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Table of Contents

  1. What is this resource for?
  2. What is CBD: An Introduction
    1. What is CBD?
  3. Cannabis and CBD: Through the History Pages
  4. The CBD Map
    1. State Specific Rules Around CBD Extracts
    2. Note on Canada and other international destinations
  5. CBD: Raw To Refined
  6. How CBD Works In the Body: The Endocannabinoid System
    1. The Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”)
    2. Endocannabinoids
    3. How CBD Interacts with the body
  7. The Medical Uses of CBD
    1. Physiological actions of Endocannabinoids
    2. The side-effects of CBD
  8. The Future  Belongs To CBD
  9. The Safety and Efficacy of CBD [FAQ]
  10. How to Use CBD the Right Way?
  11. How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?
  12. Which Route of CBD Administration is Best for You?
  13. What Is Full Spectrum CBD: The Entourage Effect
  14. Choosing the Best CBD Product
  15. Top 10 Myths about CBD
  16. The Future Is CBD

What is this resource for?

We strive to make the whole client process convenient. Educating customers is our number one priority in client service given the growing and fast-changing CBD industry and the vast amounts of dubious information around the internet.

Below you will find a number of different sections providing most answers required to make an informed decision when buying CBD products.

If you have further questions and require more details, please contact our customer support line at 800 454 0472 or visit our contact us page.


What is CBD: An Introduction

Over the turn of the 21st century, CBD or cannabidiol went from being a little known molecule to one of the potentially most significant medical breakthroughs that have touched millions of lives around the globe due to its potential holistic healing and medical benefits. CBD is now hailed as the holy grail of alternative medicine owing to its holistic healing potential.

During the last decade, CBD hit the shelves in a variety of formulations. You can eat CBD, drink it, rub it on your skin and even vape it. Cannabidiol has shown great potential so far from both business and therapy point of view.

Overcoming the legal, ethical and societal implications associated with CBD use and establishing its therapeutic indications, safe dosage, adverse effects and proper dispensing are some of the biggest challenges associated with CBD use. Below we have collected all the most recent information to help you navigate this fast growing industry.

What is CBD?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a member of the phytocannabinoids family and is one of the hundreds of compounds derived from the cannabis plant (mostly from the non-psychoactive strains of cannabis called hemp in legal terms).

The cannabis plant yields yet another widely-known compound THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. The two compounds differ from each other in their intoxicating potential. While THC induces a high state in users, CBD does not, which makes CBD ideal for personal use.

CBD has gripped the attention of the medical community due to its high therapeutic potential. The compound has anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-oxidant, analgesic and many other properties which make it a rallying point for the medical community for the potential treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions.

Cannabis and CBD: Through the History Pages

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The historical records make it quite evident that the use of cannabis for medical purposes dates back to ancient times. One of the earliest fossils indicates that cannabis was first used for medical purposes around 400 AD, while the use of hemp for fibre dates back to c. 10,000 years.

Unfortunately, during the 20th century, part of US Pharmacopoeia as a recognized medicinal plant, cannabis was removed from its listing a century later due to its abuse potential.

The act spurred an outcry from the pharmacists and physicians who recognized the medicinal potential of cannabis, arguing that cannabis addiction was in no way an outcome of the medicinal use of cannabis. Despite the resistance of the medical community, the law was implemented and led to the immediate withdrawal of all cannabis-based products from the markets.

Now cannabis and particularly CBD is making a huge come back becoming a widely used product across the globe, with even the World Health Organization recommending in 2018 that the status of CBD as a controlled substance should be revised due to its non-psychoactive nature and no potential for abuse.

CBD History Infographic

The CBD Map

There are a number of countries where cannabis has been legalized, decriminalized, or just socially mainstreamed enough to permit its justified uses.

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp derived CBD with 0.0% THC is now considered legal in all 50 states. However, some states are slow to adopt this change and have specific rules around CBD. We provide some details around state legislation below.

Again, all this is partly due to the federal drug laws categorizing cannabidiol alongside marijuana in general as a schedule 1 controlled drug. Despite this legal confusion, it is highly unlikely that the government would pursue users of CBD, especially in light of the 2018 Farm Bill discussed above.

