Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a phyto-cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. However, it does not cause the same psychoactive effects as other naturally occurring cannabinoids (such as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC). CBD induces feelings of sleepiness and tranquility, making it suitable for insomnia and other sleep disorders; CBD can be used to alleviate symptoms of epilepsy, diabetes, and anxiety disorders, as well. Legality is an issue for some; all 50 states have laws governing the sale, possession, and use of CBD, and they vary significantly (see the table below for a full analysis).
In fact, as part of a statement to Rolling Stone magazine in October 2017, experts at Steep Hill Labs (an independent cannabis analysis company with several locations across the U.S.) suggested that vaping CBD oil may cause these waxes to collect in the lungs and form solidified granulomas at some point down the road. While this is no more than speculation (there haven’t been any clinical studies to verify whether or not this is the case), it’s definitely cause enough for concern.
They operate their own hemp farms in Kentucky and Colorado as well as their own lab and product facilities. Customers appreciate their dedication to making quality products at affordable prices. It's also great to see a company that's willing to stand behind their products by offering a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're dissatisfied for any reason.
Terpenes are a special class of organic, aromatic compounds found in plants and flowers and are the main components of essential oils used widely in perfumes and aromatherapy. They encourage interspecies communication and for many, serve as an intrinsic link to nature. The scent of the forest? A dozen Valentine’s Day roses? A therapeutic cup of chamomile? Terpenes, terpenes, terpenes.
The science behind CBD is in the relatively early stages. As a cannabinoid, we know that CBD interacts with receptors in your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is integrated throughout your body — and this widespread, whole-body interaction creates a broad range of effects. Hence, the long list of possible benefits. We may still be in the early stages of discovery, but there’s plenty of scientific studies and anecdotal evidence that CBD provides relief for an array of ailments. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some potential benefits of CBD oil:
CO2 extraction is one of the most common ways CBD is extracted from the hemp or cannabis plants. This method uses expensive equipment that adjusts temperature and pressure to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material, without damaging them. The other common method is to use solvents like ethanol or butane to extract the plant material. These solvents have to be burned off the final product which may damage the cannabinoids or terpenes in the process. There is also a risk that these solvents may not have burned off completely and could end up in your end product.
It also depends on the strength of your CBD. If you’re using max-strength 4000mg CBD from Hemp Bombs, maybe one or two puffs will be all you need. If you’re using a lower strength product, then you’ll have to use significantly more to feel similar effects. Of course, max strength CBD is way more expensive than the lower strength stuff, but it lasts much longer. It’s really a matter of the following question: Do you prefer to spend more upfront or over time?
Generalized pain, for instance, has dozens upon dozens of high profile research and clinical studies that have been carried out in universities and laboratories around the globe. One of the most well-publicized of these studies took place back in 2008, in which results determined that “cannabinoid analgesics (pain relievers) have generally been well tolerated in clinical trials … with acceptable adverse event profiles (meaning acceptable effectiveness for practical use).
If vaping or dabbing just isn’t your thing, there’s no better CBD product than Weller’s Coconut Bites. The small and discreet packaging fits neatly in your pocket, purse or gym bag and makes receiving calming CBD as simple as nibbling on a snack-sized Bite. Satisfyingly sweet and crunchy, they’re available in three delicious flavors: original, dark chocolate and caramel.
It depends on what type of condition you’re trying to treat, it’s severity, your own personal tolerance for CBD, and many other factors. The best way to figure out your optimal dosage is to start slow and work your way up until you start experiencing the benefits that you’re looking for. If you take one puff off of a tank filled with CBD, wait about 15 minutes. If you still don’t feel the effects, take another puff and wait. Repeat the process until you find the exact dosage that meets your own unique needs.
A newcomer to our CBD oils ranking, RE: Botanicals is no stranger to hemp. Founded by John Roulac, a long-time hemp advocate and founder of the organic superfoods brand Nutiva, RE: Botanicals is one of the only CBD brands to earn the USDA organic seal. They deserve a shout-out for prioritizing regenerative agriculture, while keeping prices reasonable.
Hemp producers who sell CBD products will often use the 2014 Farm Bill to claim that it is legal. This bill includes a provision that allows for the legal cultivation of hemp provided it is used for academic agricultural research or under a state pilot program. But there is still confusion about whether the legal allowance for cultivation also includes selling it.
Tinctures – Typically tinctures are small glass or plastic “dropper” bottles that have cannabidiol oil mixed with a preserving solution such as alcohol. Tinctures were very a very common way to ingest botanical oils prior to the industrial revolution and are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as more people are looking for natural remedies. Tinctures with droppers allow you to put a few drops in your tea, under your tongue, or to bake the oil directly into your food.
