CBD Oil and its effects
Cannabidiol – or CBD – is one of many compounds occurring in the resin of marijuana (cannabis) plants and is extracted in the form of oil. While it is considered a dietary supplement, it has significant medical benefits.
However, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the effects of CBD oil. Despite this, CBD has different characteristics than you might expect from marijuana, which people may smoke to ‘get high’.
Read on to discover what CBD oil can be used for, how it is ingested and more about its effects and legality.
What is it used for?
Cannabis is a naturally growing herb – the oil of which is very powerful and can have major effects on the body. Research is currently underway into CBD Oil’s effects on cancer and tumours but it can currently be used for a variety of health problems including:
- Chronic pain
- Social anxiety
How do cannabinoids work?
Cannabinoids affect the user by binding to and activating two special receptors found in different parts of our bodies: the immune system and central nervous system.
They enter these systems to produce a therapeutic effect.
How is it used?
CBD Oil is completely safe to be taken orally – in a drink or food or applied topically. It can also be heated and inhaled through e cigs, vape pen or vaporizer. You can try it safely by purchasing a CBD Vape Pen kit and oil.
Vaping is one of the most popular ways for absorbing CBD, because it generally works immediately and tastes good. However, if you usually vape e liquid, then you shouldn’t use CBD vape oil with the same tank that you usually use as crystallisation of the CBD oil can occur when mixed with e liquid.
Cannabis Oil (the cannabis flower (marijuana), resin (hashish) and cannabis oil) sold on the street, may contain contaminants and many have little, if any, CBD in it.
What are the effects of CBD oil?
CBD oil in vape pens can’t be used to ‘get high’ as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. As CBD has the same chemical formula as THC but with atoms arranged differently, it can’t get the user ‘stoned’ and is therefore used for medical use. You wouldn’t get any symptoms associated with the usual smoking of marijuana, including paranoia and red eyes.
The effects include but are not limited to:
- Suppressed anxiety
- Suppressed seizure activity
- Reduced nausea
- Decreased inflammation
Are there any side effects?
There are no major side effects, although some people have reported small digestion problems and/or a dry feeling in their mouth. They may even find that they are more likely to catch an infection or develop mild blood clots.
Is CBD oil legal?
Yes. From this year, in the UK, products containing CBD are to be classed as medicines. There haven’t been any documented studies that show undesirable effects from CBD, which is why it is legal around most of the world.
Hopefully you have learned a bit more about CBD oil and how it can be taken for best effect. It is important to realise that individuals will have different reaction rates to using CBD oil and the best way to investigate this, is to try them out.