What is CBD Oil and What Does It Do?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an oil extracted from cannabis — specifically hemp, as opposed to marijuana — that contains only miniscule amounts (or none) of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to its very low percentage of THC, CBD oil does not have psychoactive properties and does not appear to be addictive, according to World Health Organization research.

Due to this, CBD is generally considered to be a legal product throughout the US. Legalization officially occurred at the federal level in 2018 with the passage of the Farm Bill, but states are still empowered make their own decisions about CBD oil and its legality. The FDA is currently getting involved in regulating the sale of CBD oil and other CBD-based products.

How is CBD Oil Made?

CBD oil can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana. Generally, if it’s extracted from marijuana there is a greater risk of the oil containing trace amounts of THC, so the legal status of CBD oil derived from marijuana is much more complex. Extracting CBD oil from hemp seeds produces the least amount of THC — as such, most legally available oil is extracted from the seeds of hemp plants.

CBD Oil Benefits and Effects

There is plenty of research being undertaken concerning the effects and potential benefits of a wide range of cannabis products for people suffering from physical and mental illnesses. CBD oil is unique in its potential to provide health benefits without the psychoactive properties of THC. This avoids many of the controversial effects associated with marijuana use, while allowing people to benefit from the positive effects of CBD.

Research about CBD and its effects is still ongoing, and much of it remains inconclusive. However, there are studies which have suggested its positive potential for assisting in the treatment of several conditions.

Epilepsy

The very first instance of the FDA approving a drug derived from cannabis for medical use resulted in the creation of Epidoliex, a CBD-based oil treatment for certain forms of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidolex was also the first FDA drug approved for treating Dravet syndrome. From an FDA press release:

“Epidiolex’s effectiveness was studied in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials involving 516 patients with either Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex, taken along with other medications, was shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures when compared with placebo.”

This is a controlled drug made from CBD oil extract, and is not an over the counter CBD oil product. People with severe medical conditions should consult their doctor before self-medicating with any over the counter products.

Pain Relief

Studies of rats and also of patients with chronic pain illnesses have shown, in some cases, that CBD oil may have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. For people who live with chronic pain such as arthritis and chronic neuropathic pain, CBD oil could have positive effects on quality of life by helping with pain management. There’s no evidence that it cures or treats conditions causing or underlying chronic pain of any kind, only that it can relieve some symptoms and potentially make patient’s lives easier.

People may use medical marijuana for pain relief and to control a wide range of negative symptoms associated with multiple illnesses, and it appears that similar effects can be achieved without the psychoactive properties of THC. CBD oil is popular for use in topical pain relief products, intended to treat minor aches and pains.

Blood Pressure

Pre-clinical trials and studies have shown that CBD oil may have blood pressure management benefits. The results show that CBD oil reduced both the resting blood pressure in volunteers, as well as their blood pressure in response to stress. The research has not yet shown whether CBD oil is an effective treatment for cardiovascular disorders, however, it may be valuable to people who are worried about their blood pressure.

CBD oil may not be a cure for heart disease, but it may aid in stress relief. CBD oil has also been used to assist with relaxation and sleep as well.

Social Anxiety

In preliminary studies focusing on social anxiety, CBD oil has been shown to have a positive effect on people who suffer from certain forms of anxiety and have difficulty functioning in social situations. The study purports that CBD oil worked to reduce symptoms related to physical anxiety, such as cognitive impairment and speech performance.

As such, many people use CBD oil for daily mental health maintenance. While these anecdotal cases, in conjunction with the above studies, make a strong case for the benefits of CBD oil, there is more study required to determine all of the positive and negative effects of the drug, and still no definitive evidence that CBD oil cures illnesses. It does, however, seem to effectively relieve some symptoms and subjectively improve the quality of life of many people who suffer from issues such as anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

Acne

As noted above, CBD oil has been shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects. This is why it’s useful in some cases for pain relief. According to some very preliminary research, the anti-inflammatory benefits also extend to the relief of acne symptoms. Its positive effects seem to work inside and outside the body.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

In short, CBD oil does not intoxicate users. The only completely, federally legal form of CBD oil is extracted from hemp, not marijuana. When extracted from hemp, CBD oil has such small amounts of THC that it has no psychoactive effects — it can’t get you “high” in the same way that marijuana does. This means that consumers can enjoy the benefits of CBD oil without the worry that they will be inebriated or under the influence of a scheduled substance. It’s also the reason that this type of CBD oil is legal in various states throughout the US.

