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The 4-Step Guide to CBD

Introduction to CBD

The number of people using CBD is growing at a massive rate. It’s in the news almost every day, and there are now 1.6 million daily UK users, but where do you start? If you’re on the lookout for a simple step-by-step process to talk you through the world of CBD, then look no further.

Key facts first! CBD has a good safety profile with very low toxicology reports—all research conducted so far supports this. Whatever your reason for taking CBD, our extensive batch testing means you’ll feel secure taking CBD.

Our 4-steps for CBD

At Vitality CBD we understand that everyone has different levels of expertise and knowledge about CBD. That’s why we’ve put the whole process into an easy-to-understand 4 stage program, going from learning about CBD all the way through to buying your first CBD oil:

Completely new to CBD? Then just start at step one and follow the journey through to the very end. Feel like you know enough about what CBD is, but want to know the right method to take it? Then hop on at step two. That way you can take in the information whichever way you feel is best.

Talk to us about CBD

If you have any questions throughout, you can head over to our CBD contact page to send us an email, or just pop up on our webchat at any point. Our CBD experts are available there 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Just click the icon in the bottom right corner of any page!

Right then. Let’s get started!

Step 1: What is CBD?

What is CBD? It’s a question that people across the world have been asking more and more year-on-year. You may have heard it being described as a cannabinoid and cannabidiol, and confusingly those are both correct. Thankfully Vitality CBD are here to outline the basics and do some jargon busting before you buy CBD.

The first and most important thing you need to know is that CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of over one hundred different cannabinoids that have been identified so far, so-named because they were first discovered in cannabis. Cannabinoids have since been discovered in many other biological systems including our own, but we’ll get to that later.

Where CBD comes from

To understand what cannabinoids are, and why they matter, we first need to discuss CBD’s relationship with cannabis. Cannabis is actually the term for a whole family of plants, which are usually split into two distinct categories: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. These terms are in turn used as overarching titles for different strains.

Traditionally sativa refers to the tall European plants, and indica to the bushier, shrub-like Indian varieties. For our purposes there are two terms that have far more practical use:

  • Hemp refers to strains of cannabis grown for industrial use. These applications include biofuel, rope, paper and CBD.
  • Marijuana refers to plants grown for recreational use i.e. getting high. This is why marijuana is often used to refer to cannabis as a drug.

We already know that there are lots of different cannabinoids you can find in the cannabis family, but there are two key ones that help distinguish between hemp and marijuana. The first, and most famous, is THC. This is the compound that induces most of the effects typically associated with smoking cannabis, and is found in high amounts in marijuana.

The second most prevalent cannabinoid is CBD. Research has continuously shown that CBD will not get you high, and is provenly safe for human use. CBD is typically found in high percentages in hemp, while there will be very little THC. All of our CBD products, from our CBD oils to our CBD topicals contain 0% THC.

The human body and cannabidiol

What’s most significant is that CBD is very similar to chemicals your body already produces. These endocannabinoids (a cannabinoid the body produces internally) are part of a network of chemicals and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system.

The ECS acts as the body’s assistant manager, with receptors throughout most of the major organs, the nervous system, and the immune system. Essentially it ensures that the body is operating in a state of balance, known as homeostasis. This involves checking that everything is working between key parameters, such as temperature, metabolism and pressure.

When we introduce CBD into the body, the ECS is its means of interacting with us. In fact, because it’s so similar to other chemicals, CBD is able to integrate quite easily. That’s why we’re so confident in CBD as a natural compound that you can safely introduce to your body.

Step 2: How do I take CBD?

There goes step one! You’ve either learned what CBD is, or skipped ahead (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you cheated), and now you’re wondering: what next? It’s all well and good knowing what CBD is, but now you need to figure out how to take it.

CBD ingestion methods have a big impact on how it interacts with your body. That’s why we’ve broken this section down into even smaller steps. First off, we’ll discuss bioavailability and why it matters, before walking through your CBD options.

CBD and bioavailability

Have you ever considered why hospitals will generally administer drugs straight into your bloodstream? It’s due to something known as bioavailability. Essentially, the bioavailability of any given chemical compound is the percentage of it that the body effectively uses. The higher the bioavailability, the more efficiently the compound has been utilised.

The main factor that affects bioavailability is how quick the compound’s path to the circulatory system is, hence why IV drips are typically the most effective method. So, lets look into how intake affects bioavailability!

CBD Oral Sprays & CBD Oral Drops

One of the most popular and widely recognised methods of using CBD are CBD oils. This covers our CBD Oral Drops and our CBD Oral Spray, both of which are used to apply a CBD oil underneath your tongue. CBD oils are just hemp extract blended with a carrier oil.

The reason for applying the CBD oil beneath the tongue (known as using it sublingually) is, you guessed it, bioavailability. Rather than swallowing your CBD oils and sending it through the digestive system, let it soak into the blood vessels beneath the tongue for around 90 seconds. That way it gets into circulation much faster.

The CBD will generally take around thirty minutes to be absorbed properly, and take six hours to leave the bloodstream. This makes CBD oils a great way to dose if you only want to use CBD intermittently. You can take half your recommended dosage in the morning, and the other half in the evening.

When comparing oral CBD options it’s worth considering the carrier oil. The MCT (coconut) oil in our CBD Oral Spray helps mask the taste of the hemp for those who don’t like its earthy tones, while the hemp seed oil in our CBD Oral Drops works great with CBD to provide a full-bodied hemp experience.

For more on our oral oils, read our CBD oils guide.

CBD E-liquids

CBD vaping has one of the highest bioavailabilities. By turning your CBD e-liquid into vapour you make it more easily absorbed. Since you’re inhaling it into your lungs, the CBD vape juice has a simple, fast route to your circulatory system.

If you want to use a CBD e-liquid, but aren’t familiar with vaping, first thing’s first: you’ll need a vape device. Our Broad Spectrum CBD E-liquid is best used in a easily found mouth-to-lung device, either by itself or as an additive. However, you cannot mix a CBD vape juice with nicotine due to the way nicotine and CBD act as catalysts for one another.

Due to the higher bioavailability when vaping CBD, it only takes 5 minutes to be absorbed, and 4 hours to leave the bloodstream. This is due to the speed with which the body is able to process the compound when vaped. That means vaping is for users who enjoy the process of taking CBD and want to dose semi-frequently throughout the day.

CBD Topicals

It’s important to note that in some instances bioavailability isn’t the be-all and end-all, largely due to the prevalence of the endocannabinoid system throughout the body. A great example of this would be when looking at CBD topicals, such as moisturising creams and balms.

When applying a cream to your skin the bioavailability is greatly reduced since the compounds must first make their way through the epidermal layer. That means the amount of CBD that actually reaches your circulatory system is very low. However, if you’re looking for a localised external release then the CBD topical will still reach the endocannabinoid receptors in the skin.

That means that CBD topicals definitely have a place in your CBD routine. Our CBD Skin Cream and CBD Muscle Balm both contain a carefully curated blend of essential oils and skincare ingredients designed to support the hemp extract. The key is to be savvy and explore your options thoroughly.

Since the bioavailability of CBD topicals is low, it’s a slower release means of consuming CBD. CBD effects will take around an hour to be asborbed and last for about five hours. Regardless of duration, if you’re looking for an external application then CBD topicals are the obvious way to go.

For more on our CBD cosmetics, read our CBD topicals guide.

CBD Edibles

One of the most common forms of CBD is CBD edibles. This is where you’ll find CBD Gummy Bears, CBD coffee and even CBD protein bars, alongside more traditional ingestion methods such as CBD Vitamins and lozenges.

While research has shown that ingesting CBD through your stomach reduces its bioavailability, it does make tracking your dosage through the day much easier, and is generally the quickest and most hassle-free way of taking CBD.

CBD edibles and supplements are a great way of, well, supplementing your daily CBD intake. It means that you can just carry a tub of CBD Gummy Bears wherever you go, and dose more discreetly in public. That makes them perfect for being on the go.

With CBD edibles it’ll usually take at least an hour to be asorbed, and roughly six hours to be processed. However, since the CBD first passes through the digestive system this can fluctuate depending on metabolism.

Step 3: What’s my CBD dosage?

You know what CBD is, and you’ve managed to decide on a means of taking it. All settled right? Well you actually still have to choose the strength of your CBD oils or CBD e-liquids, one of the most important factors. That’s why we’ve extensively polled our users to give you the best CBD experience.

Find your CBD dosage

We’ve surveyed our users extensively, and we’ve found that our most satisfied users are generally using 70mg a day. That’s why we recommend that first-time users begin with a 1200mg oil, such as our CBD Oral Spray. By starting at a higher dose, you can easily figure out how CBD works best for you.

After a week of using 70mg a day, you have two options: if you’re satisfied, try decreasing by 20mg a day, and if you’re dissatisfied, increase by 20mg a day. By using your CBD consistently, and experimenting with your dosage, you’re at least 76% more likely to have a satisfying CBD experience.

Using multiple CBD products

Some of our users also find that using multiple products simultaneously best serves their needs. It’s perfectly safe to use our CBD Oral Drops and CBD Muscle Balm at the same time for example, or indeed any combination of CBD oils, so long as you keep your dose relatively consistent. Finding the right method is part and parcel of your journey.

These CBD combinations are so popular in the Vitality CBD office that we’ve actually written an article on two of our favourite product combos. Take a look at our CBD product guide, and see if you can find two products that suit you.

Is CBD safe?

It also bears repeating that CBD has been shown to be demonstrably safe, even at very high dosages. Case studies have been conducted where use upwards of 600mg a day.

Step 4: How do I buy CBD?

Rejoice! You now know everything you need to know about CBD, including what it is, how to take it, and where to start with your dosage—all that’s left now is to buy CBD! Our core recommendation is to look for companies that prioritise testing and quality control.

The CBD market is very new, which also means it’s poorly regulated. That’s why we send all of our product batches to a third-party independent lab in order to ensure they meet the quality we expect. In fact, our central belief in user transparency is why we’ve made all of our CBD lab reports available online. That means you can match the exact report to the bottle in your hand.

If you feel like you’re still confused on anything CBD, reach out to us on our CBD contact page, or give us a message on our web chat (9am-5pm Monday-Friday). Just click the icon in the bottom right corner of each page and one of our CBD experts will be on hand!

Well, what are you waiting for? Go look at our ever-expanding shop, find the section that fits your needs, and buy CBD now!

Tired of wondering: what is CBD? Our goal at Vitality CBD is to make cannabidiol easy to understand, so we've compiled all our CBD knowledge into one spot.

Pharmacist’s Guide to CBD Oil

Natalie M. Treese, MBA, PharmD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Institute of Public Health
Tampa, Florida

Mia Flowers, PharmD Candidate 2020
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tampa, Florida

US Pharm. 2020;45(3):20-23.

ABSTRACT: Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming more prevalent, and pharmacists must be knowledgeable about these products in order to counsel patients effectively. CBD laws and regulations are determined at the state level in the United States. Non–FDA-approved CBD products are not regulated and may contain harmful chemicals. Pharmacists must counsel patients on where and how to obtain products and to check the amount of CBD and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in the product. CBD has numerous drug interactions that should be evaluated by a pharmacist. CBD is most promising for treatment-resistant seizures, and more research is necessary to evaluate its use for other indications. Sativex is currently being investigated in the U.S. for treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. In general, more studies of CBD are needed.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining popularity across the United States. Pharmacists must be able to answer patients’ questions about CBD and make recommendations. This article will provide specific information about CBD, including laws, how to select a non–FDA-approved CBD product, indications for use, side effects and warnings, drug interactions, dosing and directions, pharmacokinetics, and the future of CBD oil. After reading this article, pharmacists should feel confident about counseling patients about CBD and recommending CBD products.

Laws Concerning CBD

CBD was first isolated from the Cannabis sativa plant in the 1930s. CBD is a nonpsychoactive part of the plant, whereas delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major psychoactive part of the plant. In the 1970s, researchers evaluated CBD as a pharmacologic agent. 1 Epidiolex, a 100 mg/mL oral solution with less than 0.01% THC, became the first FDA-approved CBD-containing drug in June 2018. 2 The drug is Schedule V and indicated only as an anticonvulsant for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in patients aged 2 years and older. 3

In December 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act, which removed hemp from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulation as a controlled substance, was passed and signed into U.S. law. Hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains no more than 0.3% THC. (In contrast, marijuana has a higher THC.) Hemp is now regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is legal in all 50 states. Laws and restrictions regarding the selling of hemp products vary by state, making it questionable to travel with CBD products. 2

U.S. laws and regulations concerning CBD are determined at the state level. Currently, 33 states have legalized CBD use for medical purposes, and 10 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In states such as New York, Minnesota, and Connecticut, pharmacists are required to dispense the products in authorized dispensaries. Marijuana-derived CBD oil is still considered illegal under the Controlled Substances Act in accordance with the DEA’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I substance. 2

Selecting a Non–FDA-Approved CBD Product

Pharmacists must educate patients about how to select an appropriate non–FDA-approved CBD product. These products are not tested for safety, efficacy, or quality. 4 The main concerns in picking a non–FDA-approved CBD product are that it may contain harmful chemicals and may not accurately list the correct amounts of CBD and THC it contains. These products could contain harmful contaminants (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals) or have high levels of THC, which would result in a positive urine drug test. 5 The patient should be advised to obtain CBD products from a medical dispensary because these products are regulated. The patient should also consider ordering products from states where CBD is legal because more testing is done in those states. When selecting a product, the patient should check the label to see if it lists the amount of CBD in each dose. 5,6 The manufacturer should provide a Certificate of Analysis, which shows an independent laboratory’s assessment of the product’s potency and the presence of contaminants. 5 When assessing quality, the patient should look for the Hemp Authority seal, which means that the product is legal and the manufacturer is adhering to quality standards. 7

Indications for CBD

As consumer demand in the U.S. has risen, along with the number of dispensaries, the number of studies addressing the therapeutic effects of CBD has increased. The studies performed, however, are insufficient; large randomized, placebo-controlled trials need to be conducted. CBD seems most promising for treatment-resistant seizures. There is limited evidence concerning the use of CBD for psychotic symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and for anxiety related to public speaking. CBD has not been proven effective for pain, nausea, or depression. 4 THC, conversely, is thought to be effective for these conditions because it has a different mechanism of action. THC activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, and CBD does not. As mentioned previously, CBD does not have psychotropic effects and THC does. These differences are believed to account for the different uses of CBD and THC. 7,8

Patients with early-onset epilepsy who are resistant to conventional therapy may benefit from CBD oil. A trial that investigated the effect of CBD on drop seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome found that CBD 10 mg/kg/day or 20 mg/kg/day, when added to conventional therapy, led to a greater reduction of drop seizures compared with placebo. 9 The most common adverse reactions were somnolence, decreased appetite, and diarrhea. Specific adverse events from CBD included elevated liver aminotransferase concentrations. 9

