Since being released onto the market as a health supplement, CBD oil has taken the world by storm. Yet, many people are hesitant to take it, out of concern for their health and safety. While these concerns are understandable, they are misplaced – CBD oil is safe for human consumption and has been certified for use as a health supplement. When it comes to CBD oil, knowledge is power – the more you know, the more confident you’ll be in taking advantage of the many benefits it could have for you and your family.
The Chemical Makeup of CBD Oil
CBD oil is derived from industrially-produced hemp. This process is completely legal. While marijuana – a cannabis plant closely related to hemp – is specifically produced to contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp contains only a very small percentage of THC. This is why, unlike marijuana, hemp, and its derivative CBD oil, is not psychoactive. Cannabinoid which is contained in hemp is cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. CBD is a natural, safe product which may be legally consumed for health purposes.
When a compound is psychoactive, it is able to alter the mental state of the user by interacting with the neuro-receptors in the brain, causing a euphoria or ‘high’. CBD oil is not psychoactive, because it contains only trace amounts of THC. While THC is the active compound in marijuana which causes uses to experience a high, cannabidiol does not have this effect. This is because the two compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system differently. While THC’s structure specifically fits the cannabinoid receptors, interacting with them directly to alter the mental state and produce a high, CBD is only able to interact with the receptors indirectly, and so has no psychoactive effect. Rather, cannabidiol causes the body to naturally produce more of its own cannabinoids. Much of the health benefits of CBD oil are attributed to this effect of cannabidiol on the body.
Numerous studies have shown that CBD oil is safe for human and animal consumption, even in very high dosages. Toxicological analysis demonstrates that no harmful side effects arise when it is consumed. However, it is important to remember that not all CBD oil products are pure.
While pure CBD has been toxicologically tested and approved for human use, there are many products on the market which are not pure and which could contain harmful contaminants. This has to do with the fact that hemp is an efficient bio-accumulator – meaning that hemp is efficient at absorbing chemicals from the soil. If hemp is planted in soil which contains pesticides, heavy metals or other contaminants, these compounds will be absorbed into the plant, and will be present in the oil once the hemp has been processed. These toxins are unsafe for human consumption, which is why it is so important that you source your CBD oil from a producer who cultivates hemp without the use of pesticides or any other toxins.
Minor Side Effects
CBD oil is not altogether without medical side-effects, although these side-effects are minimal and can be easily addressed. Some users experience a dry mouth after ingestion, others notice a mild drop in blood pressure when taking high doses, and occasionally, some users experience mild drowsiness. These side effects are neither long-lasting nor harmful, and are far outweighed by the many benefits of CBD oil.
Safety is in the Process
We know that the safety of CBD oil is a concern for new users. This is why we’ve committed ourselves to achieving ‘purity by process’: all of our hemp is cultivated in a pesticide, heavy metal and toxin-free environment, and the oil which we derive is 100% natural, with no additives, preservatives or GMO products. The result is a CBD oil which is not only pure and safe, but which is also highly effective, as a purer CBD oil increases bio-availability and allows for higher quantities of cannabidiol to be absorbed by the body. If you’re considering improving your quality of life, Bad Ass CBD oil is the product for you.