Cannabis oil: Nutritional value and therapeutic properties

Cannabis is a plant cultivated for centuries in central Asia. Dioscorides, one of the most famous Ancient Greek pharmacists, ranked cannabis among the plants with significant anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant and analgesic properties in 70 ac. Nowadays, the scientific researches have proven that the herb has more than 130 different chemical compounds, the cannabinoids. One of the most important cannabinoids is Cannabidiol (CBD) which faces a great deal of recognition among scientists around the world, due to its natural therapeutic properties. In modern medicine, we use the term “medical cannabis” to define both the plant itself and its natural derivatives-cannabinoids, if they are used for therapeutic purposes.

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Edible Cannabis oil

The edible Cannabis oil, also known by the name hemp seed oil, is extracted from the Cannabis sativa herb and is one of the most nutritious vegetable oils. It is a delicate oil with a mild, pleasant taste of walnut It is rich in antioxidants such as carotenes, phytosterols, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E, phospholipids, minerals and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. Nowadays, hemp oil is one of the vegans’ favorite protein source. It has proteins of high biological and nutritional value, including a sequence of 20 basic amino acids.
Furthermore, hemp oil is a unique source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in an ideal ratio of 1 to 3, such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), stearidonic acid, linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Especially, stearidonic acid is extremely rare to find in common nutritional plant sources, thus considering fitting hemp oil in our diet might be an extremely healthy idea after all.
The best way to consume hemp oil is raw or in all cases not to heat it above 35 ° C as it loses much of its nutritional value. A clever idea of consuming it is to take 1 t.s every morning as a dietary supplement or add it in salads. Prefer a cold pressed organic oil that will have all the nutrients of cannabis seeds intact.

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Cannabidiol oil

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most important natural derivatives of cannabis herb, that gained worldwide attention lately, as it is a natural nutrition supplement that strengthens health in everyday life and enforces the feeling of well-being. Furthermore, it is a powerful alternative form of treatment to a variety of serious illnesses. Scientific research on CBD oil has shown that it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can deal effectively with many physical and mental diseases, without causing addiction, unlike other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD oil is a totally natural remedy, as it is formed by the natural extraction of cannabis herb and mixed with a carrier oil, to become a precious natural remedy. The process begins with the harvest of cannabis herb every October and to produce the oil, only clones rather than seeds are used, for the extract to be highly CBD and low THC concentrated. After the harvesting, the plants are left to dry in the air for three or four weeks and then the flower is removed from them to be extracted and transformed to CBD oil.

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The mode of action of CBD oil.

Cannabidiol has the unique ability to interact with our body. This is accomplished through its collaboration with the so-called endocannabinoid system of the brain. The human body has its own natural cannabinoid receptors, the CB1, and CB2 receptors, that exist in the central nervous and the immune system. Thus, Cannabidiol interacts with these receptors but is not bound to them. This means that it can provide its medical benefits without causing any addictive effects. Essentially, it strengthens the body’s defense against threats, supports the internal balance of the body and makes organs functioning more efficient.

Health benefits of BCD oil.

CBD oil has tremendous benefits to the human body, and it can be an ideal supplement not only for people who deal with serious illnesses but also for those who want to wake up in the morning full of energy. According to scientific researches, there are several benefits of CBD oil:

CBD oil against mental disorders

Cannabidiol has been proven through scientific research that it can be an effective anti-psychosis treatment. More specifically, it seemed to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia. Though, its mode of action is currently unknown. Furthermore, recent scientific research has shown that CBD oil has the same antipsychotic properties as common drugs but does not cause undesirable side effects in the body.

CBD oil against epilepsy

Scientists think of CBD oil as a very promising treatment of epileptic seizures. In a recent survey conducted involving children suffering from epilepsy, 84% of their parents reported having observed significant withdrawal of symptoms in their children by using CBD oil. The parents also reported that their children appeared to have several good behaviors using the oil, such as an increased feeling of readiness, better psychology in general, positiveness, sleep quality and better school performance. After 3 months of treatment with CBD oil, epilepsy seizures in children decreased by 50%.

CBD oil against pain

Cannabidiol has proven strong anti-inflammatory action, which has been shown to relieve a wide range of pains, as well as to treat the symptoms of illnesses associated with intense pain such as post-operative pains, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic neuropathic pains.

CBD oil and cardiovascular health

A recent study has shown that CBD oil causes dilatation of the arteries and protects the vessels from lesions. Cannabidiol seemed to reduce the amount of damage caused by the blockage of the vessels in the heart and the brain and improves cardiac arrhythmias. Studies have also shown that the use of CBD oil effectively reduced blood pressure, as well as heartbeats in situations that cause intense anxiety and stress.

CBD oil against depression

According to the researchers, cannabidiol has antidepressant properties and the results from its use in people with depression were at once apparent and had a prolonged duration. This may be the natural response to antidepressant drugs in the treatment of depression, which unfortunately can provoke a severe number of side effects.

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Side effects of CBD oil

According to some patients who have used the remedy, the undesirable side effects of CBD oil are reduced because there are no synthetic chemicals in it. Though, the CBD oil can cause some side effects, although it is worth noting that they are extremely rare and will only occur when certain specific conditions are met:

CBD oil may affect the way the liver metabolizes certain medicinal products

It has been discovered that a high dose of CBD can stop the activity of certain enzymes found in the liver, the enzymes P450, which handle the metabolism of most drugs used by humans. Based on this, the CBD oil can interact with some drugs by affecting the way our body processes these drugs. But, at the same time, the inactivation of P450 enzymes is also the method by which CBD neutralizes the effects induced by THC.

Patients with Parkinson's disease may experience worse symptoms at higher doses of CBD.

The use of CBD oil as a remedy can make patients suffering from trembling and uncontrolled muscular movements and experience worsening of their symptoms at higher doses of CBD. However, it has also been shown that the CBD can help patients suffering from Parkinson's disease, so reducing the dosage is most appropriate for their body should eliminate the undesirable side effects.

The “Cottonmouth”

Studies show that CBD oil can cause a so-called "cotton mouth" or dry mouth, as it has been discovered that cannabinoid receptors can also be found in submandibular glands that have the job of producing saliva. So, when CBD oil affects these receptors, then saliva production is affected, leaving the mouth dry.

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Valuable information on BCD oil that most people get wrong.

There are several misunderstanding and urban concerning medical cannabis, that most people think of them as true. This article aims to clarify things.
One of the most common beliefs about cannabinoids is that the CBD is a substance used for therapeutic purposes and though THC, on the other hand, is recreational. The truth is that THC has unique therapeutic properties such as CBD, especially for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease but unfortunately is highly psychotropic and additive.
Another misunderstanding concerning CBD oil, is that many people tend to believe that its action is diminishing without the presence of THC. All scientific researches have proven that CBD is more effective without the presence of THC in the treatment of several diseases.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the single molecule pharmaceuticals and remedies are far more effective than the whole plant, as it concerns medical cannabis. In fact, according to several types of research, specific components of the plant such as CBD are beneficial to human health rather than the “crude” plant itself which appears that it doesn’t have any medical value at all.

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