Now that medical marijuana is gaining some traction globally after being legalized in Canada and some parts of the United States, more people are turning to it as an alternative natural treatment for their ailments. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be effective for some, but they come with a slew of side effects and can sometimes lead to physical dependence and addiction—a risk some aren’t willing to take. Others may find that medications don’t work well enough and are looking to add another type of natural medicine to their treatment.
This article will dive into everything related to CBD oil, including what it is, how you use it, and what the health benefits of it are.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It has no psychoactive properties, so you won’t get “high” from using CBD oil, but you still get the benefits of the healing properties without the altered state of mind.
You can get raw CBD oil from brands like Cancalm, or you can get pure CBD oil. The difference between the two is the method of extraction. Raw CBD oil means the oil was created by CO2 extraction without using any heat or solvents and none of the enzymes or vitamins are lost. Pure CBD oil was extracted using heat, meaning all of the components except CBD are lost. Generally, pure CBD oil is more expensive, and unless you’re looking for a better flavor, raw CBD oil will do just fine.
How do you take CBD oil?
CBD comes in a number of different forms, including supplements, gel capsules, topical creams, tinctures, sprays, and even in wax form, but the highest concentration of CBD is in CBD oil. When taking CBD oil, all you have to do is drop it under your tongue and keep it there for as long as possible. The longer you leave it under your tongue, the better it can absorb into your bloodstream, meaning it will be more effective.
What’s the right dosage?
It can take some trial and error to find the dosage that works best for you to provide the best relief for your ailment. If you’re brand new to CBD oil, it’s always recommended to start with a microdose and slowly increase the dosage until the symptoms of your condition are lessened. Remember not to exceed the dosage recommended by your doctor or what’s written on the label of the CBD oil bottle, so when you’re gradually increasing your dosage, don’t go too far. Consider external factors as well, like what you eat can even have an effect on how well your CBD oil works for you.
Who can use CBD oil?
CBD oil is generally safe for almost anyone to use, except for women who are pregnant, as it may have negative effects on the unborn baby. Those who have liver issues or low blood pressure should also be wary of their CBD oil usage, as some of the side effects CBD may cause can interfere with both the liver and blood pressure. While there are some side effects, scientists are still studying the herbal extract for more conclusive results, and so far have generally found that its use is quite safe for almost anyone.
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