Nowadays, most people have started using CBD products, especially CBD oil to treat a range of health issues including insomnia, inflammation, depression, anxiety, etc. However, despite the huge popularity, the use of CBD products is yet controversial and there are many confusions prevailing amongst users regarding these products and its effect on human body. If you are also wondering about what exactly CBD oil is, its health benefits, and potential risks, you may refer to the helpful points given below.
CBD is one of the most important compounds found in two types of cannabis plants; marijuana and hemp. When it comes to CBD oil, it is a type of oil that contains a certain concentration of CBD, as the name indicates. However, the concentration and purity of CBD tend to change in different oils and this is likely to affect the results as well. Furthermore, some people have a misconception that CBD is marijuana and tend to use the terms interchangeably.
Note that the latter is sourced from the marijuana plant that contains both CBD and THC, which is the most active element or compound present in the plant. THC contains psychoactive elements and hence, it tends to pose different effects on the body of the user. It is worth noting that THC can change the user’s state of mind irrespective of the way he/she uses it. In simple words, THC or marijuana can make you high. On the other hand, CBD is extracted from hemp plants and the percentage of THC in it will be little to nil. As a result, CBD cannot make consumers stoned.
Some of the major uses of Cannabidiol are listed below.
- Anti-inflammatory properties and natural pain relief
- Help people to quit smoking
- Treat opioid addiction
- Alzheimer’s disorder
Fortunately, no grave side-effects on the vital signs, the central nervous system, mood, etc., have not been reported yet even when it comes to people who consume a higher dosage of CBD. The most common side effect testified is tiredness. Some people have reported issues such as changes in weight or appetite and diarrhea. Anyhow, it is always recommended to consult your doctor before consuming CBD products, especially if you are taking any other medications.
Note that CBD can interact with dietary supplements, OTC acids, and prescription medications and may alter its effect. CBD is also likely to disturb an enzyme called cytochrome P450 complex affecting the ability of the user’s liver to break down toxins. Needless to mention, this will increase the chances of liver toxicity. Other side effects of CBD include;
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Lethargy and irritability
- Reduced urination
- Breathing issues