Cannabidiol also known as CBD, is a component that is obtained from cannabis. Nowadays oils with CBD are gaining popularity among a wide variety of users due to their multiple therapeutic benefits, but do they have side effects?
CBD and Its Benefits
For a long time THC has been the main objective of cannabis growers and consumers, who are looking for the psychoactive effect of the plant, but currently CBD is gradually making its way in the field of health.
Research carried out points to the potential of Cannabinoid to treat a wide range of pathologies such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy and other neurological disorders and even certain types of cancer.
One of the effects that CBD produces is to combat the negative side effects of THC. Various studies have been carried out where the ability of Cannabidiol to decrease or even eliminate some of the negative symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia that attacks inexperienced smokers has been demonstrated because CBD antagonizes the exciting effects of THC, delaying the onset of effect, so if you are suffering these effects a couple of drops of CBD oil would be the solution.
CBD oil is one of the most reliable sources to access the benefits of this component, the ideal is to look for a pure and reliable source or there is also the possibility of extracting your own CBD oil.
How Is CBD Oil Obtained?
The production of this oil is focused on providing you with a component that allows you to access all the medicinal benefits that the plant provides us, while focusing on eliminating its negative and psychoactive aspects.
The active ingredients, cannabinoids, can be concentrated and purified by producing cannabis oil, reducing the dose and increasing potency.
The first step to produce the oil is to choose a plant material rich in CBD as raw material, once selected, the extraction method must be chosen. Among the most common are:
Extraction with a Vehicle
It is a safe way to carry out the extraction because if good quality products are used, they can offer a good dose of Omega acids. It is important to take into account that when carrying out extraction of CBD oils with a vehicle, they have a limited life, so if it is for personal use, it is necessary to carry out small extractions and be careful with storage.
Extraction with Subcritical or Supercritical CO2
It is considered the safest extraction method, in addition to the cleanest. Supercritical or subcritical extraction uses extremely high or low temperatures to create a protective environment, in which cannabinoids are preserved and isolated. Due to the great control that is exerted on all aspects of this process, the integrity of the cannabinoids (and, of course, the purity of the oil) is preserved. In addition, chlorophyll is removed from the final product, which generates a product with a very clean flavor. However, this type of extraction may not be the most friendly for those who want to save money or extract oil in small quantities, since it requires special machinery that is often expensive.
Extraction with Solvents
It is the most frequent method among CBD oil producers due to its ease of obtaining the equipment, the low cost of materials and the simplicity of the process, however it is also the most dangerous technique since the most widely used solvents they are butane, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol or hexane. Among the cons of using this technique, apart from the potential risk of an explosion, is also the impossibility to completely eliminate every last trace of solvent, which reduces the safety of the substance, even counteracting the positive effects of the oil.
Fewer Side Effects than a Pain Reliever
Patients with inflammation or chronic pain, such as people with fibromyalgia, frequently take pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory medications. Continued use of these medications often affects the stomach and causes a rise in blood pressure. That forces counteracting the effects with other medicines, which in turn also have effects.
In the case of CBD oil, adverse reactions are minimal and transient in nature. The most common effect is slight drowsiness. Some patients also perceive a decrease in appetite or some alteration of the digestive type and in very few cases there are serious complications.
That absence of side effects, along with its effectiveness in fighting pain, are making CBD oil a highly valued alternative treatment. Even the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (World Health Organization) has a favorable opinion about this product. In one of its latest reports, it states that it does not present health hazards or have addictive components.