Written by: Tayler Silfverduk, DTR
Revised by: Kelly Schmidt, RDN
CBD oil seems like it is all the rage. Claims that it helps with diabetes, arthritis to digestion are popping up everywhere. Can this plant really be effective for so many things?
Hemp CBD oil vs. Hemp oil
Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds and does not have a significant amount of cannabidiol. Hemp CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from the entire plant and has a more significant amount of cannabidiol. CBD is abbreviated for Cannabidiol so it makes sense that CBD oil would be the more potent option.
Why does it matter? Well, the Cannabidiols are what are responsible for the health benefits of these products. Because Hemp CBD oil has more cannabidiol present, it’s going to be more profound.
Additionally, both Hemp CBD oil and Hemp oil is legal in all states. Marijuana CBD oil is more restricted and you should check with your local and state laws on whether or not it’s legal yet.
What Exactly is Cannabidiol?
CBD (A.K.A. Cannabidiol) is one of the non-toxic chemical compounds of the cannabis plant that doesn’t play a role in the “high” feeling many people associate cannabis with. This is because CBD sold for commercial use comes from a plant that has less than 0.3% THC. This means, first and foremost, don’t worry about it taking you on a trip.
Additionally, CBD is a fat-soluble plant chemical that supports the endocannabinoid system (an important modulatory system in the function of the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues) in your body. That’s right, your body has an entire system dedicated to taking advantage of this chemical. In fact, your body needs it.
The Endocannabinoid System and Benefits of CBD oil
The endocannabinoid system acts as a balancing mechanism for an array of functions in your body. It helps balance things like your circulatory system, nervous system, and even your digestive system.
The benefits of CBD oil are still being researched but they have the potential to help with:
- Opioid withdrawal
- Taste depression
- Chronic pain
- Preventative health
How to Buy Quality CBD Oil
Avoid CBD oil that’s been processed with butane, hexane, or other solvents. You also want to avoid and CBD oil that comes from plants that were sprayed by pesticides. If you are unsure if the product you’re considering has done either of these things, ask. You want to be sure you’re getting high-quality stuff.
Additionally, because Hemp CBD oil is legal in all states, you might want to try your hand at CBD oil that specifies that the Hemp plant is its origin.
Some other things to consider when buying are taste, price, the immediacy of effects, ease of use, and concentration. Kelly uses CBD capsules from Designs for Health (they have one of the best processes in extracting the oil) with her clients.
How to Take CBD oil
I can’t tell you exactly how to take, it’s all about trial and error and figuring out what works for you, your body, and your own needs. However, I can tell you the different methods of using CBD oil and what they might entail.
- Using a Vaporizer can provide immediate effects of CBD oil and can last for hours
- Using drops under the tongue can provide effects as fast as 20-40 minutes and can last 4-6 hours
- Applying it topically can take up to an hour to feel the effects and can last up to 5 hours
- Taking CBD oil orally can take 20 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects
It’s up to whether you want to try out CBD oil. It has promising potential to help ease a variety of ailments and help with preventative health.
As always, this does not serve to take the place of medical advice provided directly by a medical professional. Please consult your doctor or other qualified health professionals to determine if CBD oil is safe for you. CBD oil can interact with certain medications.
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