How Does CBD work? [The Ultimate Guide] 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. What is this resource for?
  2. What is CBD: An Introduction
    1. What is CBD?
  3. Cannabis and CBD: Through the History Pages
  4. The CBD Map
    1. State Specific Rules Around CBD Extracts
    2. Note on Canada and other international destinations
  5. CBD: Raw To Refined
  6. How CBD Works In the Body: The Endocannabinoid System
    1. The Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”)
    2. Endocannabinoids
    3. How CBD Interacts with the body
  7. The Medical Uses of CBD
    1. Physiological actions of Endocannabinoids
    2. The side-effects of CBD
  8. The Future  Belongs To CBD
  9. The Safety and Efficacy of CBD [FAQ]
  10. How to Use CBD the Right Way?
  11. How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?
  12. Which Route of CBD Administration is Best for You?
  13. What Is Full Spectrum CBD: The Entourage Effect
  14. Choosing the Best CBD Product
  15. Top 10 Myths about CBD
  16. The Future Is CBD

What is this resource for?

We strive to make the whole client process convenient. Educating customers is our number one priority in client service given the growing and fast-changing CBD industry and the vast amounts of dubious information around the internet.

Below you will find a number of different sections providing most answers required to make an informed decision when buying CBD products.

If you have further questions and require more details, please contact our customer support line at 800 454 0472 or visit our contact us page.


What is CBD: An Introduction

Over the turn of the 21st century, CBD or cannabidiol went from being a little known molecule to one of the potentially most significant medical breakthroughs that have touched millions of lives around the globe due to its potential holistic healing and medical benefits. CBD is now hailed as the holy grail of alternative medicine owing to its holistic healing potential.

During the last decade, CBD hit the shelves in a variety of formulations. You can eat CBD, drink it, rub it on your skin and even vape it. Cannabidiol has shown great potential so far from both business and therapy point of view.

Overcoming the legal, ethical and societal implications associated with CBD use and establishing its therapeutic indications, safe dosage, adverse effects and proper dispensing are some of the biggest challenges associated with CBD use. Below we have collected all the most recent information to help you navigate this fast growing industry.

What is CBD?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a member of the phytocannabinoids family and is one of the hundreds of compounds derived from the cannabis plant (mostly from the non-psychoactive strains of cannabis called hemp in legal terms).

The cannabis plant yields yet another widely-known compound THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. The two compounds differ from each other in their intoxicating potential. While THC induces a high state in users, CBD does not, which makes CBD ideal for personal use.

CBD has gripped the attention of the medical community due to its high therapeutic potential. The compound has anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-oxidant, analgesic and many other properties which make it a rallying point for the medical community for the potential treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions.

Cannabis and CBD: Through the History Pages

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The historical records make it quite evident that the use of cannabis for medical purposes dates back to ancient times. One of the earliest fossils indicates that cannabis was first used for medical purposes around 400 AD, while the use of hemp for fibre dates back to c. 10,000 years.

Unfortunately, during the 20th century, part of US Pharmacopoeia as a recognized medicinal plant, cannabis was removed from its listing a century later due to its abuse potential.

The act spurred an outcry from the pharmacists and physicians who recognized the medicinal potential of cannabis, arguing that cannabis addiction was in no way an outcome of the medicinal use of cannabis. Despite the resistance of the medical community, the law was implemented and led to the immediate withdrawal of all cannabis-based products from the markets.

Now cannabis and particularly CBD is making a huge come back becoming a widely used product across the globe, with even the World Health Organization recommending in 2018 that the status of CBD as a controlled substance should be revised due to its non-psychoactive nature and no potential for abuse.

CBD History Infographic

The CBD Map

There are a number of countries where cannabis has been legalized, decriminalized, or just socially mainstreamed enough to permit its justified uses.

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp derived CBD with 0.0% THC is now considered legal in all 50 states. However, some states are slow to adopt this change and have specific rules around CBD. We provide some details around state legislation below.

Again, all this is partly due to the federal drug laws categorizing cannabidiol alongside marijuana in general as a schedule 1 controlled drug. Despite this legal confusion, it is highly unlikely that the government would pursue users of CBD, especially in light of the 2018 Farm Bill discussed above.

While federal law stands bold and alone, the state law about the legality of CBD varies from state to state which is why it is important to know the local laws.

CBD Map Infographic

State Specific Rules Around CBD Extracts

Please check the latest state-specific laws when buying and using CBD, especially if you live in the following states:

Alabama HB 61 or Leni’s Law (2016) permits physicians to refer patients to CBD product for an expanded array of conditions. Furthermore, the same law gives dispensaries and individuals legal defense for possession and use of CBD oil. Generally, the conditions specified include chronic pain and severe conditions resistant to conventional medical solutions. Extracts with less than 3% THC are currently allowed.

Florida – With Senate Bill 1030 (2014), residents of the State of Florida have the ability to purchase CBD products. Additionally, the same bill allowed the State to collect patient treatment information for research related to severe cases of epilepsy. The same conditions were addressed with Amendment 2, but the petition is currently pending. The limitations that are currently in force limit products to 0.8% THC and at least 10% CBD by weight of product.

Georgia – The Governor officially signed House Bill 1 (2015) to enable the sale of CBD extracts, allow the use of cannabis and CBD products for severe cases. Moreover, this legislative act enables the University System of Georgia to develop THC and CBD research programs with FDA trial compliance. Georgia is pretty lax compared to other states, with the rules saying that a product has to contain below 5% THC and at least 5% CBD. Additionally, CBD has to be least in an equal amount compared to THC.

Iowa – cannabidiol was first legalized by SF 2360 or the Medical Cannabidiol Act of 2014. In 2017, the act was repealed by HF 524, now officially Section 124E. As of currently, there is no recognition for US citizens that have a permanent residency out-of-state.

Idaho – In 2015, SB 1146 was vetoed by the governor, but there is still a lack of clarity when it comes to possession and sale of CBD extracts. There is no definition in terms of points of sale for any kid of CBD product.

Indiana – Indiana has a particularly interesting legislative act on this subject, HB 1148. This act defines cannabidiol and establishes a special registry for individuals who have the medical need to use CBD extracts. Defenses were established to possession of marijuana and the violation of regulated CBD use, transport and sale. The regulations state that a product has to have at least 5% CBD with no more than 0.3% THC by weight.

Kentucky – With the Clara Medline Gilliam Act or SB 124, cannabidiol was exempted from the definition of marijuana. Furthermore, public universities and medical facilities were granted permission to test CBD for clinical purposes, under strict supervision by FDA and in compliance with the FDA’s access programs. Only “cannabidiol” is defined with no further measures and details.

Mississippi House Bill 1231 allowed the authorization of a program for research and legal dispensing of CBD. Several other sections of previous law were amended, including some very unpleasant acts relating to property seizure in terms of violating laws against cannabis possession. Resins with 15% CBD and 0.5% of THC by weight are considered in Mississippi state legislature.

Missouri – With HB 2238, CBD oil care centers and cultivation facilities were officially legalized. With Amendment 2 (2018), the initial bill was expanded but it is currently pending as of April 2019. The products allowed have to have at least 5% of CBD in relation to official product weight for them to be deemed legal.

North Carolina – CBD products were officially legalized with HB 1220 (2014) or the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act. Universities were granted permission to study and conduct experiments with FDA-approved CBD products only in terms of testing. HB 776 (2015) removed the pilot moniker from the legislative act, fully expanding the definition of products to be composed of at least 5% of CBD, 0.9% THC and no other psychoactive substances.

Oklahoma – everything began with HB 2154, relating to possible changes in CBD-related legislature. A new medical program was approved by voters in 2018 and officially became SQ 788. The details haven’t been clarified yet and there are no indications to CBD and THC limitations in CBD extracts and other products.

South Carolina SB 1025 (2014) allowed the use and purchase of CBD products from approved sources and verified distributors. However, some have implemented this law to allow both caregivers and patients to produce their own CBD products without legal repercussions.  The regulations for the products themselves require each separate product to contain over 15% CBD and no more than 0.9% of THC. Additionally, lab-synthesized products have to have at least 98% CBD and no more than 0.90% THC.

Tennessee – with SB 2531 (2014), a four-year study of CBD products has commenced at TN Tech University. A second bill, HB 197 (2015) added some valuable regulations to the legislature. There are no limitations in terms of cannabidiol, but CBD oil cannot contain more than 0.9% THC. Interestingly, there is protection for any individual that has purchased a CBD extract or other product legally, regardless of the location within the US.

