9 Myths about CBD Oil, Busted!

9 Myths about CBD Oil, Busted!

9 Myths about CBD Oil, Busted! 

Even though CBD oil is flooding the mainstream media and everyone from Uncle Rory to Fido the dog is enjoying its benefits, there are still a number of misconceptions about CBD oil. We’re here to separate the fact from the fiction. 

Myth 1: CBD still gets you ‘high” 

Fact: While CBD and THC come from the same plant, they are two very different compounds. THC has psychoactive properties, CBD does not, so you will not get intoxicated or ‘high’. However, CBD does still affect the brain – it has been shown to be beneficial in easing anxiety and other mental disorders.  

Myth 2: All CBD is the same 

Fact: Different companies use different processes to extract and manufacture their CBD oils, so the amount of CBD, the amount of additional compounds, and the carrier oils can differ from product to product. So check your labels. Cannabex for example is made from pure CBD, isolated from hemp through CO2 extraction, and combined with naturally occurring MCT vegetable oil. 

Myth 3: CBD will cure me 

Fact: While CBD offers a number of health benefits, it won’t cure your disease or illness, but rather acts as a supplement or additional therapy, and it should be treated as such.  

Myth 4: Only adults can take it 

Fact: No research has indicated that CBD oil is not beneficial for children, or even pets. CBD can help ease their anxiety, improve sleep and even treat sunburn! It is however advisable to discuss it with your doctor first. 

Myth 5: CBD converts to THC iyour stomach 

Fact: This myth stems from a study done in 2016 which used artificial gastric fluid and saw that there was potential for CBD to be converted into THC. This study has since been largely disproved saying the same would not apply in an actual human stomach. 

Myth 6: CBD makes you sleepy 

Fact: A number of people take CBD oil to help them sleep. The fact is CBD doesn’t actually help you fall asleep, but rather improves the quality of your sleep.  In fact, CBD has been shown to keep you awake and improve focus, but once bed-time comes around it can help with the underlying factors that disrupt sleep, such as anxiety and pain. 

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Myth 7: CBD Oil iillegal  

Fact: In May 2019CBD was moved from the list of strictly-controlled drugs (schedule 7), to schedule 4, which means it is now available on prescription for medicinal use. At the same time, low-dose CBD products received a 12-month exemption from the requirements of the Medicines Act which means they may now be sold by anyone, be it a health shop or an online store, as long as they meet the following two requirements; the maximum daily dosage may not exceed 20 milligrams and the products may not claim to treat or cure a specific medical condition.  

This exemption will expire on 15 May 2020 unless renewed, so for the time being, CBD oil is definitely legal. 

Myth 8: You can become addicted to CBD 

Fact: Research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential. In fact, it has been shown to assist in preventing addiction from other sources (painkillers etc)by reducing cravings and managing withdrawal symptoms.  

Myth 9: CBD Oil ijust another fad 

True, the CBD industry has become particularly ‘trendy” of latewith every manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon. But while there is still plenty more research to be done, we do know that, produced correctly, CBD (and its benefits) is here to stay. So make sure you check your labels, purchase wisely, and reap the benefits.  

The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.   

CBD Dosage: How Much Do You Take?

CBD Dosage: How Much Do You Take?

CBD Dosage: How Much Do You Take?

By now we have established that CBD oil offers numerous therapeutic and medicinal benefits. But how much do you take? Do you take the same amount for say epilepsy as you would for inflammation for it to be effective?

The short answer to the above question: no. Research has shown that even though high doses of CBD are considered safe, a high dose might be ineffective for your particular ailment. It is very important that you take the right amount, otherwise it might not work for you at all.

Figuring out how much to take can be a complicated business so we’ll break it down for you:

Firstly, if you are taking CBD therapeutically, (and it’s not on prescription), by law you are not allowed to have more than 20mg a day. So we are typically referring to the CBD that you will need to get on prescription for this article, but the same rules will still apply.

Basically, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the optimal dosage. You will need to take the following factors into consideration, as well as perform a bit of trial and error to find the correct dose for you.

  • Your weight: A heavier person will need more CBD for it to be effective.
  • Your body chemistry: Everyone’s Endocannabinoid System(ECS) system is different and it changes throughout one’s life so an optimal dosage in your twenties could be very different in your fifties for example.
  • The condition you are treating: epilepsy and anxiety need to be treated very differently with different dosages.
  • The specific product: oils, capsules and gummies all have different concentration of CBD.
  • Whether the product contains a CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD.

The last point is worthy of further elaboration. Studies have found that CBD isolate has a very narrow window of effectiveness. This is called the bell-shaped response curve (or upside down U). Its optimal effectiveness peaks at a medium dose and tapers off at a low and high dose – and this exact dosage is difficult to pinpoint. Hence it if often more effective to take a full-spectrum CBD product which brings with it additional support in the form of terpenes and phenolics – this is known as the entourage effect. These compounds provide complementary support by targeting different neurotransmitters, delaying absorption and effectively treating pain and inflammation on their own.

