Have a question about CBD oil but not sure where to ask? Fret not – getting to grips with CBD can be confusing at first – so here’s a handy FAQ guide that should answer most of those queries. Remember that quality tends to count when it comes to picking your CBD product, and to read a dosing guide before getting started. These supplements can be incredible when you find that sometimes elusive sweet spot, so hopefully these answers will help you get there sooner rather than later.
1) What Is CBD oil?
The majority of CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp and not from marijuana plants. While they are both from the same family, hemp contains far less psychoactive THC. There are various ways of removing the residual THC to make a legal product (that does not get anyone high or flag up on drug tests!). Look for those that use CO2 processing where possible as these provide the cleanest and most organic product. CBD oil is broadly split between ‘isolates’ – whereby all but a tiny trace of THC is removed – and ‘full spectrum’ which looks to retain extra cannabinoids, terpenes, and minerals for a more balanced end product. The latter tends to contain more THC but still well below the legal maximum.
2) What Can CBD Oil Do?
People mostly take CBD oil to help alleviate various health issues. There are legal limitations that apply to these products that mean they cannot (or should not) promise to help alleviate pain, improve mental wellbeing, boost overall health, and protect against degenerative diseases. Plenty of people would agree that they do these – but never trust a company that outright claims that their products will definitely do so! Search pretty much any health condition and CBD to see how there are hundreds of possible reasons for taking CBD oil.
3) What Is The Best Way Of Taking CBD?
There are various ways of taking CBD oil – and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Until quite recently sublingual drops (held underneath the tongue) were the most common method. This allows for relatively quick and reliable absorption into the body without passing directly through the digestive system. Capsules are a handier way of taking a more precise dose but may lose as much as 30-40% efficiency as they are passed through the body. Vaping is perhaps the best way to take an immediate dose that goes straight into the bloodstream, but the effect will not last as long. Lotions/balms and edibles have similar pros and cons.
4) How Much Should I Take?
There is no exact methodology when it comes to determining how much (or little) CBD you need to experience positive effects. Everyone is different and factors such as size/age/health/body chemistry and others complicate the issue. Most dosage guides will recommend that you start low and work up gradually until you find a dose that helps. You cannot take too much CBD – excess is passed naturally straight through the body without any side effects. All you will be doing by taking too much is hurting your bank balance! We’d recommend trying different methods and considering using them together. Many people find that a sublingual routine supported by occasional vaping works very well, but each to their own.
5) Are There Really No Side Effects?
Some people report some side effects from taking CBD although there is no evidence that suggests that the extract itself can cause any ill effects. If you experience nausea, fatigue, changes to weight or appetite – then chances are that it’s going to be caused by something else. To our knowledge, nobody has ever been proven to be allergic to CBD. Quality does matter though and people do find that higher-quality organic products are more effective – so perhaps consider those if you are really concerned about reported side effects. The vast majority of people will be absolutely fine regardless of whatever dose they take.
6) Is It Legal?
CBD products are entirely legal and must contain no more than a set quantity of THC (typically 0.3%). These are sold on the high street nowadays and are approved for supplemental use by global sports anti-doping authorities. You will not fail any drugs test, become high, or unable to drive/operate machinery when taking any CBD product approved for sale. The only issue you may want to keep an eye out for is that legalities vary between countries, so check with your destination before packing your CBD into your luggage.
7) Can I Vape CBD Oil?
You should not attempt to use CBD oil designed for sublingual (oral) use in any vape device! In order to vape CBD, you will need to find e-liquids that also contain Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol (both food-approved ingredients used in a wide variety of consumable products). These are mixed at varying ratios with the CBD extract that is also used within oils.
8) What Oils Are The Best Carrying Agents?
Pay some attention to what oil is being used to help carry your CBD extract. Until recently, organic olive and coconut oils were the most common although you’ll now also find very good examples of different oils being used. Hemp is popular (unsurprisingly!) and some people prefer MCT oil as it is believed to help with better absorption into the bloodstream. How far it really makes a difference is entirely open to debate, although we’d recommend you consider the four we have mentioned here ahead of any other artifical alternatives.