There has been a TON of press lately regarding the many positive effects of Hemp Oil, otherwise known as CBD Oil! Even Dr. Oz and Dr. Gupta are talking about it, and personal testimonials can be found showing improvement in several common health challenges.
Since CBD is a relatively new concept, it’s important to get a better understanding of what CBD oil IS, and why so many are finding powerful benefits with this amazing plant medicine. It’s also crucial to understand how the different growing environments and processing techniques impact the various oils. With this information, YOU the consumers can make informed choices from the various options found on the market.
All mammals (not only humans, but dogs and cats too) are equipped with an endocannabinoid system. These cannabinoid receptors are primarily responsible for helping create homeostasis in the body, and to reduce inflammation. Hemp oil provides cannabanoids that connect with those receptors to promote health. TIP: Learn more about the role of the endocannabinod system.
Hemp oil is not the same thing as marijuana and will NOT get a person high (sorry stoners, ha). These two plants are cousins; hemp oil contains mostly CBD, and many other cannabanoids, with a very small amount of THC (less than 0.3%) and marijuana contains mostly THC, with a very small amount of CBD. There is also usually a THC-free version (isolate) available, in case your company requires you to pass a drug test. TIP: CBD oil sold in the United States isn’t regulated by the FDA. The manufacturer is responsible for quality control. That is why it’s important to select a reputable company.
Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory nature, CBD oil has provided relief for many health challenges, specifically those that are caused by systemic inflammation. As a result, CBD has alleviated symptoms related to many common ailments. Even dogs and cats are benefiting from this oil. TIP: If a product doesn’t work for you, consider trying another with a different CBD potency or ingredients.
Since CBD oil is often ingested sublingually (drops directly under the tongue), it is crucial to know what to look for in a quality CBD oil. Some things to watch for are that the oil is grown in an FDA-compliant US farm (to ensure that the highest standards are upheld) and that the product passes third-party testing. The farm should provide organic, non-gmo hemp. It is best to find an oil that is Full Spectrum, rather than an isolate, if possible, so that the different cannabanoids in the plant can work synergistically. TIP: For maximum absorption sublingually, hold the oil under your tongue for 30 seconds to a few minutes before swallowing.
You can find CBD oil locally, at grocery stores or other outlets, or through network marketing companies. CBD-infused skin cream, pain cream, transdermal patches, gummies, pet treats, and even coffee and creamer can be found as well.
Regardless of where the oil is purchased, it is important to recognize the importance of these quality standards.
Expect to be hearing more about this amazing plant medicine in the future!