CBD oil FAQ's

Published Oct 1, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Thanks to marijuana legalization, consumers and patients now have an entirely new field of options to choose from, as the plant offers a unique range of benefits to suit a variety of needs. Unfortunately, just like with THC, there are a lot of common questions about CBD, and people need a safe and reliable space to ask them. Since there are so few reliable sources that focus specifically on CBD, we are here to help with answers to the top 10 most asked questions about CBD oil.

1. What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a concentrate that is made from a strain of cannabis or hemp plant that produce larger quantities of the cannabinoid, cannabidiol. Quite often, a high-fat extractor such as coconut oil or olive oil is utilized to draw and contain the CBD for easy dosing, but in some cases, solvents like CO2 or alcohol are incorporated instead.

2. Is CBD oil safe for humans?

CBD oil, just like it’s psychoactive counterpart THC, is entirely non-toxic to humans and safe to use as a therapeutic treatment. Despite that, there are a few rare reported adverse effects that could arise from consuming or topically applying CBD oil including:

  • Upset stomach
  • Allergic reaction
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

3. Is CBD oil safe for pets?

When it comes to something that is this powerful as a treatment for humans, it’s really no wonder why so many people question its safety and efficiency as a medicine for pets. Unfortunately, there is very little research available on our furry companions and their reaction to CBD, however, there is enough to say that it is definitely a safe and non-toxic option for most mammals. We also know that mammals like dogs, cats, goats, horses, cows, etc., are all equipped with an endocannabinoid system just like us, which is what makes the CBD oil work so well. So not only is it safe, but it is believed to be just as effective when used on animals as it is for humans.

4. Is CBD oil safe for children?

Most cannabis products are not intended or safe for children to consume, but most of the risk lies with THC and its impacts on the developing brain. CBD oil offers protective qualities and absolutely no recreational sensations on its own, so it is absolutely safe for children, but be weary on this path of treatment. Always check your local laws and regulations, as some regions still maintain laws against all CBD oil even for adults. Also, be sure to source your CBD oil from a supplier that only uses hemp strains with absolutely no THC.

5. What does CBD oil do?

CBD oil can be used for so many things, which is likely why it’s become one of the most popular cannabis derived supplements on the market today. Once the cannabinoid is absorbed into the bloodstream, it interacts with CB1 receptors which helps the body to regulate itself in some pretty unique ways.

CBD oil can help to regulate:

  • Blood pressure
  • Sugar levels
  • Hormones
  • Pain
  • Mood
  • Inflammation
  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Rate of healing

6. How to use CBD oil

The frequency at which you decide to use this treatment is entirely up to you and will depend on the issues and severity of what you are trying to relieve. You can use CBD oil as a:

One-time treatment

Take CBD right when a problem arises and stop once the symptoms begin to subside.

Irregular treatment

Try CBD on scheduled days or times where your symptoms subsist the worst while leaving it infrequent enough to not be considered a part of your daily regimen.

Daily treatment

Daily treatments can be once per day or even several times per day, and the amount that you require will depend on the strength of your product and the problems you want to solve with it.

7. How to make CBD oil

CBD oil that is manufactured is most often made using industrial strains of hemp that produce significant quantities of cannabidiol. Since most consumers do not have access to fresh and ready to use hemp buds, some use marijuana bud flowers instead. The process itself is the very same as making THC oil, with the main difference being the most prevalent element in your strain of choice. Just remember, if you use a high THC strain, you will have to deal with the psychoactive side effects, as there is no way to remove only the CBD from cannabis plant materials.

8. How to take CBD oil

Many consumers find the flavor and texture of pure CBD oil to be bland and thick, which is the reason why some people prefer alternative methods of ingesting. Luckily, there are more than enough options depending on the level of relief that you seek:

  • Cream
  • Salve
  • Balm
  • Edibles
  • Mixed drinks
  • Capsules
  • Spray

9. How to give CBD oil to your pets

Now that you know CBD oil is safe for your furry friends, you are probably wondering how to give it to them. The truth is, just like with humans, there is no ‘one size fits all’ dosing, but there is a minimal starting point which is typically around 5mg of CBD. The best way to give it to most pets is like any other medicine, by combining it with their food. You can bake it into dog treats, add a few drops to a dish of water, or sprinkle some right onto your pet’s hard or wet food, and most don’t even realize that it’s there.

10. Where to buy CBD oil near me

The trouble with buying CBD oil is that most consumers do not want to get high, which is why they seek these kinds of products, but when you take a chance with unregulated distributors, you might end up with improperly labelled cannabis oil that is high in THC instead. Hence the reason why it is so important to find a licensed, regulated and highly recommended dispensary or health food store that maintains educated staff on hand to help with answering any questions that you might have and getting the right medicine for your needs.

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