While federal law stands bold and alone, the state law about the legality of CBD varies from state to state which is why it is important to know the local laws.

CBD Map Infographic

State Specific Rules Around CBD Extracts

Please check the latest state-specific laws when buying and using CBD, especially if you live in the following states:

Alabama HB 61 or Leni’s Law (2016) permits physicians to refer patients to CBD product for an expanded array of conditions. Furthermore, the same law gives dispensaries and individuals legal defense for possession and use of CBD oil. Generally, the conditions specified include chronic pain and severe conditions resistant to conventional medical solutions. Extracts with less than 3% THC are currently allowed.

Florida – With Senate Bill 1030 (2014), residents of the State of Florida have the ability to purchase CBD products. Additionally, the same bill allowed the State to collect patient treatment information for research related to severe cases of epilepsy. The same conditions were addressed with Amendment 2, but the petition is currently pending. The limitations that are currently in force limit products to 0.8% THC and at least 10% CBD by weight of product.

Georgia – The Governor officially signed House Bill 1 (2015) to enable the sale of CBD extracts, allow the use of cannabis and CBD products for severe cases. Moreover, this legislative act enables the University System of Georgia to develop THC and CBD research programs with FDA trial compliance. Georgia is pretty lax compared to other states, with the rules saying that a product has to contain below 5% THC and at least 5% CBD. Additionally, CBD has to be least in an equal amount compared to THC.

Iowa – cannabidiol was first legalized by SF 2360 or the Medical Cannabidiol Act of 2014. In 2017, the act was repealed by HF 524, now officially Section 124E. As of currently, there is no recognition for US citizens that have a permanent residency out-of-state.

Idaho – In 2015, SB 1146 was vetoed by the governor, but there is still a lack of clarity when it comes to possession and sale of CBD extracts. There is no definition in terms of points of sale for any kid of CBD product.

Indiana – Indiana has a particularly interesting legislative act on this subject, HB 1148. This act defines cannabidiol and establishes a special registry for individuals who have the medical need to use CBD extracts. Defenses were established to possession of marijuana and the violation of regulated CBD use, transport and sale. The regulations state that a product has to have at least 5% CBD with no more than 0.3% THC by weight.

Kentucky – With the Clara Medline Gilliam Act or SB 124, cannabidiol was exempted from the definition of marijuana. Furthermore, public universities and medical facilities were granted permission to test CBD for clinical purposes, under strict supervision by FDA and in compliance with the FDA’s access programs. Only “cannabidiol” is defined with no further measures and details.

Mississippi House Bill 1231 allowed the authorization of a program for research and legal dispensing of CBD. Several other sections of previous law were amended, including some very unpleasant acts relating to property seizure in terms of violating laws against cannabis possession. Resins with 15% CBD and 0.5% of THC by weight are considered in Mississippi state legislature.

Missouri – With HB 2238, CBD oil care centers and cultivation facilities were officially legalized. With Amendment 2 (2018), the initial bill was expanded but it is currently pending as of April 2019. The products allowed have to have at least 5% of CBD in relation to official product weight for them to be deemed legal.

North Carolina – CBD products were officially legalized with HB 1220 (2014) or the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act. Universities were granted permission to study and conduct experiments with FDA-approved CBD products only in terms of testing. HB 776 (2015) removed the pilot moniker from the legislative act, fully expanding the definition of products to be composed of at least 5% of CBD, 0.9% THC and no other psychoactive substances.

Oklahoma – everything began with HB 2154, relating to possible changes in CBD-related legislature. A new medical program was approved by voters in 2018 and officially became SQ 788. The details haven’t been clarified yet and there are no indications to CBD and THC limitations in CBD extracts and other products.

South Carolina SB 1025 (2014) allowed the use and purchase of CBD products from approved sources and verified distributors. However, some have implemented this law to allow both caregivers and patients to produce their own CBD products without legal repercussions.  The regulations for the products themselves require each separate product to contain over 15% CBD and no more than 0.9% of THC. Additionally, lab-synthesized products have to have at least 98% CBD and no more than 0.90% THC.

