Everything You Want to Know About Cannabis Oil (CBD)
Interested in CBD, but not sure what it is? Read on to learn everything you need to know about this popular wellbeing product.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol – also known as Cannabis Oil, or CBD – is all over the internet at the moment. It’s being advertised as a “cure” for everything from anxiety to physical pain. But what is it, how does it work, and are the healing claims true? Here’s everything you need to know about Cannabis Oil.
Cannabis Oil is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not make you “high”. What is does claim to offer is relief from physical pain, inflammation, anxiety, psychosis, seizures and other similar conditions.
It’s also currently undoing numerous scientific and clinical tests to see whether it could also help those with arthritis, diabetes, MS, PTSD, depression, and other neurological diseases.
Cannabis Oil is very new to the wellness industry, so should be treated with caution. Despite being legal, it isn’t actually regulated, meaning the FDA are not monitoring the creation and distribution of it. In fact, a survey conducted by the FDA showed many CBD products didn’t even contain CBD.
If you want to try CBD, you have to do the regulating yourself. That means trusting the brand you’re buying from, doing your research, and talking to some experts. You need to ensure what you’re taking is not only legitimate, but also safe. We recommend talking to your doctor, as it can currently be allowed on prescription.
If you’re worried, there are checks you can do.
- Check for the Certificate of Analysis (COA), which means there is a lab report relating to the product and it has been tested by a third party.
- You should also make sure you’re purchasing domestically sourced hemp; hemp absorbs everything from the soil as it grows, so you’ll want to know the product is grown using responsible farming practises.
- Your product’s label should generally say “hemp extract”, and not “CBD” – this is because, according to the FDA, if a product is listed as a dietary supplement can’t contain CBD. So something like “hemp extract” or “cannabidiol” should appear on the label instead.
- Also check the label for “broad spectrum”. This means it is distilled and a purer, cleaner – and therefore better – version of the product. (Don’t worry, if it is CBD isolate you may still see results.)
- Avoid “hemp seed oil”. It doesn’t contain CBD – just lots of omega-3’s and other nutrients. With this in mind, don’t try to buy it off Amazon. Amazon doesn’t stock any true CBD products, just Hemp Oil companies trying to make some money off the back of the surge in interest for CBD.