CBD is a compound found within cannabis (both hemp and marijuana varieties), and both types come from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa L. However, CBD Oil is a supplement made using the CBD extract from cannabis without the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of marijuana, which gives you that "high."
And, it's no surprise CBD oil is trending now. CBD oil is becoming so popular because people are starting to realize that a lot of the benefits they normally associated with marijuana actually come from CBD. Except it doesn't alter your senses of judgement!
So, don't expect to get high from CBD hemp oil. The hemp plant contains a ton of cannabidiol (CBD) and only small amounts of THC (regulated to 0.3%), while marijuana has a whopping 5-30% THC content and only 1-4% CBD content. "Most people just want to feel calm and relaxed and not 'buzzed,' so with hemp products they know it's not possible to get high," says Brandon Nolte, founder and CEO of Healthy Hemp Oil.
Plus, you can get it anywhere, as it's legal in all 50 states. "Products made from marijuana are only legal in the states where marijuana is legal (and even then it's still federally illegal), but CBD from hemp is treated differently because there is a low level of THC," he explains.
If you're looking for the benefits, without the boost, you can certainly use CBD oils regularly to improve your health. Here are a few perks to take note of.
Using CBD oil might help you sleep better. "I've had many people ask me about using CBD oils to help them get to sleep. CBD oils have been shown to reduce anxiety, which can prove useful in promoting quality sleep. Research suggests that CBD oils may increase quantities of sleep and fight insomnia, especially in those dealing with chronic pain (back pain is a common one that interferes with sleep)," says Chris Brantner, Certified Sleep Science Coach at SleepZoo.com.
"CBD oil may also help people with REM behavior disorder, specifically those with Parkinson's. Typically, our bodies are paralyzed during REM sleep, but those with REM behavior disorder move during this portion of the sleep cycle, causing sleep disruption," he explains.
It also helps with anxiety. "I myself, like to use CBD when I am overwhelmed (stress/anxiety). It can calm me down in under 10-15 minutes. I also like to use it when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Just a little bit of CBD gently puts me back to sleep with no hangover (unlike melatonin or magnesium)," says Nolte.
Nolte also says some people take it to relieve pain, as it can relax muscles in the body and even in the brain. So, it could be helpful if you feel a migraine coming on, as well. Consider it a better alternative to popping an Advil.
However, it's not a guarantee. "Scientific studies are still in the early stages, so if you are scientifically rigorous than you may want to wait for further research. But there is outstanding anecdotal evidence that that CBD does help with those three issues," he says.
How To Take It
Vaporizer/Vape Pens: This is the quickest method of absorption, so if you want to feel the effects of CBD fast, then you should use a vaporizer, says Nolte. "That's because CBD is absorbed into your lungs quicker than any other method. Effects don't last as long though," he says.
Capsules: These are great if you know how much CBD to take and you want a heavier serving size (25mg or more); however, if you're a newbie, you might not be ready. "These can be overkill for most beginners," he says.
Tinctures: A crowd favorite, "people love them because they are really easy to use. They usually have small serving sizes (like 2-3mg) which allows you to find that sweet spot of CBD for yourself," he says. Plus, they're more affordable.
Concentrates: These are usually pure CBD extracts with no "fillers," meaning there are no sweeteners and or additives that might make the products more palatable. So, if you don't like the taste, back away. "They are a little more earthy and hemp tasting, but you can't beat the strong effects. These products are for people who need a high serving size and want the biggest bang for their buck," Nolte says.
Pet Products: Yes, CBD works for Pets too. "We have a great line of tinctures that you can put in your dog or cat's food and they can feel the effects within 10-15 minutes," he says. You might want to talk to a vet first, though.