What Is CBD Oil?
The Complete Guide To CBD,
How It Works & It’s Many Benefits
CBD is an incredible medicine, and it’s important to learn as much about it as you can if you’re thinking about using it. In this detailed guide, we’ll let you know enough about CBD for you to decide whether or not you’d like to start using it, and what benefits you can expect.
Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. What Is CBD?
Section 4. History of CBD
Section 5. Is Hemp Organic? How is Hemp Grown?
Section 6. Hemp Vs. Marijuana
Section 7. CBD vs. THC
Section 8. CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
Section 9. CBD Effects
Section 10. CBD Side effects
Section 11. Can You Overdose on CBD?
Section 12. Different Reactions to CBD
Section 14. Different Methods of Using CBD
Section 16. What to Consider When Buying CBD
Section 17. Full Spectrum CBD Products
Section 18. CBD Dosage
Section 20. CBD Legal?
Section 21. Can CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?
Section 22. CBD for Pets
Section 23. CBD and Other Medications
Section 24. References
There’s little doubt that CBD has become one of the most popular medicines available to people these days. It’s able to treat so many different conditions that it’s no wonder people are so excited about it.
A few of the key strengths of CBD are that it’s known to be effective while causing minimal side effects, the fact that it’s sourced from natural plant materials, and the also that it can be used for such a wide variety of ailments – sometimes even replacing traditional drugs which are expensive and can often have negative long term health effects.
For these reasons, millions of people are using CBD already, and more are becoming increasingly curious – wanting to learn about it’s benefits and use cases. In this guide, we’re going to provide you with a detailed outline of this fantastic medicinal compound. After reading this guide you should have a much better understanding of CBD, and you’ll be able to make a solid decision as to whether or not it is a good idea for you to try adding it to your daily health or medical regimen.
So What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid – a substance that affects a certain system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. This particular cannabinoid is found in the cannabis and hemp plants, and has a number of powerful medicinal benefits.
CBD has taken the medical community by storm because it’s been proven to help treat a huge number of ailments without causing dependence or too many side effects. This is in stark contrast to many drugs that are currently prescribed in the allopathic community that either lead to a large number of unwanted side effects or create serious physical dependencies.
CBD is ideal because it can help heal ailments by bringing the body back into a state of balance. This helps people attack their diseases at the root instead of just covering up symptoms. It can be used to help with both physical and mental health problems.
CBD is known for having a wide range of health benefits, effectively treating many things, ranging from complex physical problems to a whole range of mental issues. Some of the most common ailments treated by CBD include the following.
- Anxiety. CBD has proven to be useful in treating all sorts of anxiety, ranging from panic disorder to generalized anxiety. It has also been shown to be useful in treating serious anxieties caused by other conditions such as PTSD.
- Insomnia. CBD is known to be highly effective for promoting relaxation and helping to prevent insomnia, even if the insomnia is caused by another medical condition. Even for those who do not suffer from insomnia, CBD encourages deeper and more effective sleep.
- Pain. CBD is known to be a fantastic painkiller that works in a different way to traditional painkillers like morphine. In fact, it can help to treat entirely different types of pain – neuropathic pain, for example, caused by diseases like Parkinson’s, is incredibly difficult to treat with opioids. CBD can help to treat this type of pain, as well as many other forms of chronic pain, without causing dangerous addictions.
- Digestive issues. People have reported positive experiences using CBD to treat conditions like IBS and Crohn’s disease.
- Inflammation. CBD is known to help treat many different kinds of inflammation and can even be useful for helping to treat chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis. This is exciting as it becomes more and more evident every day that the root cause of many diseases and health conditions is chronic inflammation. So CBD could potentially help treat many more conditions than we are currently aware of.
- Psychosis. CBD has been proven to ‘reduce the instance of psychotic thoughts,’ and can be a useful tool for helping people manage psychotic problems like Schizophrenia.
CBD is also incredibly useful because it can be used in so many different ways. It can be consumed orally, smoked or vaporized, and even used topically in the form of lotions.
There is more and more research being done all the time. New information is becoming available about this fantastic medicine every single day. We will outline more of the details in the coming chapters.
