Pure CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, is the latest buzzword in natural remedy circles. Why? Because many people swear by its effectiveness at curing common ailments and even relieving severe pain. It is found in the cannabis or marijuana plant.
Although many people associate cannabis with getting high thanks to Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive chemical and therefore will not produce the feeling of getting high in those who take it. Studies have shown, however, that it does work remarkably well at relieving pain and other symptoms of disease without any mind-altering effects.
How Is Pure CBD Oil Made?
CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is made by extracting the chemical from the plant and mixing it with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. The first step is selecting a strain of hemp that has potent levels of CBD for greater yields and greater quality.
CBD oil can either be extracted from the whole plant after it's cultivated or it can be derived from plant isolates. Many, especially those in the field of medicine, prefer the whole plant extraction because it yields a greater spectrum of cannabinoids. This greater spectrum can stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is a biological system in humans that uses neurotransmitters to bind to cannabinoid receptors. CBD isolates result in pure CBD oil. The quality, however, depends on the originating hemp strain.
Other Types Of Extraction
Pure CBD oil can also be made via alcohol extraction, which is considered to be the original method. The process involves soaking the cannabis plant in a solvent. Oftentimes grain alcohol is used. The liquid that remains after the material soaks contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids. The next step is evaporating the solvent. Once that is done, what remains is the pure CBD oil. At this stage, the CBD oil can be consumed.
Many commercial producers use the alcohol extraction method but use ethanol as the solvent. They use a process called Roto-Vap to speed up the evaporation of the solvent. This process captures the ethanol, which can be reused again, and separates the CBD oil into a different chamber.
A more complex method of pure CBD oil extraction is with the use of C02. This extraction method requires C02 to be forced through the plant. The pressure and temperature must be controlled in order to force the CBD to separate. This method is the most complex and also requires special skills and tools to extract successfully.
After extraction you're left with pure CBD oil but this is not palatable for most people. The next step for producers of the oil is to flavor and dilute the oil. This is done to achieve the desired potency and also to improve the taste, especially for those who want to make CBD oil part of their daily routine.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Now that you understand where pure CBD oil comes from. Let's talk about the many health benefits that users swear by. These benefits have also been backed by scientific evidence. Here are some of the ailments that CBD oil can help with:
- Pain relief
- Anxiety & depression
- Side effects of cancer treatment
- Neurological disorders
- Heart health
- Mental disorders
- Substance abuse
- Diabetes prevention
We mentioned the endocannabinoid system earlier. This is basically a system in the human body that helps to regulate pain and your immune system. It also regulates sleep and appetite. Studies show that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by binding to receptors therefore causing a reduction in inflammation and thereby reducing pain. Many patients suffering from sciatica, multiple sclerosis and arthritis report pain reduction when using CBD oil.
Another benefit of pure CBD oil is the treatment of depression and anxiety. These ailments are typically treated with prescription drugs. However, these can have serious side effects such as insomnia, headaches and sexual dysfunction. Even worse, some of these are addictive and can lead to substance abuse issues.
Many suffering from depression and anxiety prefer a more natural approach that doesn't involve pharmaceuticals. Those with anxiety disorders report feeling less anxiety, discomfort and cognitive impairment when taking pure CBD oil. Some even report improved sleep after taking CBD. These effects are a result of CBD's positive effect on neurotransmitter's responsible for social behavior and mood.
Cancer Side Effects
Although pure CBD oil cannot cure cancer, it has been shown to reduce the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. Often chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting in patients. It can also cause pain. Although pain medication is usually prescribed, studies have shown that patients who didn't respond well to pain meds did respond well to a combination of CBD and THC.
Although not as serious a health problem as cancer, acne does affect a large amount of the population and can cause social and anxiety disorders for those suffering from it. Acne has a number of causes, including inflammation. CBD oil may help treat it because of its anti-inflammation properties. Studies have shown that CBD also helps to reduce the production of sebum, which is an oily secretion of the skin that can worsen acne.
Pure CBD oil may also have a positive effect on the brain and on neurological disorders. Because it acts on the neurotransmitters of the endocannabinoid system, it may be able to treat disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. More research is needed in this area but preliminary studies have shown positive benefits from CBD use.
Patients with multiple sclerosis using the CBD and THC containing oral spray Savitex showed a reduction in spasms. Another study showed that patients suffering from epilepsy who were given CBD oil saw a reduction in the number of seizures they experienced. However, some patients did note adverse side effects such as fever, diarrhea and convulsions.
Research is also being done on other neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have shown an improvement in sleep and overall quality of life for people. Animal and lab studies have also shown some positive effects in the prevention of cognitive decline, which is promising for Alzheimer's treatment.
Those suffering from heart conditions may also benefit from taking pure CBD oil. Research has shown that CBD oil can help lower high blood pressure, which is linked to a number of serious health risks such as strokes and heart attacks. The reduction in blood pressure may be a result of the anxiety and stress reducing properties of CBD. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may also improve cell health resulting in a lower incidence of heart disease.
There are a number of other disorders that may be alleviated by the use of pure CBD oil. These include mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It may also aid in the treatment of substance abuse, the reduction of tumors and the prevention of diabetes. However, more substantive research is needed in these areas to prove the correlation.