People have been using CBD to address a wide variety of ailments for thousands of years, and now it’s finally starting to take the western world by storm. There’s a lot to know about this amazing natural supplement, and scientific communities are hard at work to give us the answers we need. From test tube studies to independent research and online testimonials, we’re starting to get good answers to common CBD questions.
Read on below to learn more about the suggested use and benefits of CBD.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common organic compounds found in the cannabis plant. The other most popular cannabinoid in cannabis is THC, which is completely different from CBD. Unlike THC, cannabidiol and other organic compounds from cannabis do not make people feel high or intoxicated. CBD is a non-psychoactive organic compound that’s been associated with a variety of health and wellness benefits.
Since it’s not intoxicating and has so many health applications, people have started using this natural supplement to address various ailments instead of relying on potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs. Concentrated forms of CBD are available in all kinds of different products like oils, topical lotions, tinctures, and edibles. You can choose from those various types of CBD products depending on the specific effects you want to experience.
How Is CBD Oil Used?
The best way to use CBD depends partially on the effects you want to receive, but there are a variety of delivery methods that allow you to get it in a way that’s most enjoyable for you. Here are some of the most common ways to use CBD:
– Topical CBD is great for people who want to get the benefits of cannabidiol concentrated on a specific part of their body. Many people use CBD for muscle discomfort, stiffness in their joints, or skin conditions– topical products deliver it right to the source of your discomfort. Products include patches, soaps, lotion, roll-on products, and healing salves. You can even get CBD bath bombs for a healing soak that will leave your skin smooth and your body relaxed.
– Edibles are a popular way to get cannabidiol because they’re so delicious and fun to eat. If you loved taking flavored vitamins as a kid, you might get a kick out of consuming CBD edibles for your supplements as an adult. Popular options include hemp honey or candy-like chocolate and gummies. You can even find CBD water to help yourself hydrated at the same time as you’re getting the benefits of cannabidiol.
– Tinctures are one of the most straightforward ways to get powerful and effective doses of CBD. Hemp oil comes in little vials with eye droppers, so you can easily administer precise doses whenever and wherever you need them. Some people will mix CBD tinctures in with food or drink to mask the taste, but this takes a little bit longer to kick in. The best way to use CBD tinctures is sublingually (under the tongue)– just hold them there for about a minute. They’ll get absorbed through a gland at the bottom of your mouth, and quickly be introduced to the bloodstream for fast and powerful effects.
– Vaping CBD is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get your dose because the lungs absorb the supplement quickly and it doesn’t need to be processed through the digestive system. You can find CBD shatter for dabbing, or buy it as e-liquid for maximum convenience. CBD vape juice comes in many different flavors and forms, and will generally work just like any other e-liquid. You can find bottles of it to refill your reusable vape tank, or you can get disposable cartridges. If you’re refilling a reusable tank, you can create a custom blend by mixing CBD vape oil with your other favorite e-liquids.
Is CBD Safe?
There’s starting to be a large general consensus from the scientific community that CBD is safe to try. If you look at online testimonials from real people who have used CBD, you’ll see even more stories about how it enhanced their life without causing any serious negative side effects. That said, the safety of your cannabidiol product will depend largely on the source.
Since CBD isn’t well regulated yet, only some companies are going above and beyond to make sure that what they’re selling is exactly as advertised. For example, some products might have too little or too much CBD, which will make it hard to achieve the appropriate dose. Even worse, some companies are selling products that contain THC. Depending on where you live, it may not be legal to have THC, and it could make you get intoxicated or fail a drug test.
To make sure your CBD is safe, it’s important to buy from a trusted source. We at Laughing Lion Herbs only supply cannabidiol products that have been carefully vetted to ensure safety and consistency. Further, you may wish to consult with a medical professional before you start taking any new supplements, including CBD, especially if you’re on other medication.
If CBD Is Non-Psychoactive, Does That Mean It’s Legal?
The United States has legalized industrial hemp on a federal level. Hemp is how they define cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, while anything with more THC than that would be classified as marijuana. In other words, CBD products with no (or only trace amounts of) THC can be purchased legally all over the country. If you want to double-check, you can research your state’s specific laws online.
Since CBD is becoming so popular, there is a lot of pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update their regulations regarding this supplement. Clinical trials take years to complete, which is slowing that process down some. On the plus side, though, they seem motivated to expedite legislation– former commissioner Scott Gottlieb even proposed congressional action to speed things up. CBD is already in one FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug for severe epilepsy in children.
Unlike marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is not concerned with industrial hemp. Some states may have stricter CBD laws than others, even though it’s legal on the federal level. On the whole, though, even some of the strictest states are starting to relax their stances on cannabidiol. Contact us if you have any questions about ordering CBD to your state. We at Laughing Lion Herbs are not able to give legal advice, but we’re happy to discuss what we know and share stories about what other customers have done.
Will I Flunk a Drug Test if I Medicate With CBD-Rich Cannabis?
