There has been an increasing amount of talk about CBD oil. Its benefits have been heralded far and wide, claiming to be a solution to reducing physical pain through to being the answer to treated anxiety and depression.
But what is CBD oil and does it work? I decided to try it out for myself.
What is CBD Oil Anyway?
CBD Oil is the shortened name for Cannabidiol, one of the 104 compounds found in cannabis or marijuana plants.
Unlike the compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD oil has no intoxicating effects at all.
It is not addictive and it is considered to be a legal and safe natural supplement to consume.
To make CBD oil, the CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut.
Although CBD products contain CBD, you will not get high after taking them and they work directly on your body’s endocannabinoid system.
But before you make your way over to buy CBD oil for yourself, take a moment to learn a little more about it first.
What are the health benefits of CBD oil?
CBD oil is said to offer a great many benefits to a range of ailments. Here are a few of them:
CBD oil is good for pain relief
The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps to regulate a number of functions including pain.
Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
CBD oil is said to work with the neurotransmitters, reducing inflammation and impacting receptor activity, therefore reducing chronic pain.
CBD oil is effective at reducing anxiety
Today’s fast paced and pressured world means that more people than ever are suffering from anxiety and depression-related illnesses or, at least, we are talking about it more, which can only be a good thing.
CBD oil is said to be a natural alternative to those suffering from symptoms of these conditions, reducing anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort, without posing any addictive risks.
It is said to be good for the heart
Further to lowering stress and anxiety levels, CBD oil in turn reduces the effect of stress on the heart. As a result, this lowers blood pressure.
In fact, there have been several animal studies which have demonstrated that the use of CBD oil may help to reduce the inflammation and the cell death associated with heart disease thanks to its powerful stress reducing and antioxidant properties.
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
Whilst there is no risk at all of forming an addiction or getting high on CBD oil, there are still a few side effects that you might suffer from such as fatigue, diarrhoea and a change in appetite, so it is worth giving them a mention.
As with any medication or supplement, it is recommended that you speak to your GP prior to taking it, in order to ensure that it will not react to any existing medication that you are currently taking.
So does it actually work?
I did buy CBD oil and tried it out following several recommendations from people I trusted. I have to say that I did not notice any noticable changes at all.
I know several people, however, who claim otherwise and who strongly recommend it, swearing by its anxiety reducing properties in particular.
There have been a great many studies on its safety and effectiveness and I do not believe that it is a cause for concern at all.
However, I am still not convinced that it is the medical miracle it proclaims to be.
Perhaps I didn’t try it out for long enough, who knows? I’d be interested though, if you found otherwise.