The Ultimate CBD Beginners Guide [2020]

Have you just heard of CBD and are curious about this supplement? Do you feel confused and lack information? maybe you have read our article on “CBD oil and exercise?” or “CBD oil and sleep?” and think this preparation could help you.

Either way, you’ve come right. Below we have gathered information and compiled a guide for you who are brand new to CBD. We will go through everything from how to calculate CBD content in your CBD oil to dosing and talk about any side effects and other things that are good to think about!

Quick info about CBD before we start

  • At the molecular level, THC and CBD look very similar, but they have a few differences. Thanks to these differences, you do not get high by CBD, which you do by contrast with THC.
  • Research on CBD is still ongoing and it is difficult to draw any concrete conclusions yet. But there are a number of interesting studies suggesting that CBD could be effective against pain, brain disease, stress and mental illness.
  • CBD oil should not show up on drug tests, but residues of THC can make a difference in high consumption. You should be able to avoid this completely by making sure to use CBD products completely without THC. Where you can buy these we go further down.
  • There are several ways to take CBD, including via the stomach, oral cavity, skin or through inhalation.
  • Since CBD is produced from industrial hemp (with less than 0.2% THC) they are legal in many EU countries.

What differentiates Cannabis, CBD and THC?

Thus, the biggest difference between THC and CBD is that one does not become high by THC, furthermore CBD is drug-classed while THC is often illegal.

The reason why CBD has had such a major impact in recent years is due to the fact that this molecule has many of the properties that have long been linked to cannabis ‘healing’ effect.

Now people understood that you could absorb all the good health effects of the cannabis plant without having to get high, or by breaking the law.

How does CBD work?

The body has a system of receptors called the endocannabinoid system and it is by interacting with this system that it is believed that CBD affects our health. These receptors interact with cannabinoids (such as CBD or THC) and affect a variety of functions in our body such as:

  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Humor
  • Memory
  • immune System
  • Sleep

Endocannabinoids also occur naturally in the body and have the same structure as CBD, as a result, cannabinoids added from outside interact with the receptors in this system. Want to read more about how this works? Check out our article “CBD and the endocannabinoid system”

Cannabinoids act in different ways

For example, THC has effects on the psyche, for example, THC can cause euphoria, make you dizzy, affect your motor skills and in some cases cause paranoia. CBD on the other hand has no such effect on the psyche, you will not feel CBD “in the head”, the effects happen in other ways. The cannabis plant contains both THC and CBD, industrial hemp contains hardly any THC (<0.2%) but much CBD.

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What is CBD oil good for?

Research on CBD is ongoing and in many areas it is not possible to prove any effect yet.

With that said, there are many interesting studies to take part in, below we list a bunch of studies where the results have been very promising:

  • Reduces chronic pain in patients in combination with THC (Read study)
  • Caused death in breast cancer cells (Read study).
  • Counteracted spread of lung cancer and metastases (Read study).
  • Decreased symptom in patients with MS (Read study).
  • Relieved sleep problems at high doses (Read study).
  • Reduced stress and nervousness in test subjects before speech (Read study).
  • Increased focus / attention in humans and rats in small doses (Read study).
  • Counteracted epileptic seizures (Read study).
  • Reduced social phobia and nervousness (Read study).
  • Decreased symptoms in patients with schizophrenia (Read study).
  • Demonstrated antioxidant properties by protecting cells from oxidative stress (Read study)

Does CBD oil cause any side effects?

Generally speaking, CBD is a very safe substance, which is strengthened by the WHO’s investigation of CBD which found the following:

“CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications. Several countries have modified their national controls to accommodate CBD as a medicinal product. , there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD. “

However, they have been reported for the following side effects of CBD at extreme doses (for the recommended daily dose there are basically no reported side effects).

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

In cases where side effects such as these are reported, it is believed that they are most likely caused by impurities in the product or incorrect manufacturing. For example, it is preferred to use organic hemp that is not sprayed or contains other types of chemicals from fertilizers. Natural Hemp Life offers THC free CBD oil from 100% organic hemp.

Is CBD oil addictive?

You don’t have to worry as CBD Oil is not physically addictive, it has happened that people have asked us, “Can I become addicted to CBD oil?” This is a tricky question, and the answer depends on how you choose to look at it. Based on chemistry, the answer is no.

Cannabidiol is not physically addictive in the same way that substances like heroin, cocaine, alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines and related substances can be. Furthermore, CBD cannot produce any physical withdrawal symptoms per se upon cessation of use. (Interesting research is currently investigating CBD’s ability to minimize the ignition of drugs with severe interruption symptoms, such as opiates.)

