CBD is gaining a lot of publicity for its medical benefits, but we find that the general public is still relatively uninformed. As a result, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions relating to CBD.
What is CBD & what is CBD Oil?
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a naturally occurring substance in the cannabis plant. It is by far the most abundant non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and research has shown that it provides an array of medical benefits. Unlike the best-known compound THC, CBD does not provide users with a ‘high.’
CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp and is technically described as a food supplement. This is a very important distinction when compared to medical marijuana which we explain below. You can consume CBD oil by itself or add it to food or drink.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Yes! Because of the aforementioned FDA classification as a food supplement, CBD oil is legal in all 50 states. However, it must have a THC content of less than 0.3%. In contrast, ‘recreational’ cannabis could have up to 20% THC.
There is a great deal of misinformation relating to this question. A lot of people believe they need to move to a state such as Colorado because of a belief that they can only get CBD oil in states where medical marijuana is legalized. In reality, since CBD oil extracts come from industrial hemp, it is possible for sellers to ship their products nationwide.
What is the Difference between Hemp & Marijuana?
Although industrial hemp and marijuana are scientifically the same plants, they have very different genetic profiles. While marijuana can be Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis ruderalis, industrial hemp is always a strain of sativa.
In most cases, marijuana will be high in THC whereas industrial hemp is bred to contain extremely low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. As a result, hemp allows you to get the benefits of cannabis without the ‘high’ which is illegal in so many places.
What is the Best Form of CBD Oil Extraction?
Although there are numerous methods of extracting CBD oil from hemp, Supercritical CO2 extraction is by far the most efficient and safest. However, as it requires expensive equipment and scientific expertise, very few people can attempt it. Supercritical CO2 extraction provides high-quality oil with little in the way of metals or pesticides.
It is also possible to make CBD oil using butane or hexane, but this method typically leaves unsafe residues. If you wish to make it at home, the best options include the use of ethanol or olive oil to create CBD oil on a smaller scale. Regardless of the extraction method used, the hemp should be organically grown without the use of pesticides.
How Much CBD Is In The Oil?
A lot depends on the method of extraction, and you’ll find products with vastly different CBD contents all over the Internet. Certain products only have 10% CBD while there are CBD Isolate products available that contain 99% CBD. In general, the higher the CBD/THC ratio, the better. For example, the Stanley brothers of Colorado found that a CBD/THC ratio of 48:1 worked best.
Is Anything Added to the CBD Oil After Extraction?
Again, this depends on the seller and the product. As you would expect, CBD Isolate has little other than CBD in it. However, it is not uncommon to add multi-chain triglycerides (MCTs) such as coconut oil. Cannabinoids such as CBD get stored in fat rather than water when broken down. As a result, when you consume CBD with saturated fat, it works better. Coconut oil is laden with MCTs and saturated fat which processes the CBD faster and ensures it is used for energy almost immediately.
What Medical Conditions Are Treatable With CBD Oil?
At present, research relating to the medical benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, but the results are extremely encouraging and exciting. One of the most high-profile uses of CBD oil was to help a girl named Charlotte Figi to significantly reduce her medical ailments.
CBD oil is used to combat continuous pain, depression, anxiety, and stress. It interacts with a variety of receptors in the body and is capable of assisting with dozens of ailments. However, we must stress that CBD oil should NOT be purchased as a ‘cure-all.’ Nonetheless, we are confident that future research will outline precisely what CBD oil is most effective at treating. Perhaps it will reduce the nation’s reliance on painkillers.
What Are The Side Effects of CBD?
At present, there are no universal side-effects associated with CBD as hemp is considered as safe. However, it is possible that in rare cases there will be side effects as we don’t know how any individual’s body will tolerate any dietary supplement. If you’re in any doubt, speak to your physician before consuming any of our CBD oil range.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take Each Day?
Again, there is no hard and fast rule surrounding the level of CBD oil consumption. Initially, at least, we recommend taking one drop twice a day to see how it impacts your health. Different conditions will probably require varying levels of oil. For instance, the doctors that treated Charlotte Figi suggested that she should take 3-4 milligrams of CBD per pound of bodyweight for her ailment.
What is the Best CBD Oil Consumption Method?
There are different ways to consume CBD oil. Some people like to vape it while others believe it works faster when consumed orally, either by itself or with food or in a drink. You can also rub the oil on your body. However, research suggests that internal consumption works best. If you don’t like the flavor when consuming it by itself, add the CBD oil to a sweeter food to disguise the taste.