Clinical findings on the use of CBD oil in Parkinson’s disease (PD) remain unclear. Past studies have evaluated CBD’s efficacy in minimizing nonmotor symptoms of PD, such as cognitive deficits, sleep disturbances, psychosis, depression, and anxiety. 10 The neuroprotective properties of CBD have been studied in animals with PD, with results indicating that CBD appears to reduce psychotic symptoms. 11 Although patients with PD have reported fewer sleep disturbances as well as improvements in quality of life, treatment in humans requires further investigation on a larger scale, with longer durations and more standardized dosing. 12 Most studies have used combinations of CBD and THC extracts, including nabilone, a synthetic CB1 receptor agonist. CBD dosages of 150 mg/day for 4 weeks and titrated by 140 mg/week were found to be safe and well tolerated and did not worsen motor function. 10

More evidence is needed to support the use of CBD for anxiety. Studies have found that CBD 300 mg may be effective for anxiety related to public speaking, and doses of 400 mg to 600 mg may help patients with social anxiety disorder and public speaking–related anxiety. Studies are inconclusive concerning the utility of CBD for anxiety. 13

Side Effects and Warnings

Studies have reported various properties and potential benefits of CBD. Some undesired side effects of CBD use are decreased appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, lightheadedness, orthostatic hypotension, psychomotor slowing, sedation, somnolence, weight loss, and increased risk of liver injury with dosages of 20 mg/kg/day or the use of clobazam or valproate. Monitoring of liver enzymes, weight, and cognitive function may be warranted. CBD can pass through the placenta, so it is recommended that CBD be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Because CBD oils may contain trace amounts of THC, operating heavy machinery and driving should be avoided when treatment is initiated. 1

Drug Interactions

CBD is metabolized in the liver, mainly by CYP2C19, CYP3A4, and UGT. This can lead to interactions with prescription drugs, OTC medications, and herbal supplements. 1,14

The inhibition of CYP2C19 by CBD can increase levels of carisoprodol, citalopram, clopidogrel, diazepam, phenytoin, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), valproic acid, and warfarin. As a strong CYP3A4 inducer, CBD may lessen the efficacy of amlodipine, atorvastatin, buprenorphine, bupropion, diltiazem, eplerenone, fentanyl, loperamide, midazolam, paclitaxel, pioglitazone, sildenafil, solifenacin, tamsulosin, testosterone, topiramate, zolpidem, and other 3A4 substrates. 7

More serious effects may occur with concomitant use of central nervous system depressants, such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, morphine, and propofol. These effects are the result of the synergistic effects of sedation and hypnotic effects at high doses. Increased sedative effects may also be seen with herbal supplements, including kava, melatonin, S-adenosylmethionine, and St. John’s wort. 13,14

Other interactions to be aware of are presented in TABLE 1.

Dosing and Directions

In unregulated dispensaries, CBD oil sold comes in a sublingual formulation known as CBD tincture and is generally available in 30-mL bottles with dropper caps. 15 A bottle costs approximately $20. The concentration of the tincture ranges from about 1,500 mg to 3,000 mg per bottle. If a drop equals 0.05 mL, one bottle contains approximately 600 drops of CBD oil. Drops are usually placed under the tongue, and the patient should let the oil absorb into the lining of the mouth, without swallowing, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Capsules and gummies are also available. 15

Epidiolex Dosing

As noted earlier, Epidiolex (CBD) is an FDA-approved oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. The cost of Epidiolex is approximately $2,708 per month. It is supplied as 100 mL of solution containing CBD 100 mg/mL. For both indications, the initial starting dosage is 2.5 mg/kg orally twice daily for 1 week. The dosage may be titrated weekly in increments of 2.5 mg/kg twice daily to a maintenance dosage of 5 mg/kg twice daily. The maximum dosage is 10 mg/kg twice daily or 20 mg/kg/day. Gradual tapering is recommended when Epidiolex is discontinued. 3

Starting at a low dosage is recommended for elderly patients and patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment. The dosage should be 1.25 mg/kg to 5 mg/kg twice daily or 0.5 mg/kg to 2 mg/kg twice daily, respectively. 3

Pharmacokinetics

CBD reaches its maximum concentration in 2.5 to 5 hours. High-calorie and high-fat meals can increase the maximum concentration of drug fivefold and the AUC fourfold. 14 Owing to the first-pass effect, CBD is poorly absorbed, with a bioavailability of 13% to 19%. Better bioavailability has been reported with inhaled CBD (11% to 45%). CBD is 94% protein bound; therefore, interactions may occur with other highly protein bound drugs or in patients who have abnormal albumin levels. The volume of distribution is 20,963 L to 42,849 L, meaning that the drug is largely distributed into the tissues. CBD is metabolized by the gut and primarily by the liver. Epidiolex has an active metabolite, 7-OH-CBD, and is a 2C19 and 3A4 substrate and inhibitor of 2C19, 1A2, UGT1A9, and UGT2B7. Its elimination half-life is 56 to 61 hours. CBD is excreted primarily in the feces and urine. 3

Pharmacist’s Guide to CBD Oil Natalie M. Treese, MBA, PharmD Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacy Practice Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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CBD Oil Reviews: A Compilation of User Experiences

Puya Yazdi

CBD Oil Reviews

If you’re thinking about trying CBD oil but aren’t sure if it’s worth it, we’ve got you covered. This post compiles hundreds of user reviews to distill the most valuable information. We review the effectiveness, adverse effects, and other practical aspects of different products on the market. Read on.

Disclaimer: This post only summarizes the reviews of users, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. We cannot attest to the accuracy and trustworthiness of the compiled reviews, which do not represent the opinions of SelfHacked. We recommend choosing CBD oil based on scientific evidence, preferably under medical guidance. Remember to discuss this with your physician before trying any CBD oil.

Why Compile CBD Oil Reviews?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the only approved use of CBD oil comes in the form of prescription anti-seizure medication and further research needs to be done to decipher its benefits in other conditions. But that has not stopped many people from using it for a myriad of conditions.

In fact, more and more people are using CBD oil for conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression.

In addition to learning, if there is any scientific validity to its supposed benefits, an important part of the research is getting to know the first-hand experiences of other users. While personal experiences don’t translate into efficacy, these experiences might provide some warning on potential side effects you should be aware of.

The main questions you should ask before choosing a specific brand usually revolve around the following:

  • How effective are different products?
  • What side effects did other people experience?
  • What’s the best oil for your budget?
  • Which products are the easiest to use?
  • How reputable is the company you’re buying from?

Navigating CBD oil reviews can feel like going through a pitch-black maze, especially if you’re a first-time user. That’s why we decided to review hundreds of user experiences and compile the answers to all the important questions in one post. Remember, we encourage everyone to discuss with their physician before taking any supplements, let alone something like CBD oil which is a relatively new product on the market and has not had years of clinical research to back up its supposed benefits to health.

What Do People Use CBD Oil for?

The effectiveness and health benefits of CBD oil varied depending on the health conditions people used it for. We summarized user experiences for the main CBD oil uses below. Remember that these are just user experiences and your results vary. That is why it is very important to discuss CBD oil with your physician.

1) Seizures

People using CBD oil to control seizures or epilepsy in children mostly said that it acts quickly and gives good results.

According to users, CBD oil greatly reduced the frequency, duration, and severity of the seizures. What’s more, they reported fewer adverse effects than with conventional anti-seizure drugs.

2) Chronic Pain

Although not approved by the FDA, most people used CBD oil to relieve chronic pain.

They suffered from conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, surgical pain, migraines, and back pain. Some reported that the oil reduced pain and improved their quality of life.

In some cases, they reported added benefits such as helping them relax, lifting their mood, and improving their sleep quality. One person even claimed that she lost a few pounds from using it.

People with multiple sclerosis also reported reduced involuntary muscle contractions and tremors from taking CBD oil. In some cases, they claimed that the oil improved mobility and helped them walk without the aid of a device.

Those with arthritis reported that the oil relieved joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. They felt increased arm and leg mobility, which allowed them to cut down on painkillers.

Approximately one-third of people with chronic pain used CBD to substitute opioid painkillers or lower their dose. They generally found CBD effective and didn’t experience the adverse effects and harsh withdrawal syndrome from these drugs.

3) Anxiety

A lot of people taking CBD oil suffered from severe anxiety, including social phobia, panic disorder, OCD, ADHD, and PTSD. In other cases, anxiety resulted from painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, IBD, and back pain.

In general, they were happy with the results and reported that the oil quickly made them feel more relaxed without getting them high.

Because anxiety often comes hand in hand with poor sleep, it’s not surprising that many users reporting that CBD oil reduced their anxiety also slept better afterwards.

4) Sleep Issues

Some users took CBD oil to improve insomnia or sleep issues that were a result of their anxiety and chronic pain.

Most say a single dose before going to bed helped them fall asleep faster and sleep through the night without feeling groggy or tired in the morning.

5) Depression

Few people took CBD oil for depression. Many, however, reported mood improvement as an added benefit to its effects on anxiety and pain. The oil supposedly helped them feel more joyful and optimistic.

What’s the Downside CBD Oil Users Talk About?

Although most CBD oil users were satisfied, some of them were left disappointed. They either didn’t feel anything or experienced side effects. This section compiles the main complaints.

Effectiveness

By far, the most common complaint among dissatisfied users was that the oil didn’t work for them.

In some cases, the reason might’ve been an insufficient dose. For instance, a user who vaped CBD oil felt that the dose per puff was too low and only felt some relief after repeated use. Another person with back and neck pain admitted not using CBD consistently.

Some complaints might be due to not using CBD oil properly. One user who took it for insomnia at 9 AM (instead of doing so before going to bed) complained about feeling drowsy two hours later but not at night.

A few users could have developed tolerance, since the oil stopped working after several weeks.

A person who took CBD for schizophrenia recommended low doses only when needed to avoid developing tolerance. Another person said he switched brands because he didn’t feel anything from the oil he was taking.

But for some users who even took the CBD oil properly, they said they didn’t get any benefits from the product.

Adverse Effects

Several users noticed unwanted effects from using CBD oil.

The most common side effects, regardless of the condition, were dry mouth, nausea, digestive issues, drowsiness, fatigue, and disorientation.

Some effects were specific to the condition or delivery form.

A woman taking CBD oil for anxiety reported having nightmares that caused her to wake up in panic attacks. In turn, another woman using CBD oil balm for arthritis developed a rash.

The risk of adverse effects increased at high doses. A user reported that a moderate CBD dose helped with her depression but not with chronic pain. When she doubled the dose, it still didn’t improve her pain and worsened her depression.

Similarly, several users reported headaches or irritability after taking high doses for a wide range of conditions.

CBD oil may also interact with prescription drugs. A man taking it for depression noticed that the oil increased his anxiety when he combined it with Xanax.

Other Aspects

Finally, many users complained about practical aspects unrelated to health, such as the brand and delivery form.

Most people complained about the high price of CBD oil.

However, satisfied users normally concluded that paying a bit more was worth it, since the more expensive oils were usually more effective, such as CBD oil from 4 Corners Cannabis. There were, however, some exceptions such as CBDistillery and Lazarus Natural Products. These brands offered high-quality oils at relatively low prices.

Many users found the customer service of some companies poor. Unresponsive or impolite staff, slow shipping, and payments processed through foreign banks (subjected to transaction fees) were the most common complaints. Pure Kana and Green Roads obtained the lowest rating, while the customer service of cbdMD was highly valued.

Some users experienced issues with the packaging: leaking bottles, droppers without marks to adjust the dose, and difficult-to-open containers.

A user of a THC-containing brand (Sunsoil CBD Oil) reported testing positive for marijuana after taking the oil. Conversely, several brands such as Hemp Bombs, Medterra, and Nature’s Script sell 100% THC-free products.

Several users of forms taken by mouth (including oil tinctures, vapes, and gummies) couldn’t stand the taste. In the case of topical forms, some users complained about their smell, greasy texture, and poor absorption through the skin. One user reported that the oil stained his clothes and wouldn’t come off.

Takeaway

CBD oil is considered experimental and more research is warranted before deciding on its effectiveness. Speak with your doctor before trying it out.

CBD oil reviews are extremely diverse, but a lot of users share positive experiences.

People say CBD oil relieves pain, anxiety, and seizures. Using it before sleep helped many users get a good night’s sleep. A handful of people also say it helps with depression and gut problems.

Some people claim CBD oil doesn’t work for them. In some cases, though, they admit using low doses or not taking the oil often enough. Others were taking CBD oil the wrong way, such as using it in the morning (instead of before bed) to improve sleep.

Users who complain about side effects — dry mouth, nausea, and drowsiness — were more frequently taking high doses.

Where you buy the oil from also matters. Many people complain about poor product quality, bad customer support, and packaging issues.

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Best CBD Oil for Anxiety: Benefits and Top Brands for 2021

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Anxiety in itself isn’t anything bad. In fact, it’s a healthy reaction that humans have developed over the course of evolution as a protective mechanism against other predators.

Also known as the “fight or flight response,” anxiety can happen from time to time and is completely normal.

However, modern times are putting so much pressure on our shoulders that we are driven into anxiety on a daily basis—even though we face no life-threatening dangers.

Plants and herbs are known for their relaxing properties, but cannabis plants seem extremely helpful in curbing symptoms of anxiety and other stress-related disorders.

But how to find a high-quality product if you’ve never bought CBD oil before? How do you find a reputable brand in the sea of mediocre companies?

5 Best CBD Oils for Anxiety

In this guide, you’ll learn about the best CBD brands on the market today and everything you need to know about the benefits of CBD for anxiety disorders.

After hours of research, we’ve narrowed down this list to the top five vendors so you wouldn’t have to spend the same amount of time comparing prices, reading reviews and trying out all possible CBD oils

Check out the recommendations below.

1. Royal CBD – Top Pick

Royal Purity CBD

Our top pick, Royal CBD is a premium brand rooted in California that offers excellent value for money. Considering the wide potency selection of their CBD oil, the way the company processes its products and the effort put into testing its CBD range, it’s hands down top shelf.

Royal CBD oil is available in four strengths: 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg and 2500 mg. Such a wide range of potency options makes this oil suitable for both new and experienced consumers alike.

This is a full-spectrum extract, so you’re getting the entire array of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and only trace amounts of THC (below 0.3%).

Unlike many competitor brands, Royal CBD uses carbon dioxide in its supercritical form to extract the CBD oil. The CO2 runs through the plant material under different temperatures and pressure levels, changing its state from gas to liquid. From there, it diffuses into the air, leaving behind a cold, liquid extract.

All Royal CBD products are submitted to independent laboratories for extensive content analysis to ensure they’re safe to consume. The company also offers free shipping, as well as full refunds, for customers who aren’t satisfied with the product.

2. Gold Bee – Runner Up

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Gold Bee is a true maverick among other CBD brands. The company offers organic-only CBD oils made from locally sourced hemp grown in Colorado. Although Gold Bee focuses on low-to-mid potency oils (up to 1200 mg of CBD per bottle), their formula has been mastered to perfection.

The guys at Gold Bee even use honey as a sweetener in their flavored versions of CBD oil. If you’re new to CBD, or have some experience but don’t need more than 40 mg CBD daily, their oils are among the best natural remedies for stress. You can also choose from Gold Bee’s high-potency capsules and delicious CBD-infused honey sticks.

3. CBDistillery – Runner Up

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CBDistillery has been on the market for about six years now, upholding its reputation as one of the best CBD brands in the world. The company has an impressive selection of CBD oils, available as full-spectrum or pure oil (isolate).

