CBD oils, or Cannabidiol Oils, have recently come under the scope of the medical community and the results have caused quite a stir. While there are many recognized benefits in CBD oils there is also much confusion about what this is, and how it will affect the body.
While the benefits may be sound, it is essential to fully understand the risks, side effects and benefits of taking CBD oils or any other non-FDA approved health supplement. With this in mind, the following article will provide an overview of what CBD oils are, what they can do and how safe they are when addressing the health conditions, they treat.
What is CBD in CBD Oil?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a special compound called a cannabinoid, it is one of a group of cannabinoids found in members of the hemp family of plants. CBD oils are extracted from a special variety of hemp plants selected for their high CBD content.
The Relation Between CBD and Marijuana
CBD has a famous cousin called THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, this is another cannabinoid found in the resinous buds of the Marijuana plant. While this cannabinoid interfaces with the same endocannabinoid system in the human body the effect it produces is very different. THC is a psychoactive compound which releases its “high” when heated and can be smoked, cooked into foods and vaporized.
CBD, on the other hand, has no mind-altering properties and can be taken as a daily health supplement with nor affect to cognitive function, personality or behavior. CBD has been studied for its many health benefits for treating conditions of pain, inflammation and even anxieties and addictions.
While CBD oils are derived from plant that may contain THC as well, there is no risk of any THC intoxication from CBD oils. The plants that are cultivated for these oils are not the same as the Marijuana plants raised for recreational use and have a very low THC content.
Furthermore, the process of isolating and collecting the CBD oils effectively removes most other content. Any residual THC traces would be too small to affect the human body, still this is one good reason to choose reputable providers of this products as it is not regulated by the FDA.
CBD and The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system has important regulatory functions and an intricate network of receptors located in all the major anatomical locations. They can be found in the brain, immune system and most of the internal organs. The body itself produces cannabinoids and has two different types of receptors for these chemical communications, CB1 Receptors and CB2 receptors.
The CB1 receptors greatly affect balance, emotions, moods, ways of thinking, memories and appetite, among a variety of other functions. THC latches on to these receptors with a variety of affects.
CB2 receptors are located throughout the players of the immune system and work to control and regulate pain and inflammation. It was first thought that CBD latches onto these CB2 receptors, but instead it seems that CBD works to boost the production of endocannabinoids, the ones produced in the body, which spring into action and provide the beneficial effects.
Benefits of CBD Oils
While much of the reasons behind CBDs notable benefits on the body are still being performed, many tests have been concluded that document the many benefits of CBD especially in addressing conditions of inflammation.
Here are a few of the most documented health benefits of CBD oils:
Natural Analgesic and Anti-Inflammatory – CBD oils have been found more effective for conditions than chronic pain than OTC medications. This has been especially beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and residual pain from injuries.
Support to Addiction Recovery – a study performed on a group of recovering smokers found that provided with a CBD inhaler, they were able to curb their cravings and smoke less cigarettes. A similar study was performed on opioid abusers with similar promising results.
Anxiety Disorders – while those with anxiety have experienced a wide range of results from THC consumption, from effective relief to pure aggravation. CBD has been found very effective in treating a wide variety of anxiety disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and others.
Side Effects of CBD Oils
Many of the studies being done on CBD oils and their effects have produced some glowing possibilities for this exciting new treatment. The studies performed on humans have been numerous and varied and safety has been all but confirmed for adults taking a wide scale of dosages with very mild-side effects.
None of the side effects recorded had any bearing on the nervous system, essential body functions or the personality and mood of the individual. Furthermore, there are many forums and medical communities online for those who take this supplement regularly and to the date there has not been a consistent mention of any specific side effects that could be regarded as anything more than a personal reaction.
The most common side effect that has been recorded is a feeling of lethargy. Other minor mentions include diarrhea (in those who have taken edible supplements) as well as drastic changes in appetite and subsequently, weight.
Risks & Precautions for CBD Oils
While extensive studies have been done, there is still inconclusive evidence of what prolonged use of CBD could cause. There may be a risk to children, but no tests have been done yet that could confirm this.
If you are considering CBD as a treatment for any specific condition, the best first step is to discuss your plant with a qualified member of the medical community at The Southern Institute. This way your planned treatment can be considered from an enlightened angle and this always brings out the best results. Furthermore, your medical provider can also monitor your health and make recommendations for dosages, frequencies and forms of CBD oils.
Another important way to avoid falling foul of scams, defective products and possible side effects is to purchase your CBD oils and concentrates from a reputable provider. Because there is no FDA regulation for this product, it is quite possible to market CBD products that may, at best, have far too little CBD content to be effective.