Cannabis has, over the past years, been a no-talk topic until just recently. Today, virtually everyone is talking about it, and debates are everywhere on whether or not to legalize it. Truth be told, many countries and jurisdictions have already made it legal. In some, however, this is still a hot button topic. There are now many sellers and online platforms where you can order cannabis and cannabis products. Likewise, there are many seed banks now where one can buy cannabis seeds. Before purchasing or using cannabis products such as cannabidiol (CBD), it is imperative to first find out the legislation behind it in your area.
What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol, commonly abbreviated as CBD, is only one in more than 100 chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant. Cannabis or marijuana plant is a psychoactive drug that is used for medicinal and recreational purposes. There has been a lot of awareness in the recent past about the possible pros of using CBD oil, owing to the conversation on whether to fully legalize the growing and use of cannabis plant.
How is CBD Oil Made?
CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a form of carrier oil, such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD, though, comes from the marijuana plant, it does not cause a ‘high’ effect. The headrush or high effect is caused by yet another cannabis cannabinoid called THC. Thus, CBD, unlike THC, is not intoxicating or addictive. In fact, it promotes wellbeing needless to say that it is used to cure various health conditions without affecting one’s mental wellbeing. There is also evidence that CBD oil can reduce inflammation, ease anxiety, help relax tight muscles, and much more. While at it, however, there is an equal share of drawbacks associated with CBD oil, as you can see below. Read on…
Pros of using CBD Oil?
Relieve pain and inflammation
Cannabis has since time immemorial been used to treat pain. Modern-day research suggests that CBD present in this plant could help ease sciatic nerve pain and pain due to multiple sclerosis, inflammation, and chronic pains. Therefore, CBD oil is a relatively natural remedy to the over the counter drugs for treating pains. CBD oil is used to aid pain that is associated with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. A recent study by the NCBI suggests that up to 97% of cannabis users primarily use it to relieve pain. Other than this, CBD is used to treat all forms of headaches, such as migraines and cluster headaches.
CBD oil for inflammatory disorders
Inflammation is the main culprit for certain illnesses as vasculitis, gout, allergies, and arthritis. There is enough study that suggests that shows just how CBD oil is effective in reducing internal inflammation. The oil works by affecting your body’s endocannabinoid system. Therefore CBD oil is recommended to people suffering from inflammatory disorders. The oil also is effective in preventing and curing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease since such diseases also start as inflammation. A study published in 2014, in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, points out that CBD oil helps prevent social recognition deficit on patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Treats Autoimmune disorders
Autoimmune disorders like inflammatory disorders stem from inflammation. It’s a case of your body attacking itself. Therefore, CBD oil helps to treat such disorders. Examples of autoimmune disorders include psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Could treat anxiety
CBD oil can treat anxiety. This has been clinically proven. According to an article published in The Medical
New Today, in 2018, people suffering from anxiety could get relief by taking CBD oil. In a case study
published by the NCBI explored whether CBD could reduce symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress
disorder) and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder among children who had a history of trauma. It was evident
that CBD oil reduced the children’s anxiety and helped them sleep.
There is yet another study conducted in 2011 and published in the NCBI website that examined the effects of
cannabinoid for treating stage anxiety among public speakers. It was found out that people who used CBD
oil would perform better since they felt more confident and less anxious.
Therefore, CBD oil is useful for treating anxiety-related diseases, including general anxiety disorders (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and panic disorders.
Acne is one of those skin conditions that stressful and, if not dealt with properly, can lead to low self-esteem. It is caused by various factors such as bacteria, genetics, underlying inflammation, or even the overproduction of sebum. Sebum is an oily secretion produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. When excess sebum is produced, it leads to the growth of pimples and breakouts. Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease claims that CBD oil could regulate the production of sebum and, thus, reduced breakouts. It’s not only that, but CBD oil can treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD oil could treat epilepsy
Over the years, there have been numerous studies as well as clinical trials that suggest that cannabinoid could significantly control seizures. In fact, recent studies show that CBD could help treat certain groups of people with epilepsy, those who have failed to respond to conventional or other traditional therapies.
CBD is nonpsychoactive
Unlike THC, CBD does not get one high. Therefore, it does not induce a feeling of highness, psychoactive feeling one gets when they smoke cannabis. In the same vein, CBD does not make one experience disoriented, dizzy, giddy, or nervous. CBD oil does not increase your appetite; neither does it impair your mind. You only should ensure you use it in proper amounts, and it will be useful for you.
There is enough evidence published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that suggests that CBD oil prevents the spread of cancer. It does this by suppressing the growth of cancerous cells and promotes their destruction.
