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What is CBD?

November 19, 2019

What is CBD?

Will CBD get me high? What are the benefits of CBD? Will it show up on a drug test? We're here to help you answer some of the questions you may have about this product that seems to be popping up everywhere!

What is CBD (cannabidiol)?

Cannabidiol, (CBD), is a chemical compound derived from both Cannabis and Hemp plants. The compound occurs naturally and is being used in products oils and edibles and is said to give users a calming feeling. Unlike its relative, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive and will not get you high. Both CBD and THC belong to the cannabinoid class of compounds.

So CBD won't get me high?

By itself, no. THC is the reason you may feel high after indulging in cannabis. Because CBD is non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating, users will not feel sedated or altered.

According to the World Health Organization, CBD has “no potential for abuse and no potential to produce dependence.”

The exceptions to the sedated feeling are the small percentage of people who feel side effects taking over the counter medicine like Tylenol or Advil.

Great, so what is Hemp and is it weed?

The plant, Cannabis sativa is generally composed of two types of plants, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but Hemp carries . much higher concentration. The government also regulates that THC levels must be less than 0.3%. there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

Marijuana, on the other hand, carries higher concentrations of THC and can be used recreationally.

What are the health benefits of CBD?

The only CBD medication that is currently FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved last year for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. But anecdotal claims by CBD users suggest that CBD helps them with a number of ailments including:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Pain Relief
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Seizures
  • Anti-Anxiety / Anti-Stress

What are the side effects?

According to the World Health Organization, CBD itself poses no significant side effects for the general population. Since the products, however, are not widely regulated, poorly made products may cause unwanted symptoms at certain dosages (either due to poor extraction methods, artificial additives, or other causes).

Some of the most common include: anxiety, a slight dip in blood pressure, changes in appetite and weight, changes in mood, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, tiredness and lethargy, and vomiting.

There are so many products on the market! What's the best way to take CBD?

Depending on your goals and desired length of time for treatment, your preferred delivery method may vary. Each CBD product; tinctures, edibles, and vape pens, vary in how fast CBD takes effect and how long the effects last.

Vape relief is the fastest way to absorb CBD, but it wears off faster too. Effects are expected to last about two hours.

Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours.

Is CBD legal?

CBD is still in a legal grey area when it comes to the entire United States. While CBD was legalized at the national level by the 2018 Farm Bill, some individual states still have laws that ban CBD outright, classifying it as just a different type of cannabis. In other states, CBD can only be purchased with a doctor’s prescription from a licensed dispensary. Finally, some states consider CBD completely legal.

Can you travel with CBD?

That 2018 Farm Bill indicates that you can now travel between states with legit CBD products. Be mindful of TSA rules for bringing liquids or vaping supplies during travel.

Can I take CBD with other medications?

Research is still being done to understand CBD's effects on medications including birth control, antidepressants, and other common medications. Because CBD binds into our endocannabinoid system, the effects on certain drugs can either enhance or limit a drugs efficacy.

Please consult a medical professional before starting CBD in conjunction with medications.

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

In general, no, taking CBD should not show up on a drug test. Some tests, however, are more sensitive, like tests given to athletes, and even hemp based CBD products (with less than 0.3% THC concentration) may trigger a positive for THC.