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Know About Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil
What is CBD Oil?
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a compound naturally produced by hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is a cannabinoid, and is just one of the 113 cannabinoids hemp and cannabis plants produce. THC—CBD’s more famous cousin—is another compound from the cannabinoid family. However, unlike THC, CBD does not get you “high.”
To make CBD oil, CBD is first extracted from hemp plants and then infused into a carrier oil, usually MCT oil—which is derived from coconuts. Some brands may use other oils such as sunflower, grape seed or hemp seed oil to create their versions of CBD oil. CBD oil has seen its popularity skyrocket lately, largely thanks to widespread testimonials coming from people trying CBD to improve their quality of life. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence CBD helps people, but there’s little scientific evidence that supports CBD’s medical use so far. Fortunately, with the legalization of CBD in 2018, thousands of new studies are underway, with researchers seeking to understand how CBD works and what it can actually do.
Despite the science still playing catch-up, news of people’s positive experiences have spread and Canadians across the country have begun incorporating CBD into their self-care routines. For some this may mean a CBD capsule before bed, for others a CBD gummy or two in the morning, for others drops of CBD oil under the tongue. There are many ways to take CBD, including vaping CBD or smoking a joint rolled with high CBD cannabis flower, not to mention all the different topicals, CBD creams, bath, body, self-care products and lotions there are out there. There’s no shortage of selection out there, you just need to be discriminating. Always look for products that are tested for quality and impurities by a 3rd party lab.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
There are plenty of testimonials out there from people using CBD to improve their quality of life, but one must beware: most medical claims made about CBD are not backed by science.
So far, the only approved use of CBD is for a medicine called Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures caused by Lennox-
If you’re thinking of trying CBD, speak to a medical professional first. There are now many doctors now that are happy to advise their patients about using CBD. Many now even specialize in cannabis medicine. A growing number of them recognize CBD’s positive impacts, such as Canadian doctor Dani Gordon.
Be aware that CBD can interfere with the uptake of some prescription drugs in the same way that grapefruit does. Please do not take CBD if you are currently on medication.
How to Use CBD Oil?
Let’s break this question into two parts:
1) What are the different ways to take CBD?
2) How do I use CBD oil properly?
Concerning the first question, there are plenty of convenient ways to take CBD. The differences between the various methods of taking CBD are in overall absorption, how quickly you feel the effects, and how localized the effects are. Vaping CBD, for example, will delivery CBD more quickly to your endocannabinoid system. You’ll also absorb more CBD by vaping than if you ate CBD in chocolate and it had to pass through your digestive tract. If you vaped CBD, you’d feel stronger effects for a shorter amount of time compared to eating a CBD chocolate. CBD that must pass through the digestive tract is largely eliminated, so less gets absorbed. However, it is released more gradually to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the effects are felt over a longer period of time.
One of the most popular ways to take CBD is by taking drops of CBD oil and holding it under your tongue for 30-90 seconds. There’s a large number of blood vessels there that offer CBD a route into the bloodstream that bypasses the digestive tract. This method is obviously less discreet than eating a gummy bear. Gummy bears just look like normal candy.
CBD creams and topicals are another method of getting CBD to your endocannabinoid receptors, many of which are found in muscle tissue and near the skin. CBD applied to the skin generally doesn’t make it into the bloodstream and affects mostly local ECS receptors. More CBD has to be applied to the skin to reach ECS receptors as CBD can’t simply go through skin, it can only get through pores. Generally speaking, only a very small fraction of the CBD applied to skin will make it down to local ECS receptors.
Concerning the second question of proper use, this is a question about dosage. What is the right dose? There is no answer to that question at this time. Scientists and medics are investigating this question, but it’ll be some time before we understand the human endocannabinoid system well enough to prescribe CBD with the accuracy of an FDA-approved medicine.
As no dosage advice is currently possible, people trying CBD for the first time are recommended to take the “Start low, go slow” approach. It’s also highly recommended that you keep a detailed daily journal of your experiences for at least a month or two. Start with a low dose of 5-10mg. Stay with it for a week and record your experiences daily. The effects of CBD are quite subtle as they provide no strong numbing sensation like some prescription medications. CBD only dials down certain systemic responses and brings your body back towards balance. When evaluating CBD’s effects, what you’re looking for is the absence or dialing down of things you’re trying to avoid.
After the first week has passed increase your dose by 5-10mg, depending on your weight. Record your experiences daily and see if you begin to notice differences. A week later, repeat this process of incremental increase, just 5-10mg. You can continue with this process of experimentation and self-observation for 1-2 months. This will give you a clearer idea of what dosage is helping you most. Factors that can affect your response to CBD is your natural tolerance, whether you are a habitual cannabis user, and the unique characteristics of your endocannabinoid system, among others.
