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.