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What is CBD oil?

What is CBD oil is probably the first thing you’ll be tapping into Google when you hear those three letters for the first time. 

Here are the questions I am going to be answering in this post, skip ahead with the links if you can’t wait!

What is CBD oil?

Let’s start from the beginning. CBD oil is a cannabinoid which is found in the cannabis plant. Now, you might know about the cannabis plant and the cannabinoid THC. You might be thinking, hold up, cannabis gets you high and is illegal in my country. 

Well, the reason why cannabis is illegal in many countries is because of the THC content, not the CBD. In fact, CBD doesn’t have the same properties and won’t make you feel intoxicated, high, stoned, whatever you want to call it, you’re not going to feel it from CBD!

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant using various methods. It can then be added to oil tinctures, eliquids, foods, drinks and even cosmetics and creams. 

CBD oil is one of the most popular ways to take the cannabinoid (which is also known by its long name, cannabidiol.)

How does CBD oil make you feel?

Your next question when researching this is likely to be how does CBD oil make you feel, if not high. 

CBD users report feeling relaxed, or even energised depending on the dose! Symptoms such as pain and inflammation may be reduced, and nausea may subside. 

Feeling more relaxed should hopefully lead to a better night sleep, improved focus with both work and social life and help lift your mood. 

You might feel 

  • Reduction in pain and inflammation
  • Improved mood
  • Relaxed
  • Sleepy or energised depending on your dosage
  • Less anxious, stressed or sad

What are the adverse effects of CBD?

There are not many adverse effects from taking CBD, and the ones that do exist don’t affect everyone. You might feel them because of taking CBD on an empty stomach, or from taking a high dose.

Adverse effects may include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Feeling sick
  • Diarrhea 
  • Lightheaded

Read our blog on CBD side effects for more information.

In the UK, as long as the CBD contains no more than 0.2% THC it is legal. This is because it is not known to make you intoxicated like the cannabinoids cousin, THC.

Cannabis is illegal in the UK as it contains THC and CBD as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes. However, as CBD isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum contain 0% THC or within the legal limit, it is fine to buy and sell. You should check your own countries laws before ordering though. 

Does CBD oil get you high?

Nope. You can take the highest dose of CBD possible and you won’t feel intoxicated. You won’t get the giggles or feel spacy. That isn’t what CBD is about. Instead, it is the therapeutic benefits, like feeling relaxed, less anxious, that sort of thing. 

In fact, CBD is said to counteract the effects of THC. Particularly the paranoia. 

Can you overdose on CBD oil?

It isn’t actually possible to overdose on CBD oil. You might take a high dose and feel a little sick or lightheaded, but you’re not going to overdose. 

You can over consume cannabis, which you might be aware of. Smoking too much weed can lead to panic, anxiety, feeling/being sick, paranoia and hallucinations. This isn’t the case with CBD, which is part of the reason why it remains legal. 

Check our CBD dosage calculator to make sure you get your dose right.

Is CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing?

Here is a question that crops up alot. Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? Nope. It is not. Hemp oil is made from the seeds and contains zero THC. While it is a good oil for some other things, it isn’t going to be CBD. 

This is because when hemp seeds are seeds, they don’t actually contain CBD or THC or any other cannabinoids or terpenes. These come about when the seeds become a plant and flower. 

It is certainly one to watch out for. When you are buying CBD oil make sure that is what you’re buying. Hemp oil is much cheaper so you might think you are getting a bargain. Read the ingredients! One thing to remember is Amazon do NOT sell CBD (wow, something they don’t sell!) They do however sell hemp oil which is the page it will take you to when you type in CBD oil. 

Don’t be fooled by a cheap price, it is cheap for a reason!  

What is CBD oil good for?

CBD oil may be good for a number of different illnesses and conditions. Research is ongoing into how it may help, but so far there are some promising studies. 

We share what CBD oil is good for on our CBD oil benefits blog

Does CBD oil do anything?

This is a good question to ask. You want to know whether CBD is all hyped up with no substance. Does CBD oil really do anything?

Well. As we have mentioned, studies are ongoing. However, some studies are completed and CBD’s effects on certain conditions is proven. Such as epilepsy and seizures. There are drugs containing CBD on the market for seizures.

CBD may take a few weeks to build up in your system, so don’t take it once and then throw it to the side saying “CBD doesn’t really do anything!” Give it time. It isn’t like smoking a J and feeling high or drinking a glass of wine and feeling merry. It is very different. 

Let’s be blunt here. We sell CBD, so of course, we are going to be biased – but we sell it because we believe in it! I took a look around the internet where all good opinions are found. Reddit. Here are some notes from what users have said:

Yes, it has helped with pain and anxiety. Are the results huge? Yes and no. I take less psych meds now. And I generally have less panic attacks. My mood is better and depression is better also. So is it worth it? It is for me. I’ve found the dosage I need. It’s quite low. More isn’t better.”

“For me it makes it possible to slow down. -anxiety”

“I started taking it for ADHD and pain relief due to rheumatoid arthritis. It’s very difficult to tell if it helped with these because I also started a very strict low-carb diet at the same time. One or the other, or both, has really helped a lot.

What I can absolutely say it did help with is stress. I was very prone to meltdowns as people with ADHD are (we get overwhelmed quite easily). Within a week of starting 20mg daily of CBD capsules, my stress level went from a 9 to a 4. Prior to starting, I was truly concerned that I was going to have a stroke or a heart attack as I was in an extremely high-stress job. Within a week, I had just the perfect level of DGAF.”

What is CBD oil and how do I take it?

CBD oil is a supplement derived from the cannabis plant that may help you to tackle your daily life pains and anxieties. 

You can take CBD oil by squeezing the tincture dropper under your tongue or on the inside of your cheek. You then hold it there for a minute or so before you swallow. From here, the cannabinoid will make its way to your bloodstream. 

There are other ways to take CBD, as we mentioned at the start the cannabinoid is added to food, drinks and more. You can get CBD infused products such as:

  • Vape juice
  • Bath products and cosmetics
  • Edibles
  • Drinks, such as tea
  • Oil tinctures 
  • Creams and lotions
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