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With all the information we’ve been sharing on CBD oil with our local Madison, WI community, it’s no surprise that we’ve started hearing a lot of the same customer questions coming in. All of these questions are great, and we believe it’s important to get you the answers.
So, we’ve compiled a list of the inquiries and concerns we hear the most often in our Sun Prairie and Fitchburg nutrition stores, and on social media.
If you’ve been asking questions about CBD oil, whether to us, to Google, or to friends, this article was created just for you. Let’s dig into your CBD oil FAQ’s!
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
CBD oil side effects are pretty minimal and minor. CBD oil is considered a safe substance, with no toxicity or dependency problems associated with long-term use. But nothing’s perfect, right? Here are the possible side effects that studies have shown can be associated with CBD oil use:
- Nausea. An unusual side effect of CBD oil, nausea symptoms are mild and typically resolve within a few minutes to an hour.
- Sleepiness. High doses of CBD oil can cause sleepiness — in fact, CBD oil is often used to treat insomnia. If taking high doses of CBD oil, avoid operating machinery or driving for several hours after ingesting, or if sleepiness is a side effect you appear to have from CBD oil use.
- Headaches. Stories of headaches as a side effect of CBD oil are rare and seem to be related to choosing poor quality CBD oil that is tainted with solvents that people may be sensitive to.
- Dry mouth. This is exactly what it sounds like. Worst case scenario, you drink a little more water than usual
- Low blood pressure. This usually occurs within the first few minutes of ingesting CBD oil and passes very quickly. If you have issues with blood pressure, talk to your doctor before trying CBD oil.
- Dizziness. Usually, this mild side effect is a result of lowered blood pressure. It should pass within a few minutes.
If you’d like to learn more about the side effects of CBD oil, check out this article. It goes over the side effects in more detail.
Does CBD get you high?
This is the most common question we hear from our customers! The answer is simple.
No, CBD oil cannot make you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component in marijuana responsible for creating a ‘high’. CBD oil is a cannabinoid from the same plant, or family of plant, but does not produce this result. In fact, CBD oil can actually reduce the effect of THC on the body by blocking its ability to bind to the CB2 receptors in the body. If your CBD oil is derived from hemp, the levels of THC present in hemp are 33 times lower than necessary to produce a high.
Basically, if your CBD oil is hemp-derived, it is chemically impossible to get high.
If your CBD oil is derived from cannabis, the answer is still no. There will be trace amounts of THC present, but these will be far too low to produce any ‘high’ effect. Be warned, however, that finding a high-quality CBD oil brand is important here.
What does CBD do to you?
The benefits of CBD oil are documented over a broad range of health conditions, and research has accelerated dramatically since the legalization of CBD oil and medical marijuana use.
We could go into all the complicated science of how CBD oil (cannabinoids) affect your body, but an FAQ page isn’t the place for that. In a nutshell, the cannabinoids in CBD oil interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body. CBD oil triggers the natural responses in your body — you are not drugged up. Instead, CBD oil helps to optimize and balance functions in your body. For example, CBD oil for insomnia does not drug you but works by helping your body balance the chemicals responsible for inducing (or preventing) sleep.
Here are just a few of the documented benefits of CBD oil:
- Pain relief (acute, chronic, and minor, such as headaches)
- Insomnia relief
- Anti-depressant (mild)
- Helps fight cancer
- Relieves seizures and other neurological events
- May lower incidence of diabetes
- Regulates immune system
- Relieves nausea
- Relieves migraines and headaches
Does CBD Oil Work?
Yes. There is plenty of scientific research backing up the use of CBD oil. We feel it’s safe to say that CBD oil helps relieve many health conditions. That said, all of our bodies respond differently, and what is very beneficial for some people may not be so for everyone. But for now, take a few moments to check out our growing library of research studies backing the use of CBD oil for a variety of health conditions.
Before trying CBD oil to relieve or support medical conditions, we’d recommend speaking with a trusted naturopath or medical practitioner.
What is CBD Oil Used For?
CBD oil is used to support a variety of functions within the body. Research shows that CBD has significant promise for treating many types of health concerns. The benefits of CBD oil primarily relate to its ability to influence the natural systems within the body for better performance and balance.
The following is a list of health issues that CBD oil may help/relieve:
- Aid to quit smoking
- Anxiety disorders
- Autoimmune disorders (some)
- Back pain
- Cancer (may block cancer cells from spreading around the body, suppress the growth of cancer cells, and promote cancer cell death)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Chronic pain
- Drug withdrawals
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s, etc)
- Neuropathic pain
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Pain from post-op recovery
- Panic disorders
- Social anxiety disorders
- Type 1 Diabetes
This list is by no means comprehensive, and additional research is required to support some of the personal testimonies regarding the benefits of CBD oil.
How to Take CBD Oil
There are a variety of ways to take CBD. We recommend using CBD oil, as it is absorbed into your system quickly and allows for precise and easy dosing. CBD oil may come in capsules, softgels, or in a dropper or syringe.
When asked how to ingest CBD oil, we recommend using a dropper to place drops under the tongue. Allow to sit there before swallowing. Alternatively, the CBD oil can be placed into juice or water to be ingested.