You can choose from five different strengths, from 250 mg to 5000 mg of total CBD. But the best part about CBDistillery is that its products are highly affordable. The company’s mission is to provide education and access to CBD products for everyone who needs them. For example, the 250 mg bottle costs only $20, which is a great deal. For $240, you can get your hands on the maximum potency.

The only downside about this oil is that it’s not made from organic hemp, but considering the affordability of CBDistillery products, this is a minor disadvantage.

All in all, CBDistillery doesn’t sell the best CBD oil out there, but its extracts are without parallel in this price category.

4. NuLeaf Naturals

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NuLeaf CBD oil is another veteran company, but unlike CBDistillery, it only makes full-spectrum CBD oil. Despite the modest product line up, the quality of the NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil is top-notch.

The oil is available in different sizes, from 240 mg to 4850 mg. We say “sizes” because each “potency” comes in a different bottle size. You actually get the same strength regardless of the size, so your choice here will be determined by the time you want to get yourself supplied for.

Another great thing about NuLeaf Naturals is that it uses organic hemp for all of its products. Each batch is tested by a certified lab to ensure that they deliver consistent potency and desired effects.

The oil is slightly bitter and nutty in taste because it uses full-spectrum CBD.

5. Charlotte’s Web

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Charlotte’s Web is an almost legendary company, established by the Stanley Brothers, whose cannabis oil helped young girl Charlotte Figi come down from several seizures a day to a few attacks a month.

Charlotte’s Web CBD oil is certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority, ensuring it meets the highest quality standards.

The company’s products come from organic, non-GMO plants and are extracted with olive oil.

The oil is available in three concentrations, 300 mg, 750 mg, and 2580 mg, so the potency range is similar to Royal CBD. It has a dark green color and viscous consistency, which is a good indicator of its strength and overall quality.

You can choose between 30 ml and 100 ml bottles.

6. CBDPure

CBD Pure

Almost every list of the best CBD oils on the market includes CBDPure. Unsurprisingly, we won’t break that pattern.

CBDPure is known for producing high-quality CBD products as well as unparalleled transparency. The CBDPure Hemp Oil has been extracted with CO2 and thoroughly filtered from the plant material, so it has a nice golden yellow color. However, it tastes surprisingly tart—a bit worse than other brands.

You can choose between three different strengths: 100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg. The lowest potency provides 3.3 mg of CBD per serving. However, these are full-spectrum oils, so you get the synergistic effects from all cannabinoids and terpenes—resulting in lower effective doses.

What Is Anxiety?

As mentioned at the beginning, anxiety is a normal human response to dangerous stimuli. The “flight-or-flight” response covers an array of physical reactions, such as a rush of adrenaline, sweating, increased heartbeat and sensitivity to environmental triggers.

When the anxious feeling gets exaggerated compared to the seriousness of the trigger, the anxiety may turn into an anxiety disorder.

Once at that stage, the anxiety deteriorates to the point when a person’s daily function and mental health are heavily affected.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are four main types of anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This is a chronic ailment in which people get anxious for no specific reasons. It’s considered the most common anxiety disorder.
  • Phobias: Phobias induce overwhelming fear about a specific situation or object. They often prevent people from engaging in normal situations due to that fear.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: This condition usually occurs when a person is among other people. It triggers an overwhelming worry about social interactions, causing fixation on being judged.
  • Panic Disorder: Panic attacks strike randomly and are accompanied by symptoms like breathing difficulty, shaking, dizziness, tremors, confusion and nausea. It can last anywhere between a few minutes to an hour.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Wondering how to tell if you’re suffering from one of the above anxiety disorders? Below we share the full list of symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Inability to stay calm
  • Feelings of insecurity
  • Heart palpitations
  • Panic
  • Sleep problems
  • Somatic complaints
  • Tense muscles

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are very complex. Usually, there are several factors involved, including:

Genetics

If you have a family member diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, there’s a risk that you may develop the same condition.

Changes in Brain Structure

Suffering from a traumatic events or genetic changes of the brain may cause an overexaggerated response to potentially neutral triggers. Scientists suggest that the majority of anxiety disorders derive from compromised communication between neurons.

Environmental Factors

Certain elements of your environment can worsen your anxiety. Some of the stress-inducing factors include chronic stress at work, at school or even at home. Sometimes, things like a bad financial situation or the loss of someone who was very close to you can also contribute to this medical condition.

When you don’t get enough sleep, it can also make your anxiety worse.

Just as traveling to high altitude areas, where the brain gets affected by low oxygen levels.

Medical Conditions

Sometimes, anxiety can result from another medical condition, prescription medications or health supplements you’re taking, or any other disease than can either change the structure of your brain or cause you to suffer from severe stress.

Can CBD Oil Help With Anxiety?

Dealing with anxiety can be a real pain.

For one, conventional anxiety treatments are very expensive, and their cost is continuously rising. If you want to get those meds prescribed to you, you’ll have to cover the cost by yourself before the insurance covers some part of it.

Not to mention that many prescription drugs used to manage anxiety can lead to a range of negative side effects. Don’t take our word for it, just see the list of contraindications or possible negative reactions on any popular medication, and you’ll see that it’s worse than what they’re trying to solve.

Of course, if you’re meds are helping you, and you don’t feel the need to make any changes, that’s fine. But some people either can’t take medications due to allergies or their anxiety just isn’t bad enough to qualify for prescription treatment.

It’s no wonder that some anxiety sufferers are turning to natural resources for relief.

CBD oil is one of them.

But the question is: Can CBD actually help with anxiety?

Research and a large portion of evidence from people with anxiety suggests that CBD oil may even be a better alternative to pills and shots for anxiety. Compared with those options, CBD oil has a low risk profile and the side effects are nearly nonexistent unless taken in extremely high doses.

How Does CBD Work?

Why is CBD oil a good option to consider as an alternative anxiety treatment?

Because CBD regulates the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is the most important neurochemical network inside the body—it controls vital functions, such as memory, mood, sleep, immune response, cognition, appetite, pain and more.

When the body is in homeostasis—a fancy word for chemical balance—it can stay in good health.

However, if there are imbalances in your neurochemicals, they may give rise to anxiety. It also works the other way round; when you suffer from a traumatic event, your receptors and neurons get out of whack, and your body starts to seek something that would restore that balance.

This is where CBD starts to shine.

CBD and the 5-HT1A Receptor

CBD is a 5-HT1A agonist. In other words, 5-HT1A works a serotonin receptor and is responsible for the way your body absorbs serotonin.

It’s also the target of the most popular antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, which belong to the group of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

SSRIs can block the reuptake of serotonin, increasing the brain’s ability to transfer more signals, improve mood and curb anxiety. CBD has a similar effect on 5-HT1A.

CBD and Hippocampal Neurogenesis

Your hippocampus is the region in your brain that modulates several functions. One of them is the ability to regenerate neurons. CBD can help stimulate the hippocampus and thus improve its functioning.

This is particularly important for patients diagnosed with anxiety, as they often show smaller hippocampus plasticity. By stimulating the regeneration of neurons, there’s a chance that fearful behaviors will be minimized.

CBD and GABA

Australian scientists have found that CBD is a “positive allosteric modulator” of the GABA-A receptor in the brain.

In simple terms, GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system. It works as the handbrake for our brain to slow the nervous system down when we get too agitated. The sedating effects of Valium and other benzodiazepines are triggered by their interaction with the GABA-A receptor.

By modulating this receptor, CBD can amplify the natural calming effect of GABA and reduce anxiety.

CBD and Anandamide

Anandamide is one of the two main endocannabinoids (produced inside your body). It has almost the same structure as THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Anandamide is also known as “the bliss molecule,” as it controls feelings of happiness, euphoria, and keeps us in emotional stability—on top of many other functions. CBD helps keep the levels of anandamide at the right level, reducing mood swings and emotional outbursts.

Studies on CBD Oil and Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the best studied areas when it comes to using CBD oil.

A 2010 study on social anxiety showed that CBD has the potential to reduce symptoms in people diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder. The substance also changed the way the patients reacted to anxiety—of course, in a positive way.

In a 2014 study, scientists concluded that CBD has anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Although the study was conducted on rat models, it gave an interesting insight into the management of anxiety disorders in humans.

CBD was also highlighted in this 2015 report published in Neurotherapeutics as the next potential treatment for anxiety disorders and its symptoms.

It’s worth noting that all of the above studies examined high-quality pure CBD oil. This is particularly important for our next section.

What Determines the Quality of CBD Oil?

CBD oil isn’t regulated by the FDA in the United States. Even though it may be more effective in managing anxiety disorders than conventional treatment options, it’s still considered a health supplement—not a medication.

Similar to other food supplements, it may be difficult for consumers to know if the CBD oil they’re using is actually pure.

You could be taking CBD-laced oil full of synthetic additives and you wouldn’t even know it because supplements aren’t subject to obligatory lab testing, unlike prescription anxiolytics.

If you want to make sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re buying, you’ll need to learn how your oil was manufactured. This includes the following elements:

Hemp Source

Cannabis plants have the ability to absorb anything from their environment. When grown in contaminated soil and treated with pesticides, they will yield weak and contaminated extracts.

If you want a pure and potent oil, always buy from companies that use organic hemp plants, preferably those cultivated on American farms.

Extraction Method

Brands have different extraction methods and ways of processing CBD extracts. As much as possible, choose brands that employ supercritical CO2 extraction, as it’s considered the safest and the most effective way to obtain CBD oil.

Avoid companies that use toxic solvents such as butane or propane, as they carry a high risk of contamination due to the unpurged residue at the bottom of the oil.

Third-Party Lab Tests

Trustworthy CBD oil brands should proudly publish third-party lab results on their websites or attach them to the product’s package. Third-party testing ensures that your oil contains exactly what’s written on its bottle—they analyze the potency of CBD and look for common contaminants in the end product.

Getting a CBD product tested by an independent laboratory will serve as evidence of its quality.

How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety

One of the most common questions about using CBD oil for anxiety is “How much CBD oil should I take?”

There are no official guidelines because everybody reacts differently to CBD. Factors such as the individual’s age, weight, severity of symptoms and lifestyle choices can affect your effective dose.

Dosing CBD oil for the first time requires some trial and error. For maximum safety, consider the following steps:

  • Take basic measurements such as your weight and height.
  • Determine the severity of your anxiety on a scale from 1 to 10.
  • Start your supplementation with one drop of CBD oil.
  • Increase your dosage slowly by, say, two drops each day for a few weeks and write the effects down. Monitor how you react to CBD with every single dose.
  • Don’t rush it. Sometimes, the effects of CBD are almost immediate, but for most people, dramatic changes in the way you feel become noticeable after a few days or weeks.
  • Consult your doctor before buying any CBD product. This will help you make sure that there are no drug interactions between CBD and other medications if you take them together.
  • A study on social anxiety reports that 600 mg is an effective dose in relieving the condition. However, there are also studies that recommend taking much lower doses to improve the symptoms.
  • If you suffer from severe pain and sleep problems , you may need to take higher doses of CBD because it affects these areas of your well-being as well.
  • Some people dislike the taste of CBD oil and feel uncomfortable with taking the supplement in this form. If you’re one of them, opt for other formats, such as capsules, vape oils, or CBD gummies .

Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil

CBD oil is considered generally safe and poses no threat of addiction, according to the World Health Organization.

The side effects of CBD oil are mild and include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Temporary drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation (in high doses)
  • Diarrhea (from large amounts of oil)

The main risk about using CBD oil for anxiety is the lack of regulation by the FDA. Without regulation, you’re putting yourself at risk of exposing yourself to synthetic cannabinoids or toxic additives in your extract without even knowing it.

Another potential concern is the aforementioned interaction between CBD and medical drugs. CBD engages with them in a similar fashion as grapefruit juice. With that in mind, we suggest that you talk to your doctor first, particularly if you have any other ongoing medical conditions.

If your doctor gives you the green light, you can start looking for CBD oil online or locally.

Final Thoughts on Using CBD Oil for Anxiety

Managing anxiety with CBD oil has become popular these days. With a growing body of evidence backing the positive effects of CBD on an individual’s mental health, it’s not surprising that more and more people are turning to CBD for help.

If you’re planning to buy CBD oil online or in local shops near you for your anxiety symptoms, make sure it comes from a reputable brand that’s open about its manufacturing practices and has lots of positive reviews.

CBD oil is also effective in managing other functions, such as blood pressure, sleep cycle and glucose levels.

It’s a good choice if you want to live a healthy and happy life.

Best CBD Oil for Anxiety: Benefits and Top Brands for 2021

We hope that you’ll find this guide useful for your future purchases!

Thousands of people use CBD oil to fight stress and anxiety. If you’re looking for the best CBD oil to ease your symptoms, then this guide is for you.

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How THC-Free CBD Oil Is Different—Plus, 5 to Try

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With the popularity of natural alternatives to treating pain and anxiety, many are turning to hemp extracts for the potential health benefits. But some consumers, especially those wary of cannabis in general, may want to access the therapeutic potential of CBD without ingesting even the least bit of THC.

Perhaps you just want to avoid any potentially intoxicating effects that could come with consuming any amount of THC—which could impact your everyday life with driving, work, school, and family responsibilities. You may be applying for a job that requires a drug test, and you don’t want to risk having even a trace of THC in your system. You may also be concerned about potential side effects or drug interactions if you’re currently taking medication for a health issue.

Whatever the reason, more people are considering THC-free CBD oil, but the question is: Will a quality THC-free CBD oil have the same benefits as a full-spectrum option? (Related: Here’s How to Buy the Best Safe and Effective CBD Products)

What Is THC-Free CBD Oil?

For starters, THC is a cannabinoid similar to CBD, but it’s more commonly known for its psychotropic effects (THC is the ingredient in marijuana that delivers a “high”). Full-spectrum hemp extracts may contain up to 0.3 percent THC by law, but THC-free CBD oils go through more extensive distillation and purification processes to remove any detectable levels and ensure you’re not ingesting any THC at all (not even that tiny 0.3 percent).

Additionally, in the THC-free category, you’ll find two types of products: broad-spectrum extracts and CBD isolate.

CBD isolate is exactly what its name implies: isolated CBD. These hemp extracts contain only Cannabidiol and no other plant parts (i.e. the CBD is isolated from all other compounds and acts alone).

Broad-spectrum CBD products may contain low levels of terpenes and minor cannabinoids (basically, variations of CBD), but still exclude THC. In turn, these products include a “broad spectrum” of plant compounds. It’s generally thought that both broad- and full-spectrum CBD offer more therapeutic effects compared to CBD isolate due to the various plant compounds within each, which work together inside the body.

The Main Benefits of THC-Free CBD

While CBD is helpful on its own, it actually works best with THC. “THC is commonly known and is helpful for pain relief, anxiety control, appetite stimulation, and insomnia,” Jordan Tishler, M.D., a cannabis specialist, Harvard-trained physician, and founder of InhaleMD, previously told Shape. Similar to the thinking behind full-spectrum CBD, studies show the synergy of the compounds found in the entire plant delivers enhanced therapeutic effects versus when they’re used solo.

