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CBD Oil: Does it Deserve the Hype? by Lydia Halsey

CBD has been surfacing a lot in the last year: popping up in health shops, in food and drink, and even sold in your local supermarket. Despite it being around for a while, people still know little to nothing about it. Rest assured your questions will be answered!

While some might think CBD oil is some strange mystical source that Holland and Barrett have dedicated a whole shelf unit to, unfortunately it has nothing to do with magic; but everything to do with science.

Cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a molecule derived from the plant cannabis. A distant cousin to well-known recreational drug marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, which contains the molecule delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, CBD is not psychoactive. While CBD does not give users a euphoric high that lasts for many hours, or trigger midnight munchies, where Domino's pizza may be ordered at an unusual time of the night, CBD does have some interesting effects on the mind and body.

In this modern age, it seems our default setting is anxious, but who can blame us?

It can be argued that CBD can ease the common mental health disorders anxiety and depression, which for some individuals has a devastating effect on their day-to-day wellbeing. In this modern age, it seems our default setting is anxious, but who can blame us? We are anxious about politics, anxious about bigoted law enforcement, anxious about climate change, anxious about how our economy is going to recover from COVID-19.

Has Mother Nature sent CBD oil to make living in the 21st century more manageable?

While some individuals find ease from societal stress by taking prescribed medication, this is not always a viable option. Pharmaceutical drugs can cause horrible side effects such as mood swings, a decrease in sexual libido and emotional numbness. However, for those who cannot take medication, CBD can be an amazing alternative.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, within a month of consuming CBD oil I experienced a gradual incline in energy. Exercise became more pleasurable, negative thoughts became more controllable, and I felt an array of positivity towards myself and body.

Body-wise, recent studies have discovered that the regular consumption of CBD oil can alleviate illnesses that cause chronic pain; such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. The oil can even relieve cancer related symptoms, acne and menstrual pain. It seems that this miracle supplement can do no wrong.

How do you take CBD?

CBD can be consumed in a variety of different forms. For a first-time user, it might be best to try it in an edible form. This can be sweets, chocolate, mints, tea, or an infused soft drink. The flavour of the edible balances the earthy taste for a newbie user. The oil can be found in tablet form, which can be taken at any time of the day. It is also sold as an edible oil. For those of you who enjoy smoking or vaping, CBD can additionally be purchased in vape stores.

Another popular version is CBD topicals which are applied directly to the skin. These will include infused lotions, balms, and creams. This version would be more suitable for a consumer that suffers from bodily pain, like arthritis. Yet, this does not mean you can’t work CBD infused products into your daily self-care routine. We all know how much millennials and Gen-Z’s love a wellness product.

However, like any drug or supplement, a consumer must be conscious of the prescribed dosage. The right dosage is different for every person, and you might not feel the effects of the supplement straight away. While CBD is considered safe, there are some possible side effects to watch out for. The supplement may cause diarrhoea, changes in appetite and weight and fatigue in some individuals.

If you are unsure about CBD consider discussing it with your doctor or GP before ingesting.

For more information about CBD, where it comes from, its health benefits and more scientific research, please take a look at these websites and articles:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/style/cbd-benefits.html

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

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