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How to Find High Quality CBD Oil
Do you know how to find high quality CBD oil?
I read something this week that said CBD has become more popular than Beyonce. And by that I mean more people are searching for CBD than Beyonce on the web.
That alone makes it so important. However, this isn’t always easy without knowing what it takes to manufacture good, clean oil.
So, do you know? Can you tell the difference between the good stuff and the low quality imposters?
How to Find High Quality CBD Oil
There are several different things you can look at to tell you’ve got a high quality product in your cart. It’s easy to say you get what you pay for. Many people assume that paying more means higher-quality, but that isn’t always the case.
To find the good stuff, here are some things to look at:
1. How it’s Grown
CBD in the United States should come from industrial hemp. This helps ensure legal levels of THC (<0.3%).
The problem for shoppers is that hemp absorbs toxins from the soil, so you need to make sure the hemp is organically grown. This keeps toxins from things like pesticides or heavy metals out of the hemp and out of your CBD oil.
You can also check the Certificate of Analysis to see that the product is free of contaminants as well.
2. Certificate of Analysis/Third Party Testing
Any reputable company will test their products, on a regular basis, and make those results public. So, look for a Certificate of Analysis (COA).
A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a document from an accredited laboratory that shows you exactly what’s in your CBD oil.
It shows the quantity of various cannabinoids, along with other possible contaminants like pesticides or heavy metals.
A COA proves that the potency and purity claims of a company are true. If an online manufacturer or a retail store doesn’t have the information, or refuses to share it, avoid the product and the retailer.
There is an example of a COA at the top of this article and on the right.
3. How Much CBD and THC is in the Product
Numerous reports have shown that companies can claim all they like when selling CBD oil, but many products on the market don’y actually contain what they say they do.
Check the COA to ensure the levels of CBD and THC are in fact what is on the bottle. To get the benefits of CBD you need to make sure there’s actually CBD in the bottle.
Another good way to check is with a dosing calculator – this will tell you how much is in each dose. Here’s ours.
4. How it’s Made
There are several different manufacturing processes used by CBD makers. Checking this can help you tell the difference.
The best method is supercritical CO2 extraction. With this method, manufacturers use carbon dioxide in extremely cold and high-pressure conditions. This creates a pure, clean, quality oil that is safe to produce with little-to- no post-processing.
In comparison, other methods like hydrocarbon or ethanol processing can involve toxic solvents (such as pentane, butane, propane, and hexane) that are harmful to your health.
With CBD popularity soaring, unfortunately it’s easy to get scammed with a low-quality product. Knowing how to find high quality CBD oil will help you ensure you’re getting exactly what you pay for – CBD that delivers all the benefits.
With any new “drug” (and yes, we take issue with calling CBD a drug, but we’ll leave that there for now), there are always concerns about addiction, dependence, and lethal dosing.
As such, it’s not shocking to us to hear the question “can you overdose on CBD” on a fairly regular basis.
Now, CBD isn’t a drug. It’s a natural substance derived from the cannabis plant. But decades of stigma are hard to break down, and although we’re making inroads every day, there is still that attachment for many people. And because CBD has been shown to have an impact on the body, many associate it the same way they might Tylenol or a prescription medication.
So, can you overdose on CBD in the same way you might with those actual drugs? Let’s dig in.
Can You Overdose on CBD?
Let’s start with this: to date, there are no known reports of a fatal overdose caused by CBD oil. Not one.
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that CBD is “generally well-tolerated with a good safety profile,” and further stated that “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” even at doses as high as 1500 mg CBD per day. They even made it clear that “there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD, or any public health-related problems.”
But the WHO isn’t the only body looking at how safe CBD is. Numerous other studies have reviewed its safety profile, reaching the same conclusion.
“Several studies suggest that CBD is non-toxic in non-transformed cells and does not induce changes on food intake, does not induce catalepsy, does not affect physiological parameters (heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature), does not affect gastrointestinal transit and does not alter psychomotor or psychological functions. Also, chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.”
Cannabinoids vs. Opioids
Part of this safety has to do with where cannabinoid receptors are located in the body. Although they’re found all throughout the major organs, brain, digestive system, even the skin, they’re not in the brainstem, and that makes a big difference.
You see, most prescription drugs don’t need those receptors to activate a response in the body. As a result, their chemical make up allows them to mess with the mechanism in the brain responsible for things like blood circulation or breathing. Once those functions are compromised, they can cause serious harm – we’re talking internal damage or even death. Again, because of how it interacts with receptors, this isn’t the case for CBD, or any cannabinoid for that matter, including THC.
Here’s the National Cancer Institute’s take on that:
“Cannabinoid receptors aren’t found in the brainstem, there is no way it can change our key functions like breathing. Drugs like opioids, on the other hand, are located in the brainstem — which means it has the potential to interrupt things like blood circulation and breathing that can result in serious injury or death.”
So is there no cause for concern whatsoever? If you can’t overdose, does that mean there’s nothing to worry about?
What About Side Effects?
Yes, the World Health Organization, as well as those numerous studies, have proven that CBD has a great safety profile. That said, we’d be remiss not to mention the side effects that have been reported. Though uncommon, people participating in CBD-related studies have at times reported things like:
· decreased appetite
Again, these side effects are mild, and uncommon. Often they’re the result fo diving right into CBD, rather than starting off slow to find your sweet spot. In most cases, an adjustment of your dose will reduce or remove any unwanted side effects.
So, can you overdose on CBD? If you’re worried about taking too much CBD and it adversely effecting you, don’t be. As mentioned, there have been no reports of any fatal overdoses, and we know that many studies report that it’s safe, even at high daily doses.
If you’re still worried about side effects, start slow. Find out your recommended dose (our handy dosage calculator is great for that), and half it, or even quarter it, working your way up. Everyone responds differently to CBD, so you may just find you need a little less (or a little more) than average dosage recommendations, but at least starting slow allows your body to adjust and get used to CBD.
Is CBD Oil Addictive? Here’s What the Research Says
It’s growing in popularity, and that means that people have lots of questions about CBD oil.
What’s one popular question we get asked a lot? Is CBD oil addictive?
The confusion is understandable since many still associate it with marijuana (totally different strain). And of course there is still confusion surround marijuana dependence. But that’s a different story altogether.
So, is CBD habit forming? Is addiction something you need to worry about if you use CBD?
The World Health Organization Report
Back in 2017, the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence from the World Health Organization (WHO) did an extensive report on CBD oil. It looked various different areas, including:
· What CBD oil is
· The chemical makeup of CBD
· Any side effects
And yes, whether or not CBD oil is addictive.
So, what did the report say?
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Is CBD Oil Addictive?
The WHO reported:
“The evidence from well controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.”
Abuse potential means the likelihood that abuse of a particular drug or substance will occur.
How’d they reach that conclusion? They reviewed several different studies, both human and animal.
One study found that “An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scales of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory.”
A second review of data found similar results:
“…CBD was placebo-like on all measures (including visual analogue scales, psychomotor performance such as the digit symbol substitution task, heart rate and blood pressure) compared to active cannabis….”
So, when trialed with a placebo, CBD had the same addictive qualities. Read: none.
So, according to these studies, is CBD oil addictive? Nope.
What About Side Effects?
So, if it isn’t addictive, are there any negative side effects?
Again we turn to the WHO report:
“CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC… Across a number of controlled and open label trials CBD of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD it is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.”
So, according to the review of research done by the World Health Organization, if you’re worried about negative side effects or becoming addicted to CBD, don’t be. It’s considered safe on both counts.
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