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What to Know Before Trying CBD Oil for the First Time

What to Know Before Trying CBD Oil for the First Time

CBD oil has been legal for two years now, but because of its past, there is still a lot of uncertainty about it. Debates rage about what it can do and whether it’s safe. If you have been considering using CBD oil or are looking for clarity on this issue, this is what to know before trying CBD oil for the first time.

No THC, No High

CBD oil is made from hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis plant. That alone makes many people nervous. However, hemp is cannabis that has a very low content of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the compound in cannabis that makes you “high.” As a rule, CBD is supposed to have less than 0.3% THC content. In other words, CBD oil will not get you high.

Regulations & the FDA

As we mentioned, CBD is legal in all fifty states; however, many states have regulations placed on how you can purchase CBD products. For instance, some states require a prescription to buy CBD oil. The only time selling CBD is illegal is if sellers are claiming it has specific health benefits. Because legal CBD use is still relatively new, the FDA has not fully tested or approved its use for medicinal purposes; therefore, no one can make the boast that it cures or treats any illness or ailment.

What Is It Used For?

Although the FDA has not officially sanctioned CBD oil for use as a medicine, there are many private studies and CBD enthusiasts who have been researching its potential to help several conditions. This includes anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, acne, epilepsy, and even cancer, though research on all of these is still ongoing.

Pricing

CBD oil prices range from as little as $35 to as high as $300. There is a lot that goes into making CBD oil so expensive. The price often depends on the brand, how many milligrams of oil are contained in the product, and where and how it was made. The old rule of thumb for CBD oil is that you get what you pay for; however, there are CBD oil providers who overcharge for their product and many that make quality products for less money. Be sure to research a product before purchasing it.

Possible Risks

One of the few things said definitively by the FDA is that there is a risk of taking CBD oil in conjunction with other medications, including the possible impact on the liver and altering the effects of medications. The FDA also cautions that CBD oil may impact alertness or increase drowsiness and should be taken cautiously when doing things that require alertness.

Ultimately, the most important thing to know before trying CBD oil for the first time is that it isn’t much different from trying any other product for the first time. Researching the nature and effects of anything before using it is part of making well-informed choices; taking these steps will ensure you get the most out of whatever you try.

Emily Joswiak
Author: Emily Joswiak

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