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.
CBD oil may also increase liver enzymes (a marker of liver inflammation). People with liver disease should consult their healthcare provider before taking CBD oil and use it with caution. Regular blood liver enzyme level checks are recommended.
Some experts suggest CBD may help treat cannabis and nicotine dependence, but more research is needed.
A 2015 review of studies in the journal Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD might help treat anxiety disorders.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have a strong connection with cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules that THC binds to create psychoactive effects.
Scientists believe CBD reduces nerve pain by binding to receptors in the brain that control the speed at which nerve signals pass between nerve cells.
The study suggests CBD oil may be a good complementary therapy for people whose high blood pressure is affected by stress and anxiety.
In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution.
Unlike the THC that's in marijuana, CBD oil doesn't get you high. It contains a chemical called cannabidiol that might help relieve stress, anxiety, drug withdrawals, and nerve pain.
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2. Take CBD oil under the tongue.
If you’d like to add in a few drops of essential oil, be sure to remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool slightly (but make sure it does not harden). For this recipe, I like using peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils to offer a soothing scent and cool sensation. You can also slightly increase or decrease the amount of CBD used in this recipe to suit your needs!
3. Apply a homemade CBD salve.
Before the salve completely cools and hardens, pour the finalized mixture into a small mason jar or sturdy container, and apply to the skin whenever necessary.