CBD Oil: 24 Most Popular Questions Answered
CBD oil is currently one of the most sought-after cannabis products, so let’s take a look at its benefits, dosing, side effects and consumption methods.
By now you’ve probably heard a lot about CBD oil.
Proponents suggest that it acts as a powerful remedy for a multitude of health issues. On the other hand, adversaries and those trying to suppress it claim it’s nothing more than the next snake oil.
Luckily there’s a lot of research on CBD, and the studies are pointing to some very promising results, most notably in the fields of pain management and anxiety reduction.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a liquid extract of the second most prominent chemical compound unique to plants of the cannabis genus, called cannabidiol (usually abbreviated as CBD).
Cannabidiol belongs to a group of chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which are synthesized naturally in cannabis.
Cannabinoids fit beautifully into the cellular signaling network we all have in our bodies, called the endocannabinoid system.
This system helps to maintain health on a cellular level in every of system of the body, vigilantly reacting and adapting to the continuous changes our body encounters on a daily basis.
By ingesting CBD oil, we are essentially supplementing our endocannabinoid system, making sure it keeps running smoothly.
CBD oil is still quite new, and people who haven’t had the chance to experience the effects of this oil often confuse it with other potent oils used for dabbing, which actually have a very high concentration of the main psychoactive cannabinoid THC, and very miniscule levels of CBD.
Because CBD is an important constituent of cannabis, it is still considered controversial, which is based mostly on ignorance, but also on a lot of intentional misinformation.
The truth is that this oil has a definite application as a natural medicine, and it’s a viable solution for many health-related issues.
For a detailed look into the pharmacokinetics of CBD, check out our complete CBD guide.
Is CBD oil dangerous?
CBD oil is not dangerous. It poses no danger for the user’s health.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization, it is also completely non-addictive.
CBD oil could also help lessen the devastation caused by the opioid crisis, which is still running rampant all across North America.
Not only that, but studies have also shown that CBD prevents drug and alcohol relapse, even with heavy narcotics like cocaine.
Aside from those two benefits, CBD oil has a remarkable effect on pain management and a great potential for treating anxiety disorders, as it was discussed in a 2015 report published in the Neurotherapeutics scientific journal.
How to dose CBD oil?
Cannabis dosing is a pretty complex subject in general, and the best way to get started is to check out our dosage guidebook, where we collaborated with Dr. Dustin Sulak, one of the most experienced cannabis physicians in the US.
In this eBook you’ll find recommendations on consuming just CBD (with precise instructions on how to consume cannabidiol during the day, and also in the nighttime), but also on using only THC, and combining these cannabinoids together.
The recommended doses can be applied for every type of consumption method, including vaping, smoking, edibles, topicals, and of course CBD oil.
If you don’t have the time to read that eBook, know that a good starting dose is a total of 12mg of CBD per day.
Can you overdose on CBD oil?
According to this study, CBD oil is well tolerated in humans in doses up to 1500mg. Simply put, you cannot overdose on CBD.
There are some very legitimate reasons why the World Health Organization has urged governments around the globe to remove CBD from their lists of controlled substances.
In a nutshell, the brain doesn’t interact with CBD in the same manner as it does with alcohol, opioids, heroin and other mind altering substances.
CBD oil doesn’t affect the sections of the brain responsible for breathing, and because of this it cannot cause respiratory depression like opioids can.
CBD Oil vs Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), what’s the difference?
People often confuse Rick Simpson Oil with CBD oil.
Rick Simpson Oil, (regularly shortened to RSO), is a cannabis derivative made from high-THC indica strains.
Commercial CBD oils have very little to no THC in them, which makes them legal in some places where medical cannabis with higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol isn’t.
CBD oils are also sometimes made from industrial hemp (which is a low-THC cannabis variety with no buds), while RSO can only be made by dissolving THC-potent cannabis flowers (buds).
How to use CBD oil for pain?
There are several different ways to use CBD oil. The most popular consumption method are tinctures, because they are usually flavored, and require very little time to ingest.
If you’re fighting chronic pain, tinctures will serve you as good as any other form of CBD oil.
On the other hand, if you have some type of localized pain, like a post-surgery knee pain for instance, topical CBD creams are a far more suitable option.
People with advanced Parkinson’s are able to lose symptoms of dyskinesia (uncontrolled muscle twitches and movements) within minutes of ingesting CBD oil.
If you’re skeptical, just watch the video below:
How to use CBD oil for anxiety?
Anxiety is a common, yet very misunderstood disorder. It is becoming more and more prevalent among the youth as the pressures of modern life continue to rise.
It’s also a very complex condition because the causes can be extremely wide-ranging, from things like expecting an important test result, public speaking and even banal things like the direction of your life. All this stress heavily contributes to anxiety.
In order to reduce the symptoms of anxiety you should spread out your CBD oil consumption throughout the day, and as evenly as possible.
Taking the oil once you start feeling the symptoms often proves to be a bit late. This is why it’s vital to have a well thought out routine.
Additionally, having a routine may even enhance your absorption rate, and thus the efficacy of CBD in your system.
Scientists have found that doses between 40 mg and 600 mg seem to be most effective for reducing anxiety levels.
A study on social anxiety concluded that a daily dose of 600 mg of CBD oil was very effective against anxiousness.
Also, a study published in 2010 found that if you take CBD prior to a stressful event (for example before a public speaking gig) you will have reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in speech performance.
