Although commonly referred to as CBD, this is actually an abbreviation for Cannabidiol which is one out of 60 naturally occurring compounds present in Cannabis. This is a herbaceous annual flowering plant. CBD Oil is extracted from the organic substance that is formed in this herbaceous plant’s secretions. Both hemp and marijuana are actually forms of cannabis. It is important to understand that Cannabis does not necessarily mean marijuana; this is a general name (name of the genus where all the forms of hemp and all types of marijuana fall).
Until just a decade ago the most studied cannabinoid was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol popularly known as THC, this is simply because of how abundant it is in marijuana. After a while scientists and researchers got more interested in studying CBD since it is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in both hemp and marijuana. It is non-psychoactive and this has made more knowledgeable and experienced researchers interested in finding out what it is and the effect on human beings. CBD is now extremely popular and continues to gain momentum both in the media and scientific community.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol does not cause the feeling of highness and this is what has largely influenced the decision to legalize it all over the United States. According to numerous reliable studies, CBD actually does not have an immediately noticeable effect when taken by human beings; it is very few people that this compound affects quickly. When it comes to the extraction of CBD oil, it is mostly done from hemp and not marijuana. When extracted from Hemp this type of extract has less than 0.03% of THC.
How Does CBD Work?
According to a Harvard study done in 2011, CBD works by primarily interacting with a user’s endocannabinoid system. This is a system that is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptors and is found throughout a human being’s body. Most of the cannabinoid receptors are clustered in the central nervous system and in the brain. What most people do not know is that while CBD is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid the human body also naturally produces its own version known as endocannabinoids. In fact, all the organs in a human beings body including the digestive tract and even the skin contain a few cannabinoid receptors.
Another thing that most people do not know is that the endocannabinoid system has important roles to play in immune response, stress relief, neuro-protection and even in helping to regulate a person’s state of balance. Consequently, this receptors impact important faculties of the body such as pain, appetite, mood, and sleep.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol does not directly interact with the two most important cannabinoid receptors (CB1 AND CB2). This is the reason why CBD, unlike marihuana, does not have any psychoactive effect (does not cause the feeling of Highness). What CBD actually does is simply inhibiting the enzymes that are able to stimulate the breakdown of endocannabinoids and this substantially boots a human being’s naturally produced cannabinoids. The molecular formula of CBD is C21H30O2 while the molecular mass adds up to 314.4636.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD Oil?
Although there are many debates concerning the morality and controversial nature of CBD oil, one thing that cannot be debated is how effective it is as both a supplement and natural remedy. Before understanding why this oil is so beneficial, we must get to know how the fascinating endocannabinoids system works. This is one of the most misunderstood but interesting systems in the human body and it was discovered when researchers were trying to ascertain the effect that cannabis has on the human body. According to numerous reliable studies, this amazing system helps to regulate the body’s internal balance and is named after the cannabis plant.
The endocannabinoids system is made up of two main parts namely the endocannabinoids and their accompanying receptors. These are found on every part of the body from the brain to the immune cells and even the glands. Although in every part of the body, this system works differently, the end goal is ensuring homeostasis otherwise known as internal balance is achieved
Have you ever heard of a runner’s high? According to research published on the Scientific American Journal, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for the natural feeling of euphoria that helps to increase the feeling of well-being and significantly lowers the perception of pain that many people have a challenge with. This natural high is what is known as a runner’s high.
The most important question to answer before we look at the benefits of CBD oil is to whether it creates a high. The short and truthful is NO. There are in reality two types of CBD oil products, one that is hemp-based and the other is marijuana based. When derived from marijuana the CBD will be rich in THC which as mentioned earlier is the compound that makes you high when you consume marijuana. On the other when the CBD oil is extracted, is free from THC and other cannabinoid and this is a very important distinction that most people fail to understand.
The bottom-line is that both CBD and Hemp oil contain all the benefits of the incredibly powerful cannabis plant without the potential drawbacks of the psychoactive compounds typically found from different methods of consumption such as inhalation.
CBD Oil Comes In Handy In The Management of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain in any form is debilitating. It makes one’s life miserable and more challenging. While there are many synthetic/artificial pain management drugs there is no argument that sometimes they cause side effects that worsen the situation. For instance, while Vicodin and Morphine are highly effective in pain management, they are also highly addictive and can cause a patient to be dependent on them hence unable to cope without continuous usage.
What is amazing about CD oil is that while it still remains largely controversial in medical circles, its efficiency and fast-acting nature endears it to even the highest trained experts. This is perhaps the reason why the use of CBD oil is already approved by some countries such as Canada for the management of cancer and multiple sclerosis pain. What makes this kind of oil reliable for pain management is that there is no chance of developing an addiction or dependence unlike other pain management remedies in the current market.
This oil is effective in pain management because it affects how the human brain responds to pain signals. CBD achieves this by attaching to specialized receptors found in a human being’s immune system and brain. One of the key receptors is known as CB2 and it plays a crucial role in how the immune system works through the management of both inflammation and pain. Knowledgeable and experienced researchers believe that when CBD oil enters into the human body, it immediately attaches to CB2 receptors all over the body. There is strong evidence that the way that the CB2 receptors, when attached to CBD oil, comes in handy in reducing both pain and inflammation.
What Type Of Pain Disorders Can Benefit From The Use Of CBD?
