What is CBD Oil?
If you’re like a lot of people, you’re not sure why you’ve heard so much buzz about CBD oil lately. Just what IS CBD Oil, this slightly mysterious, marijuana-adjacent substance...and why is it attracting so much interest? These are good questions. So let’s talk about CBD oil and its many properties.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin to marijuana. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it contains no Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This means that CBD is not psychoactive and therefore does not cause a high, nor does it have any addictive properties. In fact, the World Health Organization stated in 2017 that “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Now let’s look at CBD oil’s benefits. The reason for all the excitement around CBD oil is the discovery of its numerous potential healing properties. Users of CBD oil are finding that it helps to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and help combat anxiety and insomnia.
Research on further benefits of CBD oil is still limited but studies have shown evidence that CBD oil stimulates the human endocannabinoid receptors and interacts with our neurotransmitters, promoting homeostasis and reducing pain and inflammation. This is especially beneficial in regulating sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response.
Julie is a regular CBD oil user we spoke to. She said, “CBD oil has helped me with the chronic pain that developed after I had brain and spinal surgery. It eased my nerve and muscle pain and never left me with the feeling of being drugged. I would recommend anyone with chronic pain, anxiety or sleep issues to test the benefits of CBD oil.”
Jackson, a young adult who tried CBD oil as a treatment for his ADHD, also noticed the benefits. As he said, “It helps me feel focused, but in a chill way.”
In 2018, the FDA approved the first cannabis-derived medication. Epidiolex contains CBD oil and is prescribed to treat epilepsy, including two forms that can emerge in the first years of life and until now, have often proved treatment-resistant.
Currently, CBD oil is also being studied as a treatment for Parkinsons, schizophrenia, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York recently announced the results of a small study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, which found that CBD oil can reduce cravings and anxiety in individuals with a history of heroin addiction. The implications for addiction treatment are exciting. As the lead study author, Yasmin Hurd put it, “The specific effects of CBD on cue-induced drug craving and anxiety are particularly important in the development of addiction therapeutics because environmental cues are one of the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use.”
Possible Side Effects
Though CBD oil is frequently well tolerated, it can cause side effects. These may include dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, anxiety, and fatigue. It can interact with other medications you're taking (including blood thinners) and can raise the levels of other medications in your system, similar to the actions of grapefruit juice. It is best to speak with your doctor before starting CBD oil.
Because CBD oil is primarily regulated only as a supplement and not a medication, it’s also important to purchase your products from a trusted source. You’ll want to choose a product that is third-party tested.
Quality and Processing
You can have complete confidence in the quality of CBD products you purchase through New Leaf Pharmaceuticals. All New Leaf products are organic, pharmaceutical grade, and have accurate CBD concentration, guaranteed. We use a CO2 extraction process to produce the highest quality product. Low extraction temperatures ensure that the full spectrum of molecules is preserved. Our products are also third party-tested and monitored for over 200 pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, herbicides, molds, fungi, and mycotoxins.
Still have questions about CBD oil? No problem. Find answers to commonly asked questions on our website.
Now that you know about the benefits of CBD oil and the exciting possibilities it holds, you just might want to work it into your health routine.