Cannabidiol is an extract of cannabis but is not harmful in nature. Nowadays, the media is helping in a great way to spread awareness among common people about the health benefits of CBD.
For treating different body problems like sleeplessness, arthritis, swelling, inflammation problems, health professionals/practitioners are now recommending patients to use CBD. CBD is only allowed to be used if it is used in less than 0.3%. It is mostly used in cosmetics.
What is CBD?
CBD, called Cannabidiol, is the 2nd most active compound in Cannabis sativa. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an important element of cannabis, commonly known as the marijuana plant. The hemp plant is the direct source of CBD. Around 113 types of Cannabinoids drugs are found in the plant Cannabis sativa, and Cannabidiol is one of them.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound and can be used in various products like Lotions, oils, and many others. According to the WHO (World Health Organizations), “CBD doesn’t cause any type of health-related problems like triggering any types of abuses or any dependence potential.”
Cannabidiol helps in balancing the endocannabinoid system of the body. CBD doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects on any individual. Unlike THC, another compound produced from Cannabis sativa doesn’t produce the sensation of getting a “high” feeling.
Cannabidiol Oil is produced from CBD, which is then produced from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is not used as a raw form. CBD oil is then diluted with oil of hemp seed or Coconut oil. People who are suffering from anxiety and Chronic pain get relief when they use CBD oil in their food.
Some popular health benefits are as follows: –
Helps in Relieving Pain: For a long time, marijuana was used to relieve pain. & now, it is observed that certain compounds of Marijuana help in relieving pain. Our body has an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for managing functions like appetite, sleep function, immune system response, etc. CBD helps in reducing chronic pain by regulating the endocannabinoid system and helps in reducing inflammation.
Helps in reducing anxiety and depression: Anxiety and depression are major problems across the whole world. A report by WHO says anxiety and depression are the main and the highest reasons for causing disability. Pharmaceutical drugs are mainly used to treat depression and anxiety, but these drugs have side effects (insomnia, headaches). CBD is now emerging as the best source to treat anxiety and depression. In Brazil, when people receive oral CBD, then they observe remarkable changes among themselves. Only a little bit of (300 mg) CBD helps in reducing anxiety levels. Children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have found benefits in anxiety and insomnia levels when CBD oil is used.
CBD potency in Animals: CBD produces antidepressant benefits. CBD has effects on serotonin, a hormone that controls the moods or behavior of a person on a social level.
Helps in removing Cancer symptoms: CBD has a great role in decreasing symptoms related to cancer. After cancer treatment, several side effects arise. CBD oil helps in controlling vomiting, nausea. Not only that, Side effects arise due to post-chemotherapy treatment and also be cured by using CBD oil.
However, not all of us are the same, so everybody reacts differently to CBD doses. CBD has side effects, and they are as follows: –
- Drowsiness feeling.
- Change of appetite.
- Weight gain or weight loss.
To take CBD, gummies are the best and the most fun process for its consumption. Gummies are not only tasty but also easy to carry & this makes it easy for consumers who are trying them for the first time. Gummies are very helpful for dealing with anxiety issues & also with insomnia issues.
The Legality of CBD
According to The Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, if CBD is extracted from leaves, then it is legal, but apart from CBD, no products can be produced from the leaves of Cannabis plants. According to the U. S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is still not legal.
They deny the fact that CBD has several benefits like diagnosing, mitigating, and curing diseases. The FDA doesn’t consider CBD as a legally approved drug. CBD is legal, and in spite of that, FDA doesn’t approve it.
Different CBD Products
- Tinctures : CBD tinctures are most easy to use. They are taken by dropping methods. Two drops under the tongue are taken. Tinctures are used in the form of drops, so they are a commonly used product for CBD. The dosage amount is very small=100mg-1000mg
- Capsules of CBD: Capsules or tablets are the most convenient method to use CBD. They are used as daily supplements. Generally, a single capsule is recommended to take. But sometimes, according to need, one can also take more than one capsule. Dosage of CBD in capsules-10-25mg.
- Concentrates CBD: It contains the maximum dosage of CBD as compared to products that contain CBD. Its methods of consumption are the same as tinctures. The dosage amount of CBD is concentrated 10 times that of the normal Cannabidiol product.
- Sprays of CBD: These sprays are another CBD product. They contain the weakest CBD concentration. One spray serving into the mouth is sufficient. It can be used as per requirement or on a daily basis. Dosage of CBD (sprays) =1-3mg
Benefits of CBD
CBD helps to Maintain Heart Health as it helps to lower blood pressure. CBD possesses anxiety-reducing and stress-reducing properties, so it has the property to lower blood pressure.
Due to its ability to lower the stress level of the body and being a powerful antioxidant, Cannabidiol helps in reducing the inflammation that may happen due to heart problems.
CBD possesses neuroprotective characteristics. Cannabidiol’s property to act on the endocannabinoid system and brain signaling systems helps in treating disorders that are related to the brain. Epilepsy and multiple sclerosis are also getting treated with the help of CBD.
