CBD For Beginners

Because CBD is such a newly developed therapeutic device, there are a ton of questions and misunderstandings about it while people are still learning of its benefits and uses. Many health professionals aren’t on board with CBD’s medical usage yet, and scientists are still busy researching it. 

At Oily.Com, we believe in the importance of CBD products and the positive effects its users are swearing by; we also believe it’s essential for those considering adding CBD therapy into their health regiment, or for those new to CBD, to be given enough information to make informed decisions. To help, we’ve created a guide to CBD for beginners. Below you’ll find essential facts, important information, and some false facts identified.

What is CBD?

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a compound that is derived from either the hemp or cannabis plant. CBD works directly with your body’s endocannabinoid system and binds with it when ingested to create reactions that are reported as positively impacting and improving certain health conditions. CBD is not to be confused with THC, which has psychoactive effects on users; CBD does not impair its users.

Is CBD Legal to Use?

CBD is derived in one of two ways: either by the marijuana plant or by the hemp plant. In both cases, CBD will not contain more than .3% THC; however, the legalities vary between the two methods. Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, whereas marijuana-derived CBD is only legal in some states. All of Oily.Com’s CBD products are hemp derived and legal in all 50 states.

What is CBD Used For?

An increase in the use of CBD to alleviate and help certain medical conditions is growing at an astounding rate. In fact, it’s expected that by the year 2022 sales of CBD products will reach $1.8 billion. Scientists and doctors are still exploring and researching CBD and its benefits, but users worldwide are claiming positive effects when taken for conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety
  • Seizure disorders
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cancer and cancer symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain
  • Acne
  • Neurological disorders
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis

While these are just some examples of the ways people are using CBD to improve their health so far, research is still in the beginning stages of learning how it works, confirming its effectiveness in treatment, and discovering how else it can help with medical treatments.

How Should I Take CBD?

There are several options for taking CBD products: tinctures, capsules, gummies, and topical. The best delivery method varies from person to person and depends on what you’re using it for and where you need it to take effect in the body. Here’s a breakdown of the products Oily.Com has available and why you may choose one over the other.

Tinctures- This is a concentrated liquid form of CBD oil that can be either placed under the tongue, cooked into food, or mixed into drinks. Users will choose this format typically because of the variety of ways it can be taken and its ability to be quickly absorbed into the system: users will often report effects taking place in about 15 minutes.

Capsules- Taking CBD by capsule format is typically preferred by users trying to have it active in their system for more extended periods, which can be beneficial for specific conditions or depending on the user’s lifestyle.

Gummies- This is a popular method of edible CBD product that many users choose as their preferred delivery system. Edibles metabolize slower, which means the effects take longer to come on but will work for a longer time period.

Topical- Topical CBD is rubbed on and applied to your skin. This is typically used when users have pain in particular areas from injury or arthritis. It is also increasingly being used for acne treatments.

Note, before beginning a CBD regimen you should speak with your doctor to ensure it won’t counteract any medications you are currently taking and that it is safe for use with your medical condition(s). 

How Many Milligrams of CBD Should I Take?

Currently, there is no standard or officially recommended dosage for CBD; however, specific patterns are emerging with use in certain areas that can be noted.

  • Users often treat pain or inflammation with doses ranging from 20 mg for mild to moderate conditions, or 50-100 mg for more severe conditions.
  • Users treating depression are known to take 20 mg for mild treatment, or 50 mg or more for more severe conditions.
  • Users with anxiety and panic attacks tend to take 10-50 mg of CBD oil, depending on severity.

Note, before beginning a CBD regimen you should speak with your doctor to ensure it won’t counteract any medications you are currently taking and that it is safe for use with your medical condition(s).

What is the Difference Between Pure CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and Full Spectrum CBD?

The type of CBD that benefits each user best varies. When you’re trying to make a decision, it’s best to understand the difference between the three main types: pure CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD.

Pure CBD Isolate - This is chosen typically by users who are more sensitive to THC. Pure CBD will not have any THC in it.

Full Spectrum CBD - This type contains everything from the plant: CBD, flavanoids, CBG, CBN, THC, terpenes, fatty acids. This is usually the choice that is most popular due to all the elements working together and being felt to deliver the most balanced effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD - For users who want the effects of Full Spectrum CBD, but who do not wish to have any amounts of THC in the product, this is the optimal choice.

As always, involve your doctor when you are considering adding anything into your medical regimen or treatment.

What Indicates a Good CBD Product?

As with anything you ingest in your body, it’s vital that you choose a quality product. With CBD, you’ll want to keep an eye out for lab testing to ensure consistency in the product and that it is verified as free of mold, bacteria, residues, pesticides, and other contaminants. You’ll also want to avoid CBD products that contain the following: corn syrup, trans fats, BHO, propane, hexane, GMO’s, thinning agents, preservatives, artificial additives, or hydrocarbons. 

We only source and provide top quality CBD products here at Oily.Com - you can trust you’re getting clean and high-grade CBD when you purchase from us.

False CBD Facts

CBD is still in the early stages of being understood, but with it being increasingly used and talked about, it’s important to note some common myths and falsities being spread:

FALSE: Users hallucinate from taking CBD.

There are no psychoactive chemicals in CBD that can cause hallucinations or the user to get high. There is never more than .3% of THC in CBD products, and it has been shown that CBD helps to block the effects of THC on the brain.

FALSE: CBD is illegal in the US.

CBD is the same, whether it comes from marijuana or hemp. All CBD products derived from hemp are legal throughout the US. CBD derived from marijuana is legal in some states, but illegal in others.

FALSE: You can get addicted to CBD.

CBD has been shown to be non-addictive. It does work directly with your body’s endocannabinoid system and is thought to help stimulate your dopamine and serotonin levels, which can elevate your mood, however.

FALSE: CBD hasn’t been proven to be medically effective in treating anything.

In 2018, a CBD-based medication called Epidiolex was approved to treat seizure disorders that have otherwise been difficult to manage with other drugs.

Indeed, CBD is still in the beginning stages of research, but there have been a number of promising developments. For instance, in 2014, a study in Italy suggested that those with cancerous cells who used CBD as a treatment showed inhibited growth in pancreatic cancer cells. There was also a study in 2017 in Brazil, showing effectiveness in treating public speaking induced anxiety with the use of CBD.

Does CBD Have Side Effects?

While studies suggest that CBD is generally safe for use, that does not mean that it doesn’t have side effects. 

Some side effects that have been reported are:

  • Fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Diarrhea

It is always important to discuss your CBD use with your physician as well, because it has been shown to interact with certain medications.