As a result of the consistently growing cannabis market, various forms of the plant have surfaced, which provide people with multiple therapeutic and medicinal properties and benefits, especially cannabidiol, or CBD for short. First things first, what is cannabidiol, how does it affect the human body, and how can you consume it?
Cannabidiol is an active compound found in hemp, which contains no psychoactive effects as compared to THC, the other medicinally powerful compound found within the cannabis plant. What makes cannabidiol unique is its ability to deliver medicinal benefits and properties to users without them feeling a euphoric or “high” feeling.
According to Cannabidiol Natural Health Medicine, within the human body, various sensations are controlled by cannabinoid receptors, and a few of these include mood, pain, appetite, sensation, and memory. The receptors found throughout the body are typically divided into two main categories: CB1 and CB2. As briefly mentioned above, CBD and THC are vastly different compounds, and they each serve a significant purpose.
How is CBD Different?
Due to CBD’s ability to deliver a wide variety of medicinal properties including anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antipsychotic, anti-tumoral, anti-oxidant, and anti-nausea effects without the user feeling high, this compound is ideal for people who want to reap the benefits without feeling cognitively impaired, intoxicated, or stoned. Therefore, CBD is a widely used medicine for many patients, especially pediatric children with different seizure disorders and/or forms of epilepsy. Countless parents can rest easy knowing that their child is getting the help they need from this powerful compound without feeling “high”.
Furthermore, as stated by Cannabidiol Natural Health Medicine, CBD is associated with the activation of the Adenosine receptor rather than the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are more associated with THC. Cannabidiol produces an impact on the human body relatively quickly depending on the specific method that is used by the individual.
How do I Consume CBD Oil?
There are four main methods of consuming cannabidiol oil: orally, topically, sublingually, and inhalation. Something to keep in mind though is that the specific effects will vary from person to person, and certain factors could influence or have an impact on the user depending on the CBD consumption dosage, the specific symptom which it is taken for, and the method of consumption.
Although there are four possible CBD consumption methods, inhalation, specifically vaping, has shown to be the most effective in many instances. Vaping is not only ideal to consume the flower/bud version of cannabis, but also CBD vape oil and e-liquid due to its overall safety, convenience, and efficiency. In recent years, many physicians and medical cannabis researchers have expressed their concerns regarding the importance of vaping cannabis compounds, since it is the most efficient way the human body absorbs and takes in all of CBD’s properties and benefits.
On the same note, according to a cannabidiol article by JustHempCo, when CBD oil is taken orally, typically, the effects don’t kick in until the 30-60-minute mark for most users. If CBD oil is taken with food and/or a beverage, the effects will take even longer to produce as compared to consuming it on an empty stomach, which results in the effects occurring much faster. Orally administered CBD oil can last for four hours or longer, but the effects are felt much slower than inhalation through a vape pen. Thus, users who want to treat their acute symptom(s) that require immediate attention are much more likely to vape the oil than any other method.
To learn more about the safety of vaping, be sure to check out this informative article on Leafbuyer’s blog: https://www.leafbuyer.com/blog/vaping-is-it-safe-for-you/.
How Can CBD Oil Help Me?
Surprisingly, the effects of inhalation can be felt in as little as a minute or two while lasting up to a few hours depending on the individual and their specific dosage. Everybody is different though, and many patients prefer non-inhalation methods, but it depends on the specific symptom(s), disease, condition, and/or illness the patient is looking to treat.
With the progressive increase of CBD related research and studies being done, it has been found that CBD oil can help patients if they have any of the following medical conditions/diseases/illnesses: Anxiety, alcoholism, back pain, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and psychosis, according to Cannabidiol Natural Health Medicine. In most cases, the effects felt by CBD oil lasts from three to five hours on average, so many users take several dosages of the oil when needed to treat their specific needs.
Due to CBD’s non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating effects, it is often used as a medicine for patients who have cancer, Crohn’s disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, and liver, cardiovascular, and/or metabolic disorders. Overall, CBD oil is used by people of all ages, especially those who have tried many other pharmaceutical drugs/prescriptions that either did not work or made them worse. As a result, CBD oil has captured the attention of countless U.S. states, countries, and populations of people all over the world.
Where can I find CBD oil?
For starters, patients should find out if cannabis is medically and/or recreationally legal in their specific geographic location. Then, they should look up dispensaries in their area that sell quality CBD oil. If patients live in a state, country, or province where cannabis is medically legal and readily available, they should look for CBD products that are made from high-resin cannabis instead of low-resin industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is usually much lower in cannabinoid content as compared to the whole plant of CBD-rich cannabis, so patients should keep this in mind when purchasing CBD oil in the future.
If interested, be sure to read the following article on some of the most popular medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States: https://www.leafbuyer.com/blog/most-popular-medicinal-marijuana-dispensaries-in-the-usa/.
In addition, when looking for CBD products, make sure to find ones that have clear labels displaying the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date, and the quality ingredients. For example, do your best to avoid products that contain corn syrup, trans fats, GMOs, artificial additives and preservatives, and thinning agents.
Similarly, as stated in a CBD article by Alternet.org, try your best to avoid products that were extracted from toxic solvents including BHO, propane, hexane, and/or other hydrocarbons as these are harmful to your health.
In the future, try to remember these helpful tips when purchasing CBD oil and/or other CBD or THC products because you are already making the choice to consume a natural medicine, so why not go as natural as you possibly can?
All in all, not only is CBD oil helpful for people of all ages who suffer from or struggle with various medical conditions, diseases, and/or ailments, but it is also a beneficial and safe alternative to traditional and oftentimes hopeless pharmaceutical drugs. As time goes on, further studies and forms of research will continue to show people how much of a useful and effective compound cannabidiol is, which will eventually change the way many people view “cannabis“.
Article By: Nicole Skrobin