Researchers are still working on establishing just how effective CBD is in the treatment of chronic pain disorders. People with the following disorder can benefit from the use of CBD oil:
This is one of the most debilitating progressive dementia disorders that kill a significant amount of people globally. The statistics are disheartening because currently, Arthritis remains the leading cause of disability in the United States; more than 50 million Americans are affected by this painful ailment. When suffering from arthritis, you not only lose your mind and memory but also suffer from immense and uncontrollable pain. CBD oil helps you reduce the pain because of the way that ECS receptors react to stimuli especially pain-related stimuli. By simply applying CBD oil topically to the affected areas, there is evidence that the inflammation, swelling and joint pain that is affiliated with arthritis will reduce significantly. There are two main types of arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
This type of arthritis happens when a person’s body tends to attack the joints leading to painful inflammation. This kind of arthritis commonly affects feet and hands causing stiff, swollen and painful joints.
- Osteoarthritis (OA)
This is a painful and highly degenerative ailment that affects bones and cartilage leading to stiffness and pain. It mostly affects thumb joints, hips, and knees. Numerous animal studies suggest that CBD oil can come in handy in treating arthritis and in relieving inflammatory pain that is associated with this kind of arthritis. Here are some animal studies on arthritis
- According to a 2011 study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21683763), CBD oil helps to significantly reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting how pain receptors send signals to the brain and respond to stimuli.
- A detailed 2014 review (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24494687 noted that in all the reliable animal studies that have been carried out to date, CBD has shown a lot of promise as an effective treatment for Osteoarthritis (OA)
- An extensive 2016 study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/ ascertained that topically applying CBD oil had the potential to reduce both pain and inflammation that is affiliated with arthritis.
So far the findings have been extremely encouraging, more is being done to ascertain how exactly CBD oil helps in the effective treatment of arthritis affiliated pain.
- Multiple Sclerosis
This is a progressive and extremely painful autoimmune disorder that affects millions of people in the United States. This disease specifically targets the brain and nerves leading to issues such as muscle spasms. When these spasms are severe, the pain is unbearable. The CBD oil will not only help to reduce pain but also comes in handy in keeping the muscle spasm in control. This type of oil comes in handy in helping control all of the symptoms associated with multiple scleroses such as insomnia, spasticity, nerve pain, and spasms.
- Relieving Cancer Symptoms
CBD oil comes in handy in the prevention and management of cancer. One of the most common symptoms of both cancer and rigorous cancer treatment is an immense pain. CBD comes in handy in helping manage and reduce the pain that can sometimes reach unbearable levels. It is important to keep in mind that while this pain remedy is effective, it is not a substitute for cancer treatment, it must be taken alongside radiation and chemotherapy.
Additionally, the CBD oil also helps with any additional symptoms such as weakness and anxiety. Apart from aiding in the management of pain and reducing anxiety, additional research also shows that this natural remedy is packed with extremely effective antioxidants that help to eliminate free radicals from the body. It is these free radicals that help to reduce inflammation which a common symptom of cancer.
- General Chronic pain
CBD oil is also an effective treatment for anyone suffering from generalized chronic pain. For instance, if you were involved in a car accident or experience immense pain after surgery, perhaps this is the best natural remedy for you. What most people do not understand about pain is that it all happens in the brain and the reason CBD is so fast acting and effective is that it binds to the receptors that affect how pain signals are sent to the human brain.
- Neuropathic pain
This kind of pain happens when you experience damage to your nerves. Depending on how badly the nerves are damaged, the pain can rise to unbearable levels. The first thing about this kind of chronic pain is that it spreads fast throughout your entire body and can completely change your life. Research has shown remarkable results when it comes to how CBD affects neuropathic pain, it will not only reduce pain but also improve how the nerves function and also prevent neuropathy which affects millions of people all over the world.
Another important role of CBD oil is that it can come in handy in reducing inflammation. When CBD attaches to CB2 receptors cells as mentioned earlier, it changes how the brain responds to pain stimuli. Additionally, there is additional evidence that when CBD oil is used consistently the C-reactive protein reduces significantly. This protein is linked to heart ailment and inflammation and this is why this kind of oil is a great choice for people who suffer from MS, arthritis, and Lupus. Since CB2 receptors come in handy in benefiting your immune system, it will help to strengthen it which helps to ward off infection.
- There is strong evidence that CBD oil helps in the treatment of Epilepsy
While it is largely unheard of, there is only one purported use of Cannabidiol that cannot be contested. There is exhaustive scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of CBD oil in the management and treatment of the symptoms of epilepsy. In early 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously agreed to recommend the approval of a CBD based medication known as Epidiolex to help in the treatment of the two rarest forms of childhood epilepsy.
Honestly speaking, this is the one use of CBD where the evidence is so much that even the Food and Drug Administration agency is seriously considering approving this new amazing drug for the treatment of Epilepsy in kids. According to Timothy Welty, who is the current chairperson of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Des Moines, Iowa, very soon there will be too much evidence on the effectiveness of CBD that the FDA will not be able to ignore it.
According to a study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine is 2016, there is strong evidence that CBD has powerful anti-seizure properties that can help treat drug-resistant and neurological disorders such as Epilepsy. While most parents prefer drugs, there is enough evidence to show that this natural remedy can help control the seizures.
- CBD oil can help to deal with Depression and Anxiety
According to the information provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of the United States, depression affects close to 7% of the population while anxiety affects a little more than 18% of the US population every single year. Reliable research shows that CBD oil can helps with both depression and anxiety, this can come in handy in reducing the rate of suicide cases which keeps on rising every single day. It is a reliable remedy for people who are suffering from depression and anxiety-related conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD and even social anxiety disorder.
- Helps to fight multi-drug resistant bacteria
Numerous researchers uncovered that most cannabinoids especially CBD oil have an exceptional ability to fight and even eliminate completely drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Some research has been done although more needs to be done to ascertain just how and why CBD is able to fight drug-resistant bacteria.
According to a 2011 study that was aimed at ascertaining how this natural remedy affects tuberculosis progression in rats. The study was set up in a way that would help show the progression of TB in mice. After about 3 months, the researchers concluded that CBD helps to fight bacteria by inhibiting the proliferation of T-cell. This means that unlike other compounds that help fight off bacteria because of their antibacterial properties, CBD oil works through T-cell proliferation.
