There is a lot of confusing and contradictory information about CBD oils online. Some of the articles are just written in marketing-speak while others contain exaggerations and obsolete facts.
This article sets everything right.
We have reviewed dozens of scientific articles and government publications to get you all the facts you need to know about CBD oil.
Now to the crux of the matter, the meaning of CBD oil.
What is CBD oil?
The Cannabis Sativa (marijuana) plant produces dozens of compound molecules called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two the most active and studied cannabinoids.
CBD works by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors found in the brain and other organs of the body. These interactions often result in a variety of amazing benefits that we will get into a little later.
THC is also equally powerful. It produces a variety of psychoactive effects and is the psychotropic compound that gets you stoned when you take marijuana.
Until recently, CBD was primarily extracted from the flowers and flower buds of the Cannabis plant. However, the extract almost always had equally high concentrations of both CBD and THC.
This was before researchers discovered that hemp (a plant that is closely related to marijuana) has high concentrations of CBD and only negligible amounts of THC. A discovery that has driven more and more CBD oil processors to focus on extracting pure CBD from the hemp plant.
Once CBD is extracted, it is diluted into beneficial oils such as coconut oil, hence the term CBD oils.
Will taking CBD oil give you a “high”?
It depends on the manufacturer/ processor of the CBD oil. If the extraction of CBD is not done well then the THC which will remain in the oil will get you stoned.
However, if your CBD oil is from a professional manufacturer, especially one who extracts CBD from hemp, then there is very little risk of getting high as hemp contains very negligible amounts of THC.
Is CBD oil detectable in marijuana drug tests?
Pure CBD oil is not detectable in drug tests. Marijuana testing kits have chemicals that will only react with THC to give a positive result. The concentration of THC in the test sample must also be high enough for the result to be positive.
There is not enough THC in most CBD oils to return a positive marijuana drug test.
The Potential Side Effects
Even though CBD oils are considered safe to take, there are a number of side effects one may experience especially with frequent use.
Some of the side effects include lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure, and constipation. CBD could also be addictive.
The best way to avoid these side effects is to stick to the recommended doses.
As you can see, CBD oils have a variety of beneficial uses including treating anxiety and insomnia. It also doesn’t create a high or have any of the other psychoactive effects associated with taking marijuana.
However, like many other products, it has some side effects, especially when taken in high doses. Therefore, if you decide to enjoy any of its benefits, you should do so in moderation.