There is no doubt about it: Cannabis, commonly dubbed the “devil's lettuce," is going mainstream. Everywhere you look there is a new CBD self-care or beauty product on the market, and new CBD-based drugs that have been approved by the UK government to remedy common health-related disorders.
People are curious about the cannabinoid compounds present in this herb—which has been used for its therapeutic purposes for many years—and how it can benefit their health, especially when it boils down to reducing the use of over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs.
Head spinning yet? Well, consider this your complete CBD oil FAQ guide. To provide you with all the info you need about CBD oil, we rummaged around for the most-asked questions about the product.
Even better, we thoroughly researched the answers to the most-asked questions with help from the industry specialists, grouping similar questions together to help you find out everything you need to know about CBD oil.
Without further ado…
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of the many natural compounds present in the marijuana plant. THC is the most common of these compounds since it is the element that gets you stoned. On the flip side, CBD oil's medical benefits are unlimited, and it has no psychoactive properties.
CBD is also an essential part of the human body since we also produce our own Cannabinoids. In the simplest layman terms, CBD multiparts attach themselves to the Endocannabinoid System, which does an important job in our Homeostasis, meaning the equilibrium and balance between the different things that are continually happening inside of us.
The CBD produced by the cannabis plant mimics very well the CBD in human physiology, which is why it works so well as medication for us.
How Does CBD work?
The human body makes its own cannabis-type chemical called anandamide, commonly referred to as the pleasure molecule. CBD naturally increases the levels of your endocannabinoid, so if you take CBD in edibles or supplements, it goes into the blood, tinkling the body's countless endocannabinoid receptors.
What is the Difference Between CBD Vape-Oil & CBD Oil?
Most people think CBD vape oil and CBD oil are the same thing. Well, they're not. Before you go ahead and purchase CBD oil, and try to put it in your Electronic Cigarette, let us clarify some of the finer differences between the two products.
There are two terms we should focus on – “liquid" and “oil." CBD “oil" is usually made to be a potent product, which is to be ingested by mouth. CBD oil isn't intended to be gushed into a vape tank and smoked.
CBD e-liquids, or vape oil, are made to be vaped and inhaled as a vapor. In a nutshell, you should not vape regular CBD oil. You should be on the hunt for the correctly designed e-liquid in stock.
Can CBD get You High?
No, no, a million times, no. Which is exactly why CBD is all the buzz nowadays. CBD oil is made from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant that has high quantities of CBD, but little or no traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is commonly found in the marijuana plant.
What are the Advantages of Using CBD Topically?
Topical CBD products are mostly used for localized pain and skin conditions. Individuals with skin diseases like acne, burns or eczema have reported remarkable results using topical CBD products.
How Much CBD Oil Should You Take?
Sadly, there is no conclusive scientific answer to this. Honestly, it calls for some trial and error to get the right amount for your condition. But, with a lot of patience and practice, you will get to that “happy point." Experts recommend taking a specific amount, twice daily for the first four days to build it up in your system and so you can truly see what it's doing. After that, decrease or increase the amount you are taking based on the results you are seeing.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
CBD oil does not have any mind-altering effects like THC. There has been a lot of confusion regarding the legality of CBD oils in the UK. Nearly all cannabinoids are mainly classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, CBD oil is officially authorized, but some guidelines have been passed to control the consumption of the compound. CBD oil UK is legally accepted according to the concentration of compound used in the oil. For instance, in the UK, CBD oil shouldn't contain more than 0.2 percent of THC level in the oil.
Besides CBD, what is in CBD oil?
In addition to CBD, oils might have other cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, CBG and many more that work collectively to create what is recognized as the "entourage effect." These will all be contained in a carrier oil, which is mostly MCT oil, olive oil or hemp oil
Why is CBD Oil So Expensive?
Well, there're lots of steps and plant material needed to create the end product. Firstly, a considerable amount of hemp has to be grown, which takes months, to produce enough stalk and seeds to yield a very small amount of hemp extract. Then, the extract has to be widely tested to ensure its purity.
How Does CBD Work in Your Body?
Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors referred to as your CB2 and CB1 receptors, found all over your body. CB1 receptors are located throughout your nervous system, brain, and many other areas while CB2 receptors are linked to the cells of our immune systems.
Are CBD Products Safe?
YES. However, when selecting CBD oil, it's important to ensure that the company obtains CBD from pants that are free of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. Ensure all products are tested using third-party labs and that the company you're buying from has no problem sharing their lab results.
We're here. We're queer. Now that it's pride month, it feels like every store and corporation is flooding us with their best rainbow merchandise, capitalizing on a $917 billion dollar consumer market.
The rainbow flags are out. The mannequins are sporting pride tees. And corporate newsletters are full of interviews showcasing all their queer employees ("Look, we have a gay person here! We GET you!").
To me, this is blatant evidence that the future is queer.
These corporations follow the money, and with 20% of millennials and 31% of Gen Z openly identifying as queer, these businesses have to capitalize on the growing purchasing power of LGBTQIA+ consumers. With a recorded market size of $917 billion dollars in 2016, and a growing interest in socially conscious brands among young consumers, this is clearly a market opportunity that corporations cannot afford to ignore.
However, I'm always surprised by how little attention investors and the entrepreneurial community devotes to this undeniable trend, despite being constantly inundated with overwhelming statistics proving the importance of diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Only 2.2% of venture capital funding went to women in 2018, less than .1% of funding has been allocated to black women since 2009, and only about 1% of venture-backed companies have a black founder or Latinx founder. These statistics are over-quoted but underacted upon.
This gender and diversity inequality significantly hinders economic growth, since 85% of all consumer purchases are controlled by women, and startups with higher ethnic diversity tend to produce financial returns above their industry norm.
The data is clearly leading to one direction: investing in women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, immigrants, and other minority groups in entrepreneurship leads to higher revenue and better business results.
As data-driven and forward-thinking as this industry claims to be, we haven't caught up to the queer founders, particularly queer women, who are rethinking the future. These founders understand and speak to a generation of increasing numbers of LGBTQIA+ people whose market share will only continue to grow exponentially. VCs and investors are already behind the curve.
SoGal Foundation, a non-profit on a mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship, is helping bridge this divide between queer women founders and investors with the launch of applications for the second annual Global Pitch Competition for diverse entrepreneurs. Hosted in 25+ cities across five continents, and culminating in a final global pitch competition and 3-day immersive educational bootcamp in Silicon Valley, this is the first and only globally-focused pitch opportunity for diverse entrepreneurs.
Startups that are pre-Series A (raised less than $3M) with at least one woman or diverse founder, apply here to pitch! The top teams selected from each regional round will join SoGal's final global pitch competition and bootcamp in Silicon Valley for guaranteed face time with dozens of top Silicon Valley investors, curated educational programming, unparalleled 1:1 mentorship, press exposure, and a chance to win investment capital.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ founders: what's the best way to kick off pride? Apply to pitch!
Regional pitch rounds will be held August-November 2019; final pitch competition in Silicon Valley in February 2020. Details and additional cities to be announced.
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