Before we purchase any product, we must always ensure that it is beneficial to us and we must also gather knowledge about how it works and whether or not it has any health risks.
The same rule applies to CBD products. Here are a few parameters that we must consider before buying any CBD infused product:
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol that is found in the hemp plant. It was discovered back in the 1940s and was used as a medicine for sleep issues in various countries for centuries. Cannabidiols are chemical compounds that work with our endocannabinoid system, which is the biochemical communication system in our bodies that play a role in psychological functions like sleep, mood, pain, and appetite. CBD communicates with receptors, proteins, and chemicals in the brain to help promote relaxation, pain relief, and better sleep.
CBD is derived from marijuana as well as hemp. It is legal to grow hemp in the United States after President Donald Trump signed a new Farm Bill in 2018.
CBD with only 0.3% THC is legal for medicinal use in all 50 states of the United States.
These policies differ from state to state. Marijuana and CBD are currently fully legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C.
In 23 states, CBD is legal in some form, such as for medicinal purposes. Another 14 states permit just CBD oil. But both are illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.
It is necessary to know whether your CBD product is derived from hemp or marijuana. You must always do some research before purchasing any product. Ideally, hemp-derived CBD is much safer to use. You must also consult your physician and try to approach other people who are familiar with CBD.
Adults should have no problem using CBD. The only reason it could pose any possible danger is if an individual is allergic to cannabis. It is also not possible to overdose on CBD. The worst possible outcome that we’ve heard of is an extended period of sleep, or feeling drowsy for awhile.
There is very limited research on using CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. Because of this lack of information, doctors don’t recommend using CBD to new mothers.
There are various methods used in the extraction of CBD. You must look for products that explain their extraction process in brief. Are any hexane or GMO solvents used? What type of carrier oil is blended with the hemp extract? Is the oil organic, and does it enhance the absorption of the hemp CBD as does organic MCT oil? Are there additives such as natural flavors or GMO ingredients? Does the seller provide third-party product testing?
Our CBD products are derived from the hemp plant through the CO2 extraction process. This method involves using carbon dioxide at a certain temperature and pressure so that it acts as a non-toxic solvent. It is a very efficient method, but it also ensures that the final product will be 100% safe.
You must always be aware of your CBD product’s origin. CBD extracted from marijuana has a higher level of THC content (upto 30%) that can cause psychoactive effects on the consumer. Check the THC levels before purchasing any CBD infused product.
Before you consume CBD oil, you must always read the ingredients to see whether they are using high-quality ones or not. There should be no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides included that are used during cultivation. You should have access to their test results as well.
CBD comes in a variety of packages which can either be ingested or applied topically. While ingesting CBD can help with mood-related states, like anxiety, stress, and insomnia, topical application only interacts with the uppermost layers of your skin cells, so it never enters your bloodstream.
CBD Oil comes in the forms of:
- Topicals :They include CBD infused lotions, ointments, salves, balms, patches, or other bath and body care products. These products work efficiently for arthritis pain and injuries, but many skincare companies are admiring their benefits of moisturizing the skin as well.
- Capsules and Tinctures :CBD can be ingested orally in the form of tinctures and capsules. There are other methods also like smoking and vaping. All these ingestion methods are quick to react and kick in within 5-20 minutes.
- Edibles :CBD is available in the forms of edibles as well like CBD Gummies, CBD Honey and CBD infused beverages, like tea and coffee. Edibles usually take longer, somewhere from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect. Edible’s effects usually last longer, though, because of the slow way the nutrients are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.
The dosage of CBD Oil varies from person to person. Everyone’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) works differently. It isn’t compulsory for a person to take the same dosage of CBD oil as you.
If you are new to CBD, start with 5 mg dosage of your preferred method of consumption and increase gradually if required. Doses can depend on the purpose, and many notice that you may need to let CBD build up in your system over time. For more serious medical conditions, such as chronic pain, epilepsy, etc., it can take anywhere from 20 days to almost four months to completely conquer your symptoms.
Research has also shown that lower doses of CBD are therapeutically more effective than higher doses (i.e. pain and anxiety relief). Higher doses tend to have more of a sedative effect. So again, start small and experiment with what is right for you.
We’ve already talked about the ways you can ingest or apply CBD, but let’s articulate why you would use CBD. According to a 2018 survey by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 62 percent of CBD users take it to treat pain, anxiety, and depression. CBD is also very effective when used to improve sleep quality or as treatment for insomnia.
On overdosing CBD, a user may face side effects like fatigue, diarrhea, or changes in appetite and weight. Others include dry mouth, lightheadedness, or low blood pressure. Some people have reported that using CBD oil has given them increased anxiety, but that may be linked to the experience of trying something new and not knowing what the outcome may be.
