A lot of people are using CBD oil these days, but what exactly is it? It’s a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana. Cannabis plants have a rich history dating back to ancient China and India. Historically it was used for medicinal purposes such as pain relief or insomnia before being outlawed in most parts of the world due to its psychoactive effects – i.e., getting high!
CBD (cannabidiol) oil is made from a cannabis plant extract that is legal in all 50 states. CBD, one of over 60 compounds called cannabinoids, has no psychoactive properties and does not cause the high or euphoria associated with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). It has been shown to have numerous health benefits for children and adults alike. If you have pets, it can even boost their well-being!
Is CBD oil safe for dogs, though? It’s a perfectly valid question, and the answer is: yes, of course it is! In fact, some experts believe that it may carry more benefits to dogs than it does to humans!
It can help relieve anxiety, depression, and other mental woes. CBD oil also has physical effects; it can ease pain and inflammation for those who suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Here are 9 tips if you are new to using CBD oil.
CBD Oil is Legal in All 50 States, But May Not Be Legal Everywhere
As an FDA-approved product, CBD oil is legal in all 50 states. The exception being Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, and West Virginia where it’s only legal for research purposes. But even though it’s legal in all 50 states, you might find that some places are friendlier to CBD oil than others. The US Department of Transportation has recently made it clear that CBD oil is federally legal to use while flying within the United States.
CBD Oil is Not the Same as Medical Marijuana
CBD and medical marijuana are both derived from the cannabis plant, but they are very different in terms of their legal status and how they affect the body. Medical marijuana is a substance that comes from the cannabis plant and contains high levels of THC. CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant too, but it doesn’t have any THC in it and therefore does not get you high.
CBD Oil Could Treat Pain, Anxiety, Cancer, and Much More
CBD has been shown to have numerous health benefits. For example, a study published in 2015 by the National Institutes of Health discovered that CBD oil has analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties that make it effective against a range of ailments such as chronic pain, cancer, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, and diabetes.
CBD Oil Can Be Used for Your Pets, Too
While we’re on the topic of health benefits, did you know that CBD oil can also be used on your pets? You can give it to them directly or mix it with their food to help them with aches and pains or other conditions like anxiety or joint pain. Some pet owners have even reported seeing their pets experience a reduction in seizures when given CBD.
It Can Help Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
Did you know that CBD Oil can also be used to relieve arthritis symptoms? A study published in 2013 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD helped reduce inflammation and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis in rats. Another study published in 2014 found that CBD oil helped reduce arthritis inflammation and pain in mice with arthritis. CBD oil can be used to treat any sort of chronic pain caused by inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
CBD Oil Can Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression
According to a study published in Neurotherapeutics in 2013, CBD oil can help relieve anxiety and depression when taken daily starting at around 10mg/day. The human body actually has a lot of receptors that respond to cannabinoids so it’s getting pretty easy to use CBD as an alternative form of medication for many common ailments.
You Can Apply CBD Oil Directly or Add It to Your Food or Drinks
CBD oil comes in many forms including pills, tinctures, oils, edibles, vapes, salves — you name it! There are even topical creams available if you want to treat painful spots on your body. The most popular options seem to be oil or tinctures since they’re more discreet and the effects take longer to kick in than if you ate a gummy bear infused with CBD oil!
CBD Oil is Not Addictive Like Opioids
It seems like everyone is talking about the opioid crisis these days, but what exactly is an opioid? Opioids are a class of drugs that include both prescription painkillers and illicit substances like heroin. They work by binding to opioid receptors in your brain and central nervous system to relieve pain. While they may seem helpful at first, they have nasty side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Now let’s compare that to CBD oil: there have been no reports of adverse side effects due to long term use of CBD oil, there are no known cases of anyone getting high off of it, CBD is non-addictive, and there is no known fatal overdose level for humans (or animals). Do you think it’s time we thought about changing our drug policies?
It Can Help People with Heart Problems — Even After a Heart Attack!
In animal studies, CBD has been found to help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and improve blood flow. A study by the American Heart Association in 2017 published in Circulation provided strong evidence that CBD can also be used to treat cardiovascular disease. In fact, one study showed that CBD can be a viable treatment option for patients suffering from heart failure, showing improvement in symptoms of heart failure at the same time reducing the use of conventional medications.
The Bottom Line
CBD is a great, natural way of treating mild and severe symptoms of some of the most common ailments, such as stress, anxiety, arthritis, and many others. There’s still a lot to learn about CBD oil, but it seems to be a very promising natural alternative to painkillers without the dangerous side effects. It’s important to remember that even if you’re using CBD oil for purely medicinal reasons, it is still a drug – and there have been reported cases of overdosing on even pure CBD oil. So stick to the recommended dosages and steer clear of vaping or smoking (inhaling) it since those methods may be more harmful than ingesting.