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FAQ about CBD

Frequently asked questions about CBD – a definitive guide

The one-stop place to get every question you have about CBD answered by Cannabis Experts/ Most popular questions about CBD answered by (medical professionals/doctors).

Frequently asked questions about CBD

The WHATs of CBD

 

What CBD stands for?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol.

 

What CBD means?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural compound in the flower of cannabis Sativa plants like marijuana and hemp. In cannabis Sativa plants like marijuana, CBD is the most common chemical compound after THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

 

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

The unique difference between THC and CBD is that CBD doesn’t get you high or cause any intoxication,unlike THC. This is because CBD is non-psychoactive, whereas THC is psychoactive.

Note: Psychoactive chemicals are the substances that can alter your mood and put you in an altered state of mind, whereas the non-psychoactive substances don’t have this effect.

 

What has made CBD so popular lately?

Numerous studies are being conducted worldwide to check if CBD and the products made from it (CBD oil) can be used for medical treatments. It is being tested for neuropsychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), etc.

 

What CBD oil is FDA approved?

Cannabidiol(CBD) Oil

The FDA has approved only one CBD product called Epidiolex for the treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy:

Seizures from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome

 Seizures from tuberous sclerosis complex

Note: The FDA has approved the use of Epidiolex in patients who are 1 year of age or older than that.

 

What CBD is right for me?

You should take into account the following factors before deciding which CBD product is right for you:

 

1. CBD Concentration

CBD products are available in three concentrations:

• High – for maximum effects of CBD

• Medium – you want CBD in your treatment course, but you also care about the taste and cost of the product

• Low- you are just curious about the product and want to try it out on your skin, hair, muscles, and joints to see if it’s effective

 

2. Bioavailability

Your body is only able to use a small portion of the total CBD you ingest. This is called bioavailability, and it varies from person to person.

 

3. Onset time and duration of effect

This depends on several factors like:

• Mode of ingestion: The different ways in which CBD can be used are:

– Sublingual: placing CBD drops under the tongue

– Inhalation: smoking a high CBD strain

– Topical: applying on the skin for absorption through the skin

• Dosage

• CBD isolate or full- spectrum products: Full spectrum products contain more than CBD. In full-spectrum products, you experience the effects of a combination of multiple cannabinoids. Whereas in CBD isolate products, you only experience the effects of CBD

• Frequency of use

• Bodyweight and body fat

• Metabolism

 

4. Cost

Some CBD products are more expensive than the others. For example, typically, oils can be cheaper than gummies

Note: Onset time means the amount of time it will take for the product to be effective

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What CBD does to your brain?

CBD affects the brain in the following ways:

Reduces the effect of THC on the brain –by blocking the CB1 receptors from binding with the THC

 Reduces blood flow to the areas that are associated with anxiety

Reduces pain and inflammation by modifying the CB2 receptors

Reduces the free radical production in the cell –acts as an antioxidant

Reduces excitotoxicity- excitotoxicity is the process by which neurons are damaged and killed. It may happen due to injury or medical conditions like Alzheimer’s, which makes the brain cells overactive. Studies are ongoing to show CBD if it could help in preventing it.

Reduces FAAH enzyme – FAAH enzyme which breaks down anandamide, which responsible for improving mood and decreasing pain sensitivity

What is CBD to THC ratio?

CBD to THC ratio refers to the percentages in which both the cannabinoids are present in a CBD product

What is the difference between CBD tincture and CBD oil?

The primary difference between CBD oil and CBD tincture is that:

1. CBD oil has a cannabidiol base

2. CBD tincture has an alcohol base

However, regardless of the base, both CBD oil and CBD tincture are capable of similar therapeutic benefits

What are the common side-effects of CBD?

Nausea and gastrointestinal issues are two of the most common side effects of CBD. These two side effects can manifest in the form of:

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Digestive problems

Dizziness

Quick FAQ on CBD!

QuestionAnswer
Is CBD good for anxiety?Yes
Is CBD good for dogs?Maybe
Is CBD good for sleep?Yes
Is CBD good for the cure of Parkinson?Yes
Is CBD good for the cure of inflammation?Yes
Is CBD good for athletes?Yes
Is CBD good for pain relief?Yes
Is CBD helpful in quitting smoking?Yes
Is the use of CBD prohibited in certain professions?Yes

Note: The research work related to CBD is still in the preliminary stages; hence all the answers are based on current findings, inferences, and associated speculations.

The HOWs of CBD:

 

How CBD works in the human body?

Serotonin receptors: CBD activates 5hT serotonin receptor and is therefore capable of working as neuroleptics (medication used for managing psychosis- delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia)

Works on both cannabinoid and non-cannabinoid receptors

Prevents over simulation and binding of CB1 receptors with THC – this minimizes the intoxicating effect of THC

Blocks GPR55- this is another type of cannabinoid receptor besides CB1 and CB2

 

How CBD oil is made from hemp?

CBD oil is made using the stems, leaves, and stalks of a mature hemp plant. Some of the most common methods used for the extraction of oil and transforming it into CBD oil are:

CO2 extraction

Winterization

Short path distillation

Liquid solvents

Oil infusion

Note: CBD and hemp oil are two different products:

• CBD oil comes from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant.

• Hemp oil is developed from the seeds of the Cannabis plant

 

How CBD makes you feel?

A majority of the people who take CBD report that it makes you feel relaxed because of its soothing effect. Additionally, since it is non-psychoactive, it doesn’t give you the intoxication that THC does.

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Quick FAQ on CBD!

QuestionAnswer
Are CBD and hemp oil the same?No
Are CBD cigarettes safe?Yes
Are CBD treats good for dogs?Yes
Are CBD products safe in pregnancy?No
Are CBD edibles legal?Yes
Are CBD gummies illegal?Yes
Are CBD gummies drugs?Yes

Note: The research work related to CBD is still in the preliminary stages; hence all the answers are based on current findings, inferences, and associated speculations.

