As the legal use of marijuana spreads, many products that claim to contain cannabis are hitting the shelves. However, very few people are aware of the potential benefits or side effects of using marijuana. Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical component of the cannabis plant that is gaining popularity daily. The sale of products that contain CBD got government approval last year when the Farm Bill was signed into law. The 2018 Farm Bill gives US farmers the right to grow industrial hemp. CBD is usually extracted from industrial hemp and used in a variety of products.
One of the first things to know about using CBD is that it would not get you high. CBD does not have any psychoactive properties that cannabis is known for. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the chemical compound in the cannabis plant responsible for giving people the euphoric effects of feeling high. Although CBD and THC have similar chemical structures, they are both different.
There has been extensive research done on how CBD works with the body. Researchers have discovered that CBD works by interacting with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This biological system is complex and has receptors spread all over the body. The endocannabinoid system is said to help with the regulation of essential bodily functions such as mood, sleep, memory, energy, and metabolic process.
After its extraction, CBD is typically sold in oil form and is usually mixed with a carrier oil. There are quite a range of CBD oils on the market today aimed at different purposes.
There are quite a number of uses for CBD oil. Researchers have found that CBD oil can be used to treat a range of illnesses. You can use CBD oil for chronic diseases such as anxiety, acne, chronic pain, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and muscle spasms, and for the loss of appetite. CBD oil has also been shown to protect the body against some forms of cancer.
The use of CBD as medicine is still being debated. However, reports show that this oil can treat seizures in epilepsy and has proven to be a success where other medications have failed. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one CBD-based drug for the treatment of epilepsy. Epidiolex is the name of the drug that the FDA approved in 2018. This medicine made with purified CBD oil is meant for the treatment of seizures associated with two forms of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut. These forms of epilepsy commonly affect children years and older.
Besides epilepsy, using CBD oil can be used to make the heart more healthy. CBD can reportedly help in the prevention of blood pressure. A report published in 2017 in the journal JCI Insight shows that CBD has the potential to lower blood pressure. CBD also gets people to relax which has an excellent effect on health and well-being.
Research has also revealed that there may be some side effects to ingesting CBD. This chemical compound may cause dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness and nausea in some people.