CBD oil and its surrounding controversies affect the way people perceive it. Is it a wonder drug? Will it become legal? Can you overdose on CBD oil?
In this article, the aim is to deliver the truth behind CBD with the hopes that people will drop all misconceptions about it. Of course, we backed it up with clinical studies to emphasize its scientific bases.
Let’s also explore other products out of CBD aside from oil that one can also try. You will also understand the difference between CBD and marijuana.
You will also learn some helpful tips in getting legitimate CBD oil products. Ultimately, I will reveal the cards as to whether we could really overdose in CBD oil.
Continue reading on as we shed the light on one of the most controversial products in the field of medical science – the cannabidiol, or what we fondly call, the CBD.
Where is CBD Derived From?
Before you even ask, well, CBD is not your miracle plant from the Amazon jungle. It is actually extracted from hemp – a cannabis plant strain used as a source of fiber and food.
Surprisingly, modern science found out that this extract also provides many health benefits for its users. Among the known benefits of CBD are the following:
- Managing pain
- Reduces anxiety
- Controls epileptic symptoms
- May control symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
- Alleviates cancer symptoms
- Improves overall skin health
- Controls acne breakout
To discredit all misconceptions about hemp, let us further differentiate it from marijuana.
Marijuana is also a cannabis plant strain; so, it is basically in the same family as hemp. The difference between the two lies in the concentration of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol in it.
Okay, so it may sound like I am bombarding you with too many medical jargons. But I strongly recommend you go along with me, okay?
THC is a compound found in the same plant family as CBD. It is responsible for the “kick” or the euphoric sensation the user may experience.
And yes, you are right – having high concentrations of THC in marijuana makes it highly addictive. What makes it affect the body worse is that it impairs our brain functions, especially when you take in high doses.
This is contrary to what hemp contains. In fact, the less than 0.3% THC concentration found in some CBD oils has become the benchmark for what is acceptable for medical use.
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. In its purest state, it would not get you high.
Can You Overdose on CBD oil?
CBD is an organic product especially in its purified form since advocates aim to deliver its health benefits. Manufacturers take careful to filter CBD well from cannabis.
As we know, exposing plants to more processes reduces its natural effects. Incorporating them with other compounds also does the same.
Expect a little amount of CBD to go a long way. So, can you overdose on CBD oil?
According to an NCBI study on the safety guidelines on CBD, humans can tolerate up to 1500mg per day. Further clinical studies in 2019 using mice, however, shows pressing concern over possible liver damage from the use of CBD.
It is best to consult with your physician if you plan on taking CBD, especially when you are taking maintenance medicine.
Now, let us veer from scientific evidence. Logically speaking, overdosing results from excessive intake of medicinal products. And it happens either by force or when the user is compelled to because he gets addicted to it.
For the record, pure CBD is non-addictive. In fact, the only legally-approved CBD products, which include oil, should only have 0.3% THC.
The highly-addictive property of THC of this value almost becomes insignificant in this case. That is why the potential risk for overdose is really low.
Another limiting factor to consider in overdosage is the side effect. The allowable safe intake recommendations for CBD use and ingestion can be found here.
Arising from studies are these potential health risks (it depends on one’s tolerance, health condition, etc.):
- Dry mouth spells
- Low blood pressure
- Mood swings
One more argument is that the use of CBD oil depends on how your body reacts to it. For starters, it is recommended to use it in the lowest dose on your way up.
This system lowers the risk of experiencing side effects that can hamper the cure. Give it time to observe results before going a step up in consumption.
Fortunately, it is fast to feel the difference after taking CBD. I can vouch for this one, along with the thousands who use it all over the world.
Is there another logical explanation lurking behind all of these? The price point! CBD is not cheap; you cannot just buy it anywhere. It is safe to say that following the recommended dosage is not only safe but also practical.
What’s the Buzz about CBD?
Evidence-based claims over the therapeutic effects of CBD continue to fuel its popularity. As a result, the demand continues to rise and more innovations begin to surround its production.
Parallel to that, scientists continue to discover if we are reaching CBD’s full potential. At the moment, there are already a lot of clinical proofs about its health benefits.
According to a 2012 NCBI study, CBD stimulates the glycine receptors, which are the ones responsible in regulating inflammation in the spine. We can then conclude that CBD can directly cure chronic pain.
This discovery is only one of many proofs that CBD can work even to diseases that are difficult to treat clinically.
What are the Different Forms of CBD?
As far as the boundaries of legal and medically-acceptable use of CBD are concerned, producers take innovative steps in processing CBD for public consumption. The market now offers variations such as oils, pills, capsules, tinctures, creams, and even gummies.
Despite the processing CBD undergoes, the producers’ top priority is to retain high-quality CBD content in these products. For them, it is to deliver the utmost benefits to users.
Now, let’s put the spotlight on CBD oil. Among the products processed from CBD, the oils are considered one of the purest. Because of this, CBD oil is one of the most popular products that people buy.
There are suggested proper dosages for beginners, with limits depending on the purpose or manner of intake. With this comes an intriguing but also a logical question in the same way.
Is CBD legal?
The approval of the 2018 Hemp Farming Act into a law relieves the limitations hovering over the growing and processing of hemp for medical purposes. It further strengthens the CBD industry. With this in place, more people become aware of the health benefits we get from CBD.
Despite the promising results of various studies, the FDA is yet to grant CBD manufacturers to sell it like traditional medication. This situation still limits selling CBD products.
Take note that even in the US, not all states lawfully accept the growth, production, and consumption of CBD. Though the 2018 Hemp Farming act got the approval, a farmer needs due diligence in following the regulations.
If the farmers fail to follow the strict guidelines, they would not get the license to grow, produce, and sell CBD products. That is why if you want to benefit from CBD products, you must research well on where to safely purchase one.
There are approved physical stores that sell CBD. You can check directly with local communities or check the manufacturer’s website.
The allowed quantities to purchase are also limited. Well, there are also sellers online, but you should also be wary of fake or low-quality products. Don’t ever forget to read the label carefully!
What Do You Need to Check When Purchasing CBD Oil?
CBD oil, as well as other CBD by-products, undergoes a meticulous series of processes that might deplete it of its pure naturally-occurring curative properties. But of course, this method is essential to make it commercially-viable and usable.
Because of this, it is vital to know what to check before purchasing one. This is to ensure that you maximize its benefits and gauge its efficacy.
Here are some of the things you need to check before you purchase your next (or first) CBD product:
Certificate of Analysis (COA)
This is a document that proves the basis for the product’s claims about its THC and CBD content. The COA should also list down other contaminants present if there’s any.
Moreover, it should not exceed the maximum allowable amount of THC. It will prove that the CBD product is as pure as you expect it to be.
You can easily view this document on the manufacturer’s website. If they do not have it, you can request it from them.
Hemp Source and CBD Manufacturing Process
This is for you to know if the manufacturer follows the FDA rules to ensure compliance and quality.
Recommended Dosage Details
This is important to know so that you can only intake what is needed in safely and reliably. However, you should not expect that there is a standard dosage since the FDA has not yet posted anything about it.
Manufacturer Reputation and Legitimate Product Reviews
The safest way to avail CBD oil and other products is from credible manufacturers. Check online reviews (but make sure they are legit), or consult a credible CBD community online.
Being responsible CBD oil users not only reaps you full positive benefits. It also helps you learn more about the product and push for its legalization and wider acceptance.
Any kind of product abuse is definitely not a healthy choice (and even practical). Can you overdose on CBD oil? You will not but I bet you do not have the need to.