CBD Oil: Explanation, Operation, Experiences and Buy Advice
CBD oil is currently flying over the counter. For real. According to some druggists the best selling product in decades.
This oil is available without a prescription and is used in chronic pain, epilepsy and sleep problems to name just a few examples. And on the internet, you really stumble on the health claims that are made.
Because CBD oil is not a medicine but a food supplement, only a limited amount of scientific research has been done. In this article, I will zoom in on the health claims that have a scientific basis.
What you will learn in this article:
- What CBD oil is used for
- What CBD oil is used for
- What the health claims are with a scientific basis
- What the experiences of others are
- What is the best variant to buy
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a food supplement and not a medicine and may, therefore, be sold freely. You can simply order it at the pharmacy or order it at a webshop.
The oil is made from hemp and is therefore also called cannabis oil.
You’ve probably heard of medicinal cannabis.
In the United States, this has received a lot of attention in recent years because of the strict policy against (soft) drugs is relaxed and more and more states can sell (medicinal) weed.
Thanks to the tolerance policy in the Netherlands, they do not know better than that you can simply buy cannabis in the coffee shop and quietly smoke your joint in a park without being fettered.
That weed also has a medicinal effect has been known for a long time. A disadvantage of weed is the side effects. You become stoned and high. That can sometimes be just as good, but that is of course not desirable if you have to go to work and it is downright dangerous and irresponsible if you still have to drive a car.
The difference between cannabis oil and hemp oil
The substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in weed is responsible for the feeling of being high. For use as a soft drug, cannabis is consciously grown with an extremely high THC content.
A chemical that looks chemically like THC is CBD (cannabinal). CBD does have medicinal properties without the side effect of stoned and high from THC.
CBD oil is extracted from fiber hemp. This is a hemp variety that can be legally grown because it contains only minimal amounts of THC.
Calling CBD oil ‘weed oil’ is therefore not entirely correct. The term weed is used for hemp (marijuana) with a high THC content that (usually) high as a target. CBD oil can, therefore, better be called hemp oil. Or just CBD oil of course.
The term cannabis oil is meant for THC oil. THC oil can not be sold legally. You can simply make THC oil yourself from cannabis that you have bought at the shop or have grown yourself.
THC oil, like CBD oil, has medical applications and reportedly mainly cancer patients benefit from THC oil, this in combination with CBD oil. The CBD oil inhibits the high feeling of what is caused by a high dose of THC oil. CBD inhibits the breakdown of THC by the liver enzymes.
If you want to make CBD oil yourself, remember that the cannabis that you can buy to smoke a joint is not suitable for this. This weed has been grown with the highest possible THC content at the expense of the CBD content.
For CBD oil you need hemp that is grown as fiber hemp. Hemp can be grown on most farmland throughout the U.S. This fiber hemp has a very low THC content and a high CBD content.
Another advantage of CBD oil is that you can not become dependent on it as can be the case with THC. It does not work mind-expanding and it does not cause hallucinations.
CBD oil that is not pure can cause hallucinations, this is because there is (accidentally) THC in the oil. This may be due to, for example, poor final inspection or insufficient sampling in the production of CBD oil.
What is CBD oil used for?
I will list here what CBD oil is all used for.
Note: that CBD oil is used for something, does not necessarily mean that it works (for everyone).
- In epilepsy
- With chronic pains; arthritis (joint inflammation), MS (multiple sclerosis), muscle pain, spinal cord disorders
- In osteoarthritis (Degenerative joint disease)
- In rheumatism
- With anxiety disorders
- At ADHD
- When stressed
- In PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- With insomnia
- In Parkinson’s disease
- In Alzheimer’s disease
- In case of a stroke
- In cancer
- With acne
- With a headache and migraine
- With tremor and spasms
- In Crohn’s disease
- With warts
- In the syndrome of Ehlers-Danlos
- With phybromyalgia
- With psychoses
- With the Kanner syndrome
- At COPD
- With muscle tension
- With OCPS (obsessive-compulsive personality disorder)
- In depression
- Tics in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
- Reducing blood sugar levels (important in diabetes)
- Nerve pain; phantom pain, pain due to nerve damage, facial pain, pain after shingles
- Quit smoking; CBD reduces the need for nicotine by 40% (source)
- In case of nausea including nausea caused by medication or chemo
As you can see an impressive list of diseases and diseases in which CBD oil is used.
