Everything you Need to Know About CBD

So, what exactly is CBD? Does it get you high, and will it show up on a drug test? What are the actual benefits? There is no question that CBD has been a buzz word for wellness products for a while now, but do you know what all the hype is about? Here’s everything you need to know about CBD. 

With CBD being legal in the vast majority of the United States, it seems to be springing up everywhere. Wellness products, pharmacies, even spas & coffee shops are offering CBD drinks and treatments. Despite CBD being more prevalent than ever, information on the product is still scarce, and often a bit confusing. Today, we dive deep into the topic to help you leave with a deep and comprehensive understanding of this promising health & wellness product. 

CBD Oil next to Hemp
CBD is everywhere but what exactly is it?

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. Sometimes also referred to as “hemp oil”, this is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as hemp. This naturally occurring substance is used in many products (oils, creams, capsules, and more) to help users reach a feeling of calm and deep relaxation. 

CBD is not psychoactive. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active compound that results in a feeling of euphoria/intoxication when consuming or smoking marijuana. In fact, in order for a plant to be considered “hemp”, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. So, although both hemp and marijuana can both come from Cannabis sativa plants, there are actually physical and chemical differences between the plants that produce each substance. 

Will It Get Me High? Seriously, it Won’t? 

Seriously, CBD will not get you high, stoned, or whatever else you want to call it. Cannabis plants are made up of two main compounds: CBD & THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, again this means taking CBD will not leave you with any feelings of euphoria, or sedated, or intoxicated in any way. 

There are possible exceptions to this. According to Dr. Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. According to Dr. Chin, roughly 5% of people say they feel “altered” after taking CBD, but “Usually they’re the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol,” she says. So, although CBD will not get you high, it is important to remember, as with all new supplements, to give your body time so that you can learn about how the said supplement will impact you. If you are taking CBD for the first time, do so in a safe environment. 

Also, when shopping for CBD only buy third-party tested products for quality assurance. The FDA does not regular supplements, so if a product is not third-party lab-tested there is a chance it could contain THC or be more portent than advertised.

Wait, then what is Hemp Seed Oil? Is it different from CBD/Hemp Oil? 

So, you’ve heard cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all used in relation to CBD. Remember, the plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp, and marijuana. Although both contain CBD, there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

CBD and Hemp Oil is derived from aerial plant parts, this is just a fancy way of saying the parts of the plant itself that are exposed to air (stalks, leaves, etc… ). 

Hemp seed oil is exactly what it sounds like, oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids (CBD or THC) in hemp seed oil. This compound is packed with healthy fats and can be found in beauty products for its moisturizing benefits.

CBD Oil in front of Hemp Plant
CBD & Hemp Oil are very different from Hemp Seed Oil

What are the Health Benefits? 

Although there is only one FDA medication with CBD currently, many people swear CBD has helped with a host of medical conditions. Everything from sleeplessness to discomfort, and even some types of cancer. 

Another major use for CBD is helping those with anxiety find and embrace a feeling of calm, even getting some users off of more serious medication. 

Edibles, Tinctures, Vapes, and More? What is the Best Way to Take CBD? 

This all depends on your wants, needs, and preferences. Do you have sore muscles? Maybe a topical cream or roll-on would be best for you. Having problems falling asleep, maybe a tincture or oil is what you need. 

The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are the speed of delivery and length of the effects. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. Ask yourself what you are looking for, and then find a product that can help you accomplish that. 

CBD in different forms
CBD comes in many shapes and sizes

But, what else should you consider when shopping for CBD products?

Third-Party Lab Tested

We mentioned this already, but it is the most important. Without third-party lab tests, it is hard to know if the information on the label is accurate. Lab testing is important to confirm the dosage and that the THC levels are below 0.03%. 

What is the Dosage? 

A lot of brands don’t do a good job of clearly explaining the dosing. When thinking about dosing, also consider whether your CBD is full-spectrum or isolate: Full-spectrum could include other cannabinoids like cannabidivarin or cannabigerol (this is important, since “there’s something called the ‘entourage effect’ when all together, they’re more effective than if they are alone), while isolate is 100% CBD. Some people might only need 10 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, but with isolate, they might need considerably more. 

There is also broad-spectrum, which is sort of a mix between full-spectrum and CBD isolate. As it contains the entire spectrum, with the exception of THC.

This Cures Diseases? 

Any claims of curing anything on a CBD bottle or website is a clear sign that you should skip this product, and consider finding another. This is not a drug, and supplements do not cure diseases. So, this means this company is okay with breaking rules in regards to their clams, which means they probably will cut corners and break other rules that might be harder to see.

Will It Show Up on a Drug Test?  

It should not. Especially if it has been third-party lab tested for THC. But, nothing in life is guaranteed. As CBD is legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, this means you can disclose your use of CBD in the event you are nervous. And, yes, before you ask, you can fly with it too. But, if you’re traveling with a tincture, be mindful of TSA limits on how much liquid you can carry on an airplane.

We hope this article answers your questions and served as a CBD 101 if you are curious about giving it a try. There are tons of reputable online shops, with great customer service who can help you find the right product for you, and as CBD has stepped into the mainstream, there are many brick and mortar shops that can do the same. 

What to read more on CBD? Check out our CBD as Skin Care article here!

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