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In May 2020, the South African government set solid foundations for a new industry to prosper in the country. This came as the Minister of Health, acting on the recommendations of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), down-scheduled cannabidiol (CBD) to a Schedule 4 substance and with an exemption notice, wholly rescheduled certain CBD-containing preparations and products. This amendment will be South Africa’s first real and clear canonisation of the cannabis industry.
This is particularly good news for the CBD industry in South Africa since CBD will be added to the annexures and health supplement lists for category D Complementary Medicine and Health Supplements, as per the Medicines and Related Substances Act 1965 (Act 101 of 1966).
With this notice, South Africans are likely to see more and more CBD products and supplements on the shelves of their pharmacies or favourite online vendor – fourfivecbd. And yet it is still a new concept to most people.
Since we arrived in South Africa in November 2019, we have worked closely with the finest CBD suppliers, and have designed products made specially to support active people seeking what we once sought – a natural alternative. But we did not want to be like all other CBD brands. We have refined our extraction and manufacturing to guarantee products with 0% THC.
With this background, we will help answer some question that you might have as to what CBD is, what it can be used for, and how much CBD you need.
So, what is CBD and how is it made?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the main active compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the other main active compound in the cannabis plant — CBD is not psychoactive so using it does not result in the high associated with cannabis. With this fact, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recommends that CBD should not be placed under international drug control as it is found not to have psychoactive properties, and presents no potential for abuse or dependence.
CBD oils, cosmetics, or supplements are produced by first extracting the cannabinoid from raw plant material. This can be done through several methods, including Steam-Based CBD Extraction, Solvent-Based CBD Extraction, and CO2 Extraction techniques (and you can read more about each here).
Fourfivecbd’s own trusted process to get its CBD is done through the CO2 Extraction technique, which is the industries gold standard when it comes to producing clinical-grade CBD. By ensuring our CBD meets the highest international standards fourfivecbd can ensure that its products meet with the legalities of THC and guarantees the overall safety of the end CBD oil consumed by the customer.
Here are some of the reasons why CO2 extraction is the way to go:
Once this process is completed, our CBD goes through a further purification process to remove any further unwanted compounds, we then introduce carrier oils to adjust the potency of the end product and make it easier for the CBD to be absorbed into your system, and lastly, we send our CBD products to a 3rd party lab to be tested for things like impurities, heavy metals, pesticides, or any cannabinoids that were supposed to have been removed during the extractionWith this in mind, as an experienced or novice user of CBD, you can rest assured that when you use fourfivecbd’s oils, capsules, or topicals that they will be safe and are made with quality ingredients.
So, what can CBD help you with?
The use of CBD for therapeutic purposes dates to the 1970s and focus on the anti-seizure activity of cannabidiol. The clinical benefit of CBD has been demonstrated most extensively for the treatment of some forms of epilepsy. There is also evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for several other medical conditions that are as diverse as CBD’s neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, and antitumor properties.
According to the WHO, evidence for CBD’s various therapeutic applications may apply to:
So, what dosage of CBD should you try?
Since there are such a variety of benefits from using CBD products and so many reasons to use CBD, there is no single recommended CBD dosage
Also, every person’s CBD dosage level will depend on their own body’s endocannabinoid system and the purity of the products with which you supplement.
Since it is difficult to determine how much CBD you should use, the South African government has provided the following guideline:
Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD (Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019.
The consensus is that 10mg/day is about the correct amount to start, but experience tells us that our average user finds satisfaction with a higher dose – either in the form of oils and capsules. Conversely, if you are sensitive to CBD, then you can reduce dosing CBD to 5mg/day.
Experimenting with your dosage of CBD until you find what works for you will be essential to get the most out of our CBD. We found that our most satisfied users were those using the highest CBD dosages, so if you still feel pain, anxiety o
r and symptom of the condition you are trying to treat, then increase your CBD recovery dosage to 20mg/day. If you find joy, then continue at this CBD recovery dosage level.
Dosing CBD with fourfivecbd is quite simple thanks to our precise capsules and our easy-to-use spray applicators – here’s our CBD dosage chart:
Dosing CBD – fourfivecbd 500mg CBD Oil:
Dosing CBD – fourfivecbd 1000mg CBD Oil:
To follow the chart, just spray 1 – 3 times directly under your tongue for quicker results, and then chase it down with water or a flavoured drink of your choice after 10 minutes.
On average, however, it’s estimated that CBD oil should start working within 6-8 hours.
Factors like your weight, metabolism, and lifestyle choices can also have an impact and may also reduce or increase this time.
A final word
Research shows that CBD is safe and has few if any, minor side effects. But before trying CBD, it is important to talk to your doctor about all the vitamins, supplements, and prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking.
It is nearly impossible to take a fatal overdose of CBD. So, once you have found the daily dosage of CBD that works for you, you can look forward to a low-risk, highly effective, natural supplement to help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
With the exciting revolution around CBD-health-based products, there are still many new and ground-breaking methods to emerge. Here at fourfivecbd, we have established ourselves as a leader in the industry, so you can rest assured that our products are at the cutting edge of CBD innovation and are of the highest quality and meet the strictest safety standards.