It’s also important to know that more CBD is not necessarily better. CBD will act on different groups of endocannabinoid receptors at different dosages. One dose might make you sleepy, while another will make you more focused and alert, while another might be more anti-inflammatory. This is another reason why a steady, incremental process of experimentation is advised. Simply increasing the dose by a large amount won’t necessarily improve results. Look back through your journals for clues to finding your “sweet spot.”
What is the difference between Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and Hemp CBD Oil – No THC?
When shopping for CBD Oil in Canada, you’ll usually find these two main types. Full spectrum CBD oil is made with full spectrum CBD distillate, which is resinous substance extracted from the hemp/cannabis plant. Full spectrum distillate contains many of the desired natural compounds produced by the plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more. Hundreds of compounds. The CBD concentration in full spectrum distillate can vary but is rarely above 90%. The THC content of full spectrum CBD distillate is usually somewhere around 0.3-0.5%.
Hemp CBD Oil – No THC is made with CBD isolate, which has been refined so that it is 99% cannabidiol. This oil is just pure CBD and a carrier oil, usually MCT oil, but sometimes grape seed oil, hemp seed oil or others.
The key difference between the two is the total absence of THC in a no-THC oil. This is important for people who are drug-tested for their jobs as the THC in a full spectrum CBD oil will show up on drug tests. Use a no-THC CBD oil if that’s the case for you.
Full spectrum CBD oil is more popular overall than CBD oils made using isolate. People claim they enjoy the effects more, but science has not yet proven whether this is true. If THC is not a problem for you, you may want to use the “Start low, go slow” method and experiment with full spectrum cbd oil if an isolate-based CBD oil has not been working.
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CBD Oil For Mental Illness:
CBD’s effectiveness for mental illnesses hasn’t been proven by science, but initial results from research are promising. In 2019 Remedy Review surveyed over 1,000 people asking whether they felt CBD was effective in treating their anxiety. Remedy Review then compared the results to a group experiencing treatment with pharmaceutical drugs. What they found was quite remarkable.
64% of those in the study reported CBD to be “extremely effective.” Furthermore, many people in the study said they were seriously concerned about high costs and addiction risks when considering whether to use pharmaceutical drugs to treat their anxiety. CBD, on the other hand, comes with the benefit of being cheaper, non-addictive and causes no serious side effects.
If you suffer from chronic anxiety, you are not alone. The WHO estimates 1 in 13 people suffer from anxiety globally. That number is even higher in the US, where the National Institutes for Health states that 1 in 4 Americans will deal with an anxiety disorder over their lifetime.
Most current medical options potentially addictive drugs like Zoloft, Xanax, Prozac, and Klonopin—a popular benzodiazepine. The risk of side effects with these drugs is relatively high, and some of the more addictive ones can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms too.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence supporting the use of CBD for stress and mental conditions, people across the world have begun embracing CBD as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. Thanks to anecdotal evidence from word-of-mouth and testimonials online, word is spreading that CBD can be helpful.
That being said, it is important to differentiate between word-of-mouth and scientific evidence. CBD has not been medically approved to treat mental illnesses or anxiety disorders. If you suffer from any mental illnesses, please speak to a medical professional before trying CBD.
CBD Oil For Pain Relief:
According to a survey of over 2400 people by the The Center for Medical Cannabis Education, 62 percent of people surveyed indicated that they use CBD to treat a condition impacting their wellness. The top three conditions people were found to use CBD for were pain, anxiety, and depression.
Much more research needs to be done before doctors start prescribing CBD for pain, but researchers have already identified some of the ways CBD may help with pain and inflammation. For example, they’ve found that CBD inhibits the release of inflammatory agents like glutamate, which can damage the brain. This is why CBD is often considered “neuroprotective.”
Another way CBD functions is by inhibiting the absorption of anandamide—the so-called “bliss molecule.” Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid that helps regulate pain and is linked with feelings of well-being and happiness. CBD affects anandamide signaling throughout the body.
Additionally, researchers have discovered that CBD targets alpha-3 glycine receptors, which has the effect of suppressing chronic pain and inflammation. Glycine receptors play a big role in how our bodies process pain—and can cause a lot of problems when not functioning properly.
CBD also functions by interacting with vanilloid receptor TRPV1, which impacts inflammation and the awareness of pain. A 2014 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that TRPV1 mediates CBD’s pain-relieving properties. The research team concluded that CBD could be a “useful pharmacological alternative in the treatment of the disease-associated chronic pain.”
We need much more research to fully understand how CBD works and whether it is effective for pain. If you’re thinking of trying CBD oil in Canada for your issues, consult a medical professional first.