Prior to the 2018 Farm Bill, most of the CBD products available in the United States were derived from low-resin industrial hemp grown in Europe and China. Now that cultivating hemp is legal again in the United States, it should be easier to obtain better quality CBD products made from hemp grown in Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana, Vermont and other states.
CBD oil alleviates physical pain and anxiety – both of which can have a negative impact on sleep. Additionally, CBD oil can actually prolong sleep for some, leading to more rest from night to night. Most medical experts agree that marijuana is not particularly beneficial for individuals with medical conditions and/or mental health disorders, as the THC can increase their symptoms; this makes CBD oil a good alternative option for people with the following sleep disorders and medical conditions.
While the only current FDA-approved use of cannabidiol oil is for the treatment of intractable epilepsy, it is impossible not to ignore the statements made in this U.S. government patent (or similar statements made in dozens of other scientific publications), or to ignore the fact that the federal Department of Health holds a patent for the medical use of active cannabinoids.
Both hemp oil and marijuana oil have the potential to reduce stress, improve sleep, and relieve pain. However, hemp oil works more to improve general quality of life, while medicinal marijuana is often prescribed for specific ailments, such as reducing chronic pain or managing the side effects of chemotherapy. Hemp oil can help to reduce inflammation and relax the body without any of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana, which makes hemp oil less intimidating and generally easier to start. Ultimately, both marijuana and hemp require further study to fully understand their potential benefits, their interactions in the human body, and the mechanisms of action involved.
Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapor, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth. It may be supplied as CBD oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (no added tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid solution. CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC, and may affect the actions of THC. Although in vitro studies indicate CBD may interact with different biological targets, including cannabinoid receptors and other neurotransmitter receptors,as of 2018 the mechanism of action for its biological effects has not been determined.
My article is just a summary of what scientists know right now. Knowledge will evolve–that’s a good thing, right? If you want to make a serious decision about what oil is healthiest for you, don’t take my word on it — talk to a doctor or dietitian. A lot of the information about nutrition peddled on the web is from manufacturers or people who work for them, and from fake experts with lots of letters after their names. Read a variety of trustworthy sources and don’t be suckered by sweeping claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.