Where does CBD oil come from and what methods are used to obtain it
CBD oil has taken the world by storm. This natural active substance is used to relieve chronic pain, improve sleep and has proven excellent in the fight against depression and anxiety. It is also highly effective when dealing with skin problems and autoimmune diseases. The number of regular users of CBD oil is rising rapidly. The article below provides a closer look at how CBD oil is obtained, what it contains, why it is so effective, and in what ways we can consume it.
CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa strain (industrial hemp). This resin is a highly concentrated and valuable ingredient that is obtained from the green parts of the plant. Different extraction methods can be used and among the most basic ones is alcohol extraction, which uses alcohol as a solvent to pull out cannabis trichomes and essential oils. The result of alcohol extraction is a CBD oil of dark colour and very bitter taste. This is due to the high content of plant waxes and terpenes that alcohol extraction does not purify from the plant during the extraction process. The latest and highest quality extraction method is the supercritical CO2 extraction, which takes place under high pressure and in the process removes unwanted ingredients from the plant. The result is a golden colour CBD oil with a clean and stable cannabinoid.
What is CBD oil and how does it affect our bodies
CBD oil contains CBD cannabinoid, which is the active ingredient of Cannabis Sativa. Cannabinoids are lipophilic, fat-soluble molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors in cells and trigger various cellular changes. Generally speaking, cannabinoids are divided into two groups: endocannabinoids (naturally occurring in humans and animals) and phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis and other plants). CBD cannabinoids are so effective because they have the same composition as endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that the body produces itself). The body recognizes the CBD cannabinoid as its own and freely accepts it.
Endocannabinoids in our body are used for communication between cells, tissues and organs. They act similar to braking mechanisms (SOS mechanisms) that calm our nervous system and make sure that our cells do not overload. This can happen primarily in times of severe stress, or when we are sick or in pain. During such times our body does not produce a sufficient amount of endocannabinoids and we can help with additional phytocannabinoids that are present in CBD oil.
Best researched spheres of CBD oil effects
CBD calms autoimmune responses in the human body
Rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), allergies, and dermatitis are the best-known autoimmune diseases. CBD resin helps calm autoimmune reactions in the body and helps it return to a balanced state.
Insomnia and sleep-related problems are among the most common reasons why people choose to ingest CBD. The CBD cannabinoid balances and calms our organism and allows for a restful, good night’s sleep. We wrote about CBD oil for insomnia in one of our recent articles.
Anxiety and depression
Stress has become an integral part of our everyday lives, and we are still not fully aware of all the negative consequences it can cause. Anxiety is another area in which the positive effects of using CBD drops or resins are often mentioned. CBD cannabinoid, in contrast to THC, has no psychoactive activity, and individuals describe its effects simply as relaxing and calming. Scientists have attributed the ability of CBD cannabinoid to influence the reduction of anxiety to the way cannabidiol CBD can interact with the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor and its ability to stimulate neurogenesis in the hippocampus – the area responsible for memory, emotions, and the autonomic nervous system. Read more about CBD for anxiety and depression.
Epilepsy and autism
Cannabis was used to relieve seizures as early as the 11th century. Today, the Epidolex medicine, a CBD cannabidiol extract, is already in phase III of scientific studies and has so far proven effective in reducing epileptic seizures in Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. CBD cannabinoid is also a 100% natural active substance with no negative side effects. These two qualities are an important factor in the increasingly frequent decision for use of CBD drops with children. As already mentioned, CBD has proved effective in relieving epilepsy, and it was through these treatments that its effect on autistic disorders was also discovered. Parents using CBD to help with epilepsy also observed a positive effect on the child’s autistic disorders when CBD therapy was given. They reported an improvement in social interactions, communication and interactions with others.
Skin problems, including dermatitis, psoriasis, acne
CBD cannabinoid also has a number of positive effects when it comes to our skin. It is proven to slow down skin cell division and help balance the endocannabinoid system, making it increasingly popular with psoriasis patients. CBD is also effective in the fight against acne, as it reduces the secretion of the tallow from the sebaceous glands and has antibacterial and antiseptic effects.
The most common ways of ingesting CBD oil
CBD resin is already widely available on the free market. You can buy it in different concentrations and packings, with CBD drops, resins and capsules as the more popular forms. The best form of ingestion depends primarily on the problem you are using it to treat, but in general, ingesting CBD resin through the mucous membrane (orally) is thought of as the optimal way, as it bypasses the digestive system, heading directly into your organism.