Where to Buy CBD Oil

CBD oil extracted from hemp is completely legal at the federal level, however, this doesn’t mean that it is necessarily legal in every state. While you can order CBD oil online, or get it over the counter in health shops of all kinds, you will want to check the specific regulations concerning CBD oil in your state first. There are still more studies that need to be completed before the medical attributes and risks associated with CBD oil can be accurately defined. Nevertheless, the substance is showing a lot of promise, and it’s only a matter of time before the facts are brought to light.

CBD & Alcohol: Good Idea Or a Bad Combo?

Due to the rise in popularity in CBD, more and more people are researching whether you can use CBD and alcohol together. While on the surface, mixing CBD and alcohol may sound like a bad idea, people who use CBD as part of their daily regimen may still want to enjoy an occasional drink, so the responsible thing to do is research their potential interactions beforehand. First, let’s look at what they are.

Cannabidiol

The cannabis plant contains over 100 active compounds known as endocannabinoids, of which CBD is one. It won’t get you “high,” but when extracted and purified, CBD oil can be used directly or formulated into a wide range of products, from topical lotions to tinctures, edibles, and capsules. While peer-reviewed research is limited, anecdotal evidence points to its potential use as a health and wellness aid.

Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant that is commonly available in beers, wines, liquors, and foods. It has a strong effect on the human body and mind. Impairment can set in quickly and last for hours, jumbling thoughts, altering the users mood, and interfering with their decision making and motor skills when used in quantity. When used responsibly, it is often considered a relaxing way to unwind or as an aid to letting off steam.

Availability

CBD and alcohol are both easy for responsible adults to obtain. Alcohol is generally available to those in the US over 21. CBD oil derived from industrial hemp–cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% of THC, the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana–is legal at the federal level and widely sold to those over the age of 18, though some cities and states may have their own regulations in place limiting sales.

Common Reasons For Using CBD And Alcohol

  • The most common reason for mixing CBD and alcohol is that a user takes CBD on a regular basis and decided to have a drink. Under these circumstances, it is not so much an intentional mixing of the two as it is two normal adult practices that happen to converge. Generally, this is safe as long as responsible usage rules for both substances are followed.
  • Pain is another common cause of the two substances being used together, intentionally or unintentionally. CBD is commonly cited by users suffering from chronic pain as being one of the reasons they chose to explore cannabis. It has the potential to offer anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects that help ease discomfort. Alcohol, meanwhile, is a natural muscle relaxer. This combination is safe in moderation, but using too much alcohol to numb pain is a far too frequent occurrence, with or without CBD.
  • Other people may turn to CBD and alcohol intentionally to affect their mood or mindset. CBD is commonly used by those suffering from depression and anxiety to promote a calmer, more positive outlook. Alcohol has long been used in attempts to “drink the pain away” emotionally, too many times with disastrous consequences.

CBD’s Effect On Alcohol Consumption

As with many things CBD related, research is limited, but limited studies have produced interesting results. The use of CBD and alcohol does not seem to affect alcohol impairment levels, but it may lower your blood alcohol level. This means that while your car or a breathalyzer may not screen you as being over the legal limit, your actual level of intoxication may be the same as someone who is over the legal limit.

Other research has shown that CBD may be of help in fighting alcohol addiction. It’s thought that it does this by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, providing the “reward” that an alcoholics body seeks by drinking. This can help ease the dependency on alcohol. This does not mean that it will necessarily help keep you from becoming addicted, but that, with further research, it may help break the addiction cycle.