The use of CBD oil in epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease appeal most to the imagination for many people.
On the internet, you can find videos of people with epilepsy and Parkinson’s where you can see the symptoms disappear within a few minutes after taking CBD oil.
That CBD oil works in these cases are very tangible for their environment and it is great that these people benefit from this gift from mother nature.
That CBD oil works in pain complaints are only for the user of the oil to assess and less well by his or her environment.
What also plays with some complaints, such as pain, is the placebo effect. If you hear so many good things and read about CBD oil then the expectations are high so you have to take this effect into account.
After using the CBD oil for several weeks, it should be made clear whether an improvement in the symptoms is due to the oil or is due to the placebo effect.
Proven health effects of CBD oil
As mentioned, CBD oil is used for many diseases and diseases. On the internet, you will find all kinds of claims about CBD oil.
Claims are also made by parties that sell CBD oil and accessories.
Now I am not going to claim that they make claims that are not correct.
But you can imagine that they are trying to mirror some aspects of CBD more beautifully than they are. After all, they want to sell their products and because of their enthusiasm about CBD oil, they may have a tunnel vision.
My opinion is that you always have to verify claims with other sources when you read them on a website that sells related products. Whether it is CBD oil, coconut oil, turmeric, chlorella or any other dietary supplement.
I’m trying to reduce the enthusiasm here for people with a condition that is considering CBD oil.
It certainly seems to be a panacea; freely available, a natural product, hardly any side effects and can be used for almost every conceivable condition or ailment.
Remember that some people benefit enormously from CBD oil while others do nothing or do little or even counterproductive. The success stories of the people who benefit greatly from CBD oil can be read on the internet, you see on YouTube and pass by in documentaries.
If someone does not benefit from CBD oil and the oil in the dustbin disappears then this person will not be so inclined to make a YouTube video about it. Such cases receive no attention from the media while the success stories are widely measured.
In certain areas, the medicinal effects of CBD oil have not (yet) been scientifically proven. This does not necessarily mean that CBD oil would not work for these disorders, it can also be simply that it has not yet been investigated or that there is still insufficient evidence.
Certain uses of CBD oil are based on positive experiences from others, and why not use CBD oil if you find yourself benefiting?
The effect of CBD oil has already been scientifically proven for a number of disorders. I will discuss this here.
Health claim # 1: treatment of epilepsy
The treatment of epilepsy is what made CBD oil known to the general public.
In 2013 there was a documentary on CNN about a young American girl with severe epilepsy. Thanks to CBD oil, her parents have largely controlled the intense and frequent attacks.
This documentary, which received a lot of media attention worldwide, can be seen as the starting shot of the run on CBD oil by parents with children suffering from epilepsy.
If you search on the internet, you will find many other videos of cases where epilepsy is successfully treated with CBD oil.
Scientists are currently investigating to what extent CBD oil reduces the number of seizures in people with epilepsy and whether it is safe to use.
The American Epilepsy Society declares to be hopeful about CBD oil for the treatment of epilepsy and that it is currently being investigated whether the use is safe.
In 2016, a study was conducted among 214 people with epilepsy. The participants in this study received CBD oil as a supplement to the medication that they already used. The participants were followed for 12 weeks and it appeared that they had 36.5% fewer attacks per month thanks to the CBD oil.
Unfortunately, the oil did not work equally well for all participants. Some of the participants in the study suffered from side effects and for some of them, they were so drowsy that they stopped using the CBD oil. Side effects of which some participants reported are:
- Decreased appetite
Whether and to what extent CBD oil works in epilepsy will be different for everyone. The same applies to the possible side effects, some will suffer from this and others will not.
So it is really a question of trying out whether CBD oil works. You do this objectively by registering the number of attacks and the duration well before and after using the oil.
You will also have to be aware of the side effects. So far there are no reports that indicate that the use of CBD oil is dangerous for people with epilepsy, so for the time being the motto ‘run it, then it does not harm’.
