CBD (cannabidiol) oil is natural plant oil produced by cannabis or hemp with a high CBD content. These days CBD oil is legally available to buy on the high street in many countries including Europe, USA, UK. CBD oil, so long as it doesn’t contain THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) will not get you high. In other words, there is little/no psycho-activity associated with the use of CBD or CBD oil.
Who uses CBD oil and why?
CBD oil is often bought by people from high street health food shops, or from online retailers. There are lots of brands of CBD oil, often it is between 5-10% CBD in an inert carrier oil. The carrier oil could be, for example, Hemp oil.
CBD oil is generally a light olive brown colour in appearance. It often has an earthy plant-like aroma and tastes similar to cannabis oil. Often a couple of drops are held in the mouth for around 30 seconds to allow the CBD to absorb through the mucosal lining of the mouth.
People use CBD oil for various reasons. Some people with health issues such as MS feel that CBD can help mitigate some of the effects of their condition. CBD is a component in some legal medicines, for example Sativex oral spray from GW Pharmaceuticals contains a 1:1 mix of CBD:THC.
What’s the difference between cannabis oil and CBD oil?
Cannabis oil traditionally contains high levels of THC. This is the ingredient that gets people high or stoned. Cannabis oil is sometimes called hash oil or Rick Simpson oil and typically it is made from THC rich cannabis plants. The oil is used for both medical and recreational purposes.
CBD oil is generally made from hemp plants which naturally contain very low levels of THC, often just trace quantities below 0.2% THC. But CBD is present in much high concentrations. CBD oil can also be made from low-THC cannabis strains which have been selectively bred to be rich in CBD and ultra low in THC. One advantage of producing CBD oil from low-THC cannabis varieties is that the CBD levels are much higher (than in hemp) with better yields.
Only CBD oil that is tested and shown to contain hardly any THC is permitted for sale. The main concern regarding CBD oil has been to ensure that none is sold with THC present at levels that would get people high.
Although CBD oil is non-psychoactive, many people buy CBD oil for anxiety and find it helps. The best CBD oils come from companies who enjoy a solid reputation for their brand and offer full analysis of their oil, often describing how it is made. The best CBD oil is often made using supercritical carbon dioxide extraction techniques. This ensures that the resulting oil is free from residual solvents.
What are the medical uses and claims for CBD oil?
Usually vendors of CBD oil are extremely reluctant to make any overt medical claims about the effectiveness of CBD oil as a medicine. Trying to sell CBD oil as a medicine would require Government approvals as well as complicated medical trials. That’s why most responsible CBD oil retailers stop short of describing their oil products as medicines. Instead, CBD oil vendors prefer to allow their customers to use the CBD oil as they see fit for their personal conditions. CBD oil is sold on the high street as a nutritional supplement or as a health food rather than as a medicine.
After CBD oil, what comes next?
CBD oil is often sold at a 5% or 10% concentration. Some companies sell other CBD products such as CBD edibles, CBD gummy bears or CBD Chewing gum. There are many variations and many suppliers. Be sure to choose an ethical supplier that you can trust! One future product to look out for is CBG oil (Cannabigerol), some suppliers are already selling it and it is proving popular.
Best ways to store CBD oil?
Many people simply store CBD oil in the kitchen or medicine cupboard. It can be cool stored in a fridge, but the cool temperatures may cause separation or cloudiness to appear, depending on the carrier oil. Since CBD oil is so easy to get hold of, it makes sense just to buy small quantities of it and use when required.