Maybe someone told you that CBD oil could help with sleep, anxiety, or even focus. Perhaps you’re just wondering what all the hype is about. In either case, CBD (cannabidiol) oil is well worth getting to know. What is CBD oil, what does CBD oil do, and how do you use CBD? Let’s get an up-close look at all that and more.
What is CBD?
CBD is an acronym for the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that’s found exclusively in cannabis plants. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and is used in many products from tinctures, to skincare, and beyond.
While research on this particular cannabinoid is still being conducted, CBD has been anecdotally crucial for many. But, CBD is not the only important ingredient in our tinctures. Let us explain…
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is typically composed of a hemp extract mixed with a carrier oil like MCT oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
CBD Oil vs CBD Tincture
The two terms are often used interchangeably. However, they are not always the same. CBD oil refers to hemp extract that’s combined with a carrier oil. Tinctures sometimes use alcohol instead of oil to deliver CBD into the digestive system (not in the case of our products, though). Try our CBD tinctures.
CBD Oil vs Pills
There are a few differences between CBD Pills and CBD Oil. Here’s a quick list:
- Pills are more discreet
- Pills allow for precise dosing
- Oil is faster acting
- Oil can be flavored
- There are different types of oils (body oils, face oils, etc.)
3 Main Types of CBD Oil
- CBD oil made from CBD isolate – Created using isolated CBD and no other cannabinoids or terpenes
- Broad-spectrum CBD oil – All THC is stripped away, leaving CBD and all other cannabinoids and terpenes
- Full-spectrum CBD oil – Contains all cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds from the hemp plant (<0.3% THC)
While all forms of CBD oil can have their advantages for different types of people, full-spectrum CBD oil tends to be the most popular. Some evidence suggests that CBD works better when consumed in conjunction with other natural plant constituents in what is referred to as the entourage effect.
How is CBD oil made?
CBD oil is made from hemp plants. The US federal government classifies a hemp plant as any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC by weight. Hemp strains like Lifter and Hawaiian Haze are naturally high in CBD and low in THC, whereas strains that you find at adult-use or medical dispensaries are naturally high in THC and usually lower in CBD. Plus, in order to be legal, CBD oil products must contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
How are cannabinoids extracted?
Cannabinoids can be extracted from hemp in a number of ways. Some manufacturers use solvents like butane or even distillation, while others may use CO2 extraction methods. The end result is the valuable components of the plant without the unnecessary plant matter. Each extraction method has its benefits. For example, CO2 extraction affords the capability of retaining the quality of terpenes, which can be easily damaged during extraction.
Once the cannabinoids and other plant compounds are extracted, they are mingled with a carrier oil for easy dosing, as noted above. MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil contains specific plant-derived fats (like coconut oil) that work well in acting as a carrier oil.
We Use Ethanol Extraction – Here’s Why
Ethanol extraction is one of the most effective methods for pulling the beneficial constituents from the hemp plant. After this extraction method is complete, the ethanol completely evaporates and the remaining extract is mixed with MCT oil to allow for better absorption by your body’s bloodstream. Since CBD is fat-soluble, suspension in MCT oils works well for thorough distribution and consistent dosing.
How to Use CBD Oil
CBD oil is meant to be ingested orally. You can either place the oil under your tongue or swallow it after placing the drops on your tongue. If you don’t necessarily like the taste of CBD oil, you can also add it to a drink or smoothie to make the oil more palatable.
While you could essentially apply CBD oil to your skin for topical absorption, CBD oils are not necessarily formulated for this kind of use. Topical CBD, such as our Cedar & Orange Roll-On, tends to contain different ingredients and ratios to encourage transdermal absorption into the skin.
A Note About Dosing CBD oil
Finding the best CBD oil dosage should always be a personalized endeavor. What works for one person may not work for another because the effects of CBD can vary depending on:
- Your weight
- Your metabolism
- The quality and type of CBD oil
Usually, the best way to find your perfect dose is to start with a low dose, such as 20mg, and then gradually increase your dose weekly until you are satisfied with the effects.
To determine how much oil makes a dose, look at the potency level of the product. For example, a bottle of Mansfield Provisions 600mg CBD Tincture gives you 20mg of CBD per milliliter. So, roughly one dropper delivers 20mg of CBD.
What does CBD oil do?
Most people who use CBD oil for everyday purposes do so for their own personal reasons. For example, some people report CBD makes them feel calmer and more focused. Others use CBD to help with muscle soreness after an intense workout or to wind down at the end of the day before bed.
CBD has been in the spotlight for its proposed health and wellness benefits for a few years now. While the initial research offers a substantial amount of promise for all kinds of reasons, much of what we know to date is considered anecdotal until further studies are completed. Let’s take a closer look at some of the effects of CBD you may get to experience or enjoy.
Anxious Feelings and Stress
CBD acts as an anxiolytic in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which explains why most people report feeling calm and less stressed while using CBD oil. While the research is limited, some studies have suggested that CBD may be good for anxious feelings. Several of these studies have been discussed by Medical News Today.
A lot of people struggle with sleep, and that struggle can affect your overall quality of life. In preliminary research, CBD seems to improve sleep and possibly help with some types of sleep disturbances. The relaxing effects of the cannabinoid are likely the contributing factor.
Pain and Discomfort
A thorough review was published by the Journal of Pain Research in 2018 to cover the wealth of trials published on cannabinoids and pain. Fifteen out of 18 studies concluded cannabinoids like CBD could offer noteworthy analgesic effects, even for patients with pain that was otherwise hard to treat.
Can you take too much CBD oil?
CBD oil has been shown to be well tolerated at doses of as much as 1500mg per day in clinical studies. You could potentially take too much CBD, but doing so would likely only lead to more significant side effects, such as drowsiness, diarrhea, or nausea. Therefore, as long as you are taking a reasonable, responsible dose of CBD oil, you should have nothing to worry about.
Other Common FAQs About CBD Oil
What are the best ways to take CBD oil?
Most people prefer to take the CBD oil by placing their dose under their tongue, holding it in place for about 20 seconds, and then swallowing. This method is known as sublingual dosing, and it allows the CBD to enter your system faster than simply ingesting it. Sublingual dosing can yield effects within 15 minutes; ingestion may take an hour or two.
Will CBD oil make you high?
Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. While you may feel some effects, such as a calming or relaxing sensation, CBD oil derived from hemp will not get you high or leave you impaired in any way.
Where is CBD legal?
The Farm Bill of 2018 made CBD oil legal as long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC. However, each state has the power to set its own laws and standards. For example, Idaho has been especially persistent about keeping anything with any trace of THC, even less than 0.3 percent, classified as illegal. Therefore, residents in the state should try to stick with zero-THC products.
Can you use CBD oil for dogs?
So far, only minimal research has been done to establish the safety profile of CBD for dogs or cats. However, the cannabinoid is generally considered safe. Just be sure to discuss with a veterinarian whether CBD could work for your pet before giving them a dose. As a side note, keep in mind that CBD marketed specifically for pets is typically the same as CBD for humans—the ingredients are the same. So, there really is no reason to pay a higher price for pet-specific CBD products.
Get High-Quality, Well-Sourced CBD Oil for the Best Experience
With the best product, CBD oil can truly be a valuable addition to your daily regimen or wellness routine. Just be sure you get your CBD oil from a reputable source that uses well-sourced ingredients and offers third-party lab tests to verify those ingredients.
At Mansfield Provisions, we utilize only locally produced, industrial hemp secured from farmers in Vermont to create our CBD oil. We do our own in-house extractions, craft artisan-quality batches of products, and always perform third-party testing. Take a look at our collection of full-spectrum CBD products.