The term ‘CBD oil’ has become increasingly popular in recent years, and more people are now incorporating CBD products into their daily life. Cannabidiol has undoubtedly become a part of our daily routines across many cultures, for the simple reason that regularly consuming CBD oil grants a multitude of health benefits. CBD oil is also fairly easy to consume in exchange for the associated benefits.
That being said, many of us feel obligated to educate ourselves and connect more deeply about what we put into our bodies. Nordic Oil is committed to establishing awareness, educating people, and making CBD more accessible. Our belief is to deliver high-quality and innovative products to our Nordic Oil Family, all over the world.
We hope to be a reliable source for our Nordic family to be informed and make confident decisions while buying Nordic Oil CBD products.
What does CBD stand for?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a plant compound from either the Hemp or Cannabis plant. In the US our CBD comes from Organically grown and harvested Hemp.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the ‘cannabinoids’ that is naturally present in both the hemp and the cannabis plant.
In simple terms, ‘cannabinoids’ are active plant compounds that are present in many plants. However, the term cannabinoid is often associated with only one type of plant- the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol (or CBD as many of you will know it), is one of the most popularised and well-researched Cannabinoids.
So far, research has led to the discovery of more than 500 natural chemical ingredients from cannabis. Yet less than one hundred cannabinoids have actually been identified. Among them, CBD and THC are the most familiar. So it is important to consider that because of this, there is still a lot of knowledge to be gained from unidentified cannabinoids.
Other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, which have already been identified and researched, include THC, CBN, THCV, CBG, CBC, CBL, and many more.
Each of these cannabinoids possesses different qualities due to their distinct chemical structures, of which THC and CBD are the most extensively studied. Particularly THC, due to its psychoactive properties or intoxicating effects when consumed in high quantities. But, unlike THC, CBD does not exhibit psychoactive effects because its molecular structures are aligned differently.
||Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis
Indica and Ruderalis have fewer leaves;
Sativa can have 3-10 leaves;
Middle leaf is larger;
||High THC (5-35%)
||Low THC (<0.2%)
|USE AND PURPOSE
||Medicinal and Recreational
||Textiles, food, body care
What makes a cannabinoid psychoactive?
Does it not make you wonder how hundreds of compounds from the same plant (cannabis) could possess such different qualities?
Firstly, we must consider the respective botanical complexities, in order to classify and study plant species that are geographically wide-spread across the world. Secondly, the existing classification of the types of Cannabis is based upon their medical properties for pharmacological applications.
Therefore scientific literature on cannabis covers a broad classification (also known as chemotypes) of cannabis, categorised by both drug type and fibre type. The drug types are used and researched for medicinal purposes, and the fibre types in various commercial purposes.
Thus, the psychoactivity of a cannabinoid could depend on:
- the ratio of THC and CBD,
- the molecular structure of the atoms, and
- interactions with other chemicals.
Are marijuana, hemp, and CBD the same?
No. Certainly not. People often get confused with these interchangeably used terms. Marijuana and hemp are names of the species of the plant but CBD is one of the chemical compounds found in them.
Cannabis is an umbrella term for all the different species that are members of the same family. To make a broad classification of all the species of cannabis, we can consider the following groups: Sativa, Ruderalis, and Indica. Having said this, theorists from scientific literature report divergent views on classification and naming, which could be the reason why grasping a clear understanding of marijuana, cannabis, or hemp seems confusing.
Marijuana could either belong to Sativa or Indica. The high percentage of THC compound in marijuana is a distinctive feature of the strain. Therefore, they get used for both recreational as well as medical marijuana research.
The hemp plant, also known as industrial hemp, is another variety of cannabis strains, with low levels of THC, (i.e less than 0.2%), and high amounts of CBD. The hemp plant is also a source of renewable raw material, so it is highly adaptable and suitable for multiple purposes including; food, animal feed, industrial use, fibre, clothing, biofuel, body care, and more.
CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in both hemp and marijuana strains. When it comes to extracting CBD, hemp varieties are mostly preferred.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is the extract from the cannabis plant.
We mentioned above some terms like strains, species, and chemotypes, all of which refer to the different varieties of cannabis. High CBD content cannabis strains are also selectively cultivated.
The next important aspect you need to consider when learning about CBD oil is carrier oils.
Cannabis extracts are highly lipophilic. Hence, they often need a ‘carrier’ to make it easy for the body to absorb and digest them. Thus carrier oils help improve CBD’s bioavailability. CBD also combines well with fatty substances, as they help to increase the absorption of the cannabinoid. For example, hemp seed oil fractionated MCT oil and black seed oil are some of the carrier oils which are predominantly used in CBD oils.
Nordic Oil CBD oils
We use hemp seed oil, as a carrier oil in our CBD Oils, primarily for its many health benefits. Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3 and are considered a superfood.
Also, black seed oil is used as a carrier oil in CBD oil with curcumin and is available in 15% and 20% potencies.
Our bestselling Full Spectrum CBD Oils are available in 5%, 15%, and 20% concentrations with less than 0.05% THC.
Top benefits of CBD oil
It is indeed a vast and subjective discussion. There is an ever-growing collection of information on the Internet and one can easily find claims regarding the array of potential health benefits of CBD oil. At Nordic Oil, we aim to educate you with reliable and research-backed information, in order to create a practical guide for people who seek the best from nature.
From a research perspective, the range of health benefits that cannabinoids address and their applicability to various conditions is a work in progress. However, experts in the field actively discuss the potential medicinal uses of different cannabinoids, including CBD oil.