For multiple sclerosis, Sativex, an oral spray (CBD plus THC), is effective in reducing the spasticity of Muscles. It reduces seizure disorder in children, a complex epilepsy disorder. Some adverse reactions connected with CBD treatment are fatigue & fever.
For treating Neurological diseases, CBD is very beneficial. Cannabidiol helps in treating Parkinson’s disease and is very effective in treating sleeping disorders.
Antipsychotic effects of CBD: It is observed that it helps in reducing mental disorder symptoms like schizophrenia. It modifies brain circuits that are addicted due to drugs.
CBD Anti-tumor effects: CBD is effective in treating cancer diseases. It has anti-tumor effects, and it prevents cancer of the brain, colon, lungs, and breast.
Drowsiness symptoms, dry mouth problems, gastrointestinal issues, appetite loss, and nausea are the most common side effects that may be caused due to CBD.
- Drowsiness: If a person is taking strong sedating medications along with CBD, then symptoms of high drowsiness also occur.
Gastrointestinal Issues: Taking Cannabidiol may cause problems like diarrhea & liver problems.
- Dry Mouth Symptoms: Cannabidiol causes Dry Mouth problems, also called cottonmouth. This side effect arises due to THC but may also occur with CBD.
- Nausea symptoms: CBD may cause Nausea symptoms as it is taken in various forms like tinctures, vapors, and gummies. So, sensitivity towards CBD varies with different individuals.
Cannabidiol vs THC
Cannabidiol and THC, both of them are obtained from the same Cannabis sativa plant. They’re both made out of the same molecular structure (21 atoms of C, 30 atoms of H, and 2 O atoms). A little bit of difference in the arrangements of atoms can cause different effects on the body.
THC and Cannabidiol both have similar reactions on our bodies. So, both Cannabidiol and THC interact with our body’s cannabinoid receptors. This type of interaction between Cannabidiol and THC with receptors causes the release of Neurotransmitters.
These are the various types of chemicals secreted from the Synapse, the space between two neurons, which is responsible for conveying messages between cells. They also have various roles in stress and sleep.
Both Cannabidiol and THC have the same Chemical structures, but they don’t possess psychoactive effects. CBD is beneficial in nature as it helps in relieving anxiety levels, seizure problems, and depression issues also. THC combines with the CB1 receptor of our brain and produces a high sense of Euphorbia.
USA laws are still in the very process of evolving, and Cannabidiol is still considered as a Schedule 1 drug on the list. CBD, under the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) & DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), is still considered as a drug, but hemp has now not been on the list. In many states, you can buy CBD where it is legal.
Different states have different laws on Cannabidiol and THC legality. You need to research your state laws properly before buying CBD or THC. If you buy cannabinoids and THC in states where they are illegal, then you could face legal action.
Both of them have the same medical benefits. Relieving from several of the same conditions. CBD doesn’t produce the euphorbia effect that produces THC. Some people prefer to use CBD more because of the lack of euphoric side effects.
CBD plays the following roles and helps to deal with various conditions:
- Several seizures effect.
- Inflammation causes.
- Pain control.
- Treating psychosis or mental disorders.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Nausea-related causes.
- Migraine problems.
- Depression effects.
- Anxiety levels.
THC plays the following roles and helps to deal with various conditions:
- Pain control.
- Muscle spasticity effect.
- Glaucoma levels.
- Insomnia effects.
- Low appetite level.
- Nausea problem.
- Anxiety levels.
THC produces many temporary side effects like
- Increased heart rate problems.
- Coordination issues.
- Dry mouth symptoms.
- Red eyes symptoms.
- Reaction times get slow.
- Memory loss problems.
- Anxiety levels.
CBD’s side effects may include:
- Level of appetite changes.
- Weight loss issues.
- Dizziness causes.
- Diarrhea problems.
The above side effects are the result of compound psychoactive characteristics.
None of the compounds is fatal in nature. However, high THC use may be connected to long-term negative psychiatric effects. This is especially true for adolescents who consume large amounts of THC, though there’s no conclusive evidence that using cannabis causes psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.
THC & CBD contain fat, so when they are consumed by an individual, they become easily observable in drug tests even after weeks and days of drug tests. Every drug test is not observable, but specially CBD sensitive tests are available.
When you take hemp, it can show CBD effects along with THC in spite of not using them for consumption purposes. Similarly, hemp can produce some THC in addition to CBD, so a test could be positive for THC even if you haven’t used it. The main reason is that CBD and THC are directly obtained from the hemp plant.
CBD is a legally approved drug that has so many benefits, so one can definitely go for this drug if needed. But before this, they must consult doctors as mentioned above some effects may happen.
Our endocannabinoid system is active even without the use of CBD, but it works only when the proper amount of CBD is used. CBD is very helpful in treating several problems like insomnia, cancer, and many others, so it has many benefits as compared to other drugs obtained from the Cannabis plant.
THC also has very similar properties to that of Cannabidiol, but due to its Euphorbia characteristics, they are not preferred by individuals.