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.
Not too many years ago, my advice to political candidates would have been pretty simple: "Don't do or say anything stupid." But the last few elections have rendered that advice outdated.
When Barack Obama referred to his grandmother as a "typical white woman" during the 2008 campaign, for example, many people thought it would cost him the election -- and once upon a time, it probably would have. But his supporters were focused on the values and positions he professed, and they weren't going to let one unwise comment distract them. Candidate Obama didn't even get much pushback for saying, "We're five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That statement should have given even his most ardent supporters pause, but it didn't. It was in line with everything Obama had previously said, and it was what his supporters wanted to hear.
2016: What rules?
Fast forward to 2016, and Donald Trump didn't just ignore traditional norms, he almost seemed to relish violating them. Who would have ever dreamed we'd elect a man who talked openly about grabbing women by the **** and who was constantly blasting out crazy-sounding Tweets? But Trump did get elected. Why? Some people believe it was because Americans finally felt like they had permission to show their bigotry. Others think Obama had pushed things so far to the left that right-wing voters were more interested in dragging public policy back toward the middle than in what Trump was Tweeting.
Another theory is that Trump's lewd, crude, and socially unacceptable behavior was deliberately designed to make Democrats feel comfortable campaigning on policies that were far further to the left than they ever would have attempted before. Why? Because they were sure America would never elect someone who acted like Trump. If that theory is right, and Democrats took the bait, Trump's "digital policies" served him well.
And although Trump's brash style drew the most handlines, he wasn't the only one who seemed to have forgotten the, "Don't do or say anything stupid," rule. Hillary Clinton also made news when she made a "basket of deplorables" comment at a private fundraiser, but it leaked out, and it dogged her for the rest of the election cycle.
And that's where we need to start our discussion. Now that all the old rules about candidate behavior have been blown away, do presidential candidates even need digital policies?
Yes, they do. More than ever, in my opinion. Let me tell you why.
Digital policies for 2020 and beyond
While the 2016 election tossed traditional rules about political campaigns to the trash heap, that doesn't mean you can do anything you want. Even if it's just for the sake of consistency, candidates need digital policies for their own campaigns, regardless of what anybody else is doing. Here are some important things to consider.
Align your digital policies with your campaign strategy
Aside from all the accompanying bells and whistles, why do you want to be president? What ideological beliefs are driving you? If you were to become president, what would you want your legacy to be? Once you've answered those questions honestly, you can develop your campaign strategy. Only then can you develop digital policies that are in alignment with the overall purpose -- the "Why?" -- of your campaign:
- If part of your campaign strategy, for example, is to position yourself as someone who's above the fray of the nastiness of modern politics, then one of your digital policies should be that your campaign will never post or share anything that attacks another candidate on a personal level. Attacks will be targeted only at the policy level.
- While it's not something I would recommend, if your campaign strategy is to depict the other side as "deplorables," then one of your digital policies should be to post and share every post, meme, image, etc. that supports your claim.
- If a central piece of your platform is that detaining would-be refugees at the border is inhumane, then your digital policies should state that you will never say, post, or share anything that contradicts that belief, even if Trump plans to relocate some of them to your own city. Complaining that such a move would put too big a strain on local resources -- even if true -- would be making an argument for the other side. Don't do it.
- Don't be too quick to share posts or Tweets from supporters. If it's a text post, read all of it to make sure there's not something in there that would reflect negatively on you. And examine images closely to make sure there's not a small detail that someone may notice.
- Decide what your campaign's voice and tone will be. When you send out emails asking for donations, will you address the recipient as "friend" and stress the urgency of donating so you can continue to fight for them? Or will you personalize each email and use a more low-key, collaborative approach?
Those are just a few examples. The takeaway is that your online behavior should always support your campaign strategy. While you could probably get away with posting or sharing something that seems mean or "unpresidential," posting something that contradicts who you say you are could be deadly to your campaign. Trust me on this -- if there are inconsistencies, Twitter will find them and broadcast them to the world. And you'll have to waste valuable time, resources, and public trust to explain those inconsistencies away.
Remember that the most common-sense digital policies still apply
The 2016 election didn't abolish all of the rules. Some still apply and should definitely be included in your digital policies:
- Claim every domain you can think of that a supporter might type into a search engine. Jeb Bush not claiming www.jebbush.com (the official campaign domain was www.jeb2016.com) was a rookie mistake, and he deserved to have his supporters redirected to Trump's site.
- Choose your campaign's Twitter handle wisely. It should be obvious, not clever or cutesy. In addition, consider creating accounts with possible variations of the Twitter handle you chose so that no one else can use them.
- Give the same care to selecting hashtags. When considering a hashtag, conduct a search to understand its current use -- it might not be what you think! When making up new hashtags, try to avoid anything that could be hijacked for a different purpose -- one that might end up embarrassing you.
- Make sure that anyone authorized to Tweet, post, etc., on your behalf has a copy of your digital policies and understands the reasons behind them. (People are more likely to follow a rule if they understand why it's important.)
- Decide what you'll do if you make an online faux pas that starts a firestorm. What's your emergency plan?
- Consider sending an email to supporters who sign up on your website, thanking them for their support and suggesting ways (based on digital policies) they can help your messaging efforts. If you let them know how they can best help you, most should be happy to comply. It's a small ask that could prevent you from having to publicly disavow an ardent supporter.
- Make sure you're compliant with all applicable regulations: campaign finance, accessibility, privacy, etc. Adopt a double opt-in policy, so that users who sign up for your newsletter or email list through your website have to confirm by clicking on a link in an email. (And make sure your email template provides an easy way for people to unsubscribe.)
- Few people thought 2016 would end the way it did. And there's no way to predict quite yet what forces will shape the 2020 election. Careful tracking of your messaging (likes, shares, comments, etc.) will tell you if you're on track or if public opinion has shifted yet again. If so, your messaging needs to shift with it. Ideally, one person should be responsible for monitoring reaction to the campaign's messaging and for raising a red flag if reactions aren't what was expected.
Thankfully, the world hasn't completely lost its marbles
Whatever the outcome of the election may be, candidates now face a situation where long-standing rules of behavior no longer apply. You now have to make your own rules -- your own digital policies. You can't make assumptions about what the voting public will or won't accept. You can't assume that "They'll never vote for someone who acts like that"; neither can you assume, "Oh, I can get away with that, too." So do it right from the beginning. Because in this election, I predict that sound digital policies combined with authenticity will be your best friend.