Q & As

How Does Hemp Oil Work?

Hemp oil, like many other plant oils such as coconut oil, almond oil and avocado seed oil, contains a high concentration of healthy fatty acids, which when used appropriately can have some excellent health benefits. These fatty acids and vitamins in hemp oil have been shown to have potential in treating skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, acne and psoriasis, among other conditions. As well as the effects of hemp oil, the addition of CBD compounds to hemp oil can also make it effective when used as an anti-inflammatory, which initial studies show may make it good for use as a natural pain reliever.

How Long Does Opened Hemp Oil Last?

Hemp oil, if stored correctly, can last for up to six months opened, or fourteen months unopened. Keeping our hemp oil cool (below 15 degrees Celcius) will help to ensure the long life of your oil once opened, as will ensuring it is kept in a dark area and out of direct sunlight, as heat and light can degrade the CBD over time and cause it to expire more quickly. You can even store CBD oil or hemp oil in the freezer to promote the long life of your hemp oil further, as it won’t freeze solid in regular home freezer temperatures. You might see your oil become a little cloudy if stored in the freezer, but this is due to the waxes in the oil separating and will go away when the oil is brought back to room temperature. You’ll be able to tell if your hemp oil has expired as it may smell rancid due to bacteria buildup, or it may degrade naturally if kept too warm or in direct sunlight, losing its colour and flavour.

Are Hemp Oil and Cannabis Oil the Same?

Hemp oil and Cannabis oil do come from the same plant, but they are two different substances. While hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, cannabis oil is made from a certain part of the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Within this, there are two types of cannabis oil - CBD oil and THC oil. CBD oil is the legal supplement which can be used for a variety of different uses without getting ‘high’. THC oil is currently still illegal in the vast majority of regions and it is this substance that can be used to induce a ‘high’ sensation. However, CBD oil and hemp oil are both free of psychoactive ingredients like THC, and so are completely legal in many markets, including the UK.

Does Hemp Oil Contain CBD?

Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, and so does not contain CBD. CBD oil is derived from a different part of the hemp plant, including the flowers and leaves, which is where it gets the additional benefits associated with cannabinoids. Both hemp oil and CBD oil are completely natural, legal and have a variety of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in them. CBD oil contains all of these ingredients, as well as cannabidiol, to provide additional benefits according to some initial studies. However, neither of these oils contain THC, which is the illegal substance in the cannabis plant that induces the feeling of being ‘high’ in users.

What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Full-spectrum hemp oil refers to oils that contain all the compounds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, with less than 0.3% THC content (the substance that causes a ‘high’). This tiny amount means that while full-spectrum hemp oil does contain some THC, it is far too little an amount to induce a high.

Broad-spectrum hemp oil (which is what our hemp oil products are made from) contains all of the same nutrients, terpenes, flavonoids and phytocannabinoids as full-spectrum hemp oil, but with the THC entirely removed. Our products contain 0% THC, to ensure they are safe, legal and that there is no chance of users getting high from our hemp oil products.

Hemp seed oil, commonly referred to as just hemp oil, doesn’t contain any cannabinoids and comes from the seed of the hemp plant. It does still contain high levels of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals though.

How Long Does Hemp Oil Take to Work?

There is no short answer to this question other than “it is different for everyone”. Some users feel the results of CBD oil almost immediately, while for others it can take days or even weeks to feel significant results. The dosage you take, as well as how you take it, and your body’s natural composition and response to CBD will all influence how long this process takes. CBD oil, when taken under the tongue (sometimes known as sublingually)as a tincture, generally allows for slower absorption than CBD capsules or other methods, however, it does remain in the body for longer.

Finding the right dosage for your body, taking CBD consistently and finding the right delivery method for you can help optimise the amount of time hemp oil and CBD oil takes to work for you, but like many other supplements, it is completely unique to you.

Can You Smoke Hemp Oil in an E-cigarette?

If you want to smoke hemp oil or CBD oil in an e-cigarette or vape, you have to find a specific type of hemp oil designed to be used in e-cigarettes - regular hemp oil won’t work. Vaping hemp oil is blended with vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol to create both a pleasant flavour and the vapour needed in an e-cigarette. Compared to many other vape formulas, vaping hemp oil is quite thick and viscous, and can sometimes clog up regular e-cigs, so finding a device that works well with CBD oil is a must.

Can Hemp Oil Cause Headaches?

