CBD (cannabidiol) oil is hitting the mainstream, from specialist stores, to high street health food shops to the online marketplace. Why is it so popular? And why is now the breakthrough time for CBD products?
Taking a look at the benefits of CBD oil will help you get the most out of your CBD products and help you decide if this natural health supplement is right for you.
What can CBD Oil Do for You?
People use CBD oil to alleviate the symptoms of lots of conditions. One of the major uses for cannabis derived products is managing and relieving chronic pain. In a recent survey conducted by the Brightfield Group, 2,400 CBD users were surveyed and of those, 42% said they have stopped using their regular pain medication since beginning to use cannabidiol oil products.
CBD oil works with the body’s own endocannabinoid system to activate your body’s own systems for pain relief, as well reducing joint pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. While the NHS uses a limited number of CBD based drugs to deal with acute pain in patients where other medication doesn’t help, non-prescribed, over the counter products are popular with people managing less dramatic though still chronic pain.
There’s also a large group of people who report CBD products deliver a boost their mental health. Whether taken as drops under the tongue, pills, or as a tea or edible, or even inhaled as vape juice, CBD oil is reported to help sooth anxiety and also relieve insomnia. While the scientific studies to confirm this are in their infancy, the early results are promising and the enthusiasm of people who’ve tried the products speaks for itself.
Because CBD is derived from plants with very low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive, intoxicant compound in cannabis, it doesn’t have the same effects. While THC can cause heightened anxiety by stimulating your ‘fight or flight’ response, CBD reportedly calms anxiety via the endocannabinoid system.
The Advantages of CBD Oil
CBD products are a popular choice for an increasing number of people, and it’s not hard to see why. These products are derived from a plant humans have used for therapeutic properties for thousands of years and most people feel the benefits quickly and unmistakably.
One of the many benefits is the broad variety of delivery methods available for the compound, which allows you to choose the right one both for your preference, and the issue you’re trying to treat. For muscle or joint pain a topical lotion be the best solution to put CBD Oil’s anti-inflammatory properties to work; if you’re managing pain, pills are convenient, and fit easily into a routine with other medication. Edibles allow you to pay out the effects of the compound over a longer period, while vaping it is an efficient way to experience the benefits quickly.
Many of the concerns people have with CBD stem from confusing it with THC – the psychoactive cannabinoid – or cannabis itself.
In the UK, CBD products can only be legally sold when they’re derived from particular, EU approved strains of cannabis (or hemp) which contain no more than 0.2% THC. This means it doesn’t function as an intoxicant, even in high doses – approved CBD products, whether they’re pills, oils, vape juice or jelly sweets, will not get you high, nor should they cause you to fail a drug test.
The World Health Organisation’s report into the compound also found no evidence that it formed addictive pathways in the brain, meaning CBD Oil is low in potential for abuse, and ready to boost your wellbeing!