Tennessee – with SB 2531 (2014), a four-year study of CBD products has commenced at TN Tech University. A second bill, HB 197 (2015) added some valuable regulations to the legislature. There are no limitations in terms of cannabidiol, but CBD oil cannot contain more than 0.9% THC. Interestingly, there is protection for any individual that has purchased a CBD extract or other product legally, regardless of the location within the US.

Texas – State Senate passed SB 339 (2015) or the Texas Compassionate Use Act. With this bill, CBD products are limited to have no less than 10% of cannabidiol and no more than 0.5% of THC. Research is funded by the Department of Public Safety.

Utah – passed HB 105 (2014) or the Hemp Extract Registration Act which technically allowed higher education institutions to cultivate hemp for research purposes, without any additional clarity. Proposition 2 (2018) expanded the CBD legislation in Utah, with details still pending. As of now, the permitted products cannot contain less than 15% CBD or .3% THC.

Virginia – things get a little tricky. Even though HB 1445 has been passed, there is no in-state means of acquiring cannabis products in a legal manner. However, possession is allowed for CBD extracts and products that contain at least 15% CBD or THC-A, with no more than 5% THC.

Wisconsin – according to AB 726 (2013 Act 267), physicians and medical personnel can get a license permit by the FDA to dispense cannabidiol to patients that have seizure disorders. If a patient is qualified, they may obtain CBD products from an out-of-state dispensary that allows out-of-state patients to use their products and services. There are no THC or CBD levels defined whatsoever.

Wyoming HB 32 (2015) was passed to henceforth allow medical use of hemp, hemp products and hemp extracts. There are no in-state means to purchase nor produce CBD products. The legal limit for possession is no more than 0.3% THC and no less than 5% CBD by weight.

Note on Canada and other international destinations

While it is legal to buy CBD and other hemp and cannabis products in Canada following the legalization vote in 2018, currently delivering CBD products to Canada requires a special exemption. As such, full risk of merchandise loss lies with the customer in case the products are confiscated at the border and no refunds or reshipping is offered.

Please check our Shipping and Returns policy for further information. This also applies to any international orders. So please check your local laws and regulations before making an order.

CBD: Raw To Refined

Cannabidiol was first isolated in the early 20th century. Since then, the CBD industry has seen significant technological advancements. Extraction techniques have become more sophisticated and refined.

This section discusses the entire journey of the cannabidiol from its raw to refined form in detail.

Hemp passes through multiple stages before it reaches the consumer as a CBD product:

CBD: Raw To Refined

How CBD Works In the Body: The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis sativa plant yields about 104 cannabinoids and over 600 other non-cannabinoid compounds. Out of these, the two primary cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Phytocannabinoids, including CBD, act on the human body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”)

The endocannabinoid system persisted through the evolution process and is found in humans and animals. It helps maintain the balance within the human body. The ECS lies at the core of neurological, psychological and immunological functions of the body. Defects in the functions of the ECS at various levels are thought to be the underlying basis for many diseases.

As much as we know about medicine, the ECS is still a large mystery. What we do know is that some people have a more sensitive ECS, which leads to stronger and better effects from CBD. There are still no clear indications as to how CBD exactly affects the ECS and if there are some ways to artificially replicate the contact for more extensive research in the future.

Endocannabinoids

The human body produces its own ‘cannabinoids’ – the endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids are structurally similar which is why our bodies respond to the action of phytocannabinoids, like CBD.

While they are important to the inner workings of our organism, endocannabinoids don’t have a profound effect on the organism like CBD does. They merely regulate all the important functions of the organism. CBD, in a way, is an aid that you can use to “repair” the endocannabinoid system and return your organism to normal.

How CBD Interacts with the body

The whole mechanism of interaction of phytocannabinoids with the cannabinoid receptors can be compared to a “lock and key model”.

In natural “lock and key” system, CBD receptors are the locks whereas endocannabinoids are the keys. It takes the key (the endocannabinoids) to fit into the lock (the cannabinoid receptors) in order to trigger the mechanisms that eventually result in the physiological bodily responses.

When the lock is opened, the ECS uses hormones and neural impulses to cause a certain effect in the body. It can be pain alleviation, the appearance of hunger or something else. Think of the ECS as a gateway to all the individual functions an organism can perform.

