Understanding CBD

Understanding CBD

Understanding CBD

There are many misconceptions about CBD that people judge before they even try to understand what it’s really about. That said, CBD is growing in popularity as its health and wellness properties are being discovered.

If you’re a CBD beginner and want to educate yourself on the ins and outs of CBD then this article is for you. We answer all the frequently asked questions we get regarding CBD.

So without further ado, let’s get straight into the Q&A…

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid (chemical) found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as cannabis or hemp. There are over 80 cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant with CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most commonly known.

Is CBD Legal?

Is CBD legal?

It depends on your country, but in the UK, western Europe, USA it is legal and highly regulated. You can get CBD prescribed medication in some countries, and of course you can buy it from the shelve as oil, food, drink and many other ways.

For CBD products to be legal it must be extracted from industrial grade hemp plants that are government approved and contain up to a maximum 0.2% THC, depending on your country.

What is CBD made of?

When we say CBD we are either talking about CBD Oil or CBD tinctures, and while they’re both CBD products they’re slightly different.

CBD oil is a blend of CBD extract and a carrier oil, like coconut oil or even hemp oil. To make a CBD oil, CBD and sometimes other compounds like terpenes and flavonoids are extracted from the hemp plant material and then mixed with the carrier oil.

CBD Tincture is an alcohol-based extract. The processing of CBD tinctures prevents oxidations, preserving the cannabinoids in the products made. They are known to be bitter, so manufacturers also use additives such as sweeteners, flavoring, or vegetable glycerin in CBD tincture products.

What is CBD used for?

CBD boasts several positive effects, such as helping you feel relaxed. It’s also used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia. In the UK and US, CBD is used to treat epilepsy with doctors prescribing it to people with severe epilepsy. And tests are underway to see its benefits for cancer, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and anxiety.

Are there any serious side effects of taking CBD? 

There aren’t thought to be any serious side effects, but ingesting CBD does pose some risks, and it can affect other medication, so it’s always good to consult your doctor if you’re taking medication, especially blood thinners.

Other side effects reported include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.

Why is CBD so popular?

CBD is popular because as we already stated above, it has many health benefits, especially for people with certain conditions. Its calming properties also allow people to feel better in themselves and are able to relax more.

CBD can make you feel better in yourself

What’s the difference between CBD Oil from marijuana or hemp plants?

There’s no real difference with CBD oil that’s been extracted from marijuana plants or hemp plants other than the THC levels in industrial hemp plants being lower. This makes CBD from hemp plants more economical to make CBD products.

How much CBD oil should I take in a day?

How much CBD oil you should take in a day depends on a few factors. First, how experienced are you? If you’re a CBD beginner, you should start by taking 10mg twice a day and then up it gradually after a week.

Even as you build up more tolerance to CBD, you should always factor in your body weight, the condition you’re treating, and your natural tolerance. That said, a study by the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) stated that 1500mg of CBD a day can be well tolerated by humans.

Will CBD show up in a drug test?

Although it’s considered a prescription drug, CBD should not show up in any general work drug test. These tests are there to trace psychoactives such as THC and other recreational drugs. Regulated CBD products can only contain trace amounts of THC, so it will not show positive in a drug test.

Is CBD oil addictive?

CBD oil is not addictive whatsoever, because it doesn’t contain any addictive compounds that you find in other substances that lead to dependance and addiction. These substances, including THC, affect the pleasure centres of your brain and make you want more after you start getting withdrawal symptoms. CBD does not affect you in this way at all.

How does CBD make you feel?

Everybody is different, but CBD can make you feel calm and relaxed, and if taken in small doses, it can also make you feel energized and alert. If you suffer from conditions such as anxiety, it can help control that, but as already stated, everybody is different.

How long does it take for CBD oil to start working?

How long it takes for CBD oil to start working depends on how you take it. If you vape it or take CBD sublingually (under your tongue) it will get into your system much quicker than say eating gummies or drinking CBD infused coffee.

Can CBD oil help me lose weight? 

CBD oil is thought to reduce food intake and boost metabolism. According to a study in Frontiers in Neuroscience CBD is known to affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors in lymphoid tissue and the brain, and as such encourages the body to use more of its fat stores as a source of energy. So, yes CBD can help you lose weight, but don’t think of it as a weight loss supplement.

Understanding CBD

So there you have it, the most common questions answered. Hopefully, now you are more aware of what CBD is and more importantly is not. But if you have any further unanswered questions, please feel free to contact us and we will answer any question you have.

We hope you enjoy your CBD journey and please share your experiences with us.

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