CBD use is on the rise, with those who use it seeking a natural supplement to support overall wellness. If you’re new to CBD, then you have wound up in the right place. Here, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about CBD.
Read on to learn facts such as the difference between CBD and THC, what the difference is between tinctures and topicals, and more.
1) What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of many active compounds from the cannabis plant. These compounds are called cannabinoids, and there may be over one hundred of them. Typically, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid, behind tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has become popular as a health and wellness product. It is typically used on a daily basis to support overall wellbeing.
2) Does CBD Come from Marijuana or Hemp? And What’s the Difference Between the Two?
Both marijuana and hemp are types of the Cannabis sativa L. plant. They differ, in part, based on their cannabinoid content. While CBD occurs in both types of plant, it is much more common in hemp. The rule of thumb is that hemp is high in CBD and low in THC, while marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD.
Technically, cannabis plants that contain more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis are marijuana. Other than that, the cannabinoid profiles are not entirely clear-cut – some marijuana strains are high in CBD and low in THC, and some have an equal ratio.
There are other differences between the two plants, including their general uses. While marijuana is consumed recreationally or medicinally, hemp is used for a variety of things including textiles, nutrition, and more.
In general, CBD products like those from PureKana are derived from the hemp plant.
3) What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, but they have their differences. They have some similarities in chemical structure, but the differences in shape mean that they interact with the body differently.
A basic explanation is as follows. THC interacts with the body by binding directly to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), primarily focusing on the former. It may overstimulate these receptors, triggering an intoxicating ‘high.’
Conversely, CBD does not bind to the receptors at all. Instead, CBD prevents the enzymes in the ECS from breaking down the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids. As a result, it promotes a healthy function of the ECS without any overstimulation. This is why CBD is non-intoxicating.
4) Will CBD Get Me High?
No. As mentioned above, CBD is non-intoxicating. You may have seen claims that it is non-psychoactive, but this isn’t technically true. Since it can influence the brain in some way, by allowing endocannabinoids to do their thing, it can have an impact on your mental state. As a result, it is ‘psychoactive.’ However, it is not intoxicating because it does not cause a high.
THC molecules, on the other hand, provoke an intoxicating high because they bind to the CB1 receptors in the brain. It is thought that CBD could subdue this process.
5) How Do I Take CBD?
Taking CBD depends on the product you are using. CBD drops are the most typical product. To take them, place a few drops under the tongue and hold for about 60 seconds before swallowing. For other products, read the label to see best how to use it – most CBD products are very straightforward.
6) What Are the CBD-Dominant Cannabis Strains?
While marijuana is typically associated with high THC levels, there are some strains high in CBD. These are much-loved by the medical community and may be something to try if you live in an adult-use state.
Popular high-CBD options include:
- Charlotte’s Web
- CBD Mango Haze
- Blueberry Essence
- Hawaiian Dream
- Sour Tsunami
There are plenty of other options, so do your research or ask a member of staff in your local dispensary.
7) What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a liquid cannabis extract containing high concentrations of cannabidiol. Manufacturers extract CBD, often alongside other cannabinoids, from the hemp plant, suspending the extract in a carrier oil. Most often, this is coconut oil or hemp seed oil, though there are other varieties.
CBD oil can vary in its concentration of cannabidiol. Some oils contain pure CBD in extremely high concentrations, while others are low strength and contain other cannabinoids. Thoroughly read the label and check lab reports to know exactly what’s in your CBD tincture.
8) How Does CBD Work?
At its most basic level, CBD works by influencing the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This refers to a network of receptors found throughout the body; the primary receptors, CB1 and CB2, are found in the central nervous system and immune system, respectively. The body creates molecules called endocannabinoids, which bind to these receptors to trigger various physiological functions. In this way, the ECS maintains homeostasis and ensures that the body continues functioning at an optimal level. When the endocannabinoids have done their job, the body creates enzymes to destroy them.
When you ingest CBD, it may inhibit the enzymes that get rid of the endocannabinoids. As a result, there are more endocannabinoids in the system to carry out various functions. This mechanism may ensure that the individual stays healthy. There have been some suggestions that CBD could have specific benefits, though most users employ it as a general wellness product.
9) Is CBD Legal?
In 2018, the federal government updated the Farm Bill, the agricultural act that governs farming in the United States. Part of the 2018 Farm Bill was the Hemp Farming Act, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, differentiating it from marijuana. Part of this Act stipulates that non-intoxicating cannabinoids from the hemp plant are also permitted on a federal level, meaning that CBD is no longer considered a controlled substance.