Texas – State Senate passed SB 339 (2015) or the Texas Compassionate Use Act. With this bill, CBD products are limited to have no less than 10% of cannabidiol and no more than 0.5% of THC. Research is funded by the Department of Public Safety.

Utah – passed HB 105 (2014) or the Hemp Extract Registration Act which technically allowed higher education institutions to cultivate hemp for research purposes, without any additional clarity. Proposition 2 (2018) expanded the CBD legislation in Utah, with details still pending. As of now, the permitted products cannot contain less than 15% CBD or .3% THC.

Virginia – things get a little tricky. Even though HB 1445 has been passed, there is no in-state means of acquiring cannabis products in a legal manner. However, possession is allowed for CBD extracts and products that contain at least 15% CBD or THC-A, with no more than 5% THC.

Wisconsin – according to AB 726 (2013 Act 267), physicians and medical personnel can get a license permit by the FDA to dispense cannabidiol to patients that have seizure disorders. If a patient is qualified, they may obtain CBD products from an out-of-state dispensary that allows out-of-state patients to use their products and services. There are no THC or CBD levels defined whatsoever.

Wyoming HB 32 (2015) was passed to henceforth allow medical use of hemp, hemp products and hemp extracts. There are no in-state means to purchase nor produce CBD products. The legal limit for possession is no more than 0.3% THC and no less than 5% CBD by weight.

Note on Canada and other international destinations

While it is legal to buy CBD and other hemp and cannabis products in Canada following the legalization vote in 2018, currently delivering CBD products to Canada requires a special exemption. As such, full risk of merchandise loss lies with the customer in case the products are confiscated at the border and no refunds or reshipping is offered.

Please check our Shipping and Returns policy for further information. This also applies to any international orders. So please check your local laws and regulations before making an order.

CBD: Raw To Refined

Cannabidiol was first isolated in the early 20th century. Since then, the CBD industry has seen significant technological advancements. Extraction techniques have become more sophisticated and refined.

This section discusses the entire journey of the cannabidiol from its raw to refined form in detail.

Hemp passes through multiple stages before it reaches the consumer as a CBD product:

CBD: Raw To Refined

How CBD Works In the Body: The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis sativa plant yields about 104 cannabinoids and over 600 other non-cannabinoid compounds. Out of these, the two primary cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Phytocannabinoids, including CBD, act on the human body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”)

The endocannabinoid system persisted through the evolution process and is found in humans and animals. It helps maintain the balance within the human body. The ECS lies at the core of neurological, psychological and immunological functions of the body. Defects in the functions of the ECS at various levels are thought to be the underlying basis for many diseases.

As much as we know about medicine, the ECS is still a large mystery. What we do know is that some people have a more sensitive ECS, which leads to stronger and better effects from CBD. There are still no clear indications as to how CBD exactly affects the ECS and if there are some ways to artificially replicate the contact for more extensive research in the future.

Endocannabinoids

The human body produces its own ‘cannabinoids’ – the endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids are structurally similar which is why our bodies respond to the action of phytocannabinoids, like CBD.

While they are important to the inner workings of our organism, endocannabinoids don’t have a profound effect on the organism like CBD does. They merely regulate all the important functions of the organism. CBD, in a way, is an aid that you can use to “repair” the endocannabinoid system and return your organism to normal.

How CBD Interacts with the body

The whole mechanism of interaction of phytocannabinoids with the cannabinoid receptors can be compared to a “lock and key model”.

In natural “lock and key” system, CBD receptors are the locks whereas endocannabinoids are the keys. It takes the key (the endocannabinoids) to fit into the lock (the cannabinoid receptors) in order to trigger the mechanisms that eventually result in the physiological bodily responses.

When the lock is opened, the ECS uses hormones and neural impulses to cause a certain effect in the body. It can be pain alleviation, the appearance of hunger or something else. Think of the ECS as a gateway to all the individual functions an organism can perform.

The phytocannabinoids, like CBD, are the “pick-locks”. Being structurally similar to the endocannabinoids, they perfectly fit into the receptors and stimulate the receptors, eventually mediating the same actions as the endocannabinoids.

However, CBD and other cannabinoids can be administered in any quantity you want, giving you the ability to “fine-tune” your organism and amplify the effects you wish to see.

How CBD Interacts with the body
CBD interactions with the body

The Medical Uses of CBD

CBD products have a widespread role in potentially alleviating various ailments.

However, a consensus is still being established between the scientific community and lawmakers, before it can be labeled in a similar fashion as the pharmaceutical drugs or health supplements.

Physiological actions of Endocannabinoids

CBD is considered safe and effective to use and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that strongly supports the role of CBD in relieving a variety of symptoms and conditions.

However, before you use any CBD products, you should consult your doctor for professional advice regarding your specific condition and suitability of CBD considering any personal circumstances. Any information below is for information purposes only and the research in CBD field is on-going before medical guidelines are established.

By interacting with the receptors within ECS, endocannabinoids (and thus phytocannabinoids like CBD) regulate various physiological and biological functions of the body including:

CBD benefits

Some of these processes can be altered or improved with CBD, but there still isn’t enough concrete evidence for anyone to claim CBD helps in all cases. All we can rely on is existing research and circumstantial evidence from other patients, doctors and scientists. The FDA has a notoriously strict set of criteria that determine whether a certain substance can be mass-produced as medication.

There is no way to tell how long will it take for some CBD-based drugs to get approved, but we can only place our faith in existing research and whatever comes out of it. You are free to try CBD on your own, but consider yourself neither the rule nor the exception to the rule. There is a lot to do with the way our organism and metabolism work, which may result in the CBD working or not working.

The side-effects of CBD

CBD is considered one of the safest and best-tolerated substances. There are only three known side-effects across all studies that have been written on the subject:

  1. Diarrhea. Some people have a more sensitive ECS, especially the glands in the esophagus. As CBD directly interacts with the endocannabinoid system, some people experience light diarrhea. Usually, the digestive tract gets used to the CBD and the symptom goes away in less than a day.
  2. Fatigue. The endocannabinoid system is particularly involved in regulating energy level. You might experience fatigue if you’re trying CBD for the first time. It’s just your body getting used to the substance. Scientists aren’t sure why this happens, though.
  3. Changes in appetite. Almost all cannabinoids affect appetite. Your body might need to readjust to the new treatment, so you might experience excessive hunger or no hunger whatsoever. Talk to your doctor about establishing the right diet in this case. This symptom varies in length from patient to patient.

The Future  Belongs To CBD

Although the medical implications of CBD are known, there is a dire need for extensive research to provide the medical and clinical basis of these effects. There is a need to establish specific guidelines regarding therapeutic indications, safety, dosage and toxicity of CBD, a feat which is possible only through rigorous research and clinical trials.

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The Safety and Efficacy of CBD [FAQ]

While CBD has become quite popular, the available research resources are still limited. Below we explore the safety and potential adverse effects of cannabidiol based on what we know so far.

Does CBD Cause Intoxication?

To cut through the clutter, no. CBD lacks the psycho-stimulant properties associated with THC and does not intoxicate the users.

Is CBD Safe To Use?

  • CBD can be safely tolerated to a very high dose-up to 100 milligrams in a single dose.
  • Chronic use of CBD has been reported to be well tolerated in humans.
  • So far research has revealed no harmful effects of cannabidiol on embryonic development.
  • Due to lack of effective research data, pregnant women are advised against using CBD during pregnancy. It is recommended that lactating mothers should avoid using CBD in any form while nursing.

Is CBD toxic?

Cannabidiol is non-toxic in normal human cells and it also does not affect blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature according to currently available research.

Is It Possible To Become CBD-Dependent?  

Controlled studies show no signs and symptoms of dependency (e.g. withdrawal effects and tolerance).

Can CBD be abused?

The non-addictive and non-stimulating effects of CBD make it ideal non-conventional therapy for treating a variety of medical ailments with no or little abuse potential.

Can You Overdose on CBD?

Keep in mind that it is next to impossible to overdose on CBD if you use it sensibly. Most of the ailments require only small quantities of CBD for relief.

High doses of CBD are considered to be around 10,000 milligrams per dose which translates to roughly 133 milligrams for every kilogram of body weight. There is absolutely no reason why you should take that much amount of CBD, even for severe symptoms (see sections “Is CBD Safe To Use?” and “How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?” for further information).