Whatever the mechanism that this natural remedy uses to fight off bacteria, there is no doubt that it is extremely effective. CBD oil is seen as an extremely efficient and potent weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are rapidly becoming a global health problem.
- Assists in reducing inflammation significantly
Chronic inflammation is a big issue in the modern society thanks to how much it contributes to the development of lifestyle illnesses such as cancer, heart diseases and even high blood pressure and obesity. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, inflammation is the leading cause of most lifestyle ailments that a large percentage of the global population is now facing.
- Helps to lower Oxidative Stress
Did you know that oxidative stress is responsible for most of the lifestyle illnesses that we suffer today? Wondering what oxidative stress is? It is simply a state when the body has too many free radicals and unable to keep up with neutralizing them using antioxidants. This is a huge problem today as compared to in the past because our environment now has too many toxins than a decade ago. According to a 2010 study, CBD oil is packed with incredibly powerful antioxidants that can come in handy in lowering neurological damage that is a result of too many free radicals in the body.
- CBD oil can be a huge help for persons affected by Schizophrenia
This is a complicated and debilitating mental illness that is typically managed through the use of intense therapy and pharmaceutical drugs that have hefty physical and mental side effects on the user. Anecdotally, many schizophrenia patients who have used CBD oil find that it is extremely effective in reducing hallucinations. Research is quickly ascertaining that CBD definitely helps relieve most of the symptoms affiliated with schizophrenia.
In March 2015, a detailed review of available research found out that CBD oil is effective and safe when it comes to the tolerated treatment of psychosis. The Food Drug Administration is yet to be convinced and insists that more research needs to be undertaken before CBD is brought into clinical practice. It is important to mention at this juncture that THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, in high concentration such as in marijuana it increases psychosis in those who are already at risk. CBD oil actually helps to reduce psychosis and comes in handy in countering the psychosis that is brought about by the use of marijuana.
- Promotes healthy body weight
Research has proven that to a large extent Cannabidiols can come in handy in helping to maintain a normal and healthy body weight. This is by stimulating the genes and proteins that help break down fats and also increasing mitochondria so that more energy is burnt. This incredibly effective natural remedy also encourages the conversion of white fat into brown fat. White fat is the kind of fat that accumulates as reserves in the body such as in the abdomen, under arms and on hips and thighs. On the other hand, brown fat occurs in small deposits that behave differently by regulating blood sugar and accelerating fat metabolism.
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- Significantly improves Heart Health
One of the fastest growing medical problems today is heart disease. While it is most often a lifestyle ailment, it can sometimes be genetic. There is sufficient evidence that CBD oil can help both in prevention and management. It achieves this by reducing artery blockage, reducing the stress that is induced by the cardiovascular response and also lowering blood pressure significantly. Additionally, there is also evidence that CBD oil may actually assist in reducing cholesterol. As mentioned earlier, CBD oil is extremely helpful in reducing inflammation and also preventing oxidative stress. Keep in mind that both of these are the most common precursors to heart ailment.
- Helps in improving several skin conditions
CBD oil is very effective when used topically in the treatment of numerous skin conditions. Many studies have shown that CBD oil has an extremely high potential for treating stubborn skin conditions such as eczema. This natural remedy achieves this by encouraging abnormal cell death and also regulating how the skin produces oil naturally. Additionally, CBD is also packed with vitamin E can help to protect the skin from bacteria hence improving its appearance in the long term.
There is little evidence suggesting that CBD oil can help to fight cancer
The role of CBD oil in the treatment of cancer still needs additional research, but what is currently available is extremely promising. According to research (animal studies) published by the American Cancer Society, CBD OIL can help in slowing down the growth rate of some kinds of cancer. It can achieve this because it is able to fight both inflammation and oxidative stress which are both linked to the development and spread of cancer.
How To Make Use Of CBD Oil and Supplements
CBD for pain management can be consumed either as oil, gummies or a powder that can be used to make both gel and cream. Oil is actually more effective because it is fast acting since it binds to the CB2 receptors easily. It is always a great idea to talk to a doctor who understands your medical history exhaustively before you try out CBD oil. Also, acclimatize yourself with your local laws since the use of Cannabis is not legal in every area.
An important consideration to keep in mind before you take CBD oil is to know that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently approve the use of CBD oil as a medical treatment. While it is legal in some states in the United States, it is absolutely illegal in others. Take the prerogative to check the laws in your region before purchasing and using CBD oil. Additionally, there are some people who have an allergic reaction to this oil; it is advisable to first and foremost test it on a small area of the skin before fully committing yourself.
What Are The Potential Side Effects Of Using CBD Oil?
This effective natural remedy actually has a physical effect on your body. Once you either consume it or apply it to any part of your body there is a complicated process that occurs in the body. More specifically, CBD affects your brain by affecting how the endocannabinoid system works. The truth is that the external environment is constantly triggering negatively important body systems such as the nervous and immune system. CBD oil comes in handy is both balancing and maintaining homeostasis.
Anything that affects brain functioning in any way is sure to have side effects that may not be pleasant. It is important to note that the side effects of using CBD are far and in between. Numerous studies have indicated that when it comes to side effects, CBD oil is way safer than THC. Although there are a few negative side effects reported by consistent users, the number of people who have experienced them are not significant enough to establish CBD as detrimental in any way.
Here Are The Side-Effects of CBD Oil…
- Dry Mouth
This condition is probably caused by the fact that the when the endocannabinoid system is very active, it inhibits the secretion of saliva by the salivary glands. Luckily for anyone who is affected by dry mouth when using CBD oil, you can increase the amount of water your drink. To prevent your mouth from becoming dry simply drink more than 2 liters of water a day.
- A small drop in pressure
There are numerous studies which have shown that when using larger doses of CBD oil, it can cause a small drop in pressure. If you are on low blood pressure medication or have been diagnosed with low blood pressure, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor who understands your medical history extensively. Low blood pressure is tied to the feeling of light-headedness which can be extremely uncomfortable.
- Extreme Drowsiness
When it comes down to it, CBD oil will affect everyone differently. While in some people CBD can induce wakefulness by generating usable energy which gives the user an uplifting demeanor, in others the effect is the opposite as a person will become drowsy and fatigued. This drowsiness happens when CBD oil is used in large doses and consistently. If you are using this highly effective oil and feel drowsy, it is advisable to avoid operating any heavy machinery. The last thing you need is driving when there is a chance of drowsiness due to CBD oil.
Why Choose CBD Oil Instead of THC
Since both THC and CBD oil have Cannabidiol properties their effects on the body tend to overlap. The difference is that while THC binds with CB1 receptors, CBD, on the other hand, binds to CB2 receptors. Scientists and researchers are still trying to determine why CBD oil has fewer adverse effects as compared to THC.
10 Biggest Misconceptions About CBD Oil
Thanks to a viral social media stories and television documentaries, there is a lot of misinformation causing misconceptions about CBD oil out there. You have probably heard that this oil is derived from cannabis plants and that it will treat a wide range of afflictions. So is all that really true? In this section, we will address the 10 most common misconceptions about CBD oil so that we can help anyone who is considering this natural remedy as medication.
1. CBD oil is just marijuana in another form
Contrary to common misconception, this oil is not a derivative of marijuana. Although both marijuana and CBD oil are extracted from cannabis plants, CBD for medicinal purposes is mostly derived from Hemp. Unlike marijuana that has a significant amount of THC; CBD oil only has 0.03% THC. Keep in mind that it is THC that gives a user the feeling of highness. Even the weakest strain of marijuana has a little bit more than 33% of THC which is enough to get anyone high.
2. CBD oil is not psychoactive at all
This is a huge misconception but quite understandable why. As mentioned earlier, you cannot get high from the consumption of this CBD oil sourced from Hemp oil. It is not intoxicating (low levels of THC). When it comes down to the smaller details, CBD oil has some psychoactive effects on the user’s mental state. In fact, because this natural remedy has psychoactive properties, it comes in handy in the treatment of both depression and anxiety.
3. CBD oil should only be used by adults
There are many people who still believe that CBD oil is just a fancy version of marijuana. This makes them think that this natural remedy should only be used by adults. There is concrete evidence whatsoever to suggest that CBD oil is unsafe for kids either mentally or physically. In fact, the popularity of CBD oil keeps rising daily because of how drastically this natural remedy improves the health of kids suffering from epilepsy.
4. CBD oil is illegal
For people who reside in the United States, it is completely legal to buy and use CBD oil that is extracted from HEMP. Whether you choose to but CBD oil online or from the local store near you, it is completely legal and does not even require a prescription. Unlike drugs such as marijuana that is still listed in the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
5. CBD oil is addictive
There is no way you can become addicted to CBD oil of any type. In fact, numerous reliable studies have shown that this highly effective natural remedy helps to minimize the addictive effects of pain management medication such as Morphine and Vicodin. It achieves this by significantly reducing the pleasure that the human body feels upon taking pain relief substances.
6. CBD is good and healthy while THC is all-bad
Perhaps this widespread misconception stems from the simple fact that marijuana which is rich in THC is not only illegal but also shunned upon in medical circles. The truth that most people are not aware of is that while THC which is the compound that makes you high also has its own share of benefits that cannot be ignored as proved by its successful use by cancer patients.
7. CBD oil works best when the level of THC is minimal
Just like any other belief that CBD compound is better than THC; most people are also of the school of thought that CBD works best when it has little on THC. This absolutely false because the truth is that CBD and THC are the most common compounds present in Cannabis as such these two compounds work seamlessly together. According to numerous reliable studies, CBD and THC help to enhance each other’s effectiveness when allowed to work together.
8. CBD oil or any other compound that contains CBD becomes THC when it enters the human body
This is a misleading misconception that is still largely believed by a large percentage of the population that knows the existence of CBD. A study published n 2007 in the American Journal of Medicine claimed that it is possible that CBD is converted into THC on entering the body. However, the study also goes on to say that this can only happen under very specific circumstances which are only achievable in a controlled laboratory environment.
9. CBD oil that is derived from hemp can be a powerful sedative
Although when taken in large doses CBD oil acts as a sedative, this does not happen consistently enough to be considered. Actually, CBD oil that is used as a sedative does not only come from HEMP or even Marijuana directly. This kind has actually gone through specific preparations that include Myrcene and monoterpenoid.
10. CBD is CBD no matter where it comes from
Currently, the market for CBD is still relatively new and there are no specific regulations that guide the extraction and production of CBD oil. This is why most people end up purchasing low-quality CBD oil that is not as effective or safe.
How To Use CBD oil? What is The Right Dosage?
This natural remedy is starting to build a good reputation, unlike its close genetic relative THC. Both of these compounds are cannabinoids present in Cannabis plants. So what is the right way to use CBD oil? In this article, we cover all that and more.
Although legal CBD oil is now a huge hit in the United States and Australia, most people have no idea just how much you need. Here we give you 3 indispensable tips that will ensure you get the correct CBD dosage each time.
There is no need to rush so start small
If it is your first time to take CBD oil, start with the smallest dosage possible. When consuming any new product, you need to acclimatize and get familiar with how this oil makes your body responds. Gradually increase the dosage so that you don’t give a sere shock to your system.