However, if you’re worried about even trace amounts of THC affecting your mental state or reacting badly with your current meds, choosing THC-free CBD is your best course of action. “Everyone’s reaction to THC is variable,” Perry Solomon, M.D., anesthesiologist, and chief medical officer of HelloMD, previously told Shape. “A tiny bit of THC for one patient won’t make them feel anything, but another patient could have the same amount and have a psychoactive response.”

And just because you’re opting for THC-free CBD doesn’t mean it won’t still offer up the same medicinal benefits. As with most other CBD products, THC-free CBD oils have the potential to provide various health benefits, including reducing pain, minimizing inflammation, keeping stress at bay, and helping you get a better night’s sleep.

How to Shop for THC-Free CBD

No matter your reason, if you want to avoid THC altogether but still reap the potential perks of CBD, then a broad-spectrum or CBD isolate product is a great choice. In either case, always look for up-to-date lab test results before purchasing a product, and similar to when you add any new supplement to your wellness routine, it’s recommended to check with your healthcare provider beforehand. (Related: 3 Reasons You Should Try CBD Even If You Have No Interest in Weed)

Regardless of which type of hemp oil you choose, it’s important to buy from a brand that implements third-party lab testing (and makes the results publicly available). These tests are performed by accredited, independent labs to verify the cannabinoid composition of a product, which ensures it’s truly THC-free, among other things. In addition, lab testing procedures check for CBD potency—or the strength of the product—as well as to ensure unwanted chemicals are not present. Not all brands will lab test their CBD products, but it’s best to steer clear of those that don’t.

The 5 Best THC-Free CBD Oils

When looking for CBD products, only consider the most trustworthy CBD companies that provide clarity for consumers and transparency when it comes to the extracts used in their formulas. With this in mind, here are five of the best THC-free CBD oils on the market. All of these options, listed below, come from reputable brands with transparent lab testing, clean hemp sources, and excellent track records with their customers—so you can trust that you’re getting the highest-quality CBD oil out there.

As the popularity of CBD continues to grow, so does the demand for THC-free CBD oils. Discover the brands making the best THC-free CBD products in 2020.

CBD Without THC | Everything You Need to Know

CBD Without THC | Everything You Need to Know

One of the biggest concerns that people new to CBD products have is, “Will CBD get me high?” We can tell you with certainty that the answer is a resounding “no.” This is especially true when you are using Joy Organics products, so let us break down how our broad spectrum products are 0.0% THC but full of potent phytocannabinoids.

Broad Spectrum Hemp and CBD

Just like you are much different from your siblings, hemp is different from marijuana. Marijuana is a bit of a wild child when it comes to the Cannabis sativa family. It contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive chemical compound that is prevalent in this version of Cannabis sativa.

Hemp is a different variety. Under state law, true hemp has less than 0.3% THC in its genetic makeup. If it tests higher than that, it is legally classified as the schedule 1 controlled substance known as marijuana. Legally authorized hemp cannot get you high. This is why Kentucky farmers fought for the legalization of hemp back in 2014.

The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for the selling of hemp products across all 50 states. It also made it federally legal to cultivate hemp if the state you reside in approves of the cultivation.

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Up until recently, to grow hemp you had to apply for permission with your state. From there, they must agree that the hemp is being grown for educational purposes, research or in compliance with the state’s pilot program. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, there are fewer hoops to jump through, but the less than 0.3% THC requirement still applies.

Seeing as Joy Organics is supplied with premium hemp that complies with the Farm Bill, we know that there is no chance our products can get you high. However, we go the extra step in ensuring that the THC is removed from the final product while all other phytocannabinoids remain in place. We even use third-party labs to ensure there are no detectable levels of THC in our products. Let’s go through the process we use to deliver the highest quality CBD products with 0.0% THC.

Drying the Naturally Grown Hemp

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We receive our hemp from nutrient-rich soil in the U.S. Once the hemp arrives at our warehouse, we dry it out. When it’s ready to be used in our CBD products, we mill the dried hemp into a coarse powder. Once processed, we ship to our manufacturing facility.

Extracting the Oil

While we use much of the plant during the process, you don’t want the whole plant in the final product! Depending on the product we make, we go through a proprietary hemp extraction and purification processes.

The most common way to extract CBD is through CO2 extraction. There are three ways to achieve this:

  • Supercritical (most common)
  • Subcritical
  • Mid-Critical

No matter the method, the extraction is accomplished through the force of pressurized carbon dioxide. Machines typically freeze the carbon dioxide gas. They then compress it into a supercritical state that is comprised of a cold liquid. When in contact with the hemp plant, these gaseous molecules will act as a solvent. They will draw precious phytochemicals out of the plant material.

To maintain the terpenes, this process is done at low temperatures such as -69 degrees F. Pressure is slowly raised to around 75 pounds per square inch. This is the beginning point for extracting CBD with carbon dioxide.

Once you hit that sweet spot, you want to keep increasing the temperature until it reaches past the point that is known as “supercritical.” This is a unique moment in the genetic makeup of carbon dioxide. The gaseous vapors of carbon dioxide fill a container that captures the beneficial chemicals of hemp.

Meanwhile, the carbon dioxide still has liquid-like density. Therefore, its cold temperatures allow the cannabinoids to slow down and bind with carbon dioxide molecules. As the temperature slowly goes up, those cannabinoids will be released when the carbon dioxide dissipates into a gaseous form.

You can also extract the oil with ethanol, in which case only the highest quality food grade ethanol should be used.

Refining the Process

Once the extraction process is over, you’ll be stuck with a bunch of plant material that you don’t want. You need to separate it from all the good stuff. Cannabinoids and terpenes will go down one path while supercritical carbon dioxide goes into a condenser. Here, it is turned back into a liquid and put into a storage tank for future use.

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During this process, unnecessary fats and solids are separated from the phytocannabinoids we covet. In the end, our products contain a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds.

Having all of these molecules present further enriches the benefits of the final product. That is because cannabinoids have been shown to have an entourage effect on one another. Therefore, in the presence of other cannabinoids, their beneficial qualities are amplified.

Distilling Out the THC

Once all the phytocannabinoids are extracted, they are distilled. This will take all the solid plant matter out of the equation. However, still in the equation? THC. At Joy Organics, we want you to experience all the benefits that each of the phytocannabinoids in hemp plants has to offer. We want to make sure you enjoy it worry-free without the THC.

Using proprietary technology, we take out THC, wax, chlorophyll and other plant pigments. To prove this, we provide third-party lab test results. Each product that leaves the facility is tested for quality and purity.

Quality Assurance

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When the batch passes for purity, it receives a Certificate of Quality Assurance. That way each customer knows more than one pair of eyes inspected the product. This is the type of transparency that sets Joy Organics apart from other CBD products.

On top of the in-house testing, a third-party also tests every batch of product. These parties keep us in check by verifying our certificates.

Benefits of CBD Without THC

As we mentioned, broad spectrum hemp oil comes with phytocannabinoids intact, minus THC. Having all these unique plant chemicals present is what makes CBD products so beneficial to many. So what are some of these benefits that 0.0% THC products have? Glad you asked!

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Throughout the body lies a series of synapses, molecular highways and complex systems known as the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system communicates with numerous receptors throughout your body. When all is going well, the receptors mind their business. However, when problems pop up in the system, the neural tissues at the end of the receptors go into panic mode.

These receptors send signals out to the endocannabinoid system. This complex area of the body deciphers the message it receives and figures out a plan of attack. If you’re sleepy, it might trigger the pineal gland to secrete melatonin. In times of joy, the endocannabinoid system will tell the adrenal glands to let out a bit of dopamine.

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Suffice to say, the endocannabinoid system covers a lot of ground. So, when taking CBD, the cannabinoids interact indirectly with receptors and other compounds, supplementing the endocannabinoid system and helping it do what it does best.

Even more unique? Our skin also contains its own endocannabinoid system. That’s right! Directly under the epidermis is a circuit of receptors. By using CBD products such as a CBD salve, you get directly to those receptors under the skin.

What Is the Difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Both hemp and marijuana are derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana contains low levels of CBD and high levels of THC. This ratio of phytocannabinoids is what causes marijuana’s high. Hemp has a higher CBD to THC ratio, which is why CBD oil doesn’t cause intoxicating effects.

Does CBD Oil Have THC?

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THC is naturally present in hemp. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, all agriculture hemp must have a genetic makeup of 0.3% THC or less. Upon extraction, THC, CBD, and all other 100+ phytocannabinoids are present. Some companies will remove THC and other phytocannabinoids from the formula to create broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate products.

Why Use CBD Oil with THC?

Each phytocannabinoid has a unique role in maintaining homeostasis (balance) in our endocannabinoid system. While CBD on its own might be beneficial, other phytocannabinoids enrich the formula by causing an entourage effect. Low levels of THC might not cause a high, and it may improve the overall effectiveness of the formula.

What Is the Difference between CBD Products?

CBD isolate is pure CBD. Broad spectrum CBD contains naturally-occurring phytocannabinoids and terpenes, sans THC. Full spectrum CBD has all of the organic compounds found in hemp, including THC.

How Are Phytocannabinoids Extracted?

Reputable companies, such as Joy Organics, use supercritical carbon dioxide to extract CBD oil. This process preserves the integrity of phytocannabinoids and terpenes to create premium phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract.

How Is THC Removed?

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After extraction, CBD oil goes through a distillation process. During distillation, unwanted material—such as chlorophyll and wax—gets removed. CBD isolate and broad spectrum companies can remove unwanted phytocannabinoids here, too.

How to Ensure There Is No THC in Your CBD Oil

Check the label for broad spectrum or CBD isolate products. Stay away from CBD oil that says “full spectrum.” Also, read the lab reports for any product you buy. They will not only confirm THC content, but also ensure that the product is free of pesticides and heavy metals.

Contact Joy Organics For Your “CBD Without THC” Needs

There are many ways to enjoy CBD products and they all come without the psychoactive side effects that THC brings. We at Joy Organics hold our products up to the highest standards. That is why we take great care of the hemp plants from drying to extracting to distilling. We formulate our products with the greatest care and are proud to deliver the highest quality CBD products you can find. Contact us today if you have any questions!

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What You Should Know About Using Cannabis, Including CBD, When Pregnant or Breastfeeding

FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

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Cannabis and Cannabis-derived products have become increasingly available in recent years, with new and different types of products appearing all the time. These products raise questions and concerns for many consumers. And if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you might have even more questions about whether these products are safe for you.

FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

What are cannabis, marijuana, hemp, THC and CBD?

Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most commonly known compounds are THC and CBD. One type of cannabis plant is marijuana, which contains varying levels of THC, the compound that produces the “high” that is often associated with marijuana. Another type of cannabis plant is hemp. Hemp plants contain extremely low amounts of THC. CBD, which does not produce a “high,” can be derived from either marijuana or hemp.

We are now seeing CBD-containing products everywhere. CBD can be found in many different products, like drugs, foods, products marketed as dietary supplements, and cosmetics. These products often make questionable health promises about CBD.

FDA wants you to know there may be serious risks to using cannabis products, including those containing CBD, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What do we know about the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

There are many potential negative health effects from using marijuana and other products containing THC during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General recently advised consumers that marijuana use during pregnancy may affect fetal brain development, because THC can enter the fetal brain from the mother’s bloodstream. The Surgeon General also advised that marijuana may increase the risk of a newborn with low birth weight. Research also suggests increased risk for premature birth and potentially stillbirth 1 .

While breastfeeding, it is important to know that breastmilk can contain THC for up to six days after use. This THC may affect a newborn’s brain development and result in hyperactivity, poor cognitive function, and other long-term consequences.

Additionally, marijuana smoke contains many of the same harmful components as tobacco smoke. Neither marijuana nor tobacco products should be smoked around a baby or children.

What do we know about the effects of CBD use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

There is no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfed baby. FDA is continuing to collect and study the data on the possible harmful effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, based on what we do know, there is significant cause for concern.

High doses of CBD in pregnant test animals have caused problems with the reproductive system of developing male fetuses 2 . In addition, based on what we already know about CBD, we expect that some amount of CBD will be transferred to babies through breast milk.

We also know that there is a potential for CBD products to be contaminated with substances that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfed baby, including THC. We have also heard reports of CBD potentially containing other contaminants (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungus); we are investigating this.

Moreover, CBD has known risks for people in general. Based on clinical studies in humans, risks can include the following:

  • liver toxicity (damage)
  • extreme sleepiness
  • harmful interactions with other drugs

FDA is studying the effects of CBD use from different angles, such as: (1) the use of CBD-containing products, like food, cosmetics, or supplements, over a person’s entire life; and (2) the effects of using these various products in combination. There are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.

We especially want to learn more about the effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including, for example, whether and to what extent the presence of CBD in human milk harms the breastfed baby or the mother’s milk production.

Has FDA approved any CBD products and are there any benefits?

FDA has not approved any CBD products except for one prescription drug to treat rare, severe forms of seizure disorders in children. It is still unclear whether CBD has any other benefits.

Other than the one approved prescription drug, CBD products have not been evaluated or approved by FDA for use as drug products. This means that we do not know:

  • if they are safe and effective to treat a particular disease
  • what, if any, dosage may be considered safe
  • how they could interact with other drugs or foods
  • whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns

The clinical studies that supported the approval of the one available CBD drug product identified risks related to the use of CBD, including liver toxicity (damage), extreme sleepiness, and harmful interactions with other drugs.

What about hemp seeds?

FDA recently completed an evaluation of some hemp seed-derived food ingredients and had no objections to the use of these ingredients in foods. THC and CBD are found mainly in hemp flowers, leaves, and stems, not in hemp seeds. Hemp seeds can pick up miniscule amounts of THC and CBD from contact with other plant parts, but these amounts are low enough to not raise concerns for any group, including pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

What should you remember about using cannabis or cannabis-derived products?

If you are considering using cannabis, or any products containing THC or CBD, you should be aware of the following:

  • FDA strongly advises that during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, you avoid using CBD, THC, or marijuana in any form.
  • Although many of these products are being sold, FDA has not approved these products, other than one prescription CBD drug product and two prescription drug products containing dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC (which are approved to treat certain side effects of HIV-AIDS or chemotherapy). All three of these prescription products have associated risks and side effects.
  • Always talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist before taking any medicines, vitamins, or herbs while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not put yourself or your baby at risk by using cannabis products while pregnant or breastfeeding. Check out these links to learn more about cannabis, marijuana, CBD, and THC, and about taking medicines while you are pregnant.

FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Is CBD Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

CBD Oil is becoming increasingly popular for a variety issues, from pain relief, suppressing nausea, anxiety help to a restful night’s sleep. It’s understandable that a pregnant mom would consider taking it for pregnancy’s side effects. But is CBD Oil safe during pregnancy? Probably not.

What is CBD Oil?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is found in marijuana and hemp plants. It doesn’t contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) so it doesn’t give you the intoxicating “high” associated with recreational marijuana. CBD oil is extracted and refined using ethanol to look like an actual oil. It’s available in a variety of products including pills, gels, gummies, vape oils, creams, and oral tinctures.

What do we know about the effects of CBD use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

There is no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfed baby. The FDA is continuing to collect and study the data on the possible harmful effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, based on what we do know, the FDA states there is significant cause for concern.

