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CBD oil may be the newest buzzword in town but it has quickly become one of the fastest growing industries. The growth has also brought about a lot more awareness regarding the various benefits of the ultra-versatile Cannabis plant.
What is CBD?
CBD which stands for cannabidiol is a natural and for the most part considered to be a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the cannabis plant.
The psychoactive element is what differentiates CBD from its famous counterpart THC. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana, a class of cannabis, and causes the euphoric feeling “being high”.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, is created by extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis or hemp plant. The result is an oil that contains high concentrations of CBD and can vary in levels of other cannabinoid or hemp plant compounds. It comes in different forms namely: oil, capsules, tinctures, vape oils, edibles and creams.
Benefits of Using CBD Oil
There is clinical evidence that supports the value of the use of CBD oil in the treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and epilepsy. Other conditions one can use CBD oil for are nausea, pain relief or Acne. CBD oil can also be used for a wide range of conditions namely chronic pain, inflammation and insomnia.
Types of CBD Products
If it’s your first time trying out CBD, edibles are the best way to go and a discreet way to try CBD. There is a wide variety of products you can try namely gummies, chocolates or mints.
One thing you should keep in mind is that it takes 2 hours for CBD infused food to be digested hence it is advised not to exceed the recommended dosage. Your body will however absorb 20-30% of the CBD.
If you’re after the pure CBD, then sublingual products are your best option. These products rarely contain additive elements such as sugar. They are also designed to be put under your tongue hence giving you a faster effect than ingesting edibles. Examples of sublingual products are lozenges, oils or tinctures. This is a great choice for those who hate or can’t take or swallow pills and capsules.
CBD topicals are a great choice when treating skin conditions like eczema or localized pain. They are designed to be applied directly to the skin and can be found as lotions, creams, salves, balms and transdermal patches. They can also be used to treat joint pain.
Vaping is one of the fastest ways of getting CBD into your system hence allowing you to feel the effect much faster than with the other methods. You can smoke vape juice containing CBD oils. However, it is important to note that vaping exposes you to carcinogens. Though vaping heats the cannabis up to just below the point of combustion, it is still undecided on the effects it has on your lungs. Hence if you do decide to vape, it is advised to avoid CBD vape cartridges made with thinning agent agents or carriers such as propylene glycol, fractionated coconut oil (MCT), or vegetable glycerin. These compounds have been found to cause damage to lung tissue.
Types of CBD Oil
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
The Hemp plant is an extremely rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 which are considered to be healthy fats and strong anti-inflammatory agents. Additionally, the hemp plant is a rich source of fatty acids. Full spectrum CBD oils contain small quantities of the omega-3 and omega- 6 fats. It is often called the full or whole extract of the plant because of all the nutrients it carries from the hemp plant.
The plants also contain good amounts of vitamin E and minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorous and calcium. CBD oils also carry other cannabinoids like THC however for CBD oil to be considered legal, it must contain less than 0.3% of THC by volume. All these additions enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. These CBD oils have a wide range of health benefits from alleviating pain to helping maintain a well-functioning respiratory and cardiovascular system.
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oils are essentially full-spectrum oils with the THC component removed. Currently, they are considered to be more therapeutic than CBD Isolate oil. It works well for athletes as THC is considered to be part of the anti-doping list. It is also the best option for those who would not like to consume any trace of THC.
CBD Isolates are the purest form of CBD in that all other hemp derivatives are removed during the production process. It exists in two forms purified and isolated. When purified, it is extracted from the plant and turned into a solid white powder. When isolated, it can be taken directly or combined with other products such as being dissolved in oil. CBD Isolate contains no THC.
How is CBD Oil used in the body?
Scientific reports show that CBD works in your body by slowing down the breakdown of endocannabinoids which already exist within the body. The Endocannabinoid system keeps the body in homeostasis hence when CBD is ingested it can help optimize your body’s ability to run smoothly and function. As a result, the body is able to reduce inflammation in the immune and nervous system with greater efficiency. It also interacts with the dopamine, serotonin, opioid and cannabinoid receptors in our bodies.
Where to buy CBD oil online in Canada?
You can order CBD online through Canadian retailers such as CBD Oil Canada. You can also check the Canadian CBD marketplace. It is important to check before buying a product that it was lab tested and went through third-party testing. This will help verify if the product is actually of quality. Since the use of Cannabis is legal in Canada, you don't need a prescription to buy CBD oil. It is advisable to monitor the effects of CBD oil has on your body. We also recommend that you consult a doctor on the use of CBD oil especially if you are already on other medication.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs )
Are there any addictive elements in CBD oil?
CBD oil products contain very minimal traces of THC hence removing the addictive element.
Can I get high from using CBD oil?
No, you can't as CBD contains very minimal traces of THC.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
THC is psychoactive hence it causes the euphoric feeling of "being high" while CBD is non-psychoactive.
What is the recommended dosage?
There is no one set dose and it all depends on advice from your doctor. However, a good tip is to start 4 -5 drops as you work your way up to a larger dose.
Where can I buy CBD products online?
You can buy CBD by searching for them in the Canadian CBD Marketplace.
What are the side-effects of using CBD?
These can occur are as a result of drug to drug interactions between CBD and additional medication you may be taking. They may be diarrhoea, dizziness, appetite changes, fatigue and weight loss.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Marijuana is any plant grown for recreational use and tends to have high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. Hemp is grown for industrial purposes and has low levels of THC and a high concentration of CBD.
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?
Hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds and doesn’t contain any CBD. CBD oil is made from the leaves, flowers, bud and stem of the cannabis plant.