CBD 101: Buying CBD Oil


Do you believe the hype about Cannabidiol (CBD)? The cannabinoid, which is extracted from cannabis sativa, can treat acne, anxiety, pain, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and many other conditions. And this is not the wishful thinking of the people who want governments across the world to legalize weed. Despite all claims about the way CBD works, we are still in the very early stages of research. In this article, we’ll look at everything you need to know about CBD.

The cannabis sativa plant contains over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of them. The most popular one is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for getting you high.

CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, which contains less than 0.3 percent of THC. The growth and sale of industrial hemp-derived products is legal in all 50 states in the U.S. Nonetheless, federal laws are yet to catch up. CBD and other medications derived from a cannabis plant are still classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

In the early 1990s, scientists found the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) produces chemicals called cannabinoids that regulate the nervous system. CBD works indirectly with the ECS to produce its magical healing effects. It increases the levels of natural endocannabinoids in the body. It also interacts with serotonin receptors and pain receptors. This is why it has the potential to treat many mental and physical ailments. CBD does not work with the receptors the same way that THC does.

The Risks of CBD Oil

Most research done on CBD oil shows that there are very few side effects from using it. Sedation was one of the common side effects in patients with epilepsy. Some patients have also experienced decreased appetite and diarrhea. These side effects are likely to occur if you are taking CBD alongside another drug. It is important to note that CBD doesn’t have any dependence potential.

Buyers Beware

The amount of CBD you need for an effective dose varies from person to person. Not only does your body weight and health play a role, but also the quality of the product is worth considering. Companies selling CBD oils do not use the same manufacturing techniques so the quality is not consistent. Therefore, you must conduct extensive research and check out customer reviews before choosing any CBD brand.


As a consumer, you should check the manufacturer’s website and assess the test results for their products. You can ask them directly if it is not publicly available. Testing is a key to determine whether a product contains toxins, pesticides or heavy metals that could harm your body.