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CBD Oil Nutrition Facts: Is It Actually Healthy?

CBD nutrition is one of the most discussed topics in the cannabis industry. This is likely because manufacturers have made a habit of claiming all sorts of CBD benefits and nutritional facts that are not yet 100% conclusive.

While there is definitely evidence of potential CBD benefits, there is also a lack of clinical evidence to support most of them, making these based mostly on anecdotal evidence.

But when there’s a rumor, there’s likely a reason for it. This is why we’ll be exploring CBD nutritional facts; which ones make sense, which ones don’t, and when it’s safe to consume CBD.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What is CBD?

A Breakdown of the Different Types of CBD Products

Potential CBD Health Benefits and CBD Nutrition Facts You Should Know 

Is CBD Safe?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. But unlike popular belief, not all components of cannabis have an intoxicating effect on the body.

In fact:

Out of 113+ cannabinoids found in cannabis, only one of them has been determined to have a psychoactive profile: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD on the other hand is a non-psychoactive compound that has been linked to a variety of potential benefits; from muscle relief to better sleep, CBD benefits seem to include almost everything, making products like the Nu-X CBD Disposable vape pen possible.

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While CBD can be obtained from psychoactive varieties of the cannabis plant like marijuana and marijuana consumers are actually ingesting CBD when consuming this variety of the plant, the amount of CBD per unit of dry weight is not very high. That is why most CBD is obtained from hemp. That and the fact that hemp is a non-psychoactive, federally legal variety of cannabis.

Hemp has a very low content of THC and has to contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC per unit of dry weight in order to be considered federally legal. The content of CBD in hemp, on the other hand, is actually quite high. That is why most legal CBD on the market is sourced from industrial hemp.

But which of these so-called ‘CBD benefits’ are actually backed by scientific evidence? And is CBD actually healthy at all?

Before we can answer those questions, we first have to understand CBD and all of the CBD product types available to us, like CBD oils, edibles, topicals, and CBD vape products.

A Breakdown of the Different Types of CBD Products

Before we explain the types of CBD products, we first have to understand how manufacturers are able to isolate CBD from the hemp plant.

Manufacturers use a variety of extraction methods to extract and isolate CBD from the plant and the rest of the components in it. These can be divided into solvent-based or solventless extraction methods.

The first extract obtained is an oily or gooey substance that carries a combination of different cannabinoids. These include but are not restricted to CBD and THC. This extract is referred to as ‘full-spectrum extract’ and contains a mixture of every component in the plant, much like the Pure Potent Full Spectrum CBD Tincture.

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You will find that many CBD products are made using full-spectrum hemp extract. There are two main reasons for this; it’s simpler to obtain full spectrum and some sources claim that it provides better, more natural results.

Once we have our hands on this extract, manufacturers take it and begin to isolate components from one another depending on their goal. When only THC is taken out of the picture, the resulting mixture is called ‘broad-spectrum extract’. When CBD is the only component in the extract, it is referred to as ‘CBD isolate’. On the Hemmfy CBD marketplace, you’ll be able to find CBD isolate tinctures like this Eclipse CBD Concentrate.

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Any of these extracts can then be used to make CBD infused food and the other products mentioned above.

Potential CBD Health Benefits and CBD Nutrition Facts You Should Know 

CBD benefits have been a main point of discussion, with experts picking different sides of the argument. The truth is that most of the CBD health benefits discussed today are mostly anecdotal and lack real scientific evidence to be confirmed conclusively.

However:

The lack of scientific evidence goes both ways. Just because there isn’t enough evidence to conclusively prove its benefits, that doesn’t mean accurate assumptions about t CBD’s effects can’t be made or that some of the things some people claim it can do aren’t true.

CBD Nutrition Facts

Most scientific evidence is positive, we just need more of it to arrive at a conclusion for all of the wonderful CBD benefits that seem to come up constantly. There is even enough evidence for the FDA to approve Epidiolex, a CBD-based prescription medication used to treat specific types of epilepsy. Now we just need the same type of evidence for other potential benefits commonly attributed to CBD like:

  • Pain relief
  • Cognitive health
  • Neuroprotective properties
  • Antioxidant effects
  • Sleep improvement

Is CBD Safe?

As long as there are prescription drugs for any substance, it means that the substance can be considered safe to a certain extent. At least it means that the substance is considered safe to use for a specific purpose for the (FDA), the entity in charge of ensuring the safety and efficacy of legal consumables in the U.S.

However:

Further research is needed to determine CBD benefits and the safety of CBD in food or other products. Aside from the drug mentioned above (Epidiolex), state laws on the use of CBD may vary, not in legality (since it’s a federally legal consumable) but as a treatment for conditions aside from the types of epilepsy that Epidiolex treats.

The safety of CBD for conditions like Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, and others are still being studied and remains to be determined, regardless of whether or not professionals in different specialized health industries decide to use it.

CBD is often well-tolerated by the human organism but it is not 100% risk-free. Perhaps the most noticeable risks would be side effects like diarrhea, shifts in appetite, drowsiness, and interactions with other medications.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.