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How Does Hemp Oil Affect Mental Health?

How Does Hemp Oil Affect Mental Health?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in a routine that demands success and consistency. If you pause for a moment, you will feel like you have missed a chance to outdo yourself. We are constantly on a path to prove to ourselves and others that we can do it all. 

However, this lifestyle has been taking a toll on most minds and that has caused many millennials to burnout. As a result, depression and anxiety are dominant mental illnesses. Hemp oil is a popular supplement that helps calm you down and reduce your anxiety and depression episodes.

Hemp oil comes from one of the many strains of the cannabis family; the major players of the cannabis family are hemp and marijuana. Hemp oil is popular because of the ease of access, and its benefits (minus the intoxication). Recently, people have become more aware of the difference between marijuana and hemp; hence, people think that both the strains of cannabis are capable of giving you a high.

People who use THC infused products for any mental health problems will experience a high that will be brief and they are not the best option to treat anxiety and depression symptoms. Sometimes, smoking THC or eating edibles that contain THC may elevate your mental illness and you may even experience bouts of paranoia. Thus, CBD products have gained popularity because their benefits are relatively long lasting without any psychoactive reaction.

Hemp oil:

Also known as CBD oil consists of high CBD levels and low THC levels. They are fairly legal in most states, for sale and distribution; this is because good quality CBD products have less than 0.3 percent of THC which is the legal amount and will not intoxicate you as well. Since hemp oilproducts are non-psychoactive they don’t affect your state of mind. Even though there are still ongoing studies on the effects of CBD oil, the results so far have shown positive improvements in the body and mind, along with vital medical benefits.

Forms of hemp oil:

CBD is usually consumed in the form of hemp oil, which can also be smoked and vaped. But for the patients who don’t want to inhale or smoke the oil, you can get oil infused oral droppers, sprays, topical lotions, and massage oils.

How does hemp oilwork?

Cannabinoids, when consumed, attach themselves to the brain receptors and encourage it to release endocannabinoids that reduce inflammation, mental distress, and chronic pain. CBD affects two main receptors in the brain CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors deal with coordination, motion, and pain. CB2 receptors affect the immune system the most and deal with swelling and pain.

It’s important to note that CBD in hempoildoesn’t affect the brain directly but rather encourages it to releases its own cannabinoids.

Is it legal?

A mentioned before, CBD is fairly legal as long as the THC levels are kept at the bare minimum. Any cannabis product that has high levels of THC is known to be psychoactive and is not allowed to be sold.

Will hemp oilimprove your mental health?

There is ongoing research on the mental health benefits that come from CBD but whatever research and results that are found so far have shown positive effects on the body and mind from CBD oil/hemp oil. CBD oils have been known to decrease symptoms that are caused due to psychosis and schizophrenia. CBD oils also help decrease anxiety and depression as well as reduce the tendency towards substance use disorders.

What is the dose you should take?

This is a tricky question because technically, CBD products are not FDA regulated or approved. This means that the government does not regulate the dosage and production of the oil. Similarly, there is no standard dosage that comes with using hemp oil; even the form of delivery is not a generic element; it varies from oral drops to topical lotions. So, if you’re new to hemp oil it’s always recommended that you start off with a minimal dosage and build up from there till you feel evident results coming through. Try not to overdo it initially; you can avoid any side effects this way.

Also, when you purchase CBD oils, you have to conduct thorough research. There are many brands that claim to sell good quality CBD oils, but most of them will have some type of contaminants. If you’re on medications, then it’s important that you consult with your physician before you decide to purchase it. By doing this, you will know the proper dosage to use as well.

CBD oil treats mental illness in the following ways:

Consult your psychiatrist before you decide to take CBD oils or any other over the counter supplements. You have to know that CBD products are not regulated by the FDA; hence. there is no prescribed dosage. It also helps if you know the legal constraints in your location when it comes to CBD oil and CBD products.

Research studies have shown positive results that say it helps reduce feelings of isolation and relieves autism symptoms as well. CBD also reduces the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, hemp oil calms the brain and supports healthy emotion and memory. Studies have also shown that CBD can be used to lower social anxiety. People tend to take harsh medication and usually face adverse side effects, hemp oil is natural (at least the good quality ones) and they tend to have little to no side effects.

CBD treatments may have a few side effects, but they are known to reduce weight gain or any hormonal irregularities. CBD oil is still being tested and the benefits it has for childhood epilepsy is still being brought to light.

CBD has very little amounts of THC and this means that it will almost never be found in a positive drug test, but if you have marijuana, then it will show up. If you’re still unsure, then you can have a word with your employers with the use of CBD oil during work hours.


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