Do you really know your CBD oil?
There has been SO much written about CBD oil in recent months and in my latest Janey Loves Platinum Awards we introduced a new category as we had some entries from brands with CBD oil skincare, CBD oils and even CBD infused chocolate! There is of course controversy though, especially around which is best, the CBD oil with THC (which we think of as giving the ‘high’) or without. I asked guest writer Helen Bell to explain for us:
Over the last five years we have seen a great amount of growth with the CBD oil industry. Consumer interest is continuing to climb on the back of several high profile celebrities throwing therefore weight behind the product. As such, long has there been a myths and legends surrounding the use of CBD oil, potential consumers who may well benefit from the use of CBD oil are put off by the notion that all CBD oils contain THC.
Breaking up these myths surrounding THC and its inclusion within CBD products is partially what this article is about. In that manufacturers are recognising the need to produce CBD oil products that do not contain the psychoactive substance of THC. As for many employers there is still a stigma around the consumption of THC in the workplace. But what is THC and who does it produce this psychoactive effect?
What is THC?
THC otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is another chemical compound which makes up part of cannabis plant or industrial hemp. THC is psychoactive element of these plants which activate certain parts of the brain to affect pleasure, memory, perception and several other areas.
This happens when the Cannabinoid receptors located in the brain come into contact with the THC which activates these receptors thus producing those associative effects that you come to expect from the consumption of THC.
How Does THC Affect The Body?
As mentioned these Cannabinoid receptors activate in the brain and in turn trigger the release of dopamine. This creates euphoria in the user. Other areas of the brain such as the hippocampus are also affected. This gives users a harder time to process information as this is the area responsible for collecting and storing new memories that you form.
Thus, many dislike the idea of losing some form of cognitive control over their bodies and as such refuse to consume or touch CBD oil than contains THC.
Therefore having a range of products which cater to both markets is the most appropriate option for manufacturers. So we are seeing a widening range of products that contain only CBD oil and no THC for those who wish to benefit from the CBD without having to deal with the side effects associated with THC.
But What Is Better CBD Oil with THC or CBD oil Without?
Well it is really down to personal preference, if you are someone who wishes to take CBD oil while at work we would suggest sticking to CBD oil which does not contain it. THC free oils it could keep you relatively cognitively focused meaning you can go about your day in the usual way.
However, if you are someone who enjoys the effects given by consumption of Marijuana then legal CBD oil with THC might be for you. With the psychoactive compound still present in the CBD oil it will give you that feeling of euphoria which is otherwise known as a ‘high’.