What is CBD?
If you are new to CBD and wondering what the craze is all about, then look no further. We have compiled this brief guide to get you up to speed with the basics of cannabidiol but be aware, this page is merely scraping the surface of what there is to learn about this wonder ingredient so please take the time to read our other articles.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of 113 chemical compounds (called cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the most notable cannabinoid in marijuana, CBD is not psycho-active meaning it doesn’t have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity, and doesn’t cause the “high” associated with marijuana.
Hemp vs Marijuana
Hemp and Marijuana are both species of the cannabis plant. Hemp is used to classify plants with a THC content of no more than 0.3% whereas marijuana plants have a high THC content of up to 25%. Historically, hemp has been cultivated to produce crucial resources such as clothing, paper, rope, housing materials and more.
This is due to it’s hard and fibrous qualities as well as it’s fast growing time. Scientists have even discovered material made from hemp from over 10,000 years ago and many believe that hemp was the first crop cultivated by man. For all intents and purposes, hemp is generally considered an extremely safe plant and can benefit people and the planet in many different ways. Today, hemp is used as the primary source of CBD oil.
Is CBD Safe?
In short yes, cannabidiol is safe, you cannot overdose on CBD and it is not psychoactive therefore will not get you “high”. There have been some minor side effects reported such as nausea, irritability or fatigue. Usually, these adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and existing medications that are being taken by people.
If you are new to the world of CBD or have any medical conditions, ailments, or are currently taking any medications, please consult your doctor first before deciding whether to take CBD products. CBD products should not be seen as medicines or cures but rather as nutritional supplements that may or may not improve the quality of certain aspects of your life when taken alongside a balanced, nutritional diet.
According to most reports and studies, hemp derived CBD oil is also safe for kids. In the multiple studies that have been carried on different conditions and different children including a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), none have reported adverse or severe negative effects suffered by any of the patients as a result of taking CBD oil. It’s, therefore, safe to say that CBD oil is safe for children and parents can administer CBD oil to their children.
What’s the best way to take CBD oil?
There are numerous different ways of consuming CBD and suitable fo differently lifestyles. It will also depend on what you are using it for, how quickly you need it and how long you want the effects to last for.
The most popular method is taken in the form of oil tinctures or droppers that are taken in the mouth sub-lingually i.e. beneath the tongue so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Other ways include drinks or edibles such as candies or chocolates or even in the form of simple swallowable capsules, similar to multivitamin tablets that would find in most health shops.
There is also the option of vaping which is the fastest method of supplying your body with CBD however, this may feel harsh on the lungs and may not be suitable to a lot of people.
Finally, there are also a lot of topical cosmetics on the market that allow for the application of CBD onto the skin in the form of moisturiser, creams, balms & skin oils. This is usually a slow but long-lasting method.
How much CBD should I take?
There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) or universal dose for all people when it comes to CBD. This is due to the fact that most medical schools never cover CBD therapy in their pharmacology courses therefore we are still in the early days and also it will depend on each individual’s tolerance. For this reason the information presented on this page is intended to serve only as an informational guide – a starting point of reference – and should never be considered medical advice.
There are many variables such as metabolism, weight, diet, genetics, and more that make a universally prescribed dosage an impossibility.
With this knowledge, most people who are new to CBD begin their journey by starting with the minimal suggested cannabidiol dosage on any product, then slowly increasing the dose until they achieve the desired results.
Below we have included a few links from the most notable health organisations regarding what they have to say about CBD.
NHS – Medical Cannabis (and cannabis oils): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/medical-cannabis/
Macmillan Cancer Support – Cannabis oil and cancer: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/treatment/coping-with-treatment/complementary-therapies/cannabis-oil
World Health Organisation – Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report: https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf