A quick Google search for "CBD in British Columbia" will pull up a long list of retailers in BC who are willing to sell CBD oil, tell you the benefits of CBD and even offer CBD tailored to gender—CBD for women was on page one. In the last few years, CBD oil has become a top tier product for those looking to overcome specific conditions or for a general boost in their health.
Claims are that CBD can safeguard against depression, offer neuroprotective properties and even cure cancer. And there are many more health claims, each contributing to the hype around CBD oil. Is there any evidence to back up the claims linking CBD and exercise recovery?
Let's take a look at what CBD oil is and what science has to say about its supposed medical benefits.
What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It's one of many chemical compounds found, as the name suggests, in Cannabis Sativa (a.k.a. hemp, weed, pot, bud, sticky icky, whacky tobacky). Famous for its psychological and physiological effects, the use of the cannabis plant has a long tradition that goes back 8000 years with the first recorded use in western medicine in the 19th century . Early in the last century, the United States, followed by Canada and much of the western world, made the plant illegal.
“The CBD hype is way ahead of any even remote shred of evidence... many of [us] are ready and itching to do some good science, but we have now waited for over a year for a license to conduct any work” — Stuart Phillips, Professor of Kinesiology at McMaster University
Science, however, kept moving, putting a dent in our understanding of what this plant is all about. CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in the cannabis plant. Does this mean CBD oil will get you "high"? No. That reaction is the result of a holistic combination of active chemicals in the potent varieties of Cannabis, sometimes called marijuana. Besides, CBD itself is non-psychoactive. CBD oil does, however, have many effects that are still being examined.