The phytocannabinoids, like CBD, are the “pick-locks”. Being structurally similar to the endocannabinoids, they perfectly fit into the receptors and stimulate the receptors, eventually mediating the same actions as the endocannabinoids.

However, CBD and other cannabinoids can be administered in any quantity you want, giving you the ability to “fine-tune” your organism and amplify the effects you wish to see.

How CBD Interacts with the body
CBD interactions with the body

The Medical Uses of CBD

CBD products have a widespread role in potentially alleviating various ailments.

However, a consensus is still being established between the scientific community and lawmakers, before it can be labeled in a similar fashion as the pharmaceutical drugs or health supplements.

Physiological actions of Endocannabinoids

CBD is considered safe and effective to use and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that strongly supports the role of CBD in relieving a variety of symptoms and conditions.

However, before you use any CBD products, you should consult your doctor for professional advice regarding your specific condition and suitability of CBD considering any personal circumstances. Any information below is for information purposes only and the research in CBD field is on-going before medical guidelines are established.

By interacting with the receptors within ECS, endocannabinoids (and thus phytocannabinoids like CBD) regulate various physiological and biological functions of the body including:

CBD benefits

Some of these processes can be altered or improved with CBD, but there still isn’t enough concrete evidence for anyone to claim CBD helps in all cases. All we can rely on is existing research and circumstantial evidence from other patients, doctors and scientists. The FDA has a notoriously strict set of criteria that determine whether a certain substance can be mass-produced as medication.

There is no way to tell how long will it take for some CBD-based drugs to get approved, but we can only place our faith in existing research and whatever comes out of it. You are free to try CBD on your own, but consider yourself neither the rule nor the exception to the rule. There is a lot to do with the way our organism and metabolism work, which may result in the CBD working or not working.

The side-effects of CBD

CBD is considered one of the safest and best-tolerated substances. There are only three known side-effects across all studies that have been written on the subject:

  1. Diarrhea. Some people have a more sensitive ECS, especially the glands in the esophagus. As CBD directly interacts with the endocannabinoid system, some people experience light diarrhea. Usually, the digestive tract gets used to the CBD and the symptom goes away in less than a day.
  2. Fatigue. The endocannabinoid system is particularly involved in regulating energy level. You might experience fatigue if you’re trying CBD for the first time. It’s just your body getting used to the substance. Scientists aren’t sure why this happens, though.
  3. Changes in appetite. Almost all cannabinoids affect appetite. Your body might need to readjust to the new treatment, so you might experience excessive hunger or no hunger whatsoever. Talk to your doctor about establishing the right diet in this case. This symptom varies in length from patient to patient.

The Future  Belongs To CBD

Although the medical implications of CBD are known, there is a dire need for extensive research to provide the medical and clinical basis of these effects. There is a need to establish specific guidelines regarding therapeutic indications, safety, dosage and toxicity of CBD, a feat which is possible only through rigorous research and clinical trials.

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The Safety and Efficacy of CBD [FAQ]

While CBD has become quite popular, the available research resources are still limited. Below we explore the safety and potential adverse effects of cannabidiol based on what we know so far.

Does CBD Cause Intoxication?

To cut through the clutter, no. CBD lacks the psycho-stimulant properties associated with THC and does not intoxicate the users.

Is CBD Safe To Use?

  • CBD can be safely tolerated to a very high dose-up to 100 milligrams in a single dose.
  • Chronic use of CBD has been reported to be well tolerated in humans.
  • So far research has revealed no harmful effects of cannabidiol on embryonic development.
  • Due to lack of effective research data, pregnant women are advised against using CBD during pregnancy. It is recommended that lactating mothers should avoid using CBD in any form while nursing.

Is CBD toxic?

Cannabidiol is non-toxic in normal human cells and it also does not affect blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature according to currently available research.

Is It Possible To Become CBD-Dependent?  

Controlled studies show no signs and symptoms of dependency (e.g. withdrawal effects and tolerance).

Can CBD be abused?

The non-addictive and non-stimulating effects of CBD make it ideal non-conventional therapy for treating a variety of medical ailments with no or little abuse potential.

Can You Overdose on CBD?

Keep in mind that it is next to impossible to overdose on CBD if you use it sensibly. Most of the ailments require only small quantities of CBD for relief.