Pay Close Attention to the Size
The best dosage for CBD is not constant (universal), it varies from one person to the next. Generally speaking, a person who is larger in size will tend to prefer a much higher dosage than small-bodied people. When using CBD, all you need is to easily scale up just a few milligrams to satisfy your personal needs.
Seek the advice of a trustworthy medical doctor who knows your medical history
Consult a professional doctor who knows your medical history to ascertain whether CBD oil consumption is a viable option for you. A good doctor will advise you on what amount of CBD oil will benefit your health.
Although there is sufficient evidence to prove that herbal remedies such as CBD oil are safe and effective, none has yet to be approved by the FDA. Your best bet at ascertaining the legitimacy of a herbal remedy is to seek the opinion of a knowledgeable and experienced medical professional. It is especially important to seek the advice of a doctor if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.
How to get the best from CBD oil
As mentioned earlier in this article CBD oil has numerous benefits. What most people forget is that to get the best from this oil you need to know how to take it right. In this article we answer the most common questions about CBD oil.
How many Drops of CBD oil should I take?
The fact is that there is no right technique to determine what a person’s optimum dosage is. To be on the safe side strictly adhere to all the instructions that are provided by the manufacturer. It goes without saying that no one knows and understands a product more than the manufacture. When they instruct you to take a certain amount they know exactly what they are saying so always follow the instruction except when you think that the recommended dosage is more than your body needs or when the dosage that is recommended is not approved by a doctor who understands your medical history comprehensively.
Consider Micro dosing when starting out
If you are a beginner, consider starting with very little dosages on a regular schedule then go up bit by bit. When you start small and increase gradually you are giving your body enough time to adapt to the change felt. This technique is the most reliable because you don’t overwhelm your system at once without even knowing the effect of the drug prior. When you slowly introduce the CBD into your body, it is much easier to ascertain the effect that the CBD oil has on your body.
It is best to buy from a manufacturer, consider looking for one who gives you instructions how to start with a low dosing. Typically, micro dosing heavily relies on the potency of the CBD oil you are taking. Typically, the amount preferred by most knowledgeable and experienced experts is taking a single drop every 45 minute. When you finally start feeling a difference then you can either choose to increase or to decrease the dosage until you get to an amount that you are comfortable. If a manufacturer recommends a dosage, start with half of that when micro dosing. This way you have the liberty to ascertain the exact amount that is best for you without worrying about overwhelming your system.
What about vaping CBD oil?
When it comes to vaping CBD oil, it is harder to determine the right dosage unlike in sublingual CBD oil which is quite easy. When it comes to sublingual CBD oil, all you must do is use drops until you ascertain the dosage that is right for you. Vaping is different, all you do is fill in the vape tank and pen with the e-liquid and then take the hints from it. When vaping the appropriate dosage when starting out is simply two hits until you get to a dosage that you feel is delivering the results that you are looking for. We will cover vaping CBD in detail later on in this article.
Gummies and Capsules-How many CBD oil gummies or capsules should I take to get the best results?
What many people are unaware of is that the bioavailability of gummies and capsules is much lower that that of sublingual drops and vaping. Because packaging will tell you the exact content of each capsule of gummy bear, its not hard to figure out how much is safe and effective for you. Typically, a single gummy bear or capsule ranges from 10 to 25 milligrams; start with 10mg and gradually increase the dosage intake until you get to an amount that you feel works best for your system.
What is the difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
On of the most important things to know when considering the consumption of CBD oil is to understand how it differs from HEMP Oil. Most people use CBD oil and Hemp oil without realizing that there is a huge difference between the two. Understandably, this misconception is extremely believable because there is a n increasing lack of consistency by manufacturer when it comes to profit labelling. This adds more confusion to the consumers.
By the end of this section, the hope is that you will be able to understand and distinguish between Hemp oil and CBD oil. Information is power, with this knowledge in your fingertips, there is no doubt that you will make an informed decision.
So far, we have discussed CBD oil in detail so let us take a moment to understand Hemp oil and why it is different from CBD oil. Pretty much Hemp oil is the equivalent of other seed oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil and coconut oil. This is a great oil for cooking and can create a delicious salad dressing that is also quite nutritious. It is considered great for cooking since it does not contain CBD which is the medicinal compound in Cannabis plants. CBD oil is extracted from the leaves and not the seeds. The seeds of cannabis plants whether marijuana or hemp do not contain any CBD compounds. This means that if you are looking for CBD Hemp oil, what you need is not hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil means CBD in this case is extracted from hemp instead of marijuana. As mentioned severally in this article, CBD oil that is extracted from Hemp is legal in the United States.
A common question that most people ask ‘how do I know if a product labelled Hemp oil is Hemp seed oil? Simple! carefully read the label on the product. If it is hemp seed oil, it will be described as refined and cold-pressed hemp seed oil. Another big and obvious give away is the large bottle and alarmingly cheap price. Most authentic CBD oils come in 1-ounce bottles that cost $20.
What are some benefits of HEMP Oil?
Just like CBD oil that is medicinal and great for your immune system., Hemp oil is also extremely beneficial. In fact, it is because both oils are great for your health that they are confused for each other. Some benefits of Hemp oil include
It an effective anticoagulant
There are numerous studies that show that hemp oil can have an anti-clotting effect on blood. If you have a heart ailment and therefore take blood thinners, it is best to avoid Hemp oil or at least check with your doctor before using it. These studies also show that for hemp oil to have this effect on you, it must be taken in substantial amounts.
Hemp Oil helps to maintain hormonal balance in the body
This is remarkably the only seeded oil that contains gamma-linoleic acid. When this acid enters the human body, it is converted into an incredibly useful hormone known as PGE1 (prostaglandin). This is the hormone that helps to regulate both hormonal balance and boosts the immune system especially when you are in menopause.
