Unless you've been tuned out to the beauty world these last few months, odds are you've heard of an ingredient called CBD (short for cannabidiol). The buzzy ingredient, which, no, won't get you high, even if ingested as an oral tincture or supplement, has now evolved into a bonafide skin-care trend, with brands offering a luxe spin on what used to be a highly niche category. "With an impressive and evergrowing number of studies finding CBD to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory among many other properties, it is now being used to treat pain, anxiety, spasms, and much more," New York City-based aesthetician Jeannel Astarita tells Allure.
Moreover, a patient survey conducted by Project CBD, declared that “…cannabis appears to be an effective pain management tool with few negative side effects.” The study went on to say that a “…significant decrease in opiate usage among elderly patients while taking medical cannabis [was observed during trial].” In short, it has been portrayed clearly numerous times through valid and well-publicized clinical studies that cannabis is a practical option in terms of efficient pain management.
Amazon’s Hemp Master 1000mg hemp seed oil is yet another highly concentrated oil, boasting a one-month supply in each bottle (30 ml). It’s made in the USA, with all-natural ingredients, including the peppermint extract used for flavoring. Each product is lab tested by FDA approved facilities for quality and strength and is completely THC free. As this product is derived only from hemp seeds and is not a full spectrum hemp oil, it does not contain CBD. However, it is packed full of Omega-3 and Omega-6, proven to assist in stress management, pain, and heart-related issues.
The CBD industry is still extremely new. The terminology hasn’t been officially sorted out yet, so each company kind of comes up with their own method of categorizing their products. As always, make sure that you do your own research before you buy anything. If you’re unsure, email the company’s customer service before you buy. Most CBD companies have good customer service teams and they’ll be happy to help.
Rather, what most of these oils appear to be are extracts of the hemp seed. As we mentioned earlier, CBD oil can be made from either hemp or marijuana cannabis plants. No matter which plant they come from, however, they must be made using the flowers, leaves, stem and stalks of the plant, as these are the parts where the CBD compound is actually located.
This is why Amanda Oliver, 31, a career consultant in Charleston, SC, pops a CBD gummy bear each night before bed. “I used to lie there tossing and turning as my mind raced from work projects to whether I had set the home alarm,” Oliver says. One piece of candy with 15 milligrams (mg) of CBD is enough to shut off her brain and facilitate sleep. She also swears by the CBD oil she takes at the height of her period, which she says quells her debilitating cramps.
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If this is not sufficient for calming your symptoms, a gradual increase of another 25 mg per day, over the course of 3-4 weeks, is recommended. While there have been no reports of more serious side effects when this oil is taken in larger concentrations, it is best to slowly increase your dose to find a comfortable and effective level, given your individual characteristics and needs.
Though reviews are mixed, the majority of reviewers have reported positive experiences, mainly in regard to sleeplessness and stress. Other positive reviewers have cited assistance with muscle tension and pain. One reviewer stated that following prolonged use, the need for anti-inflammatory medication was eliminated. Surprisingly, the majority of negative reviews cite an unfavorable taste more often than decreased effects. Other negative amazon reviews site problems with shipping, and disappointment that the product is not a full spectrum hemp oil containing CBD.
Now, scientific research is discovering why. Evidence from laboratory studies and clinical studies, have begun to reveal the mechanisms through which CBD helps control seizures. But, unlike most other conditions that CBD has been shown to treat, the FDA has actually agreed that the evidence is conclusive enough that CBD is now an approved medication for epilepsy for humans.
When it comes to vaping CBD, it’s best to start simple. A vape pen that uses a cartridge system, either disposable or replaceable cartridges, is a great starter point. These basic vaporizer tools are easy to use, and usually come along with a “starter kit” that includes the charger and a cartridge or two. All you need to do is charge the base, thread on the cartridge, turn it on and take a drag; it’s that simple! Besides convenience, vape pens deliver accurate serving sizes once you determine how many puffs you get per cartridge.