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CBD OIL. The True Facts

CBD oil:  Everything you wanted to know!

     CBD (cannabidiol) oil is a powerful natural substance extracted from hemp plants known as cannabis sativa. These are normal non GMO plants as compared to the genetically modified versions which are designed to produce high amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or cannabis which makes you high.

     All cannabinoids, including CBD produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors.

     The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

     CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but most of them are located in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors.

     CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

     Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body the use more of its own cannabinoids.

Dose:

     CBD oil comes in different strengths so my recommendation is to buy the highest strength which is 1000mg solution and contains 33.3mg pure CBD per ml. The dose is one or 2 drops under the tongue and the effect should be felt in about 30 minutes.

     The principle side-effect is drowsiness. If that occurs, then the dose is too large and I recommend you dilute your CBD oil with MCT (medium chain triglyceride oil) because this is the only oil that can cross the blood brain barrier and enter your brain. You will also notice that your bottle of CBD is in a solution of MCT oil. Other side-effects you may experience are loss of appetite and lowering of blood pressure. If blood pressure drops too low, then drinking more fluids offsets this effect.

     Ordinary hemp oil by itself, no matter how concentrated, will not have any effects similar to CBD oil because it cannot pass your blood brain barrier.

     CBD oil is a very effective pain reliever and can actually get someone off opioids such as Percodan, Percocet, fentanyl, dilaudid, morphine or Tylenol no 3.

     CBD oil is a great new weapon for us to use in place of prescription drugs. It has had a great deal of success in many areas. Besides being very successful in pain relief, it reduces inflammation, helps mood disorders and cognitive function.

     However, if you want to know ALL about it, the Federal Government, your supplier, knows very little except cost and shipping. The internet is full of information, most of it incorrect. Your pharmacist has not been trained in its pharmacology. Outside of Dr. David Price in Hamilton, I do not believe there is any other physician in town who knows anything about CBD oil so don’t bother asking your physician.

    If you want to know if it is good for you and how it will react with your medications, come and visit me. I am one of the few people with a deep enough pharmacological background to answer your questions.

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