What is CBD Oil and How to Use it?

What is CBD Oil and How to Use it?

Cannabidiol, also called the CBD oil, has recently gained a lot of popularity, specifically due to its easy accessibility. It can be commonly found in almost all health stores.

Previously considered as a treatment only for the seriously ill people, CBD oil has now gained a lot of traction among the fitness freaks. This oil has promised to provide relief from almost everything, from pain to anxiety and depression.

But what exactly is CBD oil? Is it any different from marijuana? How much should you take to get the most out of this oil?

What is CBD Oil?

CBD refers to one of the 104 compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as the cannabinoids and are found in abundance in the marijuana plant or Cannabis sativa.

CBD oil refers to the oils that contain this cannabinoid in it. This oil has been under research for a long time due to its potential to treat a number of ailments.

Is CBD Same as Marijuana?

Hemp is considered the least processed form of cannabis. It contains high amounts of CBD commonly used by people for medicinal purposes. Hemp and Marijuana are sourced from the same plant, Cannabis sativa. However, both of these substances are quite different.

The marijuana farmers used selective breeding for years in order to increase the amount of THC in it. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive agent found in marijuana. It is this agent that gives the users the characteristic “high” upon using marijuana.

However, the hemp farmers did not do any modifications to the plants. Hence, the levels of THC in CBD oil are moderate and the product is not psychoactive at all.

How does CBD Oil Work?

The human body naturally produces certain cannabinoids. These agents bind to their receptors, the CB1, and CB2 receptors, to produce the effects. The CB1 receptors are found throughout the body but most of them lie in the brain.

CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are more abundant in the immune system. These receptors mainly affect the senses of pain and inflammation. The researchers believe that the cannabinoids in the CBD oil attach themselves to CB2 receptors to produce its effects.

Using CBD Oil

CBD oil is easily available in the form of tinctures. You can use it by placing a few drops beneath your tongue and holding it for some time so that it can be properly absorbed before you swallow it.

You can also add a few drops of it into your foods and drinks.

CBD oil is also available in the form of sprays to use under your tongue, creams to use topically, and capsules to ingest orally.

How much CBD Oil to Take?

For determining the appropriate dose of CBD oil, consider the following two points:

  1. Decide the Dose on the Basis of your Body Weight

Just like other substances, people having higher body mass require more amounts of CBD oil. It is a rule of thumb to take 1 to 6 mg of CBD oil (depending on the level of your pain) per 10 pounds of your body weight.

For instance, a dose of 20 mg to 33 mg would be perfect for a person with 200 lb of body weight.

  1. Start with a Smaller Dose and Increase Gradually

It is always better to start taking CBD oil in the minimum possible amount. If this amount fails to provide relief, you can always increase it. However, make sure to do it slowly and stop at the least possible dose that can effectively manage your pain.

This step is important to make sure you do not develop any side effects due to overdosage. Moreover, practicing this step will also prevent addiction.


Nancy Walker

Nancy holds a Medicine degree and a Masters of Science MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH) from Tufts University. She worked as a lecturer for three years before she turned towards medical writing. Her area of interest are infectious diseases; causes, mechanism, diagnosis, treatments and prevention strategies. Most of her writings ensure an easy understanding of uncommon diseases.

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