High doses of CBD are considered to be around 10,000 milligrams per dose which translates to roughly 133 milligrams for every kilogram of body weight. There is absolutely no reason why you should take that much amount of CBD, even for severe symptoms (see sections “Is CBD Safe To Use?” and “How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?” for further information).

The Adverse Effects of CBD

CBD has not been linked with any life-threatening adverse effects. Common side effects noted with cannabidiol use include Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Somnolence, Fatigue, Dry mouth and Cough.

A Little About CBD Drug Interactions

Cannabidiol has the potential to influence a number of drugs. This is because CBD is metabolized by the cytochrome system in the liver. Consult your doctor before using CBD!

Does CBD Have Any Contraindications?

Cannabidiol is contraindicated in certain conditions. The absolute contraindications of cannabidiol include Acute psychosis and any unstable psychiatric illness. The relative contraindications of CBD include Cardiovascular disorders, Immune disorders, Liver or kidney disease and Arrhythmia.

How to Use CBD the Right Way?

The medical use of cannabis and hemp products is still in infantile stages which is why the correct usage of CBD is a confusing topic.

CBD Questions

These questions come to the mind of every CBD user at some point and this section is about to address all these questions. In order to navigate these waters, it is vital to first understand the different types of CBD products being marketed.

Ever since CBD became a popular alternative therapy, a number of products have been introduced. People can now eat, drink, apply topically and even vape CBD.

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How to Calculate the Dose of CBD?

Since CBD is not an FDA approved drug, there are no clear-cut guidelines regarding its dosage. When it comes to using CBD, keep one thing in mind: every single person is different. If one person is benefiting from CBD capsules of a certain dose, it does not necessarily mean that the same product in exactly the same dosage will be helpful for another person as well.

As there is no optimal CBD dosage that would suit everyone, CBD works differently for everyone. You can calculate the dose of CBD that you need if you know:

  • Your body weight
    • People who are heavier have a larger organism, meaning that it takes a larger amount of CBD to cause the same effects. Talk to your doctor about this and let him give you an educated guess.
  • The severity of symptoms
    • Depending on the symptom you want to treat, you may have to use varying amounts of CBD. The key to knowing the right dosage is writing everything down and knowing how to compare previous effects to current ones. Like with everything, you need to organize yourself the right way.
  • The concentration of CBD in the product
    • You want to pick the purest possible products, so that you know exactly how much CBD did you take and how much can you take. The best possible solution is products that are 95% and above on the scale of CBD purity.

Below we provide an indicative guide for dosing CBD:

CBD Dosage

Remember!

If you are already taking CBD or about to trek down the CBD path, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to use CBD correctly and safely.

  • Always consult a doctor before you start using cannabidiol.
  • Always play safe. Start with a low dose of CBD.
  • Wait for a suitable amount of time before deciding that the current dose of CBD is insufficient to meet your needs and enhancing its dose.
  • Adjust the dose based on your symptoms.

To correctly dose your CBD, you need to do the following things:

  • Pick the right starting dose. Unfortunately, this has to be an estimate. Make sure that it’s not too much, but also that it’s not too low of a dosage that you won’t feel. If you’re not sure, pick a slightly bigger dosage. You can scale it down easily.
  • Write everything down. Have a notebook or an app where you can track how much CBD you take. This is important for establishing the right dosage for long-term use. If a particular dosage doesn’t cause the desired effects, just add a bit to it and write down the new one. When you find the right dosage, mark it and don’t change it.
  • If your symptoms worsen, gradually increase the dosage. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t do this on your own and that a doctor needs to advise you throughout the process. Before anything, visit the doctor and find out about the most effective solution. If you’re not feeling better from CBD, you shouldn’t put up with the symptoms.
  • Be patient. In some cases, the body needs to get used to the CBD. Don’t immediately change to a larger dose. Give every single dose a 3-5 day period to see how it works. If you start feeling better, then your body has gotten used to the CBD and you don’t need to alter the dosage. Patience pays off – you won’t waste CBD and you will accomplish what you’ve set out to.
  • Dosing edible products and drinks is much easier than CBD oil, vape pens and nose sprays. Every manufacturer is legally obliged to put information about dosage so that users know how much to eat. Respect the label! They aren’t there without reason, so you shouldn’t eat more than what is written on the packaging.

