1) Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp? What's the difference between the two?
Marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of cannabis that come from the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa L). In general, CBD is found abundantly in both. However, it’s important to note that CBD is typically found in the seeds and stem of marijuana - not in the flowering buds (which is the part that you smoke). The hemp plant is an entirely different strain of cannabis that contains high quantities of CBD throughout (stem, buds, etc), and practically zero traces of THC. If a hemp plant contains more than 0.3% THC, it is then technically a “marijuana” plant. Most all CBD-based products come from the industrial hemp plant.
2) WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system.
3) WILL CBD GET ME HIGH?
No, CBD will not get you high. It's non-intoxicating. Like we just said THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; some research expresses its potential to prevent THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors (hence the reason why it’s often used to subdue the ‘paranoia’ effects of super-potent THC strains).
4) HOW DO I TAKE CBD?
Most CBD oils are taken orally via drops that are placed under the tongue and held for 60 seconds before swallowing. Topical creams and ointments are also effective, as is smoking or vaporizing CBD-rich marijuana strains like CF1 and WU5.
5) ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF USING CBD? IS IT SAFE?
The mAmir significant danger/side effect of the drug is in vaping CBD oils that were produced using a thinning agent, such as vitamin E acetate or propylene glycol. When burned/vaped, propylene glycol produces formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. CBD oils produced by CO2 extraction can be much safer and purer than oils that were produced with liquid alcohol/thinning agents. Other than that, most research has concluded that CBD is perfectly safe with no known side effects, though some users have reported drowsiness, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and dry mouth. If you are on a statin medication, blood pressure, or any medications that advise NOT consuming grapefruit, please consult your doctor before starting a CBD regimen.
6) CAN I COOK WITH CBD?
Absolutely! CBD infused oils are a fantastic ingredient to cook with.
7) ARE THERE STUDIES ON CBD?
Thousands of scientific studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible drug.
8) WILL CBD SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
A high-quality CBD product with minimal THC is incredibly unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, low quality CBD products may contain more traces of THC than they claim, in which case it is possible for a screening to pick up on the drug. (Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This translates to about 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less). A high quality CBD product using pure isolate will not result in a positive drug test, as the THC has been removed during the extraction process.
9) HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SERVING OF CBD TO TAKE?
This one is tricky because it, of course, depends on what you’re using the compound for, and also on how strong the product is. A common rule of thumb is to start low and increase the dosage as needed. Most people consume between 10-50 mg of CBD per day total. For reference, 1.0 mL of a potent oil might contain 50 mg of CBD. Make sure you read the label on your product to ensure a proper serving.
10) HOW DO I KNOW IT’S SAFE TO PURCHASE CBD ONLINE?
To ensure the legality of buying CBD products online, you need to make sure the company you’re buying from is reputable and that the product was made from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. Third party laboratory test results should be readily available on the product or website. Of course, shopping local and supporting a small business has many additional benefits so we encourage you to look for a local supplier that you trust. While transporting marijuana across state lines (from legal to non-legal states) is against the law, transporting hemp and hemp-based products is safe and 100% legal. Remember, millions of people all over the US (and the globe) are using CBD products every day.