5 Little-Known Awesome Facts About CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the hottest new health trend—and for a good reason! A number of scientific studies are proving the wellness benefits of CBD oil for holistic treatments of a number of ailments and conditions.

But there’s a lot about CBD that most people aren’t aware of. Like, did you know that CBD oil won’t get you high? Or that the FDA approved a cannabidiol oral solution for seizure treatment of a rare form of epilepsy?

Check out these 5 awesome facts about CBD to learn more about just how magical this little oil really is!

 

  1. Hemp-derived CBD oil is officially legal.

It’s official. In December 2018, the President signed off on the 2018 Farm Bill, which recognizes hemp as a legal agricultural good. This made hemp and hemp-derived products federally legal (legal in all states)—as long as the CBD is extracted by licensed farmers, without any traceable THC, and in accordance with all growing regulations.

This doesn’t mean all CBD oil is federally legal. Only pure, hemp-derived CBD oil is. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, although it’s legal on a state-by-state basis. So, any marijuana products—including CBD extracted from marijuana—is only legal in certain states.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana? Although both part of the cannabis family, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Marijuana, though, can contain up to 40% THC. THC is the psychoactive substance that gives that high or stoned reaction. Because hemp-derived CBD oil typically has almost no detectable THC, it won’t make you high or have those same psychoactive effects.

Psst…7 Point Naturals offers high quality CBD oil extracted from hemp plants. That means we’re legal and ready to be shipped out, no matter where you live.  

You can read the FDA’s statement after the approval of the new Farm Bill here.

 

  1. Hemp CBD shouldn’t impact a drug test.

Hemp-derived CBD oil should have next to no detectable traces of THC. Drug tests are looking for THC, because that’s the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

A lot of users like to take CBD oil for anxiety, and research shows CBD has anxiolytic effects with the ability to minimize anxiety. So you’re starting a new job tomorrow, so you might use CBD oil to calm your nerves a little bit. You walk in and the human resources department requires a drug test. Don’t worry, you’re golden.

There’s a caveat here, though. CBD oil isn’t well regulated yet. So even some “hemp-derived” CBD oil isn’t fully from hemp, or there are still higher concentrations of THC than they claim on the bottle. If you’re not using high quality CBD oil, you could still end up with some THC in your system—and that would come up on a drug test. So make sure you’re aware of the oil you’re buying!

 

  1. Your pets love CBD too.

A lot of pet owners and holistic vets are asserting the success of hemp-based CBD for animals, especially dogs. Research shows that CBD is likely safe for animals, and it can have a lot of the same key benefits for pets as it does for humans.

For example, some dog owners claim that CBD may calm down anxious pups, especially when dealing with thunderstorms or separation anxiety. It may also relieve your pet’s pain from arthritis, nerve damage, and other injuries thanks to its analgesic (pain relieving) properties. It may also help with doggy digestion, since it also shows positive results in human intestinal inflammation.

Still, there isn’t much research yet to prove the efficacy for dogs and pets. Some studies have looked at small sample sizes, but most testimonials are only anecdotal so far. It’s hard to determine what a safe dosage would be without FDA approval and regulation. We don’t recommend giving your dog CBD oil without first consulting a veterinarian.

 

  1. The human body naturally produces cannabinoids.

In the 1980s and 90s, researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system in the human body. Like the nervous or immune systems, this system is present throughout the entire body, and it’s involved in a variety of functions. There are cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system, organs, and brain that make up the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is especially responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, balancing energy, and regulating endocrine function.

Your body naturally creates and releases endocannabinoid chemicals to keep these functions working properly. These natural endocannabinoids stimulate the body’s cannabinoid receptors. For example, one cannabinoid receptor regulates the body’s serotonin production. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer, so these cannabinoids can help maintain a level mood throughout the day.  

When you take CBD oil, you’re actually ingesting phytocannabinoids—cannabinoids that come from plants (“phyto”). These cannabinoids also interact with the endocannabinoid system’s receptors to stimulate—and even amplify—these same responses in the brain, central nervous system, endocrine system, GI, and immune tissues.  

So think of it like your immune system with vitamin C. Your immune system functions on its own. When you take vitamin C supplements, the vitamin C interacts with the receptors of the immune system to strengthen the response. That’s why vitamin C can help prevent or minimize illness.

It works a similar way with the endocannabinoid system.  Your body can make its own endocannabinoids, but you can supplement and enhance the response with phytocannabinoids when you take CBD.

 

  1. You can be deficient in endocannabinoids.

Your body can actually be deficient in endocannabinoids, which may contribute to a lot of medical conditions. CECD (clinical endocannabinoid deficiency) occurs when there is a lower amount of endogenous cannabinoids than is likely necessary to promote health. When there’s a deficiency, the body loses its homeostasis and becomes unbalanced, which can allow disease to step in.

Researchers believe that CECD may play a role in some diseases and syndromes, as some evidence suggests people with the following conditions often have lower levels of endocannabinoids:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Autism

Even motion sickness may be linked to an endocannabinoid deficiency, since it’s the endocannabinoid system that helps maintain and regulate the body’s homeostasis.

Oftentimes, this cannabinoid insufficiency may be the result of an omega-3 deficiency. Your body uses omega-3s to create endocannabinoids, and omega-3 fatty acids help grow and repair your CB1 receptors. If you’re not getting enough omega-3s, your body may not be able to produce enough endocannabinoids.

This doesn’t mean that if you’re suffering from a disease, CBD will be the miracle cure-all. The research just suggests that this newfound endocannabinoid system may play an important role in balancing the body and regulating the risk of disease. And if you’re deficient in endocannabinoids, CBD oil may be a choice supplement to bring those cannabinoid receptors back to life.

 

The CBD way

CBD oil is still in its infancy in scientific and public understanding. As more and more research comes out about the endocannabinoid system and the benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil, though, we anticipate a major uptick in the support and usage of CBD for acute and chronic ailments.

What do you still want to know about CBD? Ask us your questions in the comments below!