Look up CBD oil on the Internet, and you’re sure to find articles claiming the product is a cure-all compound.
Initial research into CBD products was a “mixed bag,” Dr. Taylor Lougheed, a family, emergency, sport, and cannabinoid physician, told the Toronto Sun.
However, Lougheed said the research is improving quickly.
To help you navigate the world of CBD products, here are five common questions people ask:
IS ALL CBD OIL EQUAL?
All CBD oil is not the same.
“The concentration of the CBD or other things that could vary,” Dr. Mary Clifton, practicing New York medical doctor and founder of cbdandcannabisinfo.com, told the Sun.
Insecticides, pesticides, and heavy metals are a few of the things that can be found in CBD oil purchased on the illicit market, Clifton added.
“Unregulated CBD products may contain no CBD or much more than they suggest, along with other unknown, undesirable ingredients,” according to the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).
It’s information cannabis consumers should keep in mind when deciding what, where and who they’re going to buy from.
CAN CBD OIL BE USED TO HELP YOU SLEEP?
Many cannabis users have reported they use CBD to help with insomnia and less severe sleep management issues.
On the other hand, there are reports of people who say it doesn’t work for them.
Clifton referenced a study that used a medicinal CBD product to treat post-traumatic stress disorder-induced insomnia and nightmares that suggested promising results.
More research needs to be done, but Lougheed said research shows positive results of studies looking at treating other ailments such as epilepsy and even multiple sclerosis.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE CBD BEFORE IT STARTS TO ‘WORK’?
According to Clifton, many of her patients have told her they used CBD oil with no noticeable effect.
“For most people to know if it’s going to work, it could take more than two weeks,” Clifton said.
However, Health Canada states “there no precise doses or established uniform dosing schedules for products such as fresh marijuana, smoked/vapourized marijuana, or cannabis oil.”
Furthermore, the federal agency states that dosing is “highly individualized,” recommending you approach consumption by starting low and going slow.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DRINK A BOTTLE OF CBD OIL? WILL I OVERDOSE?
“There is no documented case of death resulting from a toxic overdose of cannabis,” according to the OCS.
Clifton took a harder line on the subject, saying it’s “impossible.”
The effects wouldn’t be enough to impact your ability to breathe or impair the function of the heart, Clifton explained
The distinction for new cannabis users between CBD and THC is important as well, as CBD doesn’t make you high.
“CBD doesn’t really have recreational potential,” Lougheed added.
IS CBD OIL HARMLESS?
More research needs to be conducted to conclusively determine if there are any long-term effects of consuming CBD oil.
“CBD is not purported to produce a high or intoxication, many people consider it a harmless substance,” according to the OCS.
“There certainly are side effects,” Clifton said, citing the reported benefits patients have told her they have experienced. “We have a product that’s pretty powerful here.”
“The side effect profile is so much more attractive than other (drugs),” Clifton said, adding: “The side effects around CBD are just not as significant.”
Clifton noted that many patients of hers have turned to CBD oil for relief from their ailments because of the side effects of traditional drug treatments.