In a very short time CBD oil has rapidly grown to become one of the trendy treatments for multiple ailments.
But the benefits and use of CBD date back to 2737 BC, when the Chinese emperor Sheng Nung was already using it to treat various diseases such as gout and arthritis.
As a hemp-related product, there is serious debate surrounding its use. But as controversial as it is, CBD’s popularity is on the rise, and there are more and more products with this compound on the market, including jelly beans and cosmetics.
The pet market has also joined the bandwagon, and promises to become one of the largest consumers of CBD products.
And while much research on the subject is still lacking, some of the recent scientific studies seem to suggest that CBD oil has enormous potential to treat or manage a number of chronic ailments, such as epilepsy, depression, migraines, cancer, anxiety and stress.
But what is CBD oil, where does it come from, is it legal to sell, market or use in Spain, is it safe to use, and how is it used?
What is CBD oil?
More than 200 different substances called cannabinoids (molecules produced exclusively by the hemp family) can be extracted from the hemp plant; CBD is one of these substances.
But unlike other compounds, such as THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, which means it does not have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity, and will not give you that euphoric feeling or high that hemp produces.
This thick, concentrated substance extracted from hemp is mixed with carrier oils (usually coconut or hemp oil) in varying concentrations, to form what we know as CBD oil.
And it is precisely this oil that is used to treat an (ever-widening) variety of ailments and conditions for two simple reasons: there is no evidence that it produces dependence and no serious side effects have been reported, according to the World Health Organization.
Sufferers of everything from anxiety and pain to epilepsy and cancer can benefit from the properties of this molecule.
But hemp’s widely banned status has prevented many long-term, academically rigorous studies of most cannabinoids in isolation, leaving these anecdotal claims largely uninvestigated until recently.
Where is it extracted from?
Both CBD oil and CBD extracts can be obtained from industrial hemp, the hemp plant, or both.
What is the difference between the two? There are basically two significant differences:
Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant used primarily in clothing, paper, biofuels, bioplastics, dietary supplements, cosmetics and personal care products, and food. Hemp is grown outdoors as a large crop with male and female plants present to encourage pollination and increase seed production.
How does CBD work?
All strains of the hempfamily produce cannabinoids, including hemp.
CBD and THC are the best known cannabinoids, but there are many different types, and it is only recently that significant resources have been devoted to their study.
It has been discovered that our brains have specific receptors designed to accept cannabinoids, known as CB1 and CB2.
These receptors are responsible for the uptake of cannabinoid molecules into the system, resulting in the psychoactive and immune responses correlated with hemp use.
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