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How to Use Alcohol and CBD Safely

  • Explore Privately First – If you are using the two together for the first time, do so in a safe, secure environment. This can be at your home or a friend’s home, where you can control what you have access to and you are surrounded by familiar things, plenty of food and water, and a place you can rest and relax if necessary.
  • Moderation Is Key – Just as with alcohol alone or CBD alone, when mixing CBD and alcohol, overconsumption can lead to trouble. Stick with your usual dose of CBD, or if you’re a new user, start with small doses and forego alcohol until you are familiar with how your body reacts to CBD. For alcohol, limit yourself to the drinks you know you can handle, and be aware of how your body is reacting. Remember that both substances take time to become effective, so allow time to establish the effect of one drink before ordering and downing another.
  • Avoid Driving and Operating Machinery – Impaired driving is a crime, but it’s worse than that. When you operate a vehicle while impaired, your risking not just your life, but the lives of everyone around you. If you intend to drink, plan on not driving. Call a cab, rideshare, or friend.
  • Use the Buddy System – Take a friend with you. They can help you keep from making mistakes you’ll regret or taking risks that could leave you in jail or the hospital.

CANNABIS AND MEMORY-WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?

Cannabis has been around for a very long time. There is documented evidence of cannabis being used as a medicinal herb across different cultures. It’s interesting to note that cannabis has found a special place in ‘The Ebers Papyrus’, one of the oldest finished medical textbook dating back around 1550 BC.

WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?

Cannabis contains over 400 different chemical compounds out of which around 85 are potent bio-active compounds called cannabinoids. Out of these THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two most well-known cannabinoids. These compounds together give the cannabis its magical medicinal properties and the famous ‘high’. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for the ‘high’, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which is also known to counter the effects of THC thereby reducing the high. THC and CBD are found to engage with the receptors CB1 and CB2 found in the body’s Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS in our body is a large complex network of cell receptors and influence many of our bodily functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, immune system, and pain. The ECS contains cannabis-like compounds, such as- Anandamide and 2-AG which helps in regulating the body’s functions and pain naturally. So when the cannabinoids in the cannabis engage with the receptors of our body it enhances the body’s ability to regulate the pain and inflammation. CBD is a versatile plant-based health compound which is proven to alleviate pain and inflammation and helps in relieving symptoms of many diseases.

IT’S GETTING POPULAR

This has made many patients fighting depression or suffering from ailments like arthritis, cancer, anxiety and many other chronic conditions to shift to cannabis as an alternative treatment or in combination with other prescribed medications. Many modern doctors have also started to prescribe cannabis along with other medications. According to UNODC an estimated 183 million people worldwide used cannabis in 2015 with a number of medical users rising steadily in the U.S.Cannabis can be taken orally, smoked, vaped or used as CBD oil. CBD oil benefits tremendously in arthritis and relieving joint pains. Moreover, raw cannabis seeds are a great source of protein and considered a superfood for various reasons.

CANNABIS AND MEMORY

With so many benefits of cannabis we know how it affects our body, now let’s find out its effect on our memory as well. Looking at the forgetful stoners it seems that cannabis and poor memory are somehow connected. Let us explore this further!

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF CANNABIS ON MEMORY:
THC- the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis is responsible for mind-altering effects on the brain giving the user a euphoric effect seems to affect memory in two ways:

  1. Cannabis makes it difficult to encode the memories: Encoding is the crucial first step to create a new memory. Encoding is a biological event beginning with perception through our senses. This perception gets converted into a construct and is stored within the brain which can be recalled later as a short-term or long-term memory. Thus, this event gets hampered under the influence of THC and the user is unable to form new memories.
  2. Makes it difficult to recall short-term memory: Short-term memory also known as working memory is like a ‘post-it-notes’ for the brain. It is basically the ability to remember and process information at the same time. Cannabis is known to affect this working memory while the user is under its influence, and possibly even little after the high wears off.

Fortunately, some studies suggest that many frequent cannabis users might become less sensitive to these effects over a period of time and the memory impairment in most of the users is temporary.

LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CANNABIS ON MEMORY:

Long-term memory, also known as Verbal memory can be adversely affected by higher doses of cannabis in frequent users. An interesting long-term study conducted by UCSF researchers for over 25 years shows that long time (five years or more) users of cannabis develop a poor verbal memory recall. Researchers found that with every five years of marijuana use the person’s ability to remember words from a list of 15 words decreased by one. Although it did not seem to have any effect on other cognitive functions involving planning and focusing. According to Reto Auer, the main author of the study, people who consumed cannabis for longer periods were at a greater risk of verbal memory loss by the time they reached their middle age. A study shows that cannabis with high THC and low CBD adversely affected memory, while cannabis with high CBD has no adverse effects on the memory. Interestingly, some studies suggest that higher level of CBD, due to its therapeutic properties and non-psychoactive behavior, may prevent or even reverse memory impairments caused by THC. So CBD might even help protect our memory.Written by Kathy Cooley

Kathy Cooley has been closely studying the cannabis industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she loves to pen down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends, particularly medical cannabis.

Interview: CBD rescued my body and skin

We recently received the following message from Simona, a user of our Soothing CBD Skin Balm and CBD oil

I had never had any great problems and had always been healthy. It was after I turned 40 that various symptoms began to appear; swelling of my face which made it difficult to swallow and severe urticaria, which consequently led to me having to go to A&E where I had Medrol pumped into my veins. I also had painful, itchy eczema on various areas of my skin, for which on numerous occasions I had to take antibiotics or use a cortisone ointment.

I tried everything from A-Z, bioresonance therapy, homeotherapy and classic medicine. I was tested for everything possible, but nothing was detected. Then I came across an article on the internet about all the various uses of CBD resin and I said to myself that I haven’t got anything to lose by trying it. After just two months of using it the outbreaks of swelling and urticaria had lessened and within a couple of days I was better, without the use of Medrol.

My eczema also healed by using your product. I think that it was in October 2017 that I first began using CBD hemp resin – the last outbreak was in February 2018 and since then no more. My skin shows no trace of urticaria, swelling or eczema and I hope that it will remain so.

On the basis of this I decided that my son should also start taking the drops for at least one year so that I can see if they help his acute atopic dermatitis.

We asked Simona for a brief interview, which you can read below.

When and how did you notice the first changes/reactions in your body or skin? Please describe the symptoms and problems that you faced.

I had been healthy all my life; for 40 years I hadn’t had any health problems. In 2016 I noticed I had a small rash on my neck – eczema – which slowly grew and became itchy and painful. Then my eyelids and the area around my mouth began to swell and it was hard to swallow due to my swollen windpipe. All of this was accompanied by severe urticaria all over my body, not spots but large red patches.

How did you allieviate the condition?

Due to the outbreaks of swelling and urticaria, I found myself at A&E on several occasions, where they injected me with Medrol. I was given antibiotics and cortisone cream for my eczema. I underwent all the possible tests, however, nothing was detected. I went for bioresonance therapy and tried homeopathic medicine, but nothing helped.

What led you to hemp, or rather how did you find out about all its beneficial effects?

Because of all my various problems, I was scouring the internet a lot and I saw a programme about how cancer patients were self-treating with hemp. I searched for a Slovenian website, because I’m not keen on ordering from abroad, especially when it comes to such delicate matters as health. That’s when I found your website.

How did your body accept hemp and what where the initial feelings when you began using it? When did you notice the first signs of improvement?

At first I found the taste of CBD hemp resin very unpleasant, however, once I began taking it on a daily basis, I soon got used to it. I began using it in autumn 2017 and it was then that the outbreaks of swelling and urticaria began to reduce. If an outbreak occurred, it was to a lesser extent and I no longer needed Medrol. The last outbreak was in February 2018 and I hope that I won’t have anymore. I still take CBD resin every day, under my tongue in the morning on an empty stomach. However, since the improvement in my condition, I have reduced the dose to a minimum.

Occasionally I have a tiny area of eczema on my face which I treat with your Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm.

In addition to the improvement in your skin condition, have you noticed any other positive benefits of hemp on your general wellbeing?

