The topic of CBD is a hot one and one that is showing no signs of slowing down. After writing so much about the topic in the past and having done research on CBD, I wanted to share something a bit more personal – I’ve used CBD oil and my other half James uses CBD products as well.
Today we are sharing with you a Q&A James and I had that we hope will clear up any misconceptions about what CBD oil is, what it does, and why he opted to use this alternative medicine for pain relief. Even though the experience James has with CBD is only anecdotal, scientific research into the medical properties of CBD is booming.
CBD Q&A With An Actual CBD User
Q – CBD oil may have a better rap than conventional marijuana for many quite obvious reasons, but there is still a lot of misconceptions about it. What led you to want to try CBD products?
A – I’ve suffered from very bad back pain for a number of reasons. Mainly due to a couple of bulged discs I suffered over the last few years. The resulting sciatic pain that it has caused has been hard to deal with. In addition, I spend a huge number of hours on my computer, which causes a lot of strain on my back muscles. I also suffer from occasional anxiety.
I was a bit over-reliant on painkillers for a while, and to be honest, they made me feel quite unwell at times. For a long time, I wanted to try something more natural but didn’t know where to start. Obviously, CBD has been very much in the news in the last year or so. Plus its benefits have been highlighted in the media. I thought I’d give it a try, and I haven’t looked back.
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Q – What is CBD? Is CBD oil just “legal” marijuana?
A – CBD isn’t marijuana! It’s one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that causes the feeling of “getting high” often associated with marijuana. CBD products that are legal in the UK either contain no THC or low doses of .2% or less.
Q – So, CBD doesn’t make you feel high?
A – That’s right. In fact, I’ve been taking CBD for some time and I actually don’t know what it is to feel high as I’ve never tried marijuana in my life.
Q – In what form do you consume it, and why did you choose that method?
A – I did a bit of research before trying it for the first time and I decided that the easiest and most effective way for me would be to use a disposable CBD vape pen. It gives me about 200 puffs, which actually lasts between 2-3 months. Plus, it’s very affordable.
Q – You mentioned that it’s the easiest and most effective to vape it, in your case. Why is that?
A – Well, I wanted to get away from taking tablets. So I opted to not go for it in capsule form, which takes longer to get the effect of the CBD anyway. I also found that vaping is the fastest acting method. It gives me quick relief when I am in excruciating back pain or I’m feeling particularly anxious. There are a number of different ways to vape CBD, so see if this method might be good for you too.
Q – What is CBD, in any of its forms used for?
A – Research suggests that marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 BC. As CBD is basically the compound that is extracted from cannabis for its health benefits, CBD can be extremely effective with pain relief. It can also reduce anxiety and help with high blood pressure.
Q – Does CBD cause side effects?
A – There are no known side effects with hemp-derived CBD products. We know that marijuana has side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, or nausea. But you won’t experience these with CBD products since the concentration of THC they contain is minimal. Personally, I’ve never experienced side effects and I don’t use too much CBD anyway.
Q – Are you worried about CBD oil becoming addictive?
A – I only take it in relatively small doses every couple of days and I haven’t felt any addiction at all. I don’t feel any compulsion to have CBD for any other reason other than it helps with my pain and anxiety. I read recently that the World Health Organisation did a study on whether CBD oil is addictive. And they said pretty categorically that it isn’t.
Q – We travel quite extensively which leads me to ask. Will CBD oil, which is the form you use it in, pass security at airports?
A – It’s always best to check whether CBD oil is legal in the countries you are travelling to. Generally speaking, as long as your CBD oil is derived from hemp it’s perfectly legal to carry it in your checked baggage. This is because CBD oil derived from hemp won’t contain THC (the compound that gets you high). Vape pens should be carried in carry-on luggage.
I hope you found this Q&A informative and that it’s given you some understanding of how helpful CBD is to those who use it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.