CBD Oil: What is it, and what can it do for you?

CBD oil is getting a lot of press lately. It’s just recently been made legal to be sold as a health supplement and as a result you can find a CBD-infused version of just about everything: coffee, tea, sweets, body/hand creams, vapes, shampoos, moisturizers, cooking oils, and pet products. But what is it? Is it just hype, or are there real benefits to taking CBD oil? We break it down for you.

What is CBD Oil?

First a science lesson: Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, it is one of the many chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

The other well-known compound found in marijuana is the psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is predominantly associated with recreational drug users’ “getting high”. CBD on the other hand is considered non-addictive and non-psychoactive.

How does CBD Oil Work?

The human body has an intricate endocannabinoid system (ECS) that helps to regulate bodily functions such a sleep, pain, mood, appetite and immune system responses. The body produces endocannabinoids which act as neurotransmitters in the nervous system. The way CBD affects the body is very complex, but in a nutshell, it influences the body to use its other compounds in the ECS more effectively, either activating or inhibiting them.

What are the benefits of CBD Oil?

Ok, so we now know how it works but what can it actually do? Still much research is needed in the field of CBD benefits and treatments, but numerous studies have claimed that CBD oil can provide the following:

  • Relief from chronic pain
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Acts as an anti-depressant
  • Helps with falling and staying asleep
  • Enhanced vitality and general health
  • Relief of some cancer-related symptoms
  • Improved skin conditions (such as acne).
  • A treatment for epilepsy

More research is needed but CBD oil has been linked to lowering blood pressure and heart health in general as well as improved neurological conditions.


Are there any side effects of using CBD Oil?

Though CBD is generally considered safe and is well tolerated, everyone is different, so it may cause the following adverse reactions in some people:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Because CBD is also known to interact with several medications, it is best to discuss it with your doctor before you start taking it.

There are a number of companies offering various CBD oil products, one of which is local brand Cannabex. The Cannabex range includes two bottles with the CBD oil in liquid form offering different concentrations
225mg and 450mg), capsule form, and a muscle and joint cream and a tissue repair cream.The information on this page is intended as an education tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.  

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