Although CBD has exploded in popularity there are still a lot of questions about what it does and if it actually works. Some companies that do not follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) have tarnished the name of CBD by falsely leading people to believe it does not work and is simply a placebo, when in reality the product they are putting out is most likely not tested and may not even contain CBD! Today we are going to cover some of the need to knows with CBD so that we can help you wade the waters of this market without drowning!
The first question most people have: “Is CBD Legal?” Hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states and each state has the power to decide whether they want to sell it or not. For Hemp to be considered Hemp it must contain less than 0.3% THC, whereas Cannabis has a much higher concentration; and that leads into the next most popular question, “Will CBD get me high?” CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids of the Cannabis plant and by itself it has no psychoactive properties, so one using CBD will not get high. It is important to note that there are 2 types of CBD that contain absolutely no THC and 1 type that contain trace amounts of THC: CBD Isolate & Broad-Spectrum CBD are types that contain no THC and will allow the user to pass a drug test, unless tested for hemp, whereas Full-Spectrum CBD contains 0.3% THC which is detectable in a drug test. If you are regularly drug-tested or have a worry that you may be, it is a safer choice to stick with CBD Isolate or Broad-Spectrum CBD to avoid having any THC in your system.
Diving deeper into the science behind CBD we have learned a lot more about what it does and how it does it. While CBD is currently not under regulation of the FDA many independent studies and experiments have been done that back the claims of CBD’s benefits. So, what are the benefits of CBD? Some proven benefits have been pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, depression relief, nausea relief, insomnia relief, appetite stimulant, and much more! The reason CBD is able to provide a myriad of benefits is because of how it interacts with our body. How does CBD work? CBD works by interacting with our body’s Endocannabinoid System, something that all mammals have, which is found throughout the Vertebrate Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System; because of this CBD is able to provide relief throughout most of our body! By interacting with the Endocannabinoid System, CBD helps bring the body to balance/homeostasis; if you take CBD in the morning it will help bring focus and clarity to start the day, if you are ending the day CBD will help you unwind and relax to close off the day. Whatever your body is lacking CBD tries to make up for to bring you to balance. If you are interested in seeing what CBD can do for you a good starting dose falls between 10mg - 25mg to determine whether you need more or less for the level of relief you seek.
The most important takeaway is to be educated when purchasing CBD, ensure you are getting a quality product by checking that any company you buy from provides 3rd Party Testing! If they do not test the product it is very likely it will not be accurate in dosing and ingredients, shop smart, not harder! We are here to help, so if you have any questions leave it in the comments so we can get back to you.