CBD continues to be one of the most frequently searched topics on Google and consumers are increasingly heading online to buy CBD products. Here we answer ten of the most commonly asked questions about CBD and help you find the right CBD products.
1. What is CBD?
CBD (or cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, a chemical compound, found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are hundreds of cannabinoids present in this plant, with THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) being the most prevalent and CBD being the second most prevalent.
2. What can CBD be used for?
While not currently FDA approved, CBD has shown promise in reducing anxiety, the management of stress, pain management, and insomnia. It is an anti-inflammatory, therefore effective at managing many common inflammation-related challenges.
To date, the FDA has approved one CBD-based drug, Epidolex, which is used in the treatment of seizures in epilepsy patients.
CBD is not a cure and companies claiming it is are not being truthful with you. Ongoing research continues to discover potential uses for and effects of CBD.
3. Are Hemp and Marijuana the same thing?
While hemp and marijuana are from the same plant family, they are different strains. The two plants have different effects on your mind and body. When you are buying CBD, be sure to look for products made from hemp extract, which is derived from the flower of the plant. Hemp oil and hemp seed oil products are on the market and serve their own purposes, but don’t contain any CBD.
4. Is it CBD safe?
The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence said in 2017 that CBD, “in its pure state…does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm,” meaning, it is not addictive and does not impair judgment.
The best way to ensure you are getting high-quality products is to purchase CBD made from hemp grown in the United States and from a company that provides readily accessible reports generated through 3rd party testing. These lab tests will show if a product contains the amount of CBD it claims as well as if there are any chemicals, heavy metals, or pesticides.
5. Will CBD get me high?
The short answer is “No.” CBD does not get you high because it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. Allvane products are made from hemp extract stemming from the hemp plant. You can use CBD any time of day with confidence that it won’t interfere with everyday life.
6. How does CBD work?
Your body is made up of a variety of systems that work together to help you function, such as your respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is another system that was only just discovered in the 1980s through research involving the marijuana plant. The ECS appears nearly everywhere in your body. Its central role is in helping you maintain homeostasis or balance and plays a part in regulating your mood, sleep, reproduction, memory, pain, appetite, digestion, immune system, inflammation, and more.
We all have cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside our bodies called cannabinoid receptors. Their main function is to create harmony in response to changes in the environment. When daily stressors like pain, anxiety, or insomnia take their toll, this balance goes out the window. Fortunately for us, researchers discovered that our bodies recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources like CBD, which can lend a hand in restoring this balance.
7. How do I use CBD?
There are a variety of ways for you to experience the benefits of CBD, including topically through CBD lotions or salves, orally through CBD oils or tinctures, edibles like CBD gummies, or inhaling through a smokeable form. The product (or products) you choose to use are based on a combination of desired effect, personal preference, and experimentation to find the right fit.
No two people are the same so what works for your friend/family member/co-worker may not work the same for you. CBD users will often use more than one delivery mechanism. For example, a salve to work through sore muscles or joints and a CBD oil to help with muscle recovery.
8. How much CBD should I take?
CBD dosage can vary widely. Your dosage will depend on your body weight, metabolism, individual body chemistry, and other metabolic factors.
Use this guide as a rule of thumb, recognizing it might look differently for you. We always recommend starting with a lower dose, trying for a few days, and increasing the amount as needed until you settle in on the right fit.
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Dosing information can be found on each of our products and measured droppers in our tinctures remove the guessing game from the amount you’re taking. Consider keeping a daily journal of your dosage and time of day, and the potential improvement in your symptoms
9. Is CBD legal?
While products are popping up everywhere, be aware when you buy CBD online that it is illegal for companies to label CBD products as dietary supplements and CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under federal law.
10. Can CBD help my pet?
Animals including dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems like you do, leading to the assumption that CBD can help provide support to our furry companions. There are a few issues.
First, testing is limited, so there are mixed feelings about its benefits and results are more anecdotal than scientific.
Second, veterinarians are not yet able to carry or prescribe CBD for your pets due to licensing restrictions. This means that consumers are left to their own research and conclusions.
Third, animals can’t talk and tell us how they are feeling. Fortunately, we can read body language to see if they are less stressed, calmer, barking less, or have increased pep in their step.
If you’re considering CBD for your pet, always look for high-quality products made from hemp extract and never give a pet a product that contains THC.
11. Will CBD show up on a drug test?
(Okay, so this is really #11.) Cannabidiol (CBD) is not likely to show up on a drug test. However, it depends on the lab doing the test, what they are testing for, what kind of equipment they are using, and their procedures.
Labs that are testing for THC have been known to register false positives when the person providing the test sample consumed hemp-related products. Be aware of necessary policies and possible exceptions granted prior to using CBD.
We continue to learn about the many benefits that people (and pets) experience when using CBD products. If you are just starting your journey with CBD, we encourage you to try the highest quality CBD products available. Allvane CBD oils, topicals, and gummies are all made from 100% US-grown hemp, free from heavy metals and pesticides and 3rd party tested to the highest standards in the cannabis industry.
Our motto, “Relief for Good,” is at the core of our business – 10% of every purchase goes back to support our charitable partner. Our 2021 partner is Guild, a Minnesota non-profit that empowers those living with mental illness and/or long-term homelessness by helping them find the tools they need to live stable, fulfilling lives in the communities of their choosing.