By now you have probably heard someone talking about CBD oil or seen it in stores for purchase. Maybe you are wondering if CBD oil is right for you? If you are living with a chronic condition like pain or anxiety, it may be beneficial to you to learn more about it.
After the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill making hemp production legal, we have seen an explosion of CBD products on the market. Despite its publicity, many people are unsure of what CBD oil is or how it could benefit them. In this article, we are going to explain what it is and how to use CBD oil.
What Is CBD?
One of the many active chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant is cannabidiol or CBD. Not as well-known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another active compound extracted from the cannabis plant. THC, thanks to its psychoactive properties is the one that gets you “high”.
CBD is non-psychoactive but has many of the valuable medical applications of the cannabis plant. Using CBD oil allows you the therapeutic health benefits without the high from THC.
But is it legal? Yes, plants containing less than 3% THC are classified as industrial hemp making it legal in all 50 states as per the Farm Bill of 2018.
What Is CBD Oil Used for?
The continuing research on CBD oil, its properties, and how does CBD oil work has shown promising results for a variety of afflictions. In fact, some studies have found CBD may be effective in various mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); addiction; depression; and even schizophrenia. Many people even use CBD oil for sleep.
It may be effective for physical health conditions as well. One study has found CBD oil may be effective in treating the pain associated with arthritis, while another study done on human cells suggests topical CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
How To Use CBD Oil
CBD is available in different forms allowing consumers to tailor their usage to their needs. Oral and topical are the most common forms of CBD.
Within these two categories, there are different delivery methods like capsules, gummies, creams/balms, ointments, tinctures, and more. Don’t worry! This article will break it down for you.
Topical CBD Oil
If you want to try CBD oil for muscle aches and pains, a topical application (one you put on your body, not in your body) may be your best choice. A topical CBD oil can be used to target an area selected for relief.
There is topical CBD oil available in your choice of balm or lotion. Many consumers report positive results using CBD oil for inflammation. Athletes have also reported loving it for aches and pains. If you suffer from chronic pain, you may want to try our Stay Frosty Cooling Roll-on for soothing areas of discomfort.
Oral CBD Oil
You can purchase CBD oil in what is called a tincture (sold in a small bottle with a dropper) for oral ingestion of cannabinoids. These tinctures are infused with CBD oil and are placed under the tongue using the dropper.
Administering the oil in this manner ensures quick absorption. Hold under the tongue for 30 seconds, then swallow. Some consumers prefer adding drops to food or drink. Try adding CBD oil to your favorite smoothie for many healthful benefits.
Why should you choose a tincture? It’s easy to adjust usage by adding or subtracting a few drops, and it goes to work more quickly than ingested oils (those that are actually swallowed) which take up to 45 minutes (or as long as 2 hours) to work its way into your system.
You can also take CBD oil in an ingestible form such as gummies, gum, or coffee. These tasty options are available in different forms and flavors and can pack a mighty CBD punch.
Oral ingestion of CBD provides a systemic effect, meaning they work on your whole body. For people taking CBD oil for depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleeping problems, or other whole-body issues, this is often the preferred method of delivery.
For people seeking help with a dodgy knee or a tennis elbow, we recommend the topical form of administration.
How Much CBD Oil Do I Use?
It is recommended to use a “start low and go slow” approach for both humans and pets. With that in mind, below are recommended usage amounts for our popular CBD products.
- Oils – Start with a half dropper under the tongue in the morning and the evening for most adults, increasing to a full dropper if needed.
- Lotions/Balms – Apply a nickel-size amount to the area of treatment. Reapply liberally as needed.
- Rollers – Apply a small amount (1-2 swipes) directly to the area, repeat as needed.
- Pets – Administer 5 drops per 10 pounds of body weight, increasing as needed.
As with most over-the-counter supplements, it is always best to start low and go slow until you know how your body reacts to CBD oil. Start with the product’s recommended usage, or consult your physician. People with certain health issues such as liver failure may need lower amounts to avoid side effects.
At this time, there are no recommendations from the FDA regarding guidelines or benefits of CBD oil. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. What that means is one consumer may find relief using the manufacturer’s suggested usage, while another may need more to find the equivalent level of relief.
CBD oil is available in the pure form containing a full range of beneficial plant extracts – including THC (<0.3%) – which work together to provide beneficial results when interacting with your endocannabinoid system. For people who may be sensitive to THC, CBD oil comes in a zero THC form as well.
You’re All Ready To Give It a Try
CBD oil is gaining popularity in the health, wellness, and fitness world. Early research studies show CBD oil can help mitigate the side effects of ailments such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Research on the potential of CBD oil is ongoing. Though we have much to learn about the therapeutic uses of CBD oil studies suggest CBD may provide powerful and safe, natural relief for many health issues.
Now that you are familiar with how to use CBD oil and the various forms of usage available, check out our products page to experience for yourself the benefits of CBD by veterans.