CBD, in full cannabidiol, is an active substance extracted from leaves and flower tops of industrial hemp (hemp fiber), a hemp variety that is legally grown. It is sold as a dietary supplement, in the form of oil and capsules, and as a component of other products, for example skin care products.
Mass media attention
The oil received massive attention in 2013 when CNN broadcast a legendary documentary about a three-year American girl with epilepsy. Charlotte Figi suffered from violent attacks (up to 200 per week) from her first months of life and largely lost out with CBD oil. Since then, parents from the Netherlands and abroad have been looking for good CBD oil.
What does CBD oil do?
Epilepsy patients are not the only ones who claim the benefit of the oil. Although not everything is scientifically established, according to users the oil offers support for many physical and mental complaints. Think of stress-related complaints, problems with sleeping or sleeping, mood swings during and after the transition, dejection and various pain complaints. People with ADHD, Parkinson's disease, migraines and rheumatic complaints also report more positive experiences with CBD oil. There are no scientific indications that the oil is healing disorders. It can, however, help to reduce complaints due to certain medications. Many doctors are in any case enthusiastic about their therapeutic effect.
Fear and stress
One of the most well-known uses of CBD oil is to relieve stress and anxiety. In 2011, scientists published an article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology following a study into the relationship between CBD and social anxiety disorders. It is suggested that CBD can offer relief to people with an anxiety disorder. Another study from the same year found that preventive administration of CBD to public speakers significantly reduced their anxiety, stress and sense of discomfort.
CBD oil is regularly used by people with pain complaints, such as people with rheumatism (especially fibromyalgia) and osteoarthritis. An investigation with experimental animals (2012) has shown that CBD can suppress the inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Testing on mice in 2005 showed that CBD can work positively in osteoarthritis. Much research on humans has not yet been done, but it seems likely that CBD affects the cannabinoid receptors and thus causes the nervous system to ignore pain. The University of Nottingham researched and discovered that cannabis oil not only acts on the central nervous system and thus reduces pain, but also reduces inflammation in joints. The relaxing effect of CBD oil would also help relieve stress and thus relieve pain.
CBD is used by many people with sleep problems . It helps relax muscles, allowing you to sleep deeper and wake up more rested. Although many positive voices can be heard, not everything is scientifically substantiated. There is currently a lot of research into the precise functioning, among others by SEIN; the expertise center for epilepsy and sleep medicine.
Several studies have been done looking at the effects of CBD in diabetes. These indicate that CBD can help stabilize blood sugar levels and, if possible, alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. Research on humans is not (yet) available. however, an article was published in 2006 about a study with diabetic mice. The mice were given cannabidiol (CBD), which showed that CBD might delay or even prevent destructive insulin (harmful inflammation of the islets of Langerhans (the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin). scientific research in mice discovered that the anti-inflammatory properties that CBD possesses may be used in a variety of different diseases, including diabetes type 2.
Many people with Parkinson's also use cannabis oil for spasms and muscle tension. Parkinson's disease usually uses both CBD oil and THC oil. There is little scientific research into CBD / THC and its effects in Parkinson's. The studies that have been done are slightly positive or neutral. An example is a research by the University of São Paulo. The researchers found that there is evidence of a positive effect on the quality of life when CBD is used by patients with Parkinson's. However, they need more research to come to definitive conclusions.
What is the difference between weed oil and CBD oil?
Cannabis plants and hemp plants are not the same plants but come from the same (cannabis) family and are therefore both (medicinal) cannabis plants. When you read something about cannabis somewhere, it can be about both hemp oil and cannabis oil (marijuana). The biggest and most important difference between hemp plants and cannabis plants is the fact that hemp plants contain little or no THC and a lot of CBD. Cannabis plants contain a lot of THC and little CBD. Oil with THC (cannabis oil) is not legally for sale and in certain situations only available on prescription. CBD oil is completely legal for sale in the Netherlands and most other European countries. However, both components are said to have great benefits in the medical field. Because of this, both types of oil are also called medicinal cannabis oil.
Do you get high?
High you will in any case not of CBD oil. Cannabidiol comes from the hemp plant, but is not addictive, does not work mind-expanding and does not produce hallucinations. Particulate matter THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive substance that creates a 'high' feeling and is contained in cannabis oil.
How do you use CBD oil?
CBD oil is taken orally. You hold the drops under the tongue for a moment and then swallow them. The oral mucosa absorbs the active substance quickly. It can also be taken with a piece of bread, or - if you have trouble with the taste or intake of the oil - in capsule form.
What is a correct dosage of CBD oil?
The dosage of CBD oil is highly dependent on the symptoms for which you use the oil. Moreover, everyone reacts differently. So it is mainly a matter of trying. Start with a low dose (for example two drops per day) and build up slowly until you have found a dose that is effective for you. It may take a while for CBD oil to take effect, so give it a few weeks to decide if it is for you. CBD oil is available in various concentrations, from 2.5 percent to even 10 percent, with 5 percent being the most used. A lower concentration of CBD is often only used preventively, or used for mild or starting complaints.
Tips for purchasing CBD oil
- Buy the CBD oil through a reliable source and make sure that there is at least no or very little THC in it.
- Always consult medical practitioner / specialist beforehand and keep doing this during use if something seems to change in your situation. This way you can be sure that the CBD has no interaction with the medicines you take. If the CBD catches you can possibly lower the dose of other medication in consultation with your specialist.
- If you notice no effect, stop it again; CBD unfortunately does not work for everyone.
- Take special care with narcotics such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (medicines with a relaxing and relaxing effect, such as valium and all medicines ending with 'pam') and all opiates (morphine, various painkillers, but also heroin). CBD oil, certainly the cheaper version, can also work lightly sedative, this can strengthen each other's effect. So be extra in traffic.
- When buying organic CBD oil: pay attention to a Skal quality mark. Skal Biocontrole works on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and supervises the quality of all organic products. To view the Skal label, both the producer and the recipe must be certified and meet strict requirements.
Does CBD oil also have side effects?
CBD oil in low concentrations, without THC, generally does not cause any side effects and can be used by almost everyone, as long as the recommended dosage is taken into account. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not recommended for use, because insufficient research has been done.