CBD Oil – Benefits and Side-Effects

In all fairness, Cannibidiol which is often frowned upon due to the negative perception attached to marijuana, comes from the hemp plant, another variety of the cannabis sativa plant. The major difference between both varieties comes from the specific compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC creates ‘the high’ or the ‘buzz’, also called the psychoactive effect. On the other hand, hemp contains very miniscule amounts of THC (0.3% or less).

Now that this confusion is cleared up, let’s step onto a few pointers regarding CBD. 

Benefits of CBD oil

Cannibidiol (CBD) is the second most active ingredient in marijuana (also known as cannabis). It is a frequently used component towards utilizing the benefits of medical marijuana and processed directly from the hemp plant, a close relative of the same plant. Unlike marijuana’s infamous side effect of ‘getting high’, CBD does not show the possibility of such side-effects in humans. World Health Organization’s (WHO) research clearly states that the use of CBD does not push humans towards abuse of the substance or the creation of any unhealthy dependence.

  1. According to Harvard Medical School, the best evidence for the health effects of CBD lies in its scientifically proven effectiveness against certain rare childhood epilepsy conditions such as Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndromes. The rarity and severity of such conditions makes them non-responsive to various existing anti-seizure medications, creating stumbling blocks to children as young as three to five years old, affecting their cognitive development and not allowing them to reach due development milestones. USA’s Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CBD-inclusive medicine termed Epidiolex for such conditions.
  2. CBD also offers some relief to patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and severe insomnia; studies based on its use shows that it helps simultaneously in beginning a healthy sleep-cycle and maintaining the same for the approved amount of time.
  3. Different forms of chronic pain may seek relief in CBD as well, such as those related to multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and inflammatory and neuropathic pain. The European Journal of Pain used an animal model to demonstrate the effect of CBD on these forms of pain that are usually difficult to treat – a promising start to the method’s significance.
  4. Research also indicates a positive light from CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects on oil-secreting glands in one’s skin. This points towards possible effects on acne conditions and other inflammatory skin diseases. The presence of the component in skin products need not be harmful, but as for most conditions, doctors often recommend more researched medications that have proved its effectiveness countless times. 
  5. While the effect of CBD on cancer is still under research, studies show a positive effect on the side-effects of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy-related nausea, vomiting, and pain.
  6. Individuals with neurological disorders may stand to gain with the use of CBD, mainly due to its active effect on the endocannabinoid and other brain-signaling systems within humans. CBD’s use seems to be safe and effective on reducing muscle spasticity for conditions such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, which was otherwise resistant to other medication. 

Why organic CBD oil?

The making of CBD oil at blaze-cbd.com includes extracting the component from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

Within the CBD debate, the side that supports organic CBD oil seems to be making more strides. Depending on the growth conditions, one can consider organic hemp plants as ‘cleaner’ and free from synthetics, chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The presence of certain pesticides and fertilizers depletes the natural nutrients from such plants and may cause dangerous allergic reactions in individuals. They are also not genetically modified and there is less exposure to chemical toxins that may endanger the CBD user’s life.

There’s a huge variety of organic CBD types that are available in the market:

  • Organic CBD pills and capsules
  • Organic CBD Isolate (98-99% pure)
  • Organic CBD Wax
  • Organic CBD Edibles
  • Organic Full Spectrum CBD Oil (contains all cannabinoids)

CBD oil side effects

The underlining question to any new medication always revolved around a single topic – safety of usage and possible side-effects.

  1. Users of CBD report signs of dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and in some cases, nausea.
  2. For those individuals using other forms of medication, it should be of special concern that CBD raises the level of the blood thinner Coumadin in one’s blood as well as raising the levels of certain other medicines in a similar mechanism as grapefruit juice does.
  3. There are chances of liver toxicity, as seen by the use of CBD-rich cannabis on mice. There are also doubts regarding the dosages, as to whether the mice received little or more.
  4. Another concern with CBD lies in its use as a supplement and not always as a medicine. This form of marketing in selling this component removes it from the purview of organizations such as the FDA in USA. This leads to questions concerning its safety, the purity of its ingredients, and if the ingredient’s dose mentioned on the label is actually included in the medicine.

There is very less knowledge about the effect of other unknown elements with CBD within the supplement mixture, and the right amount of dosage required for the treatment of various medical conditions.

Like every medicine, one should treat claims of CBD as an effective treatment of cancer with a grain of salt as it isn’t scientifically proven and simply propaganda by the concerned manufacturers. CBD definitely requires more research, but the results so far have been promising and it warrants a lookout for the component in further uses.