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Not All CBD Oil is Created Equal

Sep 24, 2017 10:35PM ● By Kristen Lepage and Matt Dhingra

Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, has gained increased attention over the last few years as research has been published suggesting its use to be potentially beneficial in playing a supportive role in a wide variety of ailments, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and arthritis.

       CBD oil is derived from the hemp flower. Many are familiar with it because of its relationship to cannabis oil. However, unlike marijuana or cannabis, the hemp extract used in CBD oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient that causes psychoactive effects. CBD oil has been used for its wellness balancing effects including antianxiety, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic properties.

       CBD oil works on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which affects a variety of biological processes. It is located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, and its overall function is believed to be to regulate homeostasis. It also affects appetite, pain response, immune function, memory, sleep and stress response. The body produces its own endocannabinoids to act on the cannabinoid receptors, and CBD is able to affect these same receptors.

       CBD oil is the cannabidiol-containing hemp extract dissolved in olive oil or medium-chain triglyceride oil for improved absorption, and it is available in a variety of forms. The oil itself is one of the most common forms that is taken internally and can come in several different flavors for taste preference. CBD ointment is also available, usually mixed with other essential oils and soothing balms. It may be used topically to improve aches and pains. CBD hemp extract is also available in capsule form.

       Not all brands of hemp oil are created equal, so it is important to purchase only high-quality, reputable brands from reliable sources.

Contact Kristen Lepage, ND, and Matt Dhingra, Pharm.D., at Whole Health Pharmacy, 2069 Barrington Rd., in Hoffman Estates. The pharmacy carries a wide variety and high-quality selection of hemp oil products and offers free shipping. For more information, call 224-653-9878 or visit WholesomeRX.com.