Hemp Derived CBD FAQ's
Got questions about Hemp Derived CBD?
Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here's everything you need to know about the product that's suddenly everywhere.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive.
Will CBD get you "High"?
Nope. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. "CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any effects like euphoria. You won't feel sedated or altered in any way.
There are two possible exceptions to this. The first is that some people, for unknown reasons, just react differently to CBD. Some people say they feel altered after taking CBD. Usually they're the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol. You never know how your body will react to any new supplement, so when taking CBD for the first time, do so safely under supervision.
Where does hemp come in to all this?
You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
When people talk about Hemp oil, CBD oil or Hemp CBD Oil they're referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids—CBD or THC—in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and often appears in beauty products for its moisturizing benefits.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
The only CBD medication that is currently FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved last year for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. But many people swear Hemp Oil, CBD Oil, Hemp CBD Oil, CBD Topicals and CBD Tinctures (eyedroppers and pump sprays) have helped with a slew of other health conditions, including anxiety, pain, smoking and drug withdrawals, Type 1 diabetes, acne, alzheimer's, other neurological symptoms and disorders, and even cancer.
While there's lots of anecdotal evidence, it's still very difficult to say what the real benefits are due to a serious lack of research.
Is a CBD Topical worth trying for pain management?
There are two main types of pain, musculoskeletal and nerve. There could be benefits from CBD topicals for both conditions.
The tricky part is that there's some evidence suggesting CBD works best for pain when combined with a little THC in the case of ingestibles for pain (for which we carry CBD Oil Capsules some with Turmeric for inflammation). Depending on what type of pain you have, you might be able to do just CBD Oil, but sometimes you need CBD Oil and THC Oil. This makes accessing a product that will actually help you more difficult due to different regulations in each state. In most states, CBD Topicals are available over the counter. But as soon as you add THC, you need a prescription or to be a medical marijuana patient. You can buy cbd oil online and other CBD products online here at Assuage Hemp CBD Products (Assuagehempcbd.com).
Figuring out how much you should take is challenging as well; the dosage that alleviates one patient's pain might do very little for someone else. And until we can study it, evidence is only anecdotal.
The takeaway? For most people CBD is a safe thing to try. But patients should push for more research by putting pressure on representatives to get national bills passed that allow scientists to look closer at CBD (Cannabidiol) products and the conditions that respond to it.
What about my anxiety— CBD for Anxiety?
CBD might be worth trying to manage symptoms of anxiety There's anecdotal evidence abound that suggest that the following CBD products made aid symptoms of anxiety: CBD Oil, CBD Oil Tincture, CBD Tincture, CBD Vape Oil, CBD E-Liquid, CBD Vape E-liquid, Hemp CBD Oil, CBD Oil Capsules, CBD Topicals.
[CBD] tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you're safe. It mellows out the nervous system so you're not in a heightened 'fight or flight' response, so people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed.
Still, one of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that it's a wonder drug. A lot of times people think CBD is a cure-all, and it's not. CBD is not going to fix everything.
What's the best way to take CBD? I've heard of edibles, tinctures, vape pens...
It really depends on what your goal is and why you're taking CBD in the first place.
Some people don't want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment. You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.
The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are speed of delivery and how long the effects last. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. Say you wake up in the morning and pulled your back out, you might want to take CBD through a vape pen, which delivers in 10 minutes.
Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. A tincture is a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour. If you prefer to taste something, you can choose an edible, whether it's a capsule, gummy, or baked good.
What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?
There are literally hundreds of CBD brands at this point. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping.
• What does the label look like? We don't mean the color or millennial font. If it's a dietary supplement, it should have a back panel with an FDA disclaimer and warning section, according to Beatty. Ideally, it would be preferable to have access to their third-party lab testing results too.
• Has it been third-party tested? Your CBD products should be tested by a third party to confirm the label's accuracy. This is a real concern in the industry. Look for a quality assurance stamp or certificate of analysis from a third party (aka not the actual brand) or check the retailer's website if you don't see it on the product's label.
• What's the dosing? This is a confusing one for many people. A lot of brands don't do a good job of clearly instructing their consumer on the dosing. When thinking about dosing, also consider whether your CBD is full-spectrum or isolate: Full-spectrum could include other cannabinoids like cannabidivarin or cannabigerol (this is important, since there's something called the 'entourage effect' when all together, they're more effective than any one of them alone), while isolate is 100% CBD. Some people might only need 10 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, but with isolate, even taking 80 or 100 milligrams might not have the same effect.
• Does it claim to cure any diseases? If so, hard pass. You should avoid any company that makes disease claims. If so, it means they're either willing to break the rules or they're not aware of the rules.
• Is there a batch number? You know how you check your raw chicken or bagged lettuce every time there's a recall to make sure the one you bought isn't going to make you sick? You should be able to do that with CBD products too. This is a huge indicator as to whether they are following good manufacturing practices. There should be a way to identify your product in case it was improperly made so the company can carry out a recall.
• Are there additional ingredients in there? As with any supplement, you want to know everything you're ingesting in addition to the main event.
• Are you buying it IRL? You can find CBD products in shopping malls, convenience stores, even coffee shops in many states right now. But when in doubt, natural grocers are a safe brick-and-mortar place to buy CBD. Typically they have a vetting process that does some of the legwork for you.
Is CBD it legal?
First, a little background. Industrial hemp was legal in the United States until Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937. Some of our early presidents grew hemp. Nearly 80 years later, the 2014 Farm Bill took the position that states can regulate the production of hemp and, as a result, CBD. Then last year, President Trump signed a new Farm Bill that made it federally legal to grow hemp.
This means that consumers everywhere, if they're compliant with their state, can grow hemp and use hemp products, and among those will be CBD.
In other words, the latest bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA's, purview. Hemp can now be grown freely under federal law. But while it's legal under federal law, it's up to each state to set their own policy.
Policies vary widely. As of April 2019 (when this page was published) marijuana and CBD are currently fully legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. In 23 states, it's legal in some form, such as for medicinal purposes. Another 14 states permit just CBD oil. But both are illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.
With marijuana, we have got the federal government saying 'No' and a bunch of states saying 'Yeah, it's OK'—but with hemp, the feds say 'Yeah, it's OK,' but we still have some states saying it's not."
Can you travel with CBD?
That same 2018 Farm Bill means you can now travel between states with legit CBD products. Flying with CBD should pose no issues now. However, if you're traveling with a tincture, be mindful of TSA limits on how much liquid you can carry on an airplane. You can also mail CBD products, just like companies that comply with the Bill can ship their hemp-derived CBD products anywhere in the U.S.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
It should not, as long as you're buying third-party tested CBD with no added THC. But, athletes who often are required to take drug tests that are more sensitive, could potentially test positive for trace amounts of THC if they've been using CBD products.
Can I give it to my dog?
Generally CBD products are safe and they could show some benefit for anxiety in pets.