THE EFFECTS OF ESSENTIAL OIL
Cannabinoids are lipid-based molecules that are insoluble in water. Before they exert their activities or interact with the cannabinoid receptors, they have to be delivered via carrier oils often regarded as essential oils. These essential oils contain a varying degree of useful compounds that can improve the overall activity of CBD. In this article, we shall discuss the benefits of essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are plant-based compounds. They are rich in phytochemicals and terpenes, which give them a distinct taste and smell otherwise known as essence. The characteristics of these oils are determined by the concentration of aromatic compounds and the source of the oil. They are obtained from the whole plant extract via a process of distillation or cold pressing (mechanical methods). Essential oils are extracted from plant parts like roots, stem, leaves, seeds and even fruits.
There are several types of essential oils categorized based on their aromatic content, source and the potential therapeutic benefit they offer users. Some of the most commonly encountered essential oils include but are not limited to the following; Bergamot, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Ylang-Ylang. These essential oils have a long history of providing several therapeutic benefits in human populations.
How do they work?
There is widespread information from research indicating the use of essential oils in aromatherapy. This is a process where the essential oils are inhaled via different methods with the sole aim of getting the active compounds in oils to interact with body cells and systems. Please note that essential oils are not meant to be swallowed. Once the products are inhaled, the chemicals move into the bloodstream where they act on the concerned systems to produce the much-desired effect.
Essential oils and CBD
The use of edible essential oils and CBD products have been widely reported. They are often combined with full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils for a more positive response. Essential oils and CBD products have one thing in common; they are rich in terpenes. At the time of writing this article, over 100 different terpenes have been extracted from the cannabis plant.
CBD is often combined with essential oils to produce a more potent product. These products come in the form of topicals, capsules, vaporizers and edibles. The presence of terpenes in full-spectrum CBD products contributes to the overall entourage effect, which can be improved with the right essential oil.Just like CBD, essential oils are delivered via carrier oils like olive oil, MCT oils which can bring about more therapeutic effects and potentials of the cannabis plant.
Combining essential oils and CBD can create a more potent product than aa purely hemp-based product.
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