The Adverse Effects of CBD

CBD has not been linked with any life-threatening adverse effects. Common side effects noted with cannabidiol use include Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Somnolence, Fatigue, Dry mouth and Cough.

A Little About CBD Drug Interactions

Cannabidiol has the potential to influence a number of drugs. This is because CBD is metabolized by the cytochrome system in the liver. Consult your doctor before using CBD!

Does CBD Have Any Contraindications?

Cannabidiol is contraindicated in certain conditions. The absolute contraindications of cannabidiol include Acute psychosis and any unstable psychiatric illness. The relative contraindications of CBD include Cardiovascular disorders, Immune disorders, Liver or kidney disease and Arrhythmia.

How to Use CBD the Right Way?

The medical use of cannabis and hemp products is still in infantile stages which is why the correct usage of CBD is a confusing topic.

CBD Questions

These questions come to the mind of every CBD user at some point and this section is about to address all these questions. In order to navigate these waters, it is vital to first understand the different types of CBD products being marketed.

Ever since CBD became a popular alternative therapy, a number of products have been introduced. People can now eat, drink, apply topically and even vape CBD.

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How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?

Since CBD is not an FDA approved drug, there are no clear-cut guidelines regarding its dosage. When it comes to using CBD, keep one thing in mind: every single person is different. If one person is benefiting from CBD capsules of a certain dose, it does not necessarily mean that the same product in exactly the same dosage will be helpful for another person as well.

As there is no optimal CBD dosage that would suit everyone, CBD works differently for everyone. You can calculate the dose of CBD that you need if you know:

  • Your body weight
    • People who are heavier have a larger organism, meaning that it takes a larger amount of CBD to cause the same effects. Talk to your doctor about this and let him give you an educated guess.
  • The severity of symptoms
    • Depending on the symptom you want to treat, you may have to use varying amounts of CBD. The key to knowing the right dosage is writing everything down and knowing how to compare previous effects to current ones. Like with everything, you need to organize yourself the right way.
  • The concentration of CBD in the product
    • You want to pick the purest possible products, so that you know exactly how much CBD did you take and how much can you take. The best possible solution is products that are 95% and above on the scale of CBD purity.

Below we provide an indicative guide for dosing CBD:

CBD Dosage

Remember!

If you are already taking CBD or about to trek down the CBD path, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to use CBD correctly and safely.

  • Always consult a doctor before you start using cannabidiol.
  • Always play safe. Start with a low dose of CBD.
  • Wait for a suitable amount of time before deciding that the current dose of CBD is insufficient to meet your needs and enhancing its dose.
  • Adjust the dose based on your symptoms.

To correctly dose your CBD, you need to do the following things:

  • Pick the right starting dose. Unfortunately, this has to be an estimate. Make sure that it’s not too much, but also that it’s not too low of a dosage that you won’t feel. If you’re not sure, pick a slightly bigger dosage. You can scale it down easily.
  • Write everything down. Have a notebook or an app where you can track how much CBD you take. This is important for establishing the right dosage for long-term use. If a particular dosage doesn’t cause the desired effects, just add a bit to it and write down the new one. When you find the right dosage, mark it and don’t change it.
  • If your symptoms worsen, gradually increase the dosage. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t do this on your own and that a doctor needs to advise you throughout the process. Before anything, visit the doctor and find out about the most effective solution. If you’re not feeling better from CBD, you shouldn’t put up with the symptoms.
  • Be patient. In some cases, the body needs to get used to the CBD. Don’t immediately change to a larger dose. Give every single dose a 3-5 day period to see how it works. If you start feeling better, then your body has gotten used to the CBD and you don’t need to alter the dosage. Patience pays off – you won’t waste CBD and you will accomplish what you’ve set out to.
  • Dosing edible products and drinks is much easier than CBD oil, vape pens and nose sprays. Every manufacturer is legally obliged to put information about dosage so that users know how much to eat. Respect the label! They aren’t there without reason, so you shouldn’t eat more than what is written on the packaging.

Which Route of CBD Administration is Best for You?

Not all CBD that you eat or inhale reaches you in its entirety. Most of it is metabolized into its component parts by your body (liver, for example). Bio-availability pertains to the degree of absorption of CBD. In simpler words, it is the amount of CBD which is actually able to make it to your bloodstream after passing through different stages of metabolism.

Below is a brief comparison of bio-availability of CBD through different routes of administration:

  • Oral route (oil/capsules/edibles): The reported bio-availability of phytocannabinoids via oral route is 6-20%.
  • Oromucosal (Lozenges/sprays): The bio-availability of CBD via this route is around 12-35%.
  • Inhalation: Smoking or vaping can deliver CBD anywhere between 2-56% to your bloodstream.

What Is Full Spectrum CBD: The Entourage Effect

Contrary to the popular belief, CBD alone is not responsible for the full range of therapeutic potential of the hemp plant.  Being “full spectrum” means that the CBD product also retains all the original compounds derived from the hemp plant.

These other compounds significantly contribute to the therapeutic properties associated with the hemp plant. Compounds other than CBD present in full-spectrum cannabis products include:

  • Terpenes: limonene, myrcene, α‐pinene, Linalool, β‐caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, nerolidol and phytol
  • Phytocannabinoids: THC, CBG and others
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Flavonoids
  • Essential proteins
  • Omega fatty acids

Together, these compounds exert the “entourage effect” which implies that the combined effects of all these compounds derived from the hemp plant are more potent than any of these compounds alone.

In 2008, McPartland and his fellow researchers established that the herbal plants have inherent poly-pharmaceutical properties, proving that the combined effects of the secondary compounds found in cannabis extracts are ‘greater than the sum of their parts.

Choosing the Best CBD Product

The CBD market is booming and unfortunately, every opportunist is trying to get his share of the gold.

Few of the CBD manufacturers retain trade ethics and produce carefully-extracted, high-quality products. We are one the leading industry name and are known well for superior quality cannabidiol based products, specially made for those who want to feel better and feel safe while using CBD based products.

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How to Select the Best CBD Product?

The biggest challenge is choosing the perfect CBD based product that meets all your needs and delivers the desired health effects.

Here are some of the tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Go for organically grown hemp extracts.
  • Select extracts made using Supercritical CO2 CBD extraction. Only the CBD extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide is free of all kinds of residues and is the purest form of CBD.
  • Ask for third-party product testing certification. Third party validation means that the product has been tested in a laboratory and free of all kinds of additives. It proves that the product is toxin-free and safe for use.
  • Consider your specific health needs (when choosing the method of ingestion).

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Top 10 Myths about CBD That Need To Be Busted

Over the years a number of myths have become associated with CBD and it is imperative to address these misconceptions and separate the facts from fiction before they become deep-rooted. This section is about busting the popular myths associated with CBD use.

1. Using Higher Doses of CBD Is More Beneficial

Dose requirements of CBD vary from one person to another. A higher amount of CBD is therapeutically less effective as it doesn’t give the organism enough time to absorb all the cannabidiol molecules. Our endocannabinoid system can only absorb and respond to so much CBD. Overloading it doesn’t help with your condition, nor does it have any long-term benefits. In addition to this, using too much CBD can take a toll on you financially.

2. CBD Converts to THC in the Stomach

It does not. CBD and THC are two completely different substances. THC is the psychedelic compound of cannabis and causes the notorious “high feeling.”

CBD products usually contain no THC, but those that do – it’s never over 0.3%, which is an insufficient amount to have any effects. These two substances cannot transform into each other – it’s physically and chemically impossible, so you have no need to worry.

3. CBD Is Legal In All 50 States

While now legal under 2018 Farm Bill, state laws vary (see “The CBD Map” for more information). You cannot just purchase or possess CBD at any location in the United States. State law still reigns supreme over federal law and most states still haven’t specified the details concerning CBD legality.

Contact a lawyer if you’re unsure about individual state laws or if you intend to travel. Some states require you to register and others do not recognize out-of-state patients.

4. Hemp and Marijuana Are the Same

Despite the fact that both the plants belong to the same genus of Cannabis, hemp and marijuana are two different species in legal terms. Hemp is the cannabis strain that contains less than 0.3% THC.

Term marijuana is mostly used for recreational cannabis that causes a psychoactive effect when smoked. Hemp contains almost no THC whatsoever and is used in a variety of industrial environments and for many purposes that benefit humankind.