Therefore there are several aspects to consider while researching the health benefits of CBD, or other cannabinoids for that matter:
- How cannabinoids flow in the human body?
- The influence of several aspects such as the formulation, route of administration, metabolism, other health conditions, and ongoing medication, and how these influence the effectiveness of the CBD oil.
- Understanding how to best administer CBD and how to tailor the dosage, according to an individual’s requirements.
For instance, research and studies on cannabis have extensively reported that CBD could improve sleep quality, alertness, and manage pain. Today, through social media, we are exposed to a huge amount of content that shares the experiences of a huge number of CBD users across the world. But, its contradictory side effects make it complicated and confusing for commoners to perceive.
How should you take CBD oil?
Using CBD oil is a simple process.
One of the most efficient and common ways to consume CBD oil is by taking it sublingually (under the tongue). Simply place the drops directly under your tongue, hold for a minute to allow the oil to diffuse, and then swallow. The tiny blood vessels or capillaries under the tongue help to absorb substances quickly into the bloodstream without passing through the digestive system.
Another popular method of taking CBD oil is to add the drops directly into your food, hot drinks, and cold drinks. Some people also prefer to infuse CBD oil with essential oils and apply it to their skin.
How much CBD oil do I take?
Just like when trying new foods, you also start with small amounts while beginning to use CBD. Our CBD Oil bottles include a pipette to allow for easy and practical usage. On the label, you will find the amount of CBD in mg per drop, as well as a recommended daily dosage guide.
Our Tip: Stand in front of a mirror when taking the drops, so that you can clearly see how much oil is coming out of the pipette.
In all our CBD oil bottles, you could find the measurement marks in the dropper that can help you decide the amount of CBD oil that you want to take per dose.
When it comes to dosage, each individual may require a different dose. If you are a beginner and eager to incorporate CBD into your routine, follow the ‘start low and go slow’ approach. Experienced users might opt for a higher dose.
Can I take CBD oil every day?
Yes, you can take CBD oil every day and incorporate it into your daily routine. When you are beginning your wellness journey with CBD, it is important not to overload your system, since it is often the case at the start, that ‘less is more’.
Some users who regularly take CBD for a period of many months will sometimes pause for a week to allow the body to essentially reset itself. This approach can help the body to maximise the positive effect of CBD.
How does CBD oil make you feel?
This is undoubtedly one of the most common questions that one could have while starting a CBD oil routine. Above all, you need to understand that CBD is non-psychoactive and does not get you high.
So, how does CBD oil make you feel?
Generally, CBD can help to bring the body and mind into a more balanced state, which could make you more relaxed and calm.
All of our oils are also full-spectrum and therefore can enhance the effects of CBD due to a so-called ‘entourage effect’. This is because the full-spectrum contains all the important cannabinoids of the hemp plant (not just CBD), such as CBDa, CBN, CBC, as well as traces of THC and THCa (less than 0,05%) and also naturally occurring terpenes.
Is the entourage effect the same as feeling high?
Feeling high is different from the entourage effect. A full-spectrum CBD oil brings out the overall effect of all the cannabinoids and terpenes with a positive outcome, without the risk of any psychoactive effects or ‘feeling high’.
Through our experience, the entourage effect can provide much broader health benefits since the entire cannabis plant is used, so this is the reason why we incorporate it. Only psychoactive cannabinoids are responsible for the high that most people fear. Feeling high could be a relaxed experience accompanied by some unwanted effects such as delusions, confusion, paranoia, and others.
An isolated formulation of pure CBD oil will not produce the benefits of the entourage effect.
Is CBD oil safe?
There are two sides to the safety aspect.
When it comes to consumption, a 2018 WHO (World Health Organisation) review report has stated that CBD is well-tolerated with a good safety profile and there are no public health issues associated with CBD so far.
Having said this, as with any supplements, the use of CBD and its effects are based on several individual conditions. Hence it is good practice to talk to your doctor who can guide you with the right dose of cbd. Here it is important to consider any other medications you are taking, as well as pre-existing health conditions.
With respect to legal safety, the legislative landscape is continuously changing to ensure the lawful supply of CBD products. The regulatory status of CBD is not only complicated but also constantly evolving.
Growing public interest and demand for hemp-derived CBD products has led to rigorous interventions from public health and safety agencies. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Europe regulate matters on cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products.
Besides, there are some safety precautions to keep in mind while you are looking for CBD products. There are several brands online that promote CBD products. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check and inquire about product quality. Each CBD product has different strengths, and some products may contain less CBD than the amount mentioned in the labels.
Nordic Oil CBD products follow the highest standard practices for production and quality control. Our CBD products are labeled precisely and clearly to help you with necessary information and instructions. Our third-party lab tests reports provide transparent information on the product standard, what it contains, and in what percentages.
Additionally, our customer support team is happy to help you with all your queries about CBD through phone, chat, or email.
Side effects of CBD oil
Generally, there are no adverse side effects reported on consuming CBD oil. However, on a case-to-case basis, one may experience dry mouth, mood changes, or drowsiness. Again, these reactions could vary based on age, metabolism, lifestyle, prevailing health condition, ongoing medication for any disease or condition, etc.
For people suffering from any ailment or health condition, please make it a practice to talk to your medical advisor about incorporating CBD into your wellness routine.
We strongly advise not to take CBD when pregnant, since there is not enough research in this field.
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