Hemp oil and CBD oil can be used as a treatment for headaches due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the CBD, so it isn’t generally believed that CBD causes headaches. However, considerable further research into the side effects of regular CBD use is still needed, and if you believe using CBD oil or hemp oil is causing headaches, you should stop using it immediately. Currently, there are several studies looking into the use of CBD and hemp oil for headaches and migraines, however, the majority of evidence, while very positive for the CBD market overall, is mostly anecdotal, with more in-depth studies needing to be carried out.

Does Hemp Seed Oil Contain Cannabinoids?

No, hemp seed oil comes from just the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, so doesn’t contain any of the cannabinoids in CBD oil. Hemp seed oil can be used for a wide variety of uses, and has plenty of health benefits of its own, without the addition of CBD compounds. Hemp seed oil contains high concentrations of Vitamin A and C and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as high levels of beneficial antioxidants, making hemp oil a good supplement for overall general health, even without CBD. However, to potentially see the results of Cannabinoid dosage, hemp seed oil will not be effective on its own.

How Many Mg of Hemp Oil Should I Take?

The amount of hemp oil you should take, as well as how often you should take it and for how long, is not an exact science, which is why many doctors are hesitant to prescribe it, even in areas where hemp and CBD oil is entirely legal. The amount you should take depends on many factors, including your height and weight, the concentration of the CBD oil you use and the way your body uniquely responds to CBD. 

At CBVIT we recommend a dosage of 5-10 drops per day, taken under the tongue. We offer three different concentrations for different people, conditions, tolerances and more. The most potent dose we safely recommend for our products is 48.60mg per day in our 16% CBD oil, however, we also offer 11% CBD and 5% CBD formulas, and dosage can be adapted to suit your needs by changing the number of drops that are taken.

Generally, even at high doses, CBD has been found to be very safe, however, a 2017 study did raise concerns about how high dosages of CBD interact with other medications and acknowledged the potential for liver damage in the long term, though, like so many concerns surrounding the use of CBD, further study needs to be carried out.

Why Use Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is a fantastic supplement for a wide variety of different conditions, due to the makeup of the hemp oil. It contains high concentrations of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as high volumes of vitamin C and A to help boost your immune system and keep your skin, bones and muscles strong and healthy. However, hemp oil and CBD oil are slightly different, with CBD oil also containing cannabidiols, which in some studies have been shown to help with pain, tension, anxiety, sleep disorders and a wide variety of other conditions. The results of many of these studies do need further examination, but even if they prove inconclusive, hemp oil alone can also offer many proven benefits to users.

CBD Hemp Oil Side Effects.

CBD is generally considered very safe for regular use, though there are some side effects that have been noted in certain studies and anecdotally. These include :

  • A decrease in appetite.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Feeling sick or nauseated.
  • Changes in your behaviour or mood.
  • Feeling dizzy.
  • Feeling tired.

There is also anecdotal evidence to show that CBD may interact with certain prescription medicines. If you are feeling any side effects after using CBD oil, or are considering trying CBD while taking any prescription medicines, please consult with a medical professional and follow their advice. 

How to Take Hemp Oil.

There are many different ways to take hemp oil and CBD oil safely. These include tinctures, oils, capsules and tablets, gummies, via e-liquid (vaping) and a variety of topical treatments. Skincare and creams, such as lotions, cleansers, moisturisers and hair care that utilise CBD and hemp as important active ingredients are also becoming increasingly popular.

Hemp Oil Studies.

Studies into hemp oil and CBD oil are becoming more regular, however, it is still a sector of the healthcare market that is sorely under-researched and underfunded. CBD and cannabis have been used historically in medicine for thousands of years, but research into what we know as CBD today first began to see exciting results in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1980, the first study showing that CBD could have benefits for epilepsy sufferers came out, though this study and similar studies into CBD saw opposition in the form of lack of finding and willing publishers, slowing research in this sector considerably.

Research has also been undertaken into the use of CBD for anxiety and social stress for those with disorders on the autism spectrum, and initial research has taken place to see if CBD can help to improve symptoms of addiction and substance dependency, with initial results looking positive. However, CBD in individuals with these conditions should only be used on the recommendation of a doctor or medical professional.

Generally, the medical community acknowledges the significant promise CBD has for treating a wide variety of different conditions, as well as improving overall health and well being. Significant research is still required across the board to fully confirm this though, and until then CBD will most likely only be available privately in the majority of cases. However, for at-home, holistic supplements, CBD has great potential to be incredibly effective in many different formats.