A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Oil
The other day, I walked into a small cafe in the heart of Brooklyn in search of an iced coffee. Upon browsing their menu, one intriguing drink stood out to me—an organic latte infused with CBD oil that promised to “relieve any stress or anxiety” upon consummation.
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, has been making waves in just about every industry for its positive health benefits. It is made by “extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil,” according to Healthline. The component itself lacks any THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives you a buzz.
If you’ve been hearing about CBD oil and wondering whether or not you should give it a try, you should understand the pros and cons just like any other alternative medicinal treatment. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to help you decide whether CBD oil is right for you.
So what can CBD oil do for you?
CBD oil is packed with beneficial nutrients, like essential fatty acids that our body doesn’t create on its own. We seek out in different foods. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a good choice for those with different struggles, from arthritis to acne to anxiety. It is a well-known medicinal treatment among chemotherapy patients, who use it for emergency pain relief.
It’s benefits are endless, so consider some areas of your life you wish to improve by using CBD oil. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, CBD can help you catch some of the Z’s you’ve been missing. CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. Further, CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain,” explains Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep specialist, to the Huffington Post.
Additionally, if you’ve run into some digestive problems, CBD oil has the potential to soothe and regulate your digestive system. Studies show it is beneficial when it comes to treating digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) This makes it a front running candidate in the search for anti-IBS medication. While there are many alternative options when it comes to dealing with digestive conditions, CBD is a worthy choice if you seek a natural treatment.
Where do you find CBD oil?
Nowadays, CBD oil can be found in a variety of different products—even skincare. When it comes down to choosing a medium that works best for you, consider all your options before making decision.
Most obviously, CBD oil is commonly ingested as an oil using a dropper. BHO is considered to be the purest form of CBD, with about 55% to 80% concentration depending on the product. Topical CBD can be a good choice for superficial pains, like joint or muscle pain. However, it may be absorbed less efficiently than other forms. Other forms of CBD oil include oral capsules, vapor, and RSO (mostly used by cancer patients for its quickness in entering the bloodstream through syringe needle).
Deciding what type of CBD oil to consume is a big factor in its beneficial qualities. After you’ve made your decision, do some research on the company offering the product to find out how it is naturally sourced. With so many unregulated additions to the legal cannabis market, it’s important to be in the know before integrating any CBD oil product into your daily life.
Where’s the evidence on CBD oil?
Ongoing research on CBD oil—as well as consumer experience—has proven its health benefits, but there is still much we don’t know. Legal marijuana in itself is an industry filled with blurred lines, as it is only legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. It is recreationally legal in about eight of them. However, this limits the studies scientists have been hoping to conduct before advocating it as a class-A medicinal treatment.
“Strong data is lacking with CBD. There have been only small research trials, some showing benefit, others showing no benefit with CBD,” Pritham Raj, an internist-psychiatrist in Portland, Oregon, explained to Huffington Post. “So essentially the jury is still out.”
Some recommend caution when it comes to using CBD oil. But there is little to lose when it comes to the treatment. Consult your doctor or physician before making a decision on whether or not CBD oil is right for you. Nonetheless, if you’ve been looking for an alternative medicine to relieve some of your stress or chronic pain, keep in mind all that CBD oil has to offer. “Emerging studies are constantly proving the beneficial uses of CBD oil,” says Marc Lewis, Executive Editor of Remedy Review. “With so many different products available every day, there’s bound to be one that’s just right for you.”
About the Author
Vanessa Bermudez is a contributing writer for Remedy Review based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder and editor of Modern Girls, a collaborative digital space featured in Girl Gaze Project and Teen Vogue.