Note: CBD gummies are a type of cannabidiol edibles (food products that have marijuana in it) containing CBD. Gummies and other edibles have a good taste and are often used as discreet and easy ways to ingest CBD

The WHYs of CBD:

 

Why CBD oil is banned in India?

In India, for the CBD products to be legal and not banned there are two conditions:

• It should be extracted from hemp and not marijuana

• The THC content should not be greater than 0.3%

 

Why CBD oil is so expensive, along with other CBD products?

Even though the cost of producing CBD oil is not very high, however, the following factors raise the price of CBD oil and other products considerably

• Securing Cannabidiol can be expensive depending on the location of manufacturing

• High taxes are applied on CBD oil and other products when they are sold in the market

 

Why CBD is bad?

A major problem with CBD is that, as of now, FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements containing CBD. Hence because of a lack of standardization, the quality of the products may be questionable.

 

Why CBD under the tongue?

Taking CBD oils under the tongue allows the CBD to reach all parts of the body. This gives a boost to the entire endocannabinoid system, a boost.

Note: The endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors present in the human body.

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Quick FAQ on CBD!

QuestionAnswer
Can CBD oil kill you?No
Can CBD oil make seizures worse?No
Can CBD cause anxiety attacks?No
Can CBD cure anxiety and depression?Yes
Can CBD make your period late?Maybe
Can CBD lower blood pressure?Yes
Can CBD oil go bad?Yes
Can you drink CBD?Yes
Can CBD cause insomnia?No
Can CBD make you sleepy?No
Can CBD help you focus?Yes
Can CBD gummies make you sick?Yes
Can you overdose on CBD gummies?No
Can CBD help in quitting drinking?Maybe

Note: The research work related to CBD is still in the preliminary stages; hence all the answers are based on current findings, inferences, and associated speculations.

The WHICHs of CBD:

 

Which CBD oil is best for Parkinson’s disease?

As of now, the FDA has not approved any cannabis treatments for Parkinson’s disease. However, the FDA has approved Epidiolex for the treatment of two types of epilepsy:

• Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

• Dravet syndrome

Parkinson’s is a long term disease, and the research to find the benefits of CBD for Parkinson’s is still in the early stages.

However, a few smaller studies have shown CBD’s effectiveness in managing some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease like:

• Pain

• Psychosis

• Sleep disruption

• Tremors and uncontrolled muscle movements– this is not a symptom of Parkinson’s, but a side-effect of the common treatments recommended for Parkinson’s disease

 

Which CBD oil is best for high blood pressure?

Some of the most popular CBD oils for high blood pressure include:

• CBDMD

• CBDistellery

• Charlotte’s web

 

Which CBD flower is best for anxiety?

Some of the most popular CBD flowers that can help in controlling anxiety include:

• Harle-Tsu

• ACDC

• Sour Tsunami

Note: CBD hemp flower is a dried hemp flower bud of the cannabis plant. In a CBD hemp flower, the CBD content is high, and the THC content is less than 0.3%

 

Which CBD oil is best for dogs

Even though the FDA has not approved the use of CBD on animals, some of the popular CBD oils for dogs include:

Note: Since the CBD oils have not yet been standardized and are a relatively new form of treatment, it isn’t easy to pinpoint which CBD oil is the best. However, the CBD oils mentioned here some of the best products backed by results from third-party testing.

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Quick FAQ on CBD!

QuestionAnswer
Will CBD show on a drug test?No
Will CBD make me tired and drowsy or exhausted?No
Will CBD oil break a fast?No
Will CBD oil help with hives, bug bites, dry skin, rashes, and acne?Yes
Will CBD cause headaches?No
Will CBD gummies help with social anxiety?Yes

Note: The research work related to CBD is still in the preliminary stages; hence all the answers are based on current findings, inferences, and associated speculations.

Some final quick questions that people generally ask!

 

Is CBD safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

FDA has taken a firm stand against the use of CBD or THC amongst pregnant women and while breastfeeding

 

What happens if you consume CBD when you are drunk?

If you are wondering whether is it safe to mix CBD with alcohol, especially if you regularly take CBD, then the answer to this question is a mixed one:

Some studies show that when taken together, CBD and alcohol may increase each other’s effects. This may make you sleepy and tired

Some other studies have shown that CBD prevents

alcohol-induced brain cell damage

addiction

Blood alcohol concentration

Withdrawal signs and symptoms

Since the research is inconclusive, you should only take minimal amounts of alcohol and CBD to avoid any potential risks

 

How long does the effect of CBD last?

The duration for which the effect of CBD will last on you depends on:

Dosage

CBD concentration

Mode of ingestion

Body mass

Frequency of use

 

Can CBD boost fertility, and should you take it when trying to conceive?

It has been found that Endocannabinoid receptors are present in both the sperm and the female reproductive tract. Hence it is believed that CBD can boost fertility by

increasing a sperm’s ability to fertilize the egg.

Improve ovarian function

Boost follicle maturation

However, even though CBD can be seen as a natural way to boost fertility without any significant side effects, you should always consult your doctor about using it.As the on-going studies are still in the early stages.

 

Should you take CBD when you have the flu?

While CBD and THC have controlled the symptoms of flu and cold in many cases, the official study is still in the preliminary stages. Hence you should always consult your healthcare provider about taking CBD when you have the flu or cold before taking it.

 

Can CBD cure a hangover?

Even though CBD may control some of the symptoms associated with a hangover, it won’t necessarily eliminate the chance of getting a hangover from alcohol or make it vanish in an instant.

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