Society has recently become entranced with CBD and its potential benefits. While the FDA has not officially weighed in on what claims can be made about the substance, research and anecdotal evidence indicate that CBD holds enormous promise in alleviating symptoms associated with seizures, pain and much more.
As the public begins to learn more and researchers offer more conclusive statements about CBD, this guide should help you get up to speed with the most common questions.
1. What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in substances derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is also found in the human body and works with the endocannabinoid system to regulate a variety of body systems. CBD is one of over 80 substances found in marijuana and one of over 100 in hemp. It is often attributed with causing the positive reactions that people experience with the plants.
2. What can CBD be used for?
The FDA has yet to state what CBD’s official medical use cases are, but research indicates that it may be used for treating pain and inflammation-related symptoms, as well as issues with the immune system. These include chronic aches and pains, swelling and muscle fatigue. Additionally, it is believed that CBD may be efficacious in treating stress, depression and anxiety.
3. What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, but they are completely different compounds. CBD is found with significant potency in industrial hemp and offers medicinal benefits. THC is found primarily in marijuana, and is the compound that triggers psychoactive “high” symptoms.
4. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are closely related plants, similar to the way wolves and dogs are closely related. However, their chemical composition is drastically different.
For instance, industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC, while some strains of marijuana can have over 25% THC. Hemp is primarily used for manufacturing purposes, such as making thread and rope, and is processed for use in certain food products. Marijuana is used primarily for recreational drug use and some medicinal purposes.
5. Is CBD legal?
CBD is still in a legal gray zone, but is largely considered legal. In December 2018, the U.S. federal government signed the Farm Bill, placing CBD under the regulation of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), not the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).
Additionally, the bill noted that CBD was to be removed from the FDA’s drug schedule, meaning that it would no longer be considered an illegal substance.
The Farm Bill requires CBD to come from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC. It also notes that CBD will remain on the DEA’s drug schedule, but is lowered to a less severe classification. The FDA has delayed making any reference to the medical benefits of CBD while research is ongoing. Essentially, as long as you buy CBD derived from industrial hemp, you will be okay.
6. Does CBD get you high or impair your senses?
CBD does not get you high or impair your senses. The “high” sensation from smoking marijuana comes from THC. As long as you consume CBD from industrial hemp, not marijuana, you will only experience the medicinal benefits of CBD and will not get “stoned.”
7. Can my pets take CBD?
Yes, pets can take CBD. CBD has similar results with animals as it does with humans. If your pet is dealing with aches, pains, arthritis or other medical problems, CBD could help them live better and healthier lives.
8. What are different ways to consume CBD?
CBD can be consumed in a wide range of forms. CBD capsules allow you to take pure CBD. This is not as enjoyable, so many people will opt to take CBD oil, which is pressed from the stalks of hemp plants. Additionally, CBD can be infused in a wide range of food and beverage items, including beer, water, chocolate, gummies and many snack items.
9. What are CBD’s side effects?
The side effects of CBD are not well documented, as the medical research community has only recently been looking at the substance. However, based on initial clinical findings, some of the side effects appear to include drowsiness and changes in appetite. Furthermore, there can be side effects from taking CBD in conjunction with other drugs.
10. Will CBD affect my drug-test results?
CBD is not typically tested for in drug tests. Make sure your CBD does not have more than 0.3% THC to ensure you do not accidentally test positive for THC.
11. Is CBD addictive?
CBD is a nonaddictive compound.