What is CBD

What Is CBD – Everything You Need to Know About CBD

September 30, 2019 1 Comment

What is CBD – CBD Guide – Everything you need to know about CBD, the anti-inflammatory Cannabinoid before using it. As marijuana is decriminalized for recreational and medicinal purposes, another component of the cannabis plant grows in popularity: CBD or cannabidiol. The non-psychoactive compound has been shown to benefit various illnesses due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Perhaps this is why by 2021, the market for CBD products is expected to grow by a whopping 700%

In this comprehensive CBD guide, we will review everything you need to know about cannabidiol. 

What Is CBD? 

Cannabidiol comes from the marijuana (cannabis sativa) plant. It is one of several cannabinoids but differs from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the component that gets one “high.” Regular use is associated with pain relief, reduction in anxiety and depression, healthier skin and reduced likelihood of developing diseases.

“CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria,” Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert, told Health. You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.”

What Are The Benefits Of CBD? 

CBD is most popular for pain management. Right now, opioid addiction is a full-blown crisis in the United States. Not only are doctors over-prescribing pills, but the drugs are highly addictive. 

In 2016, drug overdoses claimed the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans. Nearly two-thirds (66%) of the deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid. CBD, on the other hand, helps people manage their pain in a safe and natural way. Most importantly, it is non-addictive and has few side effects. 

CBD is also supplemented for its ability to remedy minor mental issues, such as depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the oil has been proven to be an exceptional remedy for seizures and epilepsy. There are presently over 100 peer-reviewed studies confirming the benefits of CBD.

Is CBD Safe For Kids And The Elderly? 

CBD is safe for the elderly and kids of all ages. There are virtually no side effects other than positive outcomes when the compound is supplemented. 

Billy Caldwell might be one of the most well-known cases of young children benefiting from CBD oil. At one point, he was suffering up to 100 seizures in one day. Then, a doctor in Ireland prescribed cannabis oil containing THCA. 

The medicine enabled Billy to go 300 days without a single seizure — until the medicine was prohibited. It was after UK officials confiscated his medicine, which was obtained in the United States, at an airport that he had his first seizure.

Is CBD Legal In All 50 States?

In the United States, the component is legal in most of the states — but under very specific conditions. As CBD Origin reports, the legality varies from state to state and federally. The main determining factor is whether or not CBD is derived from hemp or marijuana. 

Both plants are very close relatives. However, they are classified very differently under the law. Understanding the difference is essential. 

Hemp vs Marijuana 

Both hemp and marijuana are classifications of plants in the Cannabis genus and can produce an abundance of CBD. Because they are members of the same family, hemp and marijuana share many visual similarities. They greatly contrast at a chemical level, however. 

The two plants have very different amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Marijuana typically produces an abundance of THC (upward of 15%). Hemp, on the other hand, produces a nearly non-existing amount of THC.

The ingestion of high amounts of THC can cause mind-altering effects when consumed. As a result, it remains federally illegal in the United States. In some states, such as Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, marijuana and CBD oil containing THC and THCA (otherwise referred to as “full spectrum”) is regulated and legal for sale. 

In its function, cultivation, and application, hemp differs from marijuana. Whereas the flower is primarily cultivated for recreational and medicinal purposes, hemp can be used in healthy dietary supplements, skin products, industrial building materials, clothing, and more. In fact, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications.

Will using CBD cause me to fail a drug test? 

As long as you are purchasing a third-party tested CBD with no added THC, you should be just fine. Because hemp products are widely available and legal, there is no concern for potential users, reports Highland Pharms

What is the best way to take CBD? 

There are many ways to ingest the cannabinoid: edibles, tinctures, vape pens, dabs, etc. To figure out the best approach for you, ask yourself, “Why am I supplementing with CBD?”

Some people prefer to use a cream or lotion infused with CBD.  “You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release,” explained Dr. Chin. Other people prefer to take an edible before bed for a deep, entire body high. It’s about your personal preference.

The biggest differences between the various forms of ingestion are the speed of delivery. Vape relief usually wears off within two hours; whereas, tinctures and edibles can last four or five hours. The latter take longer to kick in.

“A tincture looks like a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour,” said Dr. Chin. “If you prefer to taste something, you choose an edible, whether it’s a capsule, gummy, or baked good.”

What should I look for when choosing a CBD product? 

There are hundreds of new CBD businesses hoping to sell their products to you. But, are the products really with your money? To make sure you purchase the highest quality CBD, we recommend you look at the following: 

  1. What does the label look like
    There should be an FDA disclaimer and a warning section. 
  2. Has it been third-party tested?
    The best CBD products are tested by a third party to confirm the label’s accuracy. 
  3. What is the dosing?
    Some brands make the mistake of not clearly instructing their consumers on dosing. This matters when choosing full spectrum (typically contains CBD, THC and THCA) or isolate (only CBD).
    According to Chris Roth, CEO and co-founder of Highline Wellness, all three components are more effective when consumed together. “Some people might only need 10 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, but with isolate, even taking 80 or 100 milligrams might not have the same effect,” Roth said. 
  4. Does it claim to cure?
    If the company claims the product will “cure” any symptoms, walk the other way. 
  5. Is there a batch number?
    All supplemental products should have batch numbers to help consumers identify when the product was made just in case the batch needs to be recalled by the company.
  6. Does it contain any additional ingredients?
    You should know exactly what you are putting in your body. If the product contains fillers, it is probably best to find another brand. 

Is it legal to travel with CBD?

The 2018 Farm Bill now allows travelers to travel with CBD between states. If you are traveling with a tincture, however, be mindful of TSA limits on how much liquid you can carry on an airplane.

Is CBD safe to give to pets? 

In theory, giving CBD to pets is safe. In fact, there is some research suggesting it can help reduce anxiety in dogs. But according to John Faught, DVM, a veterinarian based in Austin, Texas, more research is still needed. “I believe there are good products out there today, but I also don’t know how to distinguish them at this time,” he said. 

In summary, CBD is a safe and effective natural medicine. An increasing amount of people are choosing to supplement with the non-psychoactive cannabinoid because it helpful for relieving pain, overcoming illness, and soothing anxiety and depression. While CBD is legal for sale in all 50 US states, the source (marijuana vs hemp) is highly scrutinized. 

There are a variety of ways to ingest the product. Depending on your personal preference, you can eat CBD-infused foods and beverages, use CBD-infused lotions topically, dab or vaporize CBD concentrate, or take it sublingually as an oil. Whatever method you choose, you can rest at ease knowing the component is working to heal your body. 

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