What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a chemical in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. There are over 80 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant. While delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major active ingredient in cannabis, cannabidiol is also obtained from hemp, which contains only very small amounts of THC.
Is CBD legal in the United States?
Yes it is legal due to the US Farm Bill. In 2014 President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which clarified the legal difference between hemp and marijuana to pave the way for farmers to grow hemp while pot still remains illegal. Every state operates on a different level. As long as it contains less than .3% THC and is derived from industrial hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill, legislation removed hemp products from the federal definition of medical cannabis and reclassified it as an industrial commodity. The bill made hemp legal at the federal level and established that it is to be regulated by The Department of Agriculture rather than the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). As a direct result of the bill, hemp and hemp-derived products (CBD) are completely legal nationwide. Some states may still impose some restrictions.
Can you get high from CBD?
In short, no, CBD will not get you high. Cannabidiol (CBD) is naturally non-intoxicating. You may feel calmer when taking it as CBD’s effects are more relaxing vs a high feeling. CBD is a cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive. Under U.S. federal law, CBD oil can contain no more than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that makes you feel “high.”
How dangerous is CBD and can I overdose?
No, CBD is generally well-tolerated and considered safe, however, everyone’s body is different, and reacts differently to external substances. CBD could potentially cause adverse reactions for some people who do not respond well to the cannabinoid. If any negative side effects are experienced from the use of CBD, they are mild and should not lead to any major concerns. However, there is still a lot of research to be done. Please consult your physician if you consume large amounts of alcohol. For dosing directions start with a low dose and work your way up.
Will CBD make me fail a drug test?
While information suggests CBD won't make anyone fail a drug test it is possible depending upon the type of drug screening. There is no way to guarantee that you will not fail. Please check with your physician before consuming.
Why is CBD so expensive?
Hemp is very sensitive and hard to grow. The concentration plays a large role in how expensive your hemp product will be.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
The endogenous system in mammals consisting of endocannabinoids that is responsible for balancing the physiological systems of the body with the purpose of maintaining homeostasis (balance) in order to stay healthy.
How does the Endocannabinoid system work?
Cannabinoids bind to 2 different types of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. These receptors then detect what function needs to be carried out in order to return and maintain a particular system to balance.
CB1 Receptors are largely found in the brain and nervous system, plus surrounding organs and tissues.
CB2 Receptors are found throughout the body related to the immune system and gastrointestinal system.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The interactive nature of the whole plant where cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids work synergistically with receptors in the Endocannabinoid System to produce homeostasis. Working in concert, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids interact with receptors to carry out important system functions that keep us healthy.
What are terpenes?
Organic hydrocarbons found across nature, including the aromatic oils found in the hemp plant. Terpenes are the essential oils of plants. Over 30,000 terpenes have been detected across nature thus far in different plants, flowers, herbs, and fruits. Terpenes have been used for centuries for medicinal and therapeutic reasons, perfumes, flavoring, and even bath and beauty products.
Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters in our Endocannabinoid System, changing the chemical state of our bodies. Terpenes are potent and it is possible for individuals with allergies and sensitivities to experience discomfort due to ingesting certain terpenes. Take note of your consumption and speak to a physician when necessary.