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With all of the legislation surrounding Cannibus in the news lately, questions about Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil as a supplement are often raised. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. CBD is NOT psychoactive and will not produce a ‘high’ because it does not contain THC.

People are actively seeking natural remedies for common problems such as pain relief, anxiety and depression. Many do not want these issues treated by prescribed medications that often have mind altering side effects and interfere with daily life.

Our bodies have a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is involved with regulating sleep, appetite, pain, and the immune system. ECS produces endocannabinoids that bind with cannabinoid receptors in the body’s nervous system. Studies have shown that this has reduced inflammation and aided in relief of chronic pain.

CBD oil has also done very well in studies for depression and anxiety. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide. Anxiety disorders are following closely coming in at number six. Common medications given for these issues bring a plethora of their own side effects.

There are legitimate places and times for pharmaceutical intervention. The common rule of thumb is to try the least invasive, or the least negative impacting intervention. It is also important to check with your primary care doctor when trying any new product. Just because something is over the counter and listed as a supplement, doesn’t mean it won’t interact with other medications you are taking. Having your doctor involved will allow him/her to follow your progress in regards to changes, both good and bad.

CBD oil is easy to use orally. It can be placed under your tongue or mixed with food or beverage. It’s a great way to give it a try to see if it is effective. The only way to really know if something will be effective for you is to try it. This is absolutely true for CBD oil.

Stay tuned for more exciting studies involving CBD including help with acne, multiple sclerosis, cancer related symptoms, and heart health.

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