5. Ingesting CBD Is the Best Way of Taking It

Ingesting CBD is the best way of taking it, but only for people who have never vaped or smoked in their life. If you’ve never tried cigarettes or vape pens, inhaling fumes can be pretty shocking for the lungs and might induce coughing.

Inhaling CBD is by far the most effective way of taking CBD because of the blood vessels in your sinuses and nasal cavities. They will absorb CBD molecules and transport them straight into your brain.

6. Inhaling CBD Can Damage Your Lungs

Vaping CBD is completely harmless for your lungs. You aren’t inhaling burnt CBD oil. A vape pen uses special heating coils to create fumes. They contain no burnt matter that can cause damage to your lungs.

The only thing you will feel while vaping CBD is the occasional dizziness if you inhale too much at once. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about. If you choose to smoke CBD-prevalent cannabis strains, you might get lung damage from inhaling the smoke from the burnt plant. Vaping is far more beneficial to your entire organism.

7. CBD Is the Good Guy While THC Is the Bad Cannabinoid

Only the intoxicating potential of THC is highlighted, conveniently casting aside its many benefits. THC is equally beneficial. Its ability to intoxicate is the only property that makes THC notorious.

Even though it has a number of medical benefits, THC isn’t ideal for people who work and have to do a lot of things during the day. While you may feel the benefits, you will be high and pretty lethargic, especially at high doses.

8. Only CBD Has Medicinal Uses

As highlighted above, CBD is not the only phytocannabinoid to have medicinal uses. All phytocannabinoids have medical properties and uses and it all depends on the person. There have been cases where people respond to one type of cannabinoid but show no reaction to others.

Cannabinoids, in general, weren’t researched that thoroughly until the last 10-15 years, so there is still a lot we don’t know about the connection between the organism and the cannabinoids’ effects on it.

9. Lower the Quantity of THC, the Better Is the Product Quality

This isn’t necessarily true. For example, some patients prefer the mix because CBD is known to provide alleviation from too much THC in some people. In states where cannabis is fully legal for recreational purposes, there are products which include a lot of THC and CBD all at once.

If you’re looking just for the effects of CBD, the purity of the product is a priority. However, this still doesn’t mean the CBD in a purer product is better than the CBD in a less-pure product. It all depends on the hemp, the method of extraction and a myriad of other factors involved.

10. Isolated CBD Is Purer and Better Than Whole Plant Extracts

CBD isn’t the only component of hemp. Some patients have experienced better effects from different extracts. Again, this all depends on the quality of each product and which method of extraction has been used.

If you’re looking solely for CBD, you can experiment without whole-plant extracts. Generally, people opt for CBD-only products because extracts are still illegal in many states.


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10 Myths about CBD

The Future Is CBD

CBD industry is flourishing by leaps and bounds. Experts foresee a prosperous future for cannabis and CBD based products as people are gradually becoming aware of the health benefits of CBD.

We can see this with the rise of CBD-infused foods, wellness products and other types of creations. Unlike most other compounds used for medical purposes, CBD has the unique ability to not cause a lot of side-effects and to be effective no matter where it’s inserted.

Even the laws regulating CBD trade are becoming lax with each passing day. Rigorous research about the full therapeutic potential of CBD is the need of the hour so that CBD can claim its rightful position as nature’s miracle drug.

Following the example of the US and Canada, other countries around the world are reconsidering their legislative work from the past. On social media and in public, people are becoming more demanding and want CBD to be legalized. This is a large amount of pressure and the future of CBD is surely bright with so many activists, political parties and investors.

As a society, we need the voices of those who are powerful and able to make a change. Only together can we ensure that CBD is thoroughly research and applied as a solution to many present-day conditions. The “drug war” stigma is slowly waning, opening the door for a new kind of future where organic products are the centerpiece of every person’s life. This is much more than CBD – it’s a battle for clean and organic medication and food. CBD is just the beginning.

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All You Need to Know About CBD Therapy

Recently, with CBD’s evident rise in popularity, many scientists started exploring its effects. Although only a couple of CBD products are currently FDA approved, CBD’s sales have been consistently growing.

CBD has many practical uses, but medicinal use is the one it’s best known for. There are plenty of patients who opt for CBD therapy instead of traditional.

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What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the 104 chemical compounds that is found in the marijuana plant.  CBD oil is the most common, but you can also acquire CBD in tincture or spray form. It can be ingested, vaped, sprayed, or applied on the skin.

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Even though it comes from the cannabis plant, which is the basis of a well-known drug, CBD  doesn’t contain THC. In other words, it does not produce a high. Even if a product does have traces of THC, it’s typically under 0.5%. And that is not enough to have psychoactive effects.

CBD has a relaxing effect on your body, helping you unwind after a stressful day at work. Some people use it to treat anxiety and headaches, others to treat muscle pain, tremors, etc. All in all, CBD has become an essential part of therapy for people with certain conditions.

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CBD Therapy

CBD’s Proven Health Benefits

1. (Chronic) Pain

Pain is something that every human experiences many times throughout their life. And rather than taking dangerous opioids, some people opt for CBD therapy instead. Current research shows that CBD can replace ibuprofen and other analgesics effectively.

2. Depression and Anxiety

It’s no secret that CBD has a relaxing effect on the body. That’s why it can help reduce anxiety and insomnia. In addition, recent studies showed that taking CBD has the potential to modulate your mood, and thus help with certain psychological disorders.

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3. Epilepsy

CBD Epidolex medicine was also said to alleviate pain and other secondary symptoms of severe illnesses and conditions. Although we don’t fully know how CBD affects the nervous system yet, the results of some of the recent studies have been promising.

4. Inflammation/Acne

According to some scientists, CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect. In light of that, scientists have been working on a new drug that will utilize CBD and all of its medicinal properties.

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Health Risks

The health risks of CBD are far and between. In 2017, the World Health Organization issued a report on CBD, stating that it doesn’t have the potential to be dangerous.

On the other hand, not all CBD products are legal, and such products may cause harm. Some of the most common CBD side-effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, and nausea.

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Pure CBD products have fewer health risks. That’s because they don’t contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gives you the ‘high’ feeling. Still, some companies don’t honestly disclaim how much THC they use in their products, which can have serious consequences.

The point is — be careful when you’re buying CBD. Find a trustworthy company that has plenty of positive reviews. We suggest trying some of our products from the Verified CBD shop.

Final Thoughts

CBD therapy can be a good alternative for individuals who didn’t have success with traditional medicine. It’s a natural compound that has the potential to become a widely accepted form of treatment for a multitude of conditions.

Taking CBD Oil Under Tongue And Other Ingestion Methods

Some people call CBD the first medically-relevant compound derived from the cannabis plant. Not so long ago, people who used CBD had only one method of ingestion — smoking the psychoactive cannabis plant. In all honesty, this method did more harm than good.

Luckily, nowadays you can take CBD oil under tongue, as a pill, or even as an edible. There are even CBD creams, tinctures, and sprays on the market right now.

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The purpose of this article is to learn about the different ways of ingesting CBD. Specifically, we’ll explain why CBD oil under tongue is the best method. We’ll also take a look at how it compares to eating CBD, vaping it, and rubbing it on your skin (in cream form).

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis is illegal in most parts of the world. Still, some countries like Canada, Uruguay, certain EU countries and US states have decriminalized its use.

The medical use of cannabis mostly involves CBD, which is non-psychotropic, yet highly effective in some cases.

Although studies regarding the use of CBD to treat certain conditions have shown promise, most CBD products don’t have the necessary FDA approval. Medical use of CBD (at least in the US) is not advisable.

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Methods of Ingestion

In the current market, you can find CBD in a lot of shapes and sizes:

  • oil
  • pills and capsules
  • vaping cartridges
  • skin creams and topical ointments

Medically speaking, the way you take CBD has a huge impact on how much and how fast your body absorbs it.

For example, if you were to eat a CBD edible, it would be absorbed relatively slowly. Your digestive system needs time to break down the edible in the stomach, and CBD only gets absorbed in the small intestine. Furthermore, you won’t know whether your body extracted all the CBD from the edible. Therefore, eating is an imprecise method of ingesting CBD.

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On the other hand, if you take CBD oil under tongue (sublingually, to use the medical term), the mucous membranes in your mouth extract the CBD right away. The effects are immediate, and you get the most of the CBD. And not just that — the information traveling from your mouth to your brain can get there much quicker thanks to the sheer proximity of the two. So the time it takes for CBD to travel from your mouth to the cannabinoid receptors is much shorter than when you vape CBD.

