To help you begin your CBD journey, we've compiled a list of some of the most common questions people have about CBD and CBD products.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
We can all agree that CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the most exciting and promising compounds currently being studied by the medical and scientific communities. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.
Although government regulatory agencies have not yet ruled on the use of CBD to treat many of the symptoms and conditions it’s currently being investigated for, the FDA has approved the first CBD-derived medication to treat certain forms of severe epilepsy.
How does CBD work?
Decades of research have shown phytocannabinoids (CBD) to be a potent aid in supporting overall wellbeing in human bodies, achieved when CBD enhances the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Cannabidiol is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. The scientific literature has identified more than 65 molecular targets of CBD.
What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
The ECS was discovered in the 1990s and is thought to be one of the most vital and vast receptor systems for sustaining good health and has been recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of the brain, endocrine and the immune tissues.
Recent science has found that the ECS does not only respond to Endogenous cannabinoids produced in the body but also responds to external Phytocannabinoids or CBD as a means of enhancing the bodies ECS function.
The ECS is complicated, and experts haven’t yet determined exactly how it works or all of its potential functions. Research has linked the ECS to the following processes:
- Appetite and digestion
- Chronic pain
- Inflammation and other immune system responses
- Learning and memory
- Motor control
- Cardiovascular system function
- Muscle formation
- Bone remodeling and growth
- Liver function
- Reproductive system function
- Skin and nerve function
CBD vs THC: what's the difference?
Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids. CBD does not have the same intoxicating effects as THC. The effects of each may vary depending on dose, body weight, body chemistry, diet, and existing medications. CBD that’s been derived from marijuana (3-20% THC) is still illegal in most states. On the other hand, CBD derived from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is now federally legal.
Is CBD safe?
No large-scale studies have been performed to establish how safe CBD is. However, there are certain things you might want to bear in mind before taking CBD. CBD may interact with other drugs that you may be taking and reduce the drug’s efficacy. If you’re nursing, pregnant, or taking other prescription drugs, consult your doctor before taking CBD. It’s important to ensure that you do your research and talk to your doctor before taking CBD.
Is CBD legal?
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, previously known as the Farm Bill, makes it legal at the federal level, to grow and process industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC. However, individual states and counties may have their own legal approaches to CBD. Read up on your state or county laws before taking CBD.
How much CBD do you need?
Proper CBD dosing matters. Too much CBD oil might cause side effects, while too little might not give you the benefits you’re looking for. It is therefore important to ensure that you take the right CBD dose. There is no official recommended CBD dose, before taking CBD, you need to consider certain points. These include your body weight, oil strength, and condition that you’re trying to treat. Most CBD products have a recommended dose of 10 mg twice a day. To find out what CBD dose is right for you, talk to your doctor.