I must confess that I was so overwhelmed and afraid because of the outbreaks that I didn’t even pay any attention to whether or not I felt any other positive benefits. I was so happy if every day passed without an outbreak of swelling or urticaria, since this was the reason that I began using CBD hemp resin.

My advice to other users would be simply to ensure that you take hemp every day and to persevere with using it for at least six months to see if it helps. I constantly said to myself that I haven’t got anything to lose, maybe it will help. It’s true that it’s not cheap, but when I think about how much money I threw down the drain for everything else, there is no comparison.

In the picture you can see the condition of Simona’s skin before and after using our hemp products.

10 Tips for Choosing Quality CBD Products

All that is good is bound to get watered down. Ancestors cooking over fire evolved into fast food and microwave meals. Quality metal cars used to last fifty years — now your plastic bumper is hanging on at the end of a five-year lease. This watered-down effect is inevitable for CBD products as well.

CBD products are expected to become a $1 billion industry by 2020. It’s only natural for health and wellness companies to claim their stakes in the prize, but don’t let that deter you from using CBD products. Like you can still get a good meal out and buy a decent car, you will always be able to find quality CBD products. You just need to know what to look out for. Here are 10 tips for choosing quality CBD products.

1. Check How the CBD Products Are Extracted

How CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant will have an impact on the genetic makeup of the final product. To extract CBD oil, you must apply pressure to the plant. This will cause the trichomes to burst open. In turn, the plant will excrete its oils, which CBD oil companies will capture, bottle and sell. It’s how these companies apply pressure to the plant that separates high-quality CBD products from low-quality CBD products.

If the CBD products are extracted by heat, that means butane was used in the process. The chemicals in butane will come into contact with the cannabinoids in the oil. Anytime aromatic chemicals come into contact, they will have a chemical reaction.

Chemical reactions alter the genetic profile of all compounds. Butane is a hazardous material. Even if it is distilled from the final product, the immediate interaction with the cannabinoids already diluted the quality of these CBD products.

Instead, look for companies that use other extraction methods such as CO2 or food-grade ethanol. These all-natural solvents will ensure that all the cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact without the use of foreign substances.

2. Only Buy Naturally-Derived CBD Products

If you care about how your CBD products are extracted, then buying all natural should be a no-brainer. Ingesting butane molecules from a heat extraction is one thing. Taking products treated with pesticides is another.

Buying inorganic products means that the plants your oil was extracted from were exposed to foreign chemicals. These chemicals were designed to kill living creatures deemed pests to the farmer’s crops. Toxic chemicals may have a negative impact on the wellness-promoting properties of items, including CBD products.

3. Make Sure the CBD Products are Broad Spectrum

When you are shopping for CBD products, you will notice two varieties on the market — broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. There are at least 113 cannabinoids in cannabis. Isolated CBD products are just as they sound, containing just one of those 113 cannabinoids (CBD) in an isolated oil.

While isolated oils are efficient, they are not the highest quality CBD products out there. That’s because CBD works better in unison with other cannabinoids. This is known as the “entourage effect.”

In broad spectrum CBD products, the efficiency of CBD in your system is amplified by:

  • 113 Cannabinoids
  • 30+ Terpenes (Including Myrcene, Eucalyptol, Linalool, Geraniol)
  • Antioxidants
  • Flavonoids
  • Glycerides
  • Amino Acids
  • Omega Fatty Acids

By using broad spectrum CBD products, you are getting all the benefits of the cannabis plant, minus the THC. If you don’t see the words “broad spectrum” on the label, look for “whole plant” instead.

4. Look for Third-Party Testing Reports

You have the right to question every product you ingest. That’s why you should know everything about what’s in your CBD products. As a distributor of supplements, CBD products companies should know what’s in their products as well. This makes third-party testing pivotal when choosing which CBD products are best for you.

Third-party testing is the best way to keep a supplement company honest. There is no motive for a testing company to report or deny ingredients in a formula. Because the FDA doesn’t have specific guidelines on CBD products, third-party testing gives consumers the facts. From there, you can make an informed decision about your health.