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The Bottom Line

There are multiple ways of ingesting CBD, as well as multiple products to choose from. Therefore, it can be troublesome to find the right product to suit your needs. In our opinion, a drop or two of CBD oil under tongue is the safest and most effective solution.
Either way, you should choose a reliable CBD manufacturer. And one of such brands is Verified CBD. Our products are some of the purest in this business, and many of our satisfied customers can attest to that.

Best CBD Cream for Pain — Natural CBD Pain Relieving Cream

CBD has only recently been recognized for its medicinal properties. Until a few years ago, cannabis was rare and highly controversial. And although it’s still illegal in most countries, there are people who regularly use it for medical purposes.

CBD pain relieving cream is one of the top-selling cannabinoid products out there. In this article, we’ll inform you how CBD topical cream works. In addition, we’ll reveal what the best CBD cream for pain is.

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What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis plant compound. It typically comes in the form of an oil, but you can also find it in spray or cream form.

Even though the FDA hasn’t approved all CBD products yet, CBD is in high demand. For instance, some people regularly use it to alleviate chronic pain, tremors, anxiety, and other conditions.

But most importantly, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why so many people also use it to treat acne and other skin conditions.

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CBD Cream for Pain Relief

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are the most prominent in the form of a topical cream. Applying the CBD cream on a painful area will result in quick pain relief, much faster than ingesting it orally, as it is with CBD oil. And while CBD oil offers general full-body relief, CBD cream offers targeted relief. The cream directly acts on the nerves which are affected by the inflammation, and it does so very fast.

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Downsides

However, there are plenty of CBD pain creams out there, so you might have a hard time choosing. Besides, in order to get the best results possible, you should find a trustworthy CBD supplier. If you don’t do so, you might get unwanted results.

Some manufacturers intentionally don’t disclaim all the ingredients, especially THC. Most CBD products typically do contain THC, but its levels don’t go higher than 0.3%, which is fine. That’s not enough THC to have any noticeable psychoactive effects.

Still, some brands hide the fact that their product contains more than 0.3% of THC, which is why you shouldn’t trust just anyone.

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CBD Intensive Healing Pain Rub — The Best CBD Cream for Pain

That being said — here at Verified CBD, we pride ourselves at being reliable and using high-quality ingredients. Our CBD Intensive Healing Pain Rub is the best CBD cream for pain, and we have evidence to back it up. Besides, our reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.

This CBD pain reliever contains 75mg of CBD, but it’s completely THC-free. In other words, it’s a pure CBD product that doesn’t produce any unwanted psychoactive effects.

No matter if you’re dealing with muscle or joint pain, this cream offers quick and effective pain relief.

Aside from CBD, this cream also contains hemp and emu oil. CBD and hemp seed oil help with muscle pain and soreness, whereas emu oil regenerates your muscles and skin, and even prevents wrinkles.

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Final Thoughts

CBD can be extremely helpful with both chronic and acute pain if you use it the right way. And as we said earlier, it works best in the form of a cream, as it can target specific areas and act quickly. Currently, by far the best CBD cream for pain is the CBD Intensive Healing Pain Rub.

Does CBD Oil Show Up In Drug Tests? — A Guide On Taking CBD Safely

With CBD being a fairly new and unregulated product, people are worried about its legality. The question “Does CBD oil show up in drug tests?” seems to be on everybody’s mind.

What Is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that you can find in the cannabis plant. In recent years, the plant has displayed multiple medicinal properties. And because of that, many people use CBD regularly. Also, current research suggests the possibility of using CBD to alleviate anxiety and chronic pain.

Despite all the misconceptions, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect on the user. The compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The cannabis plant contains multiple cannabinoids, including the psychoactive ones. Still, CBD alone is not enough to make a person high.

With CBD being a fairly new and unregulated product, people are worried about its legality. The question “Does CBD oil show up in drug tests?” seems to be on everybody’s mind.

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Does CBD Oil Show Up In Drug Tests?

To be perfectly honest, you shouldn’t worry much. Drug tests only check the presence of THC in the body. And while most CBD products contain some THC, its concentration is too low (0.3%) to have any effect on the body. Therefore, it’s also too low to show up on the test.

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Lack Of Quality Control

There have been some reports of people failing drug tests because of CBD oil, which is more than enough to make us wonder does CBD oil show up in drug tests. The FDA doesn’t closely regulate the production and sale of CBD products. So, unfortunately, you can’t know for certain whether the product you bought contains amounts of THC higher than 0.3%. The most you can do, besides taking a lab test, is to find a reputable supplier with many satisfied customers.

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False Reports

On the other hand, there are certain reports of people who have unknowingly ingested THC and then got a nasty surprise on their drug tests. Secondhand smoke, for example, does not result in a positive test in most cases. However, when combined with CBD oil, it may just prove to be enough to show up in the test.

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Which Products To Choose?

Does CBD oil show up in drug tests? We’ll never have a definite answer.

Still, alternative solutions do exist for those who are worried about it. For example, you can get CBD isolate products instead. In addition to being cheaper than regular CBD oil, it contains pure CBD without any traces of THC whatsoever. By switching to isolate, you’ll be able to treat your condition using a natural product, and you won’t have to worry about THC traces in your system.

If you don’t wish to use CBD isolate, you might need to take some risks. Every manufacturer has their own method of making CBD oil. We advise you to find a brand or a manufacturer you can trust, preferably someone with lots of positive reviews. For instance, VerifiedCBD is a brand that you can trust.

Keep in mind that looking for the cheapest option is not something that’s going to benefit you in the long run. We suggest that you invest some time into research, and not be on the lookout for the cheapest product out there. If the products are good, there’s no need to wonder does CBD oil show up in drug tests or not.

Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD? — The Differences and Similarities

In the last few years, products originating from the cannabis plant have slowly been rising in popularity. Consequently, there are a lot of myths and rumors about the different cannabis products we use. The illegality and psychoactive effects of cannabis can scare away people who could potentially benefit from it, with no risk whatsoever. For example, CBD is a great way to manage conditions like chronic pain and muscle tremor.

On the other hand, hemp seed oil has been legal in most parts of the world for more than a decade, unlike CBD. Both the hemp oil and CBD oil have their own benefits, as well as downsides.

In this article, we’ll talk more about CBD and hemp oil. We’ll also answer one of the most frequently asked questions — ‘Is hemp oil the same as CBD?‘, and settle the debate between the two once and for all.

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The Similarities

In principle, there are only two similarities between hemp oil and CBD oil. First of all, both are derived from the cannabis plant.

Secondly, they’re both called ‘oils’, even though CBD oil is more of a resin.

And to be perfectly honest, the only other similarity is that they both get mixed up with each other quite often.

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Critics have discredited hemp oil as psychoactive and illegal, while some CBD oil supporters claim that hemp contains zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. However, there are manufacturers who add hemp oil to the CBD mixture, thereby contributing to the overall confusion of differentiating the two.

So, is hemp oil the same as CBD? Not at all. These two may not be entirely different, but their similarities are few and far between.

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The Differences

Now let’s explore the differences between CBD and hemp oil.

For starters, they don’t even come from the same part of the plant.

You extract hemp oil by grinding and filtering the seeds of the cannabis plant, which contain no cannabinoids at all, psychoactive or otherwise. However, some scientists claim that they do contain zinc, phosphor, iron, as well as omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the buds of the cannabis plant, most commonly using CO2. The buds and leaves contain the bulk of the cannabinoids in the plant (while some remain on the stems). CBD oil does contain cannabinoids, even THC in trace amounts. Although that may be true, CBD isolate doesn’t contain any.

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The Bottom Line

In conclusion, it’s safe to say that the question “Is hemp oil the same as CBD?” has a clear and definite answer.

They are not the same.

Most people use hemp oil as a dietary supplement. It is 100% organic and provides excellent nutritional benefits. You can even eat the seeds themselves, as they are a well-known superfood. In addition, hemp oil is an active ingredient in a lot of skin and hair products.

However, some people opt for CBD oil to treat chronic pain, acne, and other conditions. For others, CBD is also a non-sedative alternative to prescription painkillers. Still, you need to be careful when buying CBD. You should find a reputable manufacturer that you can trust. One of such companies is VerifiedCBD.

What Does CBD Oil Feel Like? — What to Expect When You Take CBD

CBD’s popularity has grown significantly in the last couple of years. When researchers discovered its healing powers, cannabis quickly gained the reputation of an effective medical treatment, instead of being just a silly drug. Yet, most people still don’t know much about it, and they are left wondering — ‘What does CBD oil feel like?

