by Edie Horstman
What Is CBD Oil?
As more states legalize marijuana, the use of cannabidiol oil is on the rise. This non-intoxicating extract is one of the many chemical compounds in a class called cannabinoids which naturally occur in cannabis plants. Once the cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants, the CBD is diluted with a carrier oil, i.e. coconut or hemp seed oil. Due to its benefits and versatility, CBD oil is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world.
However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating. In other words, CBD is known to deliver mental and physical benefits without THC’s typical side effects that can include paranoia, munchies and dry, red eyes. Plus, CBD comes in many forms: you can drop CBD tinctures under your tongue, whip CBD-infused butter into savory dishes or massage a CBD-enhanced salve into your skin. Currently, CBD oil is available in all states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal.
Benefits of Cannabinoids
With cannabis websites and dispensaries sweeping the nation, it’s no surprise that CBD-infused edibles, drinks, dog treats and beauty products are becoming mainstream. And, for good reason. By interacting with the brain’s signaling systems, CBD can provide relief from stress, pain, digestive upset, insomnia and even protect your body from neurodegenerative diseases. In every sense, it’s a non-toxic, medicinal powerhouse.
In addition to reducing pain associated with various chronic diseases and lowering anxiety, CBD is also known to have beneficial effects on acne and athletic performance due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. Furthermore, research has shown that CBD oil may benefit those with substance addiction as well as those suffering from seizures.
CBD MCT Oil
CBD needs to travel through the bloodstream to reach its target, whether that’s the brain, immune system or another location in the body. For those looking for immediate, short-term relief, using a vaporizer to inhale CBD products is ideal. On the other hand, to maintain steady levels of CBD throughout the day, an oral product like a CBD tincture or edible is the best option.
In terms of sublingual usage, MCT oil is the most efficient way to consume CBD oil. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are medium-length fatty acid chains. A common source of MCTs is coconut oil. Beyond the cannabis industry, MCT oil is also used for better brain function, weight management and hormone balance.
When cannabinoids break down, they are stored in fat, as opposed to water. In other words, cannabinoids are fat-soluble and are best consumed with fat to increase absorption. However, not all fats are created equal—especially when paired with CBD oil. That said, the liver recognizes MCT oils as carbohydrates and directly metabolizes the oil into energy. Interestingly, it does this without causing free radicals because the liver processes the oil as fat. This rapid metabolism puts the cannabinoids to use right away. To summarize, MCT oil can assist with energy, metabolism and brain function, making it a beneficial addition to CBD.
Optimal CBD Dosage
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. However, depending on your needs, CBD oil dosage will vary. Read below for optimal dosages, whether you’re looking for daily wellness or suffer from chronic pain or anxiety.
Whether you’re interested in reducing anxiety, performing better at the gym or improving your insomnia, CBD has a staggering variety of therapeutic properties. And, although the use of cannabidiol as a therapeutic, restorative substance is in its infancy, medical professionals and scientists are beginning to develop dosing schedules for everything from medical marijuana to CBD.
Once you find your optimal CBD method and dosage (listed below), you’ll want to ensure you’re using a high-quality CBD oil, as some manufacturers are less trustworthy than others.
|Recommended Daily MG Dose|
|Weight||Everyday Wellness||Medium||Chronic Conditions/Pharma*|
|*High is very chronic pain + severe epilepsy. Low is everyday wellness.|
Depending on your weight and pain level, you can adjust the amount you take daily. Keep in mind that, if you’re concerned about taking too much, we recommend speaking with a trusted medical professional before embarking on your CBD journey.
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.