CBD oil or cannabidiol oil is a substance derived from the hemp or cannabis plant containing high amounts of the cannabinoid cannabidiol.
Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp rather than psychoactive marijuana strains; while the two plants are related, industrial hemp does not contain nearly as much psychoactive tetrahydrocannabiol, another cannabinoid better known as THC.
In order to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant, producers need to isolate the CBD from the THC to ensure that the oil will not be psychoactive.
CBD is legal as it is extracted from non-drug strains of cannabis. These have naturally high levels of cannabidiol but only trace amounts of the legally-regulated, psychoactive ingredient known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is found in medical marijuana. Because CBD does not stimulate the psychoactive receptors (CB1 and CB2) which are targeted by marijuana, it does not cause a high, is not addictive, and is therefore legal to take.
To answer this, we need to take a step back to address the endocannabinoid system, a system within the body whose receptors (CB1 and CB2) have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.
"CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with emotions, mood, appetite, coordination, movement, and pain,"
"CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and throughout tissues of the spleen and tonsils."
The endocannabinoid system is a relatively new discovery. In fact, it was actually discovered and named after the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Seeing as cannabinoids are the compounds that activate this system, many have posited that cannabinoids like THC or CBD could help improve endocannabinoid function.
While CBD oil's benefits are still being tested, some studies connect CBD oil to reducing the symptoms of epilepsy, neuropathic and multiple sclerosis-related pain, and cancer. Many people also claim that CBD helps with anxiety.
No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high; CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. While many CBD oils, particularly full-spectrum products, contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to make you high and it is not addictive.
No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high; CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. While many CBD oils, particularly full-spectrum products, contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to make you high.
If you are at a risk for random drug tests, for example through your job, you may wish to choose a CBD oil that is entirely devoid of THC.
CBD has been extensively researched to confirm its benefits and safe use as a food supplement and, at higher doses, for medical use in some rare forms of epilepsy. There are over 2100 published studies relating to CBD, of which 970 relate to human studies
Check with your GP if you are on other medication as CBD can interfere with certain drugs including benzodiazepines and anti-depressants
CBD interacts with liver enzymes involved in breaking down many prescribed medicines. This can slow the way some drugs are metabolised, so their blood levels rise, which may lead to side effects. If you are taking any prescribed medicines, it’s important to check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking CBD.