What is CBD? Ever since marijuana got legalized in several countries around the world, CBD has been a hot topic all over the internet. As a result, you may have come across several half-truths discussions on CBD.
Information on CBD is indeed a bit scanty at the moment. That’s because CBD is a grey area when it comes to legislation.
While we wait for a clearer stance of governments on CBD, we at CannaCBD have prepared a simple guide for you on all you need to know about CBD.
Here are the most frequently asked questions on what exactly CBD is, what it can be used for and whether it’s good for you.
1. What Is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the many active compounds found in the cannabis family of plants. You probably already know of its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is found in marijuana plants.
THC and CBD have many medicinal properties. This fact was pivotal when most countries were debating whether to legalize marijuana or not. However, the main difference between THC and CBD is that while both have the same medicinal properties, THC gets you high while CBD does not.
This is what has made CBD a popular medicinal choice over marijuana over the past years. Unlike THC, people can use CBD like normal medicine without having to worry about addiction or getting high.
Basically, CBD is a more morally acceptable version of medical marijuana.
Although most CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, CBD extracted from marijuana plants have been known to be more potent in terms of medicinal properties. This is because of marijuana’s higher THC content as compared to hemp.
2. What Are CBD’s Medicinal Properties?
There haven’t been as many studies on CBD as other medicinal compounds. However, CBD has been proven to help in treating several conditions and illnesses. CBD has been mostly used as an anti-inflammatory remedy, a painkiller, and a mental disorder management drug.
There have been documented cases where CBD reduced the number of seizures caused by epilepsy and successfully relieved pain caused by illnesses such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
CBD has also been shown to help with anxiety, schizophrenia, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
So far, the results gotten from using CBD as a remedy for various illnesses have been very promising. As governments continue to ponder their decision on the exact legalities surrounding CBD, more scientists are continuing to research the compound.
3. How Can I Take CBD?
CBD comes in many forms. There are so many CBD products in the market right now that we did a whole article on it.
The most common forms CBD comes in are:
- Oils and tinctures
- Pills and Capsules
- Creams, salves, and lotions
- Edibles such as gummies, chocolate, and syrups for tea
- Bath salts
And so on.
Many vendors have their own unique and fun CBD products that you can try out. You can check out our blog for the latest and best CBD products in the market.
In the meantime, you can head on over to our shop and browse our catalog of CBD products.
For a more in-depth description of CBD products and forms, read our article on 12 Ways You Can Take CBD to find out which one is the most suitable for you.
4. Is CBD Safe?
This is probably the biggest question that most people have when it comes to CBD.
CBD is safe.
It is more medically oriented than marijuana and it does not get you high.
However, the biggest issue plaguing CBD at the moment concerns the maximum allowed percentage of THC in CBD products. The actual permitted levels of THC vary from country to country but it is roughly between 0.2 and 3%.
There are other limits that CBD vendors are required to adhere to. These include having a safe amount of ethanol and any other solvents in their products.
The biggest challenge that buyers face is that since governments haven’t finalized their legislation on CBD, most vendors skirt the recommendations that governments have provided.
As a result, there have been several cases where some vendors have too much THC and solvents in their products while having too little CBD.
Before buying any CBD products from a vendor, you should always check their credibility and the percentage of their products’ ingredients.
5. How much CBD should I take?
Just like any other medicines or supplements, too much CBD can be bad for you. Knowing what dosage is right for you is crucial. In most CBD oils, 1 drop contains 1 milligram of CBD. In edibles such as gummies, 1 gummy contains about 5 milligrams of CBD.
You should always check the dosage of any CBD product that you want to purchase. We at CannaCBD recommend that you start with a small dosage first (one drop of CBD oil) and then work your way up to higher doses if you need to.
In the case of creams and lotions, use them sparingly and apply them only to the affected areas you want to treat. Judging from the results you get, you can either increase or decrease your dosage accordingly.
We also strongly recommend that you discuss dosage levels with your physician before you start taking CBD. This is because CBD can make some underlying conditions, such as liver problems, even worse.
6. Is CBD Good for Me?
As we’ve seen, CBD can be used to treat and manage several conditions and illnesses. It has shown great promise as a painkiller and a remedy to mental illnesses. Whether or not CBD is good for you depends on how your body reacts to it.
However, just like any other allergens out there, the use of CBD may cause adverse side effects to some people.
We hope you enjoyed our beginner’s guide to CBD. Check out more of our articles on CBD on our blog.
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