CBD Oil Is Having a Moment—Here’s What You Need to Know
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Move over, kale. There’s a new plant-based wellness obsession in town. CBD, aka cannabidoil, is a compound found naturally in cannabis—and now, thanks to its reputation as a miracle-in-a-bottle for healing everything from acne to sore muscles to anxiety, CBD oil can be found in beauty boutiques, in health stores and on shelves in all 50 states.
So, what’s the deal with CBD, anyway? Unlike the THC compound in cannabis that causes the feeling of being high, CBD works to “‘talk’ to just about every major organ system in the body via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), helping restore normal balance and physiologic homeostasis,” according to Plus CBD Oil.
CBD can be derived from hemp—a “cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight,” J. H. Atkinson, MD, of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego tells Well and Good. It can also be sourced from marijauna—a cannabis plant with a higher THC level—but you probably wouldn’t be able to buy marijuana-sourced CBD if it wasn’t sold at a dispensary. And, to complicate matters slightly, there is the business of the whole-plant CBD (CBD sourced with other parts of the plant) vs. the CBD isolate (the CBD molecule standing alone). Opinions on which is more effective vary.
“I hear from scientists on both sides,” Michale Bumgarner, co-founder of Cannuka, tells Well and Good. “Some say there is no difference, because once you extract CBD, our bodies process it on an individual basis. The other side says full-spectrum is the only way to go.”
However your CBD oil is sourced, the goal is to create balance within the body. Plus CBD Oil explains, “Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. In each tissue, cannabinoids perform different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, maintaining a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.” Which sounds a lot like meditation, right? But remember: If you’re in balance and in good health, you may not notice the effects of CBD—because you’ve already achieved homeostasis.
With CBD having a moment, the curiosity factor is running high. But is it the miracle the wellness community is touting it to be? While studies are still being conducted and the scientific community is holding off giving it a blanket stamp of approval, the FDA did recently approve a medication to treat epilepsy with active CBD ingredients. Time will tell if CBD is the answer to our wellness prayers, but one thing is for sure: Plant-based medicine—in this case, the cannabis plant—is finally having its day in the sun.
Curious to learn more? Join us at the WELL Summit in Brooklyn, Oct. 5 & 6, where Plus CBD Oil is a WELL partner.