It is easy to use CBD oil
You all understand how most medications though effective for curing diseases; they are not user friendly. While some people are fond of needles and pills, some are not. This cannot be said about CBD oil, as it is easy to consume. CBD oil is odorless, is tasteless, and mess-free. You can also apply cannabinoid topically since it is lipid-soluble. Equally, you can mix it in your food and make it easy to swallow. You see, there are many methods of using this oil, unlike other medicines. Thus, other medicines are difficult to use.
CONS OF USING CBD OIL
Well, CBD is generally good for your health and overall wellbeing, everything that has benefits always has some side effects. Those would be the negative impacts in the short run and long-term. Therefore, it’s equally imperative first to figure out whether it is right for you, and most importantly, whether your jurisdiction pardons it. Here are some of the negative things associated with cannabidiol.
You don't want diarrhea, don't you?
Yes, large amounts of this substance can indeed cause diarrhea. Therefore you want to limit your daily intake of this oil. Whenever you overdo it, you might start diarrhoaring. However, this does not always happen to all people. Sometimes there are those clicks of people who do not experience this. Also, at times such people or a certain group of people would normally experience nausea or even general sickness. They also experience other symptoms of digestive problems.
Preparation can get traces of 'Your Highness'.
What is highness, your highness? It is the experience of getting too drunk or experiencing that the world is
under you. Yes, what thought like a good measure could be turned into a great feeling of hallucination or
possible highness. However, this depends only on the process on which the extract was gotten. THS, as seen
earlier, is the main culprit for highness. It is possible to get this in the CBD if you got what was not extracted
properly. It will give you all the psychoactive feeling. CBD oil has, on a lower level, contain traces of THC;
they make it suitable for you. It is hard to know what level is right for you, because, in its absence, CBD oil
might not be suitable for you, meaning you won’t get all the benefits.
You see, HTC is capable of processing certain benefits that CBD possibly won’t. Talk of an increase in appetite, which CBD cannot. Now, if you are into CBD oil for other benefits, including gaining eight, then you possibly won’t get that benefit. Next time ensure you your CBD has traces of HTC to help you with your struggle for fighting eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia.
It may induce drowsiness.
Talking of insomnia, then CBD oil is good at taming this. Thus, it is very effective and recommended among people experiencing insomnia. In fact, if you are the kind that struggles with sleep, you should consider cbd for your predicament. Mistakes happen when you veer off from the recommended dosage. This one will send you to your drowsiness. Therefore, if you are just starting, you need to ensure you take it in lower limits. As a newbie, you should also refrain from driving or, again, desist from operating heavy machinery ones you have consumed.
As stated above, you see CBD oil may, at times, stir a feeling of fatigue and drowsiness. This will depend on the level of intake as well as the method. You saw that you could add this oil in your food or equally apply it to your skin. The worst part is when it gives you this negative effect because the effect can take anything from two to six hours; you do not want that. The worst part, though rare, is that it can lead to a decrease in blood pressure. You all understand what a reduction in these causes; talk of drowsiness, and having a feeling of light-headedness.
Interaction with medication
You read about its ease of use, but there is also an impact that comes with using CBD oil, which would be the interaction with your medicines. This could be deadly, if not just dangerous. You can be in deep problems, especially when you are taking prescription issues or having blood pressure issues. Therefore, if you feature these two, you need to consult your doctor before you indulge in this oil from the cannabis plant. This is despite the fact that CBD oil would provide a lot of safe and powerful natural treatment options.
Elevates liver enzymes
When the systems run and everything seems to be working just as designed, you do not want to take chances with this oil as it can have damaging effects on your liver, the same way alcohol does. This means that there is a limit on how you use or take it. It is only when you use it with a measure that you can be assured of optimum benefit; thus, you do not have to panic.
There is this enzyme called cytochrome P450 complex. You only need to disrupt it to hinder your liver from breaking down toxins. It takes too much or overuse of CBD oil to disrupt it. Thus when you avoid making this oil and maintain other healthy habits, your liver is rest assured of working optimally to reduce toxins.
CBD oil alters one’s endocannabinoid system, as seen in the pros. What this means is that its effects are not
uniform and vary from an individual to another. Therefore, everyone needs a different dosage of the CBD oil
for their perceived results. This means that there is no one limit for all, you cannot know what limit is
enough for another person. Therefore, a trial and error process of trying this is vital, and equally, this can
sound risky. The best part, however, is that CBD oil has only a few side effects; thus, it is not that too
dangerous process to do trial and error thing.
There might be many more advantages and bottlenecks or trying CBD oil. All in all, the last con speaks to itself. Nonetheless, it is upon the reader to do thorough research on what CBD is and what benefits or demerits it causes to their health. After this, they will make a sound judgment on whether to go full throttle, leave it, or try its limits.