CBD is everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how it works or even what it is.
There are a ton of CBD oil FAQs that come to us on the regular, so we thought we’d group them together and lay them all out.
If you’re curious about CBD, or just have a question you feel like you should know the answer to, you might just find it here!
Our Top CBD Oil FAQs
1. What is CBD Oil?
First things first. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of the many different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
There are two different types of CBD oil out there:
- Hemp-based CBD oil
- Marijuana-based CBD oil
Both contain CBD, and both come from the cannabis plant, but hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the plant. The main source of most CBD oil on the market today is the hemp plant.
You can read more about what CBD oil right here.
2. How does it work?
Your body has something called an endocannabinoid system. It’s found all throughout your body – your brain, organs, and central nervous system. It helps keep things balanced.
Your body produces endocannabinoids and these interact with the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) throughout the system. You can increase the cannabinoids in your body with CBD oil.
CBD oil works by indirectly impacting the various receptors, causing some sort of change.
Learn more about supporting your endocannabinoid system here.
3. Are there side effects?
More research is being done all the time, but according to a report from the World Health Organization, ““CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC… Across a number of controlled and open label trials CBD of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD it is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.”
As for drug interactions, there have been no reported effects, but we recommend taking CBD 2 hours before or after other medications.
4. Will CBD oil get you high?
While some CBD products do contain trace amounts of THC, it’s typically not enough to cause any type of euphoric effect.
THC is the compound found in the cannabis plant that makes you feel “high.” This is because it activates CB1 receptors in the brain associated with euphoria, relaxation, and short-term memory impairment.
CBD, on the other hand, is actually a CB1 antagonist. So, instead of making you feel stoned, it actually blocks THC’s intoxicating effects. Look for a product that contains less than 0.3% THC.
You can find out what the World Health Organization says about this here.
5. How do you use it?
There are several different ways to use CBD oil:
- Tincture (our favorite method for administration)
- Topicals (salves)
We like tinctures because they’re really versatile. With a tincture, you can take the CBD directly under your tongue, where it gets absorbed right into your bloodstream. You can also add it to some of your favorite recipes to make getting your daily dose easy.
6. Is CBD legal?
In December 2018, the Farm Bill legalized CBD that is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC. That means, at the federal level, CBD is legal across the United States.
That said, there are some state-specific rules, such as the amount of THC allowed, or if it can be sold in food and drinks, so be sure to check what your state’s rules are.
7. Is CBD addictive?
No, there is no evidence that CBD oil is addictive.
Again we turn to the World Health Organization’s report, which says “The evidence from well controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.”
Abuse potential means the likelihood that abuse of a particular drug or substance will occur.
You can read more about this right here.
8. What’s the difference between full spectrum and CBD isolate?
The cannabis plant contains 483 known compounds. About 60 of those are cannabinoids. CBD is just one of those compounds.
Full spectrum CBD is made with an extract that contains all or nearly all of the beneficial compounds naturally present in the cannabis plant.
On the other hand, CBD isolate is just CBD compound isolated. It doesn’t contain any of the other active compounds found in the cannabis plant – it’s just pure CBD.
Which one is better? Check this out.
9. What’s the best way to store it?
The best way to store your CBD is out of direct sunlight. A dry pantry is a good option. You can store it in the fridge, but if it gets too thick, opt for the cupboard.
Also keep it away from direct heat. Keep it out of cupboards near appliances that give off heat.
As for the container, it’s best to keep your CBD in the same bottle it came in.
10. Where can I buy CBD oil?
You may have noticed that you can find CBD just about everywhere: the corner gas station, your local grocery store, and of course, online.
But should you buy it just anywhere? There are a wide range of qualities when it comes to CBD. So you should look for a reputable supplier, with high quality, organic hemp as a source. Also check the certificate of analysis to make sure what’s on the label is actually inside the bottle.
How do you tell the difference between high quality and low quality CBD? Use these tips.
Despite its popularity, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding CBD and how it works. We hope these CBD oil FAQs have helped clear the waters a little for you.
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