All About CBD Capsules
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is the second most prominent of the active ingredients found in the hemp plant. CBD is a critical component of medical marijuana that, unlike THC, does not produce a “high.” CBD can be bought isolated by itself from a hemp plant, containing minimal-to-no THC, or it can be derived from the actual cannabis plant, in which case slightly higher levels of THC (up to 0.3%) will be present.
What are the Benefits of CBD?
Patients throughout the world have been finding relief from their debilitating conditions through the use of CBD for decades. In fact, CBD really started to gain momentum as it’s impact on epileptic patients, inflammation and its related pain was thoroughly documented. CBD was able to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, seizures in epileptic patients who otherwise would have a significantly reduced quality of life. Certain conditions, such as Dravet syndrome, can cause seizures but do not respond to anti-seizure medication. In these instances, CBD has proven to be immensely effective in reducing and/or eliminating the impact and frequency of seizures.
Beyond having a wonderful success rate in treating inflammation and seizures, CBD has also been proven to aid in a number of other ailments, including anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and many more.
What are CBD Oil Capsules
CBD Capsules are just as they imply, capsules containing cannabidiol (CBD) oil. For ease of consumption, CBD oil is placed into capsules, which provides a consistent dose in an easy-to-consume pill. CBD Capsules are subject to what is called the first pass effect, which has the potential to decrease the potency of the CBD oil capsule as it goes through additional processing and breakdown within your digestive tract.
How do I use CBD Capsules?
CBD Capsules are consumed just as you would take any other pill or supplement. Through the capsules, patients are able to get a consistent dosing and find out what amount of CBD oil capsules provide the best relief for you.
Taking the CBD Capsules are as easy as swallowing!
CBD Oil Capsules are often used for the Following Conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Spinal cord injuries
How Many CBD Capsules Should I Take?
The amount of CBD that each patient requires to find relief varies between individuals. It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor and get a recommendation for a CBD dosage based on your condition. Everyone’s condition and body is different, so there is no “correct” dosage based on your condition, age, etc.
For more guidance, check out our CBD Dosage page, which provides insight on duration of effects for each ingestion method, and much more. The impact of the CBD you ingest depends on your weight, your medical condition, the strength of the CBD oil capsule, and the condition you are treating.
How Long do CBD Capsules Stay in your System?
Typically, CBD will stay in your system anywhere from 2-5 days. That being said, how long CBD is in your system varies on many factors, including dosage, ingestion method, how often you use CBD, your body chemistry, weight, and more.
Can I Break Open CBD Capsules?
Yes, CBD capsules can be emptied into food or drink. However, this is typically difficult, and tinctures or oils are better suited to this form of administration.
Does CBD get you "High?"
While many CBD patients report feeling more relaxed, there is no risk of feeling “high” if the patient is using CBD products from the hemp plant. However, if utilizing CBD extracts from a cannabis plant, the product may have higher levels of THC, which could result in the patient experiencing the “high” associated with marijuana.
Can CBD Capsules Go Bad?
As with any natural product, CBD capsules do not have an unlimited shelf life. According to Weedmaps, CBD can in fact lose its potency over time, typically if it is not properly stored for over two years. Older CBD oil is less likely to be as potent as fresher oil. It is always recommended to store your CBD products in cooler, dark spaces and limit their exposure to oxygen.
When is the best time to take a CBD Oil Capsule?
The best time to consume CBD is all based on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people take CBD prior to bed, to ease anxiety and pain and assist with sleep. Other individuals dose with CBD multiple times per day for more lasting effects. Each individual will develop a routine and dosage for which they experience optimum relief. It is always recommended to consult your doctor about your CBD dosage.
Side-Effects of CBD Capsules
Typically, there are no major health risks associated with the use of CBD oil. That being said, Side Effects can occur and may include:
- Loss of coordination
- low blood pressure
Which CBD Capsules are Best for Me?