In a previous blog , we introduced what scientists call the entourage effect, a phenomenon that occurs when various plant cannabinoids work together synergistically to produce an even more therapeutic effect than they would as isolated components.
Did you know research shows there are between 80 and 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant? That’s not even counting the roughly 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals it produces, which shows just how little we’ve skimmed the surface thus far on medical marijuana.
For this same reason, CBD and THC go hand in hand. For those that may experience negative side effects alongside THC, like anxiety or paranoia, CBD is thought to mellow these out.
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While tolerance to these cannabinoids differ from one patient to the next, it’s always best to implement the golden rule of cannabis–– start low, go slow ––until you find what works best for your body.
CBD oil is made from the leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of the Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa plant and should contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp oil is made from the seeds of Cannabis sativa and contains no TCH.
Capsules, gummies, and sprays are easier to dose, although they tend to be more expensive.
If you're thinking of using CBD oil to treat a health condition, talk to your healthcare provider to make sure it's an appropriate option for you.
For the study, 57 men took either CBD oil or a placebo (sugar pill) before a public-speaking event. The researchers based anxiety levels on measures like blood pressure and heart rate. They also used a fairly reliable test for mood states called the Visual Analog Mood Scale (VAMS).
Drugs that could potentially interact with CBD include:
Here are a few tips to help you find the best CBD oil:
The rats that got CBD experienced less inflammation and nerve pain (pain caused by damage to your nerves).
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However, CBD oil might change the way your body breaks down certain medications. This could make the drugs have a stronger or weaker effect, which can be dangerous. Talk to your doctor before you use CBD oil, especially if you take any medicine or have liver disease.
Most oils come in 30-milliliter (mL) bottles with a dropper cap.