Have you ever tried CBD oil? Made by extracting cannabidiol from the cannabis plant and diluting it in carrier oil – often coconut or hemp seed oil – CBD oil is an emerging trend in the beauty and wellness industry, as in marijuana and marijuana-related products are becoming legal and more socially acceptable. But in the sunny state of Cali – it not only was recreationally legalized in 2016 but California is now in the top five economies in the world, and it’s a state not a country! But is CBD oil safe?
Is it effective? Overall, CBD oil is quite safe and is not addictive. Most of the possible side effects are quite mild. There are a couple of possible serious consequences, too. All possible drug interactions haven’t yet been tested, but anti-seizure medication and blood thinners shouldn’t be combined with CBD oil. CBD oil can also raise liver enzymes, which suggests the possibility that the liver is being stressed.
CBD oil does have possible side effects. These include:
● Dry mouth
● Reduced appetite
● Increase in liver enzymes
● It can also interact negatively with certain medications.
As with any medicinal product, it would be wise to consult with your physician before using it.
There have been several benefits tied to CBD oil use:
CBD oil can reduce nausea, vomiting, and pain in those receiving chemotherapy treatment.
Many people with cancer claim the treatment is worse than the cancer itself. CBD oil can make the cure for cancer a lot more tolerable.
2. Pain relief
Records show that marijuana has been used to treat pain for nearly 5,000 years. CBD is one of the primary components of marijuana that soothes pain.
CBD oil has been found to reduce pain in several studies. Given that many traditional pain medications have many negative side effects and are addictive, CBD oil is very attractive for treating chronic pain.
One study showed that CBD oil lowers blood pressure and may reduce the likelihood of stroke and heart attack.
4. Anxiety Relief
CBD oil has been found to be effective in treating anxiety. This is great news, because CBD oil isn’t addictive.
Many anxiety medications are addictive and often produce undesirable side effects, such as insomnia, agitation, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction.
5. Acne Reduction
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD oil are believed to be responsible for the reduction of acne in regular consumers of CBD oil. It’s also believed that CBD oil reduces sebum production.
6. Diabetes and cancer
Studies in animals suggest that CBD oil could be effective in treating and preventing both cancer and diabetes. This benefit, however, is still being researched.
Tumors grow more slowly, and cancer spreads throughout the body more slowly in rats that are given CBD oil.
CBD oil also reduces the incidence of diabetes in rats by over 50% when is ingested.
You may be concerned that CBD oil could get you high, since it’s a marijuana-related product. The short answer is that it will not. CBD oil contains cannabidiol, but not THC. THC is the compound that produces the “high” in marijuana. In fact, CBD oil products are illegal in many states if they contain even trace amounts of THC.
Also, bear in mind that one of the issues with CBD oil is dosing and consistency. CBD oil production is largely unregulated. One manufacturer’s product might have significantly more or less CBD than another’s. A product from the same manufacturer might have consistency issues from one batch to the next. Furthermore, finding the right dosage of CBD for yourself can be a tricky mission. Each individual has a unique biology that results in a different reaction to it.
Personally, I like to add a few drops to my tea when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. The taste isn’t amazing, but it really improves the quality of my sleep and allows me to relax.
Remember: CBD oil has a lot of benefits and provides a minimal amount of risk for most people. However, it’s important to do the necessary research and talk to your physician first. CBD oil might be a great choice for you, but be sure to make a well-informed decision.
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