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What You Need to Know About CBD Oil Hype Vs the Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil

Updated on October 15, 2019
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The effectiveness of CBD oil has fascinated me for some time now. In fact, I am beginning to wonder if CBD oil is just a hype.

CBD Oil -  fact or fiction?
CBD Oil - fact or fiction?

What You Need to Know About Omega 3 Fish Oil Vs. CBD Oil

CBD oil is claimed by many as a miracle cure. But, is CBD really a miracle cure for anything from eczema to epilepsy? Many manufacturers and sellers of CBD oil are, in fact, jumping the gun. CBD is only one of the active compounds in the plant Cannabis Sativa. The truth is the other active compounds play a role when it comes to using Cannabis as a medicinal herb or plant.

Is CBD Oil A Hype?

Although we should not dismiss CBD altogether, we need to be aware that some manufacturers and sellers are making some outrageous claims which may not be true. Like so many other medicinal herbs, the active compounds found in Cannabis need to work together to achieve positive results.

Sellers of CBD oil often are not aware of the side effects of what they are selling. CBD is not harmless and will interfere with a range of prescription and conventional medication. For that matter so will Omega 3 fish oil.

In this article you will find the following sections:

  • What You Need to Know About Omega 3 Fish Oil Vs. CBD Oil
  • Is Hemp Oil As Good As Fish Oil?
  • What Is the Main Difference Between CBD Oil and Fish Oil?
  • Can You Take CBD Oil with Omega 3?
  • The Final Verdict on Omega 3 Fish Oil Vs. CBD Oil
  • Easy Ways to Add Fish Oil to Your Diet

Is Hemp Oil As Good As Fish Oil?

Fish oil is packed with Omega 3 essential fatty acids. It is important to understand what Omega 3 essential fatty acids are and how they function within the body. First of all, Omega 3 essential fatty acids are not something our bodies can manufacture. We need them to stay healthy, and this is why they are called essential fatty acids. They are good fats, and consist of the following essential fatty acids:

  • EPA eicosapentaenoic acid

  • DHA docosahexaenoic acid

The primary sources of both EPA and DHA are marine. They are found in cold water fish such as sardines, tuna, mackerel, and tuna. EPA and DHA are also found in high quantities in algae. But, did you know they can also be found in hemp oil? CBD oil is a rich source of plant-based essential fatty acids.

Is CBD Oil a Miracle Cure?

So, what is actually going on here? Could it be it is the essential fatty acids in CBD oil which are making us feel better? An increasing amount of evidence is beginning to point to it is the Omega 3 essential fatty acids in CBD oil which are making us feel better and may help to remedy a range of medical conditions.

However, marine sources such as Fish oil supplements are richer in Omega 3 than CBD oil. Maybe this is why the effects of CBD oil are not always long-lasting.

It is also worthwhile to point out that many people who have started to use CBD oil have never tried using a supplement of Omega 3. What if they did? Would they get the same results? More than likely they would and they may even be able to improve their health condition.

On top of that, they would save a great deal of money. CBD oil is very expensive and many companies charge a premium price for a product which they are not very familiar with when it comes to proving any effective results.

Cannabis sativa growing in pots
Cannabis sativa growing in pots

What Is the Main Difference Between CBD Oil and Fish Oil?

CBD oil contains cannabidiol. This is what manufacturers claim is the active ingredient which can be thought of as a cure-all. However, in laboratory tests, cannabidiol has only proved to have a small positive effect on the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Ataxia
  • Dystonia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Fish oil can help to remedy the same conditions when taken in the right the correct dosage. For instance, EPA in fish oil will help to treat both anxiety and insomnia.

Sellers of CBD oil make the most outrageous claims when it comes to the effectiveness of cannabidiol. Some even claim it will cure and treat cancer. Laboratory tests have indicated tumor size may shrink when you use the entire plant. The results have been attributed to THC ( Tetrahydrocannabinol) and not CBD.

You should never take Omega 3 fish oil supplements with CBD oil
You should never take Omega 3 fish oil supplements with CBD oil

Can You Take CBD Oil with Omega 3?

No, you should not use CBD oil and Omega 3 together. Both thin the blood and may cause the blood to become too thin. This can lead to strokes and a range of other cardiovascular disorders. Supplements can have side effects too and you should bear that in mind when you take any supplement. If you are on any kind of prescription medication you should discuss all supplements you take with your physician.

For instance, if you are taking aspirin to treat a cardiovascular condition, you should be careful with the amount of Omega 3 fish oil you take. A safe dosage would be between 500 mg to 1000 mg per day when taking aspirin.

Should you use CBD oil when you take aspirin? No, you should not as the amount of Omega 3 in CBD oil is not quantified on most CBD oil labels. In fact, it could in a worst case scenario thin your blood too much.

The Final Verdict on Omega 3 Fish Oil Vs. CBD Oil

CBD oil may sound great, but we really don’t know that much about it. We do know the entire Cannabis sativa plant can have positive health effects. But, it seems very much like we need to use the plant in its entirety.

Supplements derived from CBD oil, blended or pure ones, are heralded as having the most amazing positive health effects and “treat” a range of health conditions. I was recently told CBD oil will “stop the menopause”. That was very interesting and I asked the seller how CBD oil affects the endocrine system.

Unfortunately, the seller did not seem to have heard of the endocrine system.

Is CBD Oil Worth the Hype?

When you want to promote a supplement such as CBD oil, it is important to know what you are talking about and you should be aware of both positive and negative effects. CBD oil can indeed interfere with a range of medications. Many of them are drugs to treat anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular disease.

The truth is that we don’t know enough about the effects of the active compound cannabidiol.

The safer alternative is Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and these are the reasons you should turn to fish oil instead:

  • Easy to control the amount you take

  • Proven record in treating inflammatory disease

  • Effective against both eczema and psoriasis

  • Manufactured to high quality controlled standards

  • Cheaper than CBD oil

  • A proven rich natural source of a range of healthy compounds including EPA and DHA

Easy ways to add cold water fish to your diet
Easy ways to add cold water fish to your diet

Easy Ways to Add Fish Oil to Your Diet

Including fish oil in your daily diet is also easy. You can add tuna and any other cold water fish to sandwiches and salads. Cooking with cold water fish is also easy.

One of the best cooking methods is steaming as this preserves more of the oil from the fish.

How Much Cold Water Fish Should I Eat Per Week?

Aim to eat about three portions of cold water fish per week and try to eat it in a variety of ways. A popular way to add more cold water fish to your diet is sushi. However, you need to bear in mind not properly prepared sushi can contain parasites. Otherwise, it is a great way to add more cold water fish to your diet.

If you find it hard to eat fish or are allergic fish oil, you can try plant-based sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as nuts and seeds. There is always some way for you to obtain the compounds we need to stay healthy.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Annie Messeri


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    • Healthyannie profile imageAUTHOR

      Annie Messeri 

      6 months ago from Spain

      Thanks for dropping by Tess. I am not sure about the quality of CBD products. There are not set manufacturing standards, and I think that we need to do more research on the benefits. Omega 3 oils are good for us, but I don't think you need to turn to CBD to get your Omega's. CBD oil seems to stop working after a while, and I keep on wondering why that is.

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      6 months ago from Hawaii

      Really nice article. I've been debating on whether or not I should purchase Cbd but there are so many sellers that it's hard to decipher which ones are legitimate. I might give fish oil a shot.


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