1. What are the common beliefs regarding the benefits of using hemp-derived CBD oil products daily?
Digestible hemp-derived CBD oil products are commonly considered as dietary supplements, not drugs. Because of this distinction, manufacturers cannot make that the products will treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Anecdotally, users most commonly assert that these products help to relieve discomfort, anxiety, pain and inflammation, support mental focus and better/more consistent sleep, and promote an overall sense of balance to the body. Users are encouraged to review the growing number of research studies citing findings that support a multitude of potential benefits.
2. How does hemp-derived CBD oil interact with and benefit my body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
The endocannabinoid system is a complex network that plays an important role in many bodily systems including the nervous, digestive, immune, endocrine, respiratory and others. Within the ECS there are receptors (namely CB1 and CB2) found on cells throughout the body but primarily in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the immune system, and skin. These receptors are like locks that can be opened by the right keys – “phyto (which means plant) cannabinoid” molecules like Cannabidiol (CBD) being one of the most important. When these molecules bind to or stimulate the receptors, they deliver specific messages telling the cells how to perform. Research has shown that introducing external phytocannabinoids could be useful in addressing a variety of ailments.
3. Is it legal for a person to use hemp-derived CBD oil in all 50 states?
Yes. Although some individual states currently prohibit certain retail stores from selling hemp-derived supplements, these products are legal to use in all 50 states, and no travel restrictions exist.
4. What are the possible side effects from using hemp-derived CBD oil?
Hemp-derived CBD oil is generally accepted as safe for adults, children and pets, and there are very few, if any, potential side effects or allergic reactions. The vast majority of people use them without ever experiencing any side effects at all, and the rare few who do will most likely experience only minor symptoms such as dry mouth. This can be relieved by taking with food and drinking plenty of water. (As with any supplement, adult supervision is advised.)
5. Will hemp-derived CBD oil cause users to fail a drug test?
As with any cannabis-based products that contain even a small, legal amount of THC, there is always a chance of triggering a positive test for THC. Users are encouraged to use broad-spectrum (0% THC) products and talk with their employer or healthcare provider if this is a concern.
6. What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect refers to the combined effect of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial phytocompounds in hemp-derived CBD oil working together in synergy. The combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.