Is Hemp CBD Oil Safe?

Whether you’re browsing the cosmetics counter at Saks or filling up at the local Shell station, you’re likely to spot several products boasting CBD oil as an ingredient. Ever since the passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill legalizing industrial hemp, this all-purpose miracle oil has managed to find its way into just about every product under the sun. Sales of CBD products will reach $4.7B this year, and that number is projected to double by 2022. 

That’s all well and good, but smart consumers know better than to equate ubiquity with safety. Is CBD hemp oil safe for everyone? And what, if anything, separates a gas station CBD oil from pricier versions on the market? Before you add to cart, consider the following. 

Is Hemp CBD Oil Safe to Use?

Not only is natural CBD hemp oil safe to use, but it can significantly benefit your health when used correctly. 

That said, it’s essential to know precisely what you’re buying. Demand for CBD is at an all-time high, and, as a result, the market is flooded with low-quality products that contain pesticides, heavy metals, and other impurities. These impurities can impede, or worse, cancel out the health benefits of CBD. Just as you’d verify health claims at the supermarket by inspecting the ingredients, be sure to read the fine print on every CBD label and choose an oil that is both high-quality and responsibly produced. 

WelCel adheres to these standards with hemp CBD oil that is non-GMO and free of pesticides and solvents. What’s more, WelCel is 3rd-party verified, meaning that all WelCel products undergo a stringent off-site lab analysis before they reach consumers. Each bottle’s Certificate of Analysis is available online and can be viewed by scanning the QR code on the label. 

When shopping around for a quality hemp CBD oil, look for the following markers:

  • Produced via CO2 extraction
  • Clearly labeled with the amount of CBD
  • Provides a lab analysis of CBD oil composition
  • Contains under .03% of THC 
  • Not white-labeled
  • Produced from whole-plant extracts
  • Non-GMO
  • Free of pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals

Will CBD Make Me Feel High?

Those who are new to CBD oil often worry that using it may cause impairment and leave them feeling high. While you may feel relaxed or less anxious, CBD is incapable of inducing a high.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of many naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the psychoactive compound in hemp known as THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive when extracted. “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” reads a recent report by the World Health Organization. “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” 

Though CBD and THC compounds are related, they interact with our bodies in very different ways. CBD profoundly impacts our physiological and biological functions, making it incredibly useful in addressing health issues. From pain and anxiety to long-term ailments, countless medical studies support CBD’s efficacy in managing various health conditions.

WelCel is what’s known as a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil, which means it is a pure extract of the hemp plant and contains all of its compounds in varying amounts. Those compounds include terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and, yes, even trace amounts of THC below .3%. While you won’t feel such low THC levels, it is possible that it may register a false positive on a drug test, in which case it’s best to discuss with your HR department and primary care physician. 

What Medications Interact with Hemp CBD Oil?

As with anything you’d incorporate into your health and wellness regimen, it’s wise to consult your primary care physician in advance. While CBD is safe on its own, there can be interactions with the following types of medications:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antibiotics
  • HIV antivirals
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Beta-blockers
  • Blood thinners
  • Corticosteroids
  • Heart rhythm medications
  • Prostate medications

If the label on your prescription medication includes a warning about grapefruit interactions, CBD may similarly increase the levels of that medication in your bloodstream. In these cases, your doctor may suggest a dosage that is better suited to your condition or steer you towards a topical CBD treatment.

What Dosage of Hemp CBD Oil is Safe for me?

What works for one person may not work for another. Typically, a dosage of around 50 to 60mg will suit most patients. If you’re new to WelCel CBD hemp oil, we suggest that you start with one to four smaller doses spaced evenly throughout the day and monitor the results. Continue this for several days and adjust your dosage as needed to relieve your symptoms. 

Again, if you’re concerned about potential drug interactions, ask your physician to recommend a dosage that’s right for you. 

Is Hemp Oil Safe for Dogs and Cats?

For all the same reasons you might benefit from taking WelCel Hemp CBD, so too can your four legged friends. The brain’s cannabinoid receptors are consistent among all mammals, meaning that your pet’s endocannabinoid system regulates pain, inflammation, mood, appetite, skin conditions, and neurological disorders just as your human brain does. Hemp CBD oil is non-psychoactive and can aid your pet’s endocannabinoid system by improving quality of life, and reducing anxiety and pain. As always, talk with your veterinarian before giving CBD oil to your pet.