Among the different cannabidiol (CBD) products available in the market, people choose CBD oil for medical purposes. This is because of the flexibility with which it can be used. For example, you can easily adjust the dosage, can be added to foods and beverages, and can be ingested or applied topically for therapeutic effects. Besides, it has very minimal side effects, and hence it is safer. Because of these reasons, people are using it to treat many common ailments. Shared below are some funs facts about CBD oil; read on to know about them.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Is One Of More Than 85 Cannabinoids Found In Cannabis Plants
CBD and THC are the two major cannabinoids along with others naturally found in the cannabis family of plants. Legally available cannabidiol products like CBD oil are made from hemp strains that have less than 0.3% of THC; this minuscule amount of THC ensures there is no high after consuming it. When you consume it, the cannabinoids work in synergy producing the entourage effect. This enhances the individual effect of each cannabinoid and is the main reason for the therapeutic effects of whole hemp products.
CBD Rich Hemp Flowers
High-quality CBD oil is produced from the cannabidiol rich flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It is extracted from them using various extraction methods. The most popular method of extraction is CO2 extraction because the final product of this extraction method is the purest. Also, older plants have higher CBD content. This is because exposure to oxygen and air converts the raw form of CBD, i.e. cannabidiolic acid into cannabidiol.
CBD And The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
CBD imparts its effects mainly by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Cannabidiol has more affinity for CB2 receptors that are mainly part of the immune system. Moreover, CBD interacts with CB1 receptors that are mainly found in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
The First Pass Metabolism
When you consume CBD oil, cannabidiol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system. From there it is carried into the liver through the hepatic portal vein. Here, cannabidiol (CBD) is metabolized into metabolites. The useful metabolites become available to the ECS, producing CBD’s therapeutic effects, and the unwanted ones are eliminated out of the body. This process is called the first-pass metabolism, and it reduces the quantity of CBD available to the body in a dose of CBD oil.
CBD Is Oil Soluble
Natural or pure CBD is an oil-soluble compound, and mixing it with oils increases its bioavailability. So, when using it in foods, mix it with edible oils so that your body can easily absorb it.