Keep reading to find out the answer to this question. But first, let’s talk about CBD itself.

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About CBD

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the compounds that are derived from the cannabis plant. CBD usually comes in the form of an oil which you can vape or ingest orally in the form of edibles.

The best thing about CBD is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s often used as a painkiller. However, some also say that it’s an effective anti-anxiety treatment. However, most CBD products have not been FDA approved for those purposes.

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In addition to all the benefits we’ve listed above, CBD is also an antioxidant. That means that it contributes to the overall health and homeostasis of your body, as well as lowers your risks of getting sick.

All of that’s great, but what does CBD oil feel like? Does it make you feel funny?

To answer this question, we must first debunk the most obvious myth when it comes to CBD:

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Does CBD Make You High?

The answer is pretty straightforward — absolutely not.

While there are some CBD oil products out there that contain small amounts of THC (the compound that makes you high), most of them don’t. CBD oil should not make you high in any way.

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All in all, do your research before actually buying and using the product. Read all the specifications and reviews beforehand. Look for products that contain as little THC as possible, preferably none at all. We suggest you choose a trustworthy company, such as VerifiedCBD.

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What to Expect

So, CBD oil does not make you high. But, what does it actually make you feel like?

To be quite honest, its effects are not as sensational as some might think. In fact, they are very subtle. However, those who experience chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, tremors, etc., will definitely be able to tell the difference. More than a few people swear by CBD, which is why it has become so popular in the first place.

The most obvious feeling you get when you ingest CBD oil is relaxation. You can expect both your muscles and your mind to be relaxed. Moreover, it’s a great pain reliever. As mentioned earlier, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can effectively fight off pain.

Being that CBD relaxes your body, it also helps you go to sleep faster and improves the overall sleep quality.

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Conclusion

So, what does CBD oil feel like? Overall, it has a relaxing effect on your body without making you feel high. It’s a great way to treat certain conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, and muscle tremors.

CBD And Alcohol — What Happens When You Take Them Simultaneously?

After decades of prohibition, cannabis and its derivatives are slowly becoming legal all around the world. It all started with the limited medicinal use of cannabis, but now, it’s being used to treat different health issues.

This article will focus on the medicinal use of cannabis only — specifically, medicinal use of CBD in combination with the recreational use of alcohol. Is it safe? Should you do it? Stay tuned to find out.

But first — we must look at each substance separately to completely understand the effects of mixing CBD and alcohol. That way, we’ll be able to see both the advantages, as well as the risks, of combining the two. For starters, let’s take a look at CBD.

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CBD And How It Affects Your Body

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the primary component of the cannabis plant. Above all, CBD is useful in treating chronic pain and inflammation.

In spite of it coming from a psychoactive plant, CBD by itself does not have any psychoactive properties. In conjunction with its pain-relieving properties, it works as a great non-sedative alternative to prescription pills such as Vicodin. Alternatively, CBD is useful because it also has neuroprotective properties.

However, research on the properties of CBD is still young and growing fast. Researchers are discovering new effects of CBD on the human body daily. Consequently, we cannot be sure of its exact effects, especially when it comes to mixing it with other substances, such as alcohol. Since the methods of ingesting CBD are various, the effects can vary as well.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Since most of you are familiar with the effects of alcohol, we won’t bore you much. In moderate use, it’s the ultimate social lubricant, as it makes us euphoric and sociable. Take too much, however, and it goes from great to awful really fast.

Impaired movement, vomiting, and the dumbest decisions you’ll ever make in your life are just some of the side effects. Additionally, the physical damage alcohol does to your body is not to be neglected. Alcohol eats away at your liver and stomach. In fact, long-term use can also result in dementia-like symptoms due to vitamin B12 deficiency.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Mixing CBD And Alcohol?

What happens when you mix CBD and alcohol varies greatly and depends on many factors. While CBD by itself has no psychoactive properties, there is a significant amount of CBD products with a small percentage of THC.

Alcohol increases the effects of THC eight times. So, when you take THC with some alcohol in your blood, your body absorbs it in greater amounts. As such, you need to be careful when taking CBD and alcohol. Even though your chosen CBD product claims no psychoactive effects, it may still contain some THC.

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On the other hand, pure CBD has been shown to decrease the toxicity of alcohol, especially its oxidative and neurodegenerative properties. Although research on humans was (and is still) limited, studies performed on other mammals have shown that CBD can reduce the damage on nerves and the brain by as much as 50%.

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The Bottom Line

In conclusion, CBD and alcohol can work great together if you’re taking pure CBD. However, you need to take it way before you start drinking alcohol (at least 4 hours before). It may reduce the damage alcohol does to your nervous system, but only if you wait a while after taking it.

Still, if it contains even the tiniest amount of THC, it’s better to avoid alcohol altogether. You may experience intense psychoactive effects, which is not something that you want or need.

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Using CBD Oil for Acne — Does it Work?

Having acne is never easy, no matter if you get pimples occasionally or have them all the time. They hurt, and they look terrible. Nothing can ruin a man/woman’s day like a pimple can.

Luckily, new methods for treating acne are being discovered every day. One of those methods is using CBD oil for acne.

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a cannabinoid that comes from marijuana plants. It usually comes in the form of oil, and it’s pretty accessible almost everywhere in the US.

CBD is used to treat multiple medical conditions, such as chronic pain, migraines — even depression and anxiety. In addition, CBD can help with the homeostasis of your body and your overall well-being.

Most importantly, CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which is exactly why it is used to treat acne in the first place. But more on that later. Let’s see what causes acne, so we can later understand what role CBD plays in treating this condition.

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What Causes Acne?

Our body naturally produces sebum. And sometimes, it has a tendency to clog up our pores and hair follicles. Aside from sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells also fill up the pores. When that happens, inflammation occurs, and you wind up with a hideous red pimple.

Still, excess oil is not the only reason acne occurs. Medication, diet, stress, and hormones all contribute to acne development.

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Eating a lot of fatty foods and carbs can significantly increase your chances of getting acne. In addition, flare-ups are also common during periods of intense hormonal activity, such as puberty and pregnancy because of the increased secretion of androgens.

Lastly, stress causes the overall deterioration of your body and therefore makes you more prone to getting acne.

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Using CBD Oil for Acne

As we’ve already said, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. And being that acne is essentially just a bunch of inflamed pores, using CBD oil for acne is the perfect solution.

Another way that CBD helps treat acne is by regulating the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for your skin’s sebum production. By inhibiting oil production, CBD directly deals with acne. It doesn’t just stop the pimples from growing; it prevents them from appearing again.

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How to Use CBD Oil for Acne

The best way to use CBD oil for acne is by applying it to the inflamed areas in the form of face cream or ointment. You can also apply the oil directly, although it might feel a bit gross on your face. In addition, you can take CBD oil pills as a dietary supplement.

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Conclusion

You can’t go wrong if you choose CBD to treat acne. So far, no side effects have been discovered, and its benefits are off the charts. Not only will CBD oil cure your acne but it will also prevent them from forming again. Besides, CBD oil also contributes to your overall health. So, why not give it a go?

CBD Essential Oil — A Quick Start Guide

Scientists have been extensively researching cannabis and its main chemical components for the last ten years or so. Consequently, they have isolated the main substances responsible for both the psychotropic and medicinal properties of the cannabis plant.

One of the major components responsible for the amazing medicinal properties of cannabis is cannabidiol or CBD. It was first discovered in an attempt to treat multiple neurological and inflammatory conditions.

That being said — the purest CBD can be found in the form of essential oil. Keep reading to find out more about CBD essential oil, as well as its most common uses.

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What Is CBD Essential Oil?

CBD essential oil is one of the most natural forms of cannabidiol you can currently find.

Even though there are multiple manufacturers you can choose from, most of them boil down to more or less the same components. The original method for extracting CBD uses alcohol as a dissolving agent. You start by soaking the plant material in alcohol for a while. Afterward, you remove the plant. The remaining alcohol then goes through an evaporation process until nothing but oil remains.

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This method got its name from its original inventor, Rick Simpson. The famous Rick Simpson oil was the first CBD essential oil to gain mass popularity. It prompted further research on CBD as a medicine.

The most popular modern method of extracting CBD uses CO2 to force the oil out of the plant material. The CO2 method’s advantage lies in controlling the temperature and pressure of the extraction. Moreover, this method allows you to extract different cannabinoids separately, which is why CBD oil with such low levels of THC is possible to make in the first place.

