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Let’s Talk About CBD Oil

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By Katrice Bryant

CBD oil is one of the latest health trends to hit the market, with dispensaries and products popping up everywhere. Whether you’ve dismissed it as an illegal concoction you’d never try, or you’re curious about what it is, here are a few quick facts:

What exactly is CBD oil? CBD, which stands for cannabidoil, is one of two main natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are more than 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that fall under the umbrella of cannabinoids.

What are cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are natural-occurring chemicals found in the cannabis plant.

What is THC? Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the second main psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

How is CBD oil made? CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD compound from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with carrier oil, such as coconut oil.

What are the benefits? CBD has the potential to help with anxiety, inflammation, diabetes, chronic pain, sleeplessness and more.

How do you use CBD oil? CDB oil can be found in a number of over-the-counter products, such as capsules, tinctures, edibles and products for vaping (smoking it).

Can CBD Oil get you “high” CBD and THC are cannabinoids with separate properties that come from the same plant. CBD itself is nonpsychoactive, which means the compounds will not make you high. THC is psychoactive and causes the feeling of getting high.

What if I want to try CBD oil but don’t want to feel high? Look for CBD products that contain zero THC.

Can my cat or dog take CBD?

Yes, CBD can be given to pets. THC is not recommended for pets, due to possible side effects.

What are the side effects?

CBD oil is considered safe in most cases, but may cause diarrhea, fatigue or interfere with some medications.

 

Did You Know?

CBD is a $1 billion dollar industry, with sales expected to grow to $22 billion by 2020.

CBD is considered a herbal supplement, and is not approved by the FDA.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes. Before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety.