Why Try CBD Oil?

by Medical Xpress Wellness

CBD oil in a jar with a spa setting of stones and flowersWith a history of treating illnesses dating back to ancient times, CBD oil is claiming its spotlight in today's wellness community. People are turning to this compound for relief from a large variety of illnesses. But, where does it come from and what are its possible benefits?

What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is made from taking the CBD compound found in the cannabis plant and mixing it with natural oil. It works with the human body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) that was first discovered in the 1990s. The ECS is made up of receptors located throughout the body that help maintain a healthy balance with functions like your sleep cycle, hunger sensations, metabolism rate, recall ability, inflammation response, and pain sensations.

Will it Make Me "High"?
Although CBD is a cannabinoid compound that has been extracted from the cannabis plant, it does not produce the "high" sensation. This side effect is found when using another compound from the cannabis plant called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since CBD oil by law cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, you will not experience the psychoactive component of the THC. However, you may feel calmer and more relaxed as the CBD is known to decrease anxiety.

Ancient roots
CBD may be making recent headlines in the wellness community, but it is not a newly explored compound for treating a wide variety of medical concerns. Rulers such as the Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung in 2737 BC and Queen Victoria in the 1800s were documented to have used cannabis-derived remedies. In the 1960s, the CBD strain was extracted and studied by the science community for industrial and medicinal purposes. While a few studies continued to surface under the public radar in the 1970s and 1980s, finding a way to conduct research for health benefits was cumbersome due to legal restraints in answer to the popularity of growing the cannabis plant for higher concentrations of the hallucinogenic THC. As a result, there was a significant time-lapse in producing CBD-rich plants and studying the CBD extract more extensively. The legalization of marijuana in some of the states finally allowed scientists and growers to focus once again on the potential healing effects of CBD.

Reported Success 
Today, the use of CBD oil has been suggested to help treat a wide variety of symptoms like reducing seizure activity, alleviating nausea and calming inflammation. People also use CBD oil for lowering blood pressure, curbing anxiety and depression, healing acne, improving memory, and lessoning substance addiction. In other words, CBD oil is touted as a natural way to assist the body's ECS to restore physical balance and harmony.

Restoring Balance
Speaking of restoration, CBD works with the ECS cannabinoid receptors to increase or decrease releases of chemicals such as serotonin. This means the body is better able to respond to pain, stress and other stimuli. Hence, people report feeling better while using CBD oil as their bodies are being put more in alignment with their natural state.

Growing Wellness Trend  
With the legal approval to explore the potential of this ancient plant in certain states, the once demonized cannabis is making a splash in the health and wellness community with products like CBD oil. The reason? Take inflammation as an example. In order to reduce inflammation, which is tied to a myriad of symptoms humans experience, a traditionally accepted treatment has been man-made medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that carried significant side-effects when used continuously to treat chronic symptoms. Stomach ulcers, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, swelling, headaches, and a tendency to bleed more are some of those listed possible side-effects for the repeated intake of NSAIDs. On the other hand, CBD oil is plant-derived with less severe reported side-effects including nausea, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Thus, many people are willing to try a natural remedy before the ongoing use of a manmade chemical product.

In conclusion, while man-made treatment options may be taken to relieve the same symptoms as the naturally-derived CBD oil, the wellness community is asking at what cost? This question pertains to both the physical side-effects and pricing of over-the-counter and prescription medications. Even then, you may need to purchase multiple prescription or over-the-counter drugs to do what CBD oil is suggested to do. It is important to note before using CBD oil or any other substance as a replacement for your prescribed treatment, always consult with your physician. If, however, your physician agrees CBD oil is worth trying to find relief from your symptoms, you can learn more about CBD oils and how to purchase them on our product page because a restored balance in your body means getting back to doing what you enjoy.