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CBD Benefits: Latest Guide to the Uses, Side Effects & Risks

CBD oil has been going viral lately – partly due to the growing legalisation of cannabis across the United States and partly due to the range of wellness and wellbeing CBD effects.

CBD oil information is sometimes contradictory or tells of benefits that sound unbelievable, making it hard to know who to trust.

CBD benefits: Side effects, uses, dosage and more

Well, there’s no need to worry, because in this easy-to-read yet detailed guide, we will take you through:

  • What is CBD oil? Including the history of cannabinoids
  • A list of CBD benefits
  • The risks and side effects of CBD

 

By the end of this article, you will be super-knowledgeable about CBD and whether it has any potential benefits for your health and wellbeing personally.

What's in this Guide?

What is CBD oil?

Before you even begin to understand why CBD oil is so popular and has the benefits it does, you should be well informed.

Thankfully, we’ve put together a quick video to run through all the basics in less than 5 minutes:

Cannabinoids have been used for thousands of years

Both cannabis and hemp plants have been used as medicines and treatments by doctors, physicians and healers for thousands of years.

However, due to the plant being banned in the first half of the 20th Century, modern trust in CBD has declined and perceptions have become controversial.

Only in the last three or four decades has it begun to catch up, with a change of popular opinion among the general public due to the rediscovered wellness and wellbeing benefits.

If you’ve never looked into the science of cannabis or hemp plants, this can be pretty confusing.

You’ve just spent years being told that it’s an illegal drug with no redeeming features, now morning television is trying to sell it to you with a huge list of benefits?

CBD is not the same as THC

This is the most important thing to get your head around first because people often get confused regarding the difference and this is something you definitely don’t want to happen.

Plenty of people wonder what CBD stands for, and how it differs from illegal cannabis use.

We’re here to clear that up:

Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. 

Cannabis contains at least 113 different cannabinoids, all of which have different effects, but the two most well-known, and the two that take up the highest percentages of the plant are THC and CBD.

So, what are they?

THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive chemical that is found in cannabis. This is the specific part of the plant for which recreational smokers use and addicts crave marijuana. 

It creates a feeling of being “high” along with all of the other famous cannabis side effects such as feelings of “the munchies” or general euphoric happiness.

THC is also available in many store-bought products such as brownies and candy, but only in places where cannabis consumption has been legalised – this is because consuming these products is equivalent to smoking cannabis and will result in psychoactive effects.

CBD is another cannabinoid also known as Cannabidiol which constitutes up to 40% of the plant’s overall contents.

CBD has no psychoactive effects whatsoever and is legal to be used even in states and countries where THC and cannabis are illegal.

In a 2018 report, the WHO said:

"the substance was not found to have psychoactive properties, and presents no potential for abuse or dependence.”

World Health Organisation, 2018

It is important to be aware of this because many people hear about the potential health benefits of CBD oil but don’t ever try it simply because they are worried about being “under the influence of drugs” or even addicted, two things that are entirely impossible with CBD.

Of course, it’s important you be aware of THC and its effects for the same reason, after all, accidentally buying and consuming THC instead of CBD would likely be the beginning of a very interesting story!

This is your first lesson:

Always make sure the CBD oil you’re buying is actually labelled as CBD oil.

There are plenty of other names out there such as pot oil, marijuana oil, cannabis oil, etc. but a lot of these contain THC, and some of them don’t even have any CBD at all.

So now you know the difference, let’s take a deeper look at CBD:

CBD oil contains cannabidiol as the active ingredient

It’s exactly what it sounds like: an oil containing CBD or cannabidiol as the active ingredient.

In fact, there can actually be tiny traces of THC in CBD oil and it is only illegal if the THC present represents over 0.2% of the overall liquid volume.

This is because:

  1. This is a small enough amount that it won’t really have any effects and so is nothing to worry about.
  2. Separating THC and CBD from the cannabis plant is difficult and it’s not easy to remove 100% of the THC.

 

There are some CBD oils that guarantee zero THC content available though, so look out for those if you are concerned.

Hemp seed oil is often used as a base for CBD oil, but alone hemp seed oil does not have any wellbeing benefits, unlike CBD.

It is, however, a highly nutritious cooking oil rich in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

So now that you’re aware of what CBD oil actually is, it’s time to take a look at what people have been using it for:

CBD benefits have been used for thousands of years
Knowledge of CBD benefits is so behind because cannabis became so controversial

What is CBD Oil Good For?

