Cannabidiol (CBD) is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves in the mainstream. This is great news for a lot of people as CBD has so much to offer. But there are still a lot of people who don’t know much about CBD. One of those things is what CBD oil is and what it can do.
One of best ways to learn more about CBD uses is to first learn what CBD even is.
There are over 113 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids are found in cannabis plants like hemp or marijuana. One of these cannabinoids in CBD. But the most famous cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This particular cannabinoid is well-known because of the effect it has on people. THC is the cannabinoid that creates the psychoactive high that most people associate with cannabis.
Because they are both cannabinoids, there are a lot of people who think that CBD and THC are more-or-less completely the same. This is not true. CBD has no psychoactive effects. It does help create a sense of calm in the user. It doesn’t appear that CBD has any negative impact on people’s cognitive abilities.
Is CBD even legal?
With cannabis laws being so varied from state to state, this is a completely reasonable question and cause for concern. In late 2018, the United States Legislature updated and passed the Farm Bill. This bill effects a number of things, but most predominantly agricultural and food programs. In 2018, they included something new into the bill. They added an addition that made growing and selling hemp federally legal. If hemp is legal, what does that mean for CBD?
First, you should understand the difference between hemp and marijuana. Cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC content is considered hemp. Marijuana, on the other hand, can have much more THC. While hemp is naturally low in THC, it is also naturally high in CBD. When hemp was legalized, so were the products made from hemp. This means that hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC is legal across the country.
Marijuana-derived CBD may be a different story. It depends on your state’s cannabis laws.
Research on CBD is still rather preliminary, but it provides many interesting results and gives people many reasons to use CBD. The potential benefits that have been looked at the most are things like help with anxiety, inflammation, and acne. There are so many studies looking at the potential benefits of CBD, so let’s take a look at a few.
Because CBD often gives the user a feeling of calm, many studies have looked at how it can affect anxiety. One particular study that has shown promising results had people with generalized social anxiety disorder participate in public speaking. Some participants were given CBD, others were not. They found that the CBD greatly helped the participants settle their nerves and go through with the activity.
Much research has been conducted on how CBD interacts with inflammation. There is one study that focused on CBD’s effect on inflammation caused by a lung injury. The CBD had a very noticeable impact on the inflammation, helping reduce it. This is very exciting as lung injuries can be detrimental.
Many studies, like this one, have looked at CBD and epilepsy. These studies have found incredibly encouraging results. In fact, Epidiolex is a pure CBD-based medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe forms of epilepsy.
Another study (among many similar to it) was aimed at understanding what effect CBD has on acne. The researchers concluded that CBD helped reduce inflammation and sebum production associated with acne. Sebum is the oil that skin produces that can help protect the skin, but too much of it can cause acne.
As stated before, there are many reasons why people take CBD. Let’s talk about how to figure out the right amount of CBD to take.
“…if you start taking CBD, you will have to experiment a little.”
Figuring out how much to take
This is where things get a little vague. There is no set amount that anyone should take. There is not a chart that you can look at that is based on something like height and weight. This is because everyone reacts to CBD a little bit differently. It doesn’t seem to matter how much two people are alike, they will likely require different amounts of CBD.
This means that if you start taking CBD, you will have to experiment a little. The best way to go about that is to take it slow and begin with low doses. With that low dose, wait a little while to see how it makes you feel. If you feel like you can or should add more, then do. It will take time, so be patient.
How you take the CBD may make a difference as well. Some forms of CBD product take longer to kick in than others, which may make you think that you need more when you do not. One of the fastest ways to get effects from your CBD is by putting CBD oil drops directly into your mouth. This is because they will absorb directly into the bloodstream that way. However, if the oils are mixed in with food, they are likely to take longer. This is because they need to digest before the CBD can enter the system. The same goes for CBD edibles like gummies. CBD creams and topicals are likely to work fairly quickly. The effects from topicals are going to be much more localized. You cannot put CBD cream on your arm and feel it everywhere else.
If you are on any medications, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional before you start taking CBD. Certain medications do not mix with CBD very well. So, it is best to talk to someone to be sure to cover your bases.
Other than the potential of being a poor mix with some medication, there are no serious side effects associated with CBD. There can be some negative side effects with CBD. They normally include fatigue and mild nausea. The best way to avoid these is by following the same advice that we have for figuring out how much to take; keep your servings as small as possible. If you notice any negative side effects, stop taking the CBD until they pass.