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CBD Drops (CBD Oil) - Application, Benefits, and Performance

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    Lately, there has been a lot of talk about CBD and hemp products, but it seems that there is still quite a bit of confusion about what CBD CBD oil is and how it differs from hemp oil.

    CBD cannabinoid is, alongside THC cannabinoid, one of the most thoroughly researched molecules in hemp plant. It is derived from the Cannabis sativa L. hemp variety, which contains a higher concentration of CBD and a very low concentration of THC, which typically dominates in Cannabis Indica variety or marijuana.

    Unlike the THC molecule, CBD, due to its low THC content, does not cause intoxication or a feeling of being high. Therefore, it provides excellent support for those facing conditions such as imbalance, discomfort, insomnia, skin problems, anxiety, stress, and pain. It effectively supports the functioning of our endocannabinoid system, thereby helping to improve the quality of life.

    However, CBD extract is not consumed entirely on its own. Most commonly, you will find it in the form of CBD drops (also known as CBD oil), where the CBD cannabinoid is mixed with a selected carrier oil and that way applied daily under the tongue.

    If you thought that hemp oil is the same as CBD oil, you are mistaken. They are entirely different extracts obtained from different parts of the plant using different methods. The way and purpose of their use also differ.

    Difference between CBD oil and hemp oil

    It's important to mention that there is a lot of confusion in naming CBD and hemp products. "Hemp oil" is often used as a synonym for CBD oil.

    However, they are two completely different extracts, both derived from hemp. Hemp oil is obtained by mechanically pressing hemp seeds and contains a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and beneficial bioactive compounds that have a positive impact on the body. On the other hand, CBD extract is obtained through CO2 extraction from hemp flowers and leaves, which have a higher concentration of CBD—a compound with many potential health benefits.

    Later on, the CBD extract can indeed be mixed with hemp oil, which in this case acts as the carrier oil, but this role can also be fulfilled by any other carrier oil. The essential fact is that CBD oil is not the same as hemp oil.

    How CBD Oil Works

    To better understand the functioning of CBD in our bodies, we must first familiarize ourselves with the endocannabinoid system, which is common to all humans. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of naturally occurring endocannabinoid molecules and their receptors, which help the body maintain homeostasis—although scientists are still exploring the complexities of this system, it is believed to be crucial in regulating bodily functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, immune response, and stress.

    Researchers have found that the body naturally produces cannabinoids that act as signaling molecules throughout the entire body. Naturally produced cannabinoids in the body are called endocannabinoids, while cannabinoids from plants are called phytocannabinoids. However, most people use the common term cannabinoids.

    CBD works by supporting the functioning of the endocannabinoid system, thereby helping the body maintain balance for regulated biological functioning. CBD and other cannabinoids can help maintain natural levels of endocannabinoids in the body for a longer duration by inhibiting the action of enzymes.

    What is the difference between 5%, 10%, 20%  CBD Oil?

    Different CBD products contain varying amounts of CBD extract, meaning that CBD oil differs in concentration or strength.

    CBD oil is created by combining a carrier oil (usually MCT coconut oil) and CBD extract, and in this case, the potency of the final product is determined by the ratio of these two ingredients.

    There are two ways to interpret the potency of CBD oil: as a percentage of the total volume of the product or in milligrams, representing a thousandth of a gram. Both describe the concentration of CBD in the bottle. For example, if CBD oil is labeled as 5%, it means that 5% of the content is CBD extract, and the remaining 95% is the carrier oil.

    Stronger CBD oil would have a higher percentage, either because it contains the same amount of CBD in a smaller bottle or because it has more CBD extract.

    Hemptouch CBD oil differs both in the spectrum of the extract and its concentration. There is CBD Oil Amber in a 3% concentration and CBD Oil Gold in various concentrations: 3%, 5%, 10%, 15%, and 30%.

    It is recommended to start with lower concentrations, and if you find yourself using a large number of drops daily to improve your condition and symptoms, consider choosing a higher concentration product next time, where each drop will provide more CBD. This way, you'll have the drops for a longer period.

    Potential benefits of CBD Oil

    CBD extract is a popular alternative for alleviating various conditions. Due to its remarkable potential and increasing scientific findings, cannabinoids are now frequently used for medical purposes as well.

    Epilepsy

    The first registered CBD-based medicine is Epidiolex. Doctors prescribe Epidiolex to those experiencing seizures due to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet, rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

    It is presumed that CBD affects a receptor involved in seizure activity, known as the transient receptor vanilloid.

    Inflammation and pain

    Research indicates that CBD contributes to reducing inflammation, with numerous clinical studies suggesting that CBD could also have potential benefits in relieving pain. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation. It stimulates endocannabinoid signaling, directly influencing cannabinoid receptors—components of the endocannabinoid system that help regulate inflammation by controlling cytokines in the body. (Cytokines are signaling proteins responsible for controlling inflammation in the body.)

    Researchers have also studied the analgesic effects of CBD. A small randomized, placebo-controlled study from 2020 examined the topical use of CBD oil in people with peripheral neuropathy in the legs. After 4 weeks, researchers observed a statistically significant reduction in the intensity of sharp pain, cold and itchy sensations in those using CBD. Participants reported no side effects.

