what can u use cbd oil for reddit

What are your thoughts om CBD oil? Have you used it? Does it work for you?

I'm a big fan of CBD oil, I have bad pressure headaches and nausea and it really helps take the edge off. I'd recommend NuLeaf.

My boss keeps giving me CBD honey because he and his health nut wife try a lot of different brands (through her job), and it is a miracle. My fiancee uses it to help her anxiety, and I use it for the peace-of-mind side effect. It's fantastic stuff.

Sorry for the late reply, but does your fiancee use Sativa or Indica CBD?

My mother has bad insomnia. She started taking CBD honey before bed has had great results.

I've found CBD honey a few different places – I'd have to agree it's extraordinarily relaxing, although it doesn't personally help me with physical discomfort.

I have my medical card and use CBD and Thc for crohn's disease and nausea. The CBD helps quite a bit but doesn't last as long(as thc). Definitely worth a try. There's a CBD Shop in the Champlain valley dispensary, that you don't need a Medical card for. Right on the waterfront near that fish restaurant I can't remember the name of.

I'm sorry to say the CBD shop has actually moved to a new location, I believe off pine street. I'll have to double check and update this post.

I use it every day – I would say it's very beneficial for me in terms of sleep, anxiety, and what I could only describe as the bleakness of winter. I used to use St. Johns Wort , and CBD on it's own for me is similar in it's effects but much more potent.

So one of the things I've found is different CBD products can have different effectiveness for the same person. Since CBD is based on the cannabis plant, and different people get different effects from different "strains" of cannabis, I've been trying to figure out if the same would be true of the CBD sub-product of those strains. Unfortunately, CBD products don't tend to have their source strain labeled.

Personally, I find all CBD at least mildly relaxing, but only one or two of the dozen or so CBD products I've tried have actually helped me with pain management.

A Beginners Guide to CBD

Wanted to put this out there for anyone just starting out. There’s a lot of info but should give a nice overview to CBD.

There are 6 main sections and all the info comes from a slightly more in-depth version that is published on our website: https://www.fortheageless.com/pages/cbd-oil-uk-guide

We have been retailing CBD products since 2016 and amassed a lot of info about the industry, products and the people who purchase it. The info is always changing and I will of course update this as we receive it.

1. What is CBD?

2. Facts about CBD

3. How does CBD work?

4. Are there any side effects?

5. Choosing your product

6. How to take CBD

1. What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the best known of over one hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-intoxicating and is used in numerous food supplements and skincare products.

After reviewing the latest research, the World Health Organization announced that they consider it as safe for use as a food supplement. They also stated that it’s “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”.

2. Facts about CBD

CBD is legal in the UK Most CBD products are legal to purchase in the UK. However, to be sold in the UK it must not be promoted as a medicine or having medicinal benefits. For a CBD product to be sold containing THC (full-spectrum), there must be no more than 1mg of THC or CBN in the final preparation.

Note: 0.2% THC only applies the amount permitted in hemp plants that can be grown under licence in the UK and not products that can be sold.

Whilst most CBD products are available for sale legally, hemp flower is not legal in the UK because it is currently covered by the same law as cannabis flower in the MDR 2001.

CBD won’t get you high CBD does not make you feel high because it is non-intoxicating. THC is the component of cannabis that is intoxicating and this can only be found in low levels in full-spectrum CBD products.

CBD is psychoactive CBD is psychoactive because it interacts with your brain and nervous system. Any substance that works with your body like this must be described as ‘psychoactive’, even if, like CBD, it doesn’t intoxicate.

CBD is not addictive Of the many studies that have been conducted with CBD, none have reported any signs that would indicate the potential for addiction. The World Health Organization summed up its findings by stating:

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”. There’s still a lot for us to learn about CBD and it’s not completely clear why CBD isn’t addictive, but some scientists believe that it’s because, unlike THC, it doesn’t bind directly with your body’s chemical receptors.

CBD won’t impair your ability to drive Because cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD won't impair your ability to drive. However, most CBD oils contain traces of other cannabinoids including THC which if found in too high a level could cause intoxication.

CBD won’t show up on a drug test CBD is legal in the UK and with a few simple steps can be used without fear of a positive drug screening result.

Modern drug tests only screen for THC. If the level of THC reaches a defined threshold you will fail the test. To prevent this, you must be certain that the CBD products you buy are low in THC or THC free (broad-spectrum).

Hemp is cannabis Hemp is a term used for varieties in the cannabis plant family that contain less than 0.2% THC. Plants of this type are used for their seeds (pressed to create cooking oil rich in omegas), stalks (to produce fibres) and flowers/leaves (to produce CBD-rich food supplements).

CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same CBD oil contains an extract made from the full cannabis plant (including leaves, flowers, stalks and seeds), whereas hemp oil is pressed from industrial hemp seeds and does not contain CBD.

3. How does CBD work?

There is still more to learn about how CBD works in the human body, but most scientists suggest that it produces beneficial effects by interacting with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a collection of chemical receptors, endocannabinoids (human cannabinoids), and enzymes that work together to keep your body systems in a state of balance. For example, if you get too hot, cold, ill, stressed etc., it goes to work to put things right.

The receptors are present throughout your body but are more concentrated in your central and peripheral nervous systems. Endocannabinoid molecules are produced by your body and support your body to achieve a healthy balanced state in a range of different ways. The two that have been discovered so far are anandamide and 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol).

Some cannabinoids, like THC, bind directly with the endocannabinoid receptors, but CBD doesn’t. Instead, it binds with enzymes found nearby. These enzymes usually break down the endocannabinoid anandamide, but CBD prevents this from happening. As a result, the levels of anandamide in your body are able to build up. With higher levels of anandamide available, your body is able to quickly respond to problems and restore a healthy balance.

4. Are there side effects?

Some people experience side effects when taking CBD including:

Gastrointestinal problems (discomfort, diarrhoea or vomiting)

Changes in appetite and weight

Current advice from the UK Foods Standards Agency states: “As a precaution, we recommend that healthy adults do not take more than 70mg a day”. The reason being some studies have reported side effects at amounts that far exceed the FSA’s guidelines. The following effects are linked to trials where higher daily servings of more than 300-600mg per day were consumed:

Other things to be aware of:

Interactions with medication – If you use any medication, you should consult your pharmacist or doctor before taking CBD, because it may interact with some commonly prescribed drugs. The UK Food Standards Agency recommendation is that you shouldn’t use CBD if you’re taking medication.

The medications most likely to produce adverse effects when taken with CBD are those that are metabolised by the cytochrome P450 family of enzymes. When you take CBD, it binds with these enzymes and prevents them from working. The result is that a higher, possibly unsafe, concentration of the medication reaches your blood stream. This is known as the ‘grapefruit effect’ because grapefruit juice also binds with these enzymes.

Many different types of medications are metabolised by P450 enzymes and are at risk of this interaction. This includes some anti-coagulants, anticonvulsants, antibiotics, antidepressants, antifungals, and beta-blockers.

Please note that we are not medical professionals; this list isn’t exhaustive and should not be used in lieu of medical advice.

5. Choosing your CBD?

To help you choose your CBD, let’s take a look at the key aspects of the product types you’re likely to consider:

CBD strengths

CBD products come in a range of different strengths. Most often the strength is indicated on the label as an amount in milligrams or by a percentage. A milligram amount simply tells you how much CBD is present in the container, but a percentage can be more complicated. The percentage value doesn’t indicate the quantity of CBD on its own so you also need to take into account the product volume (10ml, 30ml, etc.)

This table will show you how much CBD a product contains based on the percentage and the size of the container. The percentages shown are those most commonly used in CBD oils and similar products.

1% CBD 4% CBD 5% CBD 10% CBD 20% CBD 40% CBD 50% CBD
10ml 100mg 400mg 500mg 1000mg 2000mg 4000mg 5000mg
30ml 300mg 1200mg 1500mg 3000mg 6000mg 12000mg 15000mg
100ml 1000mg 4000mg 5000mg 10000mg 20000mg 40000mg 50000mg

When starting with CBD we recommend starting at around 4% or 5% strength. This allows you to start with smaller amounts and prevents you using more than you need each day. If you find that you require higher amounts you can then look at stronger options.

Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate

Most manufacturers will label CBD products as either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate. This refers to the type of hemp extract that was used to make it and will give you an indication of which cannabinoids it contains. Most CBD products contain at least a tiny trace of THC but those made with broad-spectrum and isolate should be as close to THC-free as possible.

Full-spectrum – contains CBD alongside all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp plants. CBD will be the most abundant, but there will be traces of others, including THC.

Broad-spectrum – contain a full range of cannabinoids but no THC. When you buy a broad-spectrum product, you can expect to see 4 or 5 other cannabinoids listed alongside the CBD on the third-party lab results.

Isolate – a CBD-only extract that contains no other cannabinoids or plant matter. It is occasionally called ‘pure CBD’ and comes in the form of either crystals or a powder.

Types of CBD product

There are seven main types of CBD products that can be purchased in the UK. Each has its own pros and cons that should be considered before making a purchase.

CBD oil drops and sprays

CBD oil is a blend of CBD-rich hemp extract and a carrier oil. This is the most commonly available and popular type of CBD because it’s versatile and easy to use. It comes in a bottle with a dropper which most people use to place drops under their tongue.