The History of CBD
CBD has an interesting history.
The compound has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, however, many people were not aware that they were actually using CBD as medicine or that it even existed. This is because people have been using cannabis, which contains CBD, as a form of medicine for many thousands of years.
CBD can also be isolated from the hemp plant, which has been an incredibly popular commodity for many thousands of years. In fact, King Henry VIII decreed in 1533 that every farmer must set aside at least a quarter of an acre for every 60 acres explicitly for the growing of hemp. If farmers did not set aside this land, they would be fined, meaning that it was actually illegal not to grow hemp – quite a different world than we see today.
It wasn’t until around this time that doctors also began actually studying the medicinal properties of the plant. However, indigenous cultures and Eastern medicinal sciences, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, have been well aware of the medicinal properties of marijuana long before Western science began to catch up.
In the middle of the 20th century, scientists realized that the different cannabinoids could be extracted separately. In 1940, Roger Adams was the first person who isolated CBD on its own.
This is when people began to recognize the potential of CBD as a medicine in its own right. Surprisingly, this happened 24 years before THC was successfully isolated by Raphael Mechoulam. After CBD was first isolated, groups began to lobby in favor of the legality of CBD.
Since the compound is not known to cause any psychoactive effects (unlike its highly intoxicating sister compound, THC) many people believed that it should be legal to use and possess as a form of medicine.
Despite this, the majority of people growing cannabis were doing so because people wanted to smoke it to get high. That meant that strains of cannabis were being cultivated to have a higher THC content. CBD was almost entirely bred out of the cannabis plant as people developed strains that contained more and more THC. Strains that were rich in CBD were often thrown away.
Nowadays, CBD has become respected and recognized for its powerful benefits. The compound is legal in most places in the world. However, with the ongoing battle surrounding the legalization of marijuana, some industries and organizations have made an effort to make CBD illegal.
Is The Plant Hemp Organic? How is Hemp Grown?
When one is considering purchasing plant-based medicines, one of the primary considerations is whether or not the medicine comes from organic material. Just because it comes from a plant doesn’t mean that the plant is grown organically, especially in an industry as popular as the cannabis industry.
Of course, the quality of your CBD depends on where and how it’s grown. CBD sold in the United States can come from a wide variety of sources, some of them national and others international.
One important thing to note is that CBD is easier to make when it’s grown from industrial hemp. This is because industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, which makes it ideal for companies hoping to make CBD products because it’s easier to avoid legalities this way. Some states that currently allow the cultivation of industrial hemp include California, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oregon.
Not all CBD companies make a point of sourcing their CBD from organic plants, but those that do will usually make a point of letting you know by labeling their products properly. It’s important to do background research on the companies that make your CBD products.
One of the reasons for this is that hemp isn’t generally certified as organic by the USDA. It can be more difficult to determine whether or not your hemp is organic than it would be to figure out if, say, the vegetables that you purchase at the grocery store are.
Naturally, hemp grown without pesticides and cultivated without the use of GMOs will produce higher-quality yields. Organic plants are better, particularly if you’re purchasing full-spectrum extracts which will provide you with the full range of cannabinoids. Full-spectrum extracts are better for a number of reasons which we’ll outline later. Always choose organic brands where possible!
Hemp Vs. Marijuana
Marijuana and hemp have many similarities, but they are not identical. They come from the same family of plant, but they are generally cultivated for different reasons.
Hemp has been a staple crop for much of recorded human civilization, being cultivated as early as 8,000 BC. Hemp grows quickly and can be used for a wide variety of things like making rope, building materials, paper, and medicine. Its oil is useful for culinary purposes and the plant also makes good incense.
Marijuana, however, is generally grown because it has powerful psychoactive properties. These properties can be useful for a number of things. Marijuana can be therapeutic and is fantastic for self-reflection. It can be a catalyst for spiritual or entheogenic uses. In many cases, however, people prefer to use marijuana for the express purpose of getting high.
