What is CBD Hemp Oil?
There are different types of hemp oil. CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a natural oil produced by means of extraction from the hemp plant as well as medical marijuana. The difference is that the hemp plant has overall lower concentrations of THC (the compound that produces a psychotropic effect) than medical marijuana. CBD oil derived from the industrial hemp plant is legal and has substantial uses and benefits.
Is It Legal?
The short answer is, yes. There is a great deal of confusion around this issue, but because of the lack of THC found in CBD hemp oil it is completely legal worldwide with the exception of Canada, where it is considered a controlled substance.
What Are the Benefits?
CBD oil has a wide range of uses, and, as research progresses, more benefits are bound to be discovered. Here are just a few:
• Multiple Sclerosis
Research conducted on mice with MS showed that CBD has the capability to reduce symptoms and even increase motor skills effected by the disease.
• Crohn’s Disease
Due to its anti-inflammatory agents, researchers believe that CBD may be an effective treatment for Crohn’s Disease as well as other bowl conditions.
A 2011 study showed that participants using CBD as a treatment for their Fibromyalgia saw greater improvement than those using traditional treatment methods such as opioid pain medications and corticosteroids.
CBD oil inhibits lipid synthesis when used topically which prevents the development of acne.
• Smoking Cessation
A study on the use of CBD as a smoking cessation treatment saw a 40 percent reduction in the participant’s use of cigarettes after just one week. Participants did not experience an increase in nicotine cravings despite their reduced intake.
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil also has an anti-anxiety effect. People with PTSD reported a calming effect when using CBD which allowed them to find stability and recover quickly from an anxiety attack.
Millions suffer from insomnia but are afraid to seek treatment because many sleep aids are habit forming and hard to wake up from. CBD has shown to be a natural, non-habit forming treatment for insomnia.
A study conducted in 2012 showed that CBD was a more effective answer to the treatment of schizophrenia over the traditional pharmaceutical options. CBD not only treated the condition but also resulted in little or no side effects unlike its antipsychotic drug counterpart.
• Natural Pain Killer
CBD causes a response in the brain similar to opioids. This means that CBD can be used as a natural treatment for pain in place of habit forming opioids.
• Anti-Seizure Effects
Studies conducted over the last two decades have shown that CBD reduces the number of seizures as well as their severity. While many of these studies have only been conducted on animals, there are clinical trials exploring the treatment of epilepsy as well as treating children with drug-resistant epilepsy.
• Improves Hair
When used on your hair and scalp, CBD oil can stimulate hair growth because it is rich in Omega 6, Omega 3 and Omega 9. CBD also keeps your hair and scalp moisturized by preventing water loss which reduces breakage and dandruff production.
While the full potential of CBD hemp oil has yet to be discovered, it is safe to say that CBD is a natural and healing substance that has risen above the political fray surrounding the legality and medical benefits of cannabis. By separating the compounds of CBD and THC, consumers can now enjoy the benefits of everything that hemp oil has to offer.