Amendment 64 granted Colorado citizens the use and regulation of marijuana. Passed on November 6, 2012, it included a declaration industrial hemp should be regulated separately from marijuana and that the Colorado General Assembly is “to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.” Soon after Amendment 64 went into effect, Colorado became the first state to contain certified hemp seed – designated as containing less than .3% THC – as well as free of weeds and disease.
Taking CBD orally or vaping it is a great way to address a number of health issues, including sleeplessness, chronic pain and anxiety. But there’s another way to benefit from the power of CBD: topically. There are many topical applications available, including balms, salves, lotions and oils. They will help soothe your skin, calm your nerves, relax your mind and leave you feeling radiant. Warning: due to their popularity, CBD topicals are flooding the market. Finding the best products for your needs can be daunting. This top ten list will get you started.
The main thing that is inherently clear when scouting out FabCBD (which is a super new brand by the way that only just got started this year), is that they’ve made a pretty serious effort to develop a modern lifestyle brand. If you take a look at their website, everything from the web design to the brand labeling to the text they use screams modern and hip.
You should only use CBD oil products if you are willing to accept at least some risk of testing positive on a drug test. Not everyone who uses hemp-derived CBD oil tests positive. But it does happen. The risk of testing positive is lower if you're using a broad spectrum or isolate product. These products have non-detectable levels of THC based on manufacturer testing.
We also have to look at Federal spending budgets, don’t we? The Federal Appropriations that passed in April, 2017 specifically mentions the Department of Justice is prevented from “implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Hemp is not medical marijuana, though one could assume if they’re not going after High-THC plants, they’re not going to go after low-THC plants either – especially without the budget needed.
First… hemp, cannabis, marijuana (slang term)… they’re from the exact same plant species – Cannabis sativa. It’s common to mistake hemp and cannabis unless you know why they’re different. The easiest way to tell? If it’s under .3% THC content then it’s hemp and is classified as legal for academic and educational purposes, according to federal law. What is commonly referred to as cannabis (or medical marijuana) contains THC levels above .3% and can extend into levels between 15-30% THC. Remember, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Without these higher THC levels, there are no psychoactive effects for you.
In 2017, state Governor Scott Walker signed and passed the 2017 Wisconsin Act 100. This law is described as a “pilot program to study growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” It allows the cultivation of “only industrial hemp of the species Cannabis sativa, with THC concentration of Non-Detectable.” Republican Representative Jesse Kremer sponsored the bill. He tweeted, “signing the bill will make Wisconsin a national and global leader in hemp production.” Wisconsin is joining over 30 other states across the country that are taking advantage of this new cash crop.
The CBD industry is still extremely new. The terminology hasn’t been officially sorted out yet, so each company kind of comes up with their own method of categorizing their products. As always, make sure that you do your own research before you buy anything. If you’re unsure, email the company’s customer service before you buy. Most CBD companies have good customer service teams and they’ll be happy to help.
Martin Lee, co-founder of Project CBD, told Leafly that hemp fiber and seed contain no usable amounts of cannabinoids. “Cannabidiol can’t be pressed or extracted from hempseed,” he writes. “CBD can be extracted from the flower, leaves, and, only to a very minor extent, from the stalk of the hemp plant. Hemp oil start-ups lack credibility when they say their CBD comes from hempseed and stalk.”
All this talk about THC lands us nicely in the whole “Full Spectrum vs. Pure Isolate” debate. Once you begin shopping for CBD products, you’ll notice a lot of jargon that gets thrown around without much explanation. Now that we’ve introduced THC into the conversation, we can talk about the difference between, and relative benefits of, Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate (and the lesser-known contender: Broad Spectrum).
Dispensaries: In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, dispensaries are a common sight. They are much rarer in states with more restrictions. In states that permit the use of medical marijuana, hemp-based CBD oils do not normally require a prescription but marijuana-based oils do. Like brick-and-mortar locations, dispensaries offer more customer service. However, as noted, this may not be an option depending on the buyer’s state of residence. Also, CBD oil prices tend to be significantly higher at dispensaries.
Other potential side effects include low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness, but these have typically only occurred in patients who have exceeded doses of 1,500 mg daily for a period of 4 weeks or more; far more than the average person will need take on a daily basis for chronic pain symptoms. (In fact, the majority of CBD users claim they find an effective dose to be anywhere between 10 and 40 mg daily).
“This bill will help get sick children potentially life-changing medicine. By crafting the legislation in a way that allows for tightly controlled medical studies, we can ensure we are researching possible treatments in a responsible and scientific way. The CBD oil we are studying is a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana. It is not marijuana, and it is not anything that can make you ‘high.’ This law has been narrowly crafted to support highly supervised medical trials for children with debilitating seizures. It is not a first step towards legalizing marijuana, and I will never support the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma.”