Benefits and Risks of CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained mainstream exposure in part due to media endorsements and references. Long before its current popular status, CBD has already gained recognition in the medical and scientific fields due to its interactive properties with the human endocannabinoid system. Most of these interactions have shown benefits to human health and wellness, which drove more studies and research on the other applications of CBD in the restorative, rehabilitative, and preventive aspects of medicine.

With all this hype provided by the media about the benefits of CBD, we sometimes fail to look at the possible adverse interactions and risks of CBD oil and CBD products. In order to completely understand a certain product, it is best to know not just its benefits, but also its accompanying risks.

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CBD Oil: A Brief Overview

Cannabidiol or CBD is just one of the 100 useful chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the Cannabis plant. This naturally-occurring substance is then extracted using various extraction methods and then mixed with a carrier oil (hemp seed oil or coconut oil) to make CBD oil. Chemists and botanical experts from maintain that CBD doesn’t get you high even though its source plant, the hemp, is a botanical cousin to marijuana. This is because CBD oil contains very little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive or ‘high’-inducing compound.

CBD Oil Benefits

CBD has been regarded as one of the most essential compounds in the hemp plant due to its medicinal properties and its wide reaction to our body’s natural cannabinoid receptors.

1.)  Pain Relief

One of its chief benefits is its effectiveness in relieving pain. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that both works to effectively reduce different types of body pain. CBD oil is also used to treat anxiety. As mentioned earlier, CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a widespread channel of neurotransmitters that are found in our bodies.

2.)  Helps alleviate anxiety and depression

When it comes to anxiety treatment, CBD enhances the production and effects of brain chemicals that promote relaxation, rest and happiness, and chemicals that regulate stress, anxiety, and fatigue. In connection with this, CBD is also used to alleviate or treat depression. Again, this is due to its positive interaction with brain chemicals that regulate a wide range of human sensations and emotions.

3.) Could be the cure to Epilepsy

CBD is also showing great promise in epilepsy treatment due to its regenerative properties that help restore and improve different neurotransmitters in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

CBD Oil Risks

Because CBD is a naturally occurring compound, it doesn’t have many risks and side-effects. However, CBD oil is commonly marketed as a supplement, and not a medicine, wherein there is a definite dosage set in the labels of most products. Our bodies have different reactions when ingesting chemicals for the first time – regardless of the chemicals being natural or not – and it is a safe practice to start with a small dose and gradually increase it once the body has adapted to the chemical.

The common risks associated with taking CBD oil are dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea, irritability, and fatigue. CBD also interacts with enzymes involved in metabolizing some medicines, which can either speed up or slow down the metabolism of other drugs, which can reduce their effectiveness or increase their levels and cause unwanted side effects. CBD also has a tendency to increase the levels of the blood thinner, coumadin, which is something to watch out for if you had recent surgery, if you have liver or kidney disease, if you have uncontrolled hypertension or if you are pregnant.

There are many significant benefits of CBD oil and there also risks that you need to consider before using it. As with other substances that you take in for health and wellness purposes, you need to seek the advice of your doctor first in order to ensure that there are no unwanted side effects. Also, it helps to make sure that your CBD oil intake doesn’t affect the other medications that you are also taking. Overall, the benefits of CBD oil and other CBD products still outweigh the risks, as long as these are used responsibly.