What Is CBD Oil About? Get The Facts

What Is CBD Oil About? Get The Facts

If you’re reading this right now it’s because you are searching for answers about CBD oil. Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article I’m going to be going over the basics of CBD, what it is, where it comes from, and how it can help you. By the end of it, you should have a pretty good handle on things, and the answer to the question, What is CBD oil about?

Everyone’s talking about CBD oil, but what is it?

With all the hype around CBD oil lately, the question comes up a LOT. Until fairly recently, there hasn’t been a lot of research done in this area, and there are still quite a few unknowns surrounding it.

Cannabidiol(CBD), is just one of over 100 different phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is also abundant in the industrial hemp plant, where most of the world’s CBD oil is sourced from. It’s important to understand that CBD can be sourced from both plants, but the THC(tetrahydrocannabinol)content will vary greatly depending on which one it is sourced from.

The industrial hemp plant is naturally high in CBD, and low in THC. It is the opposite way around when dealing with the marijuana plant. THC is the compound of the marijuana plant that produces a “high”, or stoned effect. While both cannabinoids have medicinal purposes, CBD does not have any of those effects. It is generally considered safe and non-addicting, even at high doses.

For anyone who might be a little hesitant when it comes to marijuana, CBD is a great option. CBD oil can also contain many other beneficial nutrients and terpenes, depending on what type you decide to go with(more on that later!).

OK, so where does CBD oil come from?

The first discovery of CBD was made by Roger Adams, along with his team at the university of Illinois. At the time he was completely clueless as to what he had discovered, and it wasn’t until years later that the significance was realized. That’s when the real research started.

To fully understand where CBD oil comes from, you need to understand the relationship between the marijuana plant and the hemp plant.hemp farm

Both of these plants come from the same family, Cannabis. It has two primary classifications, Indica and Sativa. The hemp plant is part of the Cannabis Sativa family, while the marijuana plant can be classified as either of them.

As detailed above, hemp is high in CBD, and low in THC. It is typically grown for industrial purposes, and used in many ways, including clothing, rope, food, bio plastics and much more! Because of its close relationship with marijuana, many people believe hemp to be the same thing, when that is the furthest thing from the truth.

CBD oil is obtained by extracting all the beneficial things that the plant has to offer. Depending on the extraction method used, the THC and some terpenes can be removed from the final product. Full spectrum oil has absolutely everything possible included in the plant, while Broad spectrum has the THC removed. This can be an option for people who can’t have THC due to drug testing, THC sensitivity, or other reasons. Another option is CBD isolate, and contains only CBD, nothing else.

CBD is sourced from many places around the world, and is rapidly gaining steam in the medical world.

Endocannabinoid System…..what’s that?endocannabinoid system

First discovered in the 90s by Dr. L.A. Matsuda, the Endocannabinoid System is an extremely important part of the body.

Described as an intricate network responsible for maintaining homeostasis, this system keeps everything in check. What scientists discovered was there were countless cannabinoid receptors within the system, and so began the search for the body’s own cannabinoids.

The two main receptors that have been studied are CB-1 and CB-2. CB-1 is found in the bodies peripheral and central nervous system, while CB-2 is found in abundance in the gastrointestinal and immune system, and in the brain.

CBD oil works by binding with these specific receptors, and is the reason behind why it seems to work for so many ailments.

I get it… I think. So how can it help ME?

Chronic Inflammation has been linked to various ailments, and has been theorized to be the root cause of all disease. Once believed to be an important part of the body’s response to injury or infection, inflammation is now being more closely studied in its role behind disease. CBD oil works within the body and Endocannabinoid System to reduce inflammation.

From Epilepsy to Asthma, CBD oil is currently being used to treat numerous diseases and disorders. Some have extensive research backing it up, while others do not. A list of just Some things that CBD oil can help with:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimers
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromayalgia
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Parkinson’s
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Addiction
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease
  • IBS/Crohn’s
  • Heart Disease

By no means is this an exhaustive list, there are many, many other things that CBD can help with!

Now I know my CBD’s…..

We’ve briefly dived in to what CBD is about, and how it works in the body. With the wide array of CBD products available on the market today, we will be going into detail in further articles on what to look for when you are searching for an oil, and why it’s so important to follow certain criteria. Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

Looking for advice or have questions about CBD? Feel free to leave a comment below!

 


 

 

 

4 Replies to “What Is CBD Oil About? Get The Facts”

  1. Thanks for the great article. Now I learned something completely new. I first came across your second article on where to buy CBD safely. But since I didn’t know what CBD oil really is, I had to read here as well. Don’t realize that this oil from the cannabis plant could help so much. I have allergies, so this is perhaps something to try if it’s legal here I live lol

    1. Glad to help! Hopefully you are in an area where you can access it, it truly is an amazing thing that is helping people with all sorts of ailments.

  2. Hi Mallory, Informative Article. My knowledge was skimpy and now I know. Is CBD legal in the world or just the USA? Maybe it doesn’t need to even be legal?To my knowledge it is not “out there” in Australia. Probably available but not common knowledge. Cheers Jill

    1. There are parts of the world that CBD is legal in, and parts that are not. For instance, it is legal in the USA as long as it contains 0.3% THC in it, while in the UK the limit is 0.2%. Australia at the moment is currently illegal, but hopefully that will change soon as more research is done and they “get with the times” so to speak. There are sites that ship to Australia, there is always a chance that your package could be stopped by customs though so that is something to be aware of.

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