Assists in the regenerating and energizing the skin outer protective layer
Hemp seed oil is rich in both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In fact, studies reveal that it has a composition that is like skin. This makes it an excellent choice for a moisturizer and a natural emollient.
A great oil for vegetarians and vegans
It is extremely challenging for vegetarians to get the right balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Since hemp seed oil has the optimal ration of omega fatty acids, it is a great option.
Burns cholesterol fast
Because it contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, it can help to regulate intestinal flora and boots immunity substantially. This helps to build a natural protective barrier against harmful microbes. The result is that the body develop resilience.
Hemp seed oil is a healthy choice for Diabetics.
To have a real short at managing tis debilitating illness, you have no option other than reducing levels of sugar and carbohydrate consumption. Both sugar and carbohydrate levels in hemp seed oil are low making it the perfect oil for Diabetics.
There is no doubt that hemp oil is extremely beneficial and different from CBD oil in significant ways.
CBD oil unlike hemp seed oil is extracted from the aerial parts of a cannabis plant. It is present in high concentration is the main flower parts such as the stalks and stems. Unfortunately for buyers, you cannot correctly decipher that it is CD by just looking at it or checking the label. Market research shows that most products that contain CBD oil don’t, mention this in the packaging. I am sure you are wondering ‘why the hell not? Simple it is because the FD (Food and Drug administration) is very regulating when it comes to a highly controversial ingredient such as CBD Compound. The last thing any manufacturer wants is issues with the FDA so most avoid mentioning the CBD in the packaging.
As mentioned earlier the reason that most manufacturers fear to mention CBD oil in the label is because they are afraid of getting into trouble with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). They prefer to call CBD just Hemp extract meaning that the CBD that they are selling is extracted from the Hemp plant and not Marijuana. Although this is a brilliant marketing strategy when it comes to avoiding the FDA, it is customized to fit the consumer’s needs.
Final thoughts when it comes to differentiating between CBD oil and Hemp oil
By now you have a much better understanding of how CBD is different from hemp oil. If you want to ensure that what you end up buying is CBD, here are three indispensable tips:
- Reach out to the manufacturer and inquire whether the company that is selling the product has specifically included CBD oil in the ingredient list.
- Look at the third-party laboratory reports that are available when it comes to reputable manufacturers of Hemp CBD oil. This will help you ascertain the presence of CBD
- Consider purchasing CBD oil products and any other natural herbal remedies from an established company with a stellar reputation. Exhaustively research online and seek references from sources that you trust.
To give you a nice head start here are simple yet effective tips that will help you buy high-quality and potent CBD oil
Purchasing this kind of oil online cab be both a confusing and challenging process. Perhaps you are extremely confused and no clue where to start or how to get it right. These tips are especially helpful if you are a beginner:
1. Be extremely careful when it comes to free trial bottles of CBD oil
The sad truth is that there are currently numerous unscrupulous companies looking to make a profit without caring who get hurt and wastes hard-earned money in the process. To any beginner who has no idea how this industry works, a free bottle at first glance sounds like a good idea. Most free trials are not normal, and you have to part with a small handling and shipping fee. This is normal but is also a chance for unscrupulous entrepreneurs to send low low-quality products while other do not send anything at all. Again, it comes back to researching the manufacturer. There are no two ways about it, if you purchase from a legit manufacturer, you are all good.
2. Make sure that the CBD oil brand that you end up buying is personalized enough to meet all your specific needs
Are you really buying a product that is good for you? This is an extremely important question to ask yourself. Just because it worked for someone else does not mean it will work appropriately for you. One of the most important considerations is deciding whether you need full spectrum CBD oil or whether you need and want CBD isolate product.
3. Always purchase CBD oil from a brand that is reputable and has great reviews especially among active users
It cannot be overstated how important it is to buy CBD from a reliable source. There are numerous companies marketing and selling this remedy. While some are established companies with a solid reputation, others are simply fly by night operations that are looking to make some quick cash at the expense of the consumer. The golden rule when it comes to finding a trustworthy manufacture is to go for one who is open and honest about everything single piece of information that you ask about them. Some clear pointers that you should ever ignore include; does the company out rightly mention their name and are they available for consumers who need clarification on the products that they are offering? The one mistake that most people make is going by the opinion of one person or believing all that they read on social media. Also, be wary of testimonials and claims that sound to good o be true. To be on the safe side, it is way better to go for brands that are open hence make third party laboratory reports publicly available.
Read reviews carefully and learn from other’s experience. The last thing anyone wants is to be a guinea pig for the newest health craze. To avoid this simply go through the reviews of people who have used CBD oil before. If you can physically look for someone trustworthy who has used the product before to get what they thought about it, then all power to you.
4. To save money, look for discounts and online promo codes
As you probably know by now authentic CBD oil is not cheap. You can easily save some money by using discounts and promo codes. Most reputable manufacturer offer discounts for people with long-term disability r even veterans. With these five tips at your finger tips there is no doubt that you will get your money’s worth.
Now that we understand how to choose the best CBD oil, here are the 6 most common ways to take CBD Oil
What you need to keep in mind is that there are many options when it comes to purchasing CBD oil products in the current market. This is because as CBD oil becomes more popular more people are interested in consuming it. This means that manufacturers are coming up with new and exciting ways to make it more marketable to their niche market. To make it even more confusing for many consumers, this wide variety of CBD oil products come in varying concentrations.
How do I know the CBD oil product that is right for me?
