While both CBD and THC are present in the cannabis plant, no matter what form it takes, there are only trace amounts of psychoactive THC in industrial hemp, the plant used to make hemp textiles, hemp seeds, and most of the CBD oil on the marketplace. Long story short: using CBD oil won't make you high. (For answers to more commonly asked CBD questions, be sure to check out our forthcoming FAQ about CBD).
As CBD oil is non-psychoactive, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that THC ingestion does.3 Therefore, the use of CBD in topical form is a useful alternative for those who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC and those who would like options besides the over-the-counter steroid-based creams typically used for arthritis, joint pain, and similar ailments. This is especially true for aging users, parents, or adults who are concerned about practical matters (like failing drug tests, for example).
Their potency is no reason to dilute CBD isolates. In fact, the authors of the same review found that even higher doses of CBD were relatively safe to use, at least according to the available information. There are some low-risk side effects to know about, but in their words, “Chronic use and high doses of up to 1500?milligrams per day have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans.”
That leaves those touting CBD’s effectiveness pointing primarily to research in mice and petri dishes. There, CBD (sometimes combined with small amounts of THC) has shown promise for helping pain, neurological conditions like anxiety and PTSD, and the immune system—and therefore potentially arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and more.
Our Editor’s Pick is the tincture from CBDistillery. This tincture is available in five strengths ranging from 250mg to 5,000mg, which accommodates a wide range of THC preferences, as well as 15 and 30 milliliter containers. The tincture has a price-point that is slightly below average, making it a good option for value seekers. The tincture, which is non-flavored, routinely undergoes third-party testing to ensure safety and high quality; the testing results are available on CBDistillery’s product pages.