When a friend recommended I try CBD oil, I initially balked. Weed has never been my thing, I thought. Besides, all I need is to cut back on my caffeine and get more rest. And maybe change my whole f-ing life. While all that may or may not be true, my friend’s persistent advocacy (read: nagging), plus the groundswell of popularity of this little nutritional supplement, made me curious, so I decided to investigate.
What’s it taste like?
The stuff in cannabis that smells strongly weedy is called terpenes. Since CBD oil usually does contain terpenes, I was left with the mental image of me as a bovine, chomping on a bright green cannabis bush. But that taste goes away after you ingest the oil.
First off, what is CBD oil?
It’s an extract of part of the hemp plant called phytocannabinoids. They have been shown to have a bunch of healthy effects on the body, from relaxation to reducing inflammation.
Isn’t hemp code for marijuana?
The part of pot that makes it psychoactive is THC (short for Tetrahydrocannabinol). There’s no THC in CBD oil (or maybe only trace amounts), so it won’t get you high.
How do you take it?
I tried H. Hemp Co. Tincture by putting a dropperful into my morning smoothie. That’s the equivalent of about eight milligrams, which is a super-low dose (two dropperfuls are recommended). In half an hour, I noticed a new sort of relaxed feeling—not an I-took-an-antihistamine dizzy feeling, nor that glass-of-wine sleepy effect. I felt calm and alert, which is pretty much perfect.
It has a slightly sweet smell and taste but barely discernible.
Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!
The clearer the oil, the less it smells like weed but there will always be some of the scent there.
This brings up one other issue.
I was in Vegas just the other week for a trade-show.
Roughly 40% and up to 60% for women (maybe higher if over the age of 40).