If you’re in Canada and you’ve been using CBD oil for yourself or your pets, you may have come across times when you just couldn’t get your oil because it was sold out. The news is rife with articles about the CBD shortage in Canada, which was caused by excited Licenced Providers (LP’s) who saw the potential in selling not only medicinal marijuana but also recreational marijuana. They completely overlooked the demand for CBD oil. Here’s a little information about the oil and what it can do for you.
What is CBD Oil?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with CBD, it is Cannabidiol for short – but there are 140+ different components to it if the whole plant is used to make it. It comes from the hemp plant, which produces CBD, but not THC (or very, very low quantities of THC). Cannabidiol provides a lot of benefits without the psychoactive effects of using cannabis containing THC, making it a wildly popular alternative to using THC-containing products and even medications that have undesirable side effects. By law, the CBD oils have to have less than 0.3mg/ml of THC in it.
What Conditions Does CBD Treat?
Pain relief, including chronic pain
Sciatic nerve pain
Multiple Sclerosis: a combination of CBD and THC are effective in treating pain associated with MS
Fibromyalgia: CBD alone, or a combination of 1:1 CBD:THC is effective in treating the frequency, pain, intensity, and duration of flare-ups
Arthritis: reduces inflammation and pain
Depression and Anxiety
What is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and CBD Isolate?
Full-Spectrum CBD oil comes from the whole hemp plant. The stalk, leaves, and seeds are all included in the oils derived from the plant, which means you’re getting cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenolics instead of just the Cannabidiol that comes from CBD Isolate which is made using only the seeds. When using CBD OR THC, it’s important to note that there is an ‘entourage effect;’ in other words, the more components that come from the plant that are included in the extraction, the better it works. These different components work in synchronicity with each other within your body and brain to produce the most optimum relief from a wide variety of conditions. With just one component, you’re missing out on the entourage effect, and the benefits of all the different terpenes and phenolics that come from other parts of the plant. (I’ll discuss terpenes, phenolics, and other components in future post). Worse yet, CBD Isolate is very hard to dose precisely, because too low a dose or too high a dose simply will not work for your needs; like Goldilocks who tried oatmeal that was too hot and too cold before she found the bowl that was ‘just right,’ you’ll struggle to find that ‘just right’ dose, and, over time, the effects will not be as powerful as Full-Spectrum CBD oil.
The Entourage Effect Explained
It’s not just full-spectrum CBD oil that gives us the benefits of the entourage effect; using a 1:1 combination of CBD:THC also creates a powerful entourage effect that helps with your conditions, and it doesn’t have to be a high dose. It’s up to you if you think you’d like to try to add THC to your regime if you’re in Canada or another legal state/country, but for Fibromyalgia and MS sufferers, it’s certainly good to do some research, discuss it with your doctor or Licenced Provider (LP) and consider it if CBD alone isn’t cutting it. *note: THC alone also doesn’t do a very good job of managing the above conditions.
The Canadian Shortage of CBD Oil
I’ve been trying to be diligent about using CBD oil for Fibromyalgia and arthritis for the last two years, and I keep running into the same problem – my LP and online stores in Canada keep running out. So I manage to use it for a month or two, only to find out they’re out – and they stay out, for 6 weeks to several months, only to be bought up immediately once they’re back in stock, leading to another shortage. There are a multitude of articles detailing these shortages, and there’s no relief in sight, as the recreational and high-THC herb and oils are the focus for most growers.
For CBD oil to work properly, it should be used consistently for about 3 months before you’ll really see results. I’ve finally managed to get my hands on enough to use it consistently for three months, and the results are incredible. I need knee replacements and a hip replacement, and have severe arthritis, and couldn’t go DOWN stairs without severe pain in my knees. As a result, I went down stairs like a toddler – take one step with one foot onto the lower riser, then the other foot onto the same riser, while leaning heavily on my now-shaky bannister. Last week, I noticed a huge difference, and this week, I can go down stairs like a normal person! I literally feel like I have a new lease on life, and can enjoy leaving the house again!
Dosing is another issue altogether; how much should you take? While there isn’t much research into how much CBD or THC an individual needs for their specific condition, the general rule of thumb is start low, and go slow. If you want more of a guide as to how much CBD to take, there are also online calculators that try to give you an idea of how much you would need based on your personal factors, but it’s best to talk to your doctor or LP (if you have one) to discuss dosing.
Microdosing is a popular new way to get your CBD oil in over the course of the day instead of all at once; for example, if you are taking 20mg of CBD oil/day in the morning, you would instead break it into 5 doses of 4mg spread evenly throughout the day. In this way, the effects don’t wear out later in the day, and you have a steady supply of CBD in your system. The effects of CBD oil last from 2-4 hours, so by microdosing you can enjoy relief consistently throughout the day.
How do I Know How Many Milligrams are in a Bottle or Dose?
So, if you’ve been using an LP to get your CBD oil in Canada, most frequently the amount of milligrams in a millilitre of CBD oil is listed on the bottle. (My LP only provides 20mg/ml strength). You may have seen some bottles labelled as 500mg, 750mg, or 1500mg. So how much is in a ml? Again, there are online calculators to help you calculate this out. In general:
500mg/30ml bottle = 16.7mg/ml
750mg/30ml bottle = 25mg/ml
1500mg/30ml bottle = 50mg/ml
That means if you have a 500mg 30ml bottle of oil, and take 1 ml in a medicine dropper, you’ll be getting 16.7 mg in that 1ml.
Sneak Preview and a Giveaway!
If you’re looking for a non-narcotic alternative to your chronic pain, and other, conditions, CBD oil may be the answer you’ve been looking for, but finding a steady supply may be tricky. That’s why I’ll be writing a review of Hempworx, a company that has a steady, uninterrupted supply of high-quality full-spectrum, 3rd-party tested oils in 500, 750, and 1500mg strengths available in natural, peppermint, and cinnamon flavors, as well as a 250mg pet oil in bacon flavor! Stay tuned for this article, and a giveaway!