What Is CBD Hemp Oil For-Exactly What It Does — And Doesn’t — Do.

It’s not a stretch to say that CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the most exciting and promising compounds currently undergoing rigorous medical and scientific research.

CBD has made headlines in recent years for some pretty stunning results

Still, misinformation and confusion about CBD abounds due to the relatively recent emergence and widespread awareness of this incredible compound.

Let’s take a deep dive into what cannabidiol (CBD) is, and exactly what it does — and doesn’t — do.



WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR?

CBD is simply short for “cannabidiol”, the second-most abundant cannabinoid molecule produced by the cannabis or hemp plant.

The most abundant molecule, of course, being THC: the psychoactive chemical famous for making users feel “high” (CBD does not have this effect).

Keep in mind that your body already has an endocannabinoid system, an extremely important molecular system that your body uses to regulate and perform various critical functions.

CBD binds to receptors in this system; our bodies were designed to interface with cannabinoids from the very beginning — we even naturally produce them!


CANNABIDIOL (CBD) FACTS

Cannabidiol (CBD) FactsCBD does not get you “high” (non-psychoactive)

Comes from hemp or cannabis plants

Potential medical applications include anxiety and pain relief

Indirectly interacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors

CBD is legal to buy and own

 

 

 



HOW DOES CBD HEMP OIL WORK?

As stated earlier, your body already has a wildly complex endocannabinoid system that affects several different areas and functions.

That system is rife with “receptors,” sites that await cannabinoid molecules presence.

When the cannabinoid nears, the receptor will bind it to itself, creating a sophisticated chemical interaction that modern science is only just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding.

Unlike its sister molecule THC, CBD does not make you feel high — but don’t think that a lack of psychoactive or intoxicating effect means that nothing is occurring.

On the contrary, it’s very clear that there are many chemical responses that occur when CBD binds to those cannabinoid receptors.

That being said, the endocannabinoid system is ubiquitous in the human body, affecting nearly all major functions in some way (especially homeostatic regulation).

Because of this, it’s quite a task to discern everything that CBD does, exactly, when the binding occurs.

That’s where the research is at right now: trying to solve that very mystery.



CBD vs.THC

CBD vs. THC

Though they share the same source plant family (cannabis), there is a huge difference between CBD and THC — both in the effect they have and they way they chemically interact with your body.

Until recently, CBD was somewhat stigmatized and not taken seriously as a potential medically therapeutic agent due to its chemical proximity to THC (the chemical that creates an intoxicating “high”)

Let’s set the record straight once and for all

CBD EFFECTS

  • Not psychoactive/intoxicating
  • Possible anti-anxiety applications
  • Legal to buy and own
  • Indirect agonist of cannabinoids
  • Binds to the allosteric receptor site
  • Legal to buy and own in the USA

THC EFFECTS

  • Highly psychoactive/intoxicating
  • Has been shown to cause anxiety in some users
  • Still illegal in some parts of the USA
  • Directly binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors
  • Binds to the orthosteric receptor site
  • Legality varies from state to state

NEWS ABOUT CBD HEMP OIL POTENTIAL BENEFITS

Not a week goes by these days without CBD grabbing a headline or two, and the news is incredibly encouraging for people who suffer from a wide variety of ailments.

That’s just one area where CBD holds incredible promise.

Two other applications that currently have strongly funded research in place (much of it by the US government itself) include pain relief and anxiety relief.

You don’t have to look far to find people who vehemently follow a daily CBD regimen for these types of issues: take this account of a 70 year old mountain guide in Climbing Magazine who swears by it for his arthritic hands; or this published study in Neuropsychopharmacology (a medical journal) that showed a biologically observable reduction in Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder when public speakers dosed CBD.

On top of all of that, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an exhaustive report in 2017 on the public health impact and efficacy of CBD.



WHAT IS CBD HEMP OIL USED FOR?

Before we discuss some uses for CBD oil, we should clear up one area of confusion: what is CBD hemp oil, exactly?

CBD hemp oil is simply the natural extracted oil product of the hemp plant, a non-psychoactive species of the cannabis family.

Although CBD oil can also be derived from the psychoactive species as well, those oils can end up containing higher traces of THC, which is not ideal for all CBD users.

Humans’ endocannabinoid system, which CBD directly affects, has a profound influence on a myriad of different areas and functions in our body.

Therefore, CBD oil is being self-administered as a supplement by people all over the world to combat conditions.

The fact is that new medical research is being performed on CBD every single day, and we don’t quite know definitively how it works — but the potential is astounding.

The financial sector is certainly betting on CBD hemp oil’s continued popularity: a recent Forbes article estimated that the CBD market will grow 700% by 2020.

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7 thoughts on “What Is CBD Hemp Oil For-Exactly What It Does — And Doesn’t — Do.

  • July 19, 2018 at 11:43 pm
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    I didn’t knew about CBD Hemp Oil until I came across your site. This is a very good review and a great product as well. I am sure this will be very beneficial for me.

    Thank you Brad

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  • July 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    This is very informative article. I truly enjoyed reading it because you seem to know exactly what you’re talking about. You’ve obviously done a great deal of research on CBD oils and the difference between CBD and THC. I have some experience with CBD so can attest to the validity of the information in this post. My own particular story goes like this. I received a medical marijuana license to treat a neuropathy condition I have in my feet and legs. While waiting for the legal marijuana to come I purchased CBD oil and was advised to take 10 drops under my tongue each night. I tried this for several weeks and it had virtually no beneficial affect. By the way, I also have insomnia, and the oil didn’t help this either. Next I tried the medical marijuana, and it made me sick. I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I’d like to know your thoughts about all this.

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    • July 19, 2018 at 6:31 pm
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      Thanks for your comment Bob.
      Sorry to hear that the CBD oil and MMJ did not help you. However, since I am not a medical doctor, I cannot comment on your dosage and use and why it had no effect for you. I suggest that you talk to your MD or whomever issued your MML.
      As with all medications-prescribed or over the counter, are effective for some while other have no response.
      For some, it has helped with their affliction. I am sure there are others like yourself who have experienced no benefit.
      Perhaps there are other who read this that have had the same experience and will join the conversation.

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  • July 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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    You know what? This was actually all really good information I didn’t know any of this at all and it was very well explained well done. A lot of people get misleading information about CBD, but this really cleared it up and thought out.

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    • July 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm
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      Thanks Salina
      You are right. Most people are only aware of CBD in it acronym form, but know little else about it and what it exactly does. I hope that this article clears it up for some, and make sure you follow the links to get even more information. I am glad you found it useful.

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  • July 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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    Hi Brad
    Thanks a lot for this beneficial review about CBD Hemp Oil. It is the first time I hear of it. It looks amazing. In my opinion, it should be available in every house because it cures many symptoms such as Pain and Inflammation, anxiety, Insomnia Treatment and skin care.
    I liked what you said about this treatment especially that it helps against insomnia or a condition that was keeping you from falling asleep.

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    • July 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm
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      Hello Rania and thanks for the comment. There is a lot of information out there in regards to CBD, but with so much information-what does a person believe and how does a person use it? I hope this has cleared up a few questions people may have, and help them make an informed decision on using CBD oil.

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