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Different Kinds Of CBD Essential Oils

While it popularized CBD oil as a medicine, the famous Rick Simpson oil is not suitable for real medicinal use. Because all cannabinoids are extracted from the plant at once, the THC and CBD levels vary from batch to batch. While there are strains of cannabis with high CBD and low THC, the overall THC content in the Rick Simpson oil is still too high for medicinal use.

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Nowadays, the CO2 extraction method is the most common. Depending on the manufacturer, you may, for example, end up with a slight variation in THC or CBD levels. Still, the level of THC never goes above 0.3%.

Different strains have different terpenes, and all of them have varying levels. Other cannabinoids may or may not be included, and their CBD levels might vary as well. Manufacturers also add hemp seed oil to the mix, for its omega-3 fatty acids and other nutritional benefits.

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Final Words

If you wish to try out CBD essential oil, you have a wide variety of choices currently available. First, you should check what dose of CBD you need to take for your condition. Also, feel free to try out different manufacturers to see what kind of oil works best for you. Everybody reacts differently to different oils.

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Does CBD Oil Make You Tired?

CBD oil is slowly becoming an internationally accepted form of treatment for a wide range of conditions. Still, its neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties are the real reason it’s popular.

CBD is also famous for treating chronic pain, as well as mental conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. It has a strong calming effect on the body, and it can make you relax.

Still, because of its calming effects, many people wonder —  does CBD oil make you tired?. Keep reading, as we’ll answer this question in a bit.

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Is CBD A Sedative?

The major psychoactive component in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short. Its effects include drowsiness, calmness, and lack of motivation. However, cannabidiol does not have any of the aforementioned effects. It’s perfectly safe to use and should not have any psychoactive effects.

Even though some CBD oils have a small amount of THC in them (around 0.3%), the levels are too low for you to notice. Due to legal regulations, the level of THC in all CBD products needs to be controlled.

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A common question among first-time CBD users is ‘does CBD oil make you tired?’. While there are anecdotal reports on CBD inducing tiredness, the facts speak differently.

Some rumors about CBD oil making you tired come from the original CBD oil extracted via the Rick Simpson method. Rick Simpson oil had a much bigger concentration of THC in comparison to current products. Back then, all active components in the cannabis plant were extracted at once, so the levels of CBD and THC were different each time. This type of oil was much more potent and had plenty of psychotropic effects.

But nowadays, thanks to the CO2 method, we can extract every type of cannabinoid separately. You can even get CBD isolate oil, which contains pure CBD with no other cannabinoids. That wouldn’t have been possible without the CO2 method.

So, does CBD oil make you tired? Not if the manufacturer uses the CO2 method.

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There were some reports of people feeling a bit woozy after taking CBD oil. However, most of them also reported drinking alcohol beforehand. Presence of alcohol in the blood makes THC much more potent, so even a low concentration (such as 0.3%) can have a strong effect.

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Final Thoughts

The burning question ‘Does CBD oil make you tired?’ might have stopped you from trying it out before. But luckily, we are here to convince you otherwise.

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Studies have shown that some CBD oils do act as depressants on your central nervous system. However, as long as you get the proper product, with low to no THC content (0.3% or lower), you’ll be safe. If you are not sure what to buy, here‘s an example of a good and safe to use CBD product.

CBD Dosage for Dogs — What To Use And How Much

The medicinal effects of CBD on humans are now well recognized by the world medical community. However, the research on the effects of CBD on dogs is sparse and limited. Even though all mammals have cannabinoid receptors, their effects vary, and the optimal CBD dosage for dogs is still unknown.

In general, CBD helps with a wide range of conditions. Most importantly, its effects on the central nervous system present the biggest potential for its use on dogs.

With continuing research into CBD effects on dogs, we may discover even more ways to help our pets. Hopefully, natural remedies such as CBD will eventually replace pharmaceuticals altogether.

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Using CBD to Treat Your Dog

When it comes to dogs, neurological conditions are a huge problem. CBD helps with chronic pain and nausea, which can provide quick pain relief while dealing with other conditions at the same time.

When I first started using CBD to treat my dog, it was for pain relief. It had some residual pain after surgery, and the vet recommended sedatives to help it out. My dog had trouble standing up, walking, and even eating. When I stumbled upon CBD while researching online, I consulted with the vet. It was new to him as well, and he spent some time making sure the product we chose was safe. You have to be really careful when determining the most optimal CBD dosage for dogs.

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Things To Watch Out For

A major concern my vet had about giving CBD to dogs was the THC content, actually. THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis, and most CBD products do contain a small amount of it.

While the concentration of THC in commercially available oil is too low to have an effect on humans, that’s not the case with dogs. They have a much lower tolerance to THC, and it can be toxic to them if they ingest it.

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So, before you start giving you dog CBD products, you must double-check what you are getting. Do your homework — read the labels. You don’t want to accidentally poison your dog. Nowadays, you can find products specifically made for dogs, so you don’t have to worry about it all that much.

Even if the oil you bought does not contain THC, you still need to be careful about the dosage. No matter what your vet recommends, you should start with the smallest dose possible. If it proves effective with time, you can increase it. Also, if you find it difficult to give your dog medicine, you can buy ready-made dog treats that already contain safe amounts of CBD.

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Conclusion

I hope that this article has provided you with enough info about CBD and how to treat your pet with it. It can be a safer, more natural alternative to pharmaceuticals when dealing with certain conditions. However, you should be careful when ordering your products. Make sure you don’t give your dog THC!

CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD

There are two different types of CBD products currently available — CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. In the following text, hopefully, we’ll shed some light on the CBD isolate vs full-spectrum debate.

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What Is CBD?

Cannabis is quite popular nowadays, yet we still don’t know how exactly it works. Every day, researchers discover something new about it. There are dozens of active compounds, called cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant. Interestingly enough, each cannabinoid has different properties, ranging from psychoactive to medicinal. That is the reason why medical researchers are putting a lot of effort into investigating them — they might be alternative cures for a variety of conditions. For now, the most medically valuable compound found in the cannabis plant is cannabidiol or CBD.

The first thing you need to understand about CBD is that it’s totally safe to use. It has no psychoactive effects whatsoever. It does, however, have a wide range of medicinal properties. Doctors prescribe CBD mostly to help with muscle tremors, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. CBD also has great anti-inflammatory properties. It also shows great potential for treating mental disorders such as severe anxiety and schizophrenia.

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The methods of extracting CBD from plants are evolving as well. Only a couple of years ago, smoking was the primary method of ingesting CBD. Of course, that did much more harm than good. Smoking CBD releases carcinogens, tar, and of course, THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids. Even vaping, which eliminates the tar and all other nasty stuff, is not acceptable. Many people use CBD daily, so they can’t afford to have these kinds of side-effects.

There are two different types of CBD products currently available — CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. In the following text, hopefully, we’ll shed some light on the CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum debate.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is the first product that provides all of the medicinal properties of CBD with almost no psychoactive effects. The level of THC in full-spectrum CBD is around 0.3%, which minimizes the risk of adverse side-effects. Full-spectrum CBD products contain other cannabinoids (CBL, CBCVA, CBN) which are known to have the so-called entourage effect. In other words, full-spectrum products work much better than CBD isolate when it comes to dealing with chronic pain or anxiety.

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Full-spectrum CBD products also contain all of the beneficial ingredients of the plant itself:

  • Minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E, along with the B complex
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Aromatic terpenes such as limonene, myrcene, or linalool.

When taking full-spectrum CBD products, you’re ingesting all of the aforementioned ingredients. While they might not be crucial in helping your condition, they’re extremely valuable in keeping you healthy.   

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CBD Isolate

While full-spectrum CBD products contain a multitude of compounds besides CBD itself, those might not be necessary for everyone. The majority of one-time and long-term patients rely on CBD to live their lives normally. And they don’t want anything to do with the psychotropic properties of other cannabinoids.

CBD isolate is pure, decarboxylated CBD — the first cannabis product that can honestly claim no psychoactive effects at all. It can be used right away, and its concentration is high enough for everyday oral use, mostly in pill and capsule form. Moreover, it’s completely tasteless and odorless. No need to smoke, vape or cook to get your medicine anymore. In addition to being pure CBD, the price of CBD isolate is lower than that of full-spectrum CBD, and it’s constantly dropping.

