The Health Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the chemicals found in the Cannabis sativa plant. There are actually about 80 different chemicals found in the Cannabis plant. When people hear about Cannabis, however, they most often think of the chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This chemical, which is the active ingredient found in marijuana, is what creates the "high" that people experience. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, only contains a very small amount of THC. Most CBD products are derived from the hemp plant.
In 2018, a bill was passed which made it legal to sell products made from hemp as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.
How Does CBD Work?
Though the function of Cannabidiol isn't fully known at this time, it appears to prevent or reduce the breakdown of a chemical in the brain which affects mood, mental function and pain. When this brain chemical isn't allowed to breakdown properly, it is prevented from sending signals into the body.
There are no scientific studies to prove that CBD can treat medical disorders, but there are many studies showing that people with certain disorders have greatly benefited from it. While research is still ongoing, many have seen a decrease in anxiety and pain when using CBD products. Other disorders that have shown positive results from CBD use include:
- Seizure disorder (epilepsy) - A prescription CBD product has been shown to reduce the number and intensity of seizures in many people.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) - A nasal spray, which can be obtained by prescription, has been effective in reducing pain and muscle tightness in some people suffering from MS. Cannabidiol research at this time hasn't shown effective relief from muscle spasms, tiredness and bladder control, however.
- Insomnia - While much research is still needed, taking about 160 mg of cannabidiol before going to bed may help some people who suffer from insomnia.
Many studies are still required in order to understand the full benefits of CBD. However, with the limited research that has already been conducted, the future looks promising.
What Forms of CBD Are Available?
You can purchase CBD in many forms, depending on personal preference, tolerance level and availability.
Tinctures are extractions of herbs that are put into a solvent such as vegetable glycerin. These oils are usually taken orally and are one of the most popular and effective CBD products available. Taken under the tongue, CBD tinctures are more potent than when mixed with water.
Oral sprays can also be used to administer CBD oil. When they are flavored with natural products, they can cover the unpleasant earthy taste of CBD. Since they are easy to use, they have become quite popular as well. There are also nasal sprays on the market.
Edible CBD products, such as gummies and other candies, have become popular. In addition, edible CBD baked goods are a great way to mask the earthy taste. The advantages of baked goods made with CBD oil include their long-lasting effects and the ability to use concise measurements. CBD oil is released slowly into the bloodstream with edibles, but the effects can last for several hours longer than with other forms of CBD.
The important thing to remember when making edible CBD baked goods is that the CBD oil must be introduced into butter or vegetable oil before incorporating it into the rest of the ingredients.
For those suffering from aches in their joints and muscles, topical CBD products have shown to be effective. Many amateur and professional athletes use CBD salves and balms in their recovery programs after working out. People with arthritis have also found temporary relief from joint pain using CBD lotions.
Some people have found vaping to be an effective way to ingest CBD. Vaping allows CBD to enter the bloodstream very quickly through the respiratory tract. There are health concerns with vaping, however, so it is very important to research ingredients and vendors before you purchase. Because some vendors sell unregulated vape juices, the products could be dangerous to inhale.
CBD products are very popular these days, due in part to the removal of the legal hurdles. As more information becomes available, it is hoped that CBD will become an effective accompaniment to traditional treatments for those suffering from pain and debilitating disorders.