As with many new supplements, there is a lot of hype about CBD, and it is very important to distinguish the hype from the realistically achievable benefits of CBD oil. The only way to know if it will make you feel better is to try it out. Luckily, there seem to be few side effects from taking a moderate dose of CBD – although if you are on prescription medication it is ALWAYS essential to get medical advice before taking it.
CBD is an oil made from the buds and flowers of the Hemp Plant. Some of the detail is a little confusing. For example CBD oil is extracted from the Hemp plant (whose botanic name is Cannabis Sativa ). It’s active ingredients are classified as Cannabinoids (as is THC) but they do not have any hallucinogenic characteristics. So CBD oils come from a plant that is closely related to the Cannabis plant, but they contain no THC.
However it is important to be aware that CBD is certainly not a panacea and absolutely does not benefit everyone who takes it. And because CBD affects everyone differently, each person has to experiment with dosage and has to work out what suits them personally. There are no universal guidelines for taking CBD that we are aware of. We always advise taking the dose on the box and keeping a note of how you feel, and adjusting up or down as required.
When you ingest the oil or the capsules the effect takes a little longer to take effect but it also lasts for longer. Vaping, on the other hand, is quicker to take effect but doesn’t last very long. Sometimes people use both, but the Oil is the most popular by far. There are also a number of different brands available and we have selected the ones we think are the best quality – it’s challenging because everyone claims they are the best. If you would like an overview of the brands we carry check out the information here.
Have you heard of CBD Oil? Up till about a year and a half ago I certainly hadn’t, and yet now it is one of our most popular food supplements. There are a lot of claims made about it and a huge amount of interest in it, so this month I thought I would explore a little about what CBD is and where it comes from. It might be easier to start first what CBD oil is NOT:
CBD is sold over the counter and online in Ireland, perfectly legally, as a Food Supplement, meaning we are not allowed to advise anyone takes it for any medical conditions and you will not get it on prescription from your GP. This is because recent legislation from the EU regulates precisely what ‘claims’ can be made for Food Supplements, and in the case of CBD there are no legal claims at all.
If you do some research online and you decide that CBD might be a good addition for you to make to your diet, then the next things is to work out how you want to take it. In Organico we stock CBD in a number of different strengths from a few carefully selected companies, and it comes as an Oil, in Capsules, and as a vape liquid.
Medihemp processes all parts of the hemp plant—even the lower parts are converted into textiles, organic fertilizers and building materials—so nothing goes to waste. They work directly with organic farmers and they rely on independent laboratory testing to ensure premium quality. Medihemp is available in oils of various strengths as well as capsules.
Their products are easy to measure for dosage. They’re also easy to take since their oils can be swallowed immediately (instead of held under the tongue for 30 minutes to promote maximum absorption, as is the case with many brands of CBD oil).
For more about CBD coffee, see our blog post CBD coffee Can Help You Feel Awake But Not Wired
5. Celtic Wind
The Improve Me range became popular among our customers when our woes with sourcing Charlotte’s Web first began. And though we’ve added many high-quality brands to our stock in the meantime, Improve Me remains a popular choice.
We also make sure the methods used to produce the oil are up to our standards. Is the hemp handled in a way to retain the integrity of its inherent properties? Is the base oil of high-quality?
The CBD oil we stock is made out of the buds and flowers of the hemp plant, a plant with the botanic name Cannabis sativa. The active ingredients of CBD are classified as cannabinoids but their characteristics are non-hallucinogenic, so none of our CBD oil has psychoactive effects. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids from the cannabis family of plants, but THC produces a ‘high’ and CBD doesn’t.
Neither is CBD oil the same as medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis does contain THC to a level that can produce a high, but the CBD oil we sell does not.