Cannabis Oil or CBD Oil?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the oil market. No, not the petroleum oil that helps your car run better, the Cannabis oil that helps you run better. Wait, Cannabis oil? Is that the same as CBD oil? Let’s go back a bit.
What Is Cannabis?
Cannabis is a naturally growing herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat health conditions. (1) It’s also used in perfumes, soaps, candles and some foods. Cannabis originated in Central Asia, but today it’s grown worldwide. The term cannabis (popularly known as marijuana) is used to describe a product of the Cannabis sativa plant.
What is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is almost the same as CBD oil, and the two terms are often synonymous, but technically, Cannabis oil is made from cannabis strains with a high THC percentage. (THC is the psychoactive bit of cannabis). Cannabis oil with THC is mostly sold in America where it is vaped and put into edibles. CBD oil, on the other hand, is booming in popularity in Europe due to its many benefits for people.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is created by extracting CBD from either the cannabis or hemp plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which typically contains more CBD than cannabis. The CBD extraction process filters out the THC so it does not produce a euphoric “high” or psychoactive effect.
For this reason, it is a great choice for parents, athletes, people on the go, etc. You get all the health benefits you want from your CBD oil, without any of the high of Cannabis oil or the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical remedies.
What are the possible health benefits of CBD oil?
Our bodies are made up of many systems that regulate body functions. One of these is called the endocannabinoid system or ECS, which regulates pain, sleep, appetite and the immune system. Studies have shown that CBD oil may help reduce chronic pain by reducing endocannabinoid receptors, which also reduces inflammation. (2)
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are most often treated with pharmaceutical drugs with a number of negative side effects including: sexual dysfunction, insomnia, headaches, drowsiness, etc. These medicines also tend to be addictive and can sometimes be abused.
CBD oil UK is not addictive and does not lead to the negative side effects listed above, but has been successful in studies of people and animals living with anxiety and depression. (3)(4) This is due to the CBD effect on the brain’s receptors of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
Research is ongoing into the possible positive CBD effects on the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower blood pressure. (5) High Blood Pressure is linked to many negative conditions including heart attack, stroke and metabolic syndrome.
So, now that you know more about Cannabis Oil UK and CBD oil.