FAQs

What is CBD?

No. CBD is a medicinal product; CBD oil is a liquid concentrate of this. On the other hand, hemp oil is a food product made from pressed hemp seeds and is not used for medicinal purposes, but rather for nutritional value. Hemp oil contains no CBD, unless it is specifically added where the Hemp oil then acts as a carrier oil, as is the case with the Endoca products.

 

How does CBD work?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is our body’s own complex cell signalling system that plays a role in regulating a vast range of functions and processes in our bodies. This system is active in your body even if you do not use any cannabis products. These functions are all essential to creating homeostasis or balance in the body.

Unfortunately, through the stresses and strains of modern living, the Endocannabinoid System can itself become depleted, meaning it cannot effectively carry out its role of bringing balance to the body. Research suggests that supplementing with CBD can help keep this system functioning optimally.

 

What is CBD used for?

The benefits of CBD can appear very broad and difficult to identify due to every user having a unique experience and response. While some will report assistance with anxiety or mood, others may find it aides in muscle recovery. These varying reports are due to the broad functioning of the Endocannabinoid System and the intake of CBD assisting the system in returning out-of-balance functioning to its optimal state.

 

Is CBD safe to use

CBD is considered safe to use, but clinical trials are yet to determine if there are any major side effects.

CBD is recognised as safe by the World Health Organization who has stated that “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

(Read the full WHO report here : https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf)

 

Will CBD make me high?

CBD is considered to be non-psychoactive, this means it does not get you “high” in the way that THC (the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana) gets you high. However, CBD is often reported to produce a highly relaxing sensation that some find to be sedating.

 

How much CBD should I take?

The effects of CBD will vary from person to person, so there are no hard and fast rules for dosing CBD, apart from taking it on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. We always suggest to start slowly and gradually increase your dosage as you learn how your body responds.

 

Will CBD interact with my other medication?

It is important to remember that while CBD is safe for you to us, it is possible for it to interact with other drugs. Whilst CBD-drug interactions are more likely with high doses of CBD, precaution should be taken when using CBD in conjunction with life preserving medication for serious conditions.

CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called cyp450 that are also responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs- use of CBD can inhibit the activity of these enzymes.

 

Can CBD be used to treat cancer?

The honest answer is, we don’t know.

No large clinical trials have been conducted investigating the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as a cancer treatment. While small studies have been conducted, research is still in its early stages and no claims can be justifiably made.

 

Can I give my pets CBD? 

Yes! Your pets can suffer from many of the same conditions as humans, these include seizures, pain, inflammation and anxiety.  Their required dose will likely be much lower than yours due to their smaller size and, in the case of dogs, a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains.

 

Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing? 

No. CBD is a medicinal product; CBD oil is a liquid concentrate of this. On the other hand, hemp oil is a fooD product made from pressed hemp seeds and is not used for medicinal purposes, but rather for nutritional value. Hemp oil contains no CBD.

 

Is CBD legal?

As of 2019 you can legally buy and use CBD products in South Africa.

Whilst the cannabis plant itself, as well as products containing detectable amounts of THC continue to be strictly regulated, the deregulation of CBD allows consumers to buy CBD openly and safely.

 

Can I overdose on CBD?

CBD has shown to be safe to use in high doses. While no fatal overdoses have been reported, it is possible to take too much CBD. Taking too much CBD increases the chance of experiencing negative side effects such as drowsiness, lethargy or diarrhea.

It is recommended to follow a dosing guide or use CBD as prescribed by a health care professional.

 

Will CBD treat my anxiety?

Anxiety is a complex condition and one of the most common reasons people seek out and use CBD.

Anecdotal accounts from people who have used CBD to treat anxiety are compelling, and various small sample studies support CBD’s ability to reduce anxiety. However, we can make no medical claims about CBD/ Hemp OIL as these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Anxiety is a complex condition, for some users, CBD may cause them to experience anxiety or increase existing anxiety. It is recommended to consult your healthcare practitioner when considering CBD as treatment for serious conditions.

If you would like to know more about CBD and anxiety you can try this medically reviewed article  or consider this study.

 

Will CBD treat my insomnia?

There are many things that could be causing you to sleep poorly. If the cause of your insomnia is related to pain, anxiety, inflammation or other areas where CBD has shown to provide benefit, it is possible for CBD to help with sleeplessness.

In some studies, CBD has been reported to improve sleep, in others, CBD has been reported to promote wakefulness.

The short answer is that CBD works differently for every individual and in some cases will help to treat sleeplessness and in others, do the opposite – all depending on the individual, dosage and time of consumption. It is a good idea to adopt a trial and error approach when using CBD as a sleep aide.

 

Will I develop a tolerance to CBD? 

Studies suggest no.

While a reduced reaction following repeated use is a common response to many drugs and substances, according to the studies conducted so far, a tolerance to CBD has not been observed.

In fact, prolonged CBD use has been shown to create “drug sensitivity” or reverse tolerance. This means that continued use of the substance can decrease tolerance levels resulting in a smaller dose delivering the same effect.

 

Is CBD addictive? 

Studies suggest no.

CBD, unlike addictive substances, does not produce an excessive release of dopamine in the brains’ pleasure centers. CBD does not get you high and so does not create the sense of euphoria associated with opioids, nor the head rush associated with nicotine.

The World Health Organisation found that CBD is not associated with any negative public health effects and is not associate with abuse potential.

(Read the WHO report here)

Another important factor to take into consideration is that no withdrawal symptoms have been shown to exist when a user stops taking CBD.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse has confirmed that preliminary data shows CBD to be a “safe drug with no addictive effects”.

 

What is the difference between the RAW and Heated CBD products? 

Raw CBD oil has not been heated or filtered. Because of this, it contains another phytocannabinoid, CBDa, in addition to the CBD. Once the oil is heated, the CBDa, which is simply the acidic form of CBD, is converted to traditional CBD.

There is no significant difference between the two. People generally prefer RAW, however those that suffer from acid reflux, would find that the Heated version is easier on their digestive system.

 

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