What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

We’ve heard all the buzz around CBD oil. It’s in everything from the latest facial serums to chocolate in our favorite all-organic supermarkets. It seems like everyone from our yoga instructors to our coworkers are on the bandwagon, doesn’t it? If you’re wondering how this trend started, what CBD oil really is, and if it could be right for you, keep reading!

Whether you’re looking to calm your anxiety, catch a break from back or neck pain or just see what the buzz is all about, you’re not alone. Aided by Mandy Moore’s comments at last year’s Golden Globes that she was using the oil to curb high-heel strain, CBD has the world sitting up and paying attention. It’s now over a billion-dollar industry with the potential to win as many hearts as Uber did. Folks seeking the benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive effects now have a new avenue to explore.

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What is CBD oil?

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Let’s start off with the technical stuff: CBD stands for cannabidiol and comes from the same plant from which marijuana derives. Its claimed therapeutic properties are astounding and range from pain relief (including from migraines) to depression treatment, and also help with a number of skin conditions. Best of all, CBD is non-intoxicating. While THC makes you feel high (and is illegal), CBD chills you out, legally. It’s extracted from the plant and processed into oils, creams, and powders, that are suitable for consumption.

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What are the benefits of using CBD oil?

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Everyone likes to look fresh-faced, right? Well, the good news is that CBD oil has been shown to reduce sebum production and inflammation of the skin, thus preventing two of the main causes of acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties as a topical cream are beneficial for eczema sufferers, too. What’s more, its range of nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and omegas will have your skin glowing from the inside out.

Your hair will also thank you for the boost as the amino acids in CBD oil help to build up collagen and elastin, preventing breakage and making your locks appear fuller. Not only that, it’s said to stimulate hair growth and leaves your scalp healthier than ever.
And, if you suffer from sleep issues, CBD could be a remedy to your woes. Research shows that CBD consumption could help you fall asleep – and stay asleep – to catch those precious 8 hours of shut-eye we all need.

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How about the downsides? What’s the catch?

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You’re right to ask. While CBD is well-received and generally viewed as a safe substance, the short answer is that it doesn’t come without some potential side effects and risk factors. Some users still may experience increased anxiety, nausea, or diarrhea. It’s important to assess the quality of the products you use to make sure they are pure, well-sourced and potent. Like with anything you put on or in your body, it’s wise to do some research first.

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There are so many options. How do I know that I’m choosing a high-quality oil?

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Tricky, huh! With so many retailers and online shops selling CBD products, it can be difficult to figure out what’s right for you. Low-grade oils may not reap the same benefits as their more expensive, high-grade counterparts. You want to look for products that use “whole plant” or “full-spectrum” oil, to ensure higher quality. A quick google search of the brands you’re contemplating can reveal everything from the production method to consumer reviews. Remember: if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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I’m not a fan of psychoactive substances, so I’m a bit skeptical of CBD oil. There’s really no psychoactive component? Explain how CBD oil will make me feel.

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Totally understandable. It’s hard to believe that a supplement extracted from the same plant as marijuana could be completely free of psychoactive effects. Though its effects require more research, you can rest assured that CBD won’t give you the head high that one might feel after smoking marijuana, as the THC has been removed. Your body might feel more relaxed, your mind a bit calmer.

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I’ve heard a couple of contrasting things about CBD oil. Could you clear up a few of the myths around it?

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  • CBD increases appetite – Myth. This is linked to the widely known side effect of smoking cannabis of giving users ‘the munchies.’ The component responsible for this is absent from CBD so using infused products won’t have you reaching for the snacks.

 

  • CBD won’t show up in a drug test – Yes… And no. An important question due to some workplace policies, the answer to this depends on the type of CBD oil you use. A ‘CBD isolate oil’ contains pure CBD and absolutely zero THC so you can rest easy that you won’t return a positive test with this. On the other hand, ‘full-spectrum CBD oil’ can contain up to 0.3% THC. This is a tiny amount, but if you’re using the product a lot, you run the risk of a positive result. It’s easy enough to check the ingredients list and if in doubt, ask.

 

  • CBD is legal everywhere – Not quite. This bounces back to the drug test question. In many places, including several states, full-spectrum oil could have you accidentally breaking the law. The information is readily available online for you to check before going transcontinental with your new must-haves.

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What are some common uses and products?

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The CBD trend is just getting started—and there are so many options to try it. It can be used for your mind, body, skin and other ailments. More research is being conducted to outline the benefits and risks of cannabidiol further. If it’s of interest to you, check it out and decide if it’s right for you!

We’d love to hear what you and your friends think about CBD oil. Tell us about your favorite CBD product, or one you think needs to be invented ASAP! Share a photo on your socials with the hashtag #remarkablypresent or slide into our DMs with your ideas for us to share in an upcoming article.

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