CBD Oil: An Introductory Guide
The CBD industry is skyrocketing.
A report by Grand View Research valued it at USD 2.8 billion in 2020 and projected to grow at an annual growth rate of 21.2 percent from 2021 to 2028.
But why is CBD so popular?
CBD is most widely known for its healing properties and is commonly used as a medical application. These days, most of the demand comes from the health and wellness industry; however, it is beginning to seem like there is an extreme level of saturation from a cultural standpoint.
There are certainly no shortages of weird applications for CBD oil – it's everywhere! From CBD-infused food, CBD toothpicks, CBD mattresses, to even CBD toilet paper! Yes, that's right, CBD in your TP.
We break down what exactly CBD is, the beneficial claims, how you can take it, and what to look out for if you're in the market for this product.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of two well-known chemicals from the cannabis plant.
CBD should not be confused with probably its more famous sibling, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive ingredient that gets you high or stoned.
CBD is another chemical compound found in the plant. With a different chemical structure, this makes it non-psychoactive, and thus interacts with our receptors differently. Originating from Central Asia, it is believed that the plant was first used medicinally around 750 B.C.
Is it legal?
There are different regulations in different countries regarding CBD substances, which can often cause uncertainties when traveling or buying products from abroad.
Some countries, such as the US, allow CBD products to have 0.3 percent THC, while most European countries limit THC to 0.2 percent. The legalities of CBD across Asia, however, vary quite considerably.
For many Asian countries, any products that are linked with cannabis are considered illegal. For example, in Singapore, any CBD product is entirely banned. However, the Hong Kong SAR and Japanese governments classify CBD as legal but prohibit any THC and its derivatives to be featured. In China, you can only buy and sell CBD cosmetics; however, CBD as health supplements are banned.
To play it safe, we suggest you check out your own country's regulations before deciding to purchase or travel with CBD products!
CBD oil promotes and maintains health thanks to its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotection effects. Studies have shown that CBD oils can help treat a variety of health issues, including:
· Chronic pain
· Drug addiction
· High blood pressure
· Muscle spasms
· Parkinson's Disease
Higher doses are also referenced for potential treatments of conditions ranging from diabetes, nausea, as well as psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and dementia.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed CBD as safe, those studies claiming beneficial effects are argued to have some knowledge gaps. Therefore the various areas of CBD research are still being reviewed and extended.
How to take CBD oil
CBD oil is most readily available as a tincture (aka bottled oil) sold in various concentrations. This is taken by applying several drops under the tongue, holding it in your mouth for a few seconds for absorption before swallowing. It bypasses your digestive system and goes right into your bloodstream.
Consuming CBD oils via edible capsules, gummies, tongue sprays, beverages, and other snacks will direct the CBD to travel through your digestive system. This process, however, only enables a small percentage of the CBD to be absorbed.
Inhaling CBD using a vape will also bypass your digestive system and go straight to your lung tissue. It has been highlighted by a study that your body will absorb 20 percent more CBD when vaped. However, the process of vaping is linked to hundreds of illnesses and dozens of deaths, so this might not be the best option..
For the more unusual applications such as CBD mattresses, micro-encapsulated CBD oil is woven into the fibers that claim to slowly release as you move in your sleep, allowing your body to absorb these oils and soothe your mind.
When it comes to CBD dosage, typically, you start small to judge effects. As with most things, people react differently, and you need to understand what works best for your body. Remember, it's always best to consult with your doctor before trying a new remedy.
What to look out for
Don't believe everything you read!
CBD oil products can vary considerably, so it's essential to know what to look out for. Here are some general pointers:
+ Talk to your doctor if you want to try CBD
+ Purchase your CBD oil from a reputable source – these oils are largely unregulated
+ Go organic to reduce exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals
+ Read the label – don't assume everything is natural. There can be flavorings or thinning agents used.
+ Don't hunt for bargains – most quality CBD products can cost USD50-100 for 1oz. of oil
Author: Courtney Black