!
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is obtained by extracting various cannabinoids from Cannabis trees or flax plants so that they become solvents, such as alcohol. After evaporation, what remains from this solution is a mixture of cannabinoids – one of which is CBD. This is further processed to obtain pure concentrate from CBD oil.
This oil is then diluted in a carrier oil and suitable for human consumption. CBD oil is good for medical uses because it has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory or inflammatory, anxiolytic, and antioxidant effects on your body. Remember, this oil does not give a ‘high’ effect.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
1. Treating Epilepsy and Seizures
When given in small and regulated doses (12-25 mg), CBD oil shows an anticonvulsant effect on your brain. This means reducing seizure intensity and increasing seizure control. In adults, this oil is also useful in regulating sleep patterns and changes in behavior. CBD also has fewer side effects when compared to THC.
2. Has anxiolytic and antidepressant effects
Children and adolescents with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who use CBD oil show remarkable results. This oil can reduce anxiety, depression, treat insomnia, and manage panic attacks caused by stress in children.
3. Reducing Chronic Pain
Chronic pain, especially neuropathic pain, caused by various reasons, can be the worst nightmare of your life. People who suffer from chronic back pain, neck or shoulders, menstrual cramps, and migraines sometimes fail to respond to normal opioid pain relievers.
CBD oil can be used to treat migraines, tension, headaches, and chronic headaches every day. Cannabinoids are strong analgesics and can reduce pain even when applied to wounds. Now even CBD extract is being considered to treat chronic pain related to chemotherapy because this material has very few side effects.
4. Has an Anti-Inflammatory Effect
Most diseases now cause inflammation at some stage. Diabetes, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis, allergic hypersensitivity, skin diseases (such as psoriasis), and many autoimmune disorders arise due to inflammation. The use of CBD in various forms is known to reduce inflammation and injury and reduce its severity in animals. Although still in the clinical trial stage, CBD oil with THC is a potential alternative to improve the quality of life in some of the autoimmune diseases listed above.
5. Reducing Hypertension and Protecting the Heart
CBD and its extract have several effects on the cardiovascular system. CBD can reduce blood pressure, where fluctuations in blood pressure can cause anxiety and stress. It also improves your heart’s health and overcomes ischemic attacks and chest pain (angina) due to its anxiolytic and analgesic properties.
6. Treating Cancer Related Side Effects
Chemotherapy is one of the solutions offered to slow the growth of cancer. However, it has several side effects such as nausea, dehydration, loss of appetite, lethargy, and weak immunity. Although CBD oil cannot cure cancer, it can prevent the effects of chemotherapy worse. Because CBD can activate specific receptors on brain cells that produce antiemetic or anti-nausea effects.
7. Lowering Diabetes Level
Because of its anti-inflammatory or inflammatory properties, the use of CBD significantly reduces the risk of diabetes. CBD also decreases the level of pro-inflammatory cytokines (cell messengers) such as IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha in blood plasma. In an experiment conducted on mice, histological examination showed a decrease in pancreatic beta-cell inflammation. Although the data are insufficient and not conclusive, research shows that CBD can inhibit and delay the onset of diabetes and related inflammation.
8. Controlling Neurodegenerative and Neurological Disorders
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome, and other neurodegenerative and motor disorders can be controlled with CBD oil. With regular doses, the use of this oil can improve quality of life, bring about behavioural changes, and reduce anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, progressive memory loss (dementia), and post-traumatic stress. In motor-impaired patients aged 1-17 years, CBD oil reduces the intensity of seizures, increases flexibility, and controls myalgia (muscle pain) due to it’s analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
9. Gain Weight
Smoking cannabis can affect a person’s calorie intake. Cannabinoids found in these plants bind to CB receptors and increase hunger. Someone who consumes marijuana in high doses tends to enjoy food more often and more easily hungry. Using CBD or marijuana oil can be beneficial for people who are underweight, malnourished or affected by HIV-AIDS or cancer, which causes loss of appetite.
On the other hand, if the cannabinoids in your body produce a cascade (yes, you have one in your own body too!) Researched, the same CB receptors can also cause weight loss and anorexia.
How exactly CBD oil helps manage your weight needs to be studied further.
10. Caring for the Skin
Who would have thought marijuana could fight acne! CBD inhibits the lipogenic action of compounds such as arachidonic acid, testosterone, and linoleic acid in your skin cells. It also has antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory effects on sebocytes (actively secreting epithelial cells) and hence stopping acne and spreading. CBD also has strong antioxidant properties so it can fight oxidative and chemical stress by removing free radicals in the blood. All of these properties produce skin that looks younger, wrinkle-free, supple, clean, soft, and radiant.
One thing is certain; CBD oil has many hidden benefits that still require years of research and understanding. But, if you still want to use CBD oil, here are a few points to remember:
How to use:
- CBD oil can be consumed directly in small doses as a nutritional supplement, because it has good fats (EFAs), vitamins E and A, and abundant minerals.
- CBD oil concentrate can be injected into the skin, added to body care products, or even topically applied.
- The evaporation of CBD oil is a new approach that can be used to consume it in large quantities effectively.
- The ethanol extract of the CBD is also available in a variety of carrier oil such as coconut oil, seed flax, and olive oil.
How Much Consumption Per Day:
- CBD intake depends on the BMI (Body Mass Index) per individual and the problem being addressed.
- Doses of CBD oil or extracts starting from 1 mg/day to around 1000 mg/day are still considered safe.
- Each body responds to a different dose of CBD. Don’t try to treat it yourself and formulate a dose without medical supervision.
Side Effects Of CBD Oil
However, CBD is still a component of cannabis. There are possible side effects when you take high-dose CBD oil.
CBD oil may not have a ‘high’ effect but can cause any or all of the symptoms listed below:
- Throw up
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Psychotic effects (only on the use of high doses and / or mixed doses with THC)
This is why medical supervision is a must. In addition, it must also be remembered that there are regulations regarding this raw material.
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