Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About CBD

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re sure to have heard some of the buzz about CBD. After all, this miracle oil is growing in popularity so quickly that sales are predicted to surpass the overall cannabis industry and hit an astounding $22 billion by the year 2022.

While many CBD users are seeing real benefits, and there’s plenty of medical research to back up claims, most people still don’t fully understand it. If you’re still a little foggy about the details, you’re in the right place! Here are the honest and straightforward answers to the most common questions about CBD.

What is CBD?

First things first, what the heck is CBD anyway?

CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol (can·na·bi·di·ol). It’s a compound known as a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the resinous flower of the Cannabis Sativa (marijuana) plant. It’s extracted from the plant and used to treat a wide array of medical issues.

Will CBD Make You High?

The short and simple answer to this question is NO! While CBD is closely related to the more well-known cannabinoid THC, it lacks the psychoactive properties that cause intoxication. This means that it has no effect on your mental process and will not make you feel hazy, high, or “stoned.”

What Does CBD Feel Like?

Now that you know it won’t make you high, the next question is usually “What does CBD feel like?” The answer to this depends a lot on how you use it. If you take CBD orally or vape it, you’ll likely feel a mild wave of body-wide relaxation and/or a sense of relief. If you apply it topically, you’ll typically see an almost immediate reduction in inflammation, pain, and discomfort.

The physical effects of CBD are often so mild that you might wonder whether it’s even working. Within 90 minutes, however, you’ll likely feel more comfortable, calm, relaxed and pain-free.

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

CBD affects your body’s endocannabinoid system, which works to keep your body in homeostasis, or balance. In simple terms, CBD helps to fix ailments within the body and improve health for those that are already well.

Some of the most common benefits of CBD use include elevated mood, increased productivity, lower anxiety and stress, and decreased cravings for cigarettes. It can also help clear up acne, relieve joint and muscle pain, stop nausea, help with insomnia, reduce the symptoms of depression, and provide neuro-protective benefits to the brain. Medical studies back the use of CBD for treating serious ailments including:

  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Strokes
  • Arthritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cancer

As experts continue to study the effects of CBD, you can expect to see many more medical breakthroughs.

What Side Effects Can I Expect?

Side effects of CBD are rare and almost always very mild. The most common negative effects include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. Some users have reported an increase in anxiety and changes in mood or appetite. When you first start using CBD, it’s best to begin with a low dose to make sure you tolerate it well before increasing your consumption.

You should not take CBD if you’re pregnant. CBD is known to interact with some anti-epileptic drugs and other prescription medications. If you’re currently taking medication, talk to your doctor before using CBD products.

Can You Overdose on CBD?

In December of 2017, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence issued a statement confirming that: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” They went on to say that there’s no basis for the government to categorize this substance as an illegal scheduled drug.

The bottom line is that CBD is not addictive and you’re unlikely to build up a tolerance to it. Since CBD is non-toxic and has a very low instance of side effects, there should be little concern about using it to excess. Thousands of people are currently using CBD and, as of today, there is not one documented case of someone dying from an overdose.

Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

Almost all drug tests for cannabis are looking for the presence of THC or THC metabolites. As long as you choose pure CBD products that don’t contain THC, it’s very unlikely that using CBD will result in a failed drug test. If you’re facing the possibility of a drug test, be aware that many hemp-based CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. Before choosing your products, do your research and make sure you know what you’re taking.

How Do I Choose High-Quality CBD Products?

When you’re choosing CBD products, you want to make what you’re buying is safe and reliable. Low-quality CBD oil might not give you the results you’re looking for and could even contain toxic ingredients. There are a ton of brands to choose from, and the industry is currently virtually unregulated. So how do you know you’re choosing high-quality products?

Start by using a well-known vendor that screens the products they sell. Look for sites that commit to only carrying the best products and offer a guarantee if you’re not satisfied. It’s always a good idea to do your own research, but starting with someone else’s screened products will save you time.

When researching a particular brand of CBD product, read through the list of ingredients and watch out for additives. Many products take the extra step of going through a lab certification that verifies their products are pure, consistent, and safe. Also look for products that promise to be free of solvents and pesticides. Taking the time to do your research will give you the peace of mind in knowing you’re not harming yourself and help ensure that you have a great experience.

Some Final Thoughts

CBD is an effective health-boosting product with very few side effects. It’s fairly inexpensive and comes in many forms including gummies, candy, capsules, creams, dabs, and e-juice. If you’re curious about how it could help you, do some more research and then take the dive. You won’t regret it!

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Originally published at on February 8, 2019.

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