Recently, Epidiolex, a drug derived from cannabis, was approved for treating two rare forms of epilepsy. This saw a lot of people becoming curious about cannabidiol (CBD). According to a cross-sectional study of cannabidiol use, about 62% of users consume it for medical purposes. In fact, 36% reported that it works well in managing certain medical conditions. However, for every person who claims CBD oil works for them, a naysayer claims it has no benefits. This begs the question, is CBD really safe for people? With all that conflicting information surrounding CBD use, it is only expected that people will want scientific evidence on how safe this product is.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound derived from a cannabis plant. Most people often confuse CBD and medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has some CBD in it, but most of the CBD oils that people use today are from a hemp plant which is a cousin to the marijuana plant. The major difference between CBD and marijuana is the THC content. THC is the active and main ingredient in marijuana, with some psychoactive properties that give one a ‘high’ when ingested. Because CBD does not have THC, it does not give one the feeling of euphoria. Still, you get some benefits from CBD, such as improved mood and pain management.
To make CBD oil, CBD gets extracted from a hemp plant and is diluted with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. The oil is referred to as a carrier because it is free of cannabinoids. Most of the benefits of CBD are associated with how it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a system that works to ensure the body remains balanced by producing chemicals like those found in a cannabis plant. The ECS and its receptors are everywhere in the body, including the immune system, nervous system, brain cells, and bloodstream. It controls your stress levels, mood, appetite, inflammation, pain, among other things. When you take CBD, your ECS absorbs it and transports it to different receptors in the body, hence providing certain benefits.
Is CBD Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized selling CBD derived from the hemp plant on the condition that it has less than 0.3% THC. However, at the federal level, it remains illegal to sell CBD derived from the marijuana plant. So, what are some benefits of CBD oil? Here is a list of some.
- Could relieve pain
- Can benefit healthy skin
- Can help with arthritis
- Calms epilepsy
- Can help with multiple sclerosis
- May relieve nerve pain-neuropathy
- Can combat addiction
- Helps with Alzheimer’s
- May work as an antioxidant
- Reduce inflammation
- Help improve cancer-related symptoms
- Relieve diabetes
- Reduce the risk of obesity
- Support digestion
- Could benefit heart health
- It can act as an immunomodulator
- It helps maintain brain health
- Antipsychotic effects
- It can act as a mood enhancement
- Help improve blood pressure
- Help treat lupus
- Could relieve anxiety and depression
- It helps protect against bone disease and broken bones
With CBD being legal in all US states, most people are now interested in using CBD oils. And at Bee Hive Natural Foods, we want you to enjoy some of the benefits mentioned above. We offer a variety of CBD supplements and oils to our customers, and we are ready to give you any information you need regarding CBD. Give us a call today.