Are you asking yourself if CBD oil will stain your teeth? While there aren’t a whole lot of reports of people having teeth stains from CBD oil, and there isn’t a whole lot of official research on the topic, there still are some key points to keep in mind. As a rule, CBD oil should not stain your teeth. That is, if you’re taking high quality 99.9% pure CBD isolate oil. (Usually, the reports out there about people experiencing teeth stains from CBD oils do not involve isolates)
If you’re scratching your head right now, wondering what all that means, don’t worry. We will cover what isolates are, how CBD oil is taken, and why it matters in just a few moments. We are also going to cover how to treat any teeth stains, as well as preventing them. You know what they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
So What Is CBD Oil, How Does It Work and How Could It Possibly Stain My Teeth?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. Aside from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is the second-most prominent cannabinoid. While THC produces the intoxicating high that so many cannabis enthusiasts love, CBD does not produce any psychotropic effects. Both are known as phytocannabinoids, which are essentially the active compounds produced by the cannabis plant. These interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a conglomerate of the body’s receptors that these phytocannabinoids bind to. And poof, there is the chemical reaction in your body! CB1 and CB2 are two of the body’s most well-researched receptors that CBD binds to, along with a variety of other biological pathways. For example, 5-HT1A, which is one of the brain’s central serotonin receptors is activated by CBD. This may be the reason for CBD’s potential to treat mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
As already stated, CBD is the second-most abundant phytocannabinoid found in the plant, and has huge potential for a variety of uses, which include seizure suppression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, pain control, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition, CBD has the potential to contribute, as well as inhibit the effects of THC. This most likely will depend on the dosage amount of CBD versus the dosage of THC.
3 Different Types of CBD Oil – One of These Is a Guaranteed, Surefire Way to Preventing Stains
CBD oil can come in a variety of ways. There’s CBD hemp oil, which comes from industrial hemp, instead of the marijuana plant. Then there’s CBD oil extract from marijuana plants. There are three major types of categories for both:
- Full spectrum – this is CBD oil from the whole plant. It can contain trace amounts of THC, terpenes, minor cannabinoids, and of course CBD. This could also contain chlorophyll, which could possibly stain teeth, if taken orally. Also, keep in mind that certain manufacturers may add other chemicals and even dyes to their CBD oil, as there is only limited federal regulation governing the industry. This is why it is important to research your products before you purchase them, to be sure you’re getting the highest quality and purity.
- Broad spectrum– this has a similar spectrum of all the plant parts, including terpenes and cannabinoids, but with the THC completely removed. Again, this could also contain chlorophyll, which can stain teeth.
- Isolate – this is known as raw CBD oil. All of the other materials, including terpenes, THC, and other cannabinoids have been stripped away. All that is left is a crystalline powder of pure CBD. This is usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil. Isolates with a 99.9% purity range and above will not contain any trace amounts of THC. However, isolates of 99.5% and below may still contain some trace amount of THC. This does not contain chlorophyll, and therefore is a surefire way to prevent risk of stains.
It is important that you know and understand the different types of CBD oil, because this will enable you to reduce the risk of any teeth stains.
So Will CBD Oil Stain My Teeth Or What?
It’s very unlikely. Having said that, CBD oil could possibly stain your teeth if you’re using non-isolate CBD oil or from a manufacturer that is cutting corners and isn’t the most reputable company in the industry. Another possibility of teeth stain is smoking a CBD wax, shatter or concentrate that is also a non-isolate. Edibles and syringe sublinguals typically do not stain your teeth. If you are noticing your teeth staining green, it could very likely be the chlorophyll in the plant materials that are contained in your CBD oil. This is why we covered the different types, so that you understand exactly how to remedy the situation, if you find yourself with stains.
6 Simple Treatment Tips for Possible CBD Oil Tooth Stains
If you are experiencing teeth stains the following tips can help you.
- Thoroughly brush your teeth with a mix of water and baking soda.
- Rinse your mouth daily with a slightly diluted hydrogen peroxide solution. Rise your mouth with pure water afterward.
- Try some over-the-counter options, such as whitening toothpaste, which contains sodium hypochlorite.
- Try whitening mouthwash that contains hydrogen peroxide.
- Try whitening strips that contain carbamide peroxide.
- You can also try out whitening systems that contain a combination of bleaching gel and carbamide peroxide.
Give it a couple of weeks and try to keep a daily journal to document your results. What color are your teeth staining? As stated before, if they stain green, that could be chlorophyll, but if your stains are brown, yellow, orange or black, then there may be another underlying issue. Be sure to put a date and time to your entries and give enough detail in your journal to track your experience. Try to look for patterns. Also try to eliminate and rule out other causes. If your stains persist, then you may need to switch to another method of ingestion and/or visit a dentist to rule out any medical conditions. These can include celiac disease, fluorosis or tooth decay. Keep in mind that lifestyle habits, such as smoking, regular coffee drinking, and certain medications, like blood pressure pills can also cause your teeth to stain.
Let’s Talk A Little More About CBD Isolates
CBD isolate comes in either powder or crystalline form, containing 99% pure CBD. The traditional process of extraction removes all of the psychoactive compounds from the plant. Then a refinement process is used that eliminates all the other phytocannabinoids. This leaves nothing but the pure CBD. You then have either a fine, white powder or crystals. CBD isolate has no taste or odor, aside from a very subtle and slight hint of cherry flavor.
Cannabis products made with isolate by a reputable manufacturer are your key to both eliminating CBD oil stains on your teeth, as well as preventing them, because you have nothing but pure CBD, with no other plant material or inferior filler additives. Now that you know how CBD oil is made and extracted, let’s briefly cover how it is taken. All of this plays a part in how your teeth could possibly stain.
How Is CBD Oil Taken? Why Does It Matter?
It matters because you want to prevent any teeth stains and receive the most efficient delivery method, right? There are four main ways to consume CBD Oil:
- Inhaling- you can either smoke or vaporize it. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start feeling effects. It’s delivered directly into your lungs and bloodstream.
- Topical creams or gels on your skin- so here, the risk of tooth stain is zero, if you’re using topicals. However, topicals may not be as effective and long-lasting as smoking or sublinguals.
- Sublingual – using it under the tongue. Generally more effective than topicals.
- Eating – you can eat it in the form of cookies, candies, gummy bears or other edibles. Generally can take up to 4 hours to start feeling the effects and is a lot slower in reaction than sublingual, inhaling or topical methods.
The chances of getting teeth stains from smoking are also zero, if you are smoking or vaporizing a concentrate or wax that is made from CBD isolate. Sublingual and edible CBD products also should not cause any stains. However there have been reports on forums with people getting homemade tinctures that caused their teeth to stain green. These tinctures were made with whole plant material simply thrown into a jar of Everclear, shaken, and then consumed for benefits. Again, this is not a CBD isolate, and therefore could likely end up causing stains. Basically, any time you’re dealing with non-isolate CBD oil, you’re taking a risk of teeth stains.
The Mean Green– Practical Tips to Look Out For
Like the Loch Ness monster, the Mean Green Tooth Stain Monster isn’t a very common sighting. Probably, because the chances of your teeth getting any stains from CBD oil are very low, especially if you’re ingesting an isolate. Now that we’ve covered what CBD oil is, how it is made, and what the possible culprit to tooth stain could be, you can easily avoid this problem by simply sticking to CBD isolate products made by reputable manufacturers. Remember to research your product of interest and the manufacturer behind the product a little before making the purchase. Ask around and shop around. Not all brands are made the same.