Every question you have about CBD – With Answers
Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here’s everything you need to know about the product that’s suddenly everywhere.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant, whish is also known as marijuana or help, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
Can I get “high” from using CBD?
No you won’t get high from using CBD. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria. You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way. There are two possible exceptions to this. The first is that some people, for unknown reasons, just react differently to CBD. About 5% of people say they feel altered after taking CBD. Usually they’re the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol.
You never know how your body will react to any new supplement, so when taking CBD for the first time, do so safely under supervision.
It’s also crucial to buy third-party-tested CBD for quality assurance (more on this later). Because the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised, or even contains small amounts of THC.
Where does hemp come in to all this?
You’ve probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
When people talk about hemp oil, they’re referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids—CBD or THC—in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and often appears in beauty products for its moisturizing benefits.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
The only CBD medication that is currently FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved last year for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. Many people swear CBD has helped with a slew of other health conditions, including back pain, osteoarthritis, and even cancer. There are a lot of anecdotal evidence regarding health benefits of CBD, but without FDA approved statements we can’t make definitive claims here. The best bet would be to conduct your own research, perform a google search, or ask a doctor. Many people claim benefits in treatment for anxiety and pain.
CBD for Pain Management
There are two main types of pain, musculoskeletal and nerve. There have been studies that have shown CBD providing a benefit to both conditions. CBD should not be used as a substitute for care administered by your doctor, but many customers have found relief for all types of pain and ailments by using CBD. How do we know if it works? They keep coming back.
CBD for Anxiety
CBD might be worth trying to manage symptoms of anxiety. CBD tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you’re safe. It mellows out the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened ‘fight or flight’ response. So people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed.
CBD is not a cure-all, and you should maintain a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good nutrition.
What are these different products? Tinctures? Vapes? Pens? Edibles?
It really depends on what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place.
Some people don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment. You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.
The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are speed of delivery and how long the effects last. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. Say you wake up in the morning and pulled your back out, you might want to take CBD through a vape pen, which delivers in 10 minutes.
Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. A tincture looks like a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour. If you prefer to taste something, you choose an edible, whether it’s a capsule, gummy, or baked good.
What should I look for when buying CBD?
When buying CBD, always look for the third-party lab test results. This tells you first and foremost, what is in your product. Does it contain THC? How much CBD are you getting? Are there other cannabinoids? The Journal of American Medical Association, which performed a test of 84 CBD products and found 26% contained lower doses of CBD than stated on the bottle. Our products will typically exceed the label at the time of manufacturing and are guaranteed to be at or above the level of CBD on the bottle at the time you open the bottle.
Our products do not claim to cure any disease because the FDA has not approved it. For the purposes of CBD, all products are the same, and the difference is in the amount of CBD, and whether or not there are other things inside your CBD product. Such as THC, or flavor.
If your CBD product claims to cure any disease, you should avoid it.
Is there a batch number?
CBD products made by Green Acres all have a batch number indicating which unit it was part of. It is required by law and you should expect it to be there.
Is CBD Legal?
First, a little background. Industrial hemp was legal in the United States until Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937. Nearly 80 years later, the 2014 Farm Bill took the position that states can regulate the production of hemp and, as a result, CBD. Then last year, President Trump signed a new Farm Bill that made it federally legal to grow hemp. This means that consumers everywhere, if compliant with their state, can grow hemp and use hemp products which includes CBD.
In other words, the latest bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA’s, purview.
Hemp can now be grown freely under federal law. While i’ts legal under federal law, each state must set up their own policy.
These policies vary widely. Marijuana and CBD are currently fully legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. In 23 states, it’s legal in some form, such as for medicinal purposes. Another 14 states permit just CBD oil. But both are illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.
Can you travel with CBD?
That same 2018 Farm Bill means you can now travel between states with legit CBD products. However, if you’re traveling with a tincture, be mindful of TSA limits on how much liquid you can carry on an airplane.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
It should not, as long as you’re buying third-party tested CBD with no added THC. None of our products contain THC at this time, and if we include any with THC it will be clearly labeled along with its quantities.
Can I give it to my pets?
We make and sell CBD for pets. While the AVMA has not endorsed CBD, many veterinarians are recommending it to their patients and even offering it themselves. Many pet owners claim it helps with anxiety or arthritis in pets, especially during thunderstorms.