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What is CBD Oil? Benefits, Dosage & Effects

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Education Posted Jun 13 2020

You may have noticed over the past few years that shops selling "CBD" have begun to pop up everywhere. What was once a niche product has turned into a nationwide phenomenon, but a lot of people still don't know what it is. What is CBD oil good for? What does CBD oil do? What are the health benefits of CBD oil? Are there side effects of CBD oil? Read through our answers to these commonly asked questions to get a better understanding of this popular medicinal product.

What is CBD Oil?

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There are hundreds of chemical compounds within a cannabis plant. Not surprisingly, the two most prominent are also the most sought after: THC and CBD. While THC provides the "high" associated with marijuana use, CBD has been found to have no psychoactive effects. Instead, the effects of CBD are widely thought to be therapeutic in nature.

CBD oil can be extracted from two different types of cannabis plants: marijuana and hemp. CBD extracted from a marijuana plant will also include low doses of THC. Together, CBD and THC create an entourage effect - it is commonly believed this combination helps unlock the full therapeutic potential of cannabis.

On the other hand, CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant (a relative of the marijuana plant) does not contain any meaningful amounts of THC. This is not to be confused with hemp oil, which does not contain any CBD and is instead collected from the plant's seeds (hemp oil side effects and purposes vary from CBD oil).

What is CBD Oil Used For?

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As it does not provide a high by itself, CBD oil is commonly used for alternative medicinal purposes. Based off initial study results and consumer findings, the health benefits of CBD oil may offer a wide range of symptom relief. While the FDA has not approved most of the products available on the market, studies suggest that CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system to help combat different diseases and ailments. It is important to note that CBD is currently classified as a supplement. Therefore, it is not meant to be used as the sole medication for any ailment or condition.

What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

Cannabis related studies are being conducted at a higher rate than ever, and what we know about the uses for CBD oil grows as interest increases. Currently, there is a knowledge base with various positive findings. Here's a list of medical conditions CBD is thought to help counteract:

What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

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The health benefits look to be promising, but is CBD oil safe? To date, no tests have shown serious side effects of CBD. The World Health Organization published a report that stated no public health concerns have yet to be confirmed in relation to the use of CBD, including dependence or abuse. The only known CBD side effects include nausea, fatigue, irritability, and the possible alteration of other medication levels. This lack of concerning side effects is one of the more promising benefits of CBD.

That being said, the most important thing to remember when using CBD is that, since it's not regulated, products may not be quality controlled. If you're considering CBD as a supplement for symptom relief, consult your doctor and only use brands you can trust for increased safety.

What is An Appropriate Dosage of CBD Oil?

Since CBD is unregulated, there are no official guidelines for CBD oil dosage. We recommend consulting your doctor before using CBD for medical purposes. And regardless of what symptoms you're attempting to alleviate, it's smart to begin with very small doses. Since CBD oil will most likely come in a bottle dropper, it's easy to increase the amount by one drop at a time. This way, you can slowly test what levels best suit your needs. It's also good to keep track of how much CBD oil you're ingesting at any given time. The amount of CBD per drop (or per bottle) should be listed on the packaging.

Vaping CBD oil is trickier to dose because the amount of CBD ingested depends on the concentration and how much you inhale. If you're new to CBD oil, start with small, infrequent hits. Then, like with a dropper bottle, increase the frequency until you feel you've found what works best for your body.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

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Federal, state, and FDA stances on CBD are largely muddled, but there's an overall trend toward nationwide legalization. The 2018 Farm Bill made the production and sale of hemp and its extracts federally legal. As long as CBD comes from hemp and has less than .3% THC, it's legal under federal law. However, CBD laws still vary by state, especially in regard to CBD extracted from the marijuana plant. Many states (i.e. Tennessee, Hawaii, Virginia, Ohio) have no CBD restrictions, while others have laws limiting aspects like consumption methods. For example, Arizona does not allow CBD to be sold or used via food or beverage. Additionally, there are several states that still resist legalization altogether, such as Nebraska and Idaho.

Where Can I Find CBD Oil?

CBD oil has become increasingly more accessible over the past few years, and the culture surrounding its use continues to grow. If you're interested in trying CBD oil to potentially benefit from its reported effects, search nearby stores (many states allow for brick and mortar shops), look online for available CBD products and contact professionals (like budtenders at a dispensary) who can help find what's right for you.

For more information about CBD news, products, and legislation, check out our blog. Our website is dedicated to offering a community where cannabis products (both CBD and THC) can be easily searched and reviewed, and where relevant industry news can be explored and shared.

Have you tried CBD oil before? Did you like it? Share your story in the comments below!

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