High doses of CBD in pregnant test animals have caused problems with the reproductive system of developing male fetuses. In addition, based on what they already know about CBD, the FDA expects that some amount of CBD will be transferred to babies through breast milk.

The FDA also states there is a potential for CBD products to be contaminated with substances that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfed baby, including THC. They have also heard reports of CBD potentially containing other contaminants (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungus); and are investigating this.

Moreover, CBD has known risks for people in general. Based on clinical studies in humans, risks can include the following:

• liver toxicity (damage)
• extreme sleepiness
• harmful interactions with other drugs

The FDA is studying the effects of CBD use from different angles, such as: (1) the use of CBD-containing products, like food, cosmetics, or supplements, over a person’s entire life; and (2) the effects of using these various products in combination. There are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.

The FDA is planning to learn more about the effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including, for example, whether and to what extent the presence of CBD in human milk harms the breastfed baby or the mother’s milk production.

Is CBD Oil legal?

Even though the government approves CBD derived from the hemp plant, individual states are changing their laws, which are not always the same as federal regulations. It’s important to check your state’s laws.

FDA has not approved any CBD products except for one prescription drug to treat rare, severe forms of seizure disorders in children. It states that it is still unclear whether CBD has any other benefits.

Should pregnant women use CBD oil?

The FDA strongly advises against the use of CBD on pregnant and breastfeeding women since research on the CBD’s safety among these populations is insufficient. It states on it’s website, “FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabionol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.”

The FDA further states “Do not put yourself or your baby at risk by using cannabis products while pregnant or breastfeeding.”

It’s understandable a pregnant mom would consider taking CBD oil for pregnancy’s side effects. But is CBD Oil safe during pregnancy?

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What Dosage of CBD Should You Take?

Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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CBD is available in a number of different formulations including creams, tablets, oils, and gummies. These can vary in terms of their ingredients as well as dosages, and there is not a great deal of research available on what dose might be beneficial or safe to treat certain conditions.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have psychoactive effects. Interest in the use of CBD for health purposes has grown tremendously in the last few years.

CBD is believed to have a range of positive physical and mental health effects. Because of this, it has become increasingly popular as a way to alleviate everything from anxiety to sleep disorders.

In order to determine if CBD is right for you, it is important to consider its potential benefits, side effects, and available research on safe dosages.

Possible Benefits

CBD is just one of hundreds of different compounds found in the cannabis plant. While cannabis has been used in holistic medicine for many years, only recently have researchers begun to explore some of the medicinal purposes for CBD and other cannabinoids.

While further research is still needed, there is some evidence that CBD may have some beneficial mental health effects. These include:

  • Alleviating depression: Some research also indicates that CBD may be useful as a treatment for depression. Studies suggest that the cannabinoid might have an influence on how the brain responds to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in mood.   People with depression sometimes have a low level of serotonin, so CBD may help the brain use available serotonin more effectively.
  • Improving sleep: While the reasons are not entirely understood and require further research, CBD also appears to have potential as a treatment for sleep problems. For example, one study found that people who took CBD also reported improvements in the quality of their sleep.  
  • Reducing anxiety: Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental health conditions, affecting almost 20% of American adults each year. Research suggests that CBD may help alleviate acute symptoms of a number of anxiety-related conditions including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder.  

In addition to the mental health benefits, CBD may also have therapeutic benefits for a range of other conditions. The World Health Organization suggests that CBD may have beneficial effects in the treatment of:  

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Psychosis

It is important to remember that these benefits have not yet been conclusively proven. More research is needed to determine the role that CBD might play in the treatment of different disorders and health conditions.

Research

There have been a number of studies that suggest that CBD may have a number of different physical and mental health uses. However, more research is still needed to better understand the substance’s potential applications and possible long-term side effects.

A 2019 comprehensive review published in The Lancet Psychiatry looked at previously published studies.   The review ultimately concluded that there was little evidence to support the use of CBD for mental health purposes and suggested that more research is needed in order to substantiate its use to treat symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

It is important to remember that this doesn’t mean that CBD isn’t effective. Many of the studies that were included in the review were small, had few participants, and were not randomized controlled trials.

This suggests that more research involving more participants and well-designed studies is needed in order to better understand if, how, and why CBD works.

While its effectiveness is still up for debate, one 2017 review found that it was a relatively safe option.   While it is important to remember that there is still a great deal we don’t yet know about CBD and its effects, it is something that you might opt to try to see if you experience any benefits.

How Much Should You Take?

The dosages used in research studies vary and there is no consensus on how much should be used for specific conditions. If you do decide to try CBD, it is also important to note that there is no universally agreed upon dose. Research also suggests that people may respond differently to various dosages, so the amount that is right for your needs might vary.

CBD Dosages

Some dosages that have been used in research studies for different conditions include:

  • Anxiety: 300 to 600 mg  
  • Bowel disease: 10 mg per day  
  • Cancer-related pain: 50 to 600 mg per day  
  • Parkinson’s disease: 75 to 300 mg per day  
  • Poor sleep: 25 mg per day  
  • Psychosis: 600 mg per day  

One 2020 review of studies found that participants showed improvements in anxiety levels after single doses of CBD ranging from 300 to 600 mg.   Such results indicate that the CBD may hold promise as a treatment to alleviate symptoms of acute anxiety.

It is important to remember that you should always talk to your doctor before using CBD if you have symptoms of a serious mental or physical health condition. CBD could potentially worsen symptoms or interact with other medications you are taking.

Looking at the dosage information for the CBD product that has been FDA approved can also be helpful. For Epidiolex, an FDA-approved cannabis-derived medication used to treat seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy, the starting dosage is 5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This dose can later be increased to 5 mg per kilogram of body weight twice a day.

Other CBD products are not FDA regulated and do not have officially recommended dosages. This can make it difficult to determine how much you might need, but there are some things you can consider that might help.

  • Assess your sensitivity to CBD: Your individual ability to tolerate CBD can also play a role in determining how much you need. If you are very sensitive to the effects of CBD, you should take a small dose. Some people may find that they are not as affected by the substance, so they may need to take a larger dose to notice any beneficial effects.
  • Consider individual factors: When you are trying to decide how much CBD to take, there are a number of factors you should consider. These include the formulation and concentration of the capsule, oil drops, or gummies you are taking, the symptoms you are treating, and your age, sex, weight, and overall health. Generally, people with heavier bodies need to take a little more to achieve the same effects. Men may need a larger dose, while older people may need less.
  • Consider the symptoms you’re treating: The symptoms you are trying to alleviate can also play a role in the CBD dosage you need to take to see results. In one study, participants who took 25mg of CBD each day had improved sleep quality, although the results were not consistent.   However, you might find that you need a lower or higher dose if you are treating another type of condition.
  • Try a dosage calculator: Researchers note that while the variety of dosing strategies and formulations make it difficult to determine efficacy, there are a number of online “dose-calculators” available online (such as mydosage.com) that are designed to help people choose the correct dose.   The accuracy of such calculators is difficult to assess, but it may be a good place to start.

Before you try CBD, discuss your plan with your doctor. They may be able to recommend a dose and help you better understand any potential risks, complications, side effects, or interactions you might experience.

Start With a Low Dose

Unless your doctor recommends a specific dose, start by taking 10 to 20 mg a day. Take this for a week to ensure that it is well-tolerated and that you don’t experience any unwanted effects or an allergic reaction.

If this dose does not have the desired effect, try increasing in increments of 5mg each week until the desired amount is reached.

In studies, amounts vary from as low as 20 milligrams per day to up to 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day. The World Health Organization reports that dosages in clinical research studies typically range between 100 and 800 milligrams per day.  

Is It Possible to Take Too Much?

So what is the maximum amount of CBD you should take? Researchers have found that 600 mg per day appears to be safe, but one study suggested that doses of up to 1,500 mg a day are safe and tolerated well.  

However, it’s important to remember that research is still in its infancy and experts do not yet fully understand the potential long-term impacts of CBD usage. For that reason, you should always discuss your CBD use with your doctor.

Starting at a lower dose and working your way up to the amount you need may be the best ways to avoid taking too much.

How to Take CBD

The amount of CBD found in a product may depend on different factors, including the formulation and method of administration. CBD products are available in a number of different forms including oils, capsules, tablets, nasal sprays, and gummies.

One of the most popular ways to take CBD is as an oil. Such products are made by combining CBD with some type of carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Some more recently developed products include dietary supplements, foods, beverages, lotions, salves, and cosmetics.

The type of CBD product you choose may depend on what you are trying to treat. If you are looking for general mood improvements, a dietary supplement might be a good option.

If you are targeting specific symptoms of a condition, taking an oil, capsule, or gummy might be a better way to obtain a higher, more concentrated dose.

Topical applications may produce localized effects, but they are unlike to have any mental health benefits.

What Kind Should You Take?

It’s also important to remember that many products don’t contain just CBD on its own. There are three types of CBD available:

  • Isolate contains CBD and only CBD.
  • Broad-spectrum contains CBD and other cannabinoids, but not THC.
  • Full-spectrum contains CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.

It may be helpful to take a broad-spectrum product since research suggests that CBD’s effects may be most beneficial when taken in conjunction with other cannabinoids, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. CBD may also help mitigate some of the effects of THC.

Side Effects

While CBD is generally well-tolerated, this does not mean that you won’t experience any side effects.

Some of the most common side effects that people experience when taking CBD include:

  • Appetite changes
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach upset
  • Weight changes

Some recent research has generated concerns over the safety and potential long term effects of CBD. One study involved giving mice an equivalent of the maximum dose of the CBD medication Epidiolex, which is used to treat certain forms of epilepsy. The results indicated an increased risk for liver damage as well as concerns over its interaction with other medications.  

Safety

It is also important to remember that CBD products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some manufacturers make unproven claims about the uses and efficacy of their products. There is also concern about the quality and safety of the products themselves.

One report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that a number of people experienced negative unwanted side effects due to CBD products that contained synthetic CBD, although the products were not labeled as containing such ingredients.  

Mislabeling appears to be a fairly common problem with CBD products. In one study, 70% of the CBD products that were sold online contained significantly more of the psychoactive ingredient THC than the label indicated.  

Federal law prohibits the sale of products that contain more than 0.3% THC. States laws also vary, so you should always check with your state before buying CBD products online.

A Word From Verywell

If you do decide to take CBD to alleviate an acute or chronic condition, remember that the amount that you take will depend on a variety of factors. Finding the right dosage often takes some experimentation and adjustments. Starting with a low dose and then gradually increasing the amount you take until you achieve the desired effects is the best approach.

CBD holds promise as a treatment for a range of conditions, but how much should you take? Learn more about CBD dosages for different purposes.

The Only Way is Up: A Guide to Dosing CBD

Alphagreen Team

Table of Contents

What is CBD, and what does it do?

The endocannabinoid system’s role

Dosing CBD: the basics

Scouting out the right CBD company & products

Factors in dosing

What are the different ways to take CBD?

When do the effects begin? And how long do they last?

How does CBD interact with the endocrine system?

Can I mix different CBD products?

Not feeling any different? Here’s why

Onwards and upwards

Summary

We will be letting you in on the precise factors that dictate dosages, such as your body weight, age, metabolism and consumption method. We will be educating anyone who needs to know how to source a reliable and trustworthy CBD brand and product, as well as all the ways you can take CBD and the advantages of each. What’s more, we have the answers to why your CBD may not be working for you.

Introduction

Need a hand when it comes to dosing cannabidiol? You have our sympathy — CBD doses can be exceptionally hard to get right. With a little guidance, you will be well on your way with knowing how to dose this otherwise marvellous cannabis constituent.

What is CBD, and what does it do?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids present in cannabis Sativa, a plant species consisting of two classifications — hemp and marijuana. We know, that’s a lot of information to receive in one sentence, so we’re going to dissect it further. A cannabinoid is a cannabis-derived compound. As we just said, CBD is one of many; there is also THC, CBC, CBG, CBN — you get the idea.

Of all those cannabinoids, our focus is on the second most abundant: CBD. “But why not focus on the most abundant?” you ask. Because the most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis is the infamous THC, which we will come to shortly.

CBD has become a hugely popular agent of wellness. Nowadays, you can find thousands of CBD-infused products, from topicals and patches you apply externally, to tinctures you administer under the tongue, and suppositories you insert down there. The CBD industry has shown that there are no limits when it comes to innovative consumption methods.

So what makes cannabidiol such a great wellness tool? The main reason for the growing popularity of the CBD is its seemingly endless therapeutic potential, paired with the fact that it is generally well-tolerated in the body. CBD has been known to have the potential to tackle chronic pain, manage our moods, relieve nausea, reduce symptoms of seizures and inflammation, enrich sleep, improve mobility and spasticity, and support many, many other aspects of our health. Cannabidiol has even been cited as a potential neuroprotector and has shown promise in bolstering quality of life among patients of Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and shows signs of performing antioxidant actions. The best part? CBD is non-addictive and non-psychotropic, so it will not make you high, regardless of the dose you take.

We appreciate that it all sounds too good to be true, but hear us out.

The endocannabinoid system’s role

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signalling biological network present in the bodies of basically all organisms. Its job is to maintain homoeostasis, or internal balance and harmony. Some of the functions it takes care of include our mood, appetite, sleep, cognitive performance, and so many others.

The system it’s made up of enzymes, endocannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. These are found all over the body; CB1 receptors are mainly around the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are usually concentrated around the immune system, particularly in the spleen. Endocannabinoids are the body’s own cannabinoids. When we take a cannabinoid like CBD, it is thought to interact with the components of the endocannabinoid system. It is believed to work with our CB1 receptors, controlling processes and functions to do with our mental health and stress responses, and with our CB2 receptors to control things like inflammation and pathogens — all things to do with immunity and immunoregulation. CBD does not bind itself to our receptors as THC does; rather, it supposedly influences the way our endocannabinoids bind to our CB1 and CB2 receptors.

In summary, the endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in the effects we feel when we take CBD.

Dosing CBD: the basics

Calculating the right CBD dose may be a confusing prospect, especially for newbies to the world of CBD. Your unique dose is dependent on personal variables. Some examples of these variables are:

  • Physical health
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Metabolism
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Health Conditions
  • CBD format (capsule, tincture, etc.).

It isn’t only pharmaceutical medications that are dangerous to take in excess; this applies to many organic or plant-derived products as well. True, the organic elements found in CBD products are completely natural, but that does not give you the green light to take cannabinoids as liberally as you like. There can be side effects, and certain doses can be incorrect for you. With this in mind, it is important to carefully consider dosage before you just begin your CBD intake.

Scouting out the right CBD company & products

Here are some handy tips for when you’re surfing the web for the right CBD company and products for you.

  • Find a reliable CBD Brand

The first and main goal is to choose a reliable CBD company. The product(s) you choose has several criteria to meet: it must meet the legal requirements for your country, it must be of an impressive quality and standard, it must meet certain safety standards, and not contain any undesirable chemicals or additives. Also important: it must be exactly what you want!

Here at Alphagreen, we only feature reliable products and brands on our platform. Every single CBD-infused product is lab-tested for contaminants, which you can see for yourself from their attached certificates.

