Like humans, animals can suffer from all manner of chronic pain, and this 2015 review of the scientific literature on chronic pain and cannabinoid usage found that seven out of eleven high-quality trials showed cannabinoids to have “a significant analgesic effect.” Researchers also reported that “several trials also demonstrated improvement in secondary outcomes (e.g., sleep, muscle stiffness, and spasticity).”
As mentioned above, CBD is no longer considered a Schedule I controlled substance under the Farm Act. However, under the DEA’s definition, it remains on the list. This allows for individual states to create exceptions to the status of CBD, even when cultivated from hemp plants grown legally under the act. It also maintains illegal status for any CBD sourced from plants produced in settings that are not consistent with that Act, or by an unlicensed grower. It is expected that more clarification on the status of CBD will come early this year (2019).
Brian Peterson is a consumer advocate for users of CBD oil products and the lead administrator of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. He first learned about CBD oil in 2013 from reviews of users on social media. He has immersed himself in the industry since then. This includes founding the CBDOilUsers.com website and the largest CBD oil group on Facebook. His passion is educating people about CBD oil products and the most reputable companies in the industry.
Dispensaries: In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, dispensaries are a common sight. They are much rarer in states with more restrictions. In states that permit the use of medical marijuana, hemp-based CBD oils do not normally require a prescription but marijuana-based oils do. Like brick-and-mortar locations, dispensaries offer more customer service. However, as noted, this may not be an option depending on the buyer’s state of residence. Also, CBD oil prices tend to be significantly higher at dispensaries.
CBD oil acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is found in all mammals and contains CB1 and CB2 receptors, more receptors than any other system in the human body. Human bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which in turn, act on the receptors to produce a physiologic response. CBD introduces extra cannabinoids into the ECS and can help to regulate many of the body’s functions. CBD gives your body more of what it already produces to promote health, well-being and return to homeostasis.
The color of CBD oil drops can range from clear or slightly golden, to a dark brown almost black. Several factors determine the finished product color, including the type of CBD extract, the extraction method used, the carrier oil used, and additional ingredients. Full spectrum (whole plant) extracts tend to be darker in color, whereas isolates tend to be more transparent.
Once the plants are harvested, the next step is to extract the CBD. One commonly used method is alcohol extraction, where the plant is soaked in a grain alcohol solvent. After it is soaked, the liquid that remains is high in CBD. The solvent is then evaporated and voila! You are left with potent CBD oil. CO2 extraction is another common method, but it is much more complex.