CBD Benefits & FAQs


Disclaimer: The following information has not been approved by the FDA. This information should not be interpreted as medical advice and is not a substitute for a visit with a medical care professional. Always speak to your doctor about any health concerns. 

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:

  1. Nausea. An unusual side effect of CBD oil, nausea symptoms are mild and typically resolve within a few minutes to an hour.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Dry mouth. This is exactly what it sounds like. Worst case scenario, you drink a little more water than usual
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

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:

  • Acne
  • Aid to quit smoking
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Arthritis
  • 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
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s, etc)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Pain from post-op recovery
  • Panic disorders
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • 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!

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.

*Disclaimer: All information and recommendations given on this site, in email correspondence, newsletters or other materials provided by The Healthy Place is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice nor be viewed as a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider. Consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before modifying, stopping, or starting the use of any medications, health programs, diets, and/or supplements, as well as regarding any health concerns you may have. Our statements and information have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As with any health-related program, product, or service, your risks and results may vary. We expressly disclaim responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the information provided to you here.”

Rynn Jacobson is a content writer living in Seattle, WA. She's passionate about educating people on natural and alternative health and wellness options. Her favorite way to stay healthy is drinking herbal tea and hiking in the mountains.


21 comments on “CBD Oil FAQ’s

  1. Carol Schoenbeck on

    I have chronic back and knee pain from osteoporosis. Will your help. I am coming to one of your stores soon.

  2. Lesley on

    I have myasthenia Travis autoimmune and take cellcept also take xarelto. I have osteommarthritismofnghe lower back and hips and weak hip muscles which I am doing PT for. Is it safe for me to take the cbc oil

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Lesley,

      Sorry to hear that you’re struggling! CBD may be a good option for you. Give us a call and we can talk through your current issues and possible alternative – 608-663-2640.

      Talk soon!

  3. Mpumi on

    I truly like the CBD and CBD products. It is very useful in relaxation and also in offering relief from many types of problems. Recently one of my friend who was suffering from Epilepsy – a disorder in which his nerve cell activity in the brain was disturbed, and was causing seizures. CBD Hemp Oil helped him a lot to cure and be normal. Almost his 90% is cured.

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Vonda,

      CBD oil has been incredibly helpful for pain relief related to fibromyalgia. A CBD oil balm paired with a CBD oil taken orally is typically very helpful. However, there are a number of questions we would have to help guide you in the right direction, such as current medications, etc. Any chance you’d be able to call us to chat with one of our consultants? 608-663-2640

      Looking forward to helping you Find Your Healthy Place!

      The Apple Wellness Team

  4. Hailee n Saunders on

    I have ADHD/depression and anxiety. all have been treated with medication for the past year. for the ADHD I was on riddelin first, after months of struggling with my therapist try to convince her that the riddelin was not working she finally switched to Vyvanse. 40mg in the morning worked wonders, I was calmer and unfortunately caused than I have been in years. even though this was working for me, after work I was a daily smoker due to chronic pain and insomnia. since Vyvanse is a controlled substance I was required to do a drug test. which of course I failed. no, I have been without the Vyvanse and trying to clean my system out so that I can pass the drug test. but I guess my question is, does CBD oil help with ADHD? I know that it helps with depression and anxiety.but the ADHD is still a daily struggle.

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Absolutely believe CBD would help you. However, there are a number of questions I have to help guide you in the right direction. In addition, a few more ideas for you. Any chance you’d be able to call us to chat with one of our consultants? 608-663-2640

      Looking forward to helping you!!

      Tim OBrien

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Hailee,

      We have heard from a few of our customers that CBD has helped with their struggle with ADHD, while a couple of others didn’t feel it had a noticeable effect. We’re all different, so what works for some won’t work for all! We have noticed that a change of brand can get a different result.

      If you’d want to try some out, know that we have a guarantee on our products, so if it doesn’t work out, you can get full in-store credit to try something else.

      If you stop in the store, our Wellness Consultants would be happy to chat with you about it more!

  5. Judy on

    I currently take gabapentin for arthritis pain. However it makes me quite drowsy. Is CBD oil a good alternative? I notice in the description it also causes drowsiness.

