CBD is one of the most searched topics on Google and consumers are increasingly heading online to buy CBD. Even so, there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty. Here are commonly asked questions about the CBD industry and buying the right CBD for you.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa).
What can CBD be used for?
The FDA approved a CBD-based drug called Epidolex, which is known as an effective treatment for seizures in epilepsy patients. While not currently FDA approved, CBD is often used in support of ailments including anxiety, stress, pain, inflammation and insomnia. CBD is not a cure and companies claiming it is are not truthful. Ever-growing research continues to highlight potential uses for and effects of CBD.
Are Hemp and Marijuana the same thing?
Stemming from the same family, hemp and marijuana are different strains and therefore have different effects on the mind and body. When buying CBD, be sure to look for products made from hemp extract, which come from the flower of the plant. Hemp oil and hemp seed oil are on the market and serve their own purposes, but don’t contain any CBD.
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 judgement.
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, which will show if a product contains chemicals, heavy metals or pesticides.
Will CBD get me high?
No. CBD is made from hemp extract stemming from the hemp plant, so it is non-intoxicating. You can use CBD any time of day with confidence that it won’t interfere with everyday life.
How does CBD work?
Our bodies are made up of a variety of systems that work together to help us function, such as respiratory, digestive and nervous systems. The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1980’s through research involving the marijuana plant and it is now understood to play a major role in regulating our everyday lives. We have cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us. 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, harmony goes out the window. Fortunately for us, researchers discovered that our system will recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources like CBD by attaching to certain receptors in the brain and body.
How do I use CBD?
There are a variety of ways to experience the benefits including topically through CBD lotions or salves, orally through CBD tinctures or oils, edibles like CBD gummies, or inhaling through a smoke-able 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 and what works for your friend/family member/co-worker may not work the same for you. Often times users will take advantage of more than one delivery mechanism. For example, a salve to work through sore muscles or joints and a tincture to either focus or calm the mind, or a tincture to support overall pain relief and a muscle gel to target a specific location on the body.
How much CBD should I take?
Due to the wide range of use-cases for CBD, appropriate serving sizes can vary widely. Dosage will depend on your body weight, metabolism, individual body chemistry, and other metabolic factors. We recommend starting on the lower end and increasing until you achieve the desired effect. 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 how much you’re taking and the potential improvement in your symptoms.
Is CBD legal?
Yes. Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC. As of May 2019, the TSA allows CBD on domestic flights within the United States.
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.
Can CBD help my pet?
Animals including dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems like we do, leading to the assumption that CBD can help provide support to our furry companions. A big issue is that animals can’t talk and tell us how they are feeling, but fortunately we can read body language to see if they are less stressed, calmer, less barky or have increased pep in their step. If you’re considering trying CBD for your pet, always look for high-quality products made from hemp extract and never give a pet a product that contains THC.
Will it 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 starting CBD.