CBD oil is made from a type of phytocannabinoid (that means plant-based), called cannabidiol, that doesn’t cause any intoxication. Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant and made into products like CBD oil that are available either with a doctor’s recommendation, although some are available without one.
CBD oil can be used for health and wellness purposes, but buyer beware that not all oils are made to the same standards and with quality ingredients.
We suggest following these three steps before purchasing any CBD oil product.
- Ask for third party lab results
- Pay attention to product labeling
- Ask an expert for help the first time you place an order
CBD (Cannabidiol) oil in the United States
Medical cannabis use is now legal in 23 states. Thanks to mounting evidence supporting the medical benefits of using marijuana—the National Cancer Institute (NCI) confirmed that cannabis kills cancer cells back in August—other states are expected to follow suit. What some people don’t know is that most of the medical marijuana recommended by doctors is “low-THC” CBD oil. That is, oil enriched with the cannabinoids of the marijuana plant, but one that has been bred to CBD-dominant as opposed to THC-dominant.
And then there are CBD oils that require no doctor’s recommendation because they come from the industrial hemp form of cannabis and contain >1% THC.
CBD oil and drug tests
The use of CBD oil that contains >1% THC will not show up on a drug test, either the immunoassay screen or the confirmatory GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) test. That is because it tests for THC and not the cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive—CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol) among them.
What does CBD oil treat?
Early research shows that cannabidiol (CBD) may help reduce symptoms of anxiety. There are tests currently underway to prove its effectiveness in fighting cancer, relieving pain, and treating depression, MS, fibromyalgia, stress disorders, epilepsy, and more.
CBD oil side effects
Overall, the safety profile of cannabidiol products is quite impressive. The authors of the research paper, “Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa Constituent” included this in their conclusion:
“Several studies suggest that CBD is well tolerated and safe in humans at high doses and with chronic use. However, in vitro and in vivo studies showed potential drug metabolism interactions, cytotoxicity, and decreased receptor activity. This data highlights the need for careful monitoring of CBD use in humans, especially when CBD is used in clinical practice, such as in the treatment of psychiatric disorders or as an option for drug abuse treatment.”
Some users of CBD oil may experience sleepiness, dizziness, dry mouth, and upset stomach.
CBD oil is safe for most people to use, and there are few, if any, serious side effects. Most people can ingest CBD oil without ever feeling any unpleasant side effect; for those who do it will be minor. In the case of an adverse reaction, always look into the background of the product’s manufacturers. Always research the products you buy, and consult with a medical expert on the safest way to use CBD oil.