A brief guide about CBD oil and cannabis in general. Everything you need to know about the benefits and usage.

CBD oil is not rocket science. It comes from the hemp plant, cannabis genus and it has been with us since forever. In fact, cannabis has been used medically for thousands of years in Asia and Africa! It was almost certainly brought to America several times, first from Africa to South America, through the slave trade.

United States Slave Trade black and white photo from 1830.

The oldest known literary reference to the use of cannabis and its healing (medical) properties comes from Asia – China. Shennong, The mythical king, who lived around 4500 years ago, have already recognised the power of the female cannabis plant. He and the people from that time used cannabis plant for malaria, gout, menstrual fatigue, rheumatism, constipation, thiamine deficiency and absent-mindedness.

Even the first known chest operation and organ grafts were performed with the help of cannabis. Hua Tuo, the well-known Chinese surgeon performed that surgery without inflicting any pain. The blend he used was made from hashish (cannabis resin), wine, and the poisonous flower of datura plant. 

Hua Tuo Chinese doctors
Hua Tuo (left)

Also in Egypt, ancient pieces of hemp (cannabis form with less THC compound) were found in the grave of Akhenaten, dating back to 1350 BCE. Besides, the cannabis pollen was found in Ramesses II tomb, dating back to 1224 BCE.

In the early 19th century, an Irish physician working in India, William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, saw that cannabis was used extensively in Indian medicine. Garcia Da Orta, a Portuguese physician, after living in India, first wrote about cannabis as a medicine in the 1500s. After many years of prohibition in the 20th century, cannabis today is finally back among us – to help us cure ourselves and to live healthier.

In short, amongst many natural compounds, there are the two major ones found in plants of the Cannabis genus: cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about CBD in general, its benefits and usage. Read on to learn more.

WHAT IS CBD IN GENERAL?

CBD oil and cannabis leaf

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the 140 cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Almost every day, the number of cannabinoids detected increases. Most of the cannabinoids are not yet fully researched. However, we know that CBD is a completely legal and non-psychoactive component (unlike THC) that acts primarily on the peripheral nervous and immune systems.

CBD does not cause intoxication. It has therapeutic effects and has been the subject of research in epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, psychological instability, diabetes, neurological diseases, cancer, nausea, inflammation and many other diseases.

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CBD OIL SERVES AS:

analgesic – relieves pain
antibacterial – destroys and inhibits bacterial growth
antidiabetic – lowers blood sugar
antiemetic – relieves vomiting and nausea
antiepileptic – reduces seizures and cramps
antispasmodic – relieves muscle cramps
anxiolytic – relieves anxiety
immunosuppressive – affects the immune system
bone stimulant – stimulates bone growth
neuroprotective – protects the nervous system from degeneration
antiproliferative – inhibits the growth of tumors and cancer cells
anti-inflammatory – relieves inflammation

ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

Your body naturally produces molecules similar to cannabinoids (compounds found in cannabis). Those molecules are called endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system exists in your body and it is active even if you don’t use cannabis at all.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex and biological cell-signalling system. However, experts are still trying to fully understand the endocannabinoid system and its role. So far, we do know that ECS plays an important role in regulating many processes and functions. Some of them are:

  • mood
  • memory
  • appetite
  • sleep
  • reproduction and fertility

WHICH FORM OF CBD WORKS THE BEST?

CBD can be used in a variety of ways. It is available as CBD oil but also in tinctures and pills, can be mixed with food or in drinks and also smoked. You can also get CBD with various products such as lotions or peels (there are even lubricants that contain CBD). Some ways deliver CBD better and faster, some slower.

Each method has a different degree of usefulness, depending on what is intended to be treated and who uses them. For example, consuming a tincture might be more helpful in fighting depression, but smoking or vaping CBD can be extremely helpful to someone trying to quit smoking or reduce (maybe even eliminate) nicotine intake.

Cannabis female plant

HOW TO USE CBD OIL?

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to take cannabis in the right way so that the treatment therapy goes best and most effectively.

Of course, the more beneficial substances a plant has, the greater its effect on our health. It doesn’t mean that broad-spectrum or CBD oil isolate is bad, nor less good, but with the whole plant extract and full-spectrum, you can be sure to get the most out of what’s in the plant. If you seek the best option out there, then you shall go with a whole plant extract.

CANNABIS OIL IS BEST TO TAKE UNDER THE TONGUE because it is thus absorbed in the mucous membranes that lead directly into the bloodstream. With this method, you bypass the stomach and liver, which INCREASES BIOR AVAILABILITY (i.e., the number of cannabinoids that enter the bloodstream when your body absorbs the drug) and takes about 15 to 30 minutes to take effect.

SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE TASTE OF CANNABIS IN THE MOUTH
The oil can be put into capsules (buy them at a bio pharmacy) or add to food and drink. This method is also effective, but the bioavailability is lower, which means you WILL NOT ABSORB CANNABINOIDS THAT FAST because in this way they pass through both the stomach and the liver.


When using cannabis in capsule form or in eating and drinking, the oil can take 30 to 90 minutes to take effect depending on factors such as: what and what food you ate and the speed of your metabolism.

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF TAKING CANNABIS OIL and one of these ways is taking the oil rectally with a suppository (for specific and certain diseases such as Crohn’s disease, prostate problems, lower back, anal fissures, etc.) or vaginally with a vaginal spray. (menstrual pain, vaginal dryness, sexual pain, endometriosis, etc.)

Cbd oil on the hand

DIFFERENT FORMS OF USING THE CBD

When buying CBD oil, you will probably come across several different forms. The following products are some of the most popular forms of CBD oils:

1.) CBD OILS OR TINCTURES are liquid extracts that are applied under the tongue, where CBD is most rapidly absorbed and enters the bloodstream. They usually come in a glass bottle with a dosing dropper built into the lid or in syringes.
They are made with the help of alcohol, CO2 or butane gas. (more on this in a future article)

CBD Hemp oil

2.) CBD CAPSULES are filled with CBD oil and swallowed as a supplement. They are packaged like bottles of vitamins or supplements, which contain gelcaps filled with golden oil.

4.) CBD VAPE OIL can refer to filled oil containers that attach to vape batteries or to vape juice used in e-cigarettes.

CBD E-liquid

5.) CBD FLOWERS with a low percentage of THC and a high percentage of CBD. (I do not recommend this method because smoking leads to lung problems). I would not recommend beginners to start with vape oil but with tinctures or capsules.

CBD OIL SIDE EFFECTS

CBD is generally considered safe to use. Side effects of taking CBD are rare. When side effects occur, it is mainly due to a combination of CBD and other medications that the person is taking.

According to the Indiana University Department of Medicine, some of the medications you should not take in combination with CBD are:

  • Steroids
  • Antihistamines (allergy medications)
  • Drugs to increase the motility of the gastrointestinal system (prokinetics)
  • HIV antivirus
  • Immune modulators
  • Benzodiazepines (medicines to treat anxiety, insomnia and similar conditions associated with nervous tension)
  • Antibiotics
  • Anaesthetics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antiepileptics
  • Beta-blockers

There is a small chance to experience some of these side effects:

  • Appetite changes
  • Mood changes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Therefore, it is very important that you investigate well in detail how CBD affects the medications you are taking. It would be best to always consult an expert.

Cannabis plant in the hands

WHAT IS FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL, THE WHOLE PLANT EXTRACT, BROAD SPECTRUM AND ISOLATE?

Full-spectrum CBD contains not only CBD but also all other cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less).

Isolate CBD contains only CBD. 

Broad-spectrum CBD contains CBD but also multiple other cannabinoids, without THC.

Whole plant extract contains a wide range of cannabinoids that are naturally present in hemp, but also fats, waxes and other fibrous materials. (for example, DR. Cristina Sanchez concluded that the whole cannabis plant extracts work best for reducing cancer cells).

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CBD PRODUCT?

First things first: ask yourself a few important questions:

1. Do you have some health condition, any pain, some chronic condition or do you want to use CBD for prevention?

2. Are you using any antidepressants or some other medications and which ones? Check how those medications interact with cannabis products you plan to use.

3. Have you researched enough about cannabis and can I recognize the quality products from the bad ones?

LEARN WHAT IS: CBD OIL/HEMP OIL, THC OIL/CANNABIS OIL AND HEMP SEED OIL

Let’s learn to distinguish concepts, their substitutes and look at their differences. Both CBD oil and THC oil are mainly used by people for healing and health maintenance purposes due to their powerful healing properties, but some people who use it both recreationally.
CBD oil is mostly legal in most states and you can get it more easily, while THC oil is mostly illegal.

HEMP SEED OIL is mainly used in cooking, as a dietary supplement and to support immunity. It’s legal and easily available – it’s very likely to have it in your mandatory, larger grocery store.

Cutting a cannabis plant

THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR USING CBD OIL:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Reducing stress
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches

CONCLUSION

Without a doubt, cannabis has been used for many years throughout history for medicinal and healing purposes. The health benefits of the cannabis plant are studied every single day and there is more of what we still need to learn about it. However, certain facts – that are also brought up in this article – we do know and we shall use for our own well-being. To summarise, educate yourself, research and ask questions: your medical advisors or professionals in cannabis to help you choose the right product in case you are not yet sure what to choose.

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