A popular natural alternative for health and wellness in the last few years is CBD (cannabidiol), which comes from the natural plant hemp. If you are curious about CBD or just want to learn everything there is about CBD, then you've come to the right place. You'll notice that there is a link to many of the terms and acronyms. These links will redirect you to a definition if you want to understand more. There is a lot of information here, so please take your time and bookmark this page for later reading.
CBD is one of the many chemicals made by the cannabis plant along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it's psychoactive cousin. So, let's talk about the plants these both come from. Starting with the species, Cannabis Sativa, both the "hemp" and "marijuana" subspecies (plants) have similar appearances, and both contain CBD and THC. The hemp plant has been used for ages as a source for rope, fabric, paper, beauty, food, and healing. Hemp is high in CBD and low in THC. The marijuana plant is the opposite - high in THC and low in CBD. Marijuana is used mostly recreationally to get "high". Note: If marijuana is bred with the hemp plant the THC will decrease significantly. Also, CBD is typically found in the seeds and stems of marijuana, not in the flowering buds (the part that you smoke). The hemp plant is an different strain of cannabis that contains high quantities of CBD throughout (stem, buds, etc), and almost zero traces of THC. If a hemp plant contains more than 0.3% THC, then it's technically a marijuana plant. Most all CBD-based products come from the industrial hemp plant.
Most CBD is taken from the hemp stalk and isolated from the THC chemical. This is where you get the variant of "THC-free" CBD oil, or called an "isolate".
So how does CDB work with our bodies? Everybody has an endocannabinoid system at work in their body. This system of "receptors" are mainly in our brain, with a few in our organs. The two main receptors are CB1 and CB2. THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system. CB1 receptors are associated with:
- Coordination and movement
- Emotions and mood
CBD just tells the body to use more of your own cannabinoids. This has a positive entire body effect that influences everything with your receptors.
There is not much evidence of side effects when talking CBD. Most people do not experience any detrimental effects. What some people have reported is minor drowsiness, dry mouth, and minor dizziness. In most cases, these symptoms subside once your body adjusts to a regular dosage that is right for you. Everybody is different and reacts differently to CBD. As always, you should consult your physician before using CBD if you are taking any medications.
There have been no known cases of overdosing on CBD, and it would be very difficult to do so. As an example, there are people that have been known to take 1500 mg or more of CBD daily with no negative side effects nor overdosing. It is important to note that each product and dosage is different. Depending on what you’re using the compound for, and also on how strong the product is. The average person consumes between 10-50 mg of CBD per day total. As an example, 1 mL of a potent CBD oil might contain 50 mg of CBD. It's important that you read the label on your product to ensure a proper serving. Since every person is different, you may have to try a particular product at varying doses for one or two weeks before you notice the full effect of the CBD. Always start out small with one or two doses per day, upping the dose slightly after a few days if you don't feel the effects or changes you are looking to improve, whether it is to address pain or mood, etc.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not officially approved CBD for consumption, it is currently legal in all 50 states in the U.S. The FDA is also quick to state that CBD is only a natural supplement, and no one should make claims that is cures any disease. What we can say is that through medical studies and reports from people that regularly use CBD, this supplement has been known to assist with many ailments and symptoms including:
|Acne||Cancer (from research)||Inflammation||PTSD|
|Alzheimer's (slows progression)||Chronic Pain||Insomnia||Seizure disorders|
|Anxiety||Depression||Muscle tension||Smoking and drug withdrawals|
|Arthritis||Epilepsy||OCD||Type I Diabetes|
|Bug bite relief|
There are many more disorders and diseases that CBD positively affects. More information can be found here or other reputable sites as scientists are constantly researching and learning about CBD.
CBD can come in different types of products, depending on what the need is. For example, if you want to ingest CBD, it will come in a edible form like a gummy or maybe a tincture (liquid) that is placed under the tongue. Here are a few of the different forms you may see CBD come in:
As of December 2018, industrial-hemp (CBD) is legal in all 50 states. Obviously, with this product not yet fully evaluated by the FDA, the status of CBD can change. We will be sure to keep you updated on any changes regarding CBD's legal status in your state.
Additionally, if you are concerned if CBD will show up on a drug test, you can be rest-assured that any Non-THC CBD will certainly be safe. However, if you are using a full-spectrum product that has up to 0.3% of THC, it is still unlikely for this to show up on a drug test. Always ensure you are using a reputable, high-quality CBD source if you are using full-spectrum THC. Lower quality CBD products (especially if they are not third-party lab tested) may contain more traces of THC than what's claimed. Note: Research shows people consuming 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This equates to approximately 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less. Most people that use CBD are taking about 50 mg a day on average. We'd be confident your CBD won't be found in a drug screen.
People may ask about the side effects and/or safety of using CBD products. The only known significant side effect of CBD is in vaping CBD oils that were produced using a thinning agent, such as propylene glycol. When burned/vaped, propylene glycol produces formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. Using CO2 extraction is the safest and best when producing CBD. Oils produced with liquid alcohol/thinning agents are not recommended. Research has concluded that CBD is safe with no known side effects. However, a few users have reported drowsiness, lightheadedness, and dry mouth.
Not All CBD Is safe. Research beforehand when buying, paying close attention to the company or manufacturer that produces it and its' location. CBD from states where marijuana is legal have certain regulations they must follow. Make sure the CBD you buy is independently, third-party tested for every lot that is produced and packaged. This tests for potency and purity. Many unknown brands have been known to contain less CBD than stated or even have illegal drugs added to the tincture. Ensure the legality of buying CBD products online - make sure the company you’re buying from is reputable and that the product was made from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. While transporting marijuana across state lines (from legal to non-legal states) is against the law, transporting hemp and hemp-based products is safe. Tens of millions of people all over the world (and in the US) are using CBD products daily.
CBD Plus Health only sells high-quality products that are reputable, and all our products are independently, third-party tested for validity and quality. We ensure that everything you purchase has been fully researched and tested. Many of our products come directly from a farm in Colorado or California. If you would like more information on the quality of our products, please contact us and we'd be happy to help answer any questions you may have.