Health claim # 2: anxiety disorders
Researchers suspect that CBD affects the way receptors in the brain respond to serotonin.
Serotonin plays an important role in brain chemistry as a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter is involved in regulating mood and behavior and is important for good mental health.
In a study of people who are diagonalized with a social anxiety disorder according to the DSM-5, CBD helped to speak for groups
Other studies have been done in animals. This showed that CBD:
- Stress reduces
- The symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) decrease
- The physiological effects of stress, such as increased heart rate, decrease
- Sleep improved in cases of insomnia
In 2017, researchers examined the available studies that have been done with the treatment of mental illness with CBD. This concerns the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.
They found contradictions and concluded that there is still too little evidence that CBD is active in mental illnesses. More research will have to be done on safety and the right dose.
Health claim # 3: reduces pain
Many people use CBD oil in chronic pain. CBD reduces pain because it affects the receptors in the brain that register the pain.
For example, a medication (Sativex) has been approved by the Medicines Evaluation Board for people with MS. The active substances in Sativex are THC and CBD. Sativex is intended to combat the pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
Researchers still differ on how CBD helps people with MS. Some suspect that it is due to the effect of CBD on the receptors in the brain while others suspect that it is due to anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. In any case, it is a fact that many MS patients benefit from this drug.
Studies show that CBD is effective in the following types of pain:
- MS pain
- Chronic pains
- Arthritis pain
- muscle strain
- Backbone injury
Health claim # 4: cancer
Claiming that something can cure cancer is always very dangerous. To begin with, there are many types of cancer and there are many different types of stages in which cancer can develop. In addition, each body reacts differently to a treatment such as a chemotherapy or radiation.
Some stories on the internet would make you believe that CBD and/or THC can cure cancer. Unfortunately, this is not the case; this has never been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, people with cancer can benefit from CBD oil.
For example, it helps some to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by the chemo. Because the scientific evidence for this is weak, medical cannabis is unfortunately no longer reimbursed by various health insurers.
That cannabis could have an anti-cancer effect is not something new. Research into the active substances THC and CBD in cannabis has been conducted since the 1970s. There are indications that cannabis can kill cancer cells, inhibit the growth of tumors and prevent sowing. However, this does not mean that cannabis can cure cancer.
Remember that many studies are done in vitro; only on the (cancer) cells in a test tube or on a Petri dish and not on the entire human body.
Many substances cause the growth of cancer cells to decrease in vitro studies, unfortunately, this does not say much about the effect on cancer cells in the body. For example, you will see that cancer cells die if you store them in chlorine. Of course, you have nothing to do with this because you yourself die if you drink chlorine.
CBD has an anti-inflammation effect. For this reason, CBD could, in theory, be useful in cancer. But as said: that CBD has an effect in cancer has never been demonstrated. So far, cannabis may only be useful against the symptoms of cancer. This helps against pain, anxiety, better sleep and nausea.
So far, the effect of CBD and/or THC in cancer has only been demonstrated in a limited number of studies in mice with a certain form of cancer and in test tubes.
Anything that has an anti-inflammatory effect is also potentially useful in cancer, or at least in the prevention of cancer. Another dietary supplement with a very strong anti-inflammation effect is turmeric.
Oncologists are familiar with the special effects and benefits of THC and CBD for cancer patients. If they suspect that a patient can benefit from this, they can prescribe medicinal cannabis. Does or does your oncologist does not do this then you are of course always free to investigate whether you can alleviate the symptoms of cancer with CBD oil and/or THC oil. Just as with people with epilepsy, it is a matter of trying out under the motto ‘if it runs, then it does not harm’.
Health claim # 5: Neurodegenerative disorders
A receptor (CB1) in the brain is involved in neurodegenerative disorders. These are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time.
CBD acts on this receptor and has an anti-inflammatory effect that is important for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers look at the use of CBD for the treatment of:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia)
Parkinson’s disease is not curable at the moment and the disease slowly progresses. In this disease, a small group of cells dies in the brain, so that dopamine can no longer be produced. Characteristics of this disease are trembling, difficulty speaking and stiffening arms and legs.
