CBD oil is the new craze you keep hearing about all over the place. For the last couple of years, certain American states have legalized the use of cannabis, and hemp products have been allowed for distribution thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, and in Canada on October 17, 2018, the country officially legalized the use of cannabis to all citizens.
Governments and lawmakers have realized that this once thought of as a dangerous drug is really not that harmful, and those leafy greens can pack in a lot of health benefits. While not everyone enjoys the “high” that THC will throw at you from the conventional joint, new methods of consuming this highly beneficial plant continue to pop up – the most popular being CBD oil.
And now a lot of people are wondering what this magical CBD oil is and, how can it possibly improve my life?
What is CBD Oil?
The complicated answer:
The cannabis plant or, marijuana plant, is made up of 113 different types of cannabinoids which is a class of chemical compounds that affects the cannabinoid receptors in nerve cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. This release of neurotransmitters can influence neurons in specific locations of the brain and therefore, affect different types of behaviour.
Cannabidiol (CBD) being one type, and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being another popular cannabinoid people frequently hear about.
The easier answer:
Basically, you have Cannabis and Hemp. When you think of Hemp, you may think of clothing, oils, skincare etc.
When you think of Cannabis, you probably think of Marijuana that people usually smoke in joints or bongs. Which is a fair assumption for both.
But both plants are essentially Cannabis Sativa L – but marijuana takes a little more TLC to cultivate those buds that people smoke.
How is CBD Oil made
When I first started doing my research into how CBD oil was made, I was picturing more of a crystal-meth type lab setup, but it is really more complex and (LEGAL) than that.
Now that you’ve learned more about the cannabis plant which grows the Cannabinoids, we can start looking into the different methods that CBD is extracted from the plant.
Like most things in science, nature and as well with CBD extraction, there isn’t just one simple answer or process on how you get from plant to potion.? There are two main extraction methods: Ethanol and CO2
Ethanol extraction is perhaps the most popular CBD extraction process, as it is safe, simple, and effective. In this method, high-grade grain alcohol (ethanol) is used as a solvent to separate CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant itself. Ethanol extraction can be done under warm or cold conditions and is considered extremely time-efficient when compared to other CBD extraction processes like CO2?extraction.
Supercritical (or subcritical) CO2?extraction is a method that involves using carbon dioxide that is under extremely low temperatures and very high pressure to strip hemp flower of all cannabinoids and terpenes. CO2?extraction is highly precise and can produce some of the purest cannabinoid extracts when done properly. However, because of the high cost of equipment and the steep learning curve, this is not always the case.
CO2?extracted CBD products are some of the purest in the world when done properly, but when done in less-than-optimal conditions, there is great room for error. That potential for error is why subcritical CO2?extraction is largely used by ?boutique? CBD brands that cater to the ?luxury? class of CBD consumers and is a lot more expensive than the ethanol extracted CBD.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Scientists are now discovering that the health benefits of CBD oil seem to be endless. People are also realizing that there are more natural alternatives to help heal their ailments rather than resorting to potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
Some well-known health benefits CBD oil can help with include:
- Heart Disease
- Chronic pain
- Weight Gain
- Quitting Smoking/Substance Abuse
- Relief of inflammation
Additional ailments CBD oil can help with are:
- Diabetes prevention
- Skin Care
- Labour Pain
Is CBD Oil Safe?
Like anything that you put into your body, there can always be some adverse side effects.? But unlike the laundry list of side effects you hear at the end of a pharmaceutical commercial, the side effects from CBD are far less severe.
The most common ones include: Nausea, fatigue, irritability and sometimes increase appetite.??But most people do not experience any side effects at all due to the low or zero THC content.
However, studies have shown that for patients taking the blood thinner Coumadin?as well as CBD oil, the CBD can raise the drug’s level in your blood in a similar way that grapefruit juice can. This side effect may also occur when combining with other medications as well.
Since CBD is considered a supplement, not a medication, and there is no FDA regulation, the main concern with CBD products is the purity of the supplement.? That is why it is very important to do your research, check the batch labels and only purchase high-quality products from reputable companies.
CBD oil has been the hot topic for the last couple of years and is showing no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.
Is it the cure-all of all diseases and ailments?? Maybe, maybe not.? The issue is there just has not been enough human studies that can pinpoint the exact doses for certain diseases to know exactly how effective it truly can be.? But that’s not saying you should give up and go back to your prescription drugs.
CBD oil has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and is still being prescribed for certain medical conditions by doctors.? If it’s been used by cultures from around the world for this long and is still the go-to treatment for certain diseases, why would anyone even question its use?
If you are looking for a treatment that will be easy on your body, help improve your endocrine system and not cause additional issues for you down the road, then CBD oil is the good choice for you.
But keep in mind, like any supplements that you can purchase on the market, it’s always best to check with your doctor before starting a new treatment?ESPECIALLY?if you are taking any prescribed medications!