You probably associate cannabis with floaty and feel good. If you were to ingest a dose of THC, you would likely feel the effects and quickly feel “high”, but CBD and THC are two different things. Instead of a high, does CBD oil work to improve health? Does CBD oil work for everyone? What does CBD oil work on specifically? These are just some of the questions we are answering.
Since ancient times, the cannabis plant has been grown and utilized for medical and industrial purposes. The three major species are cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants, and are known to react with receptors in humans.
The two main active cannabinoids are: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), well known for its psychoactive properties, and cannabidiol (CBD), a non psychoactive known to have many health benefits. Different strains of the plant are bred to produce different levels of THC and CBD. Hemp is farmed for its fibers and high amounts of CBD, which can be extracted and used to create CBD oil. CBD oil may come from any of the 3 species, but to be legal, it must come from a plant that has less than 0.3 percent THC.
Current Myths About CBD Oil
1. MYTH: CBD has the same effect on everyone - Your health, genetics, and how your individual endocannabinoid system interacts with CBD all influence how CBD works for you. It also depends on what you intend to use it for. CBD is used by some individuals to bring a little bit of enjoyment and relaxation back into their day, while others take it to treat illness symptoms.
Some, who are generally happy and healthy, may not experience any significant benefits. Certain people's endocannabinoid systems may require more assistance than others, depending on the environmental, lifestyle, and genetic variables at play. Basically CBD affects everyone differently.
2. MYTH: CBD is completely non-psychoactive - Although CBD does not get you high like THC, many individuals report that it improves their mood and reduces anxiety. Animal studies have shown that CBD increases serotonin signaling in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that helps humans feel joyful, connected, and reduces anxiety. CBD also enhances our natural feel-good endocannabinoid, anandamide, which is the same molecule (one of them) released after we exercise.
3. MYTH: Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are basically the same - Despite the fact that both CBD oil and hemp seed oil are derived from hemp, they are not the same. Hemp leaves, stalks, and flowers may be used to make CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is produced solely from hemp plant seeds. While the seeds include essential elements such as omega fatty acids and a variety of vitamins and minerals, they are devoid of CBD.
4. MYTH: CBD isn't safe - In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a thorough analysis stating that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in people and is not linked to any negative public health impacts. “In humans, CBD displays no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” it continues. CBD was also removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited drugs in 2017. Athletes can now use CBD, although tiny amounts of THC in CBD products must still be monitored.
What Does CBD Oil Work For?
So what is not a myth and what does cbd oil work for? CBD oil has been found to have many health benefits including:
- Giving pain relief
- Improving sleep
- Reducing symptoms of epilepsy
- Helping managing depression and anxiety
- Easing arthritis
- Reducing acne
- Functioning as substance abuse treatment
CBD oil is generally taken sublingually (under the tongue). The majority of oils come in 30-milliliter (mL) dropper vials. iCBD offers a 1000 mg option that is sure to deliver the benefits you are looking for. There are no rules for how CBD oil should be used. There is no such thing as a "proper" dosage of CBD oil right now. The daily dose can range from 5 to 33 mg, depending on the individual's needs and the condition being treated. For this product that means taking any amount of 1 dropper's worth.
If the plain CBD oil seems unappealing, you could try gummies, mints, teas, baked goods, etc. The amount of CBD infused things out there right now is truly endless. However, always check that your CBD products contain pure, full spectrum CBD oil so that you can reap all the benefits.
Treating diseases with CBD oil is not a fad. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world for its medicinal uses. Previously there was a balance in how much THC and CBD a plant had. Only in recent history have we modified cannabis to produce the extraordinarily high levels of THC that people seek for psychoactive characteristics and the modification of plants with virtually no THC, where we extract CBD oil from. In knowing and learning more on a chemical level what cannabinoids do for us it is no secret why this plant has evolved alongside us.
Written by Kiana St. Onge