However, CBD is still fairly new to the commercial marketplace, having been legalized only in 2018. As such, there are still plenty of questions about the compound, including its effects, legality and impact on your body. As such, here’s a look at 6 of the most frequently asked questions that we get every day.
Everyone has a different experience with CBD, so it’s tough to guarantee that it will have one impact or another. But, generally speaking, users of CBD report that CBD has a calming, relaxing effect. It can increase your sense of well-being, lower your anxiety levels, lift your mood and reduce your pain.
CBD’s mellowing impact is tied back to how it impacts your body. CBD works by altering your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your ECS consists of your body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids and your body’s cannabinoid receptors. CBD strengthens the connections between those cannabinoids and the cannabinoid receptors, and makes those bonds last for longer periods of time. One of the primary goals of your ECS is to keep your body at homeostasis. Thus, CBD can help lift your mood, lower your anxiety and reduce your pain levels.
Everywhere, no. But in many places, yes.
The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill essentially legalized CBD at the federal level in the United States, but states are still free to regulate the sale of CBD and impose limits on use as they see fit. Many countries throughout the world have legalized CBD for commercial sale, though most of those countries are located in Western Europe. Additionally, many countries have legalized CBD for prescription with proper authorization from a medical professional.
Traveling internationally with CBD can present problems, depending on where the CBD comes from and what country you are traveling to. A wide degree of confusion currently reigns on traveling with CBD; as such, it is worth either checking with a doctor before hand, or skipping it all together.
Absolutely not, as long as the CBD is manufactured per legal specifications.
CBD contains only .3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active cannabis in marijuana responsible for getting someone high). This is far less than the amount of THC which is found in marijuana today, which can normally reach rates of 20%. As you can tell, CBD’s THC content – which should be no more than .3% and is often zero (depending on the type of CBD) is nowhere near the amount in CBD. As such, it is impossible to get high from use of CBD.
The only way you could potentially get high from CBD is if the strain you use has more than .3% THC. This is possible if the CBD has more than the legal amount. Unfortunately, the current lack of FDA regulations make it easy for bad actors to manufacture CBD in inappropriate ways, or label their CBD has having within the legal limits of THC when they do not. Unfortunately, this is too common: A 2017 study from the University of Pennsylvania found that nearly 70% of tested products were inaccurately labeled for a wide range of ingredients, including THC. This is why it is so important that you only purchase CBD products which have a Certificate of Analysis available; this certificate will come from an independent third party and say what ingredients are actually in the product you are consuming.
It is possible, but doubtful.
Marijuana drug tests work by examining the amount of THC in your bloodstream; if you have higher than a certain amount, you will test positive. Because CBD’s THC levels are so low, a positive test is rare.
It becomes more possible depending on a variety of circumstances, including:
Full spectrum and broad spectrum are both types of CBD which come from the hemp plant. They are relatively similar in that both contain naturally occurring cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes, which are chemicals found within CBD.
The key difference between the two is that full spectrum CBD also contains THC. Broad spectrum CBD does not.
Some prefer full spectrum CBD because of the impact of the so-called Entourage Effect, which basically holds that CBD is most beneficial when it works with all of its naturally occurring chemical compounds, including THC. Research on the Entourage Effect has been decidedly mixed: Some studies have found it to exist, while others have found there to be no difference in terms of the impact which Full or Broad Spectrum CBD can have.
If the type of CBD you consume doesn’t matter to you, but work prohibits THC consumption – or you are simply scared about consuming THC – then it is safer to stick with Broad Spectrum CBD.
The answer to this question depends on what type of CBD you take, and there are no shortage of different types. For example, CBD tinctures can be taken orally or mixed in with tea or other drinks. They often come in a variety of different flavors and can be diluted to the point where you can barely taste them – however, that may mean that it takes longer before you feel the effects.
Other types of CBD can be purchased and eaten. For example, many CBD products are sold in gummies or other food format.