What is CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of hemp. Not to be confused with hemp seed oil, which is extracted from the seed. It is a truly exceptional compound that is one of more than 60 different compounds known as cannabinoids, created by the cannabis plant. CBD specifically has a wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic qualities.
There are two different types of CBD products, Hemp-based CBD and Marijuana-based CBD. Marijuana-based CBD products will contain more of the THC cannabinoid (the one that gives the sensation of being “high”), and one that you would need to get at a dispensary. The legality of these products differ depending on what state you are in.
Hemp-based CBD will NOT get you high as it possesses NO psycho-active qualities. This is often a concern to those interested in CBD products and the reason that it is legal almost everywhere. Someone using CBD on it’s own will feel none of the effects of being stoned.
- Pain relief
One of the most appreciated uses of CBD oil is its pain relief or (analgesic), qualities. Researchers have found that CBD can treat chronic and acute pain conditions, fibromyalgia, and can even be help prevent nervous system degeneration. CBD has no chemical dependency so it is a safe alternative to those at risk to addiction when taking opioids.
CBD has been shown to successfully treat seizures in children with neurological disorders that were otherwise unresponsive or responded poorly to pharmaceutical drugs.
Studies have shown that CBD possesses anti-nausea and antiemetic effects when given at low doses. CBD can be especially helpful for those undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing nausea-related effects.
- Mood disorders related to Anxiety
Although THC can worsen anxiety, especially those with chronic conditions, CBD alone has shown to help people with anxiety-related conditions. People with post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), a panic disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or chronic anxiety can possibly benefit from the use of CBD oil.
- Anti-Cancer Qualities
Scientific studies have shown that CBD can inhibit the growth of tumors and slow the progression of many types of cancer. Research also shows CBD can be effective in fighting breast, lung, and colon cancer.
- Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is usually a response to a problem going on with your health. Some signs of inflammation could be, itchy red skin, swelling, pain, diarrhea, soreness, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. CBD has a “neuroprotective” quality that reduces nerve inflammation.
People are increasingly finding CBD products useful for treating their pets and there are many products available specifically for them. CBD can have many of the benefits for cats and dogs that it does for humans. Animals suffering from pain, arthritis, anxiety or loss of appetite could possibly see an improvement in their quality of life under CBD treatment.