Due to the clearly observable characteristics (trembling and difficulty in speaking), it is easy to determine whether CBD oil offers a solution. Various videos can be found on the internet of people with Parkinson’s disease who, after taking CBD oil, are significantly less trembling and calmer in their movements and speech.
In the case of Parkinson’s disease, it is best to use a combination of CBD oil and THC oil. This ensures that the muscles can relax.
The usefulness of CBD / THC oil in Parkinson’s disease is based on user experiences and only limited scientific research has been done. Given the good results achieved by some people, it is certainly worth a try.
Health claim # 6: acne
Hormones and inflammation play a role in acne (pimples). Owing to excessive sebum production, dead skin and horn cells remain suspended in the hair follicle and inflammation may develop.
Due to hormonal changes in puberty, there is an excessive sebum production that can cause small pimples. Bacteria can start to proliferate in the hair follicles and these inflammatory symptoms become visible as red nodules.
With CBD oil the activity of the sebaceous glands is slowed down, resulting in less sebum production. In addition, CBD oil has an anti-inflammation effect that is also useful in the treatment of acne.
Health claim # 7: a migraine
A migraine attack lasts between 4 and 72 hours and is much more severe than a ‘normal’ a headache such as stress or allergies. During a migraine attack, there is often no other option than to close the curtains in bed, take painkillers and hope that it will soon pass.
The disadvantage of painkillers are the side effects and often they only offer some relief. A study conducted among 48 participants showed that 40% of participants had less trouble with migraine attacks when they used CBD oil.
Another study, among 26 participants, showed that the people who used CBD oil had a better quality of life than the people who used painkillers.
These are only a few, small-scale studies, but at least it seems worthwhile to try CBD oil if you often suffer from a migraine.
In case of acute migraine attacks, you can also inhale CBD oil with the help of a vaporizer. This ensures that the active substances are absorbed almost directly into the bloodstream.
Health claim # 8: fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes a lot of chronic pain in the muscles and connective tissue, in combination with stiffness over the entire body.
Because CBD oil works as a painkiller, you will not be surprised that some people with fibromyalgia benefit from this oil. Convincing scientific evidence for this is still lacking. An investigation has been done with nabilone. Nabilone is a synthetically derived THC derivative.
This study was small-scale, it was held among 40 people with fibromyalgia. After 4 weeks, participants had a considerable reduction in pain and improved quality of life.
Health claim # 9: sleep
Many people have sleep problems. Approximately 10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia and 30% experience it temporarily at some point in their lives.
Marijuana is known to help sleep problems. The species with a high THC content reduce the amount of REM sleep (source).
This is useful for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because it reduces dreaming, reducing nightmares.
In the case of insomnia, CBD appears to be better suited than THC
Sleeping is assumed to have a more deep sleep if you dream less. Deep sleep is the most useful because you are most recovered and at rest in this.
User experiences teach that CDB improves sleep for many while others benefit more from THC. Again this is a matter of trying. Although THC can solve sleep problems in the short term, there are also indications that THC can impair sleep quality in the long term.
Experiences with CBD oil
It is of course very interesting to read what the experiences of CBD oil users are, all the more because only a limited amount of scientific research has been done.
I have collected a number of interesting experiences that I have read on various forums here.
Experiences regarding sleeping
CBD does not help against better sleep, at least for most people. THC is better for that. Many take the cbd during the day and in the evening thc.
Henny 70 y/o on a woman’s forum
is indeed not for sleeping. You get more energy, happier and less pain. At least that does it for me. I take 2x 2 drops a day. In the morning and in the afternoon, not too late, I bounce my bed out. Use 4% cbd oil.
anonymous date 17/2/2017
I have been using cbd oil for months. The result is nil. No improvement. Do not sleep better, pain is not reduced. So I can say that it is fake for me. I also know some others where the result is nil.
P.C.M. the Jongh on a forum related to insomnia
I have used t for sleep problems. Worked very well, slept fine. Only I was very down, almost depressed. So after a couple of months, I stopped feeling mentally better now. Note that I now have more unrest in my head now that I do not use it anymore.
