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CBD Oil Pros and Cons: The Definitive Guide [2020]

Like with any other product, CBD oil has its pros and cons.

If you check various blogs, you can quickly notice there are numerous misconceptions surrounding CBD oil.

Some websites portray it as a drug, while others claim that CBD oil can cure any medical condition. Like with everything else in life, the truth is somewhere in between.

CBD or cannabidiol is definitely a beneficial substance. Furthermore, we can say that it is much safer than most drugs that can be bought over-the-counter. But, it also has its limitations.

The good thing about the substance is that you can use at as a supplement, and there are some indications that even kids can use it (although we need further research to be certain of this).

In this article, we will consider the main CBD oil pros and cons, and whether it’s the right treatment for your medical condition. Check it out!

What is CBD?

CBD, cannabidiol, medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is a substance extracted from cannabis or hemp. The interesting thing is that most CBD products have various other substances besides cannabidiol.

However, we often focus on CBD as the most beneficial of the bunch. Besides this substance, the products also have things such as CBC, CBG, THC, terpenes, and other valuable matters.

The cannabis plant has more than 200 active substances. A lot of them can be used to improve your wellbeing.

The only issue with medical cannabis products is the presence of THC. This substance gets you high and is the main reason why CBD products are often made from hemp instead of cannabis.

Hemp has a very low quantity of THC, and it is much easier to use for products such as CBD oil. But, that doesn’t mean that THC is completely bad.

Like other cannabinoids, it has certain medical properties that shouldn’t be neglected. Most cannabis experts recommend that you use full-spectrum oil.

It is a product that has all the cannabinoids, thus creating the "entourage effect." In other words, it creates an effect where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 

What are the potential pros of CBD oil?

There is still a lot of skepticism and uncertainty when it comes to CBD-based products. Oftentimes, we make our conclusion based on empirical evidence.

The reason for this is because we still don’t haven’t performed enough studies to truly understand these substances. A lot of is based on internet hearsay and word-of-mouth.

In order to give you a better picture of things, we will explain how CBD works for some medical conditions and what its pros are.

  • Insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD

Cannabidiol is primarily a tranquilizer. It relaxes our whole body, and it can induce deep sleep. This makes it ideal for insomnia and stress. In fact, we recommend that you take it just before going to bed. It seems that the substance has a similar impact on mental conditions such as anxiety and PTSD. It works similarly for both muscles and the brain, relaxing the fine tissue within our body. A lot of people use it on a permanent basis for these conditions. At this point, everything indicates that CBD substances can be used as daily supplements.

  • Muscle spasms, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s

As already mentioned, cannabinoids provide a similar sense of relaxation to both muscle and brain tissue. There were a lot of cases where patients with epilepsy were able to reduce the number of episodes by relying on these products. There are also some indications that it can be used for Parkinson’s. In this case, CBD works by protecting the muscle tissue and slowing further degeneration. Always remember that the substance cannot treat the underlying medical condition, nor can it magically remove epilepsy or Parkinson's. Instead, it only works on symptoms, making your life much easier.

  • Chronic pain, inflammations

A lot of people use hemp for chronic pain. Whether we're talking about topical or internal pain, the substance can provide quick relief. Oftentimes, it is used by extreme cases such as cancer patients, and in particular, those who are undergoing chemotherapy. But, it can also be used by patients who are recovering from injuries. In that sense, it can represent a great replacement for the standard pain killers. Funny enough, modern pain killers are much more addictive than medical marijuana. The substance can also be used for inflammations. It can treat symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness.

  • Heart protection

Although we have a lot of evidence that could corroborate the previous claims, we have very limited data on how CBD impacts the heart. According to some scientists, the substance can prove to be vital for the prevention of atherosclerosis and some other issues. But, most of these studies were performed on animal subjects and are somewhat obsolete. Like with all other ailments on the list, if you intend on using cannabidiol for this particular issue, we suggest that you consult with a medical professional beforehand.

  • Skin benefits

Acne is a common skin inflammation plaguing both teenagers and adults. Interestingly enough, there is only a handful of substances that are on par with CBD oil for acne. The substance can be used topically, and it is especially effective for dry skin. But, it can also provide nice results for oily skin as it deals with skin infections and inflammations. Cosmetic companies have already noticed this, and have started utilizing CBD oil as the basic ingredient for their products.

What are the potential cons of CBD oil?

As already mentioned, Cannabidiol and other CBD products are regarded as quite safe.

When they’re made from organic hemp or cannabis, they’re even safer than some products commonly used within our households.

The best thing about the substance is that it doesn’t rely on a complex manufacturing process that involves various chemicals. Instead, you get a pure, organic oil that can even be used as an edible.

Your side effects may vary based on the quality of the products as well as its ingredients.

For example, isolates (medical cannabis that only has CBD) are pretty safe as Cannabidiol is non-toxic.

However, everything that has THC may cause issues. Here are some of the temporary issues  and cons of CBD you might encounter:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Issues with coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness

Keep in mind that some of these side effects are common for other sedatives as well.

Memory loss and trouble with coordination are common when you smoke regular marijuana.

What can cause these issues with CBD?

These issues are presumably caused by THC within CBD oil.

At this moment, we have limited data as to what would happen if you used the product for longer periods of time. Some scientists believe that the long-term side effects would be similar to those caused by the abuse of cannabis.

In other words, CBD oil with high THC content may lead to some mental issues.

Of course, we cannot say this with certainty as cannabidiol-based products are relatively new, and we don't have either clinical or empirical evidence that would corroborate these claims. All of this is based on presumptions.

If you use CBD oil according to doctor's recommendations and don't go overboard with the dosage, you shouldn't have that many issues.

In fact, we recommend that you start with a smaller dosage and change it according to its effectiveness (or better said, lack thereof).

Cannabidiol oil is illegal for minors, but there were some cases where underage kids used it to treat volatile spasms. Oftentimes, doctors recommend it as a last solution to some serious conditions.

So, if your child is suffering from one such issue, you might also consider CBD oil treatment. Of course, all while consulting a doctor.

Final words

Now you know what the main CBD oil pros and cons are.

There is a good reason why this organic product has become so popular in the last few years.

The list of potential benefits goes on and on. However, you should be careful how you’re using it, as it may cause certain issues in the long run.

When buying CBD oil, we recommend that you purchase it from reputable sources. Always focus on Cannabidiol products that were derived from organic hemp.

That being said, if you have any questions regarding the benefits and drawbacks, of these products or if you wish to inquire about items in our shop, make sure to contact us today.

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