What is CBD Oil and Is It Good for You?

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You are probably tired of hearing about cannabidiol (CBD) oil all the time. That is understandable to an extent. It does seem like CBD has seen a major rise in popularity. However, if you have not looked into what CBD oil may have to offer and why it is such a big deal, how could you dismiss it already? We are big believers in proper education about CBD and think that everyone should learn a thing or two about it before they are willing to write it off as some fad. We want to go over CBD oil and what it may be able to do for you, to help you understand why CBD oil is as popular as it is.

What is CBD Oil?

Of course, we really should start with some definitions of CBD and CBD oil. Let’s get started.

CBD’s Definition

No doubt you have heard of the two main variations of the cannabis plant: marijuana and hemp. All kinds of cannabis are full of chemical compounds that are known as cannabinoids. There are many of these compounds. Researchers have identified over 113 different ones so far. With a number like that, it’s not hard to think that you’ve heard of a few. CBD is one of the best-known cannabinoids. Another cannabinoid that you are likely aware of is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

You have probably heard of the effect that THC tends to have. But on the off chance that you are not aware, let’s go over that and why CBD stands out from it. THC has a specific effect on those who encounter it, this effect is known as psychoactive. This means that it is what causes the high that is so commonly associated with cannabis. CBD, due to its association with THC, is often believed to be psychoactive. However, it is not. There is no high or intoxication that CBD can have.

What really defines the difference between hemp and marijuana is the concentrations of CBD and THC in each of the plants. Marijuana has incredibly high levels of THC. The levels of CBD often vary between plants. Because of these concentrations, marijuana is still federally illegal (though some states have legalized in one form or another). Hemp, meanwhile, has very low THC levels. In fact, in order to be considered hemp, it must have less than 0.3% THC. Hemp’s CBD concentration is through the roof. This has led to hemp’s federal legalization in the United States (with exceptions in a few states). The cannabinoid levels and legal statuses of these plants are why CBD manufacturers tend to use hemp much more than marijuana to make their products.

The research on CBD’s effects is still very much in the preliminary stages. We do not yet fully understand the cannabinoid’s overall effect. However, the current research is very exciting and encouraging. For example, there are many studies that have suggested that CBD could be helpful in managing a nervous disposition. Other studies have suggested that CBD could be a great aid to those who are suffering from poor joint health. Some studies have even found that CBD could be helpful in dealing with acne.

CBD Oil’s Definition

Now that we have gone over what CBD is, let’s talk about CBD oil.

CBD extract is easy to make into a number of different products, but CBD oil is one of the most popular and common ones. This is partially because it is the simplest CBD product. It is CBD extract that has been mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut or avocado oil. The reason why this makes it so popular is because there are no other substances to suppress the CBD experience.

Another appeal of CBD oil is the fact that it is a very versatile product. With most CBD products, you really only have one option for how to take them. But CBD oil is easy to take in a number of different ways. One really common way of taking CBD oils is by creating your own CBD edibles. You do this by including the CBD oil in with your cooking, preparing, or baking. This is a bit slower than the other methods. This is because the food needs to digest in your stomach before the cannabinoid can take effect and start its work. The other way to take a CBD oil is much more direct. You can just put the drops directly into your mouth. Specifically, it should go under the tongue. This is because there is thin skin under the tongue, which allows for easier absorption. This makes it so the CBD can enter the system more quickly.

What other CBD products are there?

After reading the above section, you may be ready to give some CBD oil a try. You may also be thinking that you would rather try a different product. Well, you are in luck. There are a lot of different CBD products out there, so you can have your pick.

CBD Pills

If products that are more like pills are up your alley, then you may want to give these a try. CBD soft gel capsules are the most pill-like. Because they are made with liquid CBD, soft gels digest quickly. CBD tablets are generally sublingual. You take them by placing it under your tongue and allowing it to dissolve, utilizing the same thin skin as CBD oils.

CBD Snacks

If you are concerned about CBD having a hemp flavor, then CBD edibles could be the perfect choice for you. They are exactly what you may have already guessed: CBD that has been made into food or a drink. People love these because they are simple to take and taste great. The only downside is having to wait for the food to digest.

Topicals

Some people would rather not use CBD orally. That is no problem with CBD topicals. They are anything that you use on your skin. Topicals are not as likely to give you the overall effect of oral products as topical CBD usually does not enter the bloodstream. They may instead give you a localized effect, focusing on the area that they are placed.

So, now that you understand CBD oil better and what it may be able to do for you, are you ready to give some a go?