If your CBD oil is in softgels or capsules, you can either swallow them whole, or open them to access the oil inside if a smaller dose is desired. (This can get messy, so it’s best to find a lower dose CBD oil than go this route.)
Always start with the smallest recommended dose and gradually increase until it has the desired effect. Start slow and be patient. It may take up to several hours before you feel the effects of CBD oil. If a dose doesn’t produce an effect, increase the amount the following day or approximately 12 hours after the original dose.
If you have any questions on CBD dosage, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to walk you through it.
How long does CBD take to work?
CBD oil can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to produce an effect. Part of this will depend on whether you’ve chosen an oil or a softgel/capsule. In a pill form, your stomach acid must break down the outer layer of the softgel or capsule before it can begin to metabolize the CBD oil. Using CBD oil drops or a spray in your mouth allows your body to begin processing the CBD more quickly, and usually produces quicker results.
Is it possible to overdose on CBD oil?
No. Studies have shown that CBD oil can be safely taken in high doses over long periods of time without any sign of toxicity or emerging health concerns. It would be extremely difficult for an adult human to overdose on CBD oil — you’d most likely fall asleep or throw up. You absolutely would not feel like running a marathon.
That said, as far as we are aware, no one has TRIED to overdose on CBD oil. After all, you can even overdose on water if you try hard enough.
And we definitely don’t recommend trying it. Instead, follow recommended doses and use common sense. Be intentional about staying safe and responsible. If you’re using CBD oil for an acute health concern, we’d suggest increasing your CBD oil doses under the guidance of a naturopath or medical professional.
What does CBD oil feel like?
For the most part, taking CBD oil feels like nothing. You may experience one or more of the mild side effects that can be associated with CBD oil, such as dizziness. But usually, you’ll simply feel some symptom relief.
For example, if you are taking CBD oil for anxiety, you’ll begin to feel more calm and relaxed. You may even feel muscles loosening as the tension in your body is lowered.
If you are taking CBD oil for pain management, you’ll feel lessened pain and/or inflammation.
CBD oil does NOT produce a high or euphoric sensation like that of marijuana. The only euphoria you’ll experience is the joy of finally getting some relief from your health issues!
Is CBD legal in all 50 states?
Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states. In December 2018, The 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity. In this rapidly changing landscape, it’s unclear to what extent this legalization extends to CBD on a federal level.
We would encourage you to investigate each state’s individual laws before traveling, as the information contained here may become outdated as laws regarding hemp and cannabis continue to be changed. We will do our best to keep our content up to date, but, ultimately, it is your responsibility to investigate the laws further, both when at home, and when traveling.
Does CBD oil show up on drug tests?
Considering that CBD oil is derived from hemp (a part of the cannabis plant family) or cannabis, this is a perfectly understandable concern. Routine drug testing and random drug testing is a common aspect of employment for many. While the list of CBD oil benefits is long, it’s not worth risking a failed drug test, right?
Thankfully, the urine drug screen for THC and its metabolites is known to have little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are non-intoxicating, such as CBD, CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and others. Most CBD oil products contain only trace amounts of THC — .3% or less.
For example, hemp contains anywhere from 1/10th to 1/300th of the THC concentration found in marijuana. This amount would not be enough to trigger a positive on a test.
However, an individual who is consuming a minimum of 1,000 – 2,000 mg of CBD oil per day, this would total approximately 3-6mg of THC. This is nowhere near enough to produce a high in the user but potentially could result in a positive detection in a urine screen.
If this puts your employment at risk, we would strongly recommend that you choose a CBD isolate which contains 0% THC, as this removes the risk. It may be helpful to discuss your use with your medical practitioner and employer. Your doctor may be willing to write a statement in regard to your use of CBD oil to be given to your employer, and, once educated on CBD oil and the health benefits you derive from it, your employer may also be willing to discount a false positive, should that arise.
Where can I buy CBD oil near me?
Right here at The Healthy Place! Our Madison nutrition stores in Sun Prairie and Fitchburg both carry lines of pure, hemp-derived CBD oil.
When purchasing CBD oil, we recommend going to your local nutrition store or trusted local, herbal pharmacy. These local stores are your neighbors and will have done the research necessary to make sure they’re selling a high-quality product.
Where to buy CBD oil online?
Actually, you can buy that right here. Obviously, we’re big fans of people choosing to be a part of our Wellness community. If you’re new to CBD oil, we’d recommend that you stop in one of our stores or give us a call before ordering. This way, our Wellness Consultants can make sure that you get a dose and brand best suited to your health goals.
If you want to continue your CBD oil search solo, no problem. Our recommendations for buying CBD oil online are the same as buying CBD oil from a local store. Be choosy, and purchase from a reputable company that you already know and trust, or that is recommended by someone that you trust.
In general, choose to purchase CBD oil products that have a minimum of 50% CBD and that are manufactured in the United States, Europe, or Canada, as the strict regulations in these areas help to ensure a pure product.
Have any additional questions that we didn’t get answered for you? Let us know by shooting us an email or contacting our stores. Our Wellness Consultants will be happy to answer your questions and help you start your journey to find your healthy place.
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