CBD oil is the most consumed CBD product in Europe in 2019, taking the lead over e-liquids and CBD flowers. This product made from hemp allows to enjoy all the benefits of CBD through a consumption method that is gentler than inhalation: it thus attracts a large audience. There is a wide range of varieties: from fragrant to full-bodied, with varying rates of CBD. How is CBD oil obtained? What are its benefits and how is it used? Kilograms takes stock.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a molecule naturally present in hemp. It concentrates mainly in the trichomes, small resinous glands that cover the plant. It is a liposolube molecule, so it binds well with fats. Thus, CBD can be extracted from hemp and fixed on oil.
Be careful though: trichomes also concentrate other molecules. Notably a psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. Its consumption has many harmful effects on the body and is forbidden in France. In order to respect the legislation as well as the health of the consumer, hemp plants must therefore be selected and have a CBD rate of less than 0.2%.
Trichomes also contain terpenes, aromatic molecules that have beneficial effects on health. They are known, for example, as the main components of essential oils. Combined with CBD, they can act in synergy and increase the benefits. High-quality CBD oils therefore seek to incorporate these terpenes, which are also fat-soluble.
Extraction of CBD
There are several methods of extraction. In the world of cosmetics, we often find steam distillation followed by CO2 extraction. CBD and terpenes can also be extracted using a liquid solvent such as ethanol. The oil will then have to be filtered to extract the undesirable solvent. Finally, the molecules can be recovered simply by applying heat, just as one would do when making a homemade infusion. This method is less efficient, however, and the industry prefers the previous ones.
A CBD oil can thus be raw or purified, i.e. filtered to remove undesirable substances such as solvents. To recognize them, crude oils are often darker because they contain a lot of chlorophyll.
In any case, for optimal assimilation, it is important to choose a product that has undergone decarboxylation: this method modifies the structure of the CBD molecule to make it assimilable by our body.
Why use CBD oil?
CBD oil has many benefits for the body. There are both cosmetic and dietary uses.
CBD oil would have proved effective in solving skin problems. The CBD would indeed have antioxidant properties: the skin is protected from potential infections or external aggressions such as acne, skin inflammations, eczema. In addition to CBD, CBD oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and gammalinolenic acids or GLA which act on the sebaceous glands, reduces lipid production and regulates sebum production.
CBD oil can therefore be used as a treatment but also as a preventive measure, for the maintenance of your skin.
Although research on CBD is still in its infancy, consumers of CBD oil as a dietary supplement are already won over by its many benefits.
CBD oil can be used for its relaxing effects. It thus helps to combat stress and anxiety. As its effects are rather mild, it is particularly effective for those suffering from stress or chronic anxiety. On the other hand, its effects may not be strong enough during a strong anxiety attack for example. It is therefore preferable to take it in advance, as a preventive measure, precisely to avoid the crisis. For example, CBD oil is used to fight insomnia: taken before going to bed, it helps you relax to fall asleep and avoid night-time anxiety attacks. Quality and quantity of sleep are improved.
CBD oil is also used against chronic pain, such as arthritis. Indeed, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with the relaxing effect, they can be effective in relieving pain. Talk to your doctor: he or she may prescribe certain oils with higher THC levels. Under prescription they are allowed by law, and THC could act in synergy with CBD to increase the benefits.
How to use CBD oil?
When you buy a CBD oil, check whether its use is recommended as a cosmetic or dietary supplement.
In the first case, it will then be a skin application. Simply apply the oil directly to the skin (the area to be treated) and gently coat it so that the product can penetrate effectively.
As a dietary supplement, there are several methods.
By sublingual route: Here, it is a question of putting a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue and waiting a few moments, i.e. about 1 minute before swallowing. This method is recommended in cases of acute pain, as it speeds up the process and allows the consumer to quickly feel the effects of the substance.
By direct ingestion: the effects of the substance will not be felt immediately. You will have to wait between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on your body. The ingested CBD will have to follow the normal digestion process which will slow down the speed of action, but on the contrary, will prolong the effects. You will be able to feel them for up to 8 hours after absorption.
With food: you can put a little CBD oil on bread or dilute it in olive oil and use it in salads. This method promotes its absorption.
For the dosage, follow the instructions written on the product. If in doubt, always start with a low dosage and adjust as necessary.
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