Hemp Oil Vs. Cannabis Oil and Side Effects

CBD oil is growing in popularity as a natural pain reliever, without the mind-altering side effects often associated with cannabis use. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of 113 cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant, and doesn’t include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the active ingredient in cannabis responsible for psycho-activity—meaning CBD oil on its own won’t give you the typical “high” people associate with cannabis products. Because of this, CBD oil is a popular way of embracing the medical benefits of cannabis without experiencing its intoxicating effects.

A natural way to relieve pain, with none of the adverse effects of THC? For some, it sounds too good to be true. But, don’t go throwing your painkillers out just yet. Navigating the different types of oil that are produced from the cannabis plant can be confusing, mostly because these oils are sourced different ways, which can alter the properties of the substance and its effects on the user. Before using CBD oil, it’s important that users are aware of the benefits and potential side effects.

Here is a break down in the different kinds of CBD oil to help you decide what might be best for you: 

History of Cannabis Oil Production

The idea of cannabis-infused oil has been around for centuries. In New Zealand, there are records of nuns using a similar infusion to treat a variety of ailments such as muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, and pain relief dating back as early as the late-1800’s. However, it wasn’t until the 1940’s that Professor Roger Adams from the University of Illinois successfully extracted CBD from the cannabis plant. Nowadays, CBD oil is a general term that refers to the CBD compound cannabidiol being mixed with hemp or cannabis oil.

Hemp CBD Oil

Hemp CBD Oil is perfect for the person who wants to explore the health benefits of CBD but wants to avoid all the THC. Hemp naturally produces higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC (typically below 0.3%), which means that CBD that comes from hemp contains virtually no intoxicating side effects. But this also means that the medicine is typically missing the other properties that help reduce pain.

CBD on its own is no “magic bullet”, because everyone’s body is unique and responds to cannabinoids differently. Just extracting the CBD molecule on its own won’t be enough to help manage some people’s pain but might work great for others. As with any alternative medicine, starting on the lowest point will help you gauge what’s right for you. Hemp oil is considered the entry level for CBD intact. Typically, Hemp CBD oil is good for to help manage low level chronic pain, inflammation, hormone issues and small headaches.

Cannabis CBD OIL

Cannabis also produces CBD with much higher potency. Unfortunately for those seeking 0% THC, these oils will usually contain some amount of THC (up to 30%). But it’s important to keep in mind that THC (like alcohol) can come in a variety of potencies and can affect different people in different ways. This is where cannabis gets tricky because 5% THC might do nothing for one person but might be the key to another person’s pain relief and sleep.

THC works with CBD, and other cannabinoid compounds, to create an “entourage effect”, which is the strongest way to fight pain but usually comes with some psychoactive effects. When it comes to managing intense pain, like chemotherapy, a combination of cannabinoids including THC is usually recommended. Just keep in mind that use cannabis CBD oil can have psychoactive side effects.

Side Effects of CBD

CBD is generally considered safe and no deaths have ever been directly attributed to any sort of cannabis or CBD use. However, some users do report mild side effects. If a person takes too much CBD oil they can experience nausea or fatigue. Some people also report changes in weight and diarrhea after ingesting CBD oil.

The Last Word

Depending on you, your pain level and your body, CBD oil could be a major aid to a recovery or management of chronic pain. It’s important that new users approach CBD with the lowest amounts needed to remedy pain, and for many that will be hemp oil. The most common comment regarding entry levels of CBD is “nothing happened”, people often report feeling no effects from their CBD intake, however this doesn’t mean its effects aren’t working. Remember, not all CBD oil is the same and you need to find the variation that’ s right for you.

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