CBD is one of the safest compounds in the marijuana plant, but with so much information out there, it’s important to think about a few things before making your purchase.
It’s so important to ask yourself why you’re purchasing cannabis oil, what you want to take it for and what you hope to achieve with it. Identifying medical conditions and consulting with a doctor regarding the use of CBD is always recommended.
Picking the right brand
Because of the wide variety of CBD products available, the quality and make-up of these products will vary. Companies will use different extraction methods to obtain their cannabis oil for example. Read our article on the CO2 extraction process here. It’s also important to check if the company or site you’re purchasing from provides third-party laboratory tests. Luckily for you, we at cbdstore.co.za ensure that all listed brands are third-party tested with random independent testing to ensure purity and potency.
Ingredients and types
This cannot be stressed enough and in some ways relates to the above about brand. Along with different extraction processes, different types of CBD products contain different things. From their carrier oil, to positive additions like melatonin or negative additives like glycol, it’s vital to know what is in your product. The two main types of products that you will come across on cbdstore.co.za will be CBD isolate and broad spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is basically purified CBD that has been extracted and isolated from all of the other cannabinoids. Broad spectrum CBD however, will contain majority CBD as well as other cannabinoids that naturally occur in the cannabis plant.
CBD oils and CBD products in general will come in a variety of strengths. Incorrect dosage is the number one factor that leads people to believe that their cannabis oil isn’t working. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend new users start with a lower dose and then slowly increase it depending on their needs. All of our body’s physiological makeups are different and so there really are no hard and fast rules about dosage and strength. Here’s yet another helpful article of ours if you’d like to find out more about hitting your optimum dosing range.
While generally considered extremely safe, CBD has, in very rare cases, been known to cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, nausea, dry mouth and things of that nature. Taking CBD with other medications that have similar side effects to the above have the potential to increase said side effects. For example, if you take CBD alongside medications that are known to cause sleepiness, (opioids, benzodiazepines) there is a chance that it may lead to increased sleepiness and fatigue. This is why, again, consulting with a doctor regarding the use of CBD is always recommended.
For further information on combining CBD with other medications, read this article from the Harvard Health Blog.