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Judy,

      CBD could be a great alternative, but we might suggest pairing it with some of our other supplements that are also really helpful for arthritis pain, such as Curamin and Fibrenza. CBD does cause drowsiness in some people, and for others, it doesn’t — it can vary from individual to individual. We’d be happy to talk to you if you want to try it out. Stop in one of our stores and we can set you up! If CBD doesn’t work out, you can return it for in-store credit and we can work with you to find something else that does.

  6. Patty on

    I have fibromyalgia, systematic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic migraine that I am now finally getting botox for and getting some relief, I am on fentanyl patches as well as oral oxycodone for the pain I am in, do you think CBD oil can help me?

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Patty,

      Wow, you have a lot on your plate! We’d encourage you to have a call with one of our Wellness Consultants so we can really take the time to talk through what you’re dealing with, what you’ve already tried, and possibilities that may give some relief. Call our team at 608-663-2640 and we’d be delighted to chat.

  7. Melva Quirk on

    My husband has been taking Pure7 berry flavored CBD oil for several months to relieve terrible muscle spasms caused by peripheral neuropathy and possible MS. Drs cannot actually make the diagnosis of MS as he has a metal clip in his brain from an aneurysm 30 years ago. He does have all of the symptoms though and is taking meds used for MS. The CBD oil has helped tremendously for the spasms. I have been ordering it on-line. My question is: do you carry the Pure7 flavored oil in the 1 oz bottles and if so, how much is it

  8. Lisa Perry on

    I have diabetic neuropathy real bad in my feet and legs I am taking 20 mg of methadone a day along with 600 mg of Lyrica and it is doing nothing for me I was wondering if the CBD oil would help with my neuropathy cuz I don’t know what else to do if this don’t help I don’t know what I’m going to do

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with neuropathy! CBD has been helpful for some people with neuropathy, but because it’s a tricky condition, it can take some time to find the right CBD brand and dosage. We do offer product guarantees, however, so if you try something that doesn’t work out and we need to switch to an alternative option, you’ll get full in-store credit for all your opened products.

      I’m passing your information along to the Wellness Consultants so they can reach out to help you work through potential doses, side effects, etc. You should hear from them soon!

  9. Kate Morgan on

    So very happy how Cannabis CBD oil is helping so many people again this last years. Please google on Cannabis CBD oil and and many different diseases has been cured using this natural CBD oil. Just try and you can see what it can do for you and your loved ones suffering from cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, pains and many others. It’s a God given miracle plant I’m a Cannabis CBD oil user. I was suffering from diabetes and after using the oil for some months, my sugar level was drastically dropped and that was how my diabetes was cured with this miracle oil. I have referred several friends, relatives with psoriasis, MS, arthritis, cancer, diabetes etc. to the value of this now obtainable cannabis CBD oil and no side effects! Now my friend has type 2 diabetes and asked me to check it out for her to use for treatment.

  10. Jeff on

    Question for Tim O’Brien,

    You state that “hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 states IF it is sourced from an approved program.” What assurance(s) can you, or do you, provide to your customers, business partners, etc., that all the products you are selling are strictly sourced from an approved Wisconsin program?

    Is there some form of labeling on each of the products that states they conform to Wisconsin law?

    Do you post something in writing somewhere that certifies your business is in compliance with any applicable regs., etc., with respect to all of your CBD oil products?

    Does your business do any kind of independent testing on the CBD products you sell to ensure or verify they are compliant and completely legal in Wisconsin?

    Thanks. Jeff

    • Rynn Jacobson on

      Hey Jeff,

      Awesome questions! I’m going to have Tim reach out to you directly to talk through how we make sure we’re adhering to Wisconsin laws.

      To answer your questions in brief, we source all of our CBD from reputable and carefully screened companies. They adhere to strict ingredient integrity standards and derive their CBD products from hemp. You won’t see most of the products have assurances on their labels specific to Wisconsin, as these brands sell widely throughout the United States.

      Again, we’ll reach out to you so we can go into more depth of information.

      Talk soon!


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