Okay, so how do I know how much to take?

For chronic conditions, ask your doctor. He knows your body type best and can prescribe the best dosage specifically for you.

Alternatively, we recommend you start at the lowest dose and gradually increase it each week, until you hit the sweet spot. As we mentioned the optimal dosage for you might require a bit of trial and error.

Read the dosage instructions on the packaging

As mentioned previously, the different products come in different concentrations so make sure you know the correct dosage for each. The packaging will give you a good guideline, but even then how do you know how much is in each dose? Capsules are the easiest in this regard, because you know exactly how much CBD you are ingesting with each capsule. Consuming oils or vaping CBD is a bit more complicated when it comes to dosage and there is no method that is 100% accurate. Generally, a single drop holds 0.05 milliliters (mL) of liquid, so to figure out the amount of CBD in that single drop you will need to times the number of millilitres in the bottle by 0.05 which will give you the number of drops in the bottle and then divide the total milligrams of CBD in the bottle with the number of drops, and this will give you the amount of CBD (in milligram) per drop.

CBD has been known to interact with certain medications, so this is another reason we recommend consulting your doctor first about his recommended dosage.

The good news is you can’t take too much CBD, but for it to be truly effective the correct dosage is vital.

 

The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.  

CBD Oil For Dogs: All You Need To Know

CBD Oil For Dogs: All You Need To Know

 

If you’re researching CBD oil and dogs and landed on this page, you probably already know the benefits CBD oil has for humans. Well, the good news is it can have the same benefits for your dogs too!

How so?

Humans and dogs have the same endocannabinoid system (the system that comprises the cannabinoid receptor sites such as the brain, central nervous and immune systems). CBD targets this system, either stimulating or inhibiting the receptors in the body into action.

Here are some of the more common benefits that CBD oil has for dogs:

  • Pain relief
    Whether it’s arthritic pain, or a sprained muscle, CBD oil can provide much-needed relief for your furry family member.
  • Anti-depressant
    Is your pooch anxious? Does he suffer from separation anxiety? Is he terrified of car journeys, thunderstorms or fireworks? CBD oil can help.
  • Anti-aggression
    CBD oil has been known to calm overly aggressive dogs. Sure, there could be a number of reasons why your pet displays aggressive behaviour, but CBD oil can contribute to relieving stress-related aggression.
  • Post-op recovery
    CBD oil has been known to aid recovery, thanks to its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Treatment for seizures
    Studies have shown that CBD oil can be extremely effective in managing seizures in dogs. In fact, the only FDA-approved drug containing CBD is one that treats epilepsy.
  • Improve appetite
    Is your pooch feeling poorly and as a result, not eating, and therefore missing out on much needed nutrients? CBD oil is known to increase metabolism, stimulate the appetite and reduce nausea – all with the result of getting him eating again and on the road to recovery.

Do you have to give dog-specific CBD oil?

While the principles of the endocannabinoid system are the same in humans and dogs, dogs have smaller brains than humans and as such, fewer cannabinoid receptors and smaller endocannabinoid systems, so some concentrations in products designed for humans might be too high for dogs.

“Human” products might also contain ingredients deemed not safe for dogs, or might even contain traces of THC which dogs are more sensitive to (and has the possibility of causing the opposite effect, such as increased anxiety).  So it’s best to use dog-specific products or chat to your veterinarian about a brand or product he recommends as treatment for your dog’s specific ailment.

 

 

Types of CBD products available for your dog

It is recommended that you start with tinctures as these are the easiest for your pooch to digest.

Treats in the form of pellets or biscuits might be the easiest way to administer CBD (and doubles as a tasty reward or training tool).

Alternatively, drizzle oil over his food or hide a capsule in some food and place it directly into his mouth.

The correct dosage is imperative, so be sure to follow the package (or your vet’s) instructions to the letter. As with any herbal (or medicinal) treatment, the effects might take a while to kick in, so be patient.

If you are looking for an alternate way to treat your pet suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, chat to your veterinarian about including CBD oil in his or her treatment plan.

 

The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.  

5 Surprising Benefits Of CBD Cream

5 Surprising Benefits Of CBD Cream

5 Surprising Benefits Of CBD Cream

You’ve heard of CBD oil sure, but what about CBD applied topically? Is it as effective? This writer put it to the test and was surprised by the results. – By Kirsten Curtis

I have suffered with hip pain of varying degrees ever since I came off my mountain bike 10 years ago and tore the labrum. The scarring after the surgery and general wear and tear resulted in me getting diagnosed with the onset of osteoarthritis earlier this year. I’ve learned to live with the pain, what sets it off and what to do if it flairs up. But still, it’s pretty darn frustrating.

Then I was told to give CBD oil a try.

