What exactly is CBD?
What exactly is CBD?This is a question that I’ve been asked many times and rightfully so. CBD is creating a ton of buzz, everyone from celebrities to athletes and even your neighbor down the street are posting about it on their social media feeds. CBD has yet to hit your mainstream airways on your television, but the time is coming. So If you’re contemplating using CBD or if you’re just curious about what all the buzz is about, this information will shed some light as to what CBD actually is, and will dispel some of the myths surrounding it. Let’s start with the basics. CBD stands for Cannabidiol. CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound or cannabinoid, found in the flower of cannabis, in this case Hemp, Not Marijuana. CBD was discovered in the 1940s by Harvard chemist Roger Adams. It is classified as one of the over 100 phytocannabinoids found in hemp. Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that occur naturally in plants such as marijuana, hemp, black pepper, flax seeds, dark chocolate and many other foods. Unless you want to get high make sure you use Hemp derived products not products derived from Marijuana. Although CBD doesn’t make people feel high like THC does, it’s causing quite a buzz among scientists, health professionals, and everyday people looking to treat a wide range of conditions. Among the many benefits that users experience, some of the main ones are: a sense of calm; clear focus; relief from everyday stresses; reduction of inflammation; and support for healthy sleep cycles. As more people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals that often have harsh side effects, CBD research continues to be studied to determine its true therapeutic potential. By tapping into how we function on a deep biological level, CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, stress, inflammation, mood disorders and many other conditions.
CBD Myths and Misconceptions
Will CBD Get Me High?
No, unlike THC. CBD itself will not get you high. CBD is a non intoxicating cannabinoid, Hemp derived CBD Oil can legally contain up to .3% THC by weight, but that alone will not cause a psychoactive effect. If you shop at a marijuana dispensary however, you will notice that most of their CBD products have a ratio of CBD to THC i.e. 1:1 or 1:3. These products can in fact cause a psychoactive effect which is why I recommended shopping at a trusted CBD store.
Is CBD Addictive?
Based strictly on chemistry, the answer is no. Cannabidiol is not physically addictive in the same way substances like heroin, cocaine, alcohol, opiates, and related substances can be, and CBD does not produce any physical withdrawal symptoms. However, people can get addicted to just about anything even if it’s not physically addicting. Exercise, music, sex, and food are great examples.
Can you overdose on CBD?
There is no established lethal dose of CBD, and doses of up to 1500mg per day have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans. 1500mg is like taking an entire bottle of CBD all at once!
High doses of CBD work better than low doses?
This is not always the case. Some products like CBD Isolates may require higher doses to be as effective as Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD extracts, and some people may require significantly higher doses of CBD oil to obtain satisfactory results. As a rule of thumb, start low and increase slowly until you find the dose that works best for you. A good starting point is using 10% of your body weight in CBD each and every day. So if you weigh 175lbs you would take roughly 17.5mg per day. This is not an exact science, just over the counter medications are not an exact science. Take OTC pain relievers as an example. Someone may take 1 Ibuprofen for a headache while someone else might take 2-3. It all depends on the severity of the condition you are trying to treat as well as your body’s genetic makeup. Good thing there are no side effects from taking CBD so you can play around with your daily dose as needed.