By Meg Owens
The use of CBD oil is a controversial topic that has recently swept the media. Most confuse CBD with THC (delta-a tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the best known and most easily recognized compound in Hemp, and the most active ingredient in Marijuana. CBD is actually Cannabidiol which is much different from our previous counterpart THC. THC produces a “mind altering” high and is deemed recreational, while CBD on the other hand, has many medical benefits, even if some decide to use it recreationally as well. CBD oil is extracted from cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant and then diluted with an additional oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD oil has many beneficial aspects to the people who decide to give it a try. It’s been known to help reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Those with either depression or anxiety disorders have claimed to have significantly less anxiety after taking CBD oil. It’s also been used to treat insomnia and PTSD as well. Studies claim that CBD also has the ability to benefit heart health, reduce acne, and even diminish cancer-related symptoms. Although CBD has several health benefits, it also contains a couple of negative aspects. Side effects of ingesting CBD oil include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, and even changes in appetite, all according to the person who used it. Some people experience all of the side effects and witness a terrible experience, where some experience no side effects and swear by CBD oil. People that are familiar with marijuana can attest that some of these downfalls are also very commonly found with the usage of marijuana or other THC equivalents. CBD oil can be ingested many different ways other than just simply using the oil, some of the most popular including medicinal pills, edibles containing CBD, and purchasing the CBD flower itself and using that as a substitution for marijuana. The oil can be used in a vape pen or can simply be used without inhalation. Many people are turning to CBD oil as a new and modern medical advancement, one that is somewhat similar to THC but is completely legal… and in some cases much more effective.