Which Route of CBD Administration is Best for You?

Not all CBD that you eat or inhale reaches you in its entirety. Most of it is metabolized into its component parts by your body (liver, for example). Bio-availability pertains to the degree of absorption of CBD. In simpler words, it is the amount of CBD which is actually able to make it to your bloodstream after passing through different stages of metabolism.

Below is a brief comparison of bio-availability of CBD through different routes of administration:

  • Oral route (oil/capsules/edibles): The reported bio-availability of phytocannabinoids via oral route is 6-20%.
  • Oromucosal (Lozenges/sprays): The bio-availability of CBD via this route is around 12-35%.
  • Inhalation: Smoking or vaping can deliver CBD anywhere between 2-56% to your bloodstream.

What Is Full Spectrum CBD: The Entourage Effect

Contrary to the popular belief, CBD alone is not responsible for the full range of therapeutic potential of the hemp plant.  Being “full spectrum” means that the CBD product also retains all the original compounds derived from the hemp plant.

These other compounds significantly contribute to the therapeutic properties associated with the hemp plant. Compounds other than CBD present in full-spectrum cannabis products include:

  • Terpenes: limonene, myrcene, α‐pinene, Linalool, β‐caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, nerolidol and phytol
  • Phytocannabinoids: THC, CBG and others
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Flavonoids
  • Essential proteins
  • Omega fatty acids

Together, these compounds exert the “entourage effect” which implies that the combined effects of all these compounds derived from the hemp plant are more potent than any of these compounds alone.

In 2008, McPartland and his fellow researchers established that the herbal plants have inherent poly-pharmaceutical properties, proving that the combined effects of the secondary compounds found in cannabis extracts are ‘greater than the sum of their parts.

Choosing the Best CBD Product

The CBD market is booming and unfortunately, every opportunist is trying to get his share of the gold.

Few of the CBD manufacturers retain trade ethics and produce carefully-extracted, high-quality products. We are one the leading industry name and are known well for superior quality cannabidiol based products, specially made for those who want to feel better and feel safe while using CBD based products.

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How to Select the Best CBD Product?

The biggest challenge is choosing the perfect CBD based product that meets all your needs and delivers the desired health effects.

Here are some of the tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Go for organically grown hemp extracts.
  • Select extracts made using Supercritical CO2 CBD extraction. Only the CBD extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide is free of all kinds of residues and is the purest form of CBD.
  • Ask for third-party product testing certification. Third party validation means that the product has been tested in a laboratory and free of all kinds of additives. It proves that the product is toxin-free and safe for use.
  • Consider your specific health needs (when choosing the method of ingestion).

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Top 10 Myths about CBD That Need To Be Busted

Over the years a number of myths have become associated with CBD and it is imperative to address these misconceptions and separate the facts from fiction before they become deep-rooted. This section is about busting the popular myths associated with CBD use.

1. Using Higher Doses of CBD Is More Beneficial

Dose requirements of CBD vary from one person to another. A higher amount of CBD is therapeutically less effective as it doesn’t give the organism enough time to absorb all the cannabidiol molecules. Our endocannabinoid system can only absorb and respond to so much CBD. Overloading it doesn’t help with your condition, nor does it have any long-term benefits. In addition to this, using too much CBD can take a toll on you financially.

2. CBD Converts to THC in the Stomach

It does not. CBD and THC are two completely different substances. THC is the psychedelic compound of cannabis and causes the notorious “high feeling.”

CBD products usually contain no THC, but those that do – it’s never over 0.3%, which is an insufficient amount to have any effects. These two substances cannot transform into each other – it’s physically and chemically impossible, so you have no need to worry.

3. CBD Is Legal In All 50 States

While now legal under 2018 Farm Bill, state laws vary (see “The CBD Map” for more information). You cannot just purchase or possess CBD at any location in the United States. State law still reigns supreme over federal law and most states still haven’t specified the details concerning CBD legality.

Contact a lawyer if you’re unsure about individual state laws or if you intend to travel. Some states require you to register and others do not recognize out-of-state patients.