  • Always check the ingredients

Before you reach checkout, it is important to read what is actually in the product(s) you’re buying. Ensure your product has a detailed description of all the substances it contains, as well as a clear indication of the CBD concentration. Your product should contain a good amount of CBD, as you don’t want to fall for one that is mostly made up of other ingredients and has a mere sprinkling of cannabidiol.

The quality of the CBD plays a crucial role in delivering effective results, so you must make sure to choose a high-quality product with high CBD content.

  • Always check the percentage

When we refer to CBD percentages, these numbers generally refer to the number of milligrams of CBD per product.

If we take a tincture that contains 2.5% CBD, this generally means it contains 250 milligrams of CBD. If this percentage is 4%, the concentration of CBD equates to 400 milligrams, and so on and so forth.

As the percentage of CBD increases, so too does its concentration.

In a 10 ml bottle of 2.5% CBD oil, the buyer will receive about 200 drops, and each drop will contain 1.25 mg of CBD.

If you take a daily dose of 3–4 drops three times a day, this means that you will consume approximately 15 mg of CBD daily.

Those who take a regular dose of CBD are far more likely to reap its wonderful potential benefits than those who do not make a regular habit out of their CBD consumption. For maximum possible benefits, determining the right dose is important; yet many consumers are still uninformed on how much CBD would best suit them and their needs.

It is important to remember that everybody’s endocannabinoid system is different, meaning the dosage can vary per person. Some will find that 3 mg twice a day is sufficient to obtain a calming and relaxing effect. Those with severe chronic pain, on the other hand, may take doses approaching 200 mg per day. This is not recommended unless under specific medical direction.

The best way to find the most suitable dose for you is to start with small doses and gradually increase. For newbies, daily doses of 5 mg may be enough to feel relief. After a few days or weeks, try increasing your dose to 10 mg and ensure you note the change in your response. Repeat this ritual as appropriate to find the optimal dose for you. Once you have established the desired dose, keep it consistent.

Those who have experience of using cannabis extracts may need to start with a higher dose as you may have a higher tolerance. You could begin with doses of 15–25 mg per day and increase (or not) as you feel is appropriate. It is advised that if you are a healthy adult, you do not surpass 70 mg per day.

Factors in dosing

Some of the individual factors that need to be taken into account are:

One of the important factors in finding your CBD dosage is your body weight. This is because each person has different levels of tolerance and different metabolisms.

A good idea is to use a maximum dose of 6 mg CBD for every 5 kg (10 lbs) of your body weight. However, if the answer to this formula in your case produces more than 70 mg, it is advised to keep to doses below this quantity.

Your health or condition

The state of your health also plays a vital role in discerning the right dose of CBD for you. You may be suffering from a health condition which affects you with various symptoms; you may suffer from chronic pain, or perhaps you struggle to sleep at night. You may be the picture of health. All of this is important when it comes to assessing the appropriate strength for your CBD dosage.

If you are taking mainstream pharmaceuticals for a health condition, it is important to contact your doctor before self-medicating with CBD. The reason for this is that CBD may interact with your medication(s), so it is crucial to ensure that the CBD is not disrupting their effectiveness. Your doctor or healthcare provider will be able to help you in that regard.

Medication(s) may dictate your CBD dosage; that is to say, you may be permitted to take both, so long as your CBD dose is below a certain amount, in order to achieve a fine balance in the body between the CBD and the medication. Your medication(s) may also dictate the time at which you take your CBD; they may need to be taken at opposite ends of the day, for example.

The concentration of your CBD

Naturally, if you buy a CBD oil that boasts a concentration of 1000mg CBD, you will require fewer drops per day than if you buy a CBD oil of 250 mg CBD .

Take a look at the table below to see roughly how much CBD is present in every drop, for all the different CBD concentrations. Note that this table only refers to CBD oil.

1.25 mg CBD per drop

2 mg CBD per drop

2.5 mg CBD per drop

5 mg CBD per drop

10 mg CBD per drop

What are the different ways to take CBD?

There are various products on the market containing CBD: vape oils for your vaporiser, sublingual oils and tinctures, topicals for your skin, edibles, transdermal patches, and so many more.

Of all these options, there is no one that is objectively the best. This depends on one’s preferences, the CBD concentration and the bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the amount of a substance (CBD, in this scenario) that can be used by your body, which has not been lost on the way to the bloodstream. As far as bioavailability and potency are concerned, studies say that the two best methods on this score are sublingually-taken CBD and inhaled CBD.

Let’s review the various ways to consume CBD, and see how we might dose them.

CBD vape juices, oils & e-liquids

THC-free, nicotine-free CBD electronic liquids (e-liquids), vape oils or vape juices are used in vaporisers and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). These CBD products are sold either in cartridges, liquid containers, or disposable vape pens, and, like regular e-liquids, they often come in different flavours.

What’s more, vaping CBD has one of the highest, if not the highest, bioavailability of any method. When you use a vaping device to inhale CBD via a vape oil or e-liquid, the bioavailability is so great because the digestive tract, with its powerful enzymes that degrade the potency of CBD, has no involvement. The other reason for its superior bioavailability is that the lungs have a thin lining, through which the CBD molecules seep directly into the bloodstream.

In terms of controlling and adjusting your CBD dose, vaping may not be the easiest way to do this, as it may be unclear how much CBD you’re taking in per draw. This could mean that vaping is the ideal delivery method for someone more experienced using CBD, who doesn’t necessarily need to think about their dose too rigidly.

To inhale CBD, all you need is one of these CBD e-liquids or vape oils as well as a vaporiser or an electronic cigarette.

CBD Sublingual Oils / CBD tinctures

Sublingual oils or tinctures are perhaps the most common method for consuming CBD. Why? They are highly commercialised products and marketed as the best way to take CBD. They are also often the foundational product of a company.

Depending on the format in which it is supplied, it can either be applied with a dropper/pipette or sprayed under the tongue.

Sublingual consumption is alongside vaping as the most bioavailable way of getting CBD into your system. This is another delivery method that retains the CBD’s potency and has a direct route to the bloodstream. Sublingual delivery involves dropping some CBD oil beneath the tongue and holding it there for up to 1 minute, allowing it to fully absorb into the sublingual gland. The bioavailability of sublingual consumption is 13–19%, though some have claimed it to be as high as 35%.

CBD oils will come in a carrier oil. Common examples of carrier oils are MCT coconut oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and pomegranate seed oil. A carrier oil that boasts its own health-supporting benefits is always preferable. Some companies then add flavourings to their CBD oils for consumers who prefer to mask the earthy taste of CBD.

The number of drops or daily sprays will be indicated on the product packaging. If it is a 5% CBD oil, it is usually recommended that one does not surpass 28 drops per day.

CBD topicals encompass body oils, creams, lotions and salves. Cosmetics infused with CBD are becoming increasingly popular, even items such as CBD lipsticks.

Thanks to the therapeutic and anti-ageing potential of CBD, people look to cannabidiol topicals for targeted relief for many of their skin imperfections and blemishes. Not only can these products provide dermatological relief, but they can also work with joints and muscles that are inflamed or aching.

Symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema, chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis are just some of the conditions that people use CBD topicals to manage. Each of them has visibly improved after CBD administration, according to multiple studies.

In terms of dosing, CBD topicals can be applied as liberally as you see fit unless otherwise stated by the product. They will prove especially effective when applied to an inflamed or sore area. One thing to note about CBD topicals is that, in contrast to other methods of consumption, their effects take place solely in the area of application. Topical CBD will work only with your local receptors on the skin, and will not enter the bloodstream. As a result, the bioavailability of topicals is low.

CBD Capsules, Softgels & Edibles

These are all trusty, conventional methods for taking CBD and perhaps some of the easiest in terms of maintaining a fixed dose.

Capsules, softgels, and edibles such as gummies or chocolate will come with a consistent dose of CBD per capsule. For instance, it may be 10 mg CBD per softgel or per gummy. These options are great if you don’t have the time to mess around calculating the optimal dose of drops.

The disadvantage? Research has demonstrated that orally-taken CBD products do not get absorbed in their full capacity. Indeed, by the time the CBD you consumed orally reaches your bloodstream, it is thought that only 6–20% of the CBD is used. This is because of the powerful enzymes throughout the digestive tract, which begin breaking down the CBD from the moment you swallow it. Your liver then metabolises it further in what is known as the “first-pass” effect.

CBD Patches and Suppositories are two emerging methods for consuming CBD. Both are said to have a high bioavailability, but neither have enough studies behind them yet to confirm this. One study found that rectal application can be 25% to 50% more effective than oral administration, with an average bioavailability of 13.5%. Equally, anecdotal reports claim that CBD patches have good bioavailability, as they travel through our veins through the bloodstream. A rodent study on transdermal patches reported efficacy in relieving symptoms of inflammation of the joints.

When do the effects begin? And how long do they last?

As for the time you may be waiting for the CBD to take effect, this will depend on the method of consumption you choose.

With a method like sublingual consumption or inhaling, you might only have to wait 20 minutes. Conversely, some CBD-infused edibles may take up to two hours to fully digest and reach the bloodstream.

Studies vary in reporting the duration of effects once the CBD is in your system. Some allege that effects may last up to 8 hours, while others claim much less.

How does CBD interact with the endocrine system?

When we take CBD, it eventually reaches the bloodstream (with the exception of CBD topicals). Once in the blood, CBD molecules are transported throughout the body by fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs). These proteins help lipids, such as CBD, pass through cell membranes.

Once inside the cell, CBD can activate specific receptors. It has been shown to act on CB1 receptors, CB2 receptors, serotonin receptors, GABA receptors, vanilloid receptors, and gamma receptors, among others. It has also been shown to temporarily increase the level of certain neurochemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, anandamide and others. CBD does this by inhibiting a process known as resorption, and is thus sometimes called a “reuptake inhibitor”.

It is also purported to regulate the production of our stress hormone, cortisol, and influence our adenosine receptors, both of which help to manage our moods and sleep cycles.

CBD can collaborate with the other compounds and nutrients found in cannabis and hemp, creating the “entourage effect”. Many scientists believe that this is the key to understanding the unique effects of cannabis and its compounds.

Dosage Recommendations

Dosing sometimes takes a great deal of trial and error, so here are some recommendations that may help you skip the error.

This is the universal standard for drug use, herbal or otherwise. Start with a low dose of CBD and gradually increase it.

For example, a person of moderate weight may take approximately 50 mg of CBD once a day, depending on his age.

We recommend starting with a small dose of 5 mg per day, just to observe your response to any CBD supplement used. From there, you can increase the pace to 2 daily doses of 5 mg. This is important, because CBD can cause side effects in some people. Although these side effects are mild and rare, it is always recommended to start with low doses to avoid these reactions.

Make sure you stick with each dose for at least a few weeks so that your body has time to adapt, before moving on to a stronger dose.

Some brands offer a CBD dose calculator. This will take into account various factors and then produce what is supposedly your optimal dose.

Whilst it may be accurate, you should take their recommendations lightly, as sometimes calculating a dose is beyond the scope of a robotic calculator.

Can I mix different CBD products?

CBD is well-tolerated and usually has few to no adverse effects, providing the consumer adheres to the recommended dosage and uses their products in a responsible way.

So long as you don’t exceed the recommended daily limit, then, most people can safely mix two or more CBD products in a day.

In general, high-speed CBD products offer faster and shorter effects, while slower-start products provide more stable CBD release over a more extended period. If these two types are combined, the consumer can maximise the potential of both products.

Not feeling any different? Here’s why

As we like to remind you, everyone is different. This could mean you are taking the same exact dose from the same CBD oil as one of your friends, but you are responding differently. In some cases, it might not have any effect on you, which is naturally frustrating and convinces you that you have been scammed and that CBD is a marketing fad. Before you reach any rash conclusions, it is important that you consider some of the following possible reasons why your CBD product might not be working for you.

You may be taking the incorrect dose

One of the most critical factors that determine the effect of CBD is the correct dose. If you are not taking the right dose, you are less likely to see any of the results we have promised.

When it comes to dosage, several sources suggest taking 10 to 40 mg of CBD per day; others suggest using 25 mg of CBD every day to see results.

Doses are not fixed, so remember you can increase your dose gradually if you aren’t seeing any results. If you feel a product you have bought does not have a strong enough dose for you, it may be an idea to purchase a stronger concentration, if you are willing to give CBD another chance.

Your dose may be inconsistent

You may be taking 5 mg one day, 10 mg the next and 5 again the day after. It is important that you keep doses consistent and take the same amount every day as you would with regular, mainstream medication.

You may not have waited long enough

Another possible reason why your CBD has not worked is that you have not given it enough time to have an impact on your body. While many users claim that they see immediate results, this is by no means the case for everyone.

Since CBD is not a medicine, but a dietary supplement, it may not always produce rapid results. A minimum of two to four weeks is required before you can expect to feel or see the benefits of the CBD.

If you have waited this long and you still aren’t seeing a difference, it may be time to increase your dose.

Absorption by fat cells

One thing that could prevent CBD from producing effective results is body fat. Cannabinoids attract fats. This means that oils absorb part of the CBD, and only part of it enters the bloodstream. If 60% of CBD is absorbed by body fat, only 40% of the dose is circulated. If oil absorbs 30% of CBD, then 70% of the CBD will circulate around the bloodstream and provide potential benefits.

Research has thus far only focused on certain properties of cannabinoids. There are few studies on fat cells absorption. Still, it is possible to compensate for the effect of fat absorption by increasing your CBD dose.

You may need to switch refinements

If you have been using a CBD isolate and you do not see any benefits, you might want to consider switching to a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD product, in order to get the most out of your CBD intake.

Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products possess a huge range of other cannabinoids and active plant nutrients, taken straight from cannabis.

These other active plant nutrients may include minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds are believed to enrich the CBD user experience due to the prior-mentioned entourage effect, which sees the cannabis compounds working synergistically and enhancing the potential effects of one another.

Using a broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, then, could help you see and feel more of the therapeutic effects offered by CBD products, by maximising the entourage effect.

You may be seeking the wrong thing from your CBD products

With CBD, it is important to manage your expectations. Some consumers may enter a CBD regime expecting the world; CBD is not a panacea and will not cure any illness. It may help to manage and temporarily dull various symptoms, but will not totally abolish them.

Perhaps if your CBD goods are not working for you, the problem is that you are expecting too much from them.

CBD will also never get you high, so if you are looking for a mind-altering euphoric sensation from your CBD use, you are looking in the wrong place! Cannabidiol is non-intoxicating, and will not produce a high like marijuana used recreationally would.

Precautionary measures

Despite the fact that research lauds how well CBD is tolerated in the human body, there is always the possibility of adverse reactions when we take CBD.

Hypotension (low blood pressure) may occur in those who are susceptible to this, because CBD may have a hypotensive effect. Measuring and monitoring blood pressure is recommended for people that are vulnerable to low blood pressure.

CBD may also cause:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

If you encounter any of these reactions, do not continue to take CBD. If you are concerned about your response, contact a doctor.

For those who suffer from a condition to do with the digestive tract (stomach, intestines, colon), sublingual administration is recommended as the best way to take CBD.