Some less concentrated oils are thin enough to be used in a spray. This is a bottle with a spray top which can direct a jet of oil under your tongue without having to take the lid off.

CBD paste

CBD paste is a thick putty-like substance that usually contains a blend of hemp extract, carrier oil and beeswax. It’s often preloaded into a syringe to make it easy to dispense a precise amount. Most are made with whole-plant hemp extract, which means that they contain other naturally beneficial plant compounds including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids.

CBD hemp tea

Hemp tea is a dried blend of hemp flowers, buds, stems and leaves that can be steeped in hot water to create a refreshing brew. It is an enjoyable and affordable way of taking cannabinoids and yields a different set of substances to those in most CBD oils. For instance, hemp tea doesn’t contain CBD but instead has higher levels of CBDa which is a precursor to CBD’s.

CBD topicals

CBD is also added to creams, balms and body salves for direct application to your skin. Applying CBD topically like this allows you to target specific areas of your body. Most balms, creams and salves include a blend of cannabinoids with essential oils and other beneficial ingredients to boost their effect.

CBD capsules

Capsules provide a convenient way to take a precisely measured amount of CBD. They don’t leak so they’re ideal for taking with you when you’re out and about. CBD capsules also have minimal flavour, perfect if you don’t like the taste of CBD oil. The main drawback is that when swallowed, only between 4% and 20% of the active ingredient is likely to reach your bloodstream.

CBD vapes / e-liquids

CBD e-liquids are designed to be vaporised and inhaled. Taking CBD this way means that a larger amount will reach your blood and the effects can start in as little as 10 minutes. Most e-liquids or vape oils contain hemp extract mixed with vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol, although some use fractionated MCT oil. Because so much of the CBD in each inhalation can be used in your body, e-liquids are more cost-effective.

CBD gummies and sweets

CBD gummies and sweets are the naughtiest product on the list because the beneficial cannabinoids are often combined with a large helping of sugar. They are, however, an ideal way of taking CBD if you're tired of counting drops or want to take a break from the original flavour of the plant. Although they may not be the healthiest way to take CBD, they are the tastiest.

What to look for when choosing a CBD product

Once you know the strength and type of CBD you’re looking for, it’s time to find the right product. Unfortunately, the quality of CBD products available in the UK can vary significantly. To ensure that you get good value and only ever buy high-quality CBD, there are 6 key criteria to consider:

Clear CBD content

Both the percentage and the total CBD content should always be clearly stated on the bottle. The percentage is important because it tells you the strength. The total content helps you compare prices across a range of products as you can then work out the cost per mg.

With this information and the bottle size, you can work out precisely how much CBD you are taking in each drop.

For capsules, gummies and other edibles, the amount of CBD in each serving should be clearly stated as well as the total number of milligrams for the entire package.

Always check the percentage and the milligram amount on the label refers to total CBD content. Some products use language that is deliberately designed to mislead.

CO2 Supercritical extraction

We consider CO2 Supercritical extraction the gold standard of cannabinoid extraction. This method preserves the cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant nutrients.

Other methods such as alcohol/butane extraction are not as stable and can leave chemical residues behind if not carried out correctly.

Certificates of analysis

Each product should have a certificate of analysis. This will back up any claims made on the bottle and on the website. Firstly, and most importantly, it must confirm that the batch has the correct amount of CBD in the bottle.

You can also use these lab reports to ensure that the THC content is within the legally allowable range if it is full-spectrum. If you are buying broad-spectrum, it should confirm the absence of THC.

If a brand or retailer is not willing to show the source and what exactly is in their products via third-party lab tests, move on and shop elsewhere.

Certified organic and free from toxins

Cannabis Sativa L. is considered a bio-accumulator which means the hemp plant can absorb heavy metals from the ground. To avoid taking a harmful cocktail of chemicals, which could include fertilisers, pesticides and heavy metals, buy organic CBD.

If the product claims to be organic, it should be certified. Without certification the product is not organic. It is essential to find a trustworthy manufacturer that planted organic seeds then harvested, extracted and bottled the cannabidiol following a certified organic process.

This ensures your oil will be free of heavy metals and toxins. If the product is not certified organic, some brands will provide testing to show the absence of heavy metals.

Full & broad-spectrum is better than isolate

We strongly believe that full-spectrum (all cannabinoids) and broad-spectrum (no THC but a range of other cannabinoids) products are better than isolates (CBD only).

The synergy created by multiple cannabinoids working together is being widely studied and is known as the entourage effect.

Every strain, variety and crop contain a slightly different profile of these biomolecules so, you will find that the makeup of cannabinoids can vary from batch to batch.