So, feel free to load up on CBD to make stressful events just a bit less stressful.
What are the health benefits of CBD oil?
CBD works wonders for a lot of conditions, despite what WebMD might have told you.
Other studies have shown that CBD is effective in battling inflammation and relieving the neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis.
I could go on and on about how many studies confirmed that CBD oil has major benefits for human health. In fact, cannabidiol is also very advantageous for our canine friends as well.
The field in which CBD is yet to play a part is battling autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Another illness that can be managed with CBD oil is Parkinson’s Disease, as you’ve probably seen on the video I suggested in one of the previous chapters.
Here are some of the other surprising benefits of CBD oil:
- Reduces dyskinesia
- Increases survival time for those infected with mad cow disease
- Accelerates bone growth
- Helps treat psoriasis
- Reduces the frequency of epileptic seizures
What are the side-effects of CBD oil?
Using CBD oil in adequate amounts doesn’t produce any serious side effects.
The worst reported side effect of CBD oil is being sleepy, hungry or lethargic. These side effects are quite similar to those from regular THC-potent cannabis.
The only other side effect I could see is not liking the taste (which isn’t really a side effect), and involves accidentally mixing CBD tinctures and other medications.
One study looked into the side effects of CBD oil, and found the following side effects to be possible, but highly unlikely:
- Anxiety and depression
- Dry mouth
- Increase in appetite
- Reduction in appetite
Using a CBD tincture can be dangerous if you are taking other types of medication, especially those that don’t mix well with alcohol.
CBD tinctures are usually made through ethanol extraction, and ethanol is a type of alcohol.
Recovering alcoholics that take blockers such as acamprosate or disulfiram can have extreme reactions even with tiny amounts of alcohol because of these medications.
Can CBD oil help you sleep?
Yes, there are some strong indications that CBD oil can help with sleep and even battle insomnia. Feeling sleepy and drowsy is also one of the reported “side effects” of taking CBD oil, however for that to occur you would need to take over 1500 mg of CBD per day, which is unrealistic at best.
Can CBD oil cure cancer?
Some preliminary studies have shown that using CBD can increase the death of tumor cells and even spread the growth of certain cancers.
Consuming concentrates high both in CBD and THC (also packed with a plethora of minor cannabinoids and other compounds like terpenes and flavonoids) present in the cannabis plant seem to offer best results for cancerous cells.
Can CBD oil be vaped?
Affirmative. You can buy CBD oil in pre-packed cartridges and vape it just like you would vape any other cannabis-based oil.
Can CBD oil make you anxious?
CBD oil should not cause anxiety—CBD actually is proven to relieve paranoia induced by high-potency, high-THC cannabis.
CBD benefits anxiety by stimulating receptors that secrete serotonin and by inhibiting degradation of endocannabinoids, like anandamide.
Can CBD oil help you lose weight?
There are no studies that prove that CBD oil directly affects body weight. CBD oil currently shows both increasing and decreasing effects on appetite, and the effects seem to be dependant on the dose.
In the future, CBD will most likely find its use in certain metabolic disorders as well.
Can CBD oil help with tinnitus?
Yes. CBD oil is known to reduce both tinnitus and vertigo.
Can CBD oil help asthma?
Yes. CBD oil helps asthma by relaxing the muscles in the lungs, which produces less frequent and less severe constrictions. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil is one of the best natural remedies for asthma.
Can CBD oil get you high?
It can, if it hasn’t been properly extracted. This mostly happens if the plant material used for extraction had high THC levels. Otherwise, properly made CBD oil shouldn’t make you “high”, because cannabidiol isn’t mind-altering like THC.
If your CBD oil makes you high, you need to switch to a different producer immediately.
Can you drive after taking CBD oil?
Similarly to the previous question, if your CBD oil has THC only in trace amounts, you should be OK to drive. Otherwise it is a misconduct, and in some cases even a felony to drive high.
Is CBD oil legal in Canada?
Only CBD oil produced by ACMPR licensed producers is legal in Canada.
Are CBD oil edibles legal?
CBD edibles are legal in same areas where CBD is legal. In US, CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally.
If you’re looking to get started with making CBD edibles, follow our decarbing tutorial here.
Is CBD oil safe during pregnancy?
There aren’t any clinical studies looking at the effects of CBD on pregnancy, so there’s really not enough data to determine if it’s safe to consume during pregnancy.
In general, we at Greencamp advise against using any cannabis-related product during pregnancy just because there is not enough research on the topic.
Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same?
CBD oil can be made either from cannabis plants or from hemp.
Hemp is a subspecies of cannabis mainly used for industrial purposes—however hemp has very little THC which makes it legal almost everywhere around the world.
CBD oil made from cannabis plants is what we tend to refer to as full-spectrum CBD oil—it contains a variety of terpenes and minor cannabinoids which complement its health benefits.
In the end, if you have access to cannabis-based CBD oil, we strongly suggest you go for it. If not, then the hemp CBD oil will suffice.
What does CBD oil taste like?
Pure CBD oil has an earthy, weedy taste and is very similar to cannabis and hemp. It also has a strange aftertaste which many find disgusting.
Pure CBD is usually dark green or black color, because it is an extract essentially. Its consistency is thick and sticky.
Often times, CBD oil comes in tinctures which mask its taste. These tinctures have different tastes based on the manufacturer.