CBD Questions & Answers
A Hemp World answers the following frequently asked cannabidiol (CBD) questions as an educational service to our users. This FAQ does not serve as medical advice. Links to outside websites are provided to assist readers in furthering their research into CBD’s potential health benefits; they do not constitute endorsement of those sites. A Hemp World strongly recommends our users further research the benefits of CBD and discuss their health concerns with a physician before beginning any dietary supplement regimen.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of over seven dozen cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not get users high. It is found in greater quantities in hemp than in marijuana plants. Researchers are busily studying cannabidiol to determine its full potential.
The entire hemp plant contains CBD, with certain strains cultivated to increase the presence of cannabidiol in the plant.
Is CBD Legal?
It depends on its source. Hemp-based CBD contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the psychotropic property found in marijuana that does get you high), making it legal in all 50 states. Marijuana-based CBD is illegal, due to its much higher THC concentration (typically between 2 and 25 percent). However, it is legal in states where medical marijuana is legal.
What Are the Effects of Cannabidiol?
Hemp-based CBD does not produce a “high” in users. The FDA has not yet approved it to treat any condition. However, researchers have conducted numerous studies into its effectiveness in treating a wide variety of conditions. These studies examined the effects of using CBD to treat seizures, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathic pain, cancer, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Will CBD Treat _____?
The FDA categorizes CBD as a dietary supplement; we cannot claim any medical benefits from taking CBD. We strongly recommend performing your own research into the benefits of CBD, especially for your specific condition. Refer to the studies linked above, as well, to determine the numerous conditions researchers focus their efforts on in determining cannabidiol’s efficacy as a treatment option.
Before taking any dietary supplement, it is always a good idea to discuss it with your regular physician.
What Is the Proper CBD Dose?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as dosage depends on the individual taking it. However, the best recommendation is to start with a low dose of 1 to 2 mg taken two to three times a day. Follow this routine for three days to determine its true efficacy (with no high, people don’t always immediately notice their body’s reaction). Most people claim they notice significant improvements after two or three doses. CBD also builds up in your system. This means that, over time, you may be able to reduce your daily dose.
Is CBD Addictive?
There are no reported instances of anyone becoming addicted to CBD. Even once all of the compound leaves your system when you cease taking the supplement (typically within about a week), studies show that patients experience no withdrawal symptoms or side effects.
What Is the Best Way to Take CBD?
We offer CBD in a variety of applications, including drops, dabs, sprays and tinctures, and capsules. The most effective ingestion method is whatever works best for you.
Technically, it enters your system most efficiently sublingually (that is, absorbed via salivary glands found under your tongue). If you take it via any other method, you may need to double your dosage (especially if taken via edible or in a drink). For the drops, use the dropper to measure the required amount into a spoon, and then spoon the liquid under your tongue, holding it there for around 90 seconds before swallowing.
Some people prefer vaping. You will likely feel the effects of your dose more quickly, but its effect also dissipates more quickly. Again, preferences depend on the individual user.
Can I Overdose on CBD?
Technically, yes. Realistically, no. Technically, you can overdose on anything, even vegetables. Realistically, the amount you would have to ingest is so enormous, that it is not a realistic worry. If you are concerned about overdosing, please talk to your physician for guidance.
Is Hemp-Based CBD as Good as Marijuana-Based CBD?
Simply put, CBD is CBD no matter which plant you get it from. Many people prefer the hemp-based option due to the fact that it provides no high. This allows them a higher CBD intake without THC’s side effects.
Will CBD Make Me Test Positive on a Drug Test?
If you use CBD containing no THC, you will pass a drug test with flying colors. However, though the amount of THC found in most cannabidiol is minuscule (typically around 0.2 percent by volume), that trace amount may show up on a drug test. You have two options here. The first is to not take CBD if your employer requires drug screenings. The second, and definitely not guaranteed successful, option is to talk to the drug testing company or your employer and explain that you take a hemp oil supplement that may show up on a drug screen.
Do I Need a Medical Marijuana Prescription to Take CBD?
No. CBD is legal in all 50 states, even those that still prohibit medical marijuana.
Can’t I Just Buy Hemp Oil at the Grocery Store?
Sure, lots of retailers sell hemp oil. It has the same great nutritional benefits as cannabidiol, including Omega 3, amino acids, lots of B vitamins, and other trace minerals. What it doesn’t have is more than trace amounts of CBD, making it a poor choice as a CBD supplement.