If you are new to CBD but are curious about all the health benefits attributed to the use of CBD oil and CBD products you will find these CBD oil facts very simple and helpful.

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What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s true that marijuana also comes from the cannabis plant but CBD is actually very different than marijuana. Depending on how it’s grown, the cannabis plant can produce marijuana which contains a high level of THC. THC is psychoactive and gets people “high”.  However, cannabis can also be grown to produce hemp which contains less than .3% THC and is not psychoactive. CBD oil is extracted only from the hemp plant. CBD actually counters the effects of THC.

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Is CBD Oil Legal?

The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow industrial hemp in the United States. Then the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, which legalized industrial hemp and made CBD oil legal in all fifty states.

Hemp has many uses beyond extracting CBD oil. In fact, hemp has been grown for thousands of years and was grown prolifically here in the U.S. dating back to colonial days. It’s fascinating to read how and why hemp became linked with marijuana and growing hemp was prohibited until recently. Visit www.hemp.com for more history.

So, CBD oil is legal. However, there are some circumstances in which a few states may consider CBD to be illegal. Visit www.Medium.com for a full list of all 50 states and U.S. Territories.

Will CBD oil get you high?

Based on what has already been shared here the answer is no. The THC or psychoactive level in hemp is too low (less than .3%) and CBD actually counteracts THC.

Will the use of CBD oil show up on a drug test?

This answer isn’t so simple. It could depending upon the test. Is the test looking for THC specifically? If so, the low levels that may be found shouldn’t trigger a positive result. But it could. And, it depends on the quality of the CBD oil. CBD oil extracted from hemp grown in other countries may have a higher THC amount because the growing conditions were not as regulated as here in the U.S. So, here are 2 recommendations as part of CBD oil facts. Use only CBD oil and CBD products grown in the U.S. And, if you’re worried about testing positive for a job or something else that could cause you a major problem, ask the testing facility first before you use a CBD product. If that’s not possible perhaps you want to stay away from using anything that might result in a positive test.

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How Does CBD Oil Work?

There are more than 100+ phytonutrients in the cannabis plant. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of those compounds. CBD works with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help balance the naturally occurring cannabinoids in your body.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is your body’s regulatory system. It helps maintain homeostasis between the central nervous system, the immune system, and many other systems. Our body does produce endocannabinoids on its own.

What are the benefits of CBD oil?

Here’s the best part of CBD oil facts. There are an incredible amount of benefits to using CBD oil. The main benefits according to Healthline.com are pain relief due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. CBD oil also has been reported to reduce anxiety and depression. CBD has been known to reduce cancer-related symptoms.  It may reduce acne.

Recent research has shown CBD to act upon the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling areas. CBD may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders. In fact, one of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Though research in this area is still relatively new, several studies have shown promising results.

More Health Benefits of CBD

Researchers have linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

CBD may also reduce psychotic symptoms in people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

In animal and test-tube studies CBD has been shown to prevent the spread of certain cancers such as lung, colon, brain, breast, and prostate cancer.

In tests on diabetic mice, CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56%

These results require more medical testing. Now that industrial hemp growing is legal in this country perhaps more testing will be done

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Personally I use CBD oil because I want an all-natural way to prevent all the issues described above. But it also helps me fall asleep. Typically when I go to bed my brain kicks into overdrive. I toss and turn for a significant period of time, sometimes hours. But since using CBD oil I close my eyes and fall asleep. And, I stay asleep all night. That’s huge for me!

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Read the Label!

Most standard CBD Oils will say simply “CBD” in the ingredients section of the label which seems logical. But there are dozens of strains or types of CBD that are extracted from a hemp plant. Are you buying the cheapest and least effective CBD or the most effective CBD which actually comes as a Full Spectrum CBD Oil? You want that label to say Full Spectrum CBD Oil so you are getting the most beneficial product.

How many milligrams (mg) of CBD (cannabinoids) per milliliter of oil? 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg? Of course, you want the biggest bang for your buck so look for at least 40 mg of CBD per milliliter of oil. 50 mg if you can find it.

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How to Choose the Most Effect CBD Oil?

Full-Spectrum CBD vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate

There are many types of CBD oil on the market, including full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.

  • Full-spectrum CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC and includes most hemp-derived cannabinoids. This allows for the "entourage effect" and for your body to get the most from CBD oil.

The “entourage effect” refers to the scientific way in which the different compounds of the cannabis plant work together synergistically to produce such profound healing effects, much like the workings of the human endocannabinoid system itself. In full-spectrum CBD oil, the consumer gets the benefit of this remarkable entourage effect, with a natural extract rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and other helpful oils. Whereas, consumers of CBD isolates receive only CBD, without any added benefits.

  • Broad-spectrum CBD oil is essentially full-spectrum, except it’s refined further to remove as much of the THC as possible from the final product. The THC is chemically or thermally removed which degrades the product.
  • CBD isolate removes all compounds, including THC, from a full-spectrum oil. A CBD isolate has isolated the plant down to just the CBD molecule, without any of the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids included. CBD isolates contain only CBD, without any other active ingredients.

When comparing full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD is the more effective product.

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The article, CBD Oil Facts - What You Should Know, has been updated from its original publication on March 17, 2019

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