Within the rapidly growing cannabis industry, a new line of product seems to be rising in its midst. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is swiftly rising in popularity and people everywhere are dropping it in their tea, loading it in vape pens and even swallowing it as capsules. And though the product is extracted from marijuana plants, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects – and it won’t make you high.
But what exactly is CBD oil?
CBD oil is extracted from the resin glands of the marijuana (cannabis) flowers or buds. Unlike other marijuana products, this oil has a low concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical compound that makes you high. That means you can reap all the benefits of medical marijuana, without getting high or psychotic.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 80+ cannabinoids available in the marijuana plant and is the second most significant cannabinoid in cannabis after THC. However, there are only a few traces of THC in hemp, making CBD the most dominant cannabinoid in this plant.
Industrial CBD oil is extracted from hemp, a fibrous type of cannabis plant with small buds and a low concentration of THC. This plant has about 0.3% or less concentration of THC, typically not enough to get you stoned or altering the sober state of your mind. The oil is can be diluted with other types of oils to change the concentration, depending on the intended use or the expected benefits.
How CBD Oil Works
Though many people don’t know it, the human body produces its own cannabinoids and it has two main receptors to allow you receive their benefits. These receptors are known as the CB1 and the CB2 receptors, making up the endocannabinoid system. The Cannabinoids in CBD oil attach themselves to these receptors, allowing you to receive all their benefits.
The CB1 receptors can be found all over your body, but they are highly concentrated in your brains. These receptors in your brain deal with pain, coordination and movement, memories, appetite, emotions, and mood. THC also attaches itself to these receptors to make you high.
On the other hand, the CB2 receptors can be found all over in your immune system. They effectively deal with pain and inflammation. Cannabidiol (CBD) attaches itself to these receptors and allows your body to receive a wide range of benefits, depending on its concentration.
Though CBD attaches itself to the CB2 receptors, it doesn’t directly act on them. Instead, it influences your body to naturally use its own cannabinoids in treating different ailments in your body. That makes CBD oil safer and a less controversial alternative to other medical marijuana products.