CBD Education

Frequently asked questions and misconceptions about CBD oil and its effects.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabis compound that can provide effective relief from a wide variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression.

Because CBD does not cause lethargy or dysphoria — unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana — CBD-dominant cannabis strains can be a more appealing treatment option for patients who find the psychoactive effects of THC-dominant strains unnerving or undesirable.

Scientific and clinical research, much of it sponsored by the US government, has demonstrated CBD’s potential as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizures
  • Spasms
  • Other neurological disorders

CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers around the world. Evidence also suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

What's a good starting dose?

Studies often use very high doses because the effects of CBD at a high dosage are much easier to establish and empirically record. You will likely experience significant positive effects at a much lower dosage. Start with 20 mg/day, and stay with that dose for a week; it may take a few days for you to feel an effect, as CBD can take some time to build up in your system. If you don’t feel an effect after a week, increase your dose to 30 mg/day. This is considered a full dose for most people. If you find that you need additional relief, you can increase your dose to 50-70 mg/day. If you need more than 70 mg/day, CBD may not be a cost-effective option for you.

Can I take CBD along with other prescribed medications?

At high doses, CBD may affect your body’s ability to metabolize certain medications. Check with your doctor before adding it to an existing treatment plan.

Will CBD oil make me nauseous?

CBD on its own should not cause nausea; if you experience nausea as a side effect, it’s more likely you’re reacting to the carrier oil. Be sure to eat before taking a dose of oil, as nausea is more likely to occur on an empty stomach. If you’re still experiencing nausea, try switching to a different brand of CBD with a different type of carrier oil.

What's the difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate?

Full-spectrum CBD contains a variety of cannabis compounds, including trace amounts of THC. CBD isolate is just what it sounds like — CBD that has been isolated from all other compounds, so it’s in its purest form.

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

If you take full-spectrum CBD, you may also be introducing THC into your system, which is likely to result in a positive drug test result. CBD isolate does not contain THC, and thus shouldn’t show up on a drug test.

Can I take CBD with an anticonvulsant?

Use caution when mixing CBD with anticonvulsant drugs (such as Keppra, Depakote, Diazepam, Clobazam, etc.), as CBD could interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize the anticonvulsant. If you are taking an anticonvulsant, talk to your doctor before adding CBD to your medication regimen.

How does Omega-3 work with CBD?

Because Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in maintaining neurologic receptors, increasing your intake of Omega-3s may enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD — in other words, taking an Omega-3 supplement or adding Omega-3 rich foods to your diet can help “prime” your brain to receive and process CBD, thus ensuring maximum benefit. This study provides more information about the neurologic effects of Omega-3s.

How do I know if CBD is working?

CBD is used primarily to treat symptoms, rather than as definitive “cure” for disorder or disease. Thus, it is “working” if you experience symptomatic relief. If you compare your symptoms (nausea, pain, depression, anxiety, etc.) before and after taking CBD, you should see a noticeable improvement. If you don’t experience relief from a low dose of CBD, try a slightly higher dosage.

Am I doing this right? I don't feel the effect I thought I was going to feel?

Although everyone experiences CBD slightly differently, no one should expect a distinct “high”. Ideally, you will feel almost perfectly normal, just without the symptoms you were hoping to address.

Can I vape a CBD tincture?

Probably not. Very few tinctures can actually be vaped.

I’ve heard that some hemp-based CBD contains dangerous synthetic chemicals. Are there any particular companies I should avoid?

While we haven't tested any of these products ourselves, user reports indicate that the following companies may include synthetics or other dangerous compounds in their products:

  • Omega Labs
  • Diamond CBD
  • Just Chill
  • Medical Marijuana Inc.
  • Kannaway
  • “Chronic CBD” products, e.g., K2, Spice

We recommend researching user reports to make an informed decision prior to purchasing any CBD product.