Looking to purchase a CBD oil product but feeling overwhemed? Got some burning questions you’ve been afraid to ask? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions relating to CBD oil.

What is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol – one of the most popular cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. You might be more familiar with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that makes you high. However, CBD has no psychoactive properties.

Can you get high from CBD?

No. As mentioned before, THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high. CBD does not have the same properties. In South Africa, all legal CBD products contain less than 0,001% trace THC.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil or tincture is made from extracting the cannabidiol from the cannabis plant and mixing it with a base like coconut oil, alcohol or hemp seed oil. It’s the fastest way to absorb CBD as it directly enters the bloodstream. CBD Oil can be taken directly as is or mixed with a drink.

Are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil the same?

No! Hemp oil is made from pressing the cannabis hemp plant seed and is mainly used for cooking or used topically on the skin. CBD Oil is extracted from the complete hemp plant, including the plant’s flowers, which contain the CBD compound.

What does CBD Oil do?

CBD interacts with receptors in our brain called CB1 and CB2. There are a number of physiological effects that are beneficial for the body and can impact our well-being.

What does CBD Oil feel like?

CBD Oil will most likely feel mild. You might not notice the effects after a single use, however after consistent daily use you will become more relaxed, sleep better, have less stiff muscles and will be able to concentrate better.

What is a Certificate of Analysis (CoA)?

A CoA document is created by a third-party laboratory who verifies the product’s specifications that have been listed on the packaging, including the components and concentration.

It is important to ensure that the company you purchase from has a CoA document for their products that is available on request. All of the best CBD Oil brands in South Africa will have one. If they are unable to provide one, please find another supplier.

Before I buy a CBD product, what are some important tips?

It’s important to do research before purchasing your first CBD product. The best CBD products for someone else might differ for you. Some primary factors include your budget, method of consumption, the taste and how quick the effects should kick in. Choose a reputable brand that has been reviewed.

Why is CBD Oil expensive?

The process of extracting CBD (such as Co2 extraction) is a costly procedure. It’s also a labour intensive process that requires a lot of paperwork, third-party laboratory testing and more. Plus, there’s global hype around CBD oil, and demand is at a high, thus brands are charging a premium.

Can I take CBD oil through airport security?

Yes, CBD Oil is legal in South Africa, but you might not be able to pass through international customs. CBD Oil is not legal in all countries across the world. In some countries like Australia and China, CBD oil is illegal. Print a copy of the CoA analysis so it can be verified by authorities.

Can you overdose on CBD?

CBD is widely regarded as safe to use in high doses. It is highly unlikely to cause a fatal overdose. However, there can be consequences of taking too much CBD including drowsiness.

What are some common uses for CBD?

CBD can be used for a variety of conditions, some of the most common are for relief of minor symptoms related to pain, inflammation, appetite and insomnia. It can also be used for improving your all-round well-being. For serious conditions, please consult a doctor.

Do you need a prescription to buy CBD in South Africa?

No! You don’t need a prescription to purchase CBD products in South Africa. However, if a doctor prescribes CBD as medication, you could receive benefits from your medical aid.

What’s the difference between CBD isolate, Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum?

The above refers to the extraction method used. For more information on the differences please refer to our article CBD Oil Types.