1. So, what exactly is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a chemical compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. It is actually the second most common cannabinoid in the cannabis plants, second only to THC. It is so abundant in fact, that it can form up to 40% of the plant’s extract. It has been known about since 1940, and has been thoroughly researched ever since, to find out its effects and how they can be useful to humans.
2. What does CBD do?
CBD can be used for a variety of purposes, usually to treat certain ailments. CBD interacts with a group of neurotransmitters in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. This interaction can bring about many effects, the most common being pain relief. It can help to alleviate the pain felt from the effects of diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis. CBD can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, with great potential for treatment of other mental health issues too.
3. Is it safe?
CBD has been tested many times for adverse effects and to see if it is in any way dangerous when consumed by humans. Every test has shown that it is 100% safe, with no adverse effects. You may feel some perceptible decrease in appetite or slight dizziness, but these are rare and generally not harmful
4. Is it all legal?
It is legal, but only under certain conditions. This usually means that the products must contain either no THC at all, or less than a maximum amount, usually around 0.05%
5. Will I get high through the use of CBD?
CBD will not get you high. The chemical in cannabis that provides the psychoactive effects commonly associated with the plant is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. CBD can provide a sedative effect, useful for combating insomnia, but CBD is not psychoactive like THC.
6. What makes it different from THC?
The main difference between THC and CBD is that THC is psychoactive, and CBD is not. This is to do with the way that the two chemicals react with the brain. CBD binds to receptors known as CB-2 receptors, while THC binds to the CB-1 receptors.
7. How do I actually take CBD?
CBD can be taken in many different forms. The most common way to take it is via oral drops placed under the tongue. Another method rising in popularity is by smoking it as you would a regular e cigarette, by adding specially made oils or capsules to vaporisers. There also exists some creams and ointments, as well as foods and drinks that can contain CBD.
8. How do you get CBD from the plant?
The CBD is isolated from the cannabis or hemp plant through a method called CO2 extraction. This is a very good method for creating a highly pure product. There are other methods, such as alcohol extraction, but CO2 extraction is by far the most popular and safest method.
9. How much CBD should I take?
This question is completely dependent on the individual, and it also depends for what you are using the CBD. Typically, 10-50mg per day is a reasonable estimate, but do your own research and find out what will be the best dosage for you. We suggest you to talk to your doctor to know more about the dosage.
10. How often should I take CBD?
You can take CBD as often as you need. Once again, this depends on the individual circumstances and will require some homework to find out what tends to work best for your needs. If you have a constant pain that you need relief from, you might have to take CBD every day for it to be effective. However, if you had a slight toothache that went away after 1 day of use, you may not need to use CBD again until you start to feel any more pain. You can consult a doctor to know more about it.
11. Is it addictive?
One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it gets you high. However, the second most common is that it is addictive. Studies and research strongly suggest that CBD is by no means addictive.
12. How should I store my CBD products?
In order to best preserve your CBD, it is recommended that you store it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and any source of moisture. Keeping it at a stable temperature is the key to preserve your CBD's potency.
13. What can you treat with CBD?
CBD can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases, ranging from simple pain relief to effective treatment of epilepsy. It has been shown to alleviate cancer symptoms, as well as having the potential to reduce acne and help prevent diabetes! CBD might even have neuroprotective properties, as well as helping to maintain heart and brain health.
14. Is it safe for my pets to consume?
Yes, CBD is 100% safe for your cat or dog to consume accidentally, or even on purpose! That’s right, your pets could benefit from the use of CBD in similar ways to you. However, they will have different sensitivities to the compound and so it is strongly recommended that you consult your vet first to find out if CBD should be considered a treatment for your pet.
15. Can CBD cause harmful or unpleasant effects?
Although rare, CBD can sometimes cause mildly undesirable effects when taken, usually in quite high doses. Users may feel slightly nauseous, or even experience some feelings of anxiety. In order to prevent any bad experiences from the use of CBD, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before using it to find out if it is a good idea for you to take it.
16. Can I overdose on CBD?
No, but you can experience some unwanted side effects when taken in high doses. For this reason, you must take some care when using the product and start off small. By doing this, you will work your way up to a good dose for you as an individual.
17. Will I need a prescription for CBD?
No, CBD is not available on prescription, but you can still buy it from your own local supplier.
18. Is there a chance to fail a drug-test in case I use CBD?
No, you will not fail a drug-test if you are only using CBD. These tests look for traces of THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It is worth noting however that if you purchase CBD products that have more THC in them than legally allowed, it may show up on drug tests, causing you to fail. Always buy your CBD products from reputable and reliable sources to prevent this from being an issue.
19. What is the best way to take CBD?
There are loads of different methods to use for taking CBD, but we recommend sublingual tinctures as they are quick and easy to use, and can allow you to get very precise doses every time.