CBD: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the two major cannabinoid compounds present in the hemp and marijuana varieties of the cannabis plant. It has neuro-protectant, analgesic, and inflammatory qualities. Unlike the other cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive.

Can CBD get you high?

No. CBD does not contain any psychoactive component. Using CBD-based products present zero chances of feeling intoxicated.

Is it safe?

CBD and CBD-based products processed by reputed companies are high-quality that reach the market after a series of tests. The CBD products manufactured by these companies come from the hemp plants that are grown outdoors under natural sunlight without pesticides.

Is CBD legal?

The legality of CBD differs from area to area. Companies that manufacture CBD-based products are unable to give legal advice on CBD. More often than not, in states/areas/regions that allow medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, CBD is legal. However, it’s always good to research the by-laws for your region before you decide to grow/buy/sell CBD and CBD-based products.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is made by mixing a CBD extract into a solvent base such as alcohol or hemp seed oil.

What is ‘raw’ CBD oil?

Raw CBD oil refers to the very first extraction of CBD oil. It is not filtered or decarboxylated and thus contains CBD in its acid form.

What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?

Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis plant. They are usually differentiated by the percentage of the two major cannabinoids present in them. Hemp is rich in CBD (the therapeutic cannabinoid) while marijuana has high percentage of THC (the high-causing cannabinoid).

What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?

The difference between CBD oil and hemp oil are is done on the basis of their derivation process. Hemp oil is typically derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. CBD oil is derived from the flowers, stalks, buds, and leaves of the plant. Learn more about the difference here.

What do you use CBD for?

Studies are finding that CBD is useful for conditions that do not respond well to conventional treatments. Most common uses of CBD are to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.

Is CBD water soluble?

No. Water-soluble forms of CBD are not naturally occurring products. The process of making CBD products water soluble includes the process of nano-emulsion. This process employs high-frequency ultrasound to induce the process of cavitation. Cavitation forms small, water-soluble spheres (liposomes).  The CBD molecules are suspended in the liposomes which float in the water.

Manufacturers make the claim that water-soluble CBD is more beneficial. However, there is no data supporting it.

Will CBD interact with my other medication?

It’s possible. The enzymes that metabolise CBD are CYP450 enzymes. These are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can constrain the activity of these enzymes. You must take precaution when using CBD with life-preserving medicines for serious conditions. For e.g. medication for epilepsy.

Do you need a prescription for CBD?

No. The FDA approves of CBD as a pharmaceutical or dietary supplement. You can buy it without a prescription.

What are the effects of CBD?

CBD studies show CBD to have the following effects:

  • non-psychoactive
  • anti-inflammatory
  • stops nausea
  • reduces pain and muscle spasms
  • reduces anxiety/depression
  • antioxidant
  • neuro-protectant
  • anti-tumour

What are the side-effects of CBD?

CBD is a safe compound which typically does not produce any side effects. However, some reported side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, changes to appetite and weight, diarrhoea, and light-headedness.

Is CBD addictive?

CBD is not an addictive drug. In fact, some studies show that CBD can help break people’s addiction to harmful substances.

What is the appropriate CBD dosage?

An effective dosage can range from 5mg to 150mg CBD per day. But, we recommend that you always consult with a doctor before settling on a dosage.

Can you overdose on CBD?

Experiments show that CBD is safe to use in high doses. CBD will not cause a fatal overdose. However, it is possible to take too much of CBD. Consequences include lethargy and drowsiness.

Will you fail a drug test if you take CBD?

Nope. Drug tests look for THC, not CBD. Some CBD-based products do contain THC in small amounts. If a person uses CBD oil in large quantities, they can fail a drug test.

Can you take CBD through airport security?

Yes. But, it might not make it through customs. CBD is yet illegal in some nations and may cause fine or jail time.

What are the different CBD products?

  • CBD oils, also known as CBD tinctures.
  • CBD edibles are the new products taking the world by storm. Foods infused with CBD include chocolates, gummy bears, and CBD gum. These enable oral administration of CBD.
  • CBD vape oil is a liquid made for vaping.
  • CBD balms, lotions, and sprays are also available.

What is the best way to take CBD?

There are four main sublingual ways to take CBD.

  • Tinctures/sprays
  • Topical balms/lotions
  • Oral edibles
  • Inhalation by vaporization/smoking

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