Hemp CBD oil is a hot topic in the United States right now, but what is it?
One of the most popular over-the-counter items right now is Hemp CBD oil. Also known as Cannibidiol, CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in hemp. Unlike marijuana, Hemp CBD oil doesn’t contain the psychoactive ingredient Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). This means Hemp CBD brings some of the benefits of the cannabis plant without getting people high. CBD oil from hemp plants is only legal in all 50 states if it contains less than 0.3% THC.
While many haven’t heard of it until recently, CBD has been used throughout history as a remedy for pain, inflammation, and more. There are a few prescription drugs around the world that include CBD oil. The only currently FDA-approved one is Epidiolex, which treats two rare forms of epilepsy.
Hemp CBD can be taken in a variety of ways, including vaping, lotions, edibles, and oil. Oils are generally suspended in other oils such as coconut or olive oil. Thanks to the availability of these items, states with better access have lower rates of opiate abuse. CBD may even help treat substance abuse disorders.
What can Hemp CBD oil do?
Because of limitations on research, we’re just fully beginning to understand the benefits CBD can bring. As these limitations ease up, we’ll begin to learn more and, hopefully, start utilizing CBD oil to help improve health naturally.
Here are just a few of the ways it may be helpful:
- Reduces pain
- Eases nausea and vomiting
- Reduces spasticity or shaking in people living with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease
- Improves the immune system
- Promotes eating
- Halts Alzheimer’s Disease Progression
- Eases symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Fights against tumors
- Fights against depression and anxiety
- Lowers risk of Type II Diabetes
- Eases acne and other skin conditions
- Calms inflammation
- Lower blood pressure
Physical therapist Isa Herrera recently shared her journey with US News. After her patients shared their experiences with her, she picked up some CBD oil. She says, “It’s changed my pain level, my anxiety level, and my stress level. Right now, I feel pretty amazing.”
Some things to keep in mind
CBD substances are not regulated by the FDA. That means that, depending on where you buy your Hemp CBD oil, you may get something slightly different than the label indicates. CBD can also be pretty pricey. Cheaper versions may not always be as safe, as the process of extracting CBD oil from hemp can vary. Some types are costly while cheaper versions may use harmful chemicals such as butane that may be left in the product.
It’s best to look for CBD that is tested by a third party for quality and safety. That’ll ensure you have the best results while using CBD oil.
It may be difficult to find the right dose for you. Dosage depends on a number of things, including the strength of the oil you’re using, how often you’re administering it, and more. It may take some time to find the sweet spot that gives you the most benefits without too many side effects. Something like chronic pain generally requires high doses whereas anti-anxiety effects might be felt sooner.
While CBD can be great for many conditions, it may not affect every person the same. People may experience side effects including being tired, diarrhea, dry mouth, low blood pressure, changes in appetite, weight fluctuations, and more. Like anything we put into our bodies, CBD oil may interact with or counteract some medications. Make sure to talk with your health providers about any changes you’re thinking of making in your health regime, including adding CBD oil.
All that said, CBD can and has replaced other medications for people. A recent Brightfield Group survey of HelloMD members found that 42% of people were able to wean off of traditional medications – including opiates – because of the positive effects of CBD in their lives. Dr. Perry Solomon, the Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD, shared his thoughts on the findings with Forbes: “This landmark survey, in terms of its size and depth, shows the tremendous value that these products have for patients. Hopefully, access for products such as these will help patients all across the country who cannot obtain medication that contains THC.”
The current knowledge of CBD’s positive effects is minuscule when compared to the anecdotal experiences of everyday people. Research hasn’t quite caught up to use due to past prohibition. Thankfully, with CBD oil relatively easy to pick up, people are able to see if CBD oil is right for them. Again, make sure to check in with your health providers if you’re considering utilizing CBD oil.
Written by Kirsten Schultz for Ute Hemp LLC.
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