CBD Oil – What Are the Benefits?
As state and federal governments continue to roll back regulations on all products related to cannabis, CBD oil might have the most health benefits.
While the legalization of recreational marijuana sparks many debates and grabs all the headlines, CBD oil has been brought to the forefront of the medical community to help treat pain and inflammation, anxiety, and even cancer.
What is CBD oil and why is it legal?
CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant, but a medical marijuana license is not needed to sell them. This because the oil lacks a major presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance most recognized for getting people “high”. Instead, CBD oil only contains a small amount of THC, and thus is not classified as a controlled substance.
As a hemp oil derived from the non-psychoactive cannabis plant sativa, it has three different forms: green (unfiltered straight hemp oil), blue (filtered, but not “cooked,”) and gold (filtered, “cooked down”).
CBD oil is classified as a dietary supplement, and though it does not have any scientifically proven medicinal properties, enough people have sworn by its usage for the product to have become popular on the market.
Though the early returns on the benefits of CBD are good, it’s important to note that it has not been subject to major testing from the medical science community, and that its benefits are “pseudo-scientific.”
Why is it so popular now?
CBD oil is thought to by many to have the beneficial powers of cannabis without the THC, including having a calming effect and also, as a mild analgesic for patients with arthritis.
Additionally, it is notable as a nootropic substance that, for some, increases the cognitive benefits that come from treating anxiety. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
How is it administered and are there side effects?
There are a handful of different ways to administer CBD oil, including tinctures, vapes, capsules and topical creams. Tinctures simply drop a couple drops under your tongue and wait to swallow.
Some may experience side effects, such as headaches. But these are more common from untrustworthy brands bought online.
Questions of legality
CBD oil at Curtis Pharmacy is licensed and certified as a dietary supplement, and is completely legal since the federal government passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, which legalized the marketing and sale of industrial hemp products across the country.