Because there is a huge lack of research regarding CBD’s effect on embryos and children, it is not recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing use CBD. Side effects are completely unknown in this category.
Patients suffering from Schizophrenia or extreme depression should take the advice of their doctor or health professional before consuming CBD. They should not discontinue their regular medications in the hope of recovery by CBD.
CBD helps in improving sleep. It helps you fall asleep and also stay asleep. While this ties back to CBD relieving pain and stress, it can also help to regulate sleep patterns, which is important when aiming to achieve more Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep.
Note that small doses of CBD have the ability to make you feel more alert, so you may need to take a little bit more if this is an issue for you.
CBD oil has had grave successes for pain management. This is partly because CBD helps to decrease inflammation in the body, which researchers are finding more and more has to do with pain, especially including arthritis, undiagnosed and diagnosed back pain, and multiple sclerosis. CBD also helps the mind to relax, which researchers think attributes to helping the body to relax, which can also cut down on pain caused by tension.
CBD is anti-inflammatory, which has positive effects on joint pain and knee pain. CB2 receptors are found in crazy high levels in the joint tissue of those with knee and joint pain. CBD has been scientifically shown to activate the pathways of CB2 receptors, therefore cutting down on inflammation.
Anxiety can range from the occasional worrying to severe and debilitating disorders. But according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects more than 18 percent of the population annually.
Like many of the other ailments listed here, there is a lack of large scale research about CBD and anxiety, but there was a report published in Neuropsychopharmacology in 2011 that positively determined that CBD has the capabilities of alleviating social anxiety.
So far, most studies have shown that CBD either helps with anxiety or has no adverse effect whatsoever. More large scale testing is needed to make any major claims, but CBD probably won’t make it worse, unless you experience anxiety from trying new things.
Migraines are an evolved form of a headache, but in the worst way. Migraines don’t stay centered in the head, but can spread to the neck, eyes, and sinuses. And they often get worse with light, noise, movement, or strong smells.
A study conducted by the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research that found that people who treated their migraines with a cannabis-nabilone formula (read: not pure CBD oil but some CBD) reported improvements with their migraines and a better quality of life overall.
Additional research is needed to really know the effects of pure CBD on migraines, but since CBD has been proven so effective at reducing inflammation, signs point to helpful.
According to the Depression Alliance, CBD oil is gaining massive popularity as a natural treatment for depression, as it has been found effective as a treatment for depression for many people.
Note that CBD cannot cure depression, but it can possibly improve symptoms.
This needs to be observed on a case by case basis because each individual’s endocannabinoid system is complex and unique, so relief will vary. But, CBD has been shown to help release serotonin in the brain, which is a chemical that acts as a mood booster and can reduce stress levels.
CBD oil has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of arthritis, but doctors still seem more prone to prescribe other medications that they have been using for years.
Although this 2016 study was tested with rats, professionals have seen that the benefits transfer over to humans.
Another study in 2017 also confirmed that CBD is a useful treatment specifically for Osteoarthritis joint pain, and can actually prevent pain and nerve damage from even beginning.
While marijuana has been recommended for awhile now to help combat the nausea that tends to be a side effect of chemotherapy, more and more research is coming out about how CBD can decrease the spread of cancer and even possibly induce the death of active cancer cells.
According to professionals, there is no standing research about the possible good or bad treatment of ADHD with CBD, but that doesn’t mean that individuals have not ventured to try it on their own. So while CBD has been proven to help people to relax or feel less “manic,” scientists cannot claim that CBD is an anecdote to ADHD.
In June of 2018, the FDA approved a drug called Epidiolex, which is an oral form of CBD to treat 2 rare forms of epilepsy in children and also reduce the frequency of seizures.
American studies are lacking in this category, but studies in Israel have been much more conclusive in finding the benefits of using CBD for autism. The study found that after prescribing autistic children with CBD oil, 80% of parents noticed a decrease in problematic behaviors, 62% of parents reported significant improvements with their children overall, and 40% reported their children had significant decreases in anxiety.
Fibromyalgia is a condition where you experience pain in your muscles and/or skeleton due to which you cannot sleep. CBD has proven effective to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia relating to pain and sleep issues, but there is very limited research on what fibromyalgia is or what causes it, so it’s difficult to test to see if CBD can directly help with it.
There is research that CBD can alter individuals appetite, which can affect weight loss. This is another case-by-case basis, though, and majorly depends on the person. But, CBD has proven effective for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to lower the weight on the scale, but not necessarily burn fat cells.
Unfortunately, there is a large lack of research in regard to using CBD oil to help treat diabetes. We’ve conducted hours and hours of research, and no reputable sources are making claims either for or against the use of CBD for diabetes symptoms or treatment.
