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What Is CBD Oil?

Oct 19th 2020

What Is CBD Oil?

You’ve probably heard your friends, family, and coworkers talk about their success in treating a variety of issues using CBD oil or other CBD products. If you haven’t heard anybody praise CBD oil benefits yet, there’s still a strong chance somebody you know is using it. In a 2019 study, Consumer Reports found that an estimated 64 million Americans used CBD in the previous 24 months.1 With so many people finding success using CBD oil, you may be considering it yourself but are unsure of where to begin. Let’s explore what CBD oil is!

What Is CBD?

Let’s first look at the primary active ingredient in CBD oil: CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in hemp, which is why you may hear some CBD oils referred to as hemp oil or CBD hemp oil. A phytocannabinoid is a molecule found in the cannabis plant that can bind at cannabinoid receptor sites of the endocannabinoid system in the body. When CBD binds at those sites, it influences the endocannabinoid system and this system has the potential to modulate a wide range of effects, including the following:

  • Anxiety and stress2
  • Inflammatory conditions2
  • Pain2
  • Metabolism2
  • Neurodegenerative conditions2
  • Pulmonary function2
  • Cardiovascular function2
  • Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)3

From Hemp to Hemp Oil

So CBD is naturally occurring in hemp and it interacts with the endocannabinoid system that is naturally found in the body. There’s a step missing in that description, and that is the delivery method. Smoking cannabis is not the only way to deliver the molecular compounds found in hemp to the body. Many people instead use hemp oil. To create CBD hemp oil, various extraction methods can be used to elicit the desirable molecular compounds from hemp, including CBD, to create hemp extract. This extract is then mixed with a carrier oil to create CBD hemp oil.

Does CBD Get You High?

Although it comes from cannabis, cannabidiol, CBD, is non-psychoactive. This means it will not get you high. However, some CBD oils contain more than just CBD, including THC. Make sure that the CBD oil you are ingesting contains less than 0.3% THC and you will not get high.

CBD Side Effects

Compared to many pharmaceuticals, CBD has a very mild side effect profile. The most commonly reported side effects of CBD are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.4 Many people have used CBD as an alternative to their prescription medications likely because of the lesser side effects. In a 2019 study by Consumer Reports, 22 percent of people using CBD for health problems reported that it helped them replace prescription or over-the-counter medications.1

Complete Hemp’s CBD Oils

At Complete Hemp, we offer premium CBD oils containing only two ingredients: hemp extract, and organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil. All of our CBD oils are produced using the CO2 extraction method to minimize any potential impurities.

Complete Hemp offers the following CBD oils:

All of Complete Hemp’s CBD oils are:

  • Organic
  • CO2 extracted
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Paraben-free
  • No preservatives
  • Made in the USA

Whichever CBD oil you select to aid you in your journey, Complete Hemp is here to help!


  2. Silver RJ. The Endocannabinoid System of Animals. Animals (Basel). 2019 Sep 16;9(9):686. doi: 10.3390/ani9090686. PMID: 31527410; PMCID: PMC6770351.
  3. Cheung KAK, Peiris H, Wallace G, Holland OJ, Mitchell MD. The Interplay between the Endocannabinoid System, Epilepsy and Cannabinoids. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(23):6079. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.3390/ijms20236079
  4. Iffland K, Grotenhermen F. An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2017;2(1):139-154. Published 2017 Jun 1. doi:10.1089/can.2016.0034