CBD oil is a game-changer. Everyone from scientists and doctors to patients and normal health-conscious people are singing its praises. It’s also being talked about non-stop in the press and online.
But all this excitement has led to an information overload. With so many people talking and writing about CBD oil, it can get confusing. Within this mass of information, the basics can sometimes get overlooked. Questions such as ‘what exactly is CBD oil? And ‘how do you use CBD oil?’
So, in order to get you up to date on the basics, here is our ultimate guide to taking CBD oil.
What is it: CBD oil and how it’s made
Everyone’s raving about it. But what is CBD oil exactly? And how is it made? Well, let’s break it down.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. It has been studied by scientists for over 20 years. And they have found it to have vast therapeutic value.
Along with a huge range of health benefits, CBD is completely non-intoxicating. That means it will not affect your senses or get you ‘high’ in any way. THC is the name of the chemical that causes the ‘high’ commonly associated with cannabis use. Most CBD oils contain little to no THC, so they won’t have any intoxicating effect.
CBD oil is when the CBD is extracted from a cannabis plant (usually hemp, which is simply cannabis with low levels of THC) and mixed with a carrier oil. Some of the best carrier oils are olive oil and coconut oil because they help the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
A variety of extraction processes are used to separate the CBD from the plant. The most common is probably CO2 extraction. This involves blasting carbon dioxide over cannabis plant material at high speeds. This process pulls the CBD - along with other compounds and essential oils - from the plant.
The resulting substance is then mixed in varying concentrations with a carrier oil before being bottled up and sold as CBD oil. Our Good Vibes 250mg + CBD oil is also flavored with organic peppermint oil as most hemp extracts do not taste great.
Effects: What does CBD oil do?
The way that CBD works to promote good health is complex. While science has studied the effects of CBD for some time, details of the exact pathways that it acts upon are still being worked out. We do know, however, that CBD produces a wide number of effects through multiple molecular pathways.
The most obvious way in which CBD works is by interacting with several different receptors and channels in your body. One of these receptors is the serotonin receptor, which plays a major role in regulating your mood.
CBD also activates the adenosine receptor, which plays a role in bone and heart health, and the TrpV1 receptor, which helps regulate body temperature, inflammation, and pain.
The overarching view of CBD in scientific circles is that it is an adaptogen. This means it helps to stabilize your physiological processes to bring your body and mind into balance, or what’s known as homeostasis.
CBD can, therefore, affect people very differently depending on their starting levels of health. For example, it can be used a wakefulness-inducing agent if you suffer from fatigue. It can also be used as a way to promote calmness and help you sleep.
Here’s a quick rundown of the main effects of CBD.
- Relieves pain
Another common reason for taking CBD oil is its pain relieving properties. Studies have found it to work especially well for reducing chronic neuropathic pain.
- Reduces inflammation
CBD is proving to be one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in the world.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves sleep
As previously mentioned, CBD is used by many to facilitate a good night’s sleep. You can read more about how CBD and sleep in this article.
- Relieves anxiety
Relieving anxiety is the most common reason people use CBD oil. You can learn more by reading our in-depth article of CBD and anxiety here.
- Strengthens bones
Recent research has found that CBD can help broken bones to repair quicker and stronger than normal.
- Protects the brain
A number of studies have found CBD to protect the brain from injury and disease.
- Promotes brain cell growth
Amazingly, CBD doesn’t just protect the brain against injury and damage, it can also promote the growth of new neurons (brain cells).
For a more extensive look at the effects of CBD on your body, read this recent article.
Methods of application: How do you take CBD oil?
CBD oil is a versatile product. It can be swallowed, absorbed under the tongue, or rubbed on the skin. Each method has its pros and cons. So let’s take a look at each one and its advantages.
You can swallow CBD oil straight from the bottle. You simply put a few drops on your tongue and wash down with a drink. Alternatively, a few drops can be put on some food or in a drink. This might help mask the unpleasant taste that most CBD oils have.
This is not the most effective way of taking CBD oil, however. As it has to pass through the digestive system and be absorbed via the gut, not all of the CBD makes it into the bloodstream. It can also take up to an hour-and-a-half for the effects of the CBD to take hold. Effects should be quite long-lasting, though.
- Sublingually (under the tongue)
The most common way to take CBD oil is by putting a few drops under the tongue. If you hold it there for a minute or two, the CBD will be effectively absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This is a fairly efficient method. The effects of CBD are also pretty fast-acting with this method.
Again, the taste can be somewhat offensive. That’s why we flavored our Good Vibes 250mg+ CBD oil with organic peppermint oil.
CBD oil can also be applied directly to the skin. This allows it to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. It can be used topically to target certain areas such as sore joints and fatigued muscles. Absorption shouldn’t take long and the effects of the CBD should be felt within 20 minutes.
Dosage: How much CBD oil should you take?
It is hard to say how much CBD oil you should take. Everyone is different and can react differently to CBD. Therefore, it is advisable to start off with a small amount and increase the dose should you need to.
A good starting dose is in the region of 2-5mg. This can be one drop or more depending on the strength of your CBD oil. After taking your first dose, wait for 30-60 min before evaluating how you feel. If you are using CBD oil to treat a medical condition, do you notice that your symptoms have reduced or subsided? If not, increase the dose to the region of 5-10mg.
Continue this process until you feel the effects you desire. It is worth being aware that some people are very sensitive to CBD oil and need only a small amount. Others, meanwhile, appear to need a lot more.
Self-experimentation is the trick here. And as always when incorporating a new supplement to your wellness regime, please consult your doctor or medical practitioner before you use CBD oil. While CBD is extremely well-tolerated - even at very high doses - it can interact with other medications you may be taking.
Side effects: Does CBD oil have any side effects?
As we just mentioned, CBD is very safe. But does it have any side-effects apart from potentially interacting with certain medications?
Although rare, it appears that some may experience side-effects from CBD oil. However, the worst that has been reported is drowsiness. This is probably because CBD can cause different effects at different doses. A low dose of CBD has actually been shown to be energizing, while a larger dose may produce tiredness.
Other rare effects include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and changes in appetite.
Advice: Tips and suggestions for taking CBD oil
When you first get your CBD oil it may be intimidating to first try. Fear not, however, as with a few simple tips you will be confident you know what you’re doing.
First of all, what are you using CBD oil for? What are your intentions? This will dictate how you use CBD oil, how much to take, and how often. If it’s for anxiety, a few drops under the tongue every couple of hours is probably ideal. If it’s for recovery after a workout, massaging it into your affected muscles may be the best option.
Before you consume CBD oil for the first it is best to have some a few hours free afterwards. Chances of negative side effects are very small, but you never know. You don’t want to be coming over drowsy at work.
Final thoughts on how to take CBD oil
With so much excitement surrounding CBD, it can be hard to get your head around the basics. But there is no reason to let that stop you experimenting with CBD oil. The hemp-derived supplement id already helping huge numbers of people around the world. And it could help you.
First of all, decide which method of application is best for you depending on your reasons for using CBD oil. Then try a small amount to see how it affects you. Increase the dose as you see fit. While not everyone will benefit from CBD, its many positive health effects make it worth a shot.
Give it a go today with our very own Good Vibes 250mg+ CBD oil. This full-spectrum CBD-rich hemp extract has been emulsified in coconut oil and flavored with organic peppermint oil to give you an effective blend with a minty-fresh taste.