All You Need To Know About CBD
There is no doubt that CBD has generated an amazing amount of buzz as a wellness product, and for good reason. With CBD legal almost everywhere in the country, CBD has gone from a rarely mentioned alternative remedy for seizures and the like to a booming industry focused on treating a wide variety of ailments.
But despite its newfound popularity, to the majority of the population, little is known aside from anecdotal accounts. From proper use to knowing which company to trust to reading and interpreting lab results provided by manufacturers, there is a lot to know. Below, we asked the experts some of the most pertinent questions about CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance found in both industrial hemp and the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in these plants, it does not have psychoactive properties.
Does CBD Cause A High?
No. While people tend to assume that because CBD and THC come from the same plant, they are one in the same, they are actually completely separate from each other. CBD is entirely non-psychoactive and will not cause any effects like euphoria or the like. There are exceptions to this. In certain states like Colorado, where marijuana is legal, CBD is often sold as a mixture with THC. Additionally, there have been instances where unreputable CBD manufacturers use a sub-par CBD extraction technique resulting in leftover THC content.
What Are The Health Benefits of CBD?
Due to the fact that CBD has only recently been made legal, very little in the way of traditional and highly regulated medical studies has been done. The majority of current evidence is anecdotal. Millions of people have reported relief from conditions ranging from chronic pain, to epilepsy to anxiety and depression.
According to Dr. Houman Danesh, MD, director of pain management for Mount Sinai Hospital, this leaves many doctors and pharmacists in a difficult position. While they may know that CBD works for a certain condition, they are often reluctant to outright support CBD as there are no “hard” medical studies to support what they may know.
CBD For Chronic Pain?
There are two primary types of pain. Musculoskeletal and nerve. CBD could provide relief for both. One of the best-studies benefits of CBD is its ability to reduce inflammation, which enflames conditions like arthritis.
One of the challenging parts of using CBD is determining which dose works best for you as this can be highly individual.
Most importantly, there have been almost no reported side effects or negative responses to CBD treatment, which means that even if it doesn’t work for you, there is almost no risk to giving it a try.
CBD For Anxiety?
CBD has definite benefits for many people struggling with anxiety. One of the better understood abilities of CBD is to regulate homeostasis (overall wellbeing) within the body. It relaxes the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened “fight or flight” response mode. That being said, CBD should not be a replacement for self-care and should be used in conjunction with an overall healthy lifestyle.
There Are So Many CBD Products, Which Works Best?
This depends on what you’re trying to treat with CBD in the first place.
For localized pains and muscle aches, creams are generally a better method.
When deciding between tinctures and edibles, the main differences are concentrations of dose and absorption time. Tinctures are generally much more concentrated and are absorbed into the bloodstream somewhat faster than edibles. If you have a more serious condition, or have been using CBD for a longer period of time, tinctures are generally a preferable delivery method.
What Should I Look For When Shopping CBD?
There are hundreds of CBD brands and it can be difficult to know how you’re dealing with a reputable company. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Label Appearance: Not aesthetic appearance, but there are certain things the label should contain. As a dietary supplement, your CBD remedy should have an FDA disclaimer on it. Additionally, most reputable companies that have faith in their products will include a link or a “QR” code you can use to access their lab results.
Has it Been 3rd Party Tested: Almost any CBD manufacturer, medical professional and savvy consumer can agree that having a product tested by an independent 3rd party is a good thing. One of the primary concerns is that those companies which aren’t regularly tested have been found to be frequently underdosed.
Does It Make Outrageous Claims: If a CBD product makes an outright claim that they will cure, prevent or otherwise reverse a serious medical condition, pass.
What Are The Additional Ingredients: As with any supplement, you want to know about everything that you’re putting in your body. If your tincture contains CBD, but is loaded with harmful chemicals & pesticides, it may not be doing you any good.
Can Your Product Be Found In Brick & Mortar Establishments: 9 times out of 10, brick and mortar establishments vet which products they stock. Doctors offices and pharmacies are particularly selective with ingestible products and if your CBD can be found in a range of these establishments, there’s a much higher chance they are of a higher quality.
That’s Great but Is It Legal?
Short Answer: Yes
Industrial Hemp, the plant that most CBD companies use for extraction, was legal in the US until 1937 when the Marihuana Tax Act was passed. 77 years later in 2014, the Federal government passed the Farm bill which took the stance that states can allow and regulate hemp and consequently CBD. Then, in 2018, President Trump signed an amended Farm Bill which made it federally legal to grow hemp.
This means that in all 50 states, hemp derived CBD is legal. There are however very specific state laws regarding CBD derived from marijuana.
Will CBD Show Up On A Drug Test
No. CBD properly derived from industrial hemp should contain no THC, thereby ensuring that you will not fail a drug test. Just make sure that you’re dealing with a reputable CBD company which uses only industrial hemp in their products.
Can I Travel With CBD On A Plane?
Yes. The Farm Bill ensured that you can travel legally between states with CBD. However, be mindful that tinctures contain a liquid and TSA imposes a strict limit of 3 fluid ounces on the amount of liquid you can carry with you.
Is CBD Safe For My Pets?
Yes. As long as you’re dealing with a reputable CBD company and the pet treats don’t contain any additional ingredients to which your pet is sensitive, there should be no harm in giving CBD to your furry best friend.