In recent years we have seen widespread legalization of marijuana use. The use of this substance in treating a variety of ailments has prompted extensive research on some of the active compounds found in marijuana plants, chief among them CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In this article we will take a closer look at CBD, an extract of the cannabis plant.

CBD is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stems of the marijuana plant or industrial hemp. This means that it has varying compositions of THC, with the industrial hemp variety containing minimal traces. CBD oil contains the active compound CBD in a given carrier oil. In most cases, the oil also has a variety of other active compounds contained in the CBD extract, including plant nutrients.

CBD oil is available in a variety of forms including under the tongue sprays, tinctures, capsules and topical salves and creams.

Read on below to find out more about how CBD oil works to create its numerous associated health benefits.

How CBD Oil Works

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to create its associated health benefits. This is a complicated system of receptors that are, in one way or another, involved in maintaining various health aspects. According to research findings, the endocannabinoid system is involved in the regulation of various bodily functions including metabolic processes, sleep, memory and mood, just to name a few.

It is important to note that this chemical compound does not cause any euphoric effects, as is the case with THC use.

Health Benefits

Regular use of CBD oil is claimed to have a variety of health benefits; however, research into these claims is still ongoing. To begin with, the FDA has already approved the first CBD based drug known to be effective in treating two forms of epilepsy in children.

CBD oil proponents also claim that the compound is effective in treating chronic pain, diabetes, heart issues, cancer, anxiety, loss of appetite, weight loss, glaucoma, muscle spasms, insomnia and acne among others.

As previously stated, research is still ongoing to ensure that such claims are backed by scientific proof.

Side Effects

Before using CBD oil for any of the above health benefits, it is important to consider the associated side effects. First and foremost, research findings suggest that the use of CBD may cause nausea, anxiety, dizziness, diarrhea, dry mouth, appetite changes, mood changes and vomiting among others.

Starting with small doses, and working your way up gradually as you look to identify your perfect dosage level is highly recommended, as a way to minimize the severity of the above mentioned side effects.

It is also worth noting that this chemical compound may interact with various drugs including common epilepsy medications. CBD use may also have negative effects on pregnant or nursing mothers, according to research findings.

Before using CBD oil it is recommended that you first sit down with your physician and discuss any potential side effects.

With the above information in mind, you will be in a better position to make an informed decision on whether CBD oil is right for you. Remember to confirm the legality of this substance in the area you reside in before placing an order for the same.