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Users claim that cannabidiol, or CBD oil can reduce pain, treat depression, and may even promote heart health. But is the hype just hype or will this make Big Pharma simply green with envy?

Let’s explore the two most common questions surrounding this relatively new player in the world of health.

What is CBD oil?

This dark sticky substance extracted from the cannabis sativa plant is better known as marijuana.  This botanical has been used in medicine for thousands of years.

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the most commonly known substance derived from the cannabis plant. However, THC is a psychoactive substance and is responsible for the plant’s negative reputation and legal status. By contrast, CBD has not been observed to have psychoactive effects. Both substances can affect memory, appetite, and pain but it’s important to note that not all CBD oils are the same.

Before using this or any other non-prescribed treatment, always check with your doctor.

Is it safe?

CBD oil, which is also called hemp oil, is considered relatively safe and was approved in 2018 by the FDA as a prescription used to treat certain types of epilepsy. The National Library of Medicine even reports that cannabinoids have shown to be a promising therapeutic approach for certain pain conditions.

It is theorized that the compounds in CBD can have protective effects on the brain, specifically the hippocampus. This controls certain brain functions such as navigation, memory retention, and the ability to learn. CBD oil may protect this and other parts of the brain during times of great stress. It is also thought that when consumed properly, can reduce brain cell destruction triggered by clinical schizophrenia.

Even with all the promising research, it is not without its drawbacks.

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Cannabidiol oil supplier NanoCraft CBD lists negative side effects as dry mouth, low blood pressure, drowsiness, and potential interaction with medications. Further concerns stem not from the oil itself but from contamination due to intentional or unintentional maintenance. For example, pesticides used on a hemp crop may still be present in CBD oil.

Another issue is in the regulation of CBD oil, which is often touted as a supplement instead of a drug. Karger outlines testing performed on 46 product samples; 21 of which had contents listed on the label. One-third of these samples contained no CBD or THC, despite claims of such.

Taking precautions

While CBD oil is considered legal as long as it does not contain THC, there are still many factors to consider. Where it was grown, where it was manufactured, and how it is extracted should be researched.

Price is not always an indicator of quality, although it should be noted that the CBD oil extraction process is expensive and tedious when done correctly, meaning that low-priced products should be approached with caution.

It is important to note if you live in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, or Idaho that all marijuana-derived products are considered illegal. Always make sure your CBD oil comes from hemp before purchasing in order to avoid legal issues.

The choice to begin using CBD oil should be made only after research since there are a number of medications it can affect. A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve been told to avoid grapefruit, which contains compounds that react with medications in a similar way, CBD oil is not for you.




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