If you’ve looked online, you’ll see there’s a ton of anecdotal evidence to suggest that CBD, one of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, works wonders for various ailments. The amount of scientific evidence to support the medical benefits of CBD is also on the rise. Most of us know someone who has used a CBD product to help alleviate chronic joint pain, or to improve sleep. Yet some remain hesitant to try it. They wonder about the possible adverse side effects, like CBD withdrawal, which is why we’ve decided to tackle as many of those questions and doubts as we can in this blog. What are the medicinal benefits of CBD? Is it legal? And which is the best CBD oil for you?
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Simply put, yes. CBD oil is legal. But in order to give a more comprehensive answer, we need to take a look at the anatomy of the cannabis plant itself. Cannabidiol, the full name for CBD, is one of more than 100 cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis.
An increasing number of people choose to buy CBD oil for medicinal purposes. Part of the increase in interest relates to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which made the distinction between hemp and marijuana, making it possible to cultivate, manufacture, and sell hemp and hemp-derived products nationwide. But if you’re interested in trying CBD-rich products, derived from marijuana that’s been cultivated and manufactured right here in the state of Oklahoma, and you have a valid medical card, then that too is 100% legal.
The great thing about marijuana-derived CBD products is that they also contain differing levels of THC to help complement the positive effects of CBD and treat medical conditions in a slightly different way. Any product or flower that you buy at R2C2’s dispensary is 100% legal and has been crafted from the flower that our team cultivates right here in Oklahoma. All our products have been processed using the highest quality extraction and manufacturing methods available. If you have questions, just get in contact. We’ll be happy to go into more detail.
The Medicinal Benefits of CBD Oil
If we were to make a CBD benefits chart detailing all the ways in which CBD can be used for medicinal purposes, there’s little doubt that it would be a lengthy one. Historically, cannabis has always been used to help deal with medical issues. Some of the earliest reported uses were found in ancient China by Emperor Shen-Nung (c.2007 B.C.) who, legend has it, is the person who first discovered that cannabis could be used to heal. He used it to treat an entire host of ailments from vomiting, to malaria, to menstruation, and even absentmindedness. The early Egyptians used it to treat pain and fever, and during the Greco-Roman empire, women used cannabis to help mitigate pain during labor. But how does modern medicine utilize CBD oil?
A number of randomized clinical trials have focused on the use of CBD oil for pain relief, caused by rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. These clinical trials show how the body’s endocannabinoid system interacts with other major pain control systems in the body, including the central nervous system, to reduce chronic inflammation and feelings of pain. Many patients in these trials have been able to decrease or entirely replace prescription pain drugs, including opioids, known for their addictive nature and for their possible risks in terms of overdosing.
Other studies have focused on CBD oil for anxiety. Anxiety affects roughly 19% of the U.S. population and some of the treatment available has been known to cause unwanted side effects, including drug addiction. The CBD found in marijuana, on the other hand, interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to stop the FAAH enzyme from breaking down anandamide levels, which is an important step forward toward finding a remedy for a range of anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress.
Many CBD oil reviews speak highly of the compound’s ability to treat chronic forms of epilepsy. In fact, Oklahoma’s first medicinal cannabis law, known as Katie and Cayman’s Law (HB2154), recognized CBD oil’s effectiveness in treating epilepsy. Passed in 2015, it allowed doctors to prescribe CBD oil to children under the age of 18 who were suffering from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet syndrome, or any other severe form of epilepsy resistant to other kinds of treatment.
Can You Experience CBD Oil Withdrawal?
You might be thinking, ok, so, CBD oil works wonders for a variety of medical ailments, but does it have a dark side? Some wonder if CBD is addiction-forming or if one can experience CBD oil withdrawal. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an exhaustive report on cannabidiol. It spoke at length about possible addiction, concluding that there have been no accounts of abuse or dependence. The report mentioned a systematic review that was carried out and which suggests that CBD may actually help treat addiction, specifically when it comes to opioids, cocaine, and psychostimulants.Another study which followed 24 smokers who were trying to quit their nicotine habit found that the group which took CBD oil to manage cravings reduced their cigarette intake by 40%.
The Promising Future of CBD Oil
The future is bright for cannabis, cannabis-derived products, and oils high in CBD in particular. There’s a tremendous potential for the medical industry to exploit the abundant benefits found in CBD oil. From CBD oil for pain, migraines, and anxiety, to CBD products that help with epilepsy. Given the legal status of medicinal cannabis in Oklahoma, many brands are in operation and many dispensaries have opened their doors, but we take the opportunity to remind you to ask the right kind of questions. Make sure you know how the cannabis used to make your CBD oil is grown. Make sure you know what kind of third-party testing is in place. Ask questions about extraction processes and what each brand does to ensure consistent quality from one harvest to the next.
And remember… if you’re interested in putting a CBD oil to the test, the best CBD oils are always those crafted by a licensed manufacturer. If you’d like more information on anything you’ve read here in this blog, feel free to visit our dispensary and talk through your questions and concerns in person with our highly-trained staff.