Like with medical marijuana, CBD hemp oil is a popular product that is replacing prescription medication, being used as a part of an everyday skincare routine and even helping people cope with severe conditions like cancer. The use of the hemp for its medicinal values dates back to ancient times, but the use of CBD hemp oil for its alternative medication potential is relatively new, meaning there are still quite a few questions surrounding the products and it could go against you if you have a drug test, such as a urine test. We are here to clear up a few of those questions so you can get on to being well-informed about your newest alternative medication.
What Is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) is an extract from the hemp plant that uses cannabinoids found in the stems and leaves of the cannabis plant. CBD is only one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the plants but is one of the most abundant. The cannabidiol is similar in structure to the cannabinoids naturally found in our bodies as part of our endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is responsible for all sorts of bodily functions and helps to keep the body in homeostasis, allowing it to effectively fight infections. The ECS is a part of the nervous system, which means it can also affect how our body transmits information, like sensory information which alerts your brain of pain in the body. Because the cannabidiol is so similar to your body’s natural cannabinoids, it is able to easily bind to CB-1 receptors in the body. This means that CBD oil can easily help to aid your ECS in keeping your body in homeostasis, and your body can take advantage of the CBD’s other benefits, like its ability to fight bacteria and free radicals in the skin.
While it is true that CBD oil and marijuana products come from the same source, they are not the same product. In fact, the most prevalent ingredient in marijuana products is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for its psychoactive effects. Many strains of marijuana contain THC at levels of 15–22%. This is notably higher than the THC levels found in CBD oil, which are always under 1%, generally as low as 0.2–0.3%. For this reason, CBD oil delivers all of the benefits of hemp’s many cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects, which can make it a great choice for people who don’t care for marijuana products but still see benefits from their use.
How Long Do the Effects of CBD Oil Last?
More research needs to be done to pinpoint the half-life of CBD once it enters your body; however, one study suggests that CBD exits the body pretty quickly after all. This study looked at a group of people who took extremely high doses of CBD oil, up to 700 milligrams, every day for six weeks. This is a dose way higher than most people will ever need. However, after one week of discontinued use of the CBD oil, all of the patients were clear of any CBD in their system. For moderate use, it is suspected that CBD oil is gone from the body after three or four days, depending on a few factors including body mass and the amount of CBD taken.
The effects of CBD oil can last anywhere from 3–6 hours, again depending on the dose and body mass, as well as a few other factors. Fortunately, CBD oil is safe enough to be taken frequently, several times a day, every day. This means that you can take another dose when you feel the effects of the CBD oil wearing off or you can simply dose when needed to treat things like periodic pain and discomfort or anxiety.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Because of its relation to the cannabis plant, which we know is where marijuana and marijuana products come from, CBD oil is often regarded with a bit of confusion, especially concerning its legality in the United States. However, unlike marijuana products, which are only legal in a handful of states for medicinal use, and even fewer states for recreational use, CBD products that are made from industrial hemp oil and which contain less than 0.3% THC are legal for purchase and use in all 50 states. This is because CBD is mostly void of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana products that is responsible for the psychoactive effects. CBD oil offers no psychoactive effects, and instead just delivers a variety of health benefits.
CBD Oil Benefits and Uses
CBD oil is a pretty diverse product and comes in multiple forms, including capsules, sublingual tinctures, edibles, topical solutions, and more. Sublingual doses are often the most popular choice because the dosing method allows you to really personalize your dosage just for you. Sublingual doses are from concentrated tinctures which are dropped under the tongue in small drops. A typical dose is only one or two drops of the tincture. People who do not care for the nutty, hemp-like taste of the CBD oil may opt for other CBD products, like edible gummies, CBD chocolates, or CBD capsules, which allow you to enjoy the benefits of CBD oil without the flavor, but can make it more difficult to accurately control your dose. Topical solutions are great for pain or skin concerns and often come both scented and unscented, and with the inclusion of other terpenes which can help to boost the benefits of the CBD oil.
CBD oil is useful for a variety of common illnesses and conditions, ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis to anxiety and depression. CBD oil is frequently used to treat pain due to arthritis and alongside popular cancer treatments to alleviate nausea and discomfort and to increase appetite. CBD oil has proven effective against epilepsy and other neurological disorders, and topical solutions can be used to treat skin conditions from psoriasis to allergic reactions and acne blemishes. The benefits to CBD oil are virtually endless, and much more research needs to be done to unveil its full potential.
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