CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a common compound found in Hemp and Marijuana plants. It has a growing reputation for its potential ability to relieve stress and anxiety and promote a sense of calm. CBD is commonly found in a variety of products, including oil tinctures, gummies, and topical salves.
One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that it causes a “high” because of its association with cannabis plants. The truth is, CBD does not cause a high; however, it can promote a feeling of relaxation. CBD’s sister compound, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is the cannabinoid associated with the high feeling many people experience.
CBD affects everyone differently. When you take CBD, you may feel:
- Relaxed and calm
- Less stressed or anxious
Perhaps the most popular question in the CBD industry is, “Is it legal?” In short, CBD legality is determined by the sourcing and the concentration of THC. CBD products that meet the following standards are legal in the United States:
- They must be sourced from Industrial Hemp plants.
- They must contain less than 0.3% THC.
The legality of Hemp plants has evolved over the years – most recently for the better. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp as a schedule 1 drug, legally distinguishing it from Marijuana for the first time in decades.
While industrial hemp is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, various states and local jurisdictions have chosen to regulate CBD-infused products differently.
CBD is available in many forms, including gummies, oil, e-liquids, and more. There are four methods of taking CBD, and it is up to the user to determine which method works best for him or her. Here are the four forms of CBD products:
- Edible CBD products are consumed by eating or drinking and absorbed by the body. Common edible forms include gummies, capsules, and syrups.
- CBD is often incorporated into vape products for user experience. CBD e-liquids come in a variety of concentrations and flavors.
- CBD oils are taken under the tongue or “sublingually.” By holding the drops under the tongue, CBD is absorbed by sublingual ducts and membranes.
- Lotions, salves, and gels infused with CBD can be applied directly to the skin. Topicals may incorporate other ingredients to moisturize the skin or help target pain.
There are many forms and brands of CBD on the market, so it’s important to shop wisely when choosing a product. Here are the top three things to look for when evaluating a CBD product:
- Third-Party Lab Testing
- Trusted CBD brands test their products with an ISO-certified third-party lab for unbiased, official reports with details on quality and potency.
- Because CBD is sourced directly from cannabis plants, the quality of sourcing is important. Look for terms such as “domestically grown” and “Industrial Hemp” (which is known for its premium quality).
- It’s essential to know how much CBD is in the product you’re buying. Don’t trust a CBD product unless the milligram concentration of CBD is listed on the packaging and backed up by official lab testing results.
- It’s also important to know where your CBD products are made. Find out if the brand manufactures its own products in a facility that follows cGMP manufacturing standards.
Full Spectrum CBD
- Also referred to as “whole plant CBD,” full spectrum CBD is a less refined product that contains CBD as well as other compounds from the Hemp plant. Full-spectrum CBD can contain up to 0.3% THC, which is not potent enough to cause a “high.”
Broad Spectrum CBD
- Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum in the sense that both contain many beneficial compounds of the cannabis plant beyond CBD. However, the difference between these two forms is THC content, as broad spectrum CBD does not contain any traces of THC.
- When CBD is extracted from cannabis plants and all other cannabinoids, terpenes and compounds are removed, the result is CBD isolate.
It’s recommended to start with 5 to 10 milligrams of CBD and gradually increase the serving size as desired. Try CBD for the first time at night because it can cause a slight feeling of sleepiness.