A Beginner’s Guide To CBD Oil…


A Beginner’s Guide To CBD Oil

Medical Disclaimer: The content of this post is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified health professional for doubts and questions.

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a raging hot topic nowadays among the health and wellness communities. As cannabis is being slowly legalized across the U.S., the hype for CBD is blown out of proportion. The scientific research on how CBD works and its effects on the human body is still in very early stages, and there is a lot of confusing information out there.

This handy mini guide aims to quickly resolve some of your most pressing questions and misconceptions about CBD:

  1. What is CBD?
  2. What are its benefits and side effects?
  3. How to take CBD?
  4. Does it show up in drug tests?
  5. Is CBD legal?

So without further ado, let’s dive right into the answers:

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a nonpsychoactive compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant, along with many other compounds including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is psychoactive (gets you “high”). While CBD and THC have the same basic molecular structure, there are fine differences in the arrangement of the atoms that decides whether you get the “high” or not.

To dive a bit deeper, your body has an endocannabinoid system which has receptors for cannabinoid compounds such as CBD and THC. The endocannabinoid system regulates a wide array of body functions like:

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Immunity

CBD and THC interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system as they have chemical structures similar to the body’s own endocannabinoids.

So, in a nutshell, both CBD and THC can help with many health conditions such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, etc. The only difference is that one gets you “high” and the other doesn’t.

What are its benefits and side effects?

While research on CBD and THC is still in its infancy, the results of the studies so far are very promising. Many scientific studies report that CBD may be effective in providing relief to patients suffering from:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Chronic Pain
  4. Inflammation
  5. Addiction
  6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Epilepsy

The list is not an exhaustive one. While not all of this is FDA approved, earlier this year the first-ever drug containing CBD, called Epidiolex, was, in fact, FDA approved. Epidiolex is used to treat two rare forms of pediatric epilepsy.

I know, it seems absurd. But hold on to your hats!

As with everything, it is reasonable to expect that CBD’s benefits would come at the price of some harmful side effects. Well, apparently, that is not exactly the case.

While there have been some rare reports of adverse side effects such as nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, and diarrhea, CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe. As a matter of fact, CBD may help reduce symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment, such as nausea, pain, and vomiting.

How to take CBD?

CBD is available in a variety of forms. How you take it depends on what you are trying to achieve with it. Here are four ways to take CBD:

  1. Transdermal: It means administering CBD using creams and lotions. CBD-infused topicals are used to treat joint and muscle pain. They can also treat some skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.
  2. Inhalation: Using specialized vape pens to inhale CBD vapors is the fastest way of taking CBD, and probably the easiest once you own a pen and cartridge. In this case, compounds are absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream. Although, it is debatable whether vaping does damage to the lung tissue.
  3. Ingestion:Taking CBD in the form of capsules, gummies, candies, or baked goods is a great way to ensure that the dosage is precise. However, it takes a bit longer to take effect as compared to inhalation.
  4. Sublingual: You can use a dropper to drop the CBD oil right under the tongue. Tinctures and oils are a good choice for anyone who can’t take pills, and delivery takes about as long as ingestion to take effect.

Does it show up in drug tests?

Generally, drug tests do not test for CBD. They are aimed at THC. Properly produced CBD (from legal hemp) cannot produce a false positive for THC use. However, CBD oil products are also sourced from marijuana, and they can make you fail a drug test.

Speaking of hemp-derived CBD, the THC levels are extremely low – less than 0.3% (legal limit). So, neither will it get you “high” nor will it cause a false positive. Again, extremely high doses of CBD (greater than 1000 mg a day) might lead up to a detectable level of THC which can cause a false positive.

Long story short, be cautious when choosing a brand for CBD products, and you will always pass the drug test. Ideally, the CBD product should be hemp-derived and have little to zero amount of THC content.

Is CBD legal?

Hemp-derived CBD oil is claimed to be legal in all 50 states. However, there is a conflict between federal and state laws which makes the situation a bit hazy.

It is best to check your state’s laws on the consumption of cannabis before moving forward.

Final Words on CBD

With so much conflicting information on CBD being published every day thanks to the hype, it is easy to get confused and be skeptical of it being a fad. So far, science says that it’s not addictive or harmful as such. But, is it for you? Only you can decide, and do bring in your doctor on this one.

Even though it might not live up to the unrealistic expectations of being a one-stop magic potion to treat all ailments, rest assured CBD promises to be a boon for mankind in one way or another.

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