I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard quite a lot recently about CBD oil. What is this magical oil everyone seems to keep talking about? Doesn’t that come from the marijuana plant? Am I going to get high if I use it?!
CBD Oil Facts
Long story short, you won’t get high if you use it, which may or may not make you happy depending you who you are. CBD, or cannabidiol, does indeed come from the marijuana plant, but it comes from part of the plant that does not produce psychoactive effects, a.k.a make you high. The marijuana plant contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD. When heat is applied to THC and put into the body it does create a high. CBD is the part of the plant that does not.
CBD is extracted from the marijuana plat as a power or oil and can taken a few different ways. There are creams and ointments for pain relief with CBD in them, as well as pills or capsules, vaporizers you can smoke, and the oil you can ingest directly or mix into a drink and consume that way.
We naturally have cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, which is why CBD is being looked into as a helpful way to treat several conditions because our bodies respond well to it. Because CBD does not contain THC and will not get your high, it is legal and sold in drug stores, super markets, and even designated CBD shops.
People can use CBD for pain relief, anti-inflammatory treatment, to treat anxiety and depression, and epilepsy. Because the hype around using CBD oil as a medical treatment is fairly new, a lot of studies are being conducted all the time. This is exciting because new discoveries about this product all the time. The science behind it so far seems extremely promising, so it is an option to consider as a treatment for the things mentioned above, or even as a supplementary treatment to something you already try.
Just like any drug or product, there are some side effects. The most common side effect is fatigue, while some people will report diarrhea or a slight change in appetite. Honestly if you are considering taking CBD for a legitimate medical condition, ask your doctor about it or go into a CBD shop and ask one of the employees. They are super knowledgeable and can give you more info. Just like other medicines there are different dosages and strengths for this product, so it might be helpful to consult a doctor to figure out how much you should take, even if you can buy this product with your groceries.
Like I mentioned before, although there are very promising studies about the benefits and effectiveness of this product so far, these studies are on going so there isn’t a lot of data about long term effects of using CBD. If you decide to try out this product, do some research, and like I said, consult with your doctor or even ask for a recommendation for a doctor that is knowledgeable about CBD use.
The biggest takeaway here is, this is a legit way to treat pain and other symptoms, it definitely won’t get you high, no matter what anyone says, and you should ask your doctor or a CBD specialist about using this product if you’re curious because the research is so new.