We conduct our in-house rigorous testing on every batch of CBD products we make. When our batch passes, we receive a Certificate of Analysis and a Certificate of Quality Assurance. Once a month, third-party testers come in to validate our certificates.

If there are third-party results, take a moment to look at them. Whenever formulas are created, foreign chemicals may be the result of a rogue reaction. Minimal traces of heavy metals may make their way into the final CBD product. Any sign of these may result in inferior CBD products.

5. Find Out Where the CBD Products Are Sourced From

When in doubt, always make sure to buy your products from the United States. Hemp is a heavily regulated commodity in the United States, so you know the CBD products are Farm Bill Compliant.

Many environmental aspects such as soil pH and climate can have an impact on the quality of CBD products. Before you buy any CBD products, you should look into where the company sources their product from. That’s why it’s best to go with what you know. If a company is getting their CBD oil from a United States source, you know that it will be of a higher quality.

6. Ensure the CBD Products Have High Bioavailability

Anytime we consume a product, our stomach acids must break it down and distribute the nutrients into the bloodstream. In doing this, many nutrients from our foods, drinks and supplements get lost before they are absorbed. That’s why it’s best to choose CBD products formulated to increase bioavailability.

This is one of the reasons broad spectrum CBD products are superior. The entourage effect helps with the absorption of nutrients.

On top of that, we formulate some of our CBD products by breaking down the nutrients via nano-sized emulsions. This makes it easier for the body to digest, speeding up the absorption process. Most CBD products on the market boast particles that are 150 to 500 nanometers in size. Ours comes in at a whopping 25 to 60 nanometers!  By consuming CBD products with nano-sized emulsions, you lessen the risk of losing valuable nutrients.

7.  CBD Products Shouldn’t Have Any GMOs

Additives add nothing to CBD products. If you are going to get flavored CBD products, make sure the flavors are all-natural such as essential oils. Also, check that the products don’t have any gluten or other potential allergens involved in the casing of the CBD products.

While the Food and Drug Administration insists that Genetically Modified Organisms are okay to consume, studies are still being conducted on the long-term effects. When it comes to an all-natural product like CBD, why rock the boat? There’s no need to muck up the benefits of CBD with foreign substances if it’s not necessary.

8. CBD Products Must Come In Adequate Packaging

How your CBD products are packaged matters almost as much as how they are sourced, extracted and formulated. The moment a cannabis leaf is picked, it begins to die. As it oxygenates, valuable cannabinoids dissipate into the atmosphere. CBD product manufacturers go to great lengths to preserve these natural elements, but they all succumb to the inevitable.

To elongate the life of your CBD products, make sure you are buying them in glass containers over plastic. Plastic is a synthetically made, porous substance. It retains water vapor from your CBD products inside of the container. This can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew that may dilute the potency of your CBD products.

Glass is impermeable. Therefore, it won’t hold onto moisture. While that’s a plus, glass is also transparent. Getting CBD products in amber containers is ideal because UV rays can’t penetrate through.

9. Check Out the CBD Company’s Customer Support

The best way to see if a CBD product is right for you is to see if their company is right for you. It’s natural to have many questions when you are picking out CBD products. If their customer support can’t answer those questions for you, then go elsewhere.

CBD companies are aware of how new cannabis is to the health and wellness industry. They should be eager to explain the benefits of CBD products. Having a ChatBot readily available is an excellent sign that a CBD company is willing to help. This should make you feel more comfortable in choosing the right CBD products for your needs.

10. Only Buy If Manufacturer Stands Behind CBD Products

A company that knows it’s selling a quality product will stand behind it. If you are buying top-of-the-line CBD products, they should come with a money-back guarantee. Otherwise, you are running the risk of buying from a company that’s just playing the cash grab.

Look to see if they offer a refund for those unhappy with their product. In the case you are unhappy, be sure to take them up on the offer. Money doesn’t grow on trees, ya know!

CBD Products from JustCBDStore

Choosing quality CBD products is important. A store or online resource may supply CBD, but that doesn’t mean they’re CBD experts. For any questions or concerns, feel free to turn to JustCBDStore for information and quality you can count on. Contact us today.