The major difference between the two plants is the arrangement of cannabinoids found within. Cannabis generally contains about 60 different cannabinoids. Marijuana is much higher in THC, containing anywhere from 3% to 15% when grown in the wild. In recent years, custom-grown cannabis plants have been bred to contain over 30% THC.
Hemp, on the other hand, contains so little THC that it cannot be considered psychoactive. These plants contain less than 0.3% THC, which makes them ideal for the production of medicines that make use of the other cannabinoids, like CBD
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
CBD, and other cannabinoids, are known as such because they affect a certain system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a wide range of interconnected neurons that spans most of the human body. It’s involved in a huge number of bodily functions.
Since the ECS is involved in so many bodily functions, an imbalance or problem in the system can manifest as all sorts of different symptoms. Unfortunately, it’s also quite easy to throw the system out of balance. Things like pollution, unhealthy food, and lack of exercise can all contribute to problems in the ECS.
CBD has the unique ability to help restore balance to the ECS. This is one of the reasons it can help to restore health to the body even in people suffering from conditions that are tough to treat with conventional medicine. Most medicine simply bandages a problem while the body heals it on its own; CBD helps to balance out a vital system and heal problems at their root.
Many problems have been linked to an imbalance in the ECS. For example, people suffering from IBS have been shown to have a deficiency in their ECS, which explains why CBD can help patients suffering from this condition to improve their situation.
CBD works by influencing cannabinoid receptors, which are modules that respond to cannabinoids. When these receptors are activated, they tell the nervous system to respond in a certain manner. Different cannabinoids influence different receptors in different ways, and there are a number of effects that can be produced depending on which receptors are stimulated or not stimulated.
CBD vs. THC
Despite the fact that CBD and THC are so similar – in fact, they are nearly identical in their molecular structure, containing the same number of atoms only in a different arrangement – they exert different effects on the body.
One of the main differences between CBD and THC is the fact that CBD is not psychoactive and does not cause users to get high. THC, on the other hand, is well-known for its ability to alter a person’s mental state.
A large part of the reason for this is the way that the two similar compounds interact with the ECS. THC is known to bind directly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors and cause a significant reaction, which is why its effects are more immediate and pronounced.
CBD, on the other hand, works indirectly. It doesn’t bind to the receptors itself, and can actually make it more difficult for some cannabinoids like THC to bind to these receptors. This is why CBD can be used to ‘abort’ an overwhelming THC experience.
Instead, CBD influences these receptors to respond without actually interfering with them. It also indirectly affect other neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. This allows it to restore balance and promote health in a much more subtle manner than substances that directly bind to receptor systems.
While not being psychoactive in its own right, CBD is known to promote a number of helpful effects and health benefits. Among these are:
- Analgesia. CBD is known to help fight pain from various sources and can be useful for helping to manage chronic acute pain.
- Antiemetic. CBD is known to help prevent nausea and vomiting and can even offset the nausea caused by chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment.
- Relaxation. CBD is known to promote relaxation and can thus help to fight stress and anxiety. It can also be used to help people who have difficulty falling asleep.
- Anti-inflammatory. CBD is known to help prevent the body from triggering the inflammatory response. Inflammation is typically a response that the body needs to help eliminate viruses or unhealthy compounds from certain areas in the body. However, chronic inflammation can cause a wide array of diseases and CBD can help to prevent this.
- Fighting addiction. CBD has been shown to be useful in helping fight all sorts of addictions, ranging from nicotine addiction to heroin addiction. It has been shown to reduce cravings and can be useful for managing withdrawal symptoms.
- Epilepsy. One of the reasons that CBD has become so popular is because it helped a young girl manage her chronic seizures. Charlotte was having at least 2 grand mal seizures every hour. After treatment with CBD, the frequency of her seizures was reduced to roughly 2 every month.
- Mental health management. CBD has been shown to help manage a variety of mental problems ranging from depression to anxiety to psychosis. It helps to promote not only physical relaxation but mental relaxation as well.
- Managing skin conditions. CBD has been shown to exert its anti-inflammatory effects on the skin as well as in the body and can be useful for helping people manage conditions like acne or psoriasis.
