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March 10, 2021

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is growing in popularity and for good reason. It is one of over 100 different chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana. But there is still much question about the compound, to what its uses are, to its risks, and more. Here we explore CBD oil and find out the top answers to the questions you may have.

Will I Get High?

One of the top questions that many ask about CBD oil is if you can get high. The compound in marijuana responsible for that “high” sensation is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, not CBD. CBD oil should not be psychoactive if you’re buying from a reputable location. CBD oil is designed to give you the medicinal effects of marijuana without the psychoactive traits.

What is CBD Oil Good For?

While there are so many more benefits than what we’ll go over, here are the top five benefits of CBD oil.

Pain Relief – Probably the #1 reason most people grab that bottle of oil, topical rub, or gummy bear is for pain relief. The body’s endocannabinoid system produces endocannabinoids that bind to your central nervous system’s cannabinoid receptors. With that in place, CBD can reduce pain levels by impacting that receptor activity.  Along with pain, it can also deal with nerve issues and inflammation.

Cancer Symptoms – Whether it is the pain, the nausea, or other symptoms, CBD oil has been shown to help alleviate cancer side effects. It is helpful for sleep so that cancer patients can rest as well as help through the vomiting and nausea associated with chemotherapy. Research is now going one step further to test CBD for possibly inhibiting the spread of cancer cells.

Anxiety/Depression Symptoms – While most medications for anxiety and depression can cause side effects and be addictive, leading to substance abuse in some individuals, CBD is a more natural approach to treatment. Studies have found it effective for anxiety from PTSD, as an anti-depressant, and to treat anxiety-related insomnia. This is from CBD acting on serotonin receptors in the brain, and helps regulate mood.

 What are the Side Effects of CBD?

Like every substance on Earth, some people will have reactions to CBD.  While it is considered to be extremely safe and well tolerated, some people may experience:

  • Weight Changes
  • Appetite Changes
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Drug Interactions

All in all, CBD oil is a natural and generally safe way to help relieve some of the symptoms from pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nerve issues and a great compliment to cancer therapies to help relieve nausea. Reputable retailers of CBD oil will have good knowledge of what dosage should be started and be able to help answer any other questions about it that you may have. If you have health conditions that are treated by a doctor, you can ask them about starting a CBD regime. CBD products that are under 0.3% THC are federally legal but may be regulated by some states. Check with your state’s laws ahead of purchase.

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