CBD is fat-soluble. It thus works best when taken with a food that contains some fat (such as olive oil or coconut oil).

In terms of storage, CBD products should be kept where there is no direct sunlight and do not heat up. Some products may require refrigeration, such as edibles or suppositories. As for expiration dates, do not surpass them.

Key takeaways

It is fair to say there has been a metric tonne of information in this read, so we wouldn’t blame you if you needed a reminder of what we have covered.

  • CBD is a compound that comes from the cannabis Sativa plant species.
  • The endocannabinoid system is the control centre that is affected by the CBD you take.
  • The dosage depends on multiple factors unique to the individual.
  • When looking for a CBD product, always check the ingredients and look for a lab certificate (also known as a certificate of analysis, or COA).
  • CBD concentration is usually measured in milligrams or as a percentage. As the CBD percentage increases, so too does the concentration.
  • In terms of dosing, your BMI, health conditions, current medications and CBD format are all important to consider.
  • Always start with low doses of CBD and work your way to stronger doses.
  • CBD can be inhaled, consumed sublingually, taken orally, topically, or via the anus or the vagina.
  • Depending on how you take CBD, it may take up to 2 hours before you feel its effects.
  • Keep to concentrations of less than 70 mg per day.
  • If you stay within the recommended dosage per day, you can mix different CBD products.
  • You may choose to use an online dosage calculator. If you do, use it as a rough guide.
  • If you aren’t feeling any difference from your CBD consumption, you may be taking the incorrect dose, your dose may be inconsistent, you may not have waited long enough, your CBD may be absorbed by fat cells, you may need to switch to a different CBD refinement, or you may be looking for the wrong thing from your CBD products.
  • Adverse reactions may take place. If you are concerned, seek medical attention and stop taking the CBD.

Onwards and upwards

As you approach the end of this read, you’ll hopefully have the tools to confidently dose your way to a perfect CBD experience. If you feel you may need to revisit certain areas with which you don’t yet feel assured, this guide can be used for future reference for reminding yourself of the basics in dosing CBD.

Remember, dosing can be tricky! So don’t get frustrated if you initially can’t find one that works for you. Perseverance is key!

We will be letting you in on the precise factors that dictate dosages, such as your body weight, age, metabolism and consumption method. We will be educating anyone who needs to know how to source a…

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CBD in Delaware

November 7, 2019

CBD in Delaware

CBD oil has been on Delaware store shelves for a few years now, but where did it come from and what benefits does it have for consumers? NuLeaf Naturals wants to provide you with what you need to know about CBD oil including its legality and where to find CBD oil in Delaware.

Is CBD in Delaware Legal?

Under Delaware Senate Bill 17 (DE Medical Marijuana Act), Delaware residents must obtain a certification from their doctor and meet certain requirements to qualify for its medical marijuana program. Medical marijuana qualified patients can use any CBD products if they contain at least 15% CBD and less than 0.7% THC.

CBD oil Delaware

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that interacts without the body’s own endocannabinoid system. When CBD is ingested it binds to our body’s endocannabinoid system which is believed to cause several therapeutic benefits.

CBD Oil Terms You Should Know

Consumers can easily get confused by all the different terms and jargon when it comes to CBD. Use this glossary to differentiate between different types of CBD oil.

  • Full Spectrum: Full spectrum indicates the entire plant was used to manufacture the CBD. Legal full spectrum CBD oil contains a negligible amount of THC.
  • Broad Spectrum: Broad spectrum indicates the entire plant was used to manufacture the CBD, but that all THC has been removed. Broad spectrum CBD oil may lose other helpful compounds during production.
  • CBD Isolate: CBD in its purest form. CBD isolate has fallen out of favor to full spectrum CBD.
  • Hemp Oil: CBD oil derived from cannabis sativa (industrial hemp.) Hemp oil containing less than 0.3% THC is federally legal.
  • Cannabis Oil: CBD oil derived from non-hemp sources is better known as cannabis CBD oil or cannabis oil.

Where to Buy CBD in Delaware

Consumers can find NuLeaf Naturals full spectrum CBD oil at several reputable outlets. Use our store finder to find a NuLeaf Naturals retailer near you. We only partner with reputable suppliers who can give you on-the-spot help in answering your questions.

If you’d rather not leave your home and still have CBD questions or need help finding the right product call our experts at 720-372-4842. If you’re ready to order CBD oil now, navigate to our shop page for more information on our CBD products and how to buy now.

CBD oil is federally legally so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. It may not be legal at a state, county, or local level. Check your local laws and regulations before buying CBD oil.

This guide may not be up to date on the current legislation at the state or local level. We recommend you do your research to understand the legalities surrounding CBD oil where you live.

Can you buy CBD in Delaware? Is it legal to possess? Read the NuLeaf Naturals guide to CBD oil in The First State and get started with changing your life for the better.

Where to Buy CBD Oil in Delaware in 2020

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If you are trying to find the best deals on legal CBD oil in Delaware, this is the article for you.

Although Delaware historically doesn’t have the most friendly marijuana laws, there are still options for purchasing CBD oil online and in-store.

It’s usually easiest to shop for your products online rather than driving around town from store to store. You can find many of the same products online that you would find locally but the deals are often much better.

Shopping online also allows you to research the products quickly, which is important. The laws in Delaware regarding CBD oil can change significantly depending on how the CBD oil was made.

Table of Contents
  • Buy CBD Oil in Delaware:
  • Is CBD Legal in Delaware?
    • Medical Marijuana Law in Delaware
      • Eligible medical conditions for medical marijuana in Delaware:
  • Industrial-Hemp CBD Oil in Delaware
  • How to Buy CBD Oil in Delaware
    • Online Shops
    • Local Stores in Delaware
  • What Is CBD Oil? Why Is It So Popular?
  • Recommended CBD Retailers in Delaware
    • Wilmington
    • Dover
    • Newark
    • Middletown
  • Final Notes on Buying CBD Oil in Delaware

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Is CBD Legal in Delaware?

Yes, CBD oil is legal to purchase in Delaware, but you need to be aware of the law to avoid any trouble with the authorities.

Depending on whether or not your CBD oil contains THC, the legal circumstances can change.

Let’s examine the Delaware law regarding medical marijuana to see if you may be eligible to purchase CBD oil with a higher THC content.

Medical Marijuana Law in Delaware

In 2011, Delaware became the 16th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

Under the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act, residents of Delaware may apply for a medical marijuana license with the recommendation of a physician.

Additionally, you will need to pay a one-time $125 application fee and prove that you have an eligible condition.

Eligible medical conditions for medical marijuana in Delaware:
  1. Cancer
  2. HIV/AIDS
  3. Decompensated Cirrhosis
  4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  5. Crohn’s disease
  6. Autism
  7. Alzheimer’s disease
  8. Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  9. Severe/debilitating pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures for more than three months or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
  10. Severe nausea
  11. Seizures
  12. Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  13. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  14. Terminal illness

Strangely, this law doesn’t prevent an arrest for marijuana possession. It simply provides a legal defense if prosecuted.

If you are arrested for possession with a medical marijuana license, you may have a legal defense if you can satisfy the following conditions:

  1. You were in possession of no more than six ounces of marijuana and no plants.
  2. You possessed marijuana solely to treat or alleviate the patient’s severe or debilitating medical condition.
  3. Your physician has stated that you are likely to receive therapeutic benefit from marijuana to treat or alleviate your serious or debilitating medical condition.
  4. You didn’t possess marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, in state-funded health care or treatment facility
  5. You weren’t smoking marijuana in a public place or in any form of transportation.

If you are under the age of 18, you may be able to apply for a medical marijuana license if you are suffering from one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Intractable epilepsy
  2. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition where they have failed treatment involving one or more of the following symptoms
    1. Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    2. Intractable nausea
    3. Severe, painful and persistent muscle spasms

Delaware recent passed “Rylie’s Law”, which permits caregivers to administer CBD oil to children with debilitating health conditions on school buses and school grounds.

Once you have obtained a medical marijuana license, you may be able to legally purchase CBD oil products through a local dispensary or easily find them online.

What if you don’t have a medical marijuana license?

Industrial-Hemp CBD Oil in Delaware

If you aren’t able to get a medical marijuana license, don’t worry. You can still legally purchase your favorite industrial-hemp products online and in-state.

Industrial hemp products are treated differently than those derived from flowering marijuana plants.

In 2014, the Federal government took hemp off of the Controlled Substances Act. This meant that farmers were legally allowed to grow hemp for paper, clothing, fuel, food, and research.

Luckily for those of you who are looking to buy CBD oil in Delaware, this small change means that industrial-hemp extracts are completely legal.

CBD oil derived from industrial hemp doesn’t typically contain enough THC (normally less than 0.3%) to get the user high. Using these products will get you all the benefits of CBD without the buzz.

You can find CBD oil in many different forms. It can be purchased as a tincture, cream, balm, wax, vape juice, and there are even products available for your pets.

Whether you decide to pick up your products online or in-store, there are a few things you should do to protect yourself from sketchy companies.

Read our guide below for finding quality CBD oils from a trustworthy supplier.

How to Buy CBD Oil in Delaware

As the laws and regulation around CBD evolve, it can be difficult to find quality products at a good price.

Some companies are advertising CBD oil as a miracle drug or selling items that contain significantly less CBD than they should.

You have come to the right place for finding quality CBD oil in Delaware. Follow these simple steps to protect yourself against sketchy companies.

  1. Always ensure that the CBD oils you purchase are double-checked by a third-party lab. These labs can test for unwanted chemicals or heavy metals and make sure the CBD content matches what the company is advertising.
  2. Another good sign is if the company’s industrial-hemp products manufactured using the CO2 extraction method. Producing CBD oil by CO2 extraction doesn’t require any additional solvents or heat. This means that your CBD will be pure and potent.
  3. Above everything else, make sure the company you choose doesn’t make wild claims about the potential of CBD. If a company is claiming that their product cures cancer, it’s a very good sign that they should be avoided. CBD oils have many health benefits, but they are not a miracle drug.

If you follow the advice above, you’re on the right track to finding a trustworthy source for your CBD needs. This advice applies to any product sold online or in-store.

Online Shops

Purchasing CBD oil online is by far the most convenient method in Delaware. It allows you to choose and compare many different products within a matter of minutes.

Why leave the comfort of your own home when you can get quality CBD products delivered straight to your door?

Another benefit of online stores is they often allow you to take advantage of bulk discounts or special offers that local shops wouldn’t be able to match.

Most importantly, shopping online gives you valuable information about the companies and products they offer that may be difficult to obtain in a local shop.

Driving from store to store to compare products takes time. If you are more comfortable shopping in person, there may be a local retailer with CBD oil near you.

Take a look at our list below for stores in Delaware who can help you with your CBD needs.

Local Stores in Delaware

Delaware does have a limited number of dispensaries who can help those with medical marijuana licenses.

If you don’t have a medical marijuana license, you will have to see if your local vape stores, head shops, and natural health retail outlets carry industrial-hemp products.

There are hundreds of product available in-stores. Remember to double-check the source of your CBD oil so that you know your CBD oil is legal.

Follow the advice above to make sure you are getting a quality product.

What Is CBD Oil? Why Is It So Popular?

In the United States, CBD oil is a brand new and exploding industry. In 2017, over $190 million worth of CBD oil products were sold. There is a huge market for CBD oil as a health supplement.

Many states have been changing their marijuana laws. As of November 2018, 33 states have successfully implemented medical marijuana programs, and eleven have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

People slowly realize that marijuana products don’t cause “reefer madness” and it has many different medical applications.

CBD is a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp plants that has several health benefits. It has been shown to treat seizures, inflammation, pain, and anxiety.

It can be extracted from both flowering marijuana plants and industrial hemp plants; this is an important distinction because the law views the two products differently.

CBD oil extracted from flowering marijuana plants contains higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); this is the chemical in marijuana that causes the user to feel high.

On the other hand, Industrial-hemp derived CBD oil contains very little THC (usually no more than 0.3%) and therefore doesn’t cause the high usually associated with marijuana.

This means that you can take advantage of all the health benefits of CBD oil without getting stoned.

Recommended CBD Retailers in Delaware

Wilmington

  1. First State Compassion Center
  2. Nature’s Way Medicine
  3. Canna Care Docs
  4. VapeEscape
  5. Your CBD Store

Dover

  1. Puffster
  2. Blue Monkey Vapes
  3. Crystal Dragon Fine Smoking Accessories
  4. Maxed Out Vape
  5. First State Vape

Newark

  1. First State Compassion Center
  2. Delaware Vapor
  3. VapeEscape
  4. All in One Smoke Shop

Middletown

  1. RISE Dispensary
  2. Unreal Vapors
  3. Wesley’s Vape Shop

All of these stores should have helpful and knowledgeable employees who can point you in the right direction.

Final Notes on Buying CBD Oil in Delaware

Although Delaware has had trouble getting marijuana legalized, you shouldn’t have too many issues getting CBD oils in the state.

If you aren’t eligible for medical marijuana, you can still legally purchase industrial-hemp derived CBD oil without any concern from the authorities. There are a limited number of retail locations in the state who stock industrial-hemp derived CBD oil, so your best bet is to shop with a reliable online supplier.

Make sure you take the time to educate yourself about CBD because there are a lot of companies out there selling nothing but snake oil. Don’t get taken advantage of, do your research and buy online.

Although Delaware historically doesn’t have the most friendly marijuana laws, there are still options for purchasing CBD oil online.

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VetCS CBD Oil for Small Breed Dogs 500mg CBD, 15ml

This product is best for small breed dogs (less than 20 lbs) or cats, for a 30-60 day supply. We use a full size bottle for this size, so that we can use our wonderful measuring dropper! This bottle will arrive half-full.

Curious if CBD is right for your pet? Call our veterinary team at 1-800-840-5730 or email us at [email protected] We would love to help you build the best wellness plan for your pet!

Safety:

Our full spectrum CBD extract oil is produced in facilities compliant at the FDA level; we want to assure your pet is receiving the same amount in every dose, and every bottle. We have set the stage for transparency standards that is unheard of in the veterinary cannabis industry.

Dosing:

Dosing information: Refer to Dosing chart. Tincture can be given directly in the mouth or with food. It should be given twice daily to maximize efficacy. Effects can be seen within 3-5 days. Loading doses should be maintained for 1 week, then decreased to half doses twice daily. For added support, week 1 doses can be maintained long term if needed. Note: Cats do not like the odor of this hemp extract, we advise using our low scent CBD oil.

Certificates of Analysis:

**Note: It is typical for cannabinoid potency levels to vary between 4-6 mg/ml based on batch and lab testing variance, higher concentrations of cannabinoids are considered safe as long as THC is below 0.3%.**

CBD Oil for small dogs with full spectrum hemp for best efficacy for calming, supporting wellness, and mobility disorders. Easy to dose based on our chart and comes in two flavors: Bacon or Full Plant. Lasts 30-60 days for most small dogs. Our Veterinary Team is standing by to answer questions!

500mg CBD Oil for Medium to Large Dogs

Max and Neo CBD’s 500mg CBD Oil is a pure full spectrum organic hemp oil extract made from top grade hemp from Colorado, USA. The 500mg bottle is great for medium and large sized dogs.