Nervous to ingest it, I decided to put the topical cream to the test. So I tried out the Cannabex CBD muscle and joint cream and here’s what I experienced:

It Really Helped With Pain

Within days of me applying it to the affected area (generously, as instructed), I noticed a substantial reduction of pain in the hip, which has been particularly painful of late thanks to the cold weather and because I have been doing a fair bit of running instead of the usual cycling which is my preferred sport of choice. Within a few days, I was able to don my running shoes and set off virtually pain-free. Seriously!

Okay, so this is the obvious one. It’s marketed as helping you with pain and that’s why I took it, but what else did I notice?

My Range Of Motion Improved

I try and do pilates twice a week. Whenever we do stretches, I have to modify the moves for the dodgy hip as it’s usually too stiff to comply with the instructor’s bidding. After a week (give or take) of using the cream, I was doing stretches I was only able to do 10 years ago! (Hello Pigeon Pose!)

My Skin Was Amazing!

I know we’re talking about my hips here – and who really sees the skin on your hips (other than you and your partner) but my skin was supple, moisturised and smooth to the touch. (A massive win for me, especially now during winter when my skin has really taken a beating.)

I Smelled Really Good

The camphor in the cream gives it that eucalyptus-like smell; intense and woody, but not overpowering. The menthol ingredient gives it a fresh “just cleaned my teeth” kind of feeling. And together, they smell like dynamite. (Figuratively, not literally!)

I Got A Great Massage

I would take a few minutes every morning and every evening to give myself an awesome massage. And who doesn’t deserve a bit of self-love?

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The Verdict?

I realise the other ingredients in the cream definitely have something to do with the moisturizing and smelling good part, but I was really impressed with the effectiveness in pain relief and joint mobility. And I didn’t have to swallow anything – bonus, when you’re paranoid about taking any form of drug (herbal or otherwise). Whether it’s a long-term cure is yet to be seen, but it goes a long way to helping with pain management, and for that, I (and my hips) are eternally grateful.

Of course, this might just be my experience. But why not give it a try, and see what it can do for you?

The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health. 

 

 

Is CBD Oil Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is CBD Oil Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is CBD Oil Safe? Here’s What You Need To Know

CBD oil is the new buzz word around town and everyone from anxious students, to cancer patients, to moms who need more sleep are putting this miraculous oil, with a light amber tincture, under their tongues and reaping the benefits.

Now that it’s been made legal in South Africa, more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon. But just how safe is it? And how do you know which products to trust?

The Legal Stuff

In May 2019, Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi moved Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from dagga, from the list of strictly-controlled drugs (schedule 7), to schedule 4, which means it is now available on prescription for medicinal use. At the same time, he issued a 12-month exemption from the requirements of the Medicines Act for low-dose CBD products – they may now be sold by anyone, be it a health shop or an online store, as long as they meet the following two requirements; the maximum daily dosage may not exceed 20 milligrams and the products may not claim to treat or cure a specific medical condition.

This exemption will expire on15 May 2020 unless renewed, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens to the control of the sale of CBD after that. In the meantime, thousands of South Africans are putting it to the test, taking it to treat a range of symptoms from pain, insomnia and depression to inflammatory diseases, cancer-related symptoms, and Alzheimer’s.

How Safe Is CBD Oil?

Reports indicate it is generally a safe substance even over 1000 mg per day. According to the Pre-Review Report issued in 2017 by the World Health Organisation to the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, CBD is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.“ At the time of the report, there had been no evidence of any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD. Clinical studies have also reported that even high doses of oral CBD do not cause the effects that are characteristic when THC (the compound that makes you “high”) is present, and evidence from experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential (ie it’s unlikely you can get addicted to it).

What Are The Risks Of Taking CBD Oil?

As with anything that sounds like it’s too good to be true, there are usually some caveats. CBD oil is still a relatively ‘new’ substance, and much more research is needed before we understand all the risks and consequences. Some reported side-effects include diarrhea, drowsiness, reduced appetite, and fatigue, but these may be as a result of interactions between CBD and existing medications, so speak to your healthcare provider before you start taking it.

The legal dosage for over-the-counter CBD oil is set to 20mg for a reason. This is the dosage that is considered safe as a food product. Anything above, and it acts as a medicine and would need a doctor’s intervention for effective treatment and dosage.

How Reliable Is The Product You’re Taking?

Another cause for concern is the unreliability of the purity and dosage of CBD in some products. According to mayoclinic.org, a recent study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than labelled. In addition, THC was found in 18 products.

So make sure you are buying a reputable product. The Cannabex range of products for example, use pure CBD isolate, derived from the Hemp plant, so all of the other cannabinoids (including THC) are non-existent.

Cannabex also uses CO2 extraction as its means of extracting the CBD, which results in a pure, clean, quality oil, which needs little post-processing, is safer and is healthier for your consumption.

The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.