An active health and wellness guru, Ben enjoys researching, learning and sharing his insight with others. After trying CBD Oil and seeing how well it benefited him, he decided to begin a quest to share the insight with others.
Are you a new CBD Oil User or new to researching CBD Oil? I’ve wrote numerous postings that can be helpful, however this post “The Ultimate Beginners CBD Oil Power Guide” is designed as a quick reference post.
Here I will share quick snippets of information that can answer your questions quickly.
Here is the information that we will be reviewing:
- Backgrounds on CBD Oil
- Benefits Users Have Found By Using CBD Oil
- Common Terms Associated With CBD Oil
- Where CBD Oil Is Commonly Sourced
- Common CBD Oil Products
- Dosing Guidance
- Side Effects
This page will be continually updated so be sure to book mark and check back frequently. Click on the table of contents to quickly go to the areas of interest.
Also, there will be links provided to related posts that go into more details. Take advantage and click the links to take you to the relevant posts that will cover more details on the subject of interest.
Background on CBD Oil
- CBD Oil (cannabidiol) – is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis sativa plant. Not to be confused with THC, CBD is non habit forming and non psychoactive. This means that is will not cause you to become high. Most CBD Oil will be derived from Hemp
Benefits Users Have Found By Using CBD Oil
There have been numerous benefits that CBD Oil users have found by utilizing CBD Oil. The more common include
Common Terms Associated with CBD Oil
- Cannabidiol – this is the technical term for CBD Oil. Its the same substance but more technical or medical documentation may use cannabidiol or CBD Oil interchangeably.
- THC – tetrahydacannabidiol is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. This is the substance that does cause the high. THC is found primarily in the marijuana plant and is scarce portions in Hemp.
- Hemp: Hemp (Industrial Hemp) is the cannabis variety that is used for industrial purposes. It contains high levels of CBD and very small levels of THC (federal law states it must contain less that 0.3%). It can be used as a food source and also to created rope, cordage, paper, clothes and even health and beauty products.
- Hemp Oil: (aka Hemp Seed Oil) Not to be confused with CBD Oil. Hemp oil is the oil that is made from the hemp seeds. It can be used in health and beauty products like lotions and soaps. Hemp Oil can be very useful but be careful not to confuse it with CBD Oil, they are not the same and hemp oil DOES NOT CONTAIN CBD Oil.
- Endocannabinoid System – This is the receptive system that is throughout the human body. It regulates a variety of biological processes that include, mood, sleep, immune response, inflammation etc. There are two types of receptors within the endocannabinoid systems. CB1 receptors which are located primarily within the central nervous system play a role in regulating sleep, mood, motor skills and pain. CB2 receptops found in the lymphatic and immune systems help regulate digestion, inflammation and heart functions.
Where Is CBD Oil Sourced (Where Does It Come From)
CBD Oil comes from the cannabis plant and will primarily be sourced from industrial Hemp.
The quality of hemp is essential to providing the optimal quality CBD Oil. Seek out products that produce CBD Oil from hemp grown in optimal organic conditions (Organically Grown in USA) to get the best quality CBD Oil.
Be careful not to purchase CBD that is made from Hemp grown in countries with questionable agricultural practices. China produces a tremendous amount of hemp that is exported to the US.
There are still a lot of products produced from Chinese hemp. China is a very polluted country and you do not have knowledge of the conditions in which the hemp was grown.
Seek only CBD derived using CO2 (Cardon Dioxide) extraction. The process is more expensive but it is the cleanest means to extract the highest quality CBD.
Some products may utilize a cheaper extraction means such as using petroleum based extraction methods.
Common CBD Oil Products
There are many CBD products out in the market. Some I have some skepticism as being more gimmicky then anything. However, there are some really good products that many are finding to be very helpful. The more common CBD Oil products include sublingual tinctures, lotions & balms. Below are the common types and details you need to know.
These are very effective products that use a droplet to deliver CBD oil under the tongue. This is very effective and allows for CBD Oil to be easily absorbed.
Types of Sublingual Tinctures
Full Spectrum: This means that its CBD Oil along with trace amounts of THC. This will be less than 0.3% (By the way top end manufacturers have independent lab reports in which you can see the levels contained).
The term full means that along with the CBD there are other flavonoids and cannabinoids etc that are included. These all magnify and assist in the therapeutic benefits called the “Entourage Effect”
Pros: Consumers are seeking the get the best out of the CBD Oil by taking advantage of the “entourage effect”.
Cons: There is concern about the sensitivity of THC. Note that the levels are less than 0.3% and independent lab reports from reputable manufacturers can show specifics. Although it’s unlikely that THC can show up from high dosage users, some may have employers with strict drug testing and they may have concerns and prefer to use a THC free option.
THC Free Isolate: These are CBD Oil varieties that have removed the THC.
Pros: You get CBD Oil without having any concern of THC in the event you may have an employer that has very strict drug testing.
Cons: Users can potentially lose out of the “entourage effect” in which other cannabinoids are removed that can work synergistically in the delivery into the body.
These are the levels of concentration of CBD Oil in the product. For example I use a 500mg bottle, but there is a 750 mg and 1000 mg version available from my company of choice. This simply means that the higher number, the more CBD. Most may start on the lower end and move up depending on what works best for them.
Balms and Lotions
These products contain CBD Oil as active ingredient. They can be used for a variety of skill related conditions such as eczema.
Its generally advised to start low and slow. You may want to start with a lower concentration level to get started. Example would be starting with a 500 mg sublingual tincture VS 1000mg. When starting you can take about ¼ – ½ of the recommended dose on the bottle (about 2x daily) for a few days before moving up to regular dose.
It may take a few days for your body to begin to show the effects you can make changes later. Once you find that dosage continue taking that dose twice daily to continue the levels of CBD in your blood.
Also note that if you start with a lower concentration (ex 500 mg bottle) you may find that you sweet dosage spot may require a little more CBD, in that case you might find it useful to move up. For example you may find a higher concentration with the 1000 mg bottle may allow you to get relief 2x daily VS the lower concentration 500 mg.
Remember don’t always expect to feel the potential benefits immediately. Each person may be different than the next.
Always follow recommendations from your medical provider. If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications always consult your medical providers before taking CBD Oil.
CBD Oil has been shown to have a great safety profile with limited side effects. Possible side effects that have been documented include: Fever, Diarrhea, weight gain, fatigue, increased appetite.
Everyone’s body chemistry can be slightly different so always consult your medical provider for further guidance.
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