What’s CBD oil? A Information for Learners to Cannabidiol Extracts


Bailey Rahn, November 20, 2019

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What exactly is CBD (cannabidiol) oil and what is it? What does not it do? You're probably here because someone told you to test CBD oil for pain, insomnia, anxiety, cancer, or other conditions. Or you might be interested in trying it for everyday well-being, like a daily supplement.

We are pleased to have you here to provide information before dipping head-first into the world of the CBD, in which misinformation and dubious statements rave about unregulated products. CBD products can bring excellent relief. One key aspect, however, is that not all CBD oils are the same.

In this guide you will learn about the many forms of CBD oil and their differences. In the end, you should be prepared and ready to find a clean CBD oil with reliable efficacy.

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What is CBD oil?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of many chemical compounds (also called cannabinoids) that are made from cannabis. CBD oil simply refers to an extract of cannabis or hemp that is formulated to contain high levels of CBD and contain different levels of other phytochemicals.

Products that contain only CBD are not intoxicating, unlike THC-rich products that cause cannabis-related high levels. This makes CBD a popular remedy for consumers seeking clear relief from their symptoms. (What symptoms do you ask for? See below).

"CBD oil" is actually a collective term for CBD extracts in general. When buying CBD oil you will probably come across many different forms. The following products are among the most popular forms of CBD oil.

  • CBD tinctures are liquid extracts that are applied under the tongue where CBD is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. They are usually supplied in a glass bottle with a dropper built into the lid.
  • CBD capsules are filled with oil and swallowed like a traditional preparation. These are packed like bottles with vitamins or supplements and contain gel capsules that are filled with a golden oil.
  • CBD Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) refers to an alcohol-based extract that can be ingested or applied to the skin. It is usually packaged in a plastic flask or applicator.
  • CBD vape oil may refer to either pre-filled oil cartridges that can be attached to vape batteries or vape juice used in e-cigarettes.
  • Scuttable CBD oil contains CBD-rich butane hash oil, living resins, rosin and other forms used for a somewhat elaborate flash evaporation process known as " Dabbing ". Beginners should not start here, but we'll mention it to help you understand what to buy (or not) on your next visit to the cannabis shop.

For more information about which forms of CBD are most reliable in delivering the indicated dose, see the results of the Leafly CBD Study .

What are the effects and benefits of CBD oil?

The first question you are currently asking could be: Will CBD oil get me up? The short answer is no, most will not. However, this may depend on where you buy your CBD oil.

CBD is not a disabling link in and of itself. All CBD products you buy online or from retailers such as groceries and drug stores must contain less than 0.3% THC. this trace amount of THC does not result in detectable euphoric effects.

However, when you shop at your local cannabis store, it's important to know how much CBD and THC are in a product. Products containing both CBD and THC are becoming more prevalent among cannabis retailers and are meeting the needs of many consumers. However, if you want to avoid a noticeable high, contact your reseller and read the label of the product you have selected: Generally, products containing less than 1% THC (or less than 2 mg THC) will not be stoned, but it is really different from person to person .

CBD oil may not be high enough for you, but that does not mean it's undetectable in your body. Depending on your dose, your unique biology, and the way you take it (such as tincture, lotion, vaporized oil, etc.), CBD oil can have a number of subtle effects, including physical relaxation, stress relief, or slight warning or reassurance effect (more info here ).

The most obvious effects of CBD oil should be in the form of symptom relief. Although research has not yet explored the full range of CBD benefits, most people use CBD oil to treat symptoms related to:

But how effective is CBD oil in treating these conditions? Early studies and individual reports are promising, but due to strict federal cannabis laws, controlled clinical trials are lacking. So far, the safety profile of CBD appears to be very high, but it is also important that consumers be wary of possible drug interactions or products containing questionable ingredients .

Find the Best CBD Oil for You

Since CBD oil is not yet regulated, the consumer has to differentiate between high-quality concentrates and snake oil. Generally, we recommend buying organic, third-party tested oils from local cannabis.

First, there are three different types of CBD oil that you should know:

  • Full Spectrum CBD Oil contains the full range of compounds made from its original plant (CBD, THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes ).
  • Broadband CBD oil contains a wide range of compounds produced by its original plant, but THC is removed.
  • CBD isolate contains only CBD – all other connections have been removed.

The wide variety of therapeutic compounds in CBD full-spectrum oils makes them popular with consumers looking for all the beneficial ingredients they can get. However, a broadband CBD oil or CBD isolate would be a good choice for those who do not even want to record traces of THC due to an upcoming drug test.

CBD oil can be formulated in three ways: full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Full-spectrum CBD oils provide the most therapeutic compounds, followed by broad-spectrum CBD oil with all THC traces removed. CBD isolate contains only CBD. (Leafly)

CBD oil can be made from either hemp or traditional cannabis (think smokable dried buds) as both produce CBD in their resin glands. There are some important differences and peculiarities:

  • Due to different laws, products derived from hemp are much more accessible and can be bought online. Cannabis-derived CBD oil and related products are only available in cannabis businesses in legal cannabis areas.
  • Hemp expresses less resin glands than traditional cannabis with a higher THC content. Therefore, more plant material is needed to process hemp-derived CBD oil. Since hemp in a process called bioaccumulation absorbs soil contaminants more easily, its extracts have a higher probability of concentrating heavy metal residues .
  • Hemp is also more limited in its chemical diversity which could possibly lead to a less therapeutically active product.

That does not mean that even in an unregulated time there are no high quality, organic, reliable and clean CBD oils and other hemp products. Manufacturers producing safe, effective and reliable hemp CBD oils are seeing an increase.

How do you get the good stuff? Leafly's Complete Guide to buy reliable CBD products is a good starting point.

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Bailey is senior content manager at Leafly and specializes in stress and health. She has been researching cannabis products for over seven years, spreading patient stories and finding healthy ways to integrate cannabis into daily life.