There is no denying that CBD is one of the most popular cannabis related products out there right now. You can see it being sold on the Internet, and you have probably read about the medical benefits it offers. What’s more, if you are one of the lucky ones who are living in states such as Colorado or Washington, as well as countries where it is legal, then you might see CBD products being sold at local dispensaries.
It is time to separate the truth from the marketing hype. Here are the most frequently asked questions about CBD.
1. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is now touted for the reported benefits that people with certain diseases can get from it. But what is it really?
CBD is one of the many compounds you find naturally in cannabis sativa. These compounds are called cannabinoids. CBD is one of the most popular cannabinoids around, along with THC.
However, CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of THC, but it does still bring you some health and medical benefits even without high. The inability to give you high is one of the biggest draws of CBD when doctors prescribe it for their patients. This means that kids, the elderly and other people would still be able to manage the symptoms of their diseases and still live normal daily lives instead of looking and acting stoned all the time.
2. How is CBD oil made?
CBD oil is made by saturating the flowers of a cannabis plant with some sort of solvent such as grain alcohol or olive oil. The solvent is allowed to evaporate, leaving the CBD oil. There are two sources for CBD oil, the hemp plant and the marijuana plant, both coming from the cannabis mother plant.
3. What CBD oil is good for?
There has been a lot of research done on animals and cell cultures regarding the medical benefits of CBD oil. The thing is, researches done on humans are not that widespread because the continued prohibition on marijuana. CBD oil is known to be effective in getting rid of migraines, alleviating chronic pain menstrual pain and nausea. It has also been proven effective against symptoms of cancer, PTSD and neurological diseases.
There are two things to remember when using CBD for whatever reason, however. First is that, CBD is regulated by the Food and Drugs Administration as a food supplement. That means that the safety and efficacy of CBD is not guaranteed. Further, you cannot be sure that it really works because there are no definitive studies yet on how it affects people. The general rule of thumb would always be if it works for you, use it. But do not expect it to cure everything and always consult a doctor if you have an illness.
4. How is it used?
There are several ways to administer CBD oil, but most people take it orally. CBD oil is often sold in bottles that come with a dropper. What you do is to use the dropper to place the oil under your tongue. Doing so would ensure that the oil is absorbed quickly.
If the patient is unable to swallow, they can administer CBD oil using a suppository. This also helps those who are going to undergo surgery and needs to keep an empty stomach. Some women use a vaginal suppository if they are using CBD to fight menstrual cramps.
5. What should you know before you try CBD oil?
There is no way for you to know if CBD oil works for you unless you try it. Because it does not get you high, it is considerably safe to try CBD oil if you are curious about its effects.
However, because clinical trials on its effect on the human body are still in their initial stages, there is no really guarantee that CBD oil is safe for you. Do start with low doses, if you want to start experimenting. You can always work your way up to higher dosages if you cannot see any effects.