Depending on where you live, you might be seeing CBD oil pop up in shops lately. Despite being closely associated with marijuana – considering they’re derived from the same plant – it’s more widely, legally available.
As the industry grows and it’s more closely studied, we’ve seen some clear benefits of using CBD oil as a supplement for stress, sleep and even epilepsy treatment without many of the negative side effects experienced when smoking or ingesting marijuana.
It’s actually been used for more than 6,000 years in Oriental Medicine. Let’s get into it.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a compound of marijuana. The other compound that most people are more familiar with is THC, which is what classifies marijuana as a psychoactive drug.
CBD doesn’t contain the same side effects as THC, so it’s gaining traction as a useful, medicinal supplement without the stigma that surrounds weed.
THC vs. CBD
In essence, the major difference is that CBD doesn’t intoxicate you. This makes it a more suitable option to use as medicine because ideally, medicine has little to no side effects.
Additionally, this means that people could potentially reap the benefits of medicinal marijuana without having their daily lives impacted much.
THC acts on CB1 receptors – pathways that are responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana – whereas CBD does not. These receptors determine whether you feel a little more relaxed after a long day, or you’re sitting on your couch munching on crisps for a few hours.
The way CBD interacts with receptors also makes it a non-addictive substance.
So, how do we separate the two?
Simple enough: unpollinated female hemp plants hardly contain any THC. Hemp plants – and the oil extracted from it – can legally be sold if their THC content is less than 1%, and this is where CBD fits in (and why it’s okay to use).
Finally, it’s worth noting that exploring the benefits of both CBD oil and THC is valuable because they are non-lethal drugs.