What Exactly Is CBD Oil, and Should You Be Using It?

Is it possible? Can cannabis can be beneficial without having to get you high? Yes, and that's because of CBD. What exactly is CBD, and why is it making waves? Let's break it down, starting with the common questions you probably have.

Does CBD Get You High?

Short answer: no.

The high feeling most people associate with marijuana comes from THC, an active component found in the plant. Besides its brain-altering capabilities, THC binds to receptors in the brain and can help with many several ailments and disorders, some of which include appetite loss, nausea, migraines, glaucoma, chronic pain, and arthritis. For context, there are close to 100 cannabinoid compounds in a cannabis plant, but THC is the only one that is psychoactive.

CBD is also a natural component in cannabis, but unlike THC, it doesn't get you high. CBD binds to receptors all throughout the body instead of the brain and does not cause a feeling of euphoria. It contains very low amounts of THC (0.3 percent), not enough to get you high.

What Is CBD Oil Used For?

CBD may help to . . .
  • Ease anxiety and insomnia
  • Treat the effects of Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease
  • Reduce seizures brought on from epilepsy
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain from spinal cord injuries and conditions such as arthritis
"Because CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, it could be helpful for patients with chronic inflammation," said William Hayes Wilson, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's chief of rheumatology. 
How Do You Take CBD?

The most common usage for CBD is as an oil delivered as a tincture. You simply drop it under your tongue for 60 seconds or so and then swallow it. 

Wilson also stated that his patients who suffer from localized pain are great candidates to use the oil because they can just rub it on whatever part of their body is hurt. "There are some people who have pain in just their feet or their hands," he said. "Rather than treating their whole body, you could treat it with something topical like CBD oil."

It's important to note that because CBD products are not regulated, there are no guidelines for dosage. It's up to the user to determine what works for them.