CBD for Beginners
WHAT IS CBD OIL | HOW CBD WORKS | BENEFITS | HOW TO USE | WHAT CBD FEELS LIKE | SIDE EFFECTS | TYPE OF CBD EXTRACTS | CBD HK REGULATIONS | CHOOSE & BUY
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“CBD oil is the best thing I’ve ever tried for anxiety, and I didn’t even know that I had anxiety!”
– Joe Rogan
What Is CBD Oil
CBD Oil, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Under U.S. law, cannabis is the plant itself, and hemp and marijuana are specific parts of the plant. Hemp refers to the sterilized seeds, stems, stalks and roots. Marijuana is in reference to the viable seeds, leaves and flowers.
The two most known chemical compounds in the plant are CBD and THC, and those two have not much in common.
CBD does not get you high, THC does!
Furthermore, Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, while Marijuana could reach 35% THC. To find out more about the difference, read our full article CBD Vs. THC .
The Two Brothers from Different Fathers
How CBD Works
In the simplest explanation, all cannabinoids produce effects in the body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors, which form part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is responsible for maintaining your homeostasis = mood, balance, equilibrium & stability.
The body produces two receptors:
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, particularly in the brain. They co-ordinate movement, pain, emotion, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
CBD stimulates the receptors so that the body produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.
The list of benefits CBD provides is long and growing, as scientists continue to unearth new health benefits and use cases for CBD. This chart provides an overview of the benefits we’ll review in the following sections. .
Why do you take CDB?
* Based on a CBDistillery survey performed on over 25K users.
How to Use CBD
There are various ways of using CBD oil. All our products come with enclosed user guide. You are advised to consult with your health care practitioner prior to use of our products as dietary supplements.
CBDistillery’s survey shows that the average daily CBD dose is 60mg to 200mg. We recommend to start with 30 mg, wait 2-3 hours, and increase as necessary to achieve the desired effect. Recommended dosages vary between individuals and depend on factors such as: body weight, concentration of the product, purpose for using CBD.
What CBD Feels Like
Having said that it will not get you high, most common question that people ask is what CBD makes you feel like.
Our supplier CBDistillery, surveyed thousands of active CBD users with the question “What Does CBD Feel Like?” and compiled the results.
“Natural Relaxation” was the most common answer, so after further questioning users explained as:
“Taking CBD doesn’t have an isolated feeling. It’s more the removal of unwanted feelings (anxiety, pain, stress), therefore putting you in a calm, pleasant state.”
“It does not make me feel high, drunk, or stimulated. It does make me feel cool, calm and composed. A feeling that lasts about three to five hours.”
“Simply, it takes the edge off.”
Risk and Side Effects
Generally, the research indicates that the side effects of CBD are minimal and rare. Of course, one caveat to all this is that a majority of CBD research has been done on animals, not humans, and we do have different physiologies. Even so, thus far the research indicates that CBD tends to be well-tolerated by people, even with chronic use or doses as high as 1,500 mg/day. Some people, who took more than 1,500 mg/day reported dry mouth, nausea, and diarrhea.
As with most therapies, CBD use may entail some risks. It may interact with supplements and other drugs.
Furthermore, it is not possible to know if a product:
- is safe and effective for everyone to use
- has the properties or contents stated on the packaging
Anyone who is using CBD – whether as a prescription drug or in other forms — should first speak to a doctor.
Types of Extracts
CBD is a booming new business that everyone is talking about. From professional athletes to senior citizens, everyone is turning their heads to this new form of medicine. With so many different types of CBD on the market, it can be helpful to know how your CBD products are made. Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate are the three most common types of CBD, and they’re each created differently.
Full Spectrum | <0.3% THC
Full Spectrum CBD products are created from hemp through a full plant extraction. They contain naturally occurring cannabinoids (includes <0.3% THC), plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins of the original hemp source.
Full Spectrum CBD is illegal in Hong Kong!
Broad Spectrum | 0% THC
Broad Spectrum CBD products are created by taking Full Spectrum extract and further processing it to remove trace amounts of THC. They contain an array of naturally occurring cannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins of the original hemp source. Similar to Full Spectrum, these compounds work together in what is known as the “Entourage Effect.”
CBD Isolate | 0% THC
CBD Isolate is created by removing all other molecules, except CBD, from the Full Spectrum extract, leaving the CBD in an anhydrous state. All that remains is a white powder that is high purity CBD with 0% THC. This powder is applied into various CBD Isolate products such as oils, edibles, and topicals.
CBD HK Regulations
CBD is legal in Hong Kong. According to several official government press announcements, CBD (cannabidiol) is not classified as a dangerous drug and is therefore not controlled under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.
It’s important to note that THC and its derivatives are illegal in Hong Kong and anything containing these substances is prohibited.
When purchasing CBD products, it is important to look at labels or ask the seller to make sure you are purchasing Broad Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate-based products to avoid unintentionally breaching the law.
Here are the three types of CBD oil, based on their content. Please, note that one of them (Full Spectrum) is not legal in Hong Kong.
- Full Spectrum CBD: Products are not legal in Hong Kong.
- Broad Spectrum CBD: No THC, but all other cannabidiols and terpenes are present. (Legal in HK)
- Isolate CBD: extract of pure CBD. (Legal in HK)
Furthermore, it is not legal to sell or buy open container Cannabidiol. Vendors or resellers are not allowed to split or repack any product. They must be sold with the original seal, the way they were packaged by the manufacturer!*
* There are no Hong Kong CBD Manufacturers!
Choose and Buy CBD Products
Know Your CBD Source
Always take care when buying any kind of supplement, but especially with CBD products.
Fly-by-night companies want to cash in on the projected $24 billion CBD marketplace. They’re not going to care about your safety, only your money. Many of them are disguised as White Label or Private Label, as they are not approved by any major manufacturer.
Find a Reliable CBD Source
Do your research! Whatever brand you choose to use, make sure there is enough information about it. Big brands would have millions of review, making it easier to choose what is right for you. These manufacturers perform more than just lab tests – they have regular government audits and comply with many additional requirements.