If you haven’t been living under a rock lately, you likely know what CBD is. It seems that everywhere you look, posts on Instagram, and storefronts are popping up everywhere, advertising it as the latest, greatest medical innovation on the market today. Just what is CBD, and what makes it so darned special? Let’s take a look at this miracle compound, and see if we can learn enough about it and its benefits to incorporate into our wellness plan:
What is CBD?
A derivative of the cannabis compound, CBD comes in many forms – from oil to capsules, tinctures, powders, and even gummies and coffee, you can pretty much get it just the way you like it. Unlike traditional marijuana, the derivative CBD does not have hallucinogenic properties like THC, but it comes with several benefits to mind and body that almost anyone can experience.
Before you make your own judgment about CBD, gather some facts as you read on, and see if you could benefit from this natural compound. Here are ten questions – and answers – that will tell you more about CBD and its uses.
1. Why do I keep hearing about CBD, anyway?
The CBD boom is the result of claims from people, including celebrities, that it has treated and cured dozens of ailments. Of course, everyone likes a bit of scandal as well, and the fact that CBD has a murky conception and development appeals to those of us who like to indulge in conspiracy theories.
2. Is CBD actually weed?
Cannabis is a blanket term that refers to hemp, marijuana, and all of their chemical compounds. Actually, weed and CBD are two very different things. Because CBD is regulated by the FDA, it conforms to more stringent guidelines; it cannot contain any of the mood altering THC found in other forms of cannabis. Marijuana, on the other hand, contains both CBD and the mild hallucinogenic known as THC that makes it more of a recreational drug.
3. What effect will CBD have on me?
Loyal users claim that it reduces anxiety, helps promote healthy sleep, reduces pain and inflammation, and leads to overall better physical health. Some people note an almost immediate sense of increased well-being and relaxation, while others might not feel noticeable effects. Regardless of how you feel upon taking it, it is important to note whether you are seeing mental and physical benefits that would justify its continued use.
4. Is CBD effectiveness backed by science?
Research on CBD has been very promising. Its use to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy has been particularly encouraging; it is known to dramatically reduce seizure activity in the brain. A fair amount of research has been done connecting CBD effectiveness and epilepsy, but other research on CBD claims have not been conclusive. More work is needed to arrive at a conclusion on claims regarding anxiety, inflammation, and other health benefits.
5. How can CBD be legal?
As recently as 2018, a farm bill was passed, legalizing the growth and sale of hemp plants here in the United States. Those who participate in the growth and sale of hemp have to follow strict Federal regulations and comply with industry standards for safety and integrity. Doing a fair amount of research on the supplement you are considering will help you to “weed” out quality CBD from a secondary source that may not be as effective.
6. Do states criminalize CBD?
Because of the farm bill that was passed, states cannot legally criminalize CBD supplements. However, this has not stopped certain states from trying to impose their own set of restrictions on CBD production, sale, and use. You will run into trouble if you are traveling cross country and attempt to find CBD supplements in Idaho, for example. Knowledge of state and local laws will help you to prevent unnecessary trouble with the law, and you’ll be able to travel and take supplements without incident.
7. Has anyone ever been arrested for CBD purchase or use?
While your chances of getting arrested are quite low, people have gotten into legal trouble from its purchase and use. As recently as 2017, individuals have been targeted and charged with possession of illegal drugs, though the jury is still out on whether this will continue or if the controversy surrounding CBD will eventually die down. When in doubt, check with your local and state law enforcement, and if you must purchase and use, do so in the privacy of your own home.
8. Can I pass a drug test if I have CBD in my system?
It’s amazing that urine tests are still the “gold” standard for drug testing, as they are surprisingly unreliable. Since CBD and THC have similar chemical composition, it is not uncommon for CBD to register a false positive on a drug test. Know that if you are up for a new job or a contract with a sports team, it might be wise to abstain from use if there are any questions around it.
9. Can I travel with CBD supplements in my luggage?
Most lawyers say you are taking a pretty low risk to bring CBD with you on your travels within the United States, but they cannot vouch for international travel. The farm bill legalizing hemp does not necessarily cover all situations, so err on the side of caution and call for additional advice on how to travel safely and legally with supplements.
10. Who benefits from this craze, anyway?
Lucky individuals that have chosen to jump on the cannabis bandwagon early are those that are benefiting most from the CBD craze. In addition, those of us who have seen mental, emotional, and physical benefits from its use are also benefiting in that it is improving our quality of life. With so many benefits connected to CBD, it is worth a bit of investigation and perhaps worthy of a try.