Tried and tested

When you have found a product that meets the above 5 criteria your final move should be to look for real user reviews. Every product found on for the Ageless has been personally tested by us before being sent to our friends and family for feedback. Only then will we then it to the general public. But you shouldn’t just take the retailers word for it, speak to someone who has tried it.

6. How to take CBD

CBD has a good safety profile, so there is some room to try out a few different options to help you decide which method suits you best.

How much should I take?

The latest guidance on CBD food supplements from the UK Food Standard’s Agency recommends that “healthy adults do not take more than 70mg a day”.

CBD affects everyone slightly differently depending on several factors, including body mass, internal chemistry and existing health conditions. Consequently, it’s important to take the time to find out how it affects you and what daily amount provides the results you’re looking for.

The best way to find this out is to begin by taking a small amount and slowly increasing it over a few weeks. For example, start by taking 10mg twice per day. After a week, you can double that amount to 20mg twice per day.

However, continuing to increase the daily amount may not yield the results you expect. This is because CBD is biphasic and can produce different effects with different serving sizes.

When should I take CBD?

We recommend taking CBD alongside your meals (ideally breakfast and dinner) because all cannabinoids are fat-soluble. This is particularly useful if you are taking capsules or eating edibles, but even if you’re placing oil under your tongue it could improve the effectiveness of any excess that you swallow.

How do I take CBD?

There are lots of different products and most of them can be taken in one of five ways. We recommend that you take oils and pastes by placing them under your tongue for at least 60 seconds. We find this method the most convenient way to get the largest amount of CBD into your bloodstream.

The five methods are:

Placing it under your tongue

Placing CBD drops, spray or paste under your tongue and holding it there for 1 -3 minutes is an effective way to take it. The CBD then passes through the thin membrane in the bottom of your mouth into your blood vessels. This is a popular way to take it because it allows up to 35% of each measure to be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Eating or drinking it

CBD is available in many different edible forms, food and drink, including capsules, gummies, sweets, tea and fizzy drinks. You can either buy ready-made CBD infused edibles or add oil or paste yourself. This is a convenient and sometimes tasty way to take CBD, but it’s less effective, with between 4% – 20% reaching your bloodstream.

Inhaling it

Using a vaporiser to inhale CBD e-liquid is a fast-acting and cost-effective way to consume cannabidiol. Once you’ve got a vape, you can select from a range of flavoured vape oils that make it an enjoyable experience. With this method, up to 56% of the CBD can be utilised.

Applying it to your skin

Applying CBD in balms, ointments and salves or allowing it to be absorbed from a transdermal patch is an effective way to direct its effects at a specific area. If you use this method, it’s unlikely that any CBD will be broken down in your gut or liver. Although some will be lost, most of it will arrive at the target area. Products that are applied to your skin are easy to use and the cost per mg of CBD is often lower than other forms.

Inserting it vaginally or rectally

Products such as suppositories or CBD infused tampons can be inserted to provide local relief or as an alternative when ingestion via the mouth is not possible. This method is not as popular as the other and the products that are used in this way are harder to find.

How long does CBD take to work?

When you choose to take CBD oil or paste orally, the effect can take between 30 minutes to 2 hours but can last up to 8 hours.

If you place it under your tongue, any that gets absorbed should take effect in 15 to 20 minutes.

The fastest results come from vaping, which can create an impact in as little as ten minutes.

If you choose to apply CBD topically or insert rectally or vaginally, it’ll likely take between 20 and 35 minutes.

How will it make me feel?

CBD does not make you feel high because, unlike THC, it is non-intoxicating. Depending on the person and the quantity of CBD consumed, some of our customers report no noticeable sensations while others experienced a feeling of relaxation and general grounding.

Conclusion

If you’re still not sure where to start, we recommend beginning with a 5% CBD oil and placing the recommended number of drops under your tongue. This will give you a good introduction to CBD as a food supplement. Once you’ve found out how it works for you, you can get creative and use it in different ways or try a broader range of products.

I hope this has been useful and let us know if you want to know more or we have missed something important.

What has been your experience with CBD oil?

My husband started taking CBD oil at the recommendation of my mother. He would get HUNDREDS of ulcers in his mouth and down his esophagus. Doctors put him on a very expensive pill (still in its testing phase) that cut the number of ulcers he would get by 75%. But that’s still usually have 10-20 at a time. It was hard for him to talk, eat, or even smile. Not sure how my mom made the connection that it might help, but he was basically like “the pills I’ve been on for years don’t really help, so I might as well try”. He began at Christmas of last year and within a month he had mostly cleared up. He gets maybe 1-2 ulcers every few months now. He has been able to put on more weight and his quality of life has vastly improved. Plus, if he had stayed on the pill we would have never been able to have kids, so that option that we once thought was impossible is now something that could actually happen!