What is CBD Oil & What Does It Do?

CBD oil is one of the latest buzz products in health and wellness. Still, its introduction to society has been controversial. If you are wondering what CBD oil is and what some people are so excited about, you’re in the right place.

Marrissa Wilson
· 7 min read

This article is not intended to be a piece of medical advice or guidance. All opinions expressed within this article are specifically the views of the author. You should always seek expert medical advice before using CBD oil or related products.

CBD oil is one of the latest buzz products in health and wellness. Still, its introduction to society has been controversial. If you are wondering what CBD oil is and what some people are so excited about, you’re in the right place.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a natural ingredient that can be extracted from the leaves, flowers, and roots of hemp or cannabis plants. This is where the controversy lies.

How can CBD be so widespread if cannabis is still illegal?

Well, this is where it gets a little more complicated! This is a plant species called Cannabis Sativa. Both plants have several chemical compounds that can be extracted. All these compounds have different effects on the body, but two, CBD and THC, are better known than others.

The difference between these two little acronyms is important. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis or marijuana that gives a drug-induced ‘high’. CBD is the ingredient that has provides potential health benefits but without the ‘high’ or altered state. However, it may still be used to treat depression, for example. Hemp plants are thought to contain more CBD and less THC than the marijuana, although not as much as you can get from Cannabis Sativa.

According to this BBC article, this means if a CBD oil contains no or very low THC levels,  it would be considered legal.

This subject remains controversial. There are arguments on both sides, those who extoll the health benefits and those who are wary and unsure of how useful most of these CBD oils are.

Research continues to be carried out into CBD oil, including research into effects and the potential benefits. We are yet to truly discover the full impact on the use of this oil for medicinal reasons. One thing that is for sure is that with any substance or alternative medicine, there is the potential for side effects or conflicts with other medication. As such, you should always check with your doctor before trying any alternative medicines, including CBD oil.

So, What Is CBD Oil Used For?

The reason CBD oil has caused such a stir in recent years is the potential health benefits it may offer.

For many years, cannabis and its derivatives were considered to have benefits in health, wellness and pain management. It is with the isolation of the CBD extract that there is now a safer way to enjoy the health benefits without the ‘getting high’ aspect.

So, what is CBD oil suitable for? Let's dive in and find out the main potential benefits.

Pain Relief

It is thought CBD oil can help relieve the symptoms of pain and enable users to manage any long-lasting pain they have. This can include pain from arthritis, MS, muscular pain, injuries and other forms of chronic pain.

Anxiety and Relaxation

One potential benefit of CBD oil is it could change the way your brain responds to serotonin, one of the hormones responsible for our mental wellbeing. According to a study carried out in Brazil, CBD Oil has been linked to reducing anxiety in those who suffer from stress and anxiety issues.

CBD Oil Could Help Control Seizures

One of the areas where CBD oil has had the most research is into the potential for CBD oil to benefit those who suffer from epilepsy or seizures. One study from the American Epilepsy Society has shown that in some cases, CBD oil can help to reduce seizures which would be life-changing for those who suffer these.

CBD Oil May Help With Cancer Related Symptoms

Cancer treatments can come with a whole host of side effects from nausea to pain. There is a potential that CBD oils may help relieve some of these symptoms. One study specifically looked into pain relief and found for those patients who were not finding traditional pain medication effective, treatment with a CBD and THC extract saw a significant reduction in pain during treatment. This could provide a welcome alternative to medications and treatments that have not been effective.

Neuroprotective Qualities

Neurological disorders can be diverse and challenging to treat. Some studies, such as this clinical trial into Lancet, Neurol – a Cannabis-based epilepsy treatment have shown CBD oil may have neuroprotective properties. An investigation into the effects of patients with Multiple Sclerosis also demonstrated a reduction in spasms by up to 75%.

Reducing the symptoms that make degenerative diseases worse can have many benefits to quality of life, but this needs to be weighed against any disadvantages. The outcomes of some of the research into the use of CBD and THC extracts when used in degenerative diseases also show there can be adverse reactions such as fever, fatigue or convulsions.

Does CBD Oil Work?

With so many potential benefits, it is no wonder that CBD oil has become an abundant feature of health stores throughout the country, but does it work?

Whether it works or not currently depends mainly on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Most studies surrounding the use of CBD oil for medical purposes are still in their infancy. There is still a large amount of discussion continuing around this subject with differing opinions on how effective over the counter CBD oil is at treating the conditions mentioned in this article. One argument is that many CBD oils available to buy contain such a minimal amount of CBD that it wouldn’t be enough to make any real difference. However, you can purchase CBD oil from well-known and reputable shops, and some brands claim to have 100% CBD oil available. Unfortunately, with little research and regulation still in its infancy, it can be hard to find a genuine CBD oil. It’s also difficult to extract 100% CBD oil unless extracting from yeast.

Cannabis substances are, however, known to have been in medical usage for thousands of years! It is only in the 20th century that this stopped. Cannabis was still used to treat nausea and pain in the early 1900s. CBD oil has found a new lease of life now we can isolate the health benefiting compounds from the plant. Many are finding it provides relief from pain and other issues.

How Safe Is CBD Oil?

Overall, CBD oil is considered safe to use. However, if you are considering using it, you should consult with your doctor to ensure it is the right choice for you and your symptoms. Any substance, whether it is natural, or chemical, comes with potential side effects and CBD oil is no different. It could interact negatively with any other medication you are taking or produce side effects.

Common side effects of CBD oil include fatigue or tiredness, diarrhoea and potential weight fluctuations. Everyone is different, and while some love the impact this oil has on them, others find it less pleasant or feel no benefit at all.

If you are planning to try CBD oil, try and find a reputable source to buy from. It can seem like you can purchase CBD oil from almost anywhere these days and you do want to be careful to make sure you buy from a shop you trust. The regulations surrounding the manufacture and sale of CBD oil are improving, and you can protect yourself further by only purchasing through reputable sources.

Marrissa Wilson

Marrissa Wilson

Marrissa Wilson is a writer and knowledge enthusiast who loves to learn and discover new information about a variety of topics. Marrissa specialises in topics surrounding lifestyle and the home. Marrissa is lucky to have experienced working with a diverse range of people and businesses from tea makers to fabric designers and everything in between!