    Depression and Anxiety

    Numerous animal studies on the effects of CBD on mood disorders have shown promising results. Researchers demonstrated in a study that CBD can reduce anxiety caused by public speaking. They speculate that serotonin receptors could play a key role in the effects of CBD on anxiety.

    Some animal studies suggest that CBD may also have antidepressant properties.

    One challenge in CBD research related to depression is the lack of human impact data. For example, a 2019 animal observation study concluded that CBD has rapid-acting antidepressant effects in rodents.

    A review of available research on CBD and depression from 2019 cautioned that the antidepressant effects of CBD have been recorded in various animal species. The authors emphasized the need for clinical trials to verify whether CBD could be used to treat depression.

    As indicated by a 2014 review, many studies show that CBD affects 5-HT1A receptors, a type of serotonin receptor. Low serotonin levels are associated with anxiety and depression. The 2019 review mentioned above suggests that CBD may also induce an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Low BDNF levels have been linked to depression.

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    Treatment of Addiction

    CBD cannabinoid helps people with addiction by reducing amygdala activation, a part of the brain involved in addiction.

    Schizophrenia

    Research on the effect of CBD on schizophrenia is still ongoing. However, there is some evidence that CBD could have potential benefits in managing this condition. CBD may be effective in the early stages of psychosis, as it has antipsychotic effects. It influences the chemical balance in the brain with minimal side effects.

    Side Effects and Safety of CBD Oil

    While we often discuss the positive effects of CBD oil, in certain rare cases, they may still cause some unwanted side effects, such as changes in appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, and alterations in liver enzymes. Typically, these occur with the consumption of excessive doses.

    Among the more severe side effects observed are status epilepticus, pneumonia, concentration disorders, and psychosis. If you notice any of these effects, immediately discontinue the use of the CBD product.

    Interaction between CBD and alcohol

    Moderation is key for both the safety of consuming CBD and alcohol. Mixing the two substances is discouraged due to the potential side effect of drowsiness, which can pose a risk while driving and operating machinery.

    Interaction between medications and CBD

    Enzymes in the liver metabolize ingested substances, and research has shown that CBD can affect these enzymes, potentially influencing the metabolism of certain medications.

    If you are taking medications, be sure to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before starting to use CBD oil.

    Dosage and Usage of CBD Oil

    The amount of CBD an individual should consume depends on various factors, including body weight and the condition one aims to alleviate. However, the ideal dosage is highly individual as people differ from one another.

    It is recommended to apply CBD oil under the tongue for optimal bioavailability and effectiveness. The dosage is advised to be divided into two parts, starting with the lowest; 1 drop in the morning and 1 drop in the evening. Then, gradually increase it by 1 drop every 2 to 3 days until the desired effect is achieved. Self-observation is recommended during this process. To take the drops, place them under the tongue and hold them in the mouth for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute (ensuring optimal absorption) before swallowing.

    It is advisable to start with the lowest daily dose of CBD. The first week or two are dedicated to acclimating the body to cannabinoids. During this time, assess your well-being, mood, and gradually increase the dose.

    It is recommended to take a higher dose in the evening, as cannabinoids have a calming effect. Individual studies suggest that safe doses range from 3 to 8 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight.

    Conclusion

    CBD oil provides excellent support in alleviating symptoms brought about by the intense pace of modern lifestyle. Additionally, cannabinoids, with CBD at the forefront, bring discoveries and solutions even for more serious health conditions, although more research is needed in this field.

    When consuming CBD oil, the key advice is to gradually build your dosage while monitoring your well-being and mood. If you are also taking medications, it is essential to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before starting consumption.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is CBD oil the same as hemp oil?

    Hemp oil is derived through the mechanical pressing of hemp seeds, offering a nutrient-rich composition with essential fatty acids and beneficial bioactive compounds that positively influence the body. In contrast, CBD extract is obtained by utilizing CO2 extraction from hemp flowers and leaves, resulting in a heightened concentration of CBD—a compound associated with numerous potential health benefits.

    How does CBD work in the body?

    CBD works by supporting the functioning of the endocannabinoid system, thereby helping the body maintain balance for regulated biological functioning. CBD and other cannabinoids can help maintain natural levels of endocannabinoids in the body for a longer duration by inhibiting the action of enzymes.

    How should I dose CBD?

    It is recommended to apply CBD oil under the tongue for optimal bioavailability and effectiveness. The dosage is advised to be divided into two parts, starting with the lowest; 1 drop in the morning and 1 drop in the evening. Then, gradually increase it by 1 drop every 2 to 3 days until the desired effect is achieved.

    For which conditions is CBD potentially effective?

    CBD extract has a beneficial effect in cases of stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, neurodegenerative conditions, pain, inflammation, epilepsy, autoimmune conditions, skin issues, etc.

    What is the highest dose of CBD I can take?

    Individual studies suggest that safe doses range from 3 to 8 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight.

    Source:

    https://www.verywellhealth.com/cbd-oil-benefits-uses-side-effects-4174562
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cbd-oil-benefits#depression-and-anxiety
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12035-018-1143-4
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0891061818302114?via%3Dihub
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24923339/

    Written by Barbara Novak on December 6, 2023, updated on December 8, 2023.

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