Alternative medicines are becoming more and more recognised in the world of health, but there is still a lot we don’t know about them––One of these is Hemp Oil. These supplements, known as cannabinoids, use some of the same components as cannabis but remain a safe and legal product that’s now available for use. Live to 100 consulted with Love Hemp Ltd to find out more.
What are CBD and THC products?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are chemicals found in cannabis that is called cannabinoids. In fact, One hundred and thirteen cannabinoids have been identified, but CBD and THC are the most prevalent and probably the most important.
THC is the cannabinoid that produces the ‘high’ from cannabis whereas CBD has a calming effect. The two together cancel each other out. Products containing anything more than a trace of THC are illegal.
Do these products have the same effects as regular cannabis? Am I going to feel ‘high’?
Using CBD products will not make you ‘high’. In fact, you won’t usually feel any immediate effect. Used as a food supplement, CBD products can help to improve and maintain your health over time in much the same way as taking vitamin or mineral supplements.
Should a doctor be consulted before I begin taking hemp oil?
It’s not necessary to tell your doctor before you start using it but a good idea to let them know at your next appointment. Of course, if you feel any new or unexplained symptoms, as with anything else, consult your doctor.
Are there any dangers from taking hemp oils?
Hemp is another word for cannabis. CBD products are derived from industrial hemp that is cannabis containing less than 0.2% THC that can be grown legally under licence. CBD and hemp oils are very safe with no side effects. However, there can be some interactions with prescription medicines, so it’s a good idea to tell your doctor if you’re using CBD.
Are there any risks from taking hemp oil?
There are no significant risks from taking CBD or hemp products.
How long will it take to notice the benefits?
This depends entirely on the individual. CBD and hemp products work by supplementing the body’s endocannabinoid system. Our body produces its own cannabinoids internally and if this system is out of balance CBD can help to restore it.
What lasting benefits will be seen from taking Hemp Oil?
The endocannabinoid system’s main function is to keep all our other physical and mental systems stable and in balance. It’s called ‘homeostasis’, and over time regular use of CBD will help achieve this, so your overall health will be improved and maintained.
Is hemp oil an alternative to prescribed medication?
No. CBD and hemp products are not medicines. In the future, there probably will be medicines developed using much higher doses but keep taking your regular medication and tell your doctor that you are using CBD.