4. Hemp and Marijuana Are the Same

Despite the fact that both the plants belong to the same genus of Cannabis, hemp and marijuana are two different species in legal terms. Hemp is the cannabis strain that contains less than 0.3% THC.

Term marijuana is mostly used for recreational cannabis that causes a psychoactive effect when smoked. Hemp contains almost no THC whatsoever and is used in a variety of industrial environments and for many purposes that benefit humankind.

5. Ingesting CBD Is the Best Way of Taking It

Ingesting CBD is the best way of taking it, but only for people who have never vaped or smoked in their life. If you’ve never tried cigarettes or vape pens, inhaling fumes can be pretty shocking for the lungs and might induce coughing.

Inhaling CBD is by far the most effective way of taking CBD because of the blood vessels in your sinuses and nasal cavities. They will absorb CBD molecules and transport them straight into your brain.

6. Inhaling CBD Can Damage Your Lungs

Vaping CBD is completely harmless for your lungs. You aren’t inhaling burnt CBD oil. A vape pen uses special heating coils to create fumes. They contain no burnt matter that can cause damage to your lungs.

The only thing you will feel while vaping CBD is the occasional dizziness if you inhale too much at once. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about. If you choose to smoke CBD-prevalent cannabis strains, you might get lung damage from inhaling the smoke from the burnt plant. Vaping is far more beneficial to your entire organism.

7. CBD Is the Good Guy While THC Is the Bad Cannabinoid

Only the intoxicating potential of THC is highlighted, conveniently casting aside its many benefits. THC is equally beneficial. Its ability to intoxicate is the only property that makes THC notorious.

Even though it has a number of medical benefits, THC isn’t ideal for people who work and have to do a lot of things during the day. While you may feel the benefits, you will be high and pretty lethargic, especially at high doses.

8. Only CBD Has Medicinal Uses

As highlighted above, CBD is not the only phytocannabinoid to have medicinal uses. All phytocannabinoids have medical properties and uses and it all depends on the person. There have been cases where people respond to one type of cannabinoid but show no reaction to others.

Cannabinoids, in general, weren’t researched that thoroughly until the last 10-15 years, so there is still a lot we don’t know about the connection between the organism and the cannabinoids’ effects on it.

9. Lower the Quantity of THC, the Better Is the Product Quality

This isn’t necessarily true. For example, some patients prefer the mix because CBD is known to provide alleviation from too much THC in some people. In states where cannabis is fully legal for recreational purposes, there are products which include a lot of THC and CBD all at once.

If you’re looking just for the effects of CBD, the purity of the product is a priority. However, this still doesn’t mean the CBD in a purer product is better than the CBD in a less-pure product. It all depends on the hemp, the method of extraction and a myriad of other factors involved.

10. Isolated CBD Is Purer and Better Than Whole Plant Extracts

CBD isn’t the only component of hemp. Some patients have experienced better effects from different extracts. Again, this all depends on the quality of each product and which method of extraction has been used.

If you’re looking solely for CBD, you can experiment without whole-plant extracts. Generally, people opt for CBD-only products because extracts are still illegal in many states.


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The Future Is CBD

CBD industry is flourishing by leaps and bounds. Experts foresee a prosperous future for cannabis and CBD based products as people are gradually becoming aware of the health benefits of CBD.

We can see this with the rise of CBD-infused foods, wellness products and other types of creations. Unlike most other compounds used for medical purposes, CBD has the unique ability to not cause a lot of side-effects and to be effective no matter where it’s inserted.

Even the laws regulating CBD trade are becoming lax with each passing day. Rigorous research about the full therapeutic potential of CBD is the need of the hour so that CBD can claim its rightful position as nature’s miracle drug.

Following the example of the US and Canada, other countries around the world are reconsidering their legislative work from the past. On social media and in public, people are becoming more demanding and want CBD to be legalized. This is a large amount of pressure and the future of CBD is surely bright with so many activists, political parties and investors.

As a society, we need the voices of those who are powerful and able to make a change. Only together can we ensure that CBD is thoroughly research and applied as a solution to many present-day conditions. The “drug war” stigma is slowly waning, opening the door for a new kind of future where organic products are the centerpiece of every person’s life. This is much more than CBD – it’s a battle for clean and organic medication and food. CBD is just the beginning.

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