CBD Side Effects
There aren’t a lot of side effects attributed to CBD, and this is one of the reasons that it’s so popular. Many medicines that are prescribed for treating even one of the above conditions often cause a number of unwanted side effects.
Because CBD helps the body by restoring balance to a system instead of causing a flood of chemicals or blocking our body’s natural responses, it can heal a wide variety of ailments without causing other problems. That said, there are a few things to be aware of.
One of the things that CBD is known for is promoting relaxation. This is ideal for people who are high-strung or who need to get to sleep. However, people who are using CBD to medicate their pain or to improve focus may find that taking too much of the compound can lead to them becoming quite sleepy.
This is generally only a problem for people who take too much when they have work to do or if they are operating a motor vehicle.
The potential for other side effects increases as the dose of CBD increases. There have been reports of people who were taking very high doses of CBD – between 100 and 600 mg on a daily basis – who reported symptoms such as dry mouth, low blood pressure, dizziness, sedation, and a decrease in their motor ability.
This is to be expected if you are taking doses this high. These doses are between 20 to 100 times stronger than the threshold dose for CBD.
Can You Overdose on CBD?
One of the best things about CBD is the fact that you can’t really overdose on it. There have been no fatalities associated with any of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, and it’s safe to use CBD on a daily basis for extended periods of time without experiencing any adverse reactions.
As mentioned above, one of the only things that you can expect to experience when taking high doses of CBD is excessive relaxation and sedation. These symptoms will usually disappear after several hours or after taking a nap. There is the potential of waking up from this nap feeling a bit groggy.
Different Reactions to CBD
CBD is a very versatile medicine that can be incredibly useful for a wide range of people. However, its versatility does not mean that it will affect everyone in the same way.
Since so many different people have used CBD in recent years, research has been able to draw some links between different factors and the response that people have to the drug. It’s well-known that people have different reactions to THC: some people enjoy it, falling into a relaxed, lethargic state. Others laugh and giggle at small things. Some people lose their desire to socialize, becoming self-reflective and introverted. Yet others find that they become paranoid, anxious and uncomfortable.
While the diversity of responses from CBD may not be as varied as those from THC, there is little doubt that certain people respond differently to this compound than others. These are some of the factors that can influence a person’s response to CBD.
Your genetics are highly involved in the way that you will respond to cannabinoids.
There are a certain group of people – roughly 20% of the population – who have what is known as good endocannabinoid genes. These folks have a certain positive mutation that leads to their body producing higher levels of their naturally produced endocannabinoids. These people are generally less anxious, healthier, and more motivated than other people. Consequently, these people are also much less likely to experience any benefit from CBD because they will already be experiencing these benefits on a daily basis.
Another factor that may influence your response to CBD is your gender. This is largely because of the differences in the amount of hormones produced by the different genders.
Women produce more estrogen than men. This makes them more sensitive to THC, which is known to have an influence on the sex hormones of both genders.
Men, on the other hand, may find more improvement from – particularly men who are lacking in testosterone. There is some evidence that CBD can help restore a natural, healthy production of testosterone in both genders. However, the average man is more likely to consider this an improvement.
One of the neat things about CBD is that it only exerts its effects if there is a problem that it can heal. This is in contrast to many pharmaceutical medications – if you take an antipsychotic, for example, you’re going to experience profound effects regardless of whether or not you have a psychotic problem that you need to manage.
Since CBD exerts its effects in a manner that restores the body to health, then if you’re already in good health, you won’t feel much. For example, if you have no inflammation to heal, you will not experience any benefits from its anti-inflammatory effects. If your ECS is in perfect health, then you will not experience any balancing of your endocannabinoid system.
This unique mechanism of action is one of the reasons that some people report that CBD has no active effects. In most cases, these people are already healthy in the areas that CBD is known to help with.
Since CBD exerts its effects on our endocannabinoid system and other neurotransmitter systems, a person’s biochemical makeup will dictate how they respond to CBD.
People who have problems in their dopamine system, for example, may respond more or less positively to CBD than people with a perfectly balanced dopamine system. For example, many people with excessive dopamine display symptoms of psychosis; these people will experience more of CBD’s antipsychotic benefits than other people.
