What is CBD oil?

“CBD oil” is an oil based mixture that contains a known amount of the active ingredient cannabidiol (CBD). When consumed, whether under the tongue or with food, the effects of CBD oil can usually be felt within 20 minutes to an hour, similar to an aspirin. CBD oil comes in many flavors and has many applications for some people, from help with sleep to anxiety reduction and pain relief.

An example of the Supplement Facts of a typical CBD oil product

What’s in CBD oil products?

Consuming pure CBD isolate on its own is not very practical — the human body has trouble digesting it in this powdery, tasteless form. But when added to a natural carrier oil, such as palm or coconut oil, CBD readily dissolves and is distributed throughout the solution. This makes it easy to control dosing across different products.

Common carrier oils include:

  • Coconut
  • Palm
  • Grapeseed
  • Olive
  • Avocado
  • Hemp seed
  • Sunflower seed

Other natural chemicals are added to CBD-infused oil products, like terpenes and natural flavors, for enhanced effects. These chemicals are already a part of products you probably know – lotions, balms, and essential oils, for example.

CBD Oil Versus Hemp Oil - What's the Difference?

CBD oil products and hemp oil products are not the same thing. Hemp oil, like coconut or sunflower oil, is made by pressing hemp seeds. This oil is dark green and rich in healthy vitamins and fatty acids. When hemp oil is processed industrially, the resulting liquid on its own has only trace amounts of THC. That means it’s not psychoactive and won’t get a person high if they consume it. Hemp oil is legal in all states and is sold in drug stores among vitamins and dietary supplements.

CBD oil is any oil-based product that has cannabidiol added to it. CBD can be added to things like olive oil, hemp oil, or avocado oil to create a consumable product that the body uses easily.

Are CBD Oil Products Legal?

Yes. CBD oil products come in a range of concentrations for a variety of uses, but they are not the same as hemp oil. CBD oil products can contain traces of THC — in the United States, as long as the product contains less than 0.3% THC content, it is considered legal and will not get the user high.

Be sure to check product labels (and the rules of your state) very carefully. These guidelines will vary especially in states where marijuana is legalized for medical and recreational use.

CBD oil can be vaporized with a pen

CBD vape oil distillate typically comes in a 2 1/2-inch cylindrical chamber used with common vape pens. The vapor is inhaled to realize the benefits of CBD. These solutions tend to be alcohol-based, and the effects can be felt very quickly.

  • Vape oil comes in a variety of flavors and concentrations
  • Fast onset of effects
  • Cost-effective

CBD gummies/small edibles are easy to consume and carry

Like any candy, gummies can be a fun, sugary, and discreet way to consume CBD. Gummies or edibles are usually consumed once or twice per day and make it easy to dose pets.

  • Come in a variety of flavors, sizes, and concentrations
  • Easy to consume
  • A sweet treat
  • Easy to serve to pets

Topical CBD creams can help with local pain relief

CBD ointments and balms can be used to treat pain or inflammation. Some topical products come in travel-size rollers that can be applied conveniently on-the-go. CBD creams can be used as fast-acting alternatives to aspirin for headache relief.

  • Come in a variety of scents
  • Can be used to treat chronic pain
  • CBD is absorbed through the skin
  • Easy for on-the-go travel