There have been significant studies that show that CBD oil can lower blood pressure. In this study, volunteers were given 600 mg of CBD and others were given a placebo. The results concluded that small doses of CBD can reduce resting blood pressure rates, and decrease stroke rates. The study does state that further research is required to establish whether CBD has a role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, though.
Bipolar disorder can be characterized as extreme and intense emotional states, ranging from manic to depressive. There are very few studies on the use of CBD for bipolar disorder, and it is hard to test for because bipolar disorder has a wide range of symptoms from acute to extreme. CBD does appear to generate the same types of responses in the body as many of the current medications used to treat the condition. And because CBD has neuroprotective and antioxidant benefits, it may also help to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels.
Gut health is becoming more and more popular on the health scene, as many health professionals are calling our gut “the second brain,” as research is coming out that our gut and its microbiome are important in relation to our immune systems, vitamin absorption, and even mind health.
When someone is having issues with their gut, it is referred to as “leaky gut.” A leaky gut can invite autoimmune disorders because it is too weak to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body.
A study conducted by Advanced Research in Gastroenterology and Hepatology states that CBD has been shown to restore strength to the walls of the gut, and cut down on the inflammation that comes along with leaky gut.
Research investigating CBD and treating digestive problems is still not entirely conclusive, but there is a lot of evidence that CBD can be very helpful in this area. Here’s the science behind it: CBD works with our cannabinoid receptors that live in the intestines, stomach, and brain, which includes serotonin receptors (happy chemical), and CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, as well. CB1 has been shown to aid in regulating stomach acids, protecting the stomach, and easing nausea and vomiting, meaning CBD can help to calm this (source 13).
This is great news for those who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
There are two types of CBD available: Full Spectrum and Isolate. Full Spectrum CBD could contain other cannabinoids like cannabidivarin or cannabigerol. Isolate CBD contains 100% CBD with 0.3% THC. Some people may just require 10 mg of Full Spectrum CBD while for others even 80 mg or 100 mg of Isolate CBD isn’t enough.
According to a 2015 study conducted in Jerusalem, full spectrum CBD provides higher levels of benefits and relief. But this does not mean that CBD isolate does not work well on its own.
Drug tests usually look for THC, which is a psychotic element. CBD contains less than 0.3% THC which will not cause any psychoactive effect and will not show up on a drug test.
Yes, they are. Organic CBD is derived from organic hemp that can be traced back to a US grown source. Organic is preferred, as it will be free from pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.
Yes. While hemp oil and CBD oil are made from the same plant, they are very much different. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant, while CBD can be made from the whole entire cannabis plant, so hemp oil does not contain the same cannabinoids found in CBD oil. Hemp oil typically does not contain CBD or THC.
CBD contains anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that help it curb many health disorders. It has a unique feature; it won’t get you ‘high’ and it will help you fight other ailments simultaneously. CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, hence there would be no psychoactive effects if taken in moderation.
There are many CBD products that are available in the market. There are different products that are available for pets.
CBD products for dogs can help with anxiety, pain management, seizures, and tumors. It can also help to relax your dog when it comes to loud noises, such as fireworks. CBD for dogs is available in dog treats, or tinctures which you can drop directly into their mouths or on top of their food. Start your dog off with a small dose, and build up slowly depending on how your dog reacts. Just make sure that you accurately research the product to make sure it’s of high quality and does not contain levels of THC over .3 percent, because that can make your dog sick.
CBD oil for cats is very similar to CBD oil for dogs, which is very similar for CBD oil for humans. It helps with all the same aliments, being anxiety, pain, and disease. CBD is especially useful for cats who hate traveling (as many cats do). Interestingly enough, cats have cannabis receptors on the surface of their skin, so CBD oil is effective for treating and preventing skin conditions if applied topically. Just like with dogs or any other animal, start with a low dose and see how your pet reacts, and then increase if necessary.
You cannot give your pet human CBD oil as that may have its own drawbacks. Pets have a different digestive system. Hence, it is recommended not to mix the two.
CBD should be taken in limits. A person should avoid overdosage. He/she should begin with smaller doses, and increase gradually, only if he/she finds no improvement with his/her current dose. Also, he/she should avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice with CBD. He/she should not take CBD and Warfarin at the same time as Warfarin will stay in your system for a longer duration without being broken down.
These products should be stored in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. This product is not meant for people below the age of 18. Also, it is recommended to consult your health expert if you are planning to take CBD while you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from any other medical condition.
CBD can alleviate many other disorders like aging, bone-related disorders, appetite-related disorders, mood-related disorders, neurological disorders, drug addiction, cardiovascular diseases, etc.
CBD is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is always recommended to consult your physician or health expert before using any CBD based product.