Tolerance is a concept that describes a person’s need to take more and more of a substance to experience the desired effects. People who use substances for an extended period often develop tolerances to these substances.
There is some evidence that CBD does not cause people to develop a tolerance in the same way that other drugs do, however, more research is required to verify this. It’s possible that people who are highly used to consuming cannabinoids, such as regular marijuana users, may not experience as much benefit from smaller doses of CBD.
Different Methods of Using CBD
One of the best things about CBD is the fact that there are so many different ways that you can use the substance. Instead of being limited to taking the medicine in pill form, as is the case with many common medications, CBD can be administered in a number of ways. Each different method of administration has different benefits and drawbacks.
Here are the most common ways of using CBD.
Capsules are one of the most popular methods of using CBD, in part because this is the simplest way to do so. Capsules, which are generally filled with an activated form of CBD or an oil or tincture, can simply be swallowed.
The effects of a capsule will generally be felt within 20 to 45 minutes of swallowing it. One of the drawbacks of swallowing capsules is that a lot of the CBD is actually broken down by the body before it’s fully absorbed and can exert any of its effects. This means that you generally have to consume a higher dose of the capsules than you would if you used a different method of administration.
However, it’s possible to break apart the capsules and absorb them under the tongue. This is known as sublingual absorption. Sublingual absorption allows the drug to be absorbed into the membranes under your tongue and delivered directly into your bloodstream.
When this happens, the medication is absorbed much quicker and you will not need as high of a dose because it won’t be broken down before being absorbed into the bloodstream. However, it will also leave the body quicker than it would if you simply swallowed it.
Oral (Tinctures and Oils)
Tinctures and oils are concentrated forms of CBD that can be administered by the use of a dropper. Tinctures and oils are great because they allow you the opportunity to regulate your dosage easily.
Tinctures can be swallowed or used sublingually. Just like anything, they will last longer but not be as potent if they are swallowed. They will also be more potent but last for a shorter duration if they are taken sublingually.
Smoking is the oldest method of using CBD, though typically it was co-administered with THC. However, in recent years, people have begun breeding strains of marijuana that contain exclusively CBD and using them to make CBD cigarettes.
Smoking CBD allows you to deliver the drug to your bloodstream almost immediately. The amount of CBD that you consume depends on how much you want to smoke and the strain of CBD flower you use. However, there are numerous issues related to smoking and many people find that this particular method is not ideal.
Smoking can be useful for people who struggle with panic attacks or acute pain because the CBD can provide immediate relief. Smoking allows the drug to hit you quickly, but it will also leave the body faster. This means that it’s not ideal for people with chronic ailments.
Vaporization works in a similar manner as smoking. The CBD is absorbed almost immediately into the bloodstream, providing instant benefits but leaving the body quicker. Ideal for people who struggle with panic attacks, vaporizing is a way to quickly manage your condition without the need to inhale the tar or irritants involved in smoking.
Many head shops and medical marijuana dispensaries offer various forms of CBD that can be vaporized. Shatter and wax are concentrated forms of CBD that can be vaporized, and many companies make vape pens that can be loaded with CBD vape oil and inhaled on the go.
Gummies / Edibles
In addition to being able to consume CBD oil, you can find many places that sell CBD gummies and edibles. These are things like gummy candies, suckers, brownies, cookies, and chocolate bars that are infused with CBD oil. These tasty treats allow you to get your daily dose of medicine in a delicious way.
What to Consider When Buying & Getting The Best CBD
There are a few things that you’ll want to consider when deciding what CBD products you want to purchase. As a general rule, always choose the best CBD oil you can afford.
But here are some other considerations…
- What are you taking it for? The first thing that you’ll want to consider is what you’re actually using the medicine for. This will help you determine what form of CBD you should purchase. For example, if you are using CBD to help you fight anxiety attacks, then you might want to consider getting a form that you can vaporize. If you are using it for chronic, long-term pain, then you might want to get a high potency tincture.
