What is CBD oil, and what can it be used for?

Over the last few years the world has seen the laws surrounding marijuana and CBD change radically. It seems like another country or state decriminalises possession or use every day. This can make it hard to keep up with what is allowed and what isn’t.

The CBD industry is legal but only to a certain degree and it is worth checking your local laws. The business of making CBD products is growing and expected to reach at least $16 billion by the year 2025. Products include oil, tinctures and edibles and are used for their widely believed health benefits.

If you have a condition that hasn’t been helped by other treatments then you might find that CBD oil could help. Obviously cannabidiol is not a miracle cure for everything and you should be wary of products claiming to cure cancer and other such serious diseases. It has however been proven to treat epilepsy and has millions of people claim it helps with their skin problems, stress and conditions.

What exactly is CBD?

The cannabis sativa plant produces dozens of compounds and two of these are THC and CBD. THC is the one that many are interested in as it makes them feel high or stoned. It is also the psychoactive ingredient that makes cannabis problematic around the world. Although now decriminalized in many states it remains a controlled substance at federal level.

CBD on the other hand has no psychoactive effects and will not get you high. It does have its own effects on the body and on the endocannabinoid system itself. When CBD interacts with this part of our body it can help to regulate inflammation and pain. This is the area that interests CBD users.

Are all CBD oils the same?

In short yes and no. There are 3 types of CBD oil. CBD isolate, CBD broad spectrum and CBD full spectrum. As you might see from the names they range from an oil that contains only CBD up to the full spectrum oil that contains all the compounds from the plant.

CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD and contains no THC. Similarly broad spectrum also contains no THC but does contain all the other important compounds. Full spectrum contains all and is widely praised as being the best option. CBD isolate is the cheapest and least popular but which oil you choose may depend on your requirements and possibly budget.

What is the entourage effect?

This is a term that has become popular in the CBD world. It refers to the belief that in full spectrum oil the compounds can affect each other. So they basically regulate and modulate each other. Think about how a chilli’s heat can be neutralised with milk or fruit juice and it will give you some idea how these compounds can change each other.

Does the THC in full spectrum cause you to become high?

No. The THC in CBD oil must be below 0.3% to be legal. Of course there are some oils out there that contain much higher amounts of THC so check the packaging and be sure that the oil is hemp derived. There is a school of thought also that using CBD oil long term could produce false positives in drug tests due to the THC present in the oil.

What can you use CBD oil for?

The FDA are still researching CBD for benefits and possible side effects but they have already approved a prescription drug for epilepsy. This has been fully tested and proven to help against two severe forms of the condition. Although CBD is still waiting to get the full approval there are many people who use it regularly to improve their lives.

Famous celebrities and regular people use CBD oil for a variety of reasons. It can be used to treat many skin conditions. Because of its properties it can help with eczema, acne, psoriasis and dry or irritated skin. It contains aniti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects along with Omega 3 & 6. CBD oil can reduce inflammation, help with pain, moisturise the skin, reduce and control oil production, keep pores clean and reduce redness and itchiness.

Other people use different CBD products such as cbd gummies and cbd hemp flower to help them sleep at night. They are popular for people suffering from stress and anxiety and can help users become more focused and relaxed.

What forms does CBD come in?

It isn’t only oil that cannabidiol comes in. Oil is used because it helps to ‘store’ the CBD effectively but you can buy it in other forms such as gummies, vapes, tablets and creams (we recommend these CBD creams). There are lip butters and tinctures available too. Some of the oils are flavoured and come in carrier form such as coconut oil which are used in food or drinks. Some can be used as sweeteners and others applied to the skin. Oil is still the most popular method and is generally added below the tongue and afterwards swallowed. The downside is that many people dislike the flavour but this is an effective way of absorbing most of the CBD. If you don’t like the taste of the oil then there are teas, coffees and other drinks on the market that may be the best way for you to take CBD.

How to buy CBD oil

Firstly decide how you want to use the product, oil, edible or another form. Then you need to know whether you want full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate. You may end up trying different products before you find the right one for your needs at Smile CBD. Make sure there is 0.3% or less THC if choosing a full spectrum product and that it is hemp derived. You could Google the manufacturers name too to make sure they have not had issues with the FDA. Beware of any outlandish health claims and also check out your most recent legislation just to make sure all is good legally.

In conclusion

CBD oil can help with many health problems and conditions. Although CBD is still waiting for full FDA approval it is already helping epilepsy patients improve the quality of their lives and it seems that it is helping millions of other people across the world with a variety of physical and mental health issues.