CBD Oil -Pros and Cons

CBD Oil: Pros And Cons

What Is CBD?

“Short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana or hemp. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.”

( https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/1439.html).

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become very popular these last few years. The main reason for this was the legalization of industrial hemp in 2018. It used to be illegal because it shares the same genus as marijuana. However, CBD does not produce the psychosomatic effects given by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a key compound in marijuana. Basically, hemp is used to make rope and paper, not to get you high, and the CBD extracted from hemp will not get you high.

You are likely reading this article because marijuana is not legal in your state, but you still want the relaxation benefits it gives. Or maybe you don’t like the feeling you get from smoking marijuana and want to try something that is no psychoactive. You’ve come to the right place!

Pro: Reduced Anxiety and More

According to WebMD.com, “Cannabidiol seems to prevent the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that affects pain, mood, and mental function. Preventing the breakdown of this chemical and increasing its levels in the blood seems to reduce psychotic symptoms associated with conditions such as schizophrenia. Cannabidiol might also block some of the psychoactive effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Also, cannabidiol seems to reduce pain and anxiety.”

In other words, there is science behind your brain and body’s reaction to CBD. It seems to have an effect on pain, anxiety and psychotic symptoms that is not a placebo.

Con: Not To Be Used As Substitute For Medical Or Psychiatric Care

There is insufficient evidence to support CBD having any effect on bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions. The evidence is shaky on CBD helping with Multiple sclerosis, withdrawal from opioid drugs, Parkinson disease, schizophrenia, and quitting smoking. If you suffer from any of these, please consult a medical professional before self-treating. CBD could help you, but the science is still out.

Pro and Con: Legal And Illegal By State

CBD can be derived from hemp or the marijuana plant (marijuana-based CBD). Ever since hemp got off the list of controlled substances in the United States, CBD derived from hemp has made waves. Marijuana, on the other hand, is illegal for recreational use in many states and requires a medical card in others.

In most states in America, marijuana-based CBD for recreational use is illegal, so you must have a medical marijuana card to get it and use it legally. It’s a good idea to review your state’s laws so you know what you have access to – https://www.cbdoil.org/cbd-laws-by-state

Con: Possible Negative Side Effects

CBD’s side effects tend to come only at high doses. Make sure to start with a low dose and work your way up to your desired outcome. If you feel any of these side effects no matter your dosage, then CBD may not be for you. CBD’s side effects include appetite changes, fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, and diarrhea.

Pro: Has Been Shown to Help With Epilepsy

According to WebMD.com, “A specific cannabidiol product (Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) has been shown to reduce seizures in adults and children with various conditions that are linked with seizures.”

Con: More Research Is Needed

At the end of the day we have only been researching and consuming CBD on a large scale for a couple of years. That’s not very long when it comes to science. Only time will tell the long term effects of regular CBD uses, for better or for worse.