A simple rundown of everything you need to know about CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD is a molecule that’s found naturally in marijuana and hemp.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have a strong effect on your brain activity which basically means that it won’t get you high.
Instead CBD is known help help keep you calm, relaxed, and even pain-free.
You can find CBD in both Cannabis sativa varieties: hemp and marijuana.
However, the CBD level found in hemp is much higher than what you’ll find in marijuana.
Generally, you’ll find less than 0.3% of THC in hemp.
What does CBD stand for?
CBD is short for cannabidiol.
And just in case you were wondering, THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a marijuana or hemp extract that contains CBD along with a carrier oil like hemp seed, olive oil, or coconut oil, just to name a few.
Plus, most if not all CBD oils that’s made from hemp contain less than 0.3% THC meaning they’re never psychoactive.
What is CBD oil good for?
There are quite a few useful and effective uses for CBD oil according to Healthline.
Although these benefits aren’t 100% proven medically, there has been some research to help reinforce the health claims.
So as always, use CBD at your own risk, as all the current products are not regulated by the FDA.
Here are 5 of the most popular uses:
1. Epilepsy treatment
- CBD can potentially help reduce the number of seizures in people that live with epilepsy.
- However, there can be some severe side effects
2. Help manage anxiety
- CBD has been found in a few studies to help people relieve anxiety by reducing stress, minimizing symptoms of PTSD, and even helping with insomnia.
3. Pain relief
- CBD can help you manage chronic pain, arthritis, muscle pain, and even help ease the discomfort associated with chemotherapy.
4. Cancer symptom treatment
- Although there isn’t enough research to show that CBD can help prevent cancer, the the National Cancer Institute has said that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects.
5. Can help with diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate
- Currently, CBD oil is being studied for treating strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to use CBD oil?
There are a few ways that you can use CBD:
- Orally with the use of pills, capsules, edibles, or gummies.
- Topically through the use of lotions, tinctures, rubs, and creams.
- Vaping/Smoking by using a vaporizer.
What does CBD feel like? how does CBD oil make you feel?
Taking CBD doesn’t give you any sense of euphoria or get you “high” like THC.
However, depending on what you’re using CBD for, you may start to see a reduction of pain, anxiety, stress, or sleeplessness.
How much CBD should I take?
Start with 20 to 40 mg a day.
The amount of CBD you should take all depending on a few factors such as your body weight, the reason why your’e using it, your body chemistry, and even the concentration of CBD in the product that you’re using such as an oil droplet, gummy, pill, or capsule.
Thankfully, each CBD product will tell you what a recommended dose is.
But on the safe side, it’s always best to take the least amount possible then gradually work your way up.
How long does it take for CBD oil to work?
You will start feeling the therapeutic effects of CBD within 15 minutes to 6 hours depending on how the form that you take and use it.
For example, digesting CBD will take longer to kick in that vaping it.
How long does CBD last? How long does CBD oil stay in your system?
CBD, when taken in regular doses, last between two to four hours.
Basically, once the products effects are gone, so has the CBD in your system.
And it’s highly unlikely that CBD will show up on a drug test meaning it won’t test positive for THC.
What drugs should not be taken with CBD?
Here are all the drugs that should not be taken with CBD:
- Angiotension II blockers
- Beta blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- HIV antivirals
- HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
- Immune modulators
- Oral hypoglycemic agents
Just note this is only a list of the common, more popular drugs and not the complete listing.
If you’re using CBD via edibles, oils/tinctures, or vapes, you will notice interactions between the drugs and the CBD products.
However, lotions and creams generally don’t conflict with any drugs or medicines.
But always speak with a healthcare professional before using CBD and drugs simultaneously.
What is the difference between hempseed oil and CBD oil?
CBD is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flavors of a cannabis sativa plant while hemp seed oil comes from, as the name suggests, hemp plant seeds.
However, unlike CBD oil, hemp seed oil contains zero cannabinoids like CBD, THC, or CBN.
Instead, with hemp seed oil, you’ll receive a product that’s packed with antioxidants, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and more.
What is full spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD, also known as pure spectrum CBD, contains a variety of cannabinoids, flavonoids, phenolics, and terps, as opposed to just a CBD isolate (aka pure CBD).
In full spectrum CBD, you’ll find cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) and even small traces of tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
What are some popular CBD brands?
Here are some popular CBD brands worth checking out:
- Pure Kana
- Premium Jane
- CW Hemp
- NuLeaf Naturals
- Lazarus Naturals
- Green Roads
- mintedLeaf CBD
- EIR Health
- Hemp Bombs
- CBD Essence
- Good Day
- CBD Pure
- Bluebird Botanicals
- Kat’s Naturals
- Veritas Farms
- High Falls Hemp
- Extract Labs
- Shea Brand
- Floyd’s of Leadville
Hopefully this quick rundown has helped answer any questions you may have about CBD.