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Frequently Asked Questions
CBD (Cannabinoid) is one of the many active compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is legal in many parts of the United States, but you typically need to be 18 years old and it may not be legal in other countries. This natural remedy may help with pain, symptoms relating to some mental health disorders, certain cancer-related symptoms, neurological-related symptoms, heart health, and more.
Not all CBD products have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, so it’s important to explore the different types. THC is the part of the marijuana plant that causes the "high" sensation and is what is screened for on drug tests. The law differentiates between hemp and marijuana, as hemp has less than 0.3 percent THC in the product. Hemp products carry more CBD and less THC than a marijuana plant.
Taking CBD may improve your sleep quality by helping your body transition from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep to nonrapid eye movement (NREM) sleep more quickly. Studies also show that higher doses may even be beneficial for insomnia. Many people experience insomnia due to physical pain and anxiety, and since we’ve seen CBD treating these symptoms, the relationship between CBD and better sleep is promising.
We know it can be confusing choosing the right CBD for your needs, but the main difference is the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in each product.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant. Studies show it can be more effective than other types of CBD because of the entourage effect, a theory that all the compounds found in the cannabis plant work better together than alone. However, since full-spectrum CBD does contain THC (up to 0.3 percent), it’s not always legal, can have intoxicating effects, and may show up on a drug test.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains almost every beneficial compound found in the cannabis plant. It gives you a broad range of benefits while avoiding the “high” THC may give. It’s important to note, although broad-spectrum products may state they are THC-free, there’s a possibility they could contain trace amounts.
CBD Isolate products go through further refining so they don’t contain any of the other cannabis compounds, like THC, flavonoids, and terpenes. Isolate, or pure CBD, products only contain CBD.
It depends. The CBD compound on its own is not responsible for causing a high, but some products contain small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can have a psychoactive effect. You can find THC-free options by looking for CBD isolate and some broad-spectrum products. (It’s important to note that some broad-spectrum products may contain trace amounts, so we recommend you read product labels before use).
Full-spectrum products do include THC (up to 0.3 percent ), so we recommend you start with a lower dose and potency.
CBD gummies and CBD oils can help with similar pain points, but there are a few differences.
Dosage. Gummies come in set amounts, whereas oil dosage can be adjusted.
Digestion. Gummies take longer to kick in since they pass through your digestive system. Although oils might also be digested by adding drops to your food, you can put drops directly under your tongue, known as sublingual administration, to experience the effects more quickly.
Both products offer beneficial experiences, so it’s important to choose a method that works best for you. Not sure where to start? Take our quiz to find a product that’s right for you.
CBD is generally safe to use, but it’s relatively new and unregulated, so consult with your doctor before use.
When looking for a CBD product, consider the following:
Age and local laws. CBD is legal in most states, but you have to be 18 or older to purchase. Check your state’s local laws for more details.
Allergies. Coconut oil and other ingredients are commonly found in CBD products, so make sure to read product labels for any possible allergies.
CBD brand. Look for reputable brands that publish lab results for all of their products. For most companies, you can find lab results, also known as Certificates of Analysis, published on their websites.
Current medications. CBD has potential drug interactions, including antidepressants, and pain, seizure, and diabetes medications. Additionally, avoid taking CBD if you’re taking medication with a grapefruit warning, as it can lead to higher CBD blood concentrations, increased side effects, and even overdose. If you’re considering trying CBD, always speak with your doctor beforehand to make sure it’s right for you.
Side effects. CBD is generally well-tolerated, but it’s possible to experience side effects such as diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight, and fatigue.