Simply put, CBD shouldn’t make you fail a drug test. Drug tests for marijuana are looking for the other cannabinoid, THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient found in some cannabis. Since they’re not testing for CBD, none of these products should show up in test results. That said, it’s extremely important to buy your cannabidiol from a trusted source since some less reliable companies are including THC even when they say they aren’t.
Some people have claimed that they failed a drug test because their body converted CBD into THC, but a scientific study has said that this does not seem possible. As long as you’re using pure CBD with no THC, you should be able to pass a drug test with no problems. Very intense tests are able to check for even trace amounts of THC, so make sure you’re getting your supplements from a trustworthy source. Our products are all carefully labeled, and we work with reliable vendors to get pure CBD that hasn’t been contaminated with THC.
Does it Matter if CBD Is Extracted From Cannabis or Industrial Hemp?
Depending on which state you’re in, it can definitely matter if your CBD was extracted from marijuana or industrial hemp. To help make sure the product you’re buying is legal, it’s important to start with an understanding of the differences between marijuana and hemp. Both are different categories of the cannabis plant, but they can have very different effects. Hemp is defined as any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient that can make people feel high. Marijuana has more than 0.3% THC, which is why it’s intoxicating.
It can be almost impossible to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana just by looking at them, since they’re both types of cannabis plants. That’s why it’s important to conduct thorough testing that investigates the chemical makeup of all the plant material used. Different parts of the plant may have different levels of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, so the best products on the market will have to take that into account.
Some states have legalized marijuana, so those places are allowed to sell products that have both CBD and THC. Marijuana is still illegal on a national level in the United States, though, so most states do not allow products that come from that type of cannabis plant. At Laughing Lion Herbs, we sell CBD products from industrial hemp, which means our products are legal throughout the United States.
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Does CBD Interact With Other Medications?
CBD, just like other supplements, may interact with other medications you’re taking. Without getting too technical, the main reason for this interaction is that the same enzymes that process CBD may also process your other medication. When those enzymes are busy processing cannabidiol, they may not be able to metabolize other drugs as efficiently.
This normally won’t be a large issue unless a person is taking massive doses of CBD that could potentially max out those enzymes and compete with the other medication. Just to be safe, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor or another medical professional before you start taking CBD. This is especially true if you’re on other medications.
How Do I Know What Dose of CBD I Should Take?
Some people take as little as one to three milligrams of CBD per day, but the normal dose is larger than that. Most people start with doses of 10-20mg twice per day to see how that affects them, then make changes as needed from there. If you’re planning to split your CBD up into two different doses throughout the day, you can take one in the morning, and another one about 12 hours later or right before bed.
The ideal dose will depend on the way your body processes CBD. You may also notice different effects starting with different dose sizes, so your goals will come into play. At any rate, it’s normally best to start with small doses, then gradually increase them until you reach the desired effect.
We help people answer a lot of questions about CBD, especially as this natural supplement gets more and more popular within the health and wellness community. You can find answers to some of the most popular CBD questions all over our site, or contact us at Laughing Lion online if you don’t see what you’re looking for. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most popular questions people have about cannabidiol.
Does CBD Affect Appetite?
Unlike THC and marijuana, CBD from industrial hemp is not believed to give people “the munchies.” Some people have even used CBD to help with weight loss. Animal studies suggest that it could help with weight loss, possibly by increasing metabolism and curbing appetite. Test tube studies also suggest that cannabidiol may help the body convert fat cells, but we’ll need to see more human research before we can say for sure.
It’s hard to say for certain how this supplement will affect appetite. People have said it helped them gain or lose weight by making them more comfortable, but we can’t make definitive claims at this time.
Does CBD Cause Side Effects?
The World Health Organization has said that CBD has not demonstrated a likelihood of abuse or dependence. In other words, people can safely consume it without being worried about addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Since it’s not habit-forming, people can rest assured that they’ll be able to stop taking it if they do experience any side effects. While side effects from CBD are not common, some people have reported the following:
Lowered blood pressure
Interaction with other medications
Nausea from high doses
Loss of appetite
Sleepiness or lightheadedness, especially with large doses
What Did the 2018 Farm Bill Do?
The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to cultivate hemp throughout the United States. Hemp, in this case, is defined as any cannabis plant that has 0.3% THC content or less. By contrast, marijuana is considered to be any cannabis plant with a THC potency higher than 0.3%. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level.
As long as cannabis has 0.3% THC or less, though, it’s not considered a controlled substance by the United States government. Some states have enacted their own laws about industrial hemp, so you may want to check the laws from your local jurisdiction just to be safe.
What Does “Full Spectrum” Mean?
Some products are labeled as full spectrum CBD, while others are labeled as CBD isolate. The difference between these two kinds of products has to do with whether or not the whole hemp plant is used to make the extract. For CBD isolate, the manufacturer separates just the CBD from the rest of the plant. Full spectrum CBD will also include other organic compounds like flavonoids and terpenes.
Many hemp experts believe that full spectrum works better. This is because other organic compounds in the plant may produce an “entourage effect” that affects how the body processes CBD. Most people prefer full spectrum products, while