CBD has become a popular topic in recent years, as more and more people are beginning to see the benefits of this compound. But despite its growing popularity, there are still many misconceptions about CBD.
In this blog post, we will answer 11 of the most frequently asked questions about CBD. We hope that after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what CBD is, how it works, and the potential benefits it may offer.
Q1 - What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that are found in the plant, and it accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the “high” associated with marijuana.
Q2 - How Does CBD work?
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining balance in the body, and it plays a role in many different processes, including mood, memory, appetite, and pain perception. CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and body that help to regulate these processes.
Q3 - Does CBD Really Do Anything?
Research is still being done to determine just how beneficial CBD can be to its users. However, early research and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD may offer a wide range of potential benefits, including relief from pain and anxiety, improved sleep quality, reduced inflammation, and better overall health.
Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy—Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. While more research is still needed to determine the true potential of other forms of CBD, this is a strong indication that CBD may be effective in treating a variety of conditions.
Q4 - Can I Get High From CBD?
As we mentioned earlier, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. THC, on the other hand, is the compound in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects. So, you cannot get high from CBD.
Q5 - Does CBD Have Any Side Effects?
So far, CBD has been shown to be generally safe and well-tolerated. The WHO even states in its critical review report on CBD that "there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
However, as with any new compound, it is always possible that someone could experience side effects. The most common side effects reported from CBD use include dry mouth, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.
Q6 - Is CBD legal?
Yes, CBD is legal in many countries. However, the laws around CBD can be a bit confusing, as they vary from country to country. In the United States, for example, CBD is federally legal if it is derived from hemp, but not if it is derived from marijuana.
The difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD is, hemp-derived CBD typically contains less than 0.3% THC. Which is usually not enough to cause any psychoactive effect in users.
While CBD is legal at a federal level, individual states have differing regulations on CBD, so you’ll need to do your research to see what’s allowed in your state.
Q7 - Will CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?
This is a common question, and the answer is, unfortunately, it depends. Most drug tests are looking for THC, not CBD. However, some forms of CBD, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, contain trace amounts of THC which could cause you to fail a drug test.
We have an article that covers CBD and drug tests in detail.
Q8 - Is it safe to take CBD?
Yes, CBD is considered safe and is well tolerated in both humans and animals. However, as with any supplement, it is important to speak with your doctor before starting use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a medical condition or are taking medication.
Q9 - Can You Get Addicted to CBD?
No, you cannot get addicted to CBD. CBD is non-addictive and does not produce the “high” associated with marijuana.
Q10 - Does CBD lower blood pressure?
There is some evidence that CBD may lower blood pressure, but more research is needed. If you are taking medication to control your blood pressure, it is important to speak with your doctor before using CBD.
Q11 - Where Can I Buy CBD?
CBD can be purchased in many different places, including online and in brick-and-mortar stores. However, it is important to do your research before purchasing CBD because CBD is an unregulated market.
What "unregulated" here means is that anyone can bring a “CBD” product to market without rigorous quality control. If you don’t know what to look for, you risk trying bogus or contaminated CBD products.
Multiple studies by the FDA and other independent researchers have found that many CBD products are not what the labels say they are. Here's how to avoid wasting money on mislabelled, or even worse, contaminated CBD products:
- Obtain and review the product's certificate of analysis or "COA".
- Check the certificate of analysis for potency and purity.
- Read the label and look for natural ingredients.
- Understand the CBD spectrum.
We have an article that covers these four things to look for when buying CBD in detail. All Just Live wellness products have been tested by independent third-parties and each product has its certificate of analysis to show for it. You can find the certificate of analysis of any product in our store by clicking on it in our shop.
CBD is a safe, well-tolerated, and non-addictive compound that has been shown to have many potential therapeutic benefits. Accurate information about CBD is not very widespread which explains why we've written this article to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD.
If you have any questions about CBD or would like to know more about the compound, feel free to check our blog for other informative articles on CBD. You can also reach out to us through our contact us page, for direct inquiries.