Many businesses and media outlets are treating CBD oil as if it’s some kind of miracle cure for everything, so you can’t be blamed for wondering, “what is CBD oil good for?”.

In fact, many of the world’s users are trying to answer that question right now, and it’s likely CBD benefits and its uses will continue to be discovered for a long, long time.

But what CBD benefits do we know of right now?

CBD is used to promote general wellbeing and wellness within the body.

It is cannabidiol that is known to be a popular natural remedy for encouraging balance and restoration within the body, to increase reaction of natural bodily processes. 

Let’s go a bit deeper into each benefit of CBD and how it might help you restore balance and increase wellbeing. 

What are the Main CBD Benefits?

People typically use CBD in its many forms to increase wellbeing by balancing the natural processes within the body. It works with the endocannabinoid system to restore balance and promote wellness. 

Already, CBD is used worldwide for these reasons:

Balances processes within the body

Using CBD for balancing processes within the body has been found to be particularly helpful. This shouldn’t be surprising considering cannabis’s use for balancing the body’s processes goes back 10,000 years.

In fact, an imbalance within the body is a common cause of many medical conditions. Hence, restoring balance can help improve general wellness and promote good health and wellbeing.  

CBD is available in a range of ointments, salves, tinctures and lotions for multi-purpose use.

Read more: Using CBD for pain relief

If you’re looking for a safe home remedy to manage your wellbeing and promote wellness, you are very unlikely to do better than taking CBD oil.

CBD for pain relief

Encourages a healthier lifestyle

How can CBD encourage a healthier lifestyle?

As CBD helps promote calm and restore balance within the body, you are less likely to get health issues. 

More so, this will help you live life within a calmer and happier mindset, which can encourage you to make better exercise and diet choices.

This might be the most surprising one so far since most people associate cannabis with “munchies” and eating way too much sugar.

However, a more balanced mind can have great impacts on the body.

Additionally, if you were choosing other substances to promote wellness and restore calm, CBD is a natural option that may prevent you from using more harmful substances. 

CBD is a safe and beneficial option.

There’s no substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise if you need to lose weight, but it seems CBD could help you along the way!

Hopefully, you’re starting to get the picture in regards to the myriad of benefits CBD can offer your body.

But what about the mind?

Promotes mindfulness and a better mood

When first hearing about CBD oil and its range of benefits, many wonder whether it will help you restore balance and calm in the mind.

“Does CBD oil make you calm?” is a commonly asked question, and it’s understandable why this is the case.

After all, since smoking cannabis is known for making users sleepy and relaxed, people worry that using CBD might produce such effects for them and make it difficult to go about their daily routine.

Luckily, those sleep-inducing effects from cannabis do come from THC, not CBD, so this is nothing to worry about.

But if this is the case, how can CBD possibly help with promoting mindfulness and calm?

The answer is:

Improving your mood.

In many ways, it could be argued that improving mood and combating stress is behind the majority of CBD’s benefits.

The fact remains that today’s culture means stress is constantly increasing among the population.

When CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and CNS (central nervous system), the brain reacts to stimulus in more healthy and manageable ways, which has a direct impact on a person’s mood and general wellbeing.

Read more: Our guide to using CBD for sleep

Either way, CBD oil helps with promoting mindfulness and wellbeing. 

The best CBD oil to use for this is generally a no-frills, pure, natural CBD tincture, giving you a natural and drowsiness-free way to improve everyday mood and have more control of your mindfulness.

However, if you believe you are suffering from mental health issues, you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible and never attempt to self medicate for such a serious problem.

With that said, if you are already diagnosed and being treated, CBD can help promote a sense of wellbeing and improve your mood. 

CBD benefits for substance abuse
The controversy of THC means we're only now learning the range of benefits of CBD

What are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

After singing all these praises for CBD, it’s time to look at some of the possible negatives. 

While it’s a natural substance with no major risks to worry about, there are still some minor side effects of CBD oil that are worth being aware of.

These do not show themselves in the vast majority of CBD users, which is why they are usually not worth your concern. 

But, if you do consistently experience these side effects when using CBD oil in a way that negatively affects your life or negates the positives of the CBD, it is best to see your GP for advice or avoid using CBD altogether.

Let’s have a look at some of the symptoms some people could potentially experience:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Appetite Changes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Mood Changes

 

Some of these are barely worth paying attention to. 

For instance, diarrhoea is a common side effect and can happen early on as a result of consuming any new substance your stomach isn’t used to, and disappear soon after.

The same goes for constipation, and dry mouth is easily solved by keeping yourself hydrated.