If you are unsure of what brand works for you then follow the tips provided earlier on in this article on how to buy CBD oil that is personalized to meet your specific needs. The rule of thumb is that whatever brand you finally choose, ensure that they publicly provide third party laboratory results and that they use CBD oil that is extracted from high quality hemp. Even after ascertaining the exact brand of CBD oil that you want, there are still too many forms making it harder to settle on one. CBD oil can come in the form of capsules, tinctures, lotions and much more. While variety is always a great thing, the paradox of choice will easily be more stressful.
So that it is easy for anyone out there who want to buy CBD oil, here is a breakdown of an analysis that describes each product, how it works, how to use it appropriately and when it is the most effective or non-effective.
The five most common ways to use CBD oil include:
Like any other natural remedy that is taken for health purposes, it is best to for your own exhaustive research and ascertain what you want. Let us get started…
Tinctures Of CBD
Most people who have come across CBD oil are familiar with this form of CBD oil. As compared to many other products in the market, it is one of the purest applications of the CBD compound since the manufacturer do not necessarily need any separate processing of the oil. This means that the consumer will get it when pure and its natural raw form. Most brands up their sales by adding about of flavor to the tinctures that they sell. When infused with flavor, it makes it easier for kids to consume and find tincture quite enjoyable.
The right way is to take tinctures is by simply dropping drops either under or on the tongue. The right dosage can range from 100 up to 1000 milligrams, it all depends on how much is best for your body. Use the micro dosing technique mentioned earlier in this article to ascertain the dosage that is best for your system. What most people are unaware of is that the main downside of using tinctures is that there is a possibility that they could get messy. If the drops spill then it gets quite messy. Also, for many people, using tinctures as a way of dropping CBD extract either on or under the tongue can seem a bit awkward especially if you are just a beginner.
How to appropriately use Tinctures
This is by far the most effective way of consuming CBD oil and works well because you can swallow the liquid right away. It is easy just place the drops under your tongue especially along the cheeks for as long as you can handle it.
CBD concentrates according to reliable research contains the strongest dosage of pure CBD as compared to any other CBD products. Based on the manufacturer, most concentrates available in the current market contain more than ten times compared to other CBD products available in the market. The best thing about concentrates is that they are convenient to use and only take a few seconds to take. It also does not hurt that there is less chance that things will get messy.
Though not a major downside, the main con of taking CBD oil concentrates is that it is typically not flavored to improve test. This will lead to a deal breaker for most people who do not find the natural flavor of CBD oil enjoyable. If you are a beginner, the concentrate will no doubt intimidate you since they are shaped just like signals. CBD oil concentrates seem to be rising in popularity especially among consumers who are extremely busy yet seek highly potent CBD oil.
Overall, CBD concentrates seem to be most popular among customers who are extremely busy yet seek high potency CBD. Just like CBD oil what you need to do is simply place the tinctures along the cheeks and under your tongue then absorb it slowly.
One of the most popular ways to take CBD oil is in capsule form. This way you simply take it as a supplement. Taking this natural remedy in capsule form is much more convenient as compared to taking CBD oil as a concentrate on tinctures. Taking capsules is highly preferred by people who take other supplements and vitamins because all you do is add it your daily regimen and you are set. CBD oil capsules typically range from 10 mg to 25mg.
Since every single capsule you take offers a specific amount of CBD oil, it is quite easy to keep track of your daily intake. On the flip side, CBD oil capsules are limiting when it comes to tweaking your dosage. One of the best ways to overcome this shortcoming is by substituting the capsules with other CBD oil forms such as tinctures so that you can meet the daily serving that is most appropriate for you. Taking these capsules is simple just a capsule or two followed by a glass of water.
CBD oil products are becoming popular as more and more people become accepting of herbal remedies and their efficiency. More brands are starting to add topicals such as lip balms, lotions and salve. This is a viable option for you because it is now known that CBD oil has numerous benefits on the health and appearance of skin. When correctly used, these topicals can help with inflammation, acne, anti-aging, cancer treatment and in the management of chronic pain.
When it comes to topical products., the rule of thumb is to first and foremost look at the label to ascertain that there is application of nanotechnology, micellization or encapsulation of the CBD oil. The mention of this terms is an indication that the topical product you are about to use uses a form of pressed CBD oil that can swiftly penetrate the dermal layer of the skin, rather than just settling on the top surface of the skin. Topical forms of CBD oil are best for persons with skin issues and joint pains because you directly apply on the target area.
How to use CBD oil topicals appropriately
These are recommended to be used just as other body care products that help out when you have a skin condition that either requires to be managed or treated. Apply CBD oil topicals generously on the areas that you deem necessarily. Some say that fanning helps the CBD oil penetrate the dermal layer of the skin much faster.
CBD oil sprays are by far the form of this natural remedy that has the weakest concentration as compared to cupules, concentrate and even tinctures. The typical range of concentration when it comes to sprays is will typically range from 1mg to 3mg. As compared to the other CBD products taken orally. It is extremely challenging to accurately measure the dosage that you are taking daily since sprays are more inconsistent as compared to other form of CBD.
Using CBD spray is quite easy just spray the CBD oil directly into your mouth. Typically, serving size is clearly labelled on the package just about 2 to 3 sprays at a time. You ca use to use a CBD oil spray regularly or just on specific days when you feel like you require it the most.
Based on numerous reliable studies and reviews, amply vaporizing or smoking CBD oil seems to have less effects as compared to suing the capsules, tinctures and concentrates. On the flipside, knowledgeable and experienced experts argue that vaporizing or smoking CBD oil has a few drawbacks that consuming the oil orally or in spray for. This is because if you choose to vape CBD oil the effect is almost instantaneous as described by previous users.
Research has revealed that while other forms of CBD will take a little bit over 30 minutes to first digest then enter the human bloodstream, vaping produces that effect almost immediately. This makes it the preferred option for persons suffering from issues such as chronic pain, anxiety and seizures or other similar afflictions where waiting the 30 minutes is not an option that the user is open to. Another indispensable advantage of vaping CBD oil is that a user can remain discrete and even consume this oil in public. All you need is a tank and vaping pen and your CBD is at your disposal anytime and anywhere you need or want it.
