CBD and Essential Oils: Making the Most of the Synergy
For years, if not decades, the usage of essential oils primarily through aromatherapy represented and continue to serve as a significant part of the holistic or alternative healthcare movement.
Essential oil derives from the flowers, leaves, roots, and stems of plants with odoriferous and other properties. The volatile oil derives through steam distillation or other extraction methods. These concentrated oils represent a very powerful healing option.
Extracting the oils represents a time consuming and tedious process and requires an excessive amount of plant material. For example, removing one drop of Rose Otto oil requires 60 roses.
Technically, CBD oil also falls under the category of an extract. Cannabidiol or CBD oil derives from the hemp plant. Maceration or CO2 extraction methods extract the oil from all parts of the plant.
CBD will not produce a high or stoned feeling. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC represents the cannabinoid that possesses the psychoactive properties and comes from marijuana. If a cannabis plant contains less than .3% of THC, its classification falls under hemp rather than marijuana.
Why CBD oil and essential oils work well together:
Many volatile or essential oils contain healing properties as does CBD oil. One of the reasons CBD and essential oils work so well together involves the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS consists of a series of acidic molecules throughout the body and its systems.
The ECS operates at the cellular level to target C1 and C2 receptors and reduce pain and inflammation and achieve balance or homeostasis. When the ECS suffers compromise, CBD and other forms of cannabis may assist in recovering balance. This process takes place because cannabis plants possess a duplicate system of the ECS, which keeps the plant alive and healthy.
Through the ECS, CBD oil enhances the healing properties of the other essential oils and expedites the results.
Pairing CBD oil and essential oils:
When creating an oil blend for therapeutic usage, a carrier or base oil needs to outweigh the essential oils. The basic recipe includes 30 ml of carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil to 12 drops of essential oil. The amount of CBD oil in the formula depends on the condition treated. Adding CBD oil to the essential oil blend creates an entourage effect or cannabis synergy. Some suggestions for adding CBD drops to essential oil blends include:
- Lavender or Chamomile both help to promote sleep. When blended with CBD oil, it boosts the anti-anxiety property of lavender.
- Lemon and peppermint both energize. Peppermint oil also makes the flavor of CBD oil more tolerable.
- Eucalyptus helps with mental exhaustion and joint pain.
- Rose oil not only smells fantastic but does wonders for the skin and also helps regulate stress and emotions.
Using CBD oil and essential oil:
CBD oil and other essential oils offer three different methods for administering:
- Orally- Make sure you choose essential oil and CBD oil drops of the highest quality when ingesting under the tongue or adding them to coffee, water, or other beverages.
- Topically- Consider adding essential oils to CBD beauty products such as CBD skin care products or CBD anti-aging products.
- Diffused- Using a diffuser represents a popular way to practice aromatherapy. When diffused the vapors enter the bloodstream through the lungs and then onto the brain where they target the limbic system. Adding CBD oil to the mix promotes and amplifies the process by involving the ECS.
Additionally, essential oil blends with CBD oil work much the same way as the diffused method when you place a cotton ball in your pillowcase.
The synergy of CBD oil with essential oils amplifies the results received when using one or the other. Remember that essential oils represent a very concentrated and potent substance. Pure essential oils without a base or carrier oil should not touch the skin directly, nor should direct inhalation or ingestion take place.
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