Top 10 CBD FAQs

Jun 26, 2019
Top 10 CBD FAQs

Q: What is CBD?

A: CBD is one of more than 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are the most dominant among these molecules, which is why they are the most recognized and studied.

What is CBD

Other phytocannabinoids that are present at low levels include:

  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
  • delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC)
  • Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)

Q: Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp?

Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp?

A: CBD can be found in the flowers, stalks, flowers, stems, and leaves of both hemp and marijuana.

Marijuana grown for recreational purposes has more THC and less CBD, while hemp contains more CBD and only traces of THC.

Since hemp grows much faster than marijuana, farmers are able to plant multiple hemp crops in a season for a more sustainable source of CBD extracts.

Q: What are the medical benefits of CBD?

What are the medical benefits of CBD?

A: According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD can help reduce swelling, relieve pain, suppress seizures, minimize nausea and vomiting, combat free radicals that cause neurodegenerative disorders, and stimulate appetite.

CBD can also help mitigate psychological issues such as anxiety, psychosis and depression, and possibly slow down the growth of cancer cells.

Ongoing research has found great potential in CBD as a therapeutic solution for many untreatable or drug-resistant illnesses including:

  • Chronic pain (neuropathic, cancer-related, etc.)
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dyskinesia
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse withdrawal
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Q: Can healthy people take CBD?

Can healthy people take CBD?

A: While most people try CBD to reduce the symptoms of a specific medical issue, CBD oil can be beneficial to healthy people too.

Hemp-derived full spectrum CBD oil contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. Protein, fatty acids, and other dietary nutrients in hemp oil also help keep your system running at peak performance.

Q: Can CBD get you high?

Can CBD get you high?

A: Unlike THC, CBD does not bind to CB1 receptors so it does not get you high.

Although CBD is often described as a non-psychoactive compound, this is not entirely accurate. A substance that is non-psychoactive does not affect the mind. CBD is in fact psychoactive as it alters the release of neurotransmitters in the brain when it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This interaction encourages balance in the body and boosts certain functions.

The more accurate label for CBD is non-intoxicating. It will not cause any impairment, euphoria or paranoia.

Q: Can CBD improve an endocannabinoid deficiency?

Can CBD improve an endocannabinoid deficiency?

A: Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) syndrome is a condition where the body is unable to maintain balance and stay healthy due to low levels of endogenous cannabinoids. This deficiency can be supplemented with plant-based cannabinoids like CBD.

Scientists now believe that CECD causes a dysfunction in the endocannabinoid system and may be the culprit in the following conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motion Sickness
  • Autism

Q: How does CBD create an entourage effect?

How does CBD create an entourage effect?

A: Taking CBD with other cannabis compounds may enhance its benefits – also known as the entourage effect. What makes full-spectrum CBD so effective is the synergistic effect of more than 400 elements including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

Research has shown that combining CBD and THC offers faster and more effective pain relief than their isolated forms can. CBD also helps counteract the side effects of THC when taken together.

Q: Can growers breed high-CBD cannabis strains?

Can growers breed high-CBD cannabis strains?

A: There are thousands of hemp varieties containing different percentages of CBD. Some strains contain high levels of THC while others have little to no THC. Crossbreeding now allows growers to cultivate specific strains that contain significantly higher concentrations of CBD.

The most famous CBD-rich strain is Charlotte’s Web. Developed by the Stanley brothers from Colorado, this non-intoxicating cannabis strain was named after its most famous patient – 8-year-old Charlotte Figi who was suffering from Dravet syndrome. After taking this high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strain, Figi’s grand mal seizures went from 300 to zero during the first week.

Q: Is CBD good for your pet?

Is CBD good for your pet?

A: All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, so what CBD can do for humans it can do too for dogs, cats, horses, and many other animals.

More and more pet owners are discovering the benefits of giving CBD to their four-legged family members. The most common reason for giving CBD to pets is to manage specific health issues. CBD has shown potential in reducing symptoms of anxiety, epilepsy, chronic inflammation, joint pain, and skin disorders. (CBD) Cannabidiol might also help promote heart health, support joints, promote neurological health, and improve emotional behavior. The nutritional profile of hemp-derived CBD oil complements the dietary requirements of most pets.

Q: Will CBD show up on a drug test?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

A: Most drug tests are designed to look for THC and not CBD. Although CBD can be detected once your body metabolizes the compound, standard drug tests are not designed to pick up CBD or any other cannabis compound that is not THC.

Q: Is CBD legal?

Is CBD legal?

A: CBD can be extracted from either marijuana plants or industrial hemp plants. Industrial hemp that is grown overseas can be imported into the United States to create CBD extracts that can be legally sold and bought – thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Although individual states have the authority to regulate hemp CBD as they choose, the Farm Bill enables consumers to freely try CBD oil products without fear of breaking the law.

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