If you experience these consistently over a period of time, however, it may be that CBD doesn’t agree with you and you should stop using it immediately.

In a similar way, some of the other side effects such as mood changes and dizziness definitely should be watched with a careful eye.

If you are concerned about any of the side effects you’re experiencing when using CBD, discontinue use and contact a GP as soon as possible.

Can you Have an Allergic Reaction to CBD Oil?

While allergic reactions to CBD are even rarer than side effects, it is important to remember that marijuana is a plant that contains pollen.

While none of this pollen should make it into your CBD oil, and very few people are allergic to marijuana pollen, you should still be careful the very first time using CBD oil and use as tiny an amount as possible.

If you are allergic to CBD or cannabis and consume CBD oil, the symptoms are typical of other allergies and can include:

  • Coughing or Wheezing
  • Itchy or Running Eyes
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Sneezing

 

This is generally not a major problem and you should be able to solve it yourself by taking antihistamines and avoiding CBD in the future.

In more extreme cases, however, an allergy may lead to anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening.

If you use CBD oil and experience a swollen mouth or tongue, swollen and itchy rashes, difficulty breathing, and/or vomiting, you should call an ambulance immediately.

While these side effects are incredibly rare, they can lead to death or coma, so don’t waste any time.

CBD oil side effects
Try using CBD for two weeks, and the side effects should disappear

How to Use CBD Oil

Hopefully, we’ve covered CBD, its benefits and risks in enough depth now that you know whether or not you want to try using it.

If you do, your next question is probably – how do I use CBD oil?

Unfortunately, doctors can only recommend taking CBD, they can’t directly prescribe it, because doses are variable for different people and haven’t been settled on yet.

Yet, it is considered best to start with a small dose and increase accordingly. A sensible dose for most people is between 20 and 40 mg per day. 

Depending on how you use CBD, the effects may take longer to be apparent. Thus, only take a set amount every 3 to 4 hours. 

When taken sublingually, the effects are more instant as the CBD bypasses the liver and immediately enters the bloodstream. Whereas if you apply CBD as a cream, the effects may take longer as it has the skin to bypass.

Luckily, there are no signs whatsoever that it’s possible to overdose on CBD, so while taking too much or too little can impact the effectiveness, there is little other reason to be concerned about how much you take.

CBD oil drops are the most common form of taking CBD. But there are plenty of other options for specific requirements.

CBD Vape Juice

There are plenty of CBD rich e-liquids available on the market. If you already vape, this can provide a convenient and enjoyable way to take CBD.

CBD oil vape cartridges also rarely contain nicotine, meaning they aren’t addictive and can be enjoyed even by non-smokers/vapers.

However, nicotine options are available for those vaping CBD to stop smoking.

CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are generally just CBD oil in a pill and are available in a variety of doses.

If you don’t like the taste of CBD oil or the other delivery methods listed here, this can be the easiest and quickest way to take a good dose.

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are very popular for adults as they put a nice dose of CBD into an appealing and easy to ingest candy.

Be careful and check the dosage though, you don’t want to treat them as normal gummy bears and eat the whole packet!

CBD Spray

CBD sprays are another way to make taking CBD regularly as easy as possible. The sprays can be easily carried around and used regularly throughout the day, allowing you to maintain a constant dose.

They also come in a variety of flavours which can make the regular use of CBD oil more attractive and enjoyable.

CBD Oil Drops & Tinctures

Arguably the most simple and versatile of CBD products, CBD tinctures are simply a small container of CBD oil with a dropper on top.

This allows you to drop CBD on your tongue whenever you want to take some, but it can also be used to add CBD drops to food, drinks and the like, allowing you to fit CBD around your life easily and effectively.

A recent example of this is the number of people cooking with CBD oil, to help them incorporate it into their daily routine in a more natural way. 

One of the most popular ways is putting it into daily treats like CBD cakes!

How to take CBD oil
You can also add CBD to food and drink, or use hemp teas or topical balms for the benefits

What Are The Problems With CBD?

Lack of regulations remains the biggest obstacle. 

With most countries outlawing cannabis and cannabinoid ingredients entirely, it can be very difficult for everyone to believe the balancing, wellness, and restorative properties CBD can offer.

Because of this, it is often treated as a novel food as opposed to a health product that restores balance and promotes general wellbeing. 

At Evopure, we are working tirelessly towards this goal and as such have been motivated to create some of the purest, most natural and most research-backed CBD products in the world, in the hope of spreading the news to as many people as possible.

If you are curious about what CBD can do for you, check out our shop

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