BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CBD OIL
You’ve heard all about this wonderful thing called CBD Oil that everyone’s talking about and read about it in the media, and you might be wondering if it’s something that could be beneficial for yourself.
But where do you start? There’s a huge range of CBD products on the market along with a bunch of associated terminology which can sound like double Dutch to the uninitiated.
The aim of this guide is to introduce you to CBD Oil and help explain everything so that you’re hopefully in a position to decide if you want to give it a try.
We’ll cover the following areas:
- What is CBD and CBD Oil?
- What are the benefits?
- How do I take CBD Oil?
- What dose should I use?
- Is there anything that I should look out for when choosing a CBD brand?
What is CBD and CBD Oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a substance that is extracted from the hemp plant.
Hemp is a special type of cannabis plant that contains very little of the substance in cannabis that is illegal, and which gets users intoxicated (THC), and therefore hemp can be grown legally under license.
Historically hemp was used in industry and agriculture for everything from the manufacture of rope to production of cooking oil.
The CBD within hemp is also present within regular cannabis and medical marijuana. When you hear about people using cannabis or medical marijuana as a medicine, it is the CBD component that is delivering most of those health benefits, not the intoxicating THC part.
Because the CBD within hemp and marijuana is not intoxicating, it is also perfectly legal when extracted from legally grown hemp.
So that’s CBD, but what exactly is CBD Oil? Well CBD Oil is a manufactured product whereby the CBD extract is dissolved into a carrier oil so that it’s easy to bottle, store, and for people to then use.
Typically, the carrier oil is either regular hemp seed oil, olive oil, or MCT coconut oil.
What are the benefits of CBD Oil?
CBD suppliers and not allowed to market CBD as a medicine because it hasn’t been licensed as such in the UK or the EU, so typically CBD Oil is sold only as a food supplement.
What we can say is that it has nearly all the many benefits of medical marijuana and yet it’s perfectly legal and non-intoxicating.
In addition to this, most people say that they experience a great calmness, improved sleep and a general boost to their wellbeing when taking CBD regularly.
We recommend that people considering taking CBD, should do their own research online to see if it might help their own particular needs and to answer any questions they may have in this regard.
It’s rapidly growing popularity and profile are clearly a great testament to its effectiveness for many people.
How do I take CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is taken by placing some drops under your tongue and holding them there for at least 60 – 90 seconds, and then swallowing.
This holding under the tongue is called “sublingual dosing”.
The reason for doing this is because the absorption of CBD via just the stomach (i.e. orally) is fairly poor – only about 20% of the CBD taken in this way will be absorbed. Therefore, if you took a dose of 20mg simply by swallowing the oil, you might only get 4mg into the blood stream.
However, if you first hold the CBD Oil under the tongue for a short period of time, then the CBD starts to absorb through the thin tissues there and directly into the bloodstream.
This is a highly efficient way of taking the CBD. After 90 seconds (or longer if you wish) you can swallow the CBD oil to try and get as much of the remaining CBD as possible, although most will have been absorbed by then.
What dose should I take?
We recommend beginning with taking 2 or 3 drops, 2 or 3 times a day. After a few days you can increase the dose gradually if you’re not getting the results that you want.
The maximum recommended dose is 200mg per day. For example, this would be 1/5th of a 1000mg/10% strength 10ml bottle.
Most people will require far less CBD per day than this.
Is there anything that I should look out for when choosing a CBD brand?
There is a lot of confusion in the marketplace, much of it from suppliers, about what constitutes a good and legal CBD Oil.
Firstly there is much confusion around the strength of CBD oils.
Tanya Bardo CBD oils contain only CBD dissolved into hemp oil and nothing else. This is because CBD itself delivers the vast majority of the benefits compared with the other minor cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.
However, many “Full Spectrum” oils which contain other less beneficial cannabinoids as well as CBD, have their presence included in the overall strength figure thereby diluting the actual amount of CBD in the product.
For example, our 10% CBD Oil contains 1000mg of CBD in 10ml Oil. Nothing else. Some suppliers’ products may be labelled 10% but this might be made up of 5% CBD and 5% CBDa.
CBDa has far fewer proven benefits than CBD so this product may only be half the real strength of ours.
Another area to watch out for is CBD oils that claim to include some THC but “less than the 0.2% legal threshold”. This is a common fallacy by suppliers who do not understand UK law. The actual maximum limit of THC is 1mg per bottle, not 0.2%, and many full spectrum products (particularly the higher percent strength ones) contain more than this limit and are therefore technically illegal.
Worse still, there are other cannabinoids present in full spectrum CBD Oils which many people do not even realise are illegal – for example CBN which is a Class B substance.
Whilst there is some research that suggests there may be a small synergistic benefit from taking a mix of different cannabinoids, we prefer to lean on the side of caution to make sure our customers have no legal risks at all. Therefore Tanya Bardo CBD Oils contain only pure CBD, and do not contain any of the illegal cannabinoids such as THC or CBN, not even a tiny trace