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CBD Oil Benefits And Alcohol Infusion

CBD oil is a global trend right now and for good reason. It can help with many conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to acne and heart issues to pain relievers for cancer. Before we get too in depth with this, let’s clarify something that most of you probably already know first: CBD oil is not marijuana. CBD oil is a component in the marijuana plant that’s responsible for relieving pain. People have been using CBD oil for medicinal purposes since 2900 BC. Now, let’s get into the many benefits of CBD oil.

Our bodies contain a system that’s in charge of regulating the immune system, sleep and appetite called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which researchers stumbled upon when studying the effects of cannabis on the human body. Research shows that CBD oil reacts with neurotransmitters, reducing inflammation. Sativex, a popular oral spray that contains CBD oil, has shown to reduce chronic pain for people with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.  

Anxiety and depression can be alleviated by the use of CBD oil as well, with less addictive side effects that occur with benzodiazepines. CBD acts in the same way as benzos, meaning it causes the brain to release serotonin. Compared to lab-made benzos, CBD oil is the natural way to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.   

One of the most important discoveries of CBD oil is the medicine’s ability to reduce seizures in children. When given a ten-milligram dosage of CBD, epileptic children reported having fewer seizures. However, when given twenty milligrams of CBD oil, children experienced negative side effects including diarrhea, loss of appetite and possible damage to the liver. I think it’s safe to say that although CBD oil is an effective pain reliever, it should be monitored when given to children.

While still illegal, bartenders are experimenting with mixing CBD oil and alcohol. The effects include feeling relaxed and mellow, creating the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a quick drink after work without feeling too hungover the next morning. Because of its earthy taste, bartenders prefer to mix CBD oil with gin and amaretto or even sometimes seasonal based drink, such as mint, pumpkin or apples.

While CBD oil is an excellent pain reliever, it is still a fairly new treatment and needs further research. I one hundred percent support funding for the research of medical marijuana, as it is becoming more evident that it’s a natural way to heal the pain. I have always been an advocate of healing through the usage of plant-based products and natural remedies. Hopefully, CBD oil will gain more recognition and research, proving to be a preferred “cure all” compared to pharmaceuticals. Personally, I would love to see humanity rely mostly on natural remedies such as CBD and marijuana.

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Maya Orenic is a Mass Communications major at VCU. Her hobbies include going on spontaneous adventures, listening to crime podcasts, exploring different types of wine, and daydreaming about the universe.
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