CBD Oil 101: A Beginner’s Guide

CBD oil is becoming a potential remedy for many people dealing with various conditions. Whether it’s using it to cope with stress, joint pain, insomnia, or more serious conditions like cancer, people are finding many possible applications for CBD oil. However, few users understand basic facts about CBD oil, like how long it lasts or even how fast it works.

In this article, we’ll go through CBD oil’s ABCs, so you can make the most out of its use while also avoiding its possible negative side effects, such as failing a drug test. Keep reading below to find out what CBD oil is and how it impacts your body.

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product made with the extract of the hemp plant, which is a variety of the cannabis plant. However, unlike marijuana, CBD lacks any intoxicating effects as it only contains negligible amounts of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in cannabis.

Despite lacking any psychedelic effects, researchers believe that CBD could offer relief to many conditions, thanks to its ability to engage the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for managing several bodily functions such as sleep, inflammation, immune functions and pain.

Can CBD oil get you high?

If you’ve never taken CBD oil but you’ve heard it has something to do with cannabis, you’ll probably find the experience to be underwhelming, to say the least.

Again, CBD oil doesn’t produce a high, so its effects are more subtle than those of marijuana. However, many users report feeling calmer and more relaxed after taking CBD oil. If these claims are true, CBD could be beneficial for people dealing with anxiety, stress or sleep problems.

Dosage and consistency of use can have a big impact on its effectiveness. However, unless you’re looking to fall asleep, it might be better to start small, as large doses of CBD oil could make people feel very sluggish.

How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

This is a question that begs for a broad answer since the effects will vary according to the individual, state of health and the dosage method used.

Typically, people ingesting CBD will take longer to feel the effects, up to an hour if taken with a meal. This is longer than those using other methods, since CBD first needs to be metabolized before it can be absorbed through the gut and reach the bloodstream.

Although taking CBD oil on an empty stomach could speed up its absorption, less of it will end up reaching the bloodstream due to the way CBD is metabolized by the digestive system.

If you value speed over efficiency, then you might want to try using another dosage method. Taking CBD sublingually by placing oil drops under the tongue can bypass the digestion process. However, vaping or smoking could be even faster, as smoke or vapes can pass straight from the lungs into the bloodstream in just a matter of minutes.

How long do the effects last?

Typically the duration of the effects is measured in hours, with 4-6 hours being the most common. However, this can vary depending on the strength of the dosage.

The duration will also vary according to the dosage method used. For example, while edibles and capsules take longer to take effect, once they reach the bloodstream their effects will last longer compared to other methods, such as vaping or sublingual drops.

Regardless of which method is used, taking it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, could be the best way to feel its effects throughout the day.

How long does CBD stay in your system?

This is an important question for anybody whose job involves taking random drug tests every now and then. While hemp-derived CBD oil contains only tiny amounts of THC, usually no more than 0.3%, frequent use could have a cumulative effect and generate a false positive result.

The good news is that CBD typically leaves the body very quickly and without leaving any residue. According to a study done by the University of Arizona, CBD’s half-life (the time it takes for half of a substance’s concentration to decrease) is 2-5 days; meanwhile, another study done using high dosages found no traces of CBD in the body after only a week of having stopped its use.

Despite hemp being known to humans for thousands of years, it’s only recently that we’ve started unveiling the secrets behind hemp-derived cannabidiol. Hopefully, as CBD oil becomes more mainstream, more scientists will dedicate themselves to studying this wonderful compound and expand our knowledge in the coming years.


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