It seems like everyone is talking about CBD lately, and its dozens of purported benefits, supposedly helping with everything from seizures to acne. With that much hype, you probably want to know more. You probably have questions, whether you are already an avid CBD fan or just starting your research. Here are ten of the most commonly asked questions about CBD:
1. What, Exactly, Is CBD?
Let’s start by getting the most basic question out of the way first: what is CBD, anyway? Simply put, CBD - or cannabidiol - is a phytocannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a genus of plants that includes both Hemp and Marijuana. Although hemp and marijuana are genetically similar they are legally different. CBD usually comes from Hemp, as is the case with all Güüd Manufacturing products. While cannabis contains over a hundred phytocannabinoids, CBD is among those found in the highest concentrations. When extracted from cannabis, it has a variety of benefits for the human body, with more being discovered all the time.
2. How Does It Work?
CBD’s primary mechanism of action is to interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body. Your endocannabinoid system regulates several systems in your body; among them are immune response and stress relief. Your body has millions of cannabinoid receptors, and they are largely found in your brain and central nervous system. When you consume CBD, they interact with these receptors, creating beneficial effects for your body and brain.
3. What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
There are many purported benefits of CBD. And while each one of them could have an article all its own, we’ll attempt to list a few of the conditions for which individuals have claimed to have been helped by taking CBD:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Epileptic Seizures
These are just a few of the conditions that CBD is claimed to help with. Anecdotal evidence supports many more benefits, with new scientific research being carried out all the time.
4. Does CBD Get You High?
Many people reject the help that CBD could offer them because they believe it will get them high, or ‘stoned.’ It’s understandable that people have this notion since CBD is one of the active compounds in the cannabis plant. However, despite all of its positive effects on the human body, it’s not what gets you high. CBD is not the same thing as THC, the other active compound in cannabis; THC is the one responsible for the feeling of being ‘high’ or ‘stoned.’ CBD, unlike THC, does not deprive you of your faculties in the way as THC does.
5. Is CBD Legal?
Whether or not a CBD product is legal depends on how it is derived. If your CBD products are derived from hemp, and not marijuana, and contain less than 0.03% THC, they are legal to purchase in all 50 states and do not require a medical marijuana card to do so. Laws regarding marijuana-derived products will differ from state to state, so you will have to research the latest information on your area. Guud Manufacturing products, however, all are hemp-derived and all are legal in all 50 states.
6. Will CBD Make Me Fail A Drug Test?
The majority of drug tests, whether for pre-employment or otherwise, screen for THC, and not for CBD. That means that, if you are using CBD products with no THC, they should not influence the results of a drug test in any way. However, as with all things, caution is required. It’s important to make sure that any product you are consuming does not contain THC if you are expecting to take a drug test in the near future. In higher doses, certain products may leave THC metabolites in your body. Always do research first before using a product.
7. How Is CBD Consumed?
CBD can be consumed in a number of ways. As its popularity increases, CBD is offered in more and more products. CBD oil is a common, and effective, way to consume the compound. It can effectively be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. CBD is also sold in capsule form, as well as in edibles, and drinkable liquids. CBD can be vaped, and even applied as a topical cream to problem areas when used to treat pain.
8. How Much Do I Take?
The amount of CBD to consume depends on a number of factors. First, you have to consider the condition you are attempting to treat. Your specific needs will also differ depending on your metabolism, body type, age, and other factors. It’s always best to follow the advice of your provider, and, if you are unsure, start with a small amount. Over time, you can gradually increase the amount until you start to see the benefits you are looking for. The dosage you require will also be affected by how you choose to consume the product; for example, because your body absorbs 98% of the CBD in an oil tincture, you will need less of it than if you use capsules or topical cream.
9. Is CBD Safe To Use?
As with all medical products, CBD should be treated with caution, but with that said, it is completely safe. The majority of users do not report side effects and for those that do, they are extremely mild. It is, however, important that you research the source of your CBD products. If you are looking for a product, do a little research into the company that produces it. Make sure they have a commitment to safety, purity, and that their products are tested regularly throughout the entire process.
10. Who Can Benefit From CBD?
Some people understand, intellectually, the benefits of CBD, but just don’t think it’s for them. They worry they are too old, or too young, or that CBD is more for ‘hippie’ or ‘granola’ types. But the reality is, anyone can benefit from CBD products! Parents have had amazing success in treating their children’s epilepsy with CBD. The great thing for kids is the lack of side effects with CBD as opposed to the pharmaceuticals that have been used to treat epilepsy in the past. Elderly patients have found relief for arthritis and other chronic pain. Even animals can benefit - many pet owners have successfully used CBD to treat serious conditions in their furry friends. Particularly, it has been very successfully used to treat anxiety in pets. Truly, anyone can find multiple ways that adding CBD to their daily regimen enhances their quality of life.