Nevertheless, each state can determine its own guidelines on this cannabinoid. Currently, almost all states allow CBD in some form, though there may be different specificities in each region. In general, CBD products that are derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC are permitted.
10) Is CBD Natural?
Yes. CBD is a naturally occurring active compound produced by the cannabis plant. It is not synthetically produced.
11) Do All Marijuana Strains Have CBD?
No. Marijuana strains have varying quantities of cannabinoids in their flowers, and each strain has a unique cannabinoid profile. Some strains have less than 1% CBD, which is basically negligible. However, others have extremely high quantities of CBD. It depends on the strain.
12) How Is CBD Isolated from the Cannabis Plant?
There are a variety of ways to extract CBD from hemp. Manufacturers may use solvents to extract cannabinoids, but this is not considered the best method because there may be harmful residue in the final product.
CO2 extraction is considered the safest, most effective extraction method. It uses recyclable carbon dioxide, heated and pressurized to act as a solvent, to strip the cannabinoids from the plant matter. Unlike other solvents, CO2 is perfectly safe for human consumption, and therefore it cannot lead to contaminants in the final product.
Extraction usually involves taking multiple cannabinoids from the plant. Some brands will then filter the extract until only cannabidiol remains, creating a CBD isolate.
13) Are There Side Effects of Using CBD? Is It Safe?
Side effects are possible with most consumable products. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that CBD is generally safe for human consumption, with few side effects and little potential for abuse or dependence. In other words, most users will not suffer from side effects, and those that do manifest will likely be minor. Commonly experienced side effects include headache, nausea, and diarrhea, usually resulting from taking too much. Users often find that the side effects subside quickly.
14) Can I Cook with CBD?
Yes. CBD oils and CBD isolate powders are both fantastic ingredients that can be used in cooking. Doing so can disguise the earthy taste of hemp and provide users with an easy way to work CBD into their daily routine.
15) Are There Studies on CBD?
Yes. There are plenty of clinical studies on CBD, and more are emerging all the time as its popularity grows. Project CBD is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the research, so make sure to read some of the studies if you want to know more.
16) What Are CBD Topicals? How Do They Work?
Topicals are CBD products that you apply to the skin. They are very different to tinctures and other consumables for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they offer a very targeted approach because the user applies a small amount of cream to the area they want to affect. Rather than affecting the whole body, the CBD only affects the area to which it was applied.
Topicals offer rapid effects, too. The cannabinoids penetrate the upper layers of the skin to reach endocannabinoid receptors below the surface, and this can be a very quick process.
CBD topicals can be effective in a variety of circumstances. Some CBD users swear by them; they are something to try if you want localized CBD application.
17) Will CBD Show up on a Drug Test?
No. CBD is a non-intoxicating substance that employers are not looking for in a drugs test. In general, tests check for things like THC metabolites, which are the resulting compounds left over from the body processing THC. Since CBD is not a recreational substance used to get high, tests do not check for CBD metabolites.
It is estimated that individuals who consume 6mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drugs test. When consuming a CBD product with less than 0.3% THC, you would have to take 2000mg of CBD each day to hit this level.
There may be a risk of failing if you use a low quality product that contains more THC than it should. This is why lab reports are essential.
18) How Can I Know How Much CBD to Take?
Knowing how much CBD you need is complicated because there are no official guidelines. Most users consume between 10-50mg per day in total. It’s best to start with a CBD tincture that you can easily adjust. On the first day, take a very small amount and see how you feel; if you experience no benefits but also no side effects, feel free to increase the amount until you reach a level you are comfortable with.
19) How Do I Know It’s Safe to Purchase CBD Online?
Buying CBD online can be a daunting process. There are some brands out there that are not as high-quality as they claim to be. However, there are also plenty of brands offering exceptional quality CBD that is also safe.
Make sure you buy from a brand that sources hemp from the USA, uses a safe extraction method, and offers certificates of analysis (COAs) for its products. The COAs confirm the cannabinoid content, proving that the products contain less than 0.3% THC. Furthermore, they verify that there are no contaminants.
Here at PureKana, we sell products that adhere to all these guidelines, and we have thousands of satisfied customers to show for it.
20) Can I Use Multiple Types of CBD?
Yes. Some people like to stick to one type of CBD, such as capsules, which are easy to take every day. However, others like to mix up their routine by using a variety of products. If you so choose, you can combine gummies, topicals, and tinctures in your CBD routine. It’s all about finding what works for you.
PureKana sells a large variety of CBD products, both ordinary and unique. Exceptional quality is at the center of everything we do, so no matter what product you choose, you will experience the joy of high-quality cannabidiol.