What is CBD and Why Is It Everywhere?

January 24, 2019

The newest health buzz is something called CBD oil. And it’s hard to miss. It seems like it is popping up everywhere, from health blogs to Hollywood gossip.

The full legalization of CBD is coming like a freight train and it may quickly change the entire health and wellness landscape as we know it. More and more people are trying it, based primarily on anecdotal feedback from users touting it as a miracle-cure-all for just about any health complaintfrom pain and anxiety to erectile dysfunction. While it started with a sketchy reputation, because of its association with recreational marijuana, CBD oil is now becoming more mainstream and more widely accepted every day. But there is still a lot of confusion out there about CBD. Given the current information available, here is a starter course on what CBD is and its potential uses.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound that purportedly holds several health benefits. CBD is often confused with THC (tetra-hydro cannabinoids), but the two are very different. While they both come from the cannabis plant, THC is a psychoactive compound, meaning it can alter your mental state. CBD, on the other hand, does not have this effect on the body. CBD is considered to be a potential natural remedy for inflammation, anxiety, sleep issues, and even seizures… and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then usually combining it with a carrier oil so your body can absorb it. Coconut and hemp seed oil are often used in CBD oil products.

Why is CBD So Popular?

You may be wondering how CBD got popular so fast? One of the main reasons is demand. Many people are starting to look for natural and non-pharmaceutical options to help treat various health complaints. Many pharmaceutical medications contain debilitating side effects, and some of them are even addictive. CBD oil, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. It is not likely to cause unwanted side effects and has not been shown to hold addictive properties.

Another reason CBD oil is becoming so popular is because it has been found to be beneficial for more than one issue, so taking it may be able to help with more than just one of your health complaints, such as pain and anxiety. It’s also easy to take and can offer quick relief, and though not yet mainstream, it’s becoming easier to find.

Potential Benefits of CBD

Research has shown a number of different potential health benefits of using CBD oil. One of the most studied uses for CBD is to aid those suffering from seizure disorders. This medical use has been patented by a pharmaceutical company and shows great promise. Other uses of CBD oil may include support for pain-related conditions, sleep disorders, skin issues, anxiety, and depression.

One study also showed that CBD may hold anti-tumor benefits.  In animal studies, CBD was also shown to be potentially beneficial in slowing the progression of certain types of cancer. It has also been shown to help reduce inflammation and may even help with diabetes prevention. With all of these impressive studies coming to light, it’s no wonder researchers are launching more and more studies every day to better understand CBD’s health potential.

The Different Types of CBD Oil

If you begin to research CBD, you will quickly find several different methods of using it. While CBD in oil form is one of the most popular delivery methods, there are also CBD oil pills, sprays, chewing gums, and even CBD candy and coffee. How you decide to take CBD will depend on what’s most convenient for you.

The dose you take will also depend on how your body responds. Since CBD oil does not contain any addictive properties, you can experiment a bit to find what dose works best for you.

What to Look For in CBD

With CBD becoming more mainstream, it’s very important that you find a high-quality oil, because there is broad range when it comes to quality out there. To make sure the CBD oil you are taking is of high-quality, here are some things you will want to look for...

  • Look for a CBD oil that is manufactured using the entire hemp plant, called full spectrum. It is common to find oils that only use part of the plant to help cut down on manufacturing costs. However, using a CBD oil that was made from the whole plant will not only give you all of the amazing benefits CBD has to offer, but you will also be getting the health benefits of all the other amazing nutrients present in the hemp plant.
  • Call the customer service department. Sometimes a simple call to the customer service team is an excellent indicator of how much the CBD oil company prides themselves on giving their customers the best product available. You can also ask questions about the farms, their manufacturing, and whether their CBD oil has been lab tested for quality and purity. All of these things should be easy for them to answer.

With all the enthusiasm surrounding CBD oil, and more studies being launched and completed everyday, it looks like CBD will be here to stay, especially as we begin to better determine just how beneficial this oil can be for your health. CBD is showing tremendous potential, and it may turn out to be an excellent option for anyone looking for an all-natural way to help support their health.

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