You’ve probably read that Canada officially became the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana this week and you’ve likely seen the explosion of CBD oil products hitting the market over the past few years (get ready to see a lot more).
But unless you’ve done a bit of research, you might only have a vague idea of CBD oil is and how it’s different from marijuana.
We’re going to break it down for you.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in hemp plants. (Hemp is a variety of Cannabis species.) CBD which is usually made into oil is low on psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol which is what gives weed its psychoactive properties. In laymen’s terms, CBD won’t make you high but it can give you the same relaxed and happy feeling that weed does for many people.
But like marijuana, CBD has the power to relax our bodies, ease pain, have a positive effect on our sleep, and help to regulate our nervous system.
There have been tens of thousands of studies published on CBD oil and its ability to treat or alleviate symptoms of common and even rare health issues. Most commonly CBD is promoted as a treatment for anxiety, pain relief, and nervous system disorders. It’s also been shown to have potential as a cancer-fighting agent. But it seems that there are endless ways CBD oil can effectively be used for optimal health.
Pretty soon you’re going to have a hard time not finding CBD oil products at your local health food stores. Right now you can take CBD oil drops straight from a dropper or you can find CBD oil chocolates, face masks, edibles, lip balm, and even CBD oil tampons!
You can even order some CBD oil yourself and experiment in the kitchen (although make sure to triple-check the recommended servings!).
One more thing to keep in mind is that CBD Oil extracts have been shown to provide many more benefits than single compound sources. If you’re still new to the world of CBD oils then don’t be afraid to ask for help finding the best brands and CBD oil products at your health foods store.
Looking for more information on the power of plants? Check out our post on Holy Basil next!