Every Question You Have About CBD…
What is CBD? Is CBD legal? Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here's everything you need to know about the product that's suddenly everywhere.
CBD is the new hot product of 2020 and many more years to come. Gas stations sell CBD gummies, spas offer CBD massages, and coffee shops put CBD in lattes. Your weightlifting buddy uses CBD after a workout and your grandmother wants it for her arthritis.
But what is CBD, really? And how do you know what you’re buying is legit?
OK, so what is CBD and what does CBD stand for?
CBD is safe, non-addictive substance.
More specifically, CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. It’s being credited with helping treat medical problems from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness to mental illness. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive, it will not get you high or stoned!
Because CBD is non-intoxicating and therapeutically potent, as well as easy to consume, CBD is an appealing option for those willing to try cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Are you sure CBD won't get me high?
Yes. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the plant, which means you won’t have any of the effects like “feeling high” or euphoria that you feel from smoking marijuana. Of course, if your body is hypersensitive you may react differently to CBD.
Because the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, it’s important to quality check the CBD you purchase. It is possible to purchase a CBD product that is more or less potent than advertised, may or may not even contain CBD, or even contain more than the legal amount of THC. CBD isn’t cheap to produce so be wary of what you’re buying.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
Today, only one CBD medication is FDA-approved - Epidiolex - which is used to treat epilepsy. However, there is much on-going research on the positive effects of CBD for pain, arthritis, inflammation, and mood.
Should I try CBD for pain management?
There has been much research to show that both musculoskeletal and nerve pain could benefit CBD. However, none of this research has been approved by the FDA. Also note, what may work for you may not work for someone else with similar symptoms.
Can CBD help me with my anxiety?
Research shows that CBD can manage symptoms of anxiety by telling your body to calm down. In short, CBD calms the nervous system. However, these claims have not been verified by the FDA.
What's the best way to take CBD – edibles, tinctures, or topicals?
That depends on your personal preference and why you are using CBD.
If you don’t want to ingest CBD then utilize a topical CBD cream or ointment. You can apply a CBD topical to muscles, joints, and ligaments to get a localized feeling of relief.
The biggest differences between tinctures and edibles is how long it takes for the CBD to take effect and how long the effects lasts. Tinctures take effect faster, especially if you place it under your tongue for approximately one minute prior to swallowing. Tinctures usually last four to six hours, while edibles can last much longer depending on the product. The effect of the gummy bear usually lasts four to six hours, while our Daily capsule has time release for a 24-hour effect.
What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?
Everywhere you look these days someone is selling CBD oil. Whether it’s your local gas station or the bodega on the street corner. There are hundreds of CBD brands in the market, with new ones being added daily. It is important to do your research and purchase CBD from a trusted vendor. Things to look out for:
Has it been third-party tested?
In order to confirm that the product is legit CBD with less than the legal amount of THC, each product should be tested by a third party. There have been studies that show that less than 25% of the CBD on the market has been tested. Third party lab testing are available upon request for all our products. We have requested and reviewed third party testing from every manufacturer whose product we sell.
Does it claim to cure any diseases?
If so, be skeptical. There has not been enough research to prove that CBD can cure a disease. There is research, however; that CBD can help relieve certain symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. However, it has not been approved by the FDA.
Where are you buying your CBD?
You can find CBD products in shopping malls, convenience stores, even coffee shops in many states right now. But when in doubt, purchase from a site you can trust.
We place pride and trust in the products we sell. Each product went through a vetting process to make it on our site which is why we only carry a limited number of products.
That all sounds good, but is CBD legal?
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Industrial hemp was legal in the United States until Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937. Then the 2014 Farm Bill said that States can regulate the production of hemp and, as a result, CBD. Then last year, in December 2018, President Trump signed a new Farm Bill that makes it federally legal to grow hemp and use hemp products, including CBD.
In other words, the latest bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA's, purview.
Can you travel with CBD?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill you may travel within the USA with legitimate CBD products (below the legal limit of 0.3 percent THC). Beware if you are traveling with tinctures. TSA will still impose the 3 ounces of liquid rule that you may carry on airplanes.
If you plan to travel internationally you should check the laws of the country you are visiting.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
If you are buying CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC or no added THC then you should pass a drug test unless you are consuming an enormous amount of CBD. However, you should exercise caution when purchasing CBD. Even though the seller may state no THC, you should confirm. Our products have been tested by third-party labs to ensure that the THC levels are below the legal limit of 0.3 percent. If you are concerned, our Panacea FAST tablets and Royall gummy bears have no THC.
CBD is fairly new and there are a lot of questions about it. Hopefully, we helped answer some of your questions. If you have additional questions drop them in the comments!