- Consider the price. Obviously, organic, full spectrum extract will be much more beneficial for you then low grade product. However, these higher end products aren’t always within everyone’s price range. You can still experience benefits from using cheaper CBD products at a more affordable price, however we always recommend getting the highest quality Organic CBD products you can afford. You really do get what you pay for with CBD.
- You might want to consider the flavor of the product. Some products are made with preservatives or added flavors that might not suit everybody’s palate. Some people vastly prefer the flavor of unadulterated, full spectrum extract.
- You would want to consider the way that the product is made. Many people prefer to get their products sourced from organic, ethically growing hemp. These products not only taste better, but they are better for the environment and for humanity in general.
- Consider how strong you need your product to be. If you have a very serious ailment, you will probably want to get pure CBD, or at least an extract that is fairly concentrated. People with milder problems will not need to get as high of a concentration of CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD Products
Some people prefer to get a full spectrum CBD extract. There are a number of reasons that you might want to do this.
Full spectrum extracts contain all of the cannabinoids that are found in the hemp or cannabis plant at the time of extraction. These differ from oils and tinctures that contain exclusively CBD. The latter can still be useful; however, many people find that they respond much better when they are ingesting all of the cannabinoids that are found in the plant instead of just one.
It has been known for quite some time that plants exert their effects as a result of the unique blend of nutrients and phytochemicals found within. Sure, many of these compounds are useful on their own. However, using all of these nutrients together usually creates a cascade effect that makes the plant more effective when used as a whole instead of for its parts.
The same is true for CBD, which is why full spectrum extracts tend to provide more holistic benefits then simply using CBD on its own. There is a large body of research that has suggested that CBD is much more effective when simply co-administered with THC.
Many people are not fond of the effects of THC, however. Full spectrum extracts generally contain less than 0.3% THC. This is enough to provide some of the medicinal benefits of the compound without actually causing any intoxication.
The amount of CBD that you’re going to use will depend on the severity of your condition and what condition you have. Dosages can range from 5 mg up to hundreds of milligrams. Here are some examples of common dosages that people use for different conditions.
- Anxiety. The amount of CBD that people use for anxiety depends on how serious their anxiety is and what type of anxiety they struggle with. For example, people with social anxiety often experience quite a bit of relief from simply taking a 20 mg CBD capsule before going out to socialize.
However, people with more serious anxiety or panic disorder might need quite a bit more CBD to get the benefits. This is one of the reasons that vaporizing is highly recommended to people with panic disorder. Vaporizing allows you to ingest quite a large amount of CBD and have it hit you quite quickly. In some cases, people with intense panic disorder needs to use upwards of 60 mg of CBD.
- Inflammation. There are many forms of inflammation. If you’re using CBD to help you manage a mild, temporary form of inflammation, like something that accompanies a small injury, then you will not need nearly as much as you would if you were treating a long-term, inflammatory illness. To treat temporary inflammation, you would probably experience benefits from taking as little as 20 mg.
People with an inflammatory condition like arthritis might want to use different amounts of CBD. If you struggle with mild arthritis, you might still experience benefits from taking smaller doses of 20 mg. However, you would likely want to repeat this dosage several times throughout the day. If you struggle with more serious arthritis, you might want to take higher doses of CBD – between 60 mg to 100 mg – in the form of edibles or high concentrations of tinctures.
- Pain. There is a lot of evidence that CBD can be quite useful for helping people manage chronic pain. People using CBD to battle this difficult issue are known to need the highest amount of CBD, especially for cancer-related pain. Dosages for people who are fighting cancer often begin at about 100 mg at a time, and can range up to more than 600 mg on a daily basis.
Because of its ability to help inhibit the cyp450 enzyme, CBD is actually known to help improve the efficacy of various cancer drugs. These folks will not require quite as much CBD, with benefits beginning when taking around 20 mg. More on this in the later section on how CBD interacts with other medications.
Ultimately, the amount of CBD that you want to take will depend on you. Everyone has a different biochemical makeup, and this will influence the amount of CBD that they need to take to feel relief.
