What is CBD Oil?

 

In recent times, there has been a huge hustle and bustle around CBD, medical marijuana. Most trainers and even doctors would recommend using it as an add-in to morning coffee or post-workout smoothie. But is CBD really safe and useful? How is it produced and who is it especially good for? Let's have all these questions and many others covered right away. 

 

CBD Oil: The Essence 

 

CBD or cannabidiol is the second active ingredient of cannabis or marijuana. The CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant. As compared to marijuana, CBD does not cause the "high" feeling. Neither does it exhibit any side effects such as dependence. There's been no health problem registered which would be associated with the use of CBD. However, neither has there been any tests for safety carried out by the government or third-party organizations. So, to make the right decision whether to use cannabidiol for health purposes or not, it's important to realize what is CBD and what benefits/side effects you should expect to experience. 

To state it simply, CBD oil is the concentrated liquid extract of Cannabis Sativa, a marijuana plant. This plant produces a huge number of compounds, the most popular of which is CBD. The physiological effects this product has on people differ from person to person. How oil is consumed plays a great role, too. Among the most widespread CBD oil side effects we can count fatigue, nausea and irritability. By raising the blood thinner coumadin in the blood of the patient, the oil also raises the effects of other medications used in the same time period. In this, it is much like the effect of grapefruit juice. However, CBD oil is primarily sold as not a medication but a supplement. Therefore, when using it, you'd better watch your body reaction to distinguish the right dose and the length of the treatment course.

 

CBD Oil Benefits 

 

Gradually more and more states legalize the marijuana use and this, in its turn, brings about the surge of CBD popularity. As this cannabis plant compound is non-intoxicating, it doesn't cause any noticeable euphoric effects. On the other side, there are CBD benefits that some studies have shown. Unfortunately, science hasn't gone very far in exploring the benefits of CBD, yet what has been noticed and proved is worth attention. Anyway, in the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy, CBD has been proved to work well. Actually, there's a drug made on the basis of CBD oil purified form approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This is Epidiolex. It's prescribed for the treatment of seizures caused by two quite severe but rare epilepsy types (Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome). The medication is appropriate for patients over two years old. In fact, this is the first FDA-approved drug based on the CBD component. 

Generally, according to studies, CBD medical oil is especially effective in relieving various chronic pains, anxiety, arthritis, etc. Surely, more studies are needed on humans to find out the whole specter of CBD oil effects, yet we are ready to bring to your attention the most common cases it can be useful in. But before that, let's find out whether CBD hemp oil is legal or not. 

 

CBD Oil - Legal or Not? 

 

After getting to know the major benefits of CBD oil, a big question arises - is CBD oil legal or not? If we were to answer it briefly, we would say "yes, it is". But that wouldn't be the complete answer as there is a huge "but" that must be defined clearly. 

The legality of cannabidiol varies from one State to another. However, the determining factor is whether the oil is derived from marijuana or hemp. Although being close relatives, these two plants are classified differently under the law. They both share a number of visual similarities, both produce a huge amount of CBD, but the amount of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) they have differs drastically. The latter is the intoxicating compound that all Cannabis plants have. It stands for severe mind-altering effects. If marijuana produces such huge amount of THC as 30%, hemp produces less than 0.3% - an almost non-existent amount of THC. That's why CBD derived from marijuana is illegal in the States and many other countries. Meanwhile, the hemp-derived CBD is legal as long as it's produced within the regulations defined by the State law. Here are the regulations manufacturers must adhere to:

 

  • The content of THC in the hemp must be less than 0.3%;

  • The hemp is to adhere to the state-federal regulations;

  • The grower of the hemp must be properly licensed.

 

Anyway, there are cases when CBD oil derived from marijuana is legal, too. For instance, this plant is legal for recreational purposes in several states including Colorado and California. Accordingly, the CBD oil is legal, too. 

Currently, there are 10 States that allow both hemp and marijuana use in medicinal and recreational purposes. Here are they:

 

  1. Alaska

  2. Colorado

  3. California

  4. Maine

  5. Michigan

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Nevada

  8. Vermont

  9. Oregon

  10. Washington

 

In all cases, before you use CBD, it's recommended to consult with a certified health professional or a doctor.