Guide to CBD oil use and terminology

Published Feb 13, 2019 01:52 p.m. ET

When navigating the world of CBD products, it can be difficult to distinguish the differences between products, especially if you have no idea what you are looking for. To garner the most substantial benefits from using CBD oil, it is important to recognize the subtle differences between the various forms that are available. Some CBD oil will contain some amount of THC which can have mild altering capabilities that someone using only pure CBD oil would never expect. Therefore, it is essential to learn some of the most common terms and names of CBD oil products.

What is CBD

CBD is the short form for cannabidiol which is just one phytocannabinoid that is produced by marijuana plants. It is considered to be one of the two most active cannabinoids with the other being THC. CBD will not produce psychoactive effects. Instead, it is used to treat many conditions and disorders such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, nausea, movement disorders, chronic pain, and sleeping troubles. While it will not provide the same intense feeling that THC does, it can deliver sedative qualities alongside anti-inflammatory properties that are relatively fast acting with little to no side effects.  

What is CBD oil

CBD oil is a cannabis-derived extract that contains only CBD. Often the CBD is extracted using a solvent that breaks down and removed the chemical compounds making them easy to harvest. CBD oil will have a thick texture and is often administered via a syringe or dropper bottle and taken orally. CBD oil is not ever used for recreational purposes as it has no overwhelming effects like THC. It is only used for medical purposes, most often by those who have found little to no relief from more traditional pharmaceutical treatments. CBD oil can be cooked with, taken orally, and even smoked, but is generally meant to take in the healthiest way possible for its health benefits. CBD oils tend to contain somewhere between 50% and 70% CBD.

What is CBD isolate

CBD isolate is very different than CBD oil. It has a consistency that is similar to flour or granulated sugar. This form of CBD is made of 99% CBD making it the purest form of CBD possible. CBD isolate is usually taken by mouth but rarely is it swallowed in its whole form. Instead, it is often made into drinks, tinctures or edibles to add a massive dose of CBD that is easy to consume. CBD Isolate is nearly impossible to make at home and is rarely available for purchase as it is incredibly difficult even for the professional to make and isn’t worth nearly as much as the only consumers of CBD are for medical reasons making the consumer base much less appealing for companies.

What is full spectrum CBD oil

Full spectrum CBD oil sounds incredibly fancy, but it has been around longer than you might think. Full spectrum means that it contains both active cannabinoids including THC and CBD generally in an evenly divided quantity. This oil can provide the therapeutic effects of CBD alongside a more potent feeling from the THC that can often work even better than just CBD oil particularly for those suffering from more extreme conditions or pain. Full spectrum oil is made using the same extraction process as CBD oil, with the most significant difference being the plant material base. In the making of pure CBD oil, a plant that only contains high levels of CBD is selected. For full spectrum plants that produce both cannabinoids in substantial amounts are used instead.

What is pure CBD oil

Pure CBD oil means an oil that is not only utilizing plants that only produce CBD, but also one that contains no harmful residues or chemicals. Often you will find that CBD oils come in various flavors and scents, but those are created using glycerin and other chemicals that are proven carcinogens that take up space for no real reason other than taste. A pure CBD oil will not have any additives and will be made using a clean extraction method such as using CO2.

How to use CBD oil

Whether you are using a full spectrum CBD oil or a pure CBD oil the general guidelines stay the same. Those who are using CBD for the first time to treat mild symptoms are going to want to take the lowest doses for extended periods of time to gauge the effects. For people seeking immediate relief, such a small amount of CBD may not be a feasible option, but they will still need to proceed with caution as they learn how the effects of the oil will feel for them. Below are guidelines based on user experience, and the severity of symptoms that are a good starting point as you first learn how to use CBD oil.

Beginners/ Mild symptoms

If you are just starting than the lowest dose possible is always recommended. One drop of a CBD oil three times a day that contains 50 mg or less CBD should be sufficient.

Some experience/ Moderate symptoms

If you have some prior experience with CBD products or are experiencing a more elevated urgency of symptoms than you will likely benefit more from a slightly higher dose. One drop of CBD oil that contains 100 mg or less of CBD is the ideal starting range.

Regular users/ Severe symptoms

If you have an extensive history with using CBD or THC based products in the past or are suffering from a severe level of pain or other symptoms than a higher dose of CBD may be required. Use 150 mg or less oil three times a day taking one drop three times per day.

These guidelines can only give you a glimpse into what you can expect from using a CBD oil. This is because each person will experience the chemical interaction differently garnering slightly different results across the board. The starting amount given to each category is a great place to begin, but if after four days of treatment you do not see any changes in how you feel than increase your dose by one drop per dose. Continue for another four days and gauge your felt effect before deciding how to proceed from there. Unfortunately, it may take a little while to find what works for you, but once you do the long-term benefits are astounding and more than worth it, especially when faced with having to consider other potentially harmful pharmaceutical treatments.


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