How To Use CBD Oil
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of 113 known cannabinoids found in cannabis. But unlike its better-known counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), responsible for cannabis’ mind-altering effects, extensive research suggests that CBD is not psychoactive, and with none of the often-damaging side effects accompanying synthetic pharmaceuticals.
CBD is most commonly found in oil-based form, which may be applied topically, ingested or sprayed – with the latter being the fastest-acting ingestion method.
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
Cannabidiol hemp oil, or CBD hemp oil, is made from high-CBD and low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana derivatives that often contain high quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD hemp oil, a natural botanical extract of the common hemp plant, is therefore non-psychoactive. And, whereas in the cannabis plant CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid after THC; in hemp it dominates the cannabinoid makeup, as THC is found only in trace amounts. CBD’s myriad of health benefits, however, are still present.
Cannabidiol is primarily a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent, acting upon the body’s endocannabinoid system and its cannabis receptors to fight inflammation. CBD it therefore capable of altering your body’s immune reactions, influencing white blood cell production and enhancing your resilience.
CBD works by attaching itself to specific receptors of the body’s own endocannabinoid system. The human body is known to produce cannabinoids of its own, which affect the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are generally found in the brain, and deal with pain, mood and emotions, movement, appetite, among others. THC acts upon the CB1 receptors. Meanwhile, CB2 receptors are more commonly found throughout the immune system, affecting inflammation and thus pain. CBD is thought to act upon these receptors, by influencing the body to produce its own cannabinoids in order to rebalance itself.
How to Use CBD Hemp Oil?
Ingesting CBD oil remains the preferred form of dosing given its wide-ranging and long-lasting effects. However, it is not fast-acting like inhalation and may take up to 2-3 hours for the effects to peak. Which is where CBD oil spray comes in, with near immediacy of results and some of the highest absorption rates.
The Types of Hemp CBD Oil Products
With the wide range of uses found today for CBD oil, so are the options available when it comes to purchasing. CBD oil is most commonly found as a pure oil, as capsules or topicals, and in tincture or spray form.
Pure CBD Oil & Capsules
Pure CBD oil offers some of the highest concentrations of CBD in the market today, averaging 100mg per serving. However, CBD oil is not fast acting like inhalation. Its effects may take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to peak, requiring planning.
Just like your daily vitamins, CBD oil may also be consumed in capsule form. Average servings for CBD oil capsules are of 25 mg.
CBD oil in topical form has been observed to be effective helping with skin-related ailments and local pain, by applying directly over the affected area. CBD oil topicals often come as salves and balms, with potential uses ranging from acne and anti-aging creams to pain relief balms for localized pain.
CBD Tinctures or Sprays
CBD tinctures and sprays are some of the most popular CBD hemp oil products in the market today. Their efficacy to act is only second after inhalation. CBD tinctures are most often found in spray form, offering on average a CBD serving of 1-20mg.
Oral absorption of CBD via spray form is up to 90% effective, allowing your body to utilize the benefits fully. The near-immediate effects of oral absorption are due to the nutrients going directly into the blood stream.
CBD sprays may also come with added beneficial ingredients such as Valerian root among others.
The best way to use CBD oil
This is where the CBD oil spray comes in as one of the best options available for usage, with the second-fastest method of absorption. Its ease of use, near immediacy of results and some of the highest absorption rates possible, make the spray the preferred option to ingest CBD oil.
Who should not use CBD?
While side effects related to THC-containing cannabis are many, hemp CBD oil has been proven to be safe for consumption. Cannabidiol is safe with little to no side effects. Even high doses of up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD were shown to be well tolerated in humans.
That said, it is recommended that you start with the lowest dose possible of CBD oil. This way you will introduce your body slowly to the effects of CBD, and minimize the possibility of any adverse side effects while obtaining all the benefits.
