The Short Answer to The Top 7 Questions About CBD
Deciding whether or not to use CBD oil and which product is right for you can be a complicated process. There’s a lot of information available online about CBD, and not all of it is correct.
For starters, there are currently no rules for what can be called CBD oil. A company can put a few drops of CBD in a bucket of oil and market it as CBD oil, so you need to do your homework to find a reputable brand.
Other points of confusion include whether or not CBD oil is illegal, whether it’s addictive, how much you should take and how much is too much, does it make you tired, can it cause you to fail a drug test, and so on. These are just a few of the questions that people have when they first start learning about CBD oil, and there are many more.
To help sort out some of the basics, here are short answers to the top 6 questions about CBD oil.
What is CBD oil?
The sticky, resinous flowers of the cannabis plant produce abundant oily compounds. One family of compounds produced in cannabis is known as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the cannabinoids. Another, known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the cannabinoid which causes a high. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating. CBD-rich oils can be produced from both marijuana and hemp. However, the CBD oil made from hemp is essentially devoid of THC. To make CBD oil, the raw extract of hemp flowers is filtered and distilled to produce a palatable product. In some cases, this refined oil is mixed with other food-grade oils such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil to produce the final product.
What are the benefits/effects of taking CBD?
Compounds found in CBD oil are thought to have a wide array of health benefits. The most common reasons given by those who use CBD oil are:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Help with sleep
- Tame digestive issues
- Alleviate allergic reactions
- Reduce seizures, tics, etc.
- Treat skin conditions
This is just a short list. CBD is currently being studied as a treatment for dozens of medical conditions.
Can you take too much CBD?
CBD oil is one of the safest and most well-tolerated supplements available. It’s non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, non-intoxicating, and non-addictive. There are no known cases of anyone ever being harmed by an overdose of CBD.
Does CBD oil make you tired?
Some CBD researchers believe that deficiencies in our own naturally produced endocannabinoids can result in sleep disorders. Studies show that CBD not only helps people sleep at night, in some cases, but it also helps users to be more wakeful and focused during the day. However, for those who do not have sleep disorders, CBD might cause a condition known as somnambulism, which simply means feeling sleepy during the day. For many daily users, this condition passes after a week or two of use.
Is CBD illegal?
Hemp CBD oil was recently removed from the DEA’s list of controlled substances and is no longer federally illegal. However, in some states, it’s still treated the same as marijuana. So be careful. Check your local laws. Even in states where it’s not exactly legal, there are usually shops that sell CBD products. It’s somewhat rare for local law enforcement officials to take any action against stores that sell CBD, and now that it’s federally legal the number of such incidences is bound to fall.
Can CBD show up/test positive in a drug test?
No. Standard drug tests don’t test for CBD use; they test for THC use. Hemp CBD oil contains negligible amounts of THC well below a level that might cause a positive test result for marijuana use.
How much CBD oil should I take?
This is one question where there is no one answer that suits all people. First of all, because everyone produces different amounts of human endocannabinoids, the phytocannabinoids found in hemp affect each person differently. Furthermore, your ideal dosage depends heavily on whether or not you’re taking CBD oil to treat a particular medical condition. As a general guideline those who are taking CBD oil daily as a dietary supplement to maintain good health use anywhere from 5 milligrams a day up to 100 milligrams a day. If you’re treating a serious medical condition, those number can go much higher.
You need to do your homework to determine the ideal dosage for you. And if you are considering using CBD oil to treat any serious medical condition, you should consult with a knowledgeable medical professional.