An intriguing new study has found that CBD - the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis - may help cigarette smokers kick their habit. The study concluded that a group of cigarette smokers showed less attention to nicotine-related stimuli after a night of abstinence when they had been administered a high dose of CBD, suggesting CBD may alter the brain's attention bias. Further research needs to be conducted before the effects of CBD can be can certain in this instance.
This adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that points to CBD offering a novel and safe treatment for a huge variety of conditions. However, many of the studies on CBD are not done on humans - they are usually on rats or in vitro (in test tubes) - and can be difficult for most people to interpret. That’s why this article will explain clearly what can be gleaned from these studies and answer the vital question, “Just what is CBD good for?”
But first, let’s cover the basics…
CBD oil is effective, safe, and won’t get you high!
Effective, safe and no high. That’s right, there’s really no catch. Medical research is proving CBD to not only offer a whole host of health benefits, but it’s also showing it to be very safe, non-intoxicating and well-tolerated in humans.
Now, we must state that there have been no long-term studies on people who use CBD. However, from what has been studied, we have learned that CBD is non-toxic, even at massive doses of up to 1,500mg a day.
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and contains no psychoactive components that make you feel "high". CBD products such as tinctures and oil can contain up to 0.3% THC, making it perfectly consumable without the user feeling any effects of a high.
But if cannabis is illegal, doesn’t that mean CBD oil is, too?
The legality of CBD has caused much confusion among those looking to try CBD oil. And it is mostly down to very confusing and seemingly contradictory laws. However, to clear up this confusion once and for all, we can confirm that CBD and CBD oil is 100% legal in all 50 states so long as it is made from legally-grown industrial hemp - like our Good Vibes 250mg+ CBD Oil, which is made from the high-quality organic hemp grown legally in Colorado.
Thanks to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 and the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC are legal to grow under license in the U.S. As this type of hemp has such low concentrations of THC, there is no way it can be abused or used to get ‘high’.
As a result, many states are now growing acres and acres of hemp. Some of this hemp is being used for its fiber, which is used in the textile industry; some for its seed, which is a highly nutritious food source; and some for its CBD, which is extracted from its flowers. Colorado is one of the states leading this domestic hemp resurgence, which is why we chose to source our hemp from there.
CBD oil benefits
You still might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, CBD is safe and legal, but that probably means it’s not very potent or that its benefits are all hype, right? Try telling that to one of the hundreds of thousands of people (if not more) around the globe who are already benefiting from CBD.
That’s right. Although the research on CBD is still in its infancy, many people are already using products such as CBD oil with great success to treat a wide range of medical complaints. In fact, while CBD is classed as a food supplement in the U.S., in other countries such as the UK, it has been labeled as a medicine and is available on prescription.
Here are some of the scientifically-backed benefits of CBD:
CBD is thought to enhance mood and act as an antidepressant by binding to your serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays an important role in mood and happiness.
So, there you have it; the science-backed benefits of CBD. And with all these impressive qualities, you must be thinking ‘what isn’t CBD good for?’ Well, now that we have gone over the health benefits of CBD, let’s take a look at its practical application and what exactly CBD oil can be used for.
What science suggests...
We must keep on stressing that research into CBD is in its early stages. There is a whole lot still to learn. Despite this, we do have quite a lot of data from numerous studies to guide us in our efforts to use CBD and CBD oil practically.
And from the research that has been conducted, as well as many anecdotal reports from CBD consumers all over the world, we can deduce that...
In most people, CBD oil will have no side effects. The majority of studies and testimonies reveal that CBD has a favorable safety profile in humans and causes no major negative effects. However, some side-effects have been reported, particularly after very high doses.
The most common are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite and weight. In comparison with other drugs, though, CBD has an undoubtedly better side-effect profile. There is also some evidence that CBD can interact with certain other medications in the body, so always consult with your healthcare provider before you start taking CBD oil to make sure any medication you are currently on won’t be affected.
The future of CBD
Overall, researchers are in agreement that while there is much to be optimistic about when it comes to the medicinal applications of CBD, we still have much to learn. Products such as CBD oil clearly offer a lot of potential and in many cases are already helping people to manage health conditions. But there are holes in our understanding.
While it seems to be true that CBD is safe, non-toxic and non-habit-forming, long-term studies on the effects of CBD are just not there yet. However, now that CBD oil is quickly becoming mainstream and is being used by people from all walks of life, new data will soon give us a better idea of the practical uses of CBD.
And the good news is that as CBD is 100% legal and being produced all over the world, research over the coming months and years will intensify and definite conclusions as to what conditions it can treat will be made. Until then, consumers must try to interpret the science for themselves while experimenting with different strengths and doses of CBD.
For many people, taking CBD oil is worth a shot. After all, it comes with many health benefits and little chance of side-effects. If you want to try CBD oil for yourself, click here to buy our extremely popular Good Vibes 250mg + CBD Oil and join the hundreds of thousands who are already benefiting from CBD.