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Conclusion

If you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or chronic pain, you’re better off with full-spectrum CBD. On the other hand, if you want to stay away from the psychotropic effects of cannabis, the winner of the CBD isolate vs full-spectrum battle is clear — go with the isolate. It’s suitable for both everyday and occasional use.

CBD Vape Additive — Here’s What You Should Know

Vaping pens have come a long way since their introduction in 2003. Back then, they were nothing more than a healthy alternative to traditional cigarettes. Despite the ongoing debate on the benefits of vaping, e-liquid companies branched out by offering a variety of flavored vape juices.

We can vape many different mixtures, from nicotine-free cartridges and essential oils to waxes. Still, we tend to overlook the possibility of vaping CBD oil. The reasons for vaping vary among users. Some like its authentic feel, while others may not like the taste of CBD oil.

Regardless of the reason, vaping is indeed a valid option. Yet, we are sure that our readers have some questions about the CBD vape additive.

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What is a CBD Vape Additive?

Known also as CBD vape oil, a CBD vape additive is like any other e-liquid that electronic cigarettes use. However, while the usual e-liquids are nicotine products, CBD vape oil is a hemp extract, just like CBD oil.

The main difference between the two is the ingestion method. Namely, we ingest regular CBD oil orally or by applying it to the skin. On the other hand, a CBD vape additive is made for use in electronic cigarettes. Moreover, it does not contain any THC, while regular CBD oil may contain trace levels.

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Common e-liquids contain different levels of nicotine. Similarly, CBD vape juices can also vary in their cannabidiol levels. In other words, the more CBD they contain, the stronger they are. Still, the experience varies from user to user, as well the nature of their ailment.

CBD vape additives can have distinct flavors, which results in different tastes. Some users describe the taste as grassy, while some claim that it’s rather earthy. Depending on our preference, we may choose to use them as complementary flavors, or mask them with other flavors. For example, Verified CBD infuses its vape oil with apple, menthol, and razzleberry aromas.

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Can a CBD Vape Additive Get You High?

We can attribute the psychoactive effects of marijuana to THC. In other words, THC is what causes the so-called “stoner effect.“ However, CBD vape oil contains no THC, so vaping a CBD additive won’t make us high.

Furthermore, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Instead, it has many therapeutic benefits that help our body reach homeostasis. In fact, the cannabinoid can stimulate a variety of receptors in our body. As a result, it is an effective way of treating chronic pain, anxiety, and other disorders.

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Why You Should Try a CBD Vape Additive

The evaporation point for CBD vape oil is somewhere around 200°C, which makes it suitable for use in e-cigarettes. Since it contains no nicotine, it may prove helpful in quitting cigarettes. In fact, a 2013 study found a link between CBD use and reduced cigarette consumption.

Inhalation is also the fastest method of ingestion. In contrast to oral consumption, inhalation lets CBD enter our bloodstream much more quickly. For that reason, we may choose CBD vape juice over regular CBD oil. Still, that does not imply that a CBD vape additive is better than regular CBD oil. Simply put, it’s good news for those of you who are less patient.

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The Bottom Line on CBD Vape Additives

All things considered, CBD vape juice is a healthy alternative to regular e-liquids. In fact, it is incredibly powerful in treating nicotine addiction. Moreover, it offers a wide spectrum of beneficial effects, without causing a high.

While there is no wrong way of taking CBD oil, the CBD vape additive is a perfect fit for those who like to indulge in smoking or vaping.

What Is CBD Isolate? — All You Need To Know About CBD

For the first time, medical researchers have found a way to extract CBD with absolutely no traces of THC or any other psychoactive compounds found in cannabis.

What Are Cannabinoids, And Why Are They So Special?

Cannabis and its various extracts are often used to treat a multitude of different health conditions. There are more than eighty complex chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, which are responsible for both the medical and psychoactive properties of the plant. The most widely researched and used cannabinoid is CBD (cannabidiol), which has no psychoactive properties.

Still, the biggest potential of CBD is the possibility of using it as an antipsychotic. In only a couple of decades’ worth of research, unraveling the cannabinoids’ mystery gave us a lot of medical breakthroughs.

Now let’s find out more about what CBD isolate is, how it works, and who it’s suitable for.

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What Is CBD Isolate And Who Is It For?

There are a lot of ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. Nowadays, you can buy CBD oil, or even the plant with high CBD and minimal THC levels. Unfortunately, most of these products have residual traces of psychoactive cannabinoids such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). There are a lot of people who would benefit from the effects of CBD, but they don’t want to risk the possible effects from the traces of psychoactive compounds.

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If your doctor suggested cannabinoids to treat whatever ails you, or if you’re currently taking medicinal cannabis, you might find CBD isolate interesting. For the first time, medical researchers have found a way to extract CBD with absolutely no traces of THC or any other psychoactive compounds found in cannabis. For easier ingestion, the CBD isolate is preactivated (decarboxylated), so there’s no need to heat it up or vape it. You can simply take it orally.

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How Is It Different From Full-spectrum CBD?

Now that you’ve learned what CBD isolate is, you might like to know about full-spectrum CBD. Essentially, full-spectrum CBD is unfiltered CBD oil. It contains a trace amount (around 0.3%) of THC, as well as other chemical compounds. Among the compounds included are other cannabinoids (such as CBN, CBG, CBC to name a few), but the difference isn’t only in the cannabinoids. Full-spectrum CBD also contains omega-3 fatty acids, A, B complex, C, and E vitamins, 20 essential amino acids, magnesium, terpenes, etc. Although CBD by itself has a lot of medicinal value, some research indicates that it’s not enough to work. In order to be effective, it needs to interact with other cannabinoids to treat certain conditions.

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Conclusion

If you ever wondered what is CBD isolate, I hope this article shed some light on how it works. If you do not wish to risk ingesting psychoactive cannabinoids but need CBD in order to treat your illness, CBD isolate is the perfect answer to your needs.

Does Hemp Oil Have CBD?

The CBD oil market is huge. Ever since different countries began legalizing medicinal CBD products, many blogs and websites that sell CBD or talk about its benefits have appeared. It’s a growing market, but like any growing market, it has its flaws. For example, a lot of people want to buy and use CBD oil but don’t know enough about it.

One of the most frequent questions is ‘Does hemp oil contain CBD,’ and there’s a reason it appears so much in Google searches. Namely, CBD comes from hemp, so people assume that the two are always linked. However, that is not the case.

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Does Hemp Oil Contain CBD, Or Is It the Other Way Round, Or What?

Before we answer the question ‘does hemp oil contain CBD,’ we should start with defining our terms. These terms are hemp, hemp oil, CBD, CBD oil, hemp seed oil, and cannabis oil.

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Hemp

Hemp is a particular variety of the cannabis plant. What makes it different from regular cannabis is that we grow it industrially to produce its derivatives. Unlike regular cannabis, or marijuana to be precise, hemp contains lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD.

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Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil?

We normally use both of these terms for the same product. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. It doesn’t contain a lot of THC, so you can’t get high from it. In other words, it’s not psychoactive.

There are a lot of uses for hemp oil. For example, it can replace olive oil in food preparation. Moreover, you can also use it in lotions and soaps since it can moisturize your skin.

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CBD Oil

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the leaves and the flowers of the hemp plant. One thing it has in common with hemp seed oil is that it’s not psychoactive. If you’re looking to get high from CBD oil, you’re out of luck.

However, it does have a lot of medical uses. For example, Epidolex contains CBD oil can help with certain types of epilepsy. In addition, it can reduce inflammation and pain.

This reason, in particular, is why athletes use CBD-based products. In fact, according to some new medical research, doctors can use CBD oil to treat stress and depression. Nevertheless, this research is still in its infancy, and we need more conclusive results.

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So, Does Hemp Oil Contain CBD?

Well, no, it doesn’t. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil come from the same plant, but not from the same parts of that plant. In addition, one is used more often in medicine, while the other has different practical uses, like skin care and cooking. In other words, the very question ‘does hemp oil contain CBD’ is wrong because we’re talking about two different substances. Now, if you were to ask ‘does hemp oil contain THC,’ the answer would be yes, but very little. In fact, it has just enough THC that won’t make you high or have any real effect on you.

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So, the next time someone asks you ‘does hemp oil contain CBD,’ just answer with a brief ‘no’ and share this article with them. While you’re at it, you can also let them know where they can buy both hemp oil and CBD oil products. This website would be a good starting point, for instance.