For someone who’s not familiar with this niche, it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various products obtained from marijuana or hemp, or to distinguish between hemp oil, CBD hemp oil and the same product obtained from medical marijuana. In the end, they all refer to the same plant, right?
Yes and no. These products are indeed obtained from the same source, but different parts of the marijuana plant are used for producing the oil, and this is why the final products have different characteristics and effects.
CBD oil is a dietary supplement and an excellent source of nutrients that can be safely consumed by kids and adults as part of their daily diet. Unlike “cannabis oil” (generally referring to high THC oil), CBD hemp oil is legal, and is not psychoactive, meaning that it does not cause one to “get high”. Responsible for this “getting high” effect is THC, a compound that is naturally found in the cannabis plant, but is not included in CBD Hemp oils above .3%. CBD is thought to counteract the effects of THC, so it is not used for recreational purposes.
Then why is this oil beneficial for? If it’s not the same with medical marijuana and is different from both THC-rich cannabis oil and hempseed cooking oil, what is CBD oil used for?
Applications of non-psychoactive CBD oil
A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology points out the numerous therapeutic properties of CBD oil, showing that this product can act as a natural aid in a series of conditions. According to the aforementioned study, cannabidiol, which is the main ingredient in Elixinol as well, has shown anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties in a number of experimental models, as well as antiemetic (reduces nausea and prevents vomiting), anti-depressant and antipsychotic properties.
But what about people who don’t suffer from inflammatory disorders, don’t experience anxiety or depression episodes on a regular basis and aren’t affected by neurodegenerative disorders? Can they still benefit from using CBD hemp oil? The answer is yes, and here’s why!
1 CBD oil acts as a natural pain killer
Oil obtained from hemp that is rich in cannabinoids can act as a natural pain killer, several studies showing that CBD activates the same brain areas as opioids, exerting an analgesic effect.
The endocannabinoid system is known to play an important role in the control of synaptic transmission in pain pathways, so by activating this system, cannabinoids act as neuromodulators for a series of physiological processes among which pain-sensation. Moreover, studies suggest that through its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil can reduce the pain in arthritis.
2 Cannabidiol-rich oil is a neuroprotective agent
Thanks to its anti-oxidant effects, CBD oil can act as a natural neuroprotective agent that reduces oxidative stress and prevents neurodegradation, as well as oxidation-associated diseases like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, gastric ulcers or CNS disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).
Studies have shown that CBD inhibits the production of glutamate, attenuating its toxicity, protecting brain cells and reducing the risk of ischemic damage.
3 CBD oil is beneficial for skin
A recently published study showed that cannabidiol-rich oil has anti-inflammatory effects and can inhibit the production of sebum, being a potential solution for people struggling to keep acne outbreaks under control. According to researchers at the Department of Physiology, Medical and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen (Hungary), the oil obtained from hemp plants inhibits the production of sebocytes and exerts antiproliferative effects, while reducing inflammation.
All these findings are encouraging, as they show that besides delivering significant amounts of nutrients, CBD oil can be a powerful aid in various health conditions.