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CBD (cannabidiol) oil, without a doubt,  is a hot selling market item nowadays. New companies selling CBD products are popping up all over the country every day as well.  This is why so many are asking: Is CBD right for me?   With this sudden surge of CBD products, people are wanting to know more about what CBD is, what are the benefits of CBD,  and if it is something they should be taking.

 

Generally speaking, CBD is a great product for most people.  However, there are some basics that are important to know about this amazing compound before you start taking it. The major aspect that is overlooked by most when considering CBD is its possible side effects.  Again, CBD is a pretty safe product, but for certain individuals it might not be the best idea.  Let’s take a look at some of the things we need to be aware of before purchasing CBD.

 

Possible Side Effects of CBD

 

CBD comes from the hemp plant which makes it an herb.  As with all herbs, it is important to ask yourself a few questions before making your purchase.  If you answer yes to any of the following questions you should consult with your doctor or a licensed professional to see if CBD is safe for you before making your purchase.

 

  1. Are you currently on any pharmaceuticals?
  2. Do you have a heart condition?
  3. Do you have a job that performs drug tests?
  4. Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression?
  5. Do you operate big machinery?

 

Is CBD Marijuana?  No. Unlike THC (from marijuana), CBD (from hemp) does not have any psychoactive effects which means it will not get you “high”.  This is due to its extremely low THC content of less than 0.3% which is required by law.  Because of this hemp derived products will not get you high at the recommended dose. There are, however, a few other cautions to be aware of before purchasing CBD.

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states

Is CBD legal to use? Marijuana-derived CBD is not legal across the US, but CBD from hemp is.  Although hemp and marijuana are similar, the biggest difference is the CBD:THC ratio. Marijuana has a lower percentage of CBD and a higher concentration of THC than hemp. 

 Drug Interactions

 

Whenever taking any kind of plant-based remedy there are possible drug interactions with over the counter or prescription medications.  Something important to know is that ingesting CBD affects how your liver breaks down medications, much in the same way that eating grapefruit does.

To be a little more specific, CBD inhibits the CYP450 enzyme in the liver which breaks down certain medications.  If you’re on blood pressure medication or blood thinners your doctor has most likely told you not to eat grapefruits because they also inhibit the CYP450 enzyme.  For the normal individual this is not a problem, but if you are taking certain medications it can be.

 

Drowsiness

 

CBD (cannabidiol) is known for its relaxing effect which could naturally result in drowsiness for some. This is one of the main reasons CBD is purported to help get a better night’s sleep.  If you have a demanding job or operate heavy machinery you should take this into consideration.  Taking your dose after work or right before bed will solve this possible problem.  This will ensure that you avoid drowsiness during the daytime hours and are safe at work. CBD affects everyone a little differently, so when you start to take hemp based CBD try it over the weekend when you can relax and see how you personally respond to it.

 

Increased energy

 

You might be surprised to hear that some have reported feeling increased energy and alertness after ingesting CBD.  I have had a few people tell me that when taking a dose before bed it kept them up for a good part of the night.  While this is not very common, it does happen with a small percentage of people.  If you experience this, take your dose in the morning, instead of the night.

 

Pregnancy

 

Pregnancy can be tricky when trying to figure out what you can and cannot take for supplements and herbs.  There is simply not enough research yet for us to know the impact hemp derived CBD has on pregnancy, women who are trying to conceive, or lactating mothers.  So, in this case, to play it safe for mom and baby it’s best to refrain from using CBD while pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or while lactating.

 

Drug Testing

 

Many people are saying that CBD will not show up on a drug test and that it is totally safe to take.  However, this is a complicated issue that should not be taken lightly if you get drug screened at your job.  Some things to know are that full spectrum CBD by law contains less than 0.3% THC.  With this said, it is possible that trace amounts of THC could be detected in the body and cause a positive on a drug test.

 

If this is your case, the only form of CBD experts say you can safely take is Isolate or Broad-Spectrum CBD.  The down side to isolate is that all THC and minor cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG (we’ll talk about these compounds in another blog) are removed. This means you won’t be getting the full health benefits of hemp.  Broad spectrum is another extraction method that contains minor cannabinoids (CBN & CBG) in the extract but no THC.  That said, I have personally heard and read of some individuals showing a false positive on a drug test from consuming these products.  Unfortunately, if your job is important to you it’s best to not take the risk and avoid CBD altogether.

 

In Conclusion

If you are trying CBD (cannabidiol) oil for the first time, make sure to read and educate yourself.

Make sure to buy from a company that has their COA (certificate of analysis) and Potency test on their website.  This ensures that you are getting what is posted on the product.

 

Joaquina Cante
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