A guide to CBD oil

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CBD oil and other related products have recently experienced a considerable surge in popularity, becoming one of the latest buzzwords in the health and wellness industry. But CBD is much more than just a trendy dietary supplement, as it has the potential to significantly improve people’s lives and there’s research being carried out to find more and more possible applications. However, it’s still a new thing to most of the general population, therefore it’s easy to get confused about the effects and benefits of CBD oil. And it's also easy to get confused when choosing between lots and lots of these products on offer. That’s why we have created this guide to with lots of useful information about the topic, so keep on reading if you want to find out more about CBD and products created from it.

 

In this article:
What is CBD?
What is CBD oil and how is it made?
What are the effects of CBD oil and its health benefits?
What to look out for when choosing CBD oil?

 

What is CBD?

To truly understand CBD products, we must first understand what CBD is and what are its properties. The term CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol – an organic chemical compound that is naturally found in the cannabis plants. It’s among more than 100 other chemical compounds found in these plants, with all of them collectively being called cannabinoids.

These compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system – a complex system in that’s involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes in the human body. Each of the cannabinoids has a different effect on this system, with researchers still trying to discover the exact properties of them. The most well-known of these compounds is THC – the primary psychoactive component of Cannabis, which causes the high that cannabis is often associated with. Meanwhile, CBD is another compound that’s prominently found in the plant, but, contrary to THC, it’s not psychoactive. In fact, some research shows that its effects counteract those of THC and that it might have antipsychotic properties.

There is also research suggesting that it might have varied health benefits – from providing stress relief and helping you sleep better to treating epilepsy and various neurological disorders. That, of course, has sparked a lot of interest in it and created a growing industry for manufacturing products that contain it.

CBD oil bottles arranged in a composition

What is CBD oil and how is it made?

CBD oil is made by extracting oil from cannabis plants with a high canabidiol content, creating a product that provides all of the benefits of CBD, without any of the psychoactive effects. Therefore, it is considered legal in the US, most EU countries and some other countries, as long as it does not contain any THC or does not exceed a certain amount of it. However, as laws can differ from country to country, you should check the local regulations first, before purchasing it, to make sure you don’t cause any problems for yourself.

There are two main ways of making CBD oil – by using either CO2 or ethanol as a solvent. The former method is certainly better because it allows for purer extraction, however, it’s rarely used, at least for now, as it’s quite expensive. Therefore, ethanol extraction is the most popular method of making it as it’s a lot faster and easier. It’s important to add that there are also two different methods of extracting canabidiol from the plant – one of them is called the whole-plant (or “full-spectrum”) extraction method, meanwhile the other is called the isolate method. The full spectrum method means that the oil contains not only CBD but some levels of all the other cannabinoids as well, meanwhile, the isolate method means that none of them are included in the oil.

Another thing to keep in mind is the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Even though some manufacturers try to blur the lines between them with some misleading marketing, they are strictly not one and the same. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and should contain high levels of canabidiol, meanwhile, hemp oil is made from hemp seeds and, while being useful itself for many things, it does not, however, contain any of it whatsoever. The reason for intentionally mixing these two things up lies in the fact that CBD is much more difficult to extract, thus making it more expensive, meanwhile, hemp seeds are a lot cheaper as an ingredient, so some manufacturers try to capitalise on the recent interest in cannabis products by marketing one as the other.
 

What are the effects of CBD oil and its health benefits?

As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of ongoing research regarding CBD oil, aimed at properly understanding its effects and health benefits. However, there are some things that we do know already. For example, medication containing CBD has been approved for treating severe forms of epilepsy. In addition to that, it could also be effective for treating chronic pain – for example, that caused by arthritis – by reducing inflammation, as well as easing the pain.

The benefits of CBD oil, however, don’t end there, as it’s even more popular for treating anxiety and managing stress. While the research on this topic is still ongoing, the testimonies from many of those who have tried it, suggest that it can be very effective for this purpose, which means that CBD oil has the potential to significantly increase the quality of life for many people. Last but not least, there are also studies which suggest that this chemical compound could help those suffering from insomnia, helping them to sleep better.

A bottle of CBD oil

What to look out for when choosing CBD oil?

As the demand for CBD oil keeps growing all over the world, there are more and more manufacturers, brands and products that you can choose from. Of course, as with any other product, not all of them offer the same quality and the cheaper option usually won’t be the best one. Here are the 3 main things worth paying attention to when you buy CBD oil, to make sure that you choose a high-quality product:

  • CBD concentration and ingredients

The first thing you should check is what does the label on the bottle say. The industry standard is to list all of the ingredients found in these products, as well as the concentration of CBD in the oil. If the manufacturer doesn’t provide any information regarding ingredients, it’s a reason to be suspicious about the product. The same applies to the CBD concentration, as some manufacturers offer products that contain only small amounts of canabidiol and try to mask it by not disclosing the exact amount.

  • Full-spectrum vs isolate

The next thing to consider is the method of extraction used to manufacture the oil. As mentioned earlier, there are some differences between the full spectrum and isolate CBD oils, due to their chemical makeup. Some people prefer the isolate method because it’s a way to guarantee that there’s no THC found in the product (even though the full spectrum oils only contain trace amounts of it), however, research suggests that CBD oil might be more effective when it also contains all the other cannabinoids. Whichever option you prefer, it’s good to know what exactly you are buying, and any respectable manufacturer should provide this information.

  • Laboratory testing

Once you have found out the ingredients and the type of extraction, it’s also important to know if the product has been tested by an independent laboratory. The reason why it’s important is that laboratory testing confirms if the product actually contains what it says on the label. That way you can be sure that you have chosen a high-quality product.



Hopefully, this guide has helped you have a better understanding about what CBD oil is and the benefits it can provide for your daily life, as well as how to distinguish a quality CBD product from others. If you’d like to buy some CBD oil, check out our range of available products and find the most suitable one for yourself!