The buzz around CBD isn’t dying down at all if anything it’s only getting stronger. However, with all the buzz around this product, there might be a few questions in your mind. We’re here to answer those questions and educate you about this plant product that so many of us love. Read on and have all your CBD questions answered.
First things first, what’s CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD), is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. However, the main difference between CBD and its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is that it’s not psychoactive.
Can I get high?
No. “CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria,” says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. “You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.”
However, there can be exceptions to this. Some people have experienced feeling altered after taking CBD. According to Dr. Chin, it’s about 5% of people that feel like this. The second exception pertains to the quality of the CBD you are purchasing. Due to the FDA not regulating CBD, there is a possibility of purchasing a product that is either more or less potent than the advertised strength. We always recommend purchasing CBD from a company that does third-party-testing on their products.
What are the benefits of taking CBD?
While there is only one CBD medication that is FDA-Approved (Epidiolex) which was approved last year to help treat epilepsy, the ongoing list of benefits of CBD is vast. CBD has been said that it may help relieve pain, arthritis, anxiety, inflammation, and many other symptoms. “[CBD] tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you’re safe,” Dr. Chin says. “It mellows out the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened ‘fight or flight’ response,” she says, “so people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed.”
Is it legal?
To answer this question, we have to go back in time. In 1937 Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, however before that industrial hemp was legal in the United States. Fast forward to 2014, the Farm Bill was passed and this allowed states to regulate the production of hemp and so forth came CBD. Last year, President Trump signed a new Farm Bill federally legalized growing hemp.
While hemp can legally be grown under federal law, it’s up to each state to set its own policy on the matters. And the policies vary between each state individually. Health explains it as, “Marijuana and CBD are currently fully legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. In 23 states, it’s legal in some form, such as for medicinal purposes. Another 14 states permit just CBD oil. But both are illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.”
What’s the best way to take CBD?
This depends on you and what you’re looking to get out of using CBD. For people that don’t want to ingest anything, we recommend looking at topical options, such as our Relief Cream.
Tinctures and edibles (CBD gummies and capsules) take longer to work, but can last for up to 5 hours. It ultimately depends upon why you’re looking to use CBD, and what the end goal is for each specific person.
Can CBD show up on a drug test?
It should not. Hemp is classified as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. This means there may be THC in hemp products. Customers are expected to fully understand what is contained in our products and make their own conscious decision to consume our products.
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