Did you know that CBD usage during the pandemic has exploded? It’s true; research tells us that so many people are turning to CBD for relief during this tumultuous time.
So, we’re taking the opportunity this week to get back to basics. If you’re new to CBD and considering, like so many others, how it can help you cope with the current global situation, these 10 CBD facts are important to know.
8 Need-to-Know CBD Facts
These are basic CBD facts that everyone should know about CBD.
#1 – CBD oil won’t get you high.
Both cannabis and hemp are part of the cannabis family, so people sometimes wonder if it produces a high. But CBD isn’t the cannabinoid in cannabis that produces a high. That’s THC. CBD doesn’t have that same effect because it reacts differently in your brain.
For CBD, the hemp plants used produce it should contain no more than 0.3% THC. 0.3% is the legal limit for CBD in most U.S. States.
#2 – CBD from hemp is legal.
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD from industrial hemp, (less than 0.3% THC), was removed from the list of controlled substances under federal law. The laws vary significantly from state to state, however, so just double check in your state if you’re concerned.
#3 – Not all CBD oil is the same.
CBD comes in all kinds of varieties – full spectrum, isolate, broad spectrum… and it’s important to know the difference. You want the full cannabinoid profile to get the entourage effect – that’s when all the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids work together.
- Full spectrum CBD – made with an extract that contains all or nearly all of the compounds naturally present in the cannabis plant. This obviously includes CBD, as well as those terpenes and flavonoids, and much more.
- Broad spectrum CBD – full spectrum with the THC removed.
- CBD isolate – just CBD compound isolated. It doesn’t contain any of the other active compounds found in the cannabis plant. Companies do this either by isolating the CBD or creating it artificially. You can find it as a powder or crystals.
#4 – Pets and people can use it.
CBD isn’t just for people. Many people use it, with great results, for their pets too!
Dogs, cats, horses… even tigers and stakes! Check this out:
#5 – CBD is safe.
Numerous studies have found that CBD is safe, even at high doses, and over long periods of time. It doesn’t change things like heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature and it doesn’t affect psychological functions. It isn’t habit-forming, so you don’t have to worry about becoming addicted to it.
There have also been very few side effects reported, and those have been very minor, things like nausea or drowsiness.
#6 – There’s a ton of research on its effectiveness.
You may have run across critics claiming CBD is this decade’s ‘snake oil,’ but that absolutely is not the case.
In fact, we have decades worth of scientific evidence that proves otherwise. We don’t talk about medical claims here (this is why), but with a little digging you can find a ton of empirically-backed evidence, with thorough, well documented studies showing how CBD is and can be used in a therapeutic capacity.
To help you get started, one of our favorite sources is Project CBD. This is a non-profit organization “dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant.” For several years, this site has published researched, unbiased information on all kinds of CBD-related info. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for information on a specific health condition.
#7 – Dosing isn’t one-size-fits all.
There are general dosing guidelines for CBD, but that doesn’t mean they’re one-size-fits-all. These are just general recommendations based on the average dose it takes for most people. Fortunately, there are some tricks to finding your perfect dose. And it can take some time – while some people notice a difference right away, others may take a few days to see the effects.
Here are some tips on getting your perfect dose.
#8 – There are many ways to use CBD.
You may have noticed that there are many different CBD products on the market – and that can make it tough to determine which method to use. From food and beauty products, to tinctures and salves, to vapes and capsules…
How you take CBD has a lot to do with how it works – as well as how long it lasts and how long it takes to work. Find out the pros and cons of the various methods right here.
In our opinion, the more people who know about CBD, the better. And that means giving you all the CBD facts to help you make an informed decision when it comes to using it for your (or your pet’s) health.
Help us spread the word about CBD to the world!