What is CBD Oil? The Basics
With the rapid rise in the popularity of CBD in everything from vape juice to lattes, many people are asking- “what is CBD oil?”. To answer that question, let’s first answer the question- what is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in hemp plants. CBD’s benefits are numerous, making it a popular supplement. We’ll explore the effects of CBD oil in more depth below, but in short, it interacts with receptors that keep the body balanced and running normally.
The next question we often receive is, “is CBD legal?” Yes, in fact, hemp-derived products containing CBD are available for purchase online and delivery straight to your door, or at retailers in the United States and over 40 countries around the world. Almost everyone can access CBD products, so what is CBD oil and why is it so popular?
What is CBD Oil?
Hemp-derived CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike most medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabidiol is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant. THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. This allows users to experience the balancing effects of CBD, without the psychoactive “high” of THC.
Uses and Benefits of Cannabidiol Supplements
CBD Oil Effects
“What is CBD oil” may be your first question, but the real question we have to answer is, “What does CBD oil do?” CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. Like an acrobat on a highwire, as the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.
The Endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals, and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system (CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) that act in neural communication.
The endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body, but most people do very little to support the health of this system, because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet.
Learn more about the technical aspects of the endocannabinoid system.
CBD Oil Benefits
Answering the question “what is CBD oil” would be incomplete without mentioning the many CBD oil benefits. In addition to positively affecting the endocannabinoid system, CBD has been the focus of more than 23,000 published studies about cannabinoids in relation to various medical indications including anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer and chronic pain to name few. You can even find CBD for pets that is specially formulated to safely allow your pets to experience the natural benefits of CBD. For a more comprehensive look at these and other studies, visit our medical research and education page. Stay up-to-date on the latest developments in CBD and cannabis in our medical marijuana news section.
Properties and Side Effects
Does CBD Oil Make me High?
No, CBD does not elicit a high feeling. The hemp used is of a naturally low-THC variety, and there are many differences between THC effects and CBD effects.
There are thousands of unique varieties of hemp. The cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of CBD than others. Using these uniquely potent plants, it is possible to extract cannabis oil that contains significant levels of cannabidiol, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Is CBD oil illegal? This high-CBD hemp oil is imported to the U.S. like any other commercial hemp product and can be sold and delivered in the United States.
The Difference Between CBD and THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prominent cannabinoids found in Cannabis, the plant genus that includes both hemp and marijuana. While there are over 100 different cannabinoids so far identified in cannabis by scientists, CBD and THC are by far the most extensively studied and best understood.
One of the key differences between CBD and THC is whether the cannabinoid will cause a euphoric effect, or “high,” when consumed. THC does, and CBD does not have the “high” effect when consumed.
CBD and THC both interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system, a vital signaling system responsible for regulating a wide array of functions, some of which include:
- Immune response
- Cycles of cellular life and death
Learn more about all the difference of CBD vs THC here.
CBD Oil Side Effects
First and foremost, CBD will not cause you to experience a euphoric effect, or “high.” It is completely non-psychoactive. This means that unlike THC, supplementing with CBD oil will not adversely affect your sensory awareness, perception, consciousness, reaction time or behavior.
There have been some reports of CBD oil effects like dry mouth, low blood pressure, and drowsiness. A research review investigating CBD and CBD oil side effects and safety found that it had no adverse physiological effect on the following:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Glucose levels
- pH levels
- Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream
- Red blood cell volume
- Time it takes for food to leave stomach and travel through the intestines
- Vomiting action
- Body temperature
- Potassium and sodium levels
For more information read our article on side effects and recommended serving sizes.
Legal Status of CBD Oil and Recommended Dosages
CBD hemp oil is a natural botanical extract of the common hemp plant. That part is straightforward and clear.
However, due to regulatory limitations here in the U.S. related to growing and processing of hemp, the process for getting CBD oil products to the consumer’s doorstep is quite a bit more complicated.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Yes, CBD derived from hemp plants is legal in the U.S. However, growing hemp for commercial purposes in the United States is prohibited. The passing of the 2014 bill only made it legal to grow hemp for pilot programs and research needs in, for example, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Minnesota.
It is for this reason that all the finished hemp goods that you see for sale in America, from food products to clothing to building materials, are part of an imported hemp industry that has surpassed $688 million annually. The size of this import industry is one of the major catalysts for hemp legalization in the U.S. As a renewable source of a range of products, hemp provides an exciting new step in American agriculture.
