If you follow natural minded practitioners or nutritionists, you’ve probably heard about CBD (Cannabidiol) oil. A few years ago this was not the case as this has quickly become a health trend, and it’s one that I stand behind. If you’ve been curious about it, you’re in the right place! I’m going to break down what all the hype is about. I know that the use of medical marijuana is a controversial topic but I am hoping that doesn’t deter you from learning more about CBD. CBD is a compound that’s extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD oil does contain THC, however most CBD products claim to have under 0.3% THC, and it is not psychoactive.
There are over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids, and CBD is one of those known compounds that has been proven to treat several diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular health. Until recently, the only compound that was receiving any attention was THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) because it’s the ingredient in cannabis that produces mind-altering effects in users. However, it is known now that CBD is also present in high concentrations — and the medical world is learning that the CBD compound’s medical benefits continues to grow.
So what exactly is CBD? It is the most prevalent non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa. In a 2013 study of CBD published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the benefits of CBD included results as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent. It can also perform as a possible medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.
While I was pregnant with Mercy, my anxiety was at an all time high and I felt like I would never get back to normal. My midwife suggested looking into CBD oil and so I went to my local health food store to see what they had available. I found this brand and have been using it with incredible, continuous results. In addition to helping with my anxiety, it has several additional health benefits that I have noticed an improvement in like pain, inflammation and nausea.
Do you have experience with CBD oil? Have you been on the fence to try it? I hope that if you haven’t incorporated it into your health routine yet, that this blog helped answer some questions and shown you some of the benefits!