What is CBD and the top 5 questions that everyone has about it

what is CBD and 5 things to know

CBD oil is having a moment but it’s still easy to be confused about what it is and what people are using it for. Below are the top five questions that just about everyone has about CBD the first time that he or she hears about it. Check out these questions and you’ll find out what all the fuss is about, just how safe CBD oil is, and where you might want to buy it.

1. What Is CBD Anyway?

CBD is short for cannabidiol and it is a chemical compound found in cannabis. Technically speaking, it’s a class of chemical compounds and it has a laundry list of benefits and applications. Most often, it is used for medical purposes, such as to treat nausea or pain. Cannabidiol is extracted from hemp rich in phytocannabinoids, which differs from marijuana. Many people confuse CBD with marijuana or think of them both as the same thing. However, they are two distinct chemical components.

CBD is naturally occurring and the oil comes from plant secretions. While hemp is considered a type of cannabis, this doesn’t automatically mean that it’s used for weed or has the same side effects as marijuana. Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive so it doesn’t make you feel high at all. If you look for CBD in a shop, you might find it under other names such as CBD hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, or hemp extract. To confuse you just a little bit more, hemp extract, which is made from the plant’s secretions, is not the same as hemp oil, which comes from the plant’s seeds. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

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2. Is CBD Safe?

Yes, CBD oil is safe and it’s legal throughout the United States. Unlike marijuana, which has addictive properties, CBD is not habit-forming. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana is responsible for that “high” feeling that people get when they smoke weed. This can lead to addictive behavior too. However, since cannabidiol only contains 0.3% of THC, it doesn’t get you high and won’t be something that you’ll get hooked on.

If that didn’t convince you, rest assured that the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed CBD safe and didn’t link it to any adverse effects. It is 100% natural, is safe, and does not pose any significant health risks. They also found that it was non-habit-forming and was well tolerated among the general public. This may contrast with the U.S. federal government’s classification of CBD as a Schedule I drug but most health experts agree that this classification is unwarranted. Schedule I drugs include ecstasy and heroin, which are super- addictive and harmful drugs. That is no place for CBD to be. So is there anyone who CBD isn’t safe for? Not really. Even kids can take CBD in small amounts and some parents administer it to their children to treat anxiety, ADHD, and more.

The only time that CBD oil may be unsafe is if you purchase it from a seedy source. You must do your research, especially since there are few restrictions on who can buy and sell the stuff. Just because CBD is readily available doesn’t mean that it’s high-quality, all-natural, or safe. Just as with other supplements, companies can stick additives and unnecessary ingredients into their CBD to make it go further. After all, it’s not cheap, you know. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate CBD products so you could be getting a bottle of CBD oil that contains markedly less CBD than the label says, not to mention other unwanted ingredients.

When searching for a high quality CBD oil, look for the Certificate of Analysis (COA) on the package label. A COA confirms that the product was tested by an independent lab for contaminants, potency, and safety. If you need additional information about how to properly choose your CBD oil, please read our blog.

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3. How Do I Take CBD?

The most common way to take CBD is by ingesting it. The taste can be quite bitter, which is why some brands offer CBD gummies. Other people just choose to put some drops into a beverage to offset the taste. Besides taking CBD orally, you can apply it topically or inhale it. Topical CBD oil is preferred among individuals who want to treat pain, such as headaches or cramps. Inhalation is typically recommended for adults only as it delivers more CBD to your
bloodstream in less time. Most people who inhale CBD do so via vaping.

You should follow the dosing instructions on the packaging. A general example is 15 drops out of a pipette, which is usually included in your bottled CBD oil. Most of the time, you can take it once or twice a day. Lots of people like to take it in the morning and at night but as with most things, consistency is important. Once you find a dosing schedule that works for you, stick with it and try to take the CBD at the same time each day. For further insights about CBD dosing, please read our blog post about CBD Oil dosage calculator

4. What Are the Benefits of CBD?cbd benefits infographic hemp thc

One of the primary benefits of CBD oil is relaxation. It can be used as a mood regulator to help you zen out without getting high. Those who are looking for a more natural alternative to antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication often turn to CBD oil. Another benefit is pain relief. If you’re in the medical community, you may have heard patients touting the benefits of CBD oil for their arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and more. While CBD oil has more pain-relieving properties when combined with THC, you can use it on its own and reap the benefits without feeling stoned.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy sometimes use CBD to treat ensuing nausea. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may help treat acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars. People usually feel the effects of CBD after a few minutes but it could take up to a half-hour. Also, since the FDA has not regulated the use of CBD oil, brands can say just about anything they want about the stuff. Not only should you be careful when shopping for CBD oil but you should also pay attention to the claims made on the packaging. CBD products are not intended to cure or treat diseases but who’s to say that you might not feel a bit better after using them?

5. What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

Again, WHO has not found any adverse side effects from CBD that pose a risk to the general public. Of course, health is very individualized so what works for someone else may not work for you. That isn’t to say that you’ll have a terrible side effect from CBD oil. 

To err on the side of caution, you can try just a couple of drops of CBD oil first before delving into a full dose. If you’re applying it topically, do a test run on the inside of your wrist to see if any allergic reactions come up. Also, don’t mistake hemp seed oil for hemp-derived CBD oil as they’re not the same thing.
The only real threat with CBD oil is purchasing it from a shady seller. You should always seek out reputable resources and shops. If you’re at a loss as to where to start, look up MG Magazine or Project CBD online. These are two reliable, expert-approved sources where you can find products as well as further research on the topic.

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