• How long does it take CBD to start working?

On average, it takes about 5-15 minutes to feel affects from inhalation or sublingual dosing, and up to 90 minutes for edibles. Keep in mind, it can take a week or more for CBD to build in your system so don’t give up!

Does CBD stop working?

CBD can form a tolerance like most substances, but you can still typically feel relief in the 50mg range even with a strong tolerance.

  • What CBD is best for pets?

There is no difference in human vs pet CBD, the only thing you will want to keep in mind is your pet is much smaller than you so it won’t need nearly as much for it to take effect. 10-15mg is typically a standard dose for dogs, but we recommend starting

  • What CBD strength is right for me?

A typical starting dose for beginners is around 15mg, but more experienced users and people with chronic pain often take a hundred mg a day or more.

  • Where does CBD come from?

CBD is grown inside what’s known as the trichome. Trichomes appear to the naked eye as little shiny crystals coating cannabis, but as we take a deeper look we notice that those “crystals” contain every bit of medicinal property that cannabis and hemp have to offer.

  • Will CBD make you hungry?

The terpenes inside many CBD products are the same as those within fruits and vegetables, introducing them to your stomach will speed up your metabolism. CBD products suspended in MCT oil will also increase your appetite as MCT oil has been shown to do this on its own.

  • CBD vs THC

CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids in cannabis, the main difference is that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not. This is why many people gravitate to CBD for strictly medical reasons, as you could carry out your daily life and go to work with a clear head as opposed to THC which may affect your decision making.

  • CBD vs CBN

CBN is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that is the result of THC after it has been broken down over time, it still has a very mild psychoactive effect but it has been used by many as a viable sleep aid.

  • CBD vs CBG

CBG is known as the mother cannabinoid because it changes into CBD or THC in most strains as they grow to maturity. Thanks to plant breeders, a few strains exist that are CBG dominant through their life cycle. CBG is similar to CBD in all of its health properties except that it is uplifting when CBD is generally relaxing.

  • CBD vs hemp oil

If you see a product advertised as hemp oil, beware. CBD is the active ingredient in hemp and so it should be labeled this way. Not all oil from hemp will contain CBD or any cannabinoids for that matter, so if you see “1000mg hemp oil” just know that this does not mentions its actual CBD content and probably doesn’t have any.

  • CBD vs THC anxiety

CBD is most different than THC in the sense that it actually helps anxiety when THC can often make it worse. Many people attribute Sativa strains to the root of the anxiety but in fact, it is the terpenes in Sativa THC strains that make it this way. It is important to realize that these same terpenes will not produce anxiety in CBD strains because the cannabinoid CBD is not conducive to psychoactivity like THC.

  • CBD vs CBDa

All cannabinoids are bound by an acidic chain when they are grown on the plant, in order for us to feel the benefits, that “a” needs to be broken down by a process called decarboxylation. If you’ve ever tried to eat a raw bud, you’ll know from experience that nothing will happen to you (due to the intact acidic chain). Once decarboxylation occurs, the cannabinoid is ready to consume and take effect. The vast majority of reputable CBD companies will decarboxylate the cannabinoids in the extraction process so this is not something the consumer needs to worry about.

  • CBD for pain/migraines/ fibromyalgia

According to the National Centers for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), some evidence suggests that cannabis or CBD could have modest benefits for chronic pain.

A 2020 review reports that CBD could have benefits for relieving chronic pain, improving sleep, and reducing inflammation, but that these effects are condition-specific.

More evidence is needed to determine the therapeutic potential of CBD and to determine safe and effective dosages for pain.

Based on the current research, here are some possible benefits of CBD oil:

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage to the nerves. This type of pain is common in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, injuries such as herniated discs, and infections such as shingles.

A 2017 review found that CBD helped with chronic neuropathy pain in humans. The researchers looked at 11 randomized controlled trials with 1,219 patients.

However, a 2018 Cochrane review concluded that the potential benefits of cannabis-based medicine might be outweighed by its potential harms.

