Cannabidiol oil (CBD) has seen massive growth in popularity in recent times. Mostly because of its legalization by several US states.
With continuous research and successful clinical trials, it is now a much desirable alternative in the treatment of anxiety, pain, epilepsy, cognition, mobility disorders to name a few.
I personally only recently heard about CBD oil when a friend mentioned that she had received tremendous benefits from using it to help with anxiety.
So, what is CBD, what are benefits on anxiety, and are there side effects? This article will help answer these questions.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol or CBD as it’s commonly referred to was first discovered in 1940. It is a compound extracted from the buds and flowers of the cannabis plant. CBD oil is made from this extract diluted with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the 2 main cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant.
Both CBD and THC are credited for their therapeutic effects but CBD is more desirable in that it is non-intoxicating. It does not have any psychoactive effects on the brain or it won’t get you high of.
THC, on the other hand, is the chemical found in cannabis plant responsible for inducing the ‘high’ effect. More about the difference between marijuana and CBD in our previous article.
CBD is widely recommended by health professionals in dealing with issues such as epilepsy, anxiety, sleeplessness, inflammation etc. However, the use of CBD is controversial and varies from state to state.
As many as 30 US states have legalized its use, including some states where marijuana is still illegal.
In some states like Missouri, you can use CBD in treating epilepsy only if you can prove that 3 other methods have been unsuccessful. CBD oil can be used for cooking or as medication.