There is always some amount of confusion when it comes to CBD oil, because most everyone knows that CBD is a naturally occurring compound commonly obtained from cannabis plants, also known as marijuana. However, what most people aren’t aware of is that hemp plants produce a much higher percentage of CBD than cannabis plants do, and as a result, a much lesser amount of THC, the psychotropic compound in marijuana that gets you ‘high.’
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In fact, there is so much misinformation, conflicting information and, quite frankly, bad information out there on CBDs that it is no wonder most people believe it’s an illegal substance wherever marijuana hasn’t been legalised. Nothing could be further from the truth. In order to clear up some of the confusion, let’s take a look at what CBD is, what it isn’t and some CBD oil uses you probably would never have dreamed of in a million years.
What CBD Oil Is and Is Not
Briefly CBD stands for cannabidiol, which actually is present in cannabis (marijuana) in a high percentage, second only to THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. On the other hand, the cannabis plant is not the only plant from which you can extract CBD oil, as it is found in even greater percentages in the hemp plant which, as a result, also has significantly lower amounts of the psychotropic substance, THC.
When cultivating plants for the extraction of CBD oil that is considered ‘legal’ everywhere on earth except Canada, the plants used are of the hemp family and not the cannabis genus that gives you marijuana, that is still illegal in much of the world. The point here is that you have nothing to fear when ordering CBD oil for medicinal use as it is not illegal and you won’t get high. CBD oil is not a recreational drug.
Some Amazing and Little Known Uses for CBD Oil
If you or a loved one has ever suffered any form of cancer that required chemotherapy, you have probably heard that CBD oil can be effectively used to reduce the nausea that is an all-too-often side effect of chemo. That’s perhaps the most widely known application. Also, many people swear by a drop or two of sublingual CBD oil to help relax the body at night as a sleep aid or at any time to help alleviate stress. What you probably don’t know is that CBD oil is also proven effective for:
- An aid in nicotine withdrawal – proven in a double blind study conducted at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, University College London, London, UK.
- Reduction of pain in sufferers of fibromyalgia – more patients in the 2011 study obtained relief from CBD oil than from the more commonly prescribed opioid pain killers.
- Anti-psychotic properties as substantiated by German researchers who published their findings in a journal called Translational Psychiatry and without the same dangerous side effects of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals.
- Anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce many of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
And, what is even more amazing is that these are just a few of the hitherto unheard of benefits of CBD oil. Since it is legal and lacking the psychotropic properties of marijuana, CBD oil is considered to be safe for use in any of the above situations. While it is always advisable to consult with your primary care physician before trying any new remedy, even 100% natural remedies, there have been no reports of any serious side effects when using CBD oil as suggested by the manufacturer. Always use any remedy only as directed.