The most important information to be aware of when it comes to vaping CBD oil is to know and understand your equipment
Since the popularity if vaping CBD oil is increasing daily, it is necessary to know what you are working with. Essentially all vaporisers have four main components; a heating element also referred to as the atomiser, a battery, a mouthpiece and a tank or chamber that help to load and hold the specific material that is being vaped. The main drawback when it comes to making use of CBD e-liquid as compared to other forms of CBD such as tincture and concretes is that in the process of vaping you will be exposed to other mental contaminant and chemicals tat are added to the e-liquid to make it appropriate for vaping.
So, what is the difference between isolate and full spectrum CBD oil?
This is another question that most people ask when getting into the world of CBD oil for the first time. Once you have a clear idea of what your options are, making an informed and educations decision is much easier. You will come across CBD oil packaged wither as Pore CBD oil or Whole plant CBD.
Let’s begin with Full Spectrum CBD oil
This generally refers to a product that is purely made of CBD oil but also contains some terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG and in rare cases even THC. Usually these other compounds are in minimal natural ratios depending on the specific strain of cannabis that the CBD oil was extracted from. If you have a full drug test coming, full spectrum version of this oil is not a good idea. Although the levels of THC are close to 0.03. This can sometimes trigger a positive drug test.
The main advantage of relying on full spectrum CBD oil products is the fact that they give you a feeling known as the Entourage Effect. This simply refers to when all the Terpenes and cannabinoids are completely working together in synergy. This is one of the best qualities that CBD isolate products have over full spectrum variety.
When searching for full spectrum CBD products, there is no doubt that you will come across some labelled Broad Spectrum which claim to contain CBD oil in high concentration and o% of THC. All you need to know is that achieving this low percentage is close to impossible because THC is naturally occurring in most cannabis plants. When legit manufacturers say that their products have o% THC it means that they have undergone rigorous additional processing to isolate and get rid of as much THC possible while still retaining the cannabinoids and terpenes.
What about CBD isolate?
Isolate CBD oil is a great option for people who expect to get drug tested or are sensitive to some cannabinoids such as THC. When the product is an isolate, it will most often be labelled 99+% pure CBD oil. Typically, they are made up a carrier oil such as MCT oil which is infused with incredibly potent crystalline isolate powder. It is extremely important to note that there are CBD isolate products called terpesolatry which simply means crystalline isolate that is infused with terpenes. This kind of product offer s more enhanced effect because when the terpenes are put in the, mix, it makes the CNBD oil a tad bit potent and more effective.
Bottomline, between Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD oil, which is better? This is a highly controversial question and there is a lot of debate about it. However, according to (http://file.scirp.org/pdf/PP_2015021016351567.pdf) which leans in favor of CBD oil products that are full spectrum. Most knowledgeable and experienced experts believe that the addition of other cannabinoids into the mix aside from pure CBD oil makes it much more effective and potent.
Are there any potential health concerns when it comes to vaping CBD oil?
There is a small percentage of the population that already allergic or gradually develops allergies to some or most of the chemicals that their bodies are exposed to through vaping. There are some studies which show that there are some dangerous contaminants such as cadmium and lead in some vape brands that are commercially available I the current market. As mentioned earlier in this article, it is extremely important to be informed of any potential contaminants and allergens before you purchase any brand of vaping CBD oil. The good news is that as regulations and technologies continue to evolve rapidly, the risks of vaping CNBD oil become better understood and quite easy to mitigate.
According to as study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that “overall exposure to metals from electronic cigarette use is not expected to be of significant health concern for smokers switching to electronic cigarette use but is an unnecessary source of exposure for never-smokers.” Ultimately the levels of metals that used in most vapes are well below the recommended exposure levels. However, for your own piece of mind, it is best to research exhaustively about a manufacturer before you buy their brand of CBD vaping oil. It is all up to you to make an informed decision on whether vaping is a feasible option. Some think it is not worth the risk, while others have wholly embraced it hence its rising popularity.
Is vaping CBD worth all the health risks?
This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself if you consider vaping a viable option for consuming CBD. The fact is that the exposure to some health contaminants is much less as compared to other traditional forms of smoking by far. Reliable short-term and mid-term studies on the health effects of vaping CBD show no detrimental side effects on users. Whether vaping is a valid choice for you or not, there is no doubt that CBD is a great health choice. With the information that is laid out here, you will be able to make an informed decision on how best to consume CBD oil to reap all the great benefits.
Conclusion Thoughts On CBD In General
After all the landmark medical discoveries made over the years, it is amazing how herbal remedies continue to amaze us with their potency and effectiveness. We live in a generation that gradually moving from synthetic, medicines and slowly embracing alternative treatment options such as CBD oil which have less detrimental side effects on the body. Some of the most important things we have learnt about CBD oil in this article include
- CBD oil is an effective natural remedy that is extracted from the cannabis plants either Hemp or Marijuana
- CBD oil that is meant for medicinal purposes is mostly extracted from Hemp since it is legal and contains low levels of THC which is the compound in cannabis plants that is psychoactive
- More research is being done on CBD oil to ascertain how it can help more in pain management and in the treatment of skin conditions. Additionally, more research is being done on whether CBD is viable ingredient to be added to the list of FD approved compounds.
- There is a Children’s Epileptic drug made majorly from CBD oil which the Federal Drug Agency is considering approving. If approved, CBD oil will become the first herbal remedy recognised as safe and effective by this struct institution.
- The last thing we have learnt that from this article that is still a major misconception is that CBD Oil will not make you HIGH!