Here’s a complete guide to the things you need to know about CBD right now.
1. THC gets you high, CBD doesn't.
CBD will not make you high. While both THC and CBD are cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, THC is the psychoactive compound that creates the mind-altering “high” which is usually associated with marijuana. However, CBD has an entirely different effect on the body.
2. CBD oil is not the same as hemp seed oil
CBD oil is an oil that contains Cannabidiol. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and usually combined with a base oil (often olive, coconut or MCT).
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and should not contain CBD, or any other cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is associated with its own list of health benefits.
3. CBD is safe and non-habit forming
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that pure CBD is safe for consumption: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
4. There are two main methods for extracting CBD
Most CBD is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the cannabis plant via solvent or heat extraction methods.
The two most popular methods of extraction are ethanol and C02. C02 extraction involves filtering plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. This method isolates cannabinoids at a 90 percent efficiency by applying different temperatures and units to the hemp or cannabis plants.
The C02 extraction method requires extremely expensive equipment that uses pressurized C02 (carbon dioxide) to pull the CBD from the plant.
Ethanol extraction, however, can produce cannabis oil with up to 99 percent purity, meaning a higher quality end product. Ethanol extraction involves introducing the solvent ethanol to the hemp or cannabis plant in order to extract the cannabinoids.
5. The health benefits are outstanding
While additional research is underway, CBD is believed to help with anxiety, inflammation, headaches, head trauma, epilepsy, insomnia, arthritis, gut health, chronic and acute pain and a number of other health conditions.
Athletes and performers are exploring CBD’s potential anti-inflammatory properties to aid in recovery while the medical community is even exploring the medicinal uses of CBD, including its potential as an anti-cancer solution.
6. There’s a big difference between full-spectrum and CBD isolate
CBD isolate is a term that describes a crystalline powder that contains only CBD.
Full-spectrum describes a plant oil that includes more than just the actual CBD itself. The additional compounds include other important cannabinoids, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, terpenes and flavonoids.
Current research on full-spectrum oil suggests that CBD with additional compounds creates an “entourage effect” that is more effective than CBD on its own. However, CBD isolate may be better for people who need a strong dose of just cannabidiol.
7. Can you give CBD to your pets?
It’s not hard to find stories of CBD having a positive impact on dogs and ailments like separation anxiety, arthritis, joint pain, and aging. That said, it’s important to understand the benefits and precautions when giving CBD to your pet. Make sure that you research how much to give your pet ( it is usually based on weight) - there are several reliable websites with dosage charts that you can get great advice from.
8. Will I fail a drug test?
CBD shouldn't show up on a drug test, however, many CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana. If enough THC is present, it will show up on a drug test. This means that in rare cases, using CBD might lead to a positive drug test.
Even if a product is marketed as having 0% THC doesn’t mean it is completely free of THC. There are always trace amounts of THC. 0% means that levels of THC were below the manufacturer’s internal and third-party lab’s lower detection limit.
9. Should I take CBD if I am regularly tested?
Drug tests are typically looking to detect the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in addition to other controlled substances. If you are regularly taking CBD even trace amounts of THC are enough to possibly trigger a positive test.
Full-spectrum products will carry the most risk because they contain higher trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum and isolate products contain undetectable levels of THC based on the manufacturer’s testing and carry a lower risk.
Just because a product is marketed as having 0% THC doesn’t mean there aren’t trace amounts of THC in it. It means that levels of THC were below the manufacturer’s internal and third-party lab’s lower detection limit.
10. What effects can a person expect upon immediately taking CBD?
What effects could they expect after a week, a month, or a year? The effects vary based upon the condition of the person taking CBD.
Some people report the alleviation of conditions that have more visible symptoms, such as seizures, while others report a feeling of general wellness, such as sleeping better or lower stress levels.
Each person is different and will have a unique response to any new botanical supplement. It is important for people to be objective in observing the effects in order to find the right individual dose and whether CBD can be helpful.
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