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WHAT IS CBD OIL – AN OVERVIEW

Simply put CBD oil is oil extracted from cannabis plant that contains no THC and thus cannot make you “high”, what it can do, on the other hand is help, tremendously with the medical issues such as anxiety, pain, seizures, depression etc.

Is this just a latest trend among omnipresent natural remedies market or it has actual miraculous health benefits that some claim is a question still to be fully answered. In this article we’ll cover the basics of what CBD oil is and why it is estimated that by the year 2022 this market will be a 22 billion dollar industry.

Marijuana VS Hemp

Marijuana v hempWhen we talk about CBD oil and how it is produced it is very important we distinguish terms cannabis, hemp and marijuana as they all are not the same thing.

Cannabis is a family of two primary classifications called Indica and Sativa. Hemp is Sativa family member, while marijuana can be a member of both. Coming from the same Sativa family these two remarkable plants could be viewed as siblings, they might look alike but their personalities are different. Observing these two plants indicated different anatomy but more importantly their Chemical composition is different.

Cannabis contains a range of different compounds called Cannabinoids with two most dominant Tetrqhydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Both THC and CBD have a variety of effects on human body but THC is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects or the “high”.

Comparing hemp and marijuana, the latter is the sure leader when it comes to the amounts of concentrated THC (15-40%), while hemp contains insignificant amounts (0.3% or less). Because of this it is clear that marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes and hemp is grown primarily for industrial purposes.

CBD was first discovered in 1940, by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois; 20 years before THC was discovered. Up until recently THC was the main compound of cannabis that was heavily researched but with CBD oil being in high demand that is changing.

Endless benefits that CBD oil could possibly have on the human body have not been fully researched and there is still not enough data to support growing amount of anecdotal evident yet, however that in no way means that the benefits are not there.

The known and the unknown – CBD studies

So far the research that has been done indicates that CBD could help with the treatment of following medical issues:

• Epilepsy
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Addiction
• Sleep
• Chronic pain
• Cancer
• Acne

This list goes on to the point where CBD almost has superhero powers. But how much of it is actually true?

The studies that have been done show strong effect in treatment of child epilepsy. The results are remarkable in syndromes that usually don’t respond at all to conventional medicine. The numbers of seizures are significantly reduced.

Simple google search can uncover videos of CBD oil effects on children and they are astounding. So much so that FDA approved a first ever cannabis-derived medicine containing CBD in 2018.

Global epidemic of depression and anxiety might just be relieved with CBD. One study took 24 people suffering with social anxiety and gave them 600mg of CBD or a placebo prior to a public speaking event. Group receiving CBD showed a lot less anxiety, discomfort and cognitive impairment compared to the placebo group.

Small studies have shown That CBD oil can have great impact on pain relief and also reduce cancer treatment side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.

Researchers pointed out that CBD has a tendency of suppressing the growth of cancer cells and also can promote their destruction, however more research is needed to support these claims.

Some of the side effects of CBD usage include fatigue, changes in appetite, diarrhea and nausea. Are these side effects just a result of inappropriate dosage for a certain issue is yet to be fully understood as dosage of CBD is crucial in targeting specific ailment.

The future of CBD & market regulations

Experts have estimated that CBD market will hit 22 billion by 2022 if it continues to expand by the current rate. What we see on the market at the moment is an explosion of CBD infused products; beauty products like masks, creams, topical, also health food products as supplements, smoothies, spreads, gummies and the list goes on.

These product contribute to the CBD craze and making it available to the average Joe who is looking to ease his conscious while doing something good for his body, but let us not forget that small amounts of CBD could not produce noticeable health benefits on serious issues mentioned previously thus making CBD benefits just a health trend.

Heavy regulations are needed ASAP to protect the actual health benefits of CBD oil that can greatly improve lives of many people in years to come and also help educate medical workers in prescribing it as well as finding the right dosage.

This is an ongoing challenge for each state as marijuana is legal in some and illegal in others and CBD as one of the compound requires its own regulations.