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What is CBD OIL and Should you try it?

Is it possible? Can cannabis can be beneficial without having to get you high? Yes, and it's called CBD OIL. What exactly is CBD oil, and why is it making waves? Let's break it down, starting with the common questions you probably have.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

Short answer: No.

The high feeling most people associate with marijuana comes from THC, an active component found in the plant. Besides its brain-altering capabilities, THC binds to receptors in the brain and can help with many several ailments and disorders, some of which include appetite loss, nausea, migraines, glaucoma, chronic pain, and arthritis. For context, there are close to 100 cannabinoid compounds in a cannabis plant, but THC is the only one that is psychoactive.

CBD is also a natural component in cannabis, but unlike THC, it doesn't get you high. CBD binds to receptors all throughout the body instead of the brain and does not cause a feeling of euphoria. It contains very low amounts of THC (0.3 percent), not enough to get you high.

What Is CBD Oil Used For?

CBD can be used to . . .

  • Ease anxiety and trouble sleeping
  • Treat the effects of Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease
  • Reduce seizures
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain from spinal cord injuries and conditions such as arthritis

"It also has anti-inflammatory effects, and could be helpful for patients with chronic inflammation," said William Hayes Wilson, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's chief of rheumatology. "I'm a pragmatist."

How Do You Take CBD Oil?

The most common usage for CBD oil is as a tincture (an oil in a bottle with a dropper). You simply drop it into whatever liquid you're drinking. You can also get CBD through edibles, vapor, sprays, and salves.

Wilson also told POPSUGAR that patients who suffer from localized pain are great candidates to use the oil, because they can just rub it on whatever part of their body is hurt. "There are some people who have pain in just their feet or their hands," he said. "Rather than treating their whole body, you could treat it with something topical like CBD oil."

It's important to note that because CBD oil is not regulated, there are no guidelines for dosage. It's up to the user to determine the right dose for them.

Where Do You Get It?

You can order CBD oil from the comfort of your own home ( ) or pick it up at a local dispensary. The oil itself can come in many unusual flavors: blueberry custard, chunky monkey, gummy blast, etc. Different varieties also target different benefits: immune booster, anxiety formula, sleep formula, stress formula, and even pain relief.

Is It Legal?

This is tricky. As of August 2017, medical marijuana is legal in 28 states (plus Washington DC), and CBD is legal in an additional 15 states. Experts estimate that that CBD market will be worth $3 billion by 2021. Though the oil is available online, it's illegal to transport it across state lines. However, some distributors have found a way around this; the products from Colorado-based company CBD OIL contain less than 0.3 percent THC, which means they can ship to all 50 states.

So what's your take? You know the facts. You've heard the opinion of a professional, and you can check ask vendors for testimonials. Now it's your turn to determine if it could be an option for you. No matter what you decide, make sure you do a little research on the product you select before you make a purchase.

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