cbd oil
CBD (cannabidiol) protects neurons (brain cells), is a natural anti-inflammatory, and natural pain reliever. It is one of 113+ phytocannabinoid chemicals in industrial hemp and cannabis plants. CBD can be used to promote overall health and well-being. It does not produce the “high” effect that is common with THC. CBD products are legal if they contain less than 0.3% THC. The cleanest products are made with hemp terpenes which are plant chemicals. Individuals who have never tried CBD should first talk to their doctor to determine if they should take it and if so, the best ways to take it. Some of the most common ways to take medicinal cannabis is to smoke it (inhale), ingest it (eat), and use topically (on skin as a cream or lotion). Questions to ask your doctor:
  • Will CBD help with my condition?
  • Should I use hemp-based CBD or medicinal cannabis-based CBD?
  • Which ratio of CBD to THC should I try?
    • CBD dominant (20:1 CBD-THC ratio)
    • CBD rich (+2:1 CBD-THC ratio)
    • CBD balanced 1:1 (CBD-THC ratio)
  • Does the medication need to be refrigerated?
  • How long should I take it?
  • How frequently should I take it?
  • What are the emergency symptoms?
  • Which brand is best for me?
  • Should I buy it from a dispensary or online?
  • How long will it take to work?
  • When should I take it?
    • As needed, or on a schedule?
    • Before, with, or between meals?
    • At bedtime?
  • How long will I have to take it?
  • How will I feel once I start taking CBD?
  • How will I know if CBD is working?
  • If I forget to take it, what should I do?
  • What side effects might I expect?
    • Should I report them?
  • Can CBD interact with other prescription and over-the-counter medicines that I am taking now?
Some key things to keep in mind:⁣⁣
  • Edibles and capsules take up to 2 hours to enter the bloodstream
  • Hemp-based CBD products may contain toxins and the amount of CBD contained in hemp-based CBD products are commonly mislabeled
    • Individuals who use hemp-based CBD should ask for detailed answers about quality control. If possible ask for a copy of laboratory analyses for the specific batch of CBD.
  • Concentrates (i.e. hash, kief, dabs, wax, shatter, RSO, extract) are likely to have a very strong effect
  • Liquid-based vaporizers
    • Vaping CBD makes the same dose significant more potent than other form of inhalation.
  • CBD is listed by Poison centers as an “emerging hazard”
    • The National Poison Data System, American Association of Poison Control Centers has listed CBD as an emerging hazard.
    • You can reach your local poison control center by calling the Poison Help hotline: 1-800-222-1222. To save the number in your mobile phone, text POISON to 797979.
  • High-potency THC strains
Where is the best place to buy CBD? Places that sell locally grown, artisanal produced, laboratory-tested CBD products acquired through a legal medical cannabis program are the best. Questions to ask the CBD maker
  • Do you use an independent laboratory to test your medicine for potency and/or contamination?
    • Mold?
    • Bacteria?
    • Pesticides?
    • Solvents?
  • Where and how is it grown?
    • When possible, choose locally grown cannabis and hemp.
    • Look for companies in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis (these states have stricter quality standards).
  • How is it extracted?
    • Full spectrum?
      • Full spectrum products contain several cannabis compounds: CBD, CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
    • Isolate?
      • A more pure form of CBD without other cannabis compounds.
    • Broad spectrum?
      • Broad spectrum products contain several cannabis compounds but without THC.
  • Do you sell organic products?
  • What is the concentration?
    • Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and/or THC per serving.
  • Do you sell pesticide free products?
  • Are there additives?
    • Avoid vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (propylene glycol and ethylene glycol).
    • Avoid flavor additives
    • Avoid poor quality gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
  • What is the CBD:THC ratio of your products?
  • Are your products made from industrial hemp?
  • Do you sell non-smokable forms of cannabis, such as oils, lotions, creams, or salves?
  • What is the average cost per gram of herbal cannabis?
Stay away from Synthetic Cannabinoids Synthetic marijuana is a very different substance than marijuana. Synthetic marijuana contains powerful chemicals called cannabimimetics that can cause severe, life-threatening health effects, including severe agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and hallucinations. Synthetic marijuana is sometimes contaminated with a vitamin-K dependent antagonistic coagulopathy. The most common symptoms of contamination include excessive bleeding, unexplained bleeding (blood in urine, bleeding from the gums, and bleeding from previous wounds). Is CBD regulated by the FDA? Currently, CBD is not regulated by the FDA. Unfortunately, some products contain more CBD than what is on the label, more THC than labeled, or other chemical compounds/drug ingredients that are not listed at all. Without regulation, consumers have no way of knowing whether the product is contaminated with other chemicals and drugs or labeled correctly. Tips to find the best CBD
  • Call a local cannabis-testing laboratory and ask them which suppliers are consistently testing high for top quality
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An important note from MamasHealth.com. Self-treatment can be dangerous and put your health at risk, so be sure to include your doctor in your decisions. MamasHealth acknowledges that research on CBD and the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system are rapidly evolving and the range of possible findings remains wide. MamasHealth makes no claims that CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and recommends all individuals consult with their health care professionals prior to using CBD.