However, people can become addicted to almost anything that is not chemically addictive: exercise, music, sex and food are good examples. Those who take CBD daily to relieve the symptoms of chronic illness and other serious conditions may find that their unpleasant feelings return shortly after they quit CBD.

This is no different from headaches that recur when the effects of ibuprofen go out of the body. However, since CBD can change the levels of essential liver enzymes, it is important to do your research, talk to your doctor and find out the best way to take CBD oil for your specific situation.

There is no established lethal dose of CBD, not even the use of high doses up to 1500 mg per day (3 recommended daily doses) has been shown to pose any health risks. But just like all other medicines, it is important that you talk to your doctor before using it, especially if you are already taking other medicines.

The most common ways to take CBD:

There are a number of ways not to CBD, these are the most common methods. Some methods are better suited to certain occasions and dosage depends on age, weight and what the purpose of the intake is (we will get to that a little further down)

Inhalation

You can inhale CBD by using a vape / e-cigarette containing CBD E-juice or smoking the hemp in a self-rolled cigarette. This is the fastest way for CBD to get into the bloodstream. These types of CBD products can be found at Natural Hemp Life.

Read our article on Vaping & CBD oil here

Food / Drink

It is also possible to “eat” CBD by swallowing CBD capsules or CBD oil. More recently, in the United States, CBD has become popular with sweets or cakes, for example. In this method, it takes a little longer before the CBD reaches the bloodstream, between 15-30 minutes.

Uptake in the oral cavity

The most common way not to use CBD oil is to drop it under the tongue and allow the oil to be absorbed into the mouth. This method gives a quick effect and it should take no longer than 10 minutes before the effect is reached and then sit for a couple of hours.

Through the skin

It is possible to apply CBD oil directly to the skin, it has also appeared several types of CBD creams (which are said to be good in eczema). Since CBD penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the blood, this can be a good method if you want to have an effect locally on, for example, swelling, eczema or pain in different parts of the body.

Determine the amount of CBD in the bottle

This is the most important part of this article, how to find the number of mg CBD per drop in a CBD product. First, consider these 2 questions:

1. How many milliliters (ml) is the bottle? It should be on the label.
2. How many total milligrams (mg) of CBD is the bottle? It should be labeled.

* Note * 1 ml = 20 drops of liquid.

Let’s say you have in your hand a 10 ml bottle containing 500 mg CBD according to the label. You now need to know how much CBD there is per milliliter to dose correctly.

Steps 1 – 500 mg CBD divided by 10 ml 500/10 = 50. Thus, there is approximately 50 mg CBD per ml.

Step 2 – Since 1 ml corresponds to about 20 drops of liquid, we divide 50 by 20 and get 50/20 = 2.5

Step 3 – There is 2.5 mg of CBD in a single drop of your product!

The above example describes the content of “Natural Hemp life THC free CBD 5%

Rekommenderad CBD olja dosering

  • Allmän hälsa: 1 – 2,5 mg / dag
  • Ångest: >18 mg  (källa)
  • Kronisk smärta: 2,5 – 20 mg / dag (Källa)
  • Epilepsi: 200-300 mg / dag eller 40 mg / kg (Källa)
  • Sömnstörningar: 40-160 mg / dag (Källa)
  • Schizofreni: 40-1 250 mg / dag (Källa)
  • Glaukom: 15-40 mg / dag- Den kliniska prövningen anger 2,5 – 4 mg / kg kroppsvikt. (Källa)

Recommended CBD oil dosage

General health: 1 – 2.5 mg / day

  • Anxiety:> 18 mg (Source)
  • Chronic pain: 2.5 – 20 mg / day (Source)
  • Epilepsy: 200-300 mg / day or 40 mg / kg (Source)
  • Sleep disorders: 40-160 mg / day (Source)
  • Schizophrenia: 40-1 250 mg / day (Source)
  • Glaucoma: 15-40 mg / day – The clinical trial indicates 2.5 – 4 mg / kg body weight (Source).

Finally

These are general guidelines and you should always consult a doctor before starting any new dietary supplement or treatment. Although GPs rarely prescribe CBD, it is a recognized drug according to the Swedish Medicines Agency. Ideally, when you start using CBD, start carefully. After a couple of days you can increase the dose by half. Repeat for the following week after that and continue until you experience the desired effect.