This research looked into the effects of cannabis-derived medicines, including CBD, for chronic neuropathic pain. It looked at 16 studies and 1,750 participants.

More research is needed to understand the role of CBD in chronic neuropathic pain management, including the risks, benefits, and ideal dosages.

Arthritis pain

A 2016 study in the European Journal of Pain used an animal model to see if CBD could help people with arthritis manage their pain. Researchers applied a topical gel containing CBD to rats with arthritis for 4 days.

Their researchers noted a significant drop in inflammation and signs of pain, without additional side effects.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that affects the entire body through the nerves and brain.

Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS. These spasms can be so strong they cause constant pain in some people.

One report found that short-term use of CBD oil could reduce the levels of muscle spasms a person feels. The results are modest, but many people reported a reduction in symptoms. More studies on humans are needed to verify these results.

Chronic pain

The same report studied CBD use for general chronic pain. Researchers compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. The research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.

A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results. This research suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation.

The researchers also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, so they would not need to increase their dose over time.

They noted that cannabinoids, such as CBD, could offer helpful new treatments for people with chronic pain.

  • Will CBN/G show on a drug test?

CBD typically won’t show up on a drug test, but if the CBD product contains THC, it will. THC is one of cannabis’s main active ingredients. It’s the one responsible for the “high” effect.

Many CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. Depending on the composition and quality of a product, you could have a positive drug test result.

If you’re concerned about THC levels, be mindful of the type of CBD products you choose. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Full-spectrum CBD – Full-spectrum CBD extracts contain all of the naturally occurring compounds from the plant they’re extracted from, including THC.

Broad-spectrum CBD – This is similar to full-spectrum CBD, but it goes through a process to eliminate THC.

CBD isolate – This option contains only CBD.

If going with a full-spectrum CBD, look for hemp-derived CBD instead of one that’s marijuana-derived. Hemp-derived CBD is legally required to contain less than 0.3 percent THC.

  • Will CBN make me tired?

There haven’t been any definitive studies yet on minor cannabinoids, but many people have found from personal experience that CBN makes you relaxed and tired.

  • Will CBG make me focus?

CBG is another minor cannabinoid that hasn’t gone through clinical trials but if you ask any hemp enthusiast, they will tell you it has uplifting properties.

  • Can CBN/G cause anxiety?

CBN and CBG are not likely to cause anxiety but everyone’s body is different, the fact that CBN is mildly psychoactive and that CBG is uplifting give rise to the possibility of anxiety, but they will definitely not cause anxiety-like THC can.

  • CBN for sleep dosage

CBN is the strongest sedative of all known cannabinoids, according to Steep Hill, a reputable cannabis science and technology company. Steep Hill previously reported that taking 2.5 to 5mg of CBN had the same level of sedation as 5 to 10mg of Diazepam. Diazepam (known by its brand names Valium and Diastat) is a prescription anti-anxiety pharmaceutical medication similar to Klonopin and Xanax. Steep Hill later removed the reference to Diazepam, saying “further study is required,” but still states that CBN is a stronger sedative than any other cannabinoid, meaning it offers more help against insomnia than THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, or other compounds found in hemp and cannabis.

  • CBN vs. Melatonin

In addition to scientific studies, anecdotal evidence abounds of people finding success with CBN for sleep. Many also prefer CBN to melatonin as they wake up more alert and energetic the following day. For example, Bustle writer Kara McGrath took a CBN CBD blend for a month and reported that it “definitely helped” her sleep more deeply and not wake up throughout the night. She compared the CBN blend to melatonin but said she preferred CBN. This was because CBN gave her vivid dreams while melatonin caused insane dreams and nightmares. In a separate review, Daily Beast writer Jillian Lucas reported that taking CBN “feels like I’ve settled into a warm bath and don’t want to move.” CBN helped her sleep well without side effects while melatonin left her “groggy and tired the following day.”

Written by Daniel Veilleux

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