Therefore, the hemp used to create the high CBD products available in America is cultivated in various countries around the world, mainly in Europe. Learn more about the legality of CBD.
CBD Oil Dosages & Safety
Yes, CBD is considered to be safe and non-toxic for humans to take, even at high amounts. A research paper titled Safety and side effects of cannabidiol explored this subject. For more information see our guide to CBD oil dosage.
Medical Marijuana, Inc. has implemented a process called Triple Lab Testing® to verify the quality of the oil.
Production Process of Cannabidiol
Harvesting and transport
After seasonal harvests of specific cultivars, these high-CBD hemp crops are put through a specialized solvent-free extraction process to yield a hemp oil that is naturally high in cannabidiol. This high CBD oil is different from hemp oil that is used in cooking. This pure hemp extract is then tested for safety, quality, and cannabinoid content before being exported to our processing facilities in the United States. Importing any cannabis or hemp product into the United States is a complicated and serious task, so we leave nothing to chance before our high-CBD hemp oil makes its journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
After clearing U.S. Customs inspection, we test the hemp oil again when it reaches our facilities. After a 10,000+ mile transcontinental trip, we follow proper safety protocol to double check for degradation, damage, or contamination in our oil.
Finally, the imported bulk CBD hemp oil is combined with other ingredients by our formulators to create our extensive lineup of internationally recognized brands, like Dixie Botanicals®, CanChew®, and Real Scientific Hemp Oil™.
The finished products are then tested for a final time to once again ensure the safety, quality, and cannabinoid content of our products. This is our standard Triple Lab Testing® process that all our CBD oil products complete.
In the natural product and dietary supplement industries, these rigorous testing practices are not required by regulations — but nothing is more important to us than the quality of the products we provide our customers.
Types of CBD Products for Sale
What is CBD oil as a product? It can come in many forms, from CBD edibles to CBD isolate. CBD oil uses are as varied as the customers who order it. With that in mind, there are a wide variety of products available, ranging in price and potency, to meet the needs of everyone.
Pure CBD Oils
The most potent type available is pure CBD oil, known as Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™). This all natural hemp oil is simply extracted from the stalk of the hemp plant, tested for quality, and packaged for sale with no additives. These pure oils have the highest concentration of CBD, usually 100mg or more per serving.Buy Pure CBD oil
Most people are used to taking a morning multivitamin, so with CBD oil capsules, it’s easy to get your CBD into your daily routine. Most CBD capsules contain a moderate serving, usually 25 mg or more. If you start your day with your morning fish oil capsule or multivitamin, these capsules could be for you.Buy CBD oil capsules
CBD Tinctures or Liquids
Some of the most popular hemp CBD oil products are in liquid form, made by diluting the pure hemp CBD oil into an alcohol or other natural oil base. Also commonly referred to as CBD tinctures or sprays, they usually offer a smaller serving, from 1-20mg per serving, which is enough for most people.
They also come in great flavors, making them enjoyable for children, or anyone with a sweet tooth.
Best of all, CBD tinctures, drops, liquids or sprays are some of the most affordable CBD products on the market.Buy CBD Tinctures
CBD oil topicals like soothing salves and balms can be rubbed directly onto the skin or hair. Many topicals are enriched with all-natural essential oils and botanical blends.
Relieving balms are rubbed into the skin, muscles, and joints for focused attention to trouble areas. CBD Creams, facial products, and hair care products are also available to support the health of your hair and skin.Buy CBD Topicals
CBD Vaporizer Oils
CBD vaporizer oils can be used in a vaporizer of your choice. They offer a healthy way of inhaling your daily dose of the CBD supplement. Vaping is a very direct way of ingesting CBD oil. When you vape, the CBD enters the lungs and goes directly into the bloodstream, completely bypassing the digestive system. This method allows for greater bioavailability.Buy CBD Vape products
CBD Isolate is the purest supplement available. It’s a 99% pure CBD supplement derived from hemp oil. Despite its concentration, CBD isolate effects are similar to other CBD concentrates, and it can be used in a variety of ways. It can be consumed itself, added to foods and beverages, or vaporized. You can also add it to other CBD products to increase their potency.Buy CBD Isolate
Where to buy?
CBD hemp oil products can be purchased from our online store and shipped directly within the U.S.. For additional assistance, please contact our customer support team at 844-710-6562.
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