Mr. Siersmay on a forum related to insomnia
Yes, CBD oil is also for sleeping. Some become relaxed and others active. I’m pretty relaxed. I suffer from insomnia with sleep and sleep problems. It has helped me pretty much with falling asleep but not sleeping through …
Mrs. Romy on a forum related to insomnia
Experiences in MS
My experience: CBD does not do anything for me. Have tried three bottles. Three or more droplets at a time.
I now use 2 weeks of cbd oil of 12%. The first few days I thought it was better, but then back again.
I am satisfied with the cbd oil. Today a little more trouble, just take an extra drop. It does not really help for sleeping.
Experience with ADHD
In short, I take my home-made cannabis oil before bedtime, and start the day with a few drops of CBD oil, supplemented with 2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil, and I feel excellent, especially as prevention.
On the CBD oil webshopsites you can also find plenty of experiences. I do not take this over because I can not judge to what extent these experiences are moderated by the owners of these web shops.
If you are looking for search terms such as ‘CBD oil review’ in Google, you can indulge yourself. The best you are looking for experiences. You do this by including the application for which you want to use the oil in your search term.
I would definitely recommend you to search for experiences with CBD oil on YouTube. There are many interesting documentaries (especially English) and other material on YouTube.
CBD oil has virtually no side effects. There is no risk of addiction and it has no psychoactive effect.
In clinical studies conducted in 2010, the researchers concluded that CBD can be used safely and well tolerated.
Some people get side effects from CBD oil. These can be:
- Sleep problems
- A dry mouth
- Low bloodpressure
- Slower digestion
- A light feeling in the head
- Mood swings
If you take too much CBD oil then you have an increased chance of side effects. If the CBD oil you use is not pure (THC contains) then you have a chance of side effects such as hallucinations. Switching to a different brand CBD oil can then offer a solution.
Which CBD oil to buy?
A consumer review program had a broadcast about CBD oil. They had tested dozens of bottles and some of them found relatively high concentrations of THC. Because they had only done a small sample, she did not want to make known to which brands this was the case.
THC in the CBD oil is not desirable. This can affect driving ability, drowsiness, hallucinations and increased heart rate. So for the time being, it is a question of trying out whether the CBD oil you bought does not cause any side effects such as hallucinations or nightmares. Such side effects indicate CBD oil contaminated with THC.
There are almost always minimal traces of THC in fiber hemp and therefore also CBD oil. You will have no side effects from these minimal traces. CBD oil that is completely free of THC also exists, for this, the oil has to be made through a costly process. Most of the CBD oil available on the market will not have been obtained through this expensive process, because the necessity is not in principle because fiber hemp contains only minimal amounts of THC.
If you are going to buy CBD oil you will notice that you are faced with percentages. This percentage indicates the relative amount of CBD. The higher this percentage, the more concentrated the oil is and the less you need for the same effect.
Now you would think that you should therefore simply buy the brand with the highest percentage. Unfortunately, it is not easy. Research by Radar showed that the labels are often incorrect. For example, 10% can be on the label, while only 1% appears to be in measurement.
The advice I can give you when buying CBD oil is based on the reliability of the brand, the experiences of others and your own experiences.
If you are going to buy CBD for the first time, go for a small bottle of 10ml. If you like the brand you can always buy a larger bottle. This is relatively cheaper but can cost more than 100 Dollars for the high concentrations.
When making comparisons, consider that a CBD oil of 10% is 4x as strong as an oil of 2.5%. So you only need a quarter of it for the same effect.
Another option is to make CBD oil yourself. This is done with fiber hemp with a low THC content and not with the weed from the coffee shop. You can buy this fiber hemp or grow it yourself.
If you want to do it right then you can have your homemade CBD oil tested for a few bucks. So you know how strong your oil has become and whether there are no toxic substances or bacteria in it.
In this article ,I have tried to look as objectively as possible at the health claims about CBD oil.
I have only included the health claims here, of which reasonable scientific evidence can be found. If there is an investigation that confirms a health claim while another investigation incorrectly invalidates this claim then I have left this health claim out of consideration here. The scientific evidence is then not (yet) sufficient.
Many studies have also been done on mice and in test tubes. I have also ignored these types of research because they can not be translated 1 to 1 into the effect on people.
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