CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant.
It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to and may assist with symptoms of pain, stress, sleep, mood and more.
Although there are many anecdotal and scientific studies about the incredible benefits of CBD, according to FDA regulations, those benefits cannot be claimed. That is why a money-back-return policy is important when purchasing CBD. While the details of how it works are still under debate, research suggests that CBD may help with pain, nausea, relaxation, mood, immune and more.
Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. If taken as suggested on the label, you should not get high, but if the product contains any THC, this is not guaranteed.
This question is asked so often and the answer is usually vague, because each body will process CBD differently depending on: weight, symptoms, fitness level, male, female, age, etc. Here is a rough chart for guideline only. The worse your symptom, the more you need to take. This is another reason to avoid CBD products with THC. If you have to take more than the bottle suggests, you run the risk of testing positive on a drug test and getting high. I know this from personal experience!
If you purchase a high quality CBD product that is backed by 3rd party lab tests and take as directed on the label, you should not test positive for THC on a regular drug test. However, there are sensitive tests that are showing positive even when consuming trace amounts of THC. To avoid any positive testing, I strongly suggest avoiding CBD products that contain any THC. Another key to avoiding positive is to 'take as suggested'. Most people need more than the label suggest, thus increasing the chance for a positive drug test.
Legal CBD comes from the Hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. Hemp is low in THC. Although a few of the brands source their CBD from marijuana. Because marijuana is mainly used for recreational purposes, and CBD lessens the effects of THC, the CBD is removed and used for CBD edibles. Because marijuana is not legal in every state, using CBD from this plant is illegal both federally and in most states. Plus it is more difficult to control the THC level.
CBD oil with the THC removed is especially promising due to its lack of intoxicating effects and low potential side effects. The anecdotal evidence is incredible. Personal stories from:
The short, simple answer is no. At the molecular level, CBD is neither addictive, nor does it produce the so-called stoned effect that THC does. The body cannot build a high tolerance to CBD, and it is also a non-intoxicating substance. The substance in the cannabis or marijuana plant that has addictive properties is THC, and CBD oils with no THC cannot cause someone to be addicted to CBD.
The best process for extracting CBD from the hemp stem, stalk, leaves, buds, and blossoms is CO2 extraction. This uses pressurized carbon dioxide to take as many desirable cannabinoids from the hemp plant as possible. It involves taking out the plant's essential waxes, cannabinoids, and terpenes and more.
CBD needs to remain at a very low temperature when extracting to maintain all its properties.
CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD that has been isolated from all other cannabinoids. There are over 113 cannabinoids in the Hemp plant. Together, they work in harmony for what is known as the entourage effect. Broad spectrum contains CBD and other cannabinoids without the THC. Full spectrum is full plant extract with all cannabinoids found in that plant. 0 THC Full Spectrum has only had the THC removed. I like being as close to nature as possible, but with no THC for legal and safety reasons.
Research, Lab Tests, Reliable reviews (like this site). Any company producing a quality product will always have lab tests showing: CBD%, THC%, residual solvent content, heavy metals, etc. Many of the brands I tested have low to no CBD, higher than legal THC levels, heavy metals, foreign objects, and more.
Stick with this list of Top 10 to be certain you are receiving a high quality CBD brand.
Legal CBD comes from the Hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. Hemp is low in THC. Although a few of the brands source their CBD from marijuana. If you are uncertain of the source of the CBD product you purchased, there may be side effects, including a psychoactive effect. It is best to start with a recommended dose to see if you feel any or see negative reactions. Increase dosages as needed for symptoms. If product contains any THC you are more likely to see side effects.
CBD with the THC removed, appears to be safe and beneficial to animals, according to the World Health Organization report. However studies have shown an increase in the liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (ALP) when using CBD. As in humans, it is advised to avoid CBD if there is any known liver damage, until further studies can be done. Products usually include drops or chews. Available for dogs, cats and horses.
It is literally amazing how CBD is affecting the bodies of both humans and animals.
Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS (Endocannabinoid System). They do know it doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors the way THC does.
Instead, many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows them to have more of an effect on your body. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that has yet to be discovered. What we do know is that CBD doesn't just cover the symptom up, it may actually helps the body eliminate the symptom. Quite amazing indeed.
The cannabis plant has more than 100 terpenes. You already know what terpenes are because you’ve experienced them all your life. Terpenes give an orange its citrusy smell. They are chemicals that determine how things smell. Terpenes may intensify or downplay the effects of the CBD. Terpene value can change from plant to plant and harvest to harvest and field to field, etc... 3rd party lab tests on the sites of the Top 10 Best CBD Brands will show the terpenes of each batch of CBD.
I think the best way is subjective to personal choice. I personally think the safest and most effective way is oral drops or tinctures. This list will go into detail about each way. You can decide for yourself which is best for you.
With the 2018 farm bill passing, Hemp became federally legal to grow in all 50 states. However, state laws override the Federal law and there are still states that do not allow the production of Hemp. The federal government classifies hemp as "any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC". This is the only federally legal plant that can be grown.
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