The best way to figure out the ideal dosage for you is to simply start slow. Take a smaller dosage first, maybe 10 mg. If this provides you with the belief that you need, then you won’t need to take any more. It’s best to start out small, because if you start out taking larger doses, then you might think that you actually need the higher doses to feel relief. This can end up being more expensive and result in you consuming more of the drug than you actually need
Is CBD Legal?
Considering the fact that CBD comes from the same plant that contains THC, a cannabinoid that’s illegal in many states, it makes sense that people are curious as to whether or not CBD is legal.
Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 28 states. People who live in these states do not need to worry about whether or not their CBD is legal. In 44 states total, CBD is considered legal, and in 16 of these states there has been recently developed legislation focusing on CBD specifically.
Unfortunately, many of these CBD-specific laws actually make it more difficult for average people to obtain CBD. In some states, the consumption and possession of CBD is limited to people suffering serious conditions like epilepsy or serious nerve problems. In some places, CBD must be obtained with a medical prescription and can’t be bought directly from a head shop.
It’s also important to know that CBD is still technically considered a constituent of the marijuana plant at the federal level, and is federally illegal. While it is extremely unlikely that you will experience any legal issues with CBD, problems could arise trying to take it over the borders.
Can CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?
Many people wonder whether or not CBD will cause them to fail a drug test.
In most cases, CBD will not cause somebody to fail a drug test. This is because most drug tests that test for cannabinoids will exclusively check for THC. While the two molecules are quite similar, they are arranged differently, and CBD generally doesn’t show up on a drug test. Neither do any of the other cannabinoids like CBN or CBG.
However, one should know that it is possible to test positive for THC if you are taking very a full spectrum extract. While these extracts usually contain less than 0.3% THC, taking very high doses – like a thousand milligrams or more – could allow enough THC into your system for you to test positive for it. This is unlikely, and most often only happens to people who are struggling with very serious conditions that their medical doctors are already aware of.
CBD for Pets
CBD isn’t just useful for humans. Many people have reported experiencing impressive benefits by allowing their animals to use CBD, and more and more research is being done in this area.
There is evidence that horses, cats, and dogs can all experience powerful benefits from using CBD.
This is because all mammals have a very similar endocannabinoid system. All mammals produce their own cannabinoids and can thus experience effects from consuming cannabinoids that are found in nature.
Since the cannabinoids function similarly in animals as well as humans, the list of benefits experienced by your pets similar to those that humans can experience.
- Joint pain and inflammation. Many dogs, especially large dogs like German Shepherds, are quite prone to experiencing joint pain and inflammation. Many dogs have showing a marked improvement in their conditions by taking CBD.
- Digestive issues. CBD has helped many animals overcome digestive problems like chronic diarrhea.
- Anxiety. If you’ve ever seen a dog tied up outside of the grocery store and howling loudly, you have probably seen a dog that’s experiencing separation anxiety. Many pet owners have reported that their dogs become much calmer and more complacent while they pop into a store for a few minutes.
Feeding CBD to your animals is as simple as getting them a CBD treat. These can be easy to find at various head shops and dispensaries. It’s a good idea to talk to your veterinarian before deciding to give your animal any CBD. CBD is known to interact with various medications, and your vet will be able to tell you whether or not it’s safe to give your animals CBD.
CBD and Other Medications
While CBD is not known to cause many side effects, it can certainly interact with other medications that you might be taking.
This is because of the way that CBD works in the body. CBD inhibits an enzyme known as cytochrome p450, or cyp450. This enzyme is responsible for metabolizing and breaking down toxins and compounds that come into our body. The majority of drugs, over 60%, are metabolized by cyp450, so taking a substance like CBD that inhibits this enzyme can lead to some unwanted effects.
On the flipside, inhibiting cyp450 means that drugs will remain present in your bloodstream for a significantly longer period This can be useful for helping people avoid developing tolerance to serious drugs like morphine. Before messing around with cyp450, it’s very important to talk to your doctor.
These are some of the most common drugs that are affected by cyp450.
- Antihistamines and allergy medicines
- Painkillers and analgesics like morphine
- Blood pressure medication
- Beta blockers
- NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen
- Anti-epileptic medicines
If you’re taking any of the above drugs, make sure that you talk to your doctor before using CBD alongside them.