A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide To Cannabidiol Extracts

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has grown in popularity over the past few years.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has grown in popularity over the past few years. It is recommended by many people for treating a wide range of medical conditions such as cancer, insomnia, chronic pain and anxiety. It is also useful when consumed as a daily supplement to foster general wellness. You may have heard about some of its benefits but you have some questions. What is Cannabidiol oil? What are the benefits of Cannabidiol oil? What doesn’t it do? 

We will provide the information you need to arm yourself with before you begin your expedition into the world of Cannabidiol oil extracts. Cannabidiol products are highly recommended across the board because they provide much-needed relief to patients, but it is important to keep in mind that not all Cannabidiol oil extracts are created equal. In a comprehensive guide, you’ll find out about the many different kinds of Cannabidiol oil and all their differences. We will equip you with the information you will need in order to get your hands on a clean Cannabidiol oil with reliable potency.

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  • What exactly is Cannabidiol oil?
  • What are the real benefits and effects of Cannabidiol oil?
  • What is the best Cannabidiol oil fit for you?

What exactly is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol commonly known as CBD oil is actually one of many chemical compounds (also referred to as cannabinoids) produced by the cannabis plant. CBD oil is an extract of hemp or cannabis that is specially formulated to contain high levels of Cannabidiol. The oil may also include varying levels of other hemp or cannabis plant compounds.

Most people are familiar with cannabis products that are high in THC concentration, which bring on the high typically characteristic of cannabis. Products containing only Cannabidiol are in actual fact non-intoxicating in nature. If you are looking to reap the benefits of medical marijuana without having to lose your faculties, Cannabidiol oil is a great option for you. We will expand more on the medical benefits of CBD oil a bit later.

“CBD oil” is, in fact, a catch-all term used to describe the general range of CBD extracts. there are many different forms of Cannabidiol oil. Here are some of the most popular forms of CBD oil:

CBD tinctures

There are liquid extracts that are applied directly under your tongue. This is to ensure that the CBD is quickly absorbed and enters your bloodstream directly. They are usually packaged in a glass bottle and comes with a dropper built into the lid for dosing.

CBD capsules

The capsules are filled with oil. You inject them just as you would a traditional supplement, by swallowing with some water. The capsules are typically packaged in bottles similar to those used for vitamins or supplements. The bottles contain gel-caps filled with a gold-coloured oil.

CBD Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

RSO is an alcohol-based extract that can be taken orally or applied directly to your skin. RSO usually packaged in a plastic applicator or plunger.

CBD vape oil

CBD vape oil refers to one of two things. It is either pre-filled oil cartridges that you can attach to your vape batteries or vape juice that you can use in e-cigarettes.

Dabbable CBD oil

This includes CBD-rich butane hash oil, rosin, live resins, and a range of other forms used for dabbing. Dabbing is a flash vaporization method used to consume cannabis. However, we should mention that It is not recommended that new cannabis users start with dabbing. 

If you would like to find out more information about which forms of CBD can most reliably deliver their advertised dose, we suggest having a look at the results of Leafly’s CBD investigation.

Cannabidiol Extracts

What are the real benefits and effects of CBD oil?

For most people hearing about Cannabidiol oil for the first time is, will it make me feel high? In short, no. Most CBD oil extracts will not have any high effect on your mental state. The reason why we say most is that it does depend on where you buy the Cannabidiol oil. When it is on its own Cannabidiol is a non-impairing compound. When you buy any Cannabidiol products online or at stores like drug stores, you will most likely be purchasing products that will not make you lose your faculties. These platforms are required by law to only sell products that contain less than 0.3% THC, a safe amount that will not bring on any typical high effects.

If you are shopping for Cannabidiol oil at your local cannabis dispensary, it may be a different story as they are not required to adhere to the 0.03% THC limit. You will need to ask the dispensary staff about how much Cannabidiol and THC are in the products you want to buy. Many cannabis shops stock products that contain both Cannabidiol and THC in order to meet the needs of many consumers. If you are adamant about wanting to make sure you keep a clear head while taking a Cannabidiol dosage, make sure you read the product label carefully and ask your budtender for recommendations. In general, products that contain less than 2mg of THC ( or less than 1% of THC) will not give you a high, but this also depends on your tolerance level which varies from person to person. 

Cannabidiol oil may not give you a high typically associated with cannabis, but that does not mean it cannot be detected in your body. Depending on what dose you take, your individual biology, and the method of consumption (e.g., lotion, tincture, or vaporized oil, etc.), Cannabidiol oil can produce a variety of subtle effects. You may experience stress relief, drowsiness, physical relaxation, or slightly alerting or sedating effects. 

The most common effects of Cannabidiol oil are in the form of symptom relief. Ongoing research is yet to determine the full range of CBD’s utility. Most people who opt for CBD oil as a remedy use it to manage symptoms associated with:

  • Insomnia
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Pain and inflammation

Anecdotal reports and early studies say that the effects of Cannabidiol are reliable. However, there are strict federal laws around cannabis, and as a result, there is a lack of controlled clinical trials to test the range of effects. As far as we know, the safety profile of CBD seems to be very high. It is, however, important for patients to take Cannabidiol oil cautiously because of potential drug interactions or products that contain questionable ingredients.

What is the best CBD oil fit for you

Since Cannabidiol oil has not yet been regulated, it’s up to individual consumers to be able to discern between good quality concentrates and snake oil. In general, we recommend that you buy organic, third-party tested oil products that sourced from cannabis that is grown domestically. 

Here are three distinct types of Cannabidiol oil you need to know about:

  • Full-spectrum Cannabidiol oil 

This contains the full range of compounds produced by its source cannabis plant (CBD, THC, and other terpenes and cannabinoids)

  • Broad-spectrum Cannabidiol oil 

This contains a wide selection of the compounds that are produced by its source plant, but with this particular oil, all the THC is removed.

CBD isolate

This strictly contains only Cannabidiol, all other compounds of the source plant have been removed.

The wide range of therapeutic compounds that are found in full-spectrum oils makes them a more popular choice among consumers wanting to harness all the useful ingredients they can get. It isolates and broad-spectrum Cannabidiol oil is ideal choices for you if you want to avoid having even trace amounts of THC in your system, especially if you have a drug test coming up.

The oil products can be formulated in one of three different ways, namely isolate, full or broad spectrum. Full-spectrum oils offer the widest variety of therapeutic compounds. The second in line is broad-spectrum oil, it does not contain any THC. It isolates is made of nothing except for it. The oil can be formulated from either hemp or cannabis buds which both produce some of it in their resinous glands. 

A few differences worth noting:

  • Due to legal reasons, hemp-derived products are far more easy to access and most of them are available for purchase online. Cannabidiol oil from cannabis and similar products are strictly available at dispensaries and cannabis shops in areas where cannabis is legal.
  • Hemp expresses fewer resin glands than cannabis. This means in order to get the oil products from hemp, processors need more plant material. Because hemp absorbs soil contaminants more easily in a process known as bioaccumulation, hemp extracts are more likely to have higher concentrations of residual heavy metals.
  • Hemp is actually more limited in terms of chemical diversity. Potentially this could result in it being a less therapeutically potent product.

That does not mean that there are no reliable, high-quality, organic and clean hemp-derived oil products. In recent years there is a rise in cannabis producers who are dedicated to creating reliable, safe and effective hemp-derived CBD oil products.

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