What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol—CBD, for short—is a compound found in the cannabis plant. In fact, the cannabis plant contains over 100 compounds! You might be more familiar with one called THC, which is responsible for the feeling of getting “high” when using marijuana.
Depending on the state, CBD can be taken from the entire cannabis plant (including the flower, which contains THC) or it can be taken from the stalks of the plant only (hemp). The Compounding Center located in Leesburg, VA only carries CBD oil from hemp. After CBD is removed, it’s combined with an oil to make CBD oil.
Researchers are still looking at how CBD oil can be used to treat or relieve certain conditions, but in this post, we’ll cover what they know thus far.
Benefits of CBD oil
Even though CBD doesn’t alter a person’s state of mind like THC does, it has some important uses.
1. Reduces anxiety
People with social anxiety disorders (like fear of public speaking or performing) reported reduced anxiety and discomfort after taking CBD.
2. Reduces nausea
Serotonin is a chemical that helps us feel well. In small doses, CBD can stimulate serotonin receptors to relieve nausea.
3. Antipsychotic properties
CBD may help reduce symptoms of psychosis like hallucinations and delusions.
4. Protects nerves from damage
People with epilepsy have reported less seizures and convulsions when taking CBD oil. CBD may help reduce muscle spasms too.
5. Relieves pain
In our bodies, we have a network called the endocannabinoid system. It has many uses, including helping us manage sleep, appetite, pain, and immune response. CBD is able to interact with our endocannabinoid receptors and relieve chronic pain and inflammation.
Higher doses could be useful for more serious psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.
Risks of CBD oil
One of the advantages of CBD is that so far, it seems to cause less side effects compared to other pharmaceuticals. But that doesn’t mean CBD is risk-free.
Patients have reported GI issues like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some patients reported psychosis, anxiety, depression, dizziness, changes in appetite, and dry mouth.
CBD can also interact with different medications, so keep your health care providers in the loop when using CBD oil.
Where can you get CBD oil?
CBD oil laws vary by state, but The Compounding Center in Leesburg, VA now carries the gluten-free brand Plus CBD Oil. Plus CBD Oil is grown from agricultural hemp, so it can be sold across the US.