What is CBD oil?
CBD is one of many cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis plant.
Two of the compounds in marijuana are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD. These compounds have different effects.
Until recently, THC was the best-known compound in cannabis. It is the most active constituent, and it has a psychological effect. It creates a mind-altering “high” when a person smokes it or uses it in cooking. This is because THC breaks down when a person applies heat and introduces it into the body.
CBD, in contrast, is not psychoactive. It does not change a person’s state of mind when they use it. However, it may produce significant changes in the body, and it is showing some significant medical benefits.
In a nutshell, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a large messaging network in your body that plays a key role in regulating many physiological functions. In fact, cannabinoids are so essential to good health that your brain actually produces its own cannabinoids.
According to a 2018 study Trusted Source, reasons for taking CBD oil include:
How Do You Use CBD Oil?
CBD-infused products fall into four basic categories, according to the book CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis — Healing Without the High
1- Ingested CBD Swallowing CBD oil allows it to pass through the digestive system and be metabolized by the liver, sending its active compounds throughout the body over several hours. CBD oil is usually ingested in drops, tinctures, and capsules, or added to foods and beverages, such as gummy candies and coffee.
2- Sublingual CBD Another popular way to take CBD is to place a few drops of the oil or tincture, under the tongue and hold it there for several seconds. This allows the active ingredients to be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream through mucus membranes in the mouth.
3- Topical CBD infused products are applied to the skin to relieve pain and reduce inflammation directly where needed. Topical products include creams, salves, patches, shampoos, suppositories, lip balms, bath salts, and personal lubricants.