All you need to know about CBD (Cannabidiol) oil

Stephy Gandhi

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The Interesting Facts about CBD oil

Cannabidiol, popularly commonly known as CBD oil and the medicinally active cannabinoid found in the Cannabis or Marijuana plant. Another active cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive and addictive component.

How CBD oil is made?

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, stalks, buds, and leaves of the hemp plant. But manufacturers always prefer the plant which naturally potent in CBD.

The following are the different methods to extract CBD oil.

Whole plant extraction

This is the method where the whole plant is used to extract the oil.

Isolates Extraction

The procedure gives 99%oure CBD in crystalline powder form by removing all the plant matter.

Alcohol Extraction

In this method, the dried plant is tossed in with ethanol or isopropyl. The alcohol acts as the solvent and gives the refined CBD oil

CO2 Extraction

The most effective method as Carbon dioxide reacts with cannabinoids and separates the oil.

After getting the oil from the above methods, it is diluted with coconut or hemp oil to form CBD oil.

The legality of CBD oil

The legality of CBD oil varies in different countries. In the United States, it is legal because of its increasing demand but the law says that CBD product contains less or equal to 0.3%THC. Also, the CBD derived from hemp is legal but if derived from the whole plant is illegal.

Now if we talk about India, at the federal level, it is currently illegal but many companies are advocating the use of medical cannabis due to its wonderful health benefits. However, its recreational use is tolerated in several states such as West Bengal, Bihar and NE states.

Also, the government of Himachal Pradesh has taken steps towards the cultivation of Cannabis after Uttar Pradesh.

The majority of the research has been done based on animal studies in the health and wellness world, the following are the listed proven health benefits.

Responsible for Pain-relieving effects

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CBD oil is the best natural alternative instead of using some prescription or over the counter allopathy medications’ body has the endocannabinoids neurotransmitter responsible for sleep, appetite, pain, and immune activity. When taking CBD, it reduces chronic pain by binding with the cannabinoid receptor and interacting with the neurotransmitter in the nervous system.

Some studies show that CBD and THC in combination alleviate the chronic pain in Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The oral spray named Sativex is approved in some countries for relieving pain in Multiple Sclerosis.

Anticancer Effects

CBD has cancer-fighting effects in terms of slowing down the spreading of cancer growth cells and promoting their destruction. It has the power to reduce the symptoms associated with chemotherapeutic treatment such as nausea, and vomiting.

Treat Anxiety and Depression

Depression is the most common mental problem which has a devastating impact on health. Usually, doctors prescribe antidepressant drugs that cause various side effects such as drowsiness, insomnia, agitation, sexual dysfunction, etc.

CBD acts on serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and behavior, and reduces anxiety and depression.

Treat Acne

Acne is a commonly occurring skin problem and there are different causative factors responsible for it such as genetics, bacteria, and overproduction of Sebum. Also, Skin-related issues show the promising results.

CBD affects the sebaceous gland and makes the production of sebum thus it helps to lower the secretion of sebum leads to Acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, some studies show that it can also be used for acne Vulgaris disease.

Cardiovascular effects

CBD has beneficial effects on heart health and circulatory system. Higher blood pressure is the prominent culprit behind stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome.CBD has the ant stress and antianxiety abilities which help to normalize the blood pressure and keep all heart-related issues at bay.

Epilepsy Treatment

As per the safety and effectiveness of CBD, USFDA approves the CBD treatment for two types of Seizures

Lennox Gastaut Syndrome the type of seizure that occurs in 3 to 5 yrs. o age group and Dravet Syndrome which is Fever-related Seizures. Both seizures are difficult to control with other medications.

CBD can inhibit the glutamate release, the amino acid responsible for epileptic seizures.

Prevention of type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks the pancreas clinical trials reduce the incidence of type 1 diabetes and delay development of it.

Protective Against Alzheimer’s Disease

As above mentioned, endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, have neurological effects. It treats Alzheimer’s by removing the protein in the brain and reduces neuron inflammation responsible for Alzheimer’s and other risks associated with the brain.

Helps in Quitting smoking

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Promotes liver health

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Fatty liver and Cirrhosis are the degenerative diseases of the liver. CBD oil helps by preventing the liver cell oxidation through interacting with cannabinoid receptors present on liver tissue. Even after liver transplantation, it is difficult to supply required oxygen to the organs for healing which may result in tissue damage.

CBD oil for ADHD

ADHD results from the impairment of neurotransmitters effects’ oil gives its effects by stimulating the release of dopamine responsible for positive emotions and behavior in the body.

The use of CBD oil

CBD oil is available in tincture form so you can apply a few drops under the tongue and hold it for a while to get it absorbed. Spray, capsules, gummies, and creams are available in the market as well. The question is How much dose should be taken? It is always advised to start with the lowest minimal dose as it has an immediate response or else better to consult the health practitioner before switching the course.

Side effects of CBD oil

If taken in moderate amounts, it won’t give any adverse effects and not even any fatal or dangerous cases reported. The most common side effect is tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. Other possible side effects are dry mouth, hypotension, and impaired motor functions. Also, it may interact with the over the counter medicines, and dietary supplements and disrupt the cytochrome P450 activity resulting in decreased liver’s ability for a breakdown of toxins and increasing the risk for liver toxicity.

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