CBD 101

Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here’s everything you need to know about the product that’s suddenly everywhere. We want to help with the confusion around CBD by bringing to you the latest and best information you can get on CBD. There’s much to learn, with fantastic promise in these products, and we hope to give you the answers you need.

What is CBD?


CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, it is one of over 80 natural compounds found in the cannabis and hemp plant.  It is the second most abundant cannabinoid in the plant after THC. CBD is not psychoactive like the cannabinoid THC is. That is, CBD cannot get anyone high, no matter how much you use.

So, CBD is not the same thing as hemp or cannabis oil or flowers–it is a compound found within these plants.

How can I take it?


Edibles, tinctures, vape pens, and creams are popular methods. It really depends on what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place.

Some people don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment. “You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.

The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are the speed of delivery and how long the effects last. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. 

Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. A tincture or oil is a liquid that you put under your tongue, where it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, offering relief within half an hour.

This method of delivery bypasses the two systems in your body that can reduce the desired effects of CBD: the pulmonary system (lungs) and the digestive system.

Now you know of the many several ways to deliver cannabinoid CBD into your body. But perhaps the easiest and most effective and longer-lasting is CBD oil.


Factor to Consider When Calculating Dosage

So for this article, we will base our CBD dosage calculator on CBD oil taken under the tongue rather than the other delivery methods.

The right CBD dosage is unique to each individual. What works for one person may not be enough for another person. As you’ll see in the next section, several factors can affect the amount of CBD necessary to achieve medical benefits.

Unfortunately, many of these factors can change from day to day, or even from hour to hour. What that means for you is that finding the best CBD dosage is going to take a bit of experimentation and shouldn’t be hit or miss. Instead, record your experience down to the last detail until you’ve dialed in just the right dose for your circumstances.

Guidelines To Consider When Calculating Dosage


Many different factors affect the size of the dosage that will work for you. The quality and potency of the CBD oil will positively affect what you feel, but other factors to consider include:

  • Your weight
  • Your metabolism
  • Your diet
  • Your condition and treatment
  • The severity of your illness
  • Your tolerance to CBD

This is only a guideline regarding weight and suggested dosage, keep in mind that your weight may change, causing the amount of CBD you need to change as well.

Also, you can’t quantify your metabolism (assign a number to it), so it can be tricky to gauge the speed of your digestion. But, from experience, you probably know whether you have a fast metabolism or slow metabolism.

Similarly, your tolerance level can have a significant effect on the amount of CBD you need. Tolerance is particularly stubborn and often requires weeks or months to change.



A Bit About CBD Side Effects


There are very few side effects associated with CBD (in any form). One of the only commonly reported issues is a slight tendency to experience dry mouth after taking CBD, a small price to pay for a decrease in your symptoms.

The only other side effect of CBD is a decrease in your liver’s ability to process other drugs. So if you take heart medication and add CBD to control your blood sugar talk to a physician about whether CBD is right for your condition.

Can You Overdose On CBD?
It’s also important to note that it’s nearly impossible to overdose on CBD if you use it sensibly. The only repercussion one CBD user felt when he took a high dose was a sense of drowsiness. However, the tendency to want to sleep may not even be considered harmful if you have insomnia.

So what’s a high dose of CBD? We’re talking something like 50,000 milligrams of CBD. That works out to about 300 milligrams for every 2.5 pounds of body weight. There’s no reason you would ever have to take that much CBD.

Your average 180-pound male suffering from severe pain would only need to take 25 milligrams at most to feel relief. That’s a long way from 50,000 milligrams. To put that in perspective, 25 milligrams of CBD equals ⅛ teaspoon, while 50,000 milligrams equals about 33 tablespoons.

And that’s 33 tablespoons of PURE CBD. You’re not going to get that in any CBD oil on the market.

So it’s safe to say that even doses up to 1500 milligrams for an extended time (eg., four weeks) are safe and won’t cause any adverse side effects.


CBD Is Biphasic

Another variable to think about when calculating your best dosage is that CBD is biphasic. That means that at certain levels, CBD provides a specific list of effects. At other — often higher — levels, CBD offers different results.

This biphasic idea may be new to some readers, but it isn’t all that uncommon. Alcohol, for example, is biphasic. Below a certain blood alcohol content (BAC), alcohol provides a stimulating effect. Above that, blood alcohol content, alcohol provides a depressant effect.

That’s not to say that CBD will act as a stimulant at one dosage level and a depressant at another, but the effects may change as the dosage increases. Again, that’s why it’s vital to record your experience so you can fine-tune what works for you.



With over 55,000 discovered so far, terpenes are the largest class of natural compounds. These molecules give the smell to so many of the plants that we know and love. Cannabis can produce an extensive range of terpenes, allowing breeders to create a broad, diverse array of plants with unique scent and flavor profiles.

A range of other molecules exists within cannabis. There are amino acids used to build proteins. Sugars and hydrocarbons used as fuel. Flavonoids and pigments change their appearance. There are vitamins and elements and plant materials such as chlorophyll and phenols. There is also a rich array of fatty acids that turn hemp into a superfood. The human body then uses to make its endocannabinoids. 


Myrcene – Found also in mango, lemongrass, thyme, and hops, myrcene is the most abundant terpene in the cannabis plant. Its sedative is responsible for the ‘couchlock’ effect often found in the cannabis types known as Indica.

Limonene – With the smell of citrus, limonene can improve mood, relieve heartburn, and help with gastrointestinal reflux.

Linalool – The terpene found in lavender, the smell of this terpene mediates stress, and improves serotonin-receptor transmission.

Pulegone – This terpene is most often associated with rosemary, ‘the herb of remembrance.’ Research shows that pulegone helps to lower the memory loss associated with THC. Found to have sedative effects.

Alpha-pinene- The most common terpene in the plant world, found most often in pine trees, alpha-pinene helps to open and dilate the airways. It also promotes alertness and memory retention.

Beta-caryophyllene- An especially intriguing terpene found most commonly in oregano and black pepper, beta-caryophyllene binds to the CB2 receptor in humans. That’s is why it works as a topical painkiller.

1,8-cineole-A major component of eucalyptus, this terpene increases blood flow in the brain and also increases cortical activity. That’s why it also is known as the thought-provoking terpene.
We know that the cannabis plant can produce more than 120 different cannabinoids. We still don’t understand why the plant evolved to produce these complex molecules, but we do know that these cannabinoids cause a wide range of effects in humans. 

Learn more about the many uses and benefits of hempseed oil and hemp-derived CBD oil for overall health.

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