CBD has become newsworthy after it was  legalized. But what is CBD? How is to be used? What are the pros and cons and does it give you a high? Find the answers to all these questions and more in this comprehensive CBD guide.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD or Cannabidiol oil is an organic compound derived from the cannabis plant. This contains high quantity of cannabinoid. The product contains less than 0.3% of THC and hence can be safely used. The CBD Oil manufactured for common use is derived from industrial hemp. As per the Farm Bill passed in 2014, it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

What is Terpenes?

The essential oil found in cannabis is known as terpenes. There are nearly 200 types of terpenes and these give CBD the distinct flavor and aroma. They are beneficial to the body and promote general well and overall good health.

Do pets benefit from using CBD?

CBD can be given to pets. They help in conditions such as anxiety, inflammation, pain and seizures. While CBD is available for pets also, the dosage is very different as the cannabinoid receptor concentration in an animal’s brain is higher as compared to humans. Their sensitivity to THC is, therefore, high. Please consult a veterinarian before you give CBD to your pet.

For how long should CBD tincture place sublingually?

CBD tincture should be placed for approximately 1 minute so that it can be better absorbed by the body.

What is the difference between Marijuana and Hemp? 

Hemp and marijuana are two different types of cannabis. CBD is found in abundance in both marijuana and hemp but the cannabis strains are completely different. The stem and seeds of marijuana contain cannabis as opposed to hemp. CBD is found in the seeds, stem and buds of the hemp plant. The hemp plant does not have any traces of THC. When the amount of THC in a plant is more than 0.3%, it is marijuana.

How is CBD different from THC?

THC binds itself to the CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system (CNS). CBS binds itself to the CB-2 receptors found in the body tissues and the cells outside the CNS.

Does CBD get you high?

CBD does not intoxicate. Since it does not bind itself to the brain receptors, there are no psychoactive effects. CBD is the complete opposite of the marijuana. In fact, it is used for subduing paranoia.

How should CBD be used?

CBD products are to be consumed in the form of oral drop. They are placed beneath the tongue and consumed sublingually. The oil is kept for 60 seconds sublingually and then swallowed. You can also use CBD in the form of ointments and topical creams. Vape juice or e-juice is also available for the CBD user.

How does CBD work?

CBD works by binding itself to the CB-2 receptors in the body. It binds itself to the endocannabinoid system.

Is it legal to buy and use CBD?

CBD was legalized by the Farm Bill of 2014. According to this bill, it is legal to use CBD products derived from Industrial Hemp. As per federal law “Federal law prohibits U.S. farmers from cultivating hemp as a commercial crop, but the sale of imported, low-THC, industrial hemp products is permitted in the United States.” This means that if the amount of THC in the product is less than or equal to 0.3%, then the product can be sold, bought and used.

Does CBD occur naturally?

CBD is a completely natural organic compound that is found in the cannabis plant.

Which is the best way to isolate CBD from Cannabis plant?

CBD is isolated from the cannabis plant by the method of CO2 extraction. This is the preferred method because it does leave any chemical contaminants behind.

Another popular method is alcohol extraction. In this method, a liquid like butane, ethanol or hexane is used for the extraction of CBD. The liquid is run through the cannabinoid and then evaporated. This leaves on the active CBD behind. This method, however, is dangerous as it leaves behind traces of hexane or butane.

The third most popular method of extraction is infusing olive oil. The raw material is ground, heated and infused for a couple of hours.

What are the benefits of using CBD?

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body and promotes homeostasis. CBD is non-psychoactive and does not give you a high. The health benefits of CBD include pain reduction and prevention of depression and anxiety. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and prevents nausea among others.

What are the side effects of CBD?

It is always best to consult your doctor before you start using CBD products. It is generally safe for most people. However, some users have reported the following side effects: –

  • Change in appetite;
  • Weight change;
  • Diarrhoea; and
  • Fatigue

How does CBD oil work?

To know how CBD oil works, it is important to more about the endocannabinoid system within the body. This system has two types of receptors – CB-1 and CB-2. Both these receptors impact the well-being tremendously.

CB-1 receptors are found in the central nervous system in the brain. The receptor is associated with mood, appetite, emotions, movement, coordination and pain. CB-2 receptors, on the other hand, are found throughout the body except the brain.

Cannabinoid attaches itself to CB-2 and promotes general well being of the body.

How should CBD be taken? What should the dosage be?

Before you incorporate CBD oil to your routine, it is best to consult your physician. CBD oil is available in the form of e-juice, capsules, topicals and sublingual. The instructions for use will always be available on the pack. Please follow the instructions of the manufacturer.

Is it possible to overdose on CBD?

CBD is safe to use even if taken in high doses. Excess of CBD can cause drowsiness and lethargy.

What precautions should be taken while using CBD?

If you are on any medication, especially seizures, then you should not use CBD without consulting your physician. Also, pregnant and lactating women should consult their doctors before using CBD.

What is the difference between 100% hemp oil and CBD?

Any oil derived from the Hemp plant is known as hemp oil. CBD oil can be derived either from hemp or cannabis plant. It contains significant quantities of CBD. While almost all CBD oil can be hemp oil, hemp oil cannot be CBD oil.

What is the difference between full spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate?

Full Spectrum CBD contains 0.3% or less of THC. It also contains other organic compounds such as terpenes. This is the entourage effect. CBD isolate contains only CBD. It does not contain THC or any other organic compounds.

Is it legal to use CBD?

CBD is completely legal to use if it is derived from industrial hemp. This means that it should contain less than 03%THC by dry weight.

Can CBD Oil be carried outside the US?

CBD oil is not legal in all countries. So, carrying CBD outside the borders of the United States is not legal. You can be in big trouble and face fines or imprisonment if you bring it in a country where CBD is illegal.

What are the different types of CBD that are available for use?

CBD is available for consumption in the following forms: –

  • Edibles – Products such as gummy bears, and chocolates, infused with CBD.
  • Gummies – A type of edible containing CBD.
  • Vape Oil – A liquid containing CBD and used for vaping.
  • Tincture – Another word for CBD Oil. Can be used interchangeably with CBD Oil.

Is a prescription required to purchase CBD?

You don’t need a prescription to purchase CBD.

Can you get addicted to CBD Oil?

There is no documented evidence to suggest that CBD is addictive. In fact, it has been observed that CBD can help break harmful addictions.

What is Endocannabinoid System?

Endocannabinoid System is a group of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes. They help in the breakdown and production of endocannabinoids. The most commonly occurring receptors are CB-1, which is located in the brain, and CB-2, found in the cells and tissues throughout the body, except the brain.

What does ‘Entourage Effect’ mean?

Entourage Effect is a term used to explain the synergistic relationship between the organic compounds occurring in the cannabis plant.

How do Cannabinoids Work?

Cannabinoids work by binding the CB-1 and B-2 receptors. They also work by targeting the body’s non-cannabinoid receptors.

How is CBD best taken?

CBD can be used in many ways and there is no best way. It can be used sublingually in the form of tinctures, topical balms and lotions, capsules, gummies and edibles and by the process of inhalation or vaping.