Cannabidiol, which is popularly known as CBD, has a vibrant history and dates back to 1940. There are around 113 discovered cannabinoids, and CBD is one of them. It’s found in cannabis, a resinous flower, and has medicinal value. It contains a component called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes a “high” effect when consumed; CBD oil, on the other hand, has a variety of benefits.
CBD Oil in Canada can be purchased through a Licensed Producer (LP), and this is for patients that have a medical prescription to use cannabis. The CBD found in convenience stores or food stores are illegal, and its quality is not regulated and guaranteed. Under the Federal Government of Canada Act, Cannabis was legalized in 2018 for recreational purposes.
Both the components, CBD and THC, have therapeutic effects even though CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. CBD is non-addictive since it does not produce excessive dopamine and cannot get a person high as it’s known with other opioids or nicotine. CBD reduces the ”high” effect of THC. For first-timers, CBD is best as it’s non-intoxicating. CBD is easy to administer; it can be inhaled as CBD smoke or vapor, sprayed on the inside of the cheek as an aerosol spray, and orally; it comes in liquid form, oil, capsules, and as dried cannabis.
Types of CBD Oils
- Hemp is the least processed cannabis; cold-pressed from Hemp seeds, and it’s mostly used medically. Cannabis sativa is a plant that is used to make hemp and marijuana; even though these two are very different.
- The ones made from near-pure or crystal CBD are white and powdery and do not contain phytocannabinoids.
- Full-spectrum oil is produced from the whole cannabis plant and contains CBD and other phytocannabinoids like THC, CBN, THCA, CBG, and CBC.
- Broad Spectrum contains all phytocannabinoids and no detected amount of THC.
- Nano CBD is where CBD is shrunk into tiny sizes like 100nm and changed into water-based form. It helps to absorb faster and efficiently than the oil-based ones.
CBD comes in different forms:
1. CBD Capsule
It’s considered the most accurate form of dosage prescription; it comes in a soluble container made of Gelatin. It’s an alternate option to pills.
2. CBD Pills
It’s a solid, round shaped and tightly compressed medicine that’s easy to swallow. It’s available in crystal form with a concentrated CBD extract made from a specific cannabinoid.
3. CBD Softgel Capsules
These are significantly similar to capsules; they are both made from a translucent outer shell of Gelatin and in a dark golden shade; mostly filled with olive oil and hemp oil.
CBD capsule and pills as diet supplements offer faster effectiveness compared to CBD oil. The three forms of CBD provide similar positive effects, but in measuring the correct dosage, a patient is advised to use pills and capsules than oil. To avoid the risk of overdose, it’s recommended to use tablets and pills. As for CBD oil, the chance of an overdose is high.
Health Benefits of CBD
Many patients have claimed that CBD has helped in treating back pain, osteoarthritis, and cancer. It also helps with:
- Pain and Inflammation
- Crohn’s disease
- PTSD and Anxiety
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Opioid Withdrawal
- Reduce Anxiety and pain
- Depression and Acne
- Epilepsy and Glaucoma
- Loss of appetite and body weight
- Increased levels in liver enzymes
There are several side effects like:
- Changes in mood
- Changes in appetite
- Dry mouth
CBD oil can interact with other anti-epileptic drugs. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to avoid because of its adverse effect on the baby. It’s essential to consider a doctor before consuming CBD products. CBD oils contain some amount of THC, and this impairs a patient’s ability to operate machinery and equipment, drive safely, etc. If the patient doesn’t enjoy raw, organic hemp oils, then the CBD capsule, gel cap, and pill can be an alternate solution; they are tasteless and can be administered orally and quickly.