CBD, also known as cannabidiol is an extract of hemp plants. It is becoming popular as a new natural supplement that may help balance the body without giving you a high.
CBD oil is also known as:
- CBD Hemp Oil
- Cannabidiol Hemp Oil
CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC industrial hemp with only traces of THC making it non-psychotropic and allowing it to naturally interact with the body.
- CBD is not marijuana
- Contains very low concertation of THC the chemical in cannabis that gives you a "high.".
CBD (hemp oil) interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. There is research being done to understand any health benefits CBD may have, as these would be without the psychoactive side effects of medical marijuana.
As research continues to understand how CBD can affect the human body, some associations are currently being studied for CBD include it being:
Anticonvulsant: In the field of pediatric epilepsy
Anti-inflammatory: In the field of arthritis
Antioxidant: To understand impact on immune system
Antiemetic: To help reduce Nausea and Vomiting in cancer patients
Anxiolytic: Impact on Anxiety
Antipsychotic agent: Impact on Schizophrenia hallucinations
Anti-addictive: Impact on how it may affect recovery from tobacco dependence.
The study of the effect and benefits of CBD oil on the body is in its initial stages. However, scientific studies are being conducted to understand how using CBD oil in a controlled manner through use of CBD products and supplements may benefit the human body. Some impacts being studied (though yet undetermined) include:
- How CBD oil may regulate homeostasis, or general state of balance.
- How CBD oil can impact neurological functions like improvement of mood, better sleep pattern, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response
- How CBD oil can sync the external factors that throw the body out of balance.
Most of the CBD oil found in the market today, especially from the known CBD brand manufacturers are for supplemental use and contain hemp, the least processed part of cannabis. They contain very low levels of THC (less than 0.3%) which is the part of cannabis plant that gives you a high.
If you buy the CBD hemp oil from known retailers it will not affect your sensory perception, consciousness or behavioral reaction.
The World Health Organization has suggested that there could be some drug interactions with the use of CBD which would create secondary side effects. To ensure there are no acute or chronic issues always ask your doctor for advice.
Some side effects may include:
- Causes dry mouth
- Lowered or increased appetite
- Low blood pressure
- Diarrhea and more