Cannabis and Broken Bones
Cannabis has been long known to possess a variety of health benefits. In old historical records you can find people referring to it as ‘food from gods’. From antioxidant to its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis throughout history has been used to address various ailments. First mentions of cannabis usage date back thousands of years to shamans and ancient settlements hosting elaborate healing rituals. However, despite thousands of years of use, it appears that we still don’t know and fully appreciate powers of this plant. Recent studies have found that cannabis may even help heal our bones and give them strength.
Groundbreaking Israeli study
In a groundbreaking study published in 2015 by Israeli researchers, scientists injected either pure CBD or a combination of CBD and THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) into rats with broken thigh bones. The results showed that pure cannabidiol (CBD) helped the broken thigh bones of rats heal quicker and stronger than those in the control group.
Remarkably, the researchers estimated that bones treated with pure CBD were 35-50% stronger than bones left to heal by themselves, making them less likely to break again in the future.
These findings give hope for new treatment options for people suffering from bone-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, which plays a part in up to 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
The team of researchers at Tel Aviv University that tested the effect of THC and CBD on rat subjects explained the results of their study via the cannabinoid’s interaction with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. They highlighted a connection between our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors and bone growth stimulation.
“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant,” one of the researchers from Tel Aviv University commented in a press release.
The study also highlighted the importance in detaching the therapeutic uses of cannabis with its psychoactive effects. Speaking to the Times of Israel, Dr. Yankel Gabet from Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory, said: “The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Dr. Gabet said. “While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinic therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis.”
While more work still needs to be done, CBD promises long awaited hope to people suffering from serious bone affecting conditions without the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use. This is nothing short of great news and could serve as another step towards removing the stigma from cannabis use.
“After being treated with CBD,” Gabet continued, “the healed bone will be harder to break in the future. Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”
Not quite that simple
However, as always in life there is no silver bullet. You see, while cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to help broken bones heal quicker and stronger, other research has shown that cannabis may reduce bone strength in younger people. This alludes to the fact that, while cannabis may have great potential in assisting the healing of broken bones, there are numerous variables which need to be taken into account before we know best how cannabis can be utilized in bone health.
A 2016 study found that chronic cannabis consumption was associated with a lower bone density. The study looked at 170 participants and found bone fractures were more abundant in those who were ‘heavy consumers’ of cannabis (in that they had consumed cannabis over 5,000 times throughout their lives).
There are few things worth noting about this study, however. Not least the finding that ‘moderate consumers’ did not show an increased risk of fracture. The study’s authors also articulated that cannabis consumers had a lower average weight and BMI, which may well account for the reduction in bone density.
Another study done in 2009 found that cannabis may reduce bone strength in younger people. The same study then goes on to say that cannabis has the opposite effect in older adults, with the authors even going as far to suggest that these findings may be beneficial for the future treatment of osteoporosis.
Still early days
The bottom line is this: Despite thousands of year of experience with the plant we are just starting to scratch the surface of the knowledge around cannabis plant and discover its potential. Since “war against drugs” in the 1960’s, when stringent prohibition put a stop to all cannabis research, a lot of researchers were turned away from this field.
With legalization sweeping through the US and countries like the UK and Israel turning back their attention to researching cannabis, will we hopefully gain a clear perspective on what cannabis and its components can be truly used for.
Let us remember that the endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the 1990’s and research into it is very much in its infancy. What we do know, however, is that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, digestion, hormone levels, memory, and much more. It seems to work to produce a kind of natural balance in the body, which in turn leads to wellness.
Whilst we are aware that cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system, with many studies on cannabis and health proving very promising, many are also often confusing and contradictory.
Things are looking good, though. Over the coming years, research will undoubtedly reveal more and more about how this miraculous plant works within the body, and in time we will learn how best to utilize cannabis in a therapeutic setting. And, judging by recent research into cannabis and bones, cannabis-derived medicine may very well be one of the most novel and effective treatments for healing and strengthening broken bones in our body.