Using the complete plant profile during our extraction process we produce a full-spectrum oil, containing all the beneficial properties naturally found in hemp.

Our CBD oil is unflavored as it is mixed with MCT oil. The oil can be given directly to the dog or placed on its food.

This bottle will last approximately 100-200 days for dogs between 25 to 50 lbs using recommended dosage once per day.

Ingredients:
MCT Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract

Serving Size: 20 drops (0.5ml)
Servings Per Bottle: 50

Amount Per Serving:
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract 10 mg (.5 mg per drop)

Start with a lower dosage and gradually increase to the recommended use.

Recommended Use

.5 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract per drop

1-5 drops – dogs up to 25 lbs
6-10 drops – dogs 25 to 50 lbs
11-15 drops – dogs 50 to 75 lbs
16-20 drops – dogs 75 to 100 lbs

The general recommended dosage is about 1mg of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract per 10 pounds of dog weight. Adjust up or down depending on results.

Max and Neo CBD's 500mg CBD Oil is a pure full spectrum organic hemp oil extract made from top grade hemp from Colorado, USA. The 500mg bottle is great for medium and large sized dogs. Using the complete plant profile during our extraction process we produce a full-spectrum oil, containing all the beneficial properties

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How to Take CBD Oil: Ingestion, Sublingual, Topical and Inhalation Options

With more research discovering new potential wellness and therapeutic applications for cannabidiol ( CBD ), the demand and availability of CBD products continues to increase. The greater variety of products gives patients more choices to find a CBD option and method of consumption that aligns with their health and lifestyle needs.

In general, there are four primary methods for taking CBD oil to choose from:

  • Ingestion
  • Sublingual
  • Topical
  • Inhalation

Here we explore each of those four methods and discuss the advantages of each so that you can select a product that’s best for you or your family member.

Ingestion Options

Perhaps the most common way to take CBD oil is to ingest it orally. When you ingest CBD oil, it passes through the digestive system and is metabolized by the liver, eventually sending its active compounds to your bloodstream. This form of administration is exactly how vitamins and other daily supplements are most typically taken.

Common ingestible CBD oil products include capsules , edibles, and beverages. Capsules can be easily swished down with a mouthful of water and are among the most efficient ways to take CBD. CBD oil can be infused into a wide variety of edibles and beverages, including coffee.

Sublingual Options

When CBD oil is administered sublingually, it’s held under the tongue for up to 90 seconds so that the mucus membranes in the mouth can absorb the oil’s active ingredients. The benefit of consuming CBD oil sublingually is that the absorption process bypasses the digestive system and liver metabolization, allowing the compounds to reach your bloodstream and interact with the endocannabinoid system more quickly. For those looking for quick effects, a sublingual CBD oil product is ideal.

Pure CBD oil, as well as tinctures and concentrates, are CBD products that are designed for the sublingual method of application. They can easily be held in the mouth to give the active ingredients time to be absorbed by the capillaries in the mouth before being swallowed.

Topical Options

Some CBD oil products are designed to be applied directly onto the skin. The active ingredients in these topical CBD products are absorbed through the skin so that they can interact with cells that are nearby the surface without ever entering the bloodstream. Topical CBD oil products are ideal for those looking for isolated pain relief or to address skin conditions because they can be applied directly to where they are needed most.

The CBD oil topical products currently on the market primarily include lotions and salves. These products are more applicable for potentially addressing pain or serious skin issues . For daily skin health care, some companies also produce a collection of CBD oil bath and body care products, such as body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizing lotions.

Inhalation Options

Finally, CBD can also be inhaled by vaporizing. A vaporizer heats CBD oil just enough to release its active compounds, avoiding the harmful byproducts that are created with combustion. During vaporization, CBD enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream. Because it doesn’t have to make its way through the digestive system or liver, the CBD enters your circulation faster. Also, less CBD is lost during vaporizing compared to the ingestion method. Vaporizing CBD is typically a consumption option recommended for adults.

CBD oil products designed for vaporization include CBD e-liquid, which contains CBD oil infused with vegetable glycerin (VG), or high-CBD concentrate. Vaporizers range in size from tabletop, plug-in powered units to small, battery-powered portable pens.

Here we explore each of the four common methods for consuming CBD and discuss the advantages of each so you can find the product that's right for you.

How to Take CBD Oil Sublingually

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For recreational users, smoking and vaping are the preferred methods of consuming cannabis or CBD products. These methods allow cannabinoids to rush directly to the lungs. Smoking and vaping are very efficient methods and can increase bioavailability to 50% or above. Bioavailability determines the percentage of drugs or substances that becomes available to the target tissue after administration. This means that up to 50% of the cannabis content that you inhale when you smoke or vape is available for your body. In contrast, CBD edibles fall between 4-20% bioavailability rate.

However, smoking, and vaping are not everybody’s cup of tea. Some just don’t like the idea of smoking or vaping in general. There are also those who find it inconvenient since it limits their use to their homes. Although vaping, and smoking equipment are portable, some areas prohibit smoking and vaping in public places; both indoors and outdoors. In addition, there are also those with existing lung conditions who cannot smoke or vape.

Sublingually taking CBD oil is a convenient alternative to smoking or vaping. The word sublingual means under the tongue. In this method, the user applies a few drops of CBD oil or cannabis tincture under the tongue. This method is different from directly swallowing the tincture or oil.

What are the advantages of taking CBD Oil sublingually?

Better Bioavailability. Most users who take CBD oil sublingually experience the health benefits of CBD oil within 20 minutes?. This makes it the perfect method for those who use CBD products for pain relief of chronic pain. Those who suffer from neuropathic pain caused by arthritis will also benefit from the fast relief brought about by sublingually taking CBD oil. Arthritis-related pain can flare up any moment and although you can relieve it by using other CBD products, CBD oil through sublingual delivery is still the best method to deliver immediate relief.

Why is the effect so fast? This might be due to the fact that you’re not digesting the oil. Sublingual products don’t go through the digestive tract. When you swallow a CBD edible or capsules, it goes through your digestive system and it needs to undergo digestion before you can feel its effect. In contrast, CBD oil or cannabis tincture taken sublingually gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. The increased bioavailability can also be attributed to the fact that sublingual consumption of CBD Oil bypasses the first-pass effect in the liver which happens when you digest edibles.

It is a discreet method. You can sublingually take CBD oil in a very discreet manner. Unlike smoking or vaping CBD, you can do it in a quiet corner without anybody noticing. It doesn’t emit any smoke or smell that can draw attention to one’s self. This method also doesn’t require any prep work on the user’s end. The dropper bottles used in this method are very small and you can easily conceal them in your purse or even your pocket. Although a vaporizer and a bottle of vape oil is easy to conceal, a bottle of CBD oil is still smaller in comparison

How do I take CBD oil sublingually?

Taking CBD Oil sublingually is a pretty straightforward process. You just need to use the dropper that usually comes with the CBD Oil to take a few drops of CBD. Put a few drops of your preferred CBD Oil under your tongue. You need to hold the oil under your tongue for at least a minute or two. This will ensure that the oil gets absorbed through your sublingual tissues so it can enter your bloodstream. You can then swallow any excess oil left behind.

Some users who take CBD Oil sublingually take an extra step before swallowing the oil. You can also swish the remaining oil around your mouth. This will distribute the oil to your cheek tissues or even into your gums. This method of taking CBD Oil through the cheek tissues is called Buccal. If you’ve tried oil-pulling before then this is something similar.

Although this is not a requirement, it increases the contact between the oil and the capillaries in your mouth. This means you also increase the chances of getting as much CBD oil to your bloodstream as possible. If there is still oil left after swishing the oil around your mouth, then you can just swallow the rest.

What kind of carrier oil is best for taking CBD oil sublingually?

Pure CBD oil by itself is easily absorbed by the human body. However, its absorbency by the body gets improved when you use it with a carrier oil. Hemp oil products like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant are fat-soluble. This means that they increase their bioavailability when you infuse them in saturated fat.

Hemp Seed Oil. Despite its name, Hemp Seed Oil doesn’t contain cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is a product derived by cold-pressing hemp seeds and not the hemp plant. What’s great about hemp seed oil is it contains a unique 3:1 essential fatty acids ratio. Hemp seed oil is also tastier. It has a slightly nutty flavor which makes it more tolerable if you intend to take CBD oil sublingually.

Olive Oil. Olive oil is a very popular cooking ingredient. People drizzle it over salads, use in making pasta, or as a dip for pieces of bread. It has a vegetable flavor and is ideal for those who like the taste of Olive Oil. Olive Oil also contains LCTs or long-chain triglycerides. LCT translates into higher bioavailability compared to medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which makes it more efficient as a carrier oil.

Coconut Oil. This MCT oil has long been acknowledged for its health benefits. This is the perfect carrier oil for those who have heart conditions because coconut oil has high lipid content. The saturated fat content of coconut oil won’t clog up your arteries.

How much CBD Oil should I use?

This is a question that many have asked. Unfortunately, there is no definite answer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government arm responsible for providing a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) but they haven’t released an official RDI for daily CBD servings. If you don’t know what RDI is, it is the daily levels of a nutrient that meets the requirements of 97-98 percent of individuals in the United States. You usually find RDI information on any supplement you purchase.

So, how do you formulate a dosage for CBD oil? Treat CBD as you would any new supplement that you might take. Start with small doses. This way, you completely avoid going over the level that might be too much for you. Remember that it can take up to an hour for you to feel the effects of CBD oil taken sublingually so you need to be patient and wait for the effects to your body. Once you’ve felt the effects and they are not enough for you, then you can gradually increase the dosage of the following intake.

If you know someone else who takes CBD oil sublingually, do not assume that the dosage that works for them will also work for you. The effects of CBD are different for each individual. In the absence of an FDA RDI, it will be best to determine on your own the right dosage based on what works for you.

Another thing to take note of is the potency of the CBD oil that you’re taking. Different oils have different potencies. If you decide to switch to another CBD oil then you need to take potency into consideration. If you switch to a more potent oil, lower the dosage you are taking and then gradually increase it. If you’re switching to a less potent oil, go with the same dosage you’re previously using and work your way up.

This is not an exact science yet. However, until the FDA comes up with an RDI for cannabis products, these are sensible and the safest you can get.

Genetics and CBD Dosages

Genetics also play a huge role in how a user decides on an appropriate dosage. Some users have mutations on their CNR1 gene. If you have an issue with your CNR1 gene, it can result in a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system. For example, THC can increase the activity of CB1 receptors. On the other hand, alcohol can increase its expression. This means that smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol can increase the effects of CBD because of their interaction with cannabinoid receptors.

Can I overdose on CBD oil if I take it sublingually?

As of this writing, authorities haven’t determined yet a lethal dose of CBD. Even doses of up to 1500 mg per day are safe for humans?. However, it is also important to consult with your physician before taking CBD oil sublingually, or through any other method for that matter. However, there are still some slight risks associated with the use of CBD in high doses or for extended periods. These include:

  • Mild Low Blood Pressure
  • Dry Mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sluggishness

These side effects are possible on worst case scenarios. The use of CBD and other hemp products are still safe.

Sublingual CBD oil provides greater bioavailability than most other methods of consumption. Place a few drops underneath your tongue to feel the effects.

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CBD Legal States 2021

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not get a user “high;” however, its legality is still a gray area for some people because it is derived from the cannabis plant.

Is CBD Legal in the U.S.?

CBD must be legal on both the federal level and the state level in order for it to be legal in your state.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized, on the federal level, the regulated production of hemp, or any part of the cannabis plant with a THC concentration below 0.3%. States, however, have the final say in whether or not cannabis-derived products are legal within their state lines.

Is CBD Legal in my State?

Marijuana legality varies by state, as does CBD legality.

There are 17 states called that legalized both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana as long as you meet the minimum age requirement.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

In addition to these states, sever other states have legalized medical marijuana:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

The following states have legalized CBD, some only for specific medical purposes:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Some of these states only allow CBD below certain THC levels. CBD and CBD products in Idaho are legal only if they contain zero THC and are derived from the mature stalks of the plant. In Tennessee, possession of CBD products is legal if they contain less than 0.6% THC. In Alabama, the maximum THC level is 0.3%.

CBD Legal States 2021 CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not get a user “high;” however, its legality is still a gray

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Contents

  1. Is weed legal in Mississippi?
  2. Legislation history
  3. Where is it safe to purchase weed in Mississippi?
  4. Where is it safe to consume cannabis?
  5. Medical Marijuana in Mississippi
  6. Frequently asked questions

Is weed legal in Mississippi?

Medical marijuana will be legal in Mississippi in 2021. Cannabis for recreational use remains illegal. CBD oil with at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC is legal for patients with debilitating epilepsy.

Cannabis is decriminalized statewide. Possession of up to 30 grams (1 ounce) of cannabis or 10 grams of synthetic cannabinoids is punishable by a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses and possession of larger amounts carry greater penalties.

Legislation history

In 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB 1231 , or “Harper Grace’s Law,” named after Harper Grace Durval, a young girl with a severe form of epilepsy. The law provides an affirmative defense to patients who suffer from a debilitating epileptic condition and their parents or guardians for the possession and use of CBD oil or resin that contains at least 15% CBD, or if in liquid form at least 50 milligrams of CBD per milliliter, and no more than 0.5% THC.

CBD oil may only be procured by order of a doctor licensed to practice in Mississippi, and administered under the supervision of the physician. Only patients diagnosed with epilepsy or a related illness, or their parent or guardian, can buy or possess CBD oil.

Mississippians approved Initiative 65 in the November 2020 election, which legalizes the use of cannabis as a medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. It set up a process for physicians to recommend medical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions and allow those patients or their caregivers to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis medicine.

The measure also required the Department of Health to set up the system and begin issuing patient ID cards and dispensaries licenses by August 2021. The state legislature had put forth an alternative proposal, Initiative 65A , leaving all the details up to an unnamed state agency while requiring it to seek the input of health-care practitioners in the program design. Voters chose the more direct path to medical marijuana legalization.

Where is it safe to purchase weed in Mississippi?

CBD oil may only be obtained from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy Services.

Where is it safe to consume cannabis?

Qualified patients may consume approved cannabis-derived medicines in their home. Consumption in public is prohibited.

Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

Qualifying Conditions

The only qualifying condition in Mississippi is debilitating epilepsy or related conditions.

Frequently asked questions

What are the laws on possession of small amounts of marijuana in Mississippi?

Small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in Mississippi since the 1970s. Possession of up to 30 grams (1 ounce) of cannabis or 10 grams of synthetic cannabinoids is punishable by a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses and possession of larger amounts carry greater penalties.

When will marijuana be legal in Mississippi?

While we can’t predict the future, we know that Mississippians can petition to have a vote on recreational cannabis legalization added to the ballot. Usually states legalize medical marijuana first, which is also true in Mississippi’s case. Mississippians approved Initiative 65 in the November 2020 election, which legalizes the use of cannabis as a medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. The Mississippi Department of Health must adopt all rules and regulations for the medical program by July 1, 2021, and begin issuing identification cards and treatment center licenses by August 15, 2021 .

This page was last updated November 4, 2020.

View the cannabis & CBD laws & regulations for Mississippi.

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