Your Top 10 Questions about CBD and CBD Products
What exactly is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, one of many naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa or Hemp plant. Some strains of Cannabis are cultivated to contain THC, but CBD oil and Hemp oil come from species of the cannabis plant that have very little THC. Some health and nutritional benefits are informally associated with CBD, but currently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD to treat any condition for therapeutic use – it is classified as a nutritional supplement, yet it has grown in popularity and is used in a wide range of wellness products.
There are different ways of extracting oil from hemp. When you press the entire cannabis plant, including the stalk, leaves, and flowers, a specific compound called CBD is present. Extracting and preparing the oil that specifically isolates and concentrates the CBD to produce a form of CBD oil often called Pure CBD Oil. CBD oil is then added to various products ranging from sublingual drops to skincare products. Hemp oil is identical to CBD oil except that it does not contain CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD?
You’ll find many potential health or nutritional benefits are informally associated with CBD, but it can be difficult to find out exactly what the benefits of CBD are. This is because U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD to treat any specific condition, and retailers of CBD products are reluctant to list its purported benefits until the FDA approves CBD for therapeutic use. Research is ongoing, but you still can learn a lot about CBD through your own research and talking to users of CBD products. Importantly, CBD as a nutritional supplement is completely safe to use and completely legal to buy.
Millions of people are using CBD products and reporting a range of benefits, but until the FDA approves CBD for over-the-counter use, retailers of CBD products will hesitate to openly make therapeutic claims about the cannabinoid. One thing is certain, however, CBD oil is not a psychoactive compound like THC, nor is it a milder form of marijuana. Using CBD will not result in a euphoric high and it is not used recreationally, but rather therapeutically.
Is CBD legal?
When it comes to CBD products, can buy online or in retail stores? The answer is yes! CBD products are now classified as nutritional supplements by the FDA and since 2018 they have been legal nationwide. As long as they contain below 0.3% THC or no THC, the CBD products you see online or in stores are completely legal to buy and sell. When it comes to the law, they are no different from other over-the-counter wellness products or dietary supplements.
Some cannabis products do contain both THC and CBD, but they are classified differently under the law. Cannabis-based products that contain both CBD and THC are considered controlled substances by government and regulatory agencies. This doesn’t mean they are illegal, but they are subject to laws that vary by state. They still can be bought and sold at licensed dispensaries. The key to understanding the difference is knowing it’s not the CBD that varies in legality, but THC. CBD products, so long as they contain little or no THC, are always legal. Most reputable CBD products will state directly how much THC they contain or if they are THC-free.
What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD is one of many naturally occurring botanical compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is another. They are both classified as cannabinoids, but they are quite different. CBD is not a psychoactive compound like THC, nor is it a milder form of marijuana. Using CBD will not result in a euphoric high and it is not used recreationally, but rather therapeutically. CBD products are used strictly as a wellness supplement, similar to how hemp products are used. CBD oil (so long as it is very low to no THC) is completely legal and can be bought as an over-the-counter supplement at stores and online.
THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol. It too is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and the one for which it is most famous. The marijuana strain of the cannabis plant is purposely cultivated to produce high amounts of THC, far more than the strains of the plant that produce hemp and CBD oil. When a product contains a high amount of the cannabinoid THC, it becomes a controlled substance subject to state laws. Products made from the high-THC strains of cannabis are sold in state-regulated dispensaries and monitored by government agencies. Since these products are only sold in specialized dispensaries, you won’t find them sold in retail stores or online, so there is no way to accidentally buy them.
What is “full-spectrum” CBD?
You may encounter the term “full-spectrum” when searching or shopping for CBD products. This means the product labeled as Full Spectrum contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids and other ingredients found in the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum CBD products have not been specifically purified to isolate the CBD and remove trace amounts of THC. Usually, full-spectrum CBD products will have less than 0.3% THC, but some may have more. If you want to ensure there is no chance of getting any residual or trace THC in a CBD product, do not purchase full-spectrum products. Rather, choose products that use “pure” CBD oil, list the THC content or state they are completely THC-free. All Uncle Bud’s CBD products are guaranteed to contain zero THC.
What if you mix CBD and alcohol?
CBD is a relative newcomer to the wellness industry and not a lot is known about its interaction with other substances like alcohol. At this time there is not enough research to determine the effects of mixing CBD and alcohol. Further complicating the possible interaction between CBD and Alcohol is the individual ways people respond to both. Each person reacts to alcohol differently, the same goes for CBD, so it is difficult to determine how your body will react to mixing CBD and alcohol. For these reasons, it’s not advisable to take CBD and alcohol together, especially if you’re unsure how either will affect you.
Does CBD make you sleepy?
Some users do use CBD as a part of a nighttime relaxation strategy, but again, its effects on sleep or mood are the subject of ongoing study and research – and it has not been approved as a relaxation or sleep aid. It’s important to remember CBD affects each individual differently, so the best way to determine which CBD product is right for you, is to try various products.
Will using CBD oil show up on a drug test?
So long as you are sure the CBD oil products you are using are not Full Spectrum, they should not show up on a drug test that tests for the presence of THC. Some CBD oils do contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% by law), so in rare cases using CBD might lead to a positive drug test. It all depends on the product’s quality and composition. For products using “Pure” CBD oil, there is 0% THC contained in them, so there is no chance CBD showing up as THC on a drug test designed to detect THC. If you are concerned about drug tests, always look for CBD products that use pure CBD oil and guarantee zero THC content.
What’s the best way to take CBD?
There is not a “best” way to take CBD, it all depends on the reason you are using the supplement. CBD oil is either taken orally through the mouth and digested, or it is applied topically, which means it’s rubbed onto and absorbed by the skin. For those seeking a recovery aid, there are various topical creams. For skincare, there are many beauty care products ranging from lotions to body washes and more. As an oral supplement, CBD can be taken as a sublingual tincture placed under the tongue or as digestible gummies.
How you take CBD depends on why you are using it. If you are using CBD oil for recovery or as a skincare product, it is usually a topically applied product. If you want ingestible administration, try an oral supplement like sublingual or gummies.
What CBD products should I use?
There are simply too many CBD products available to recommend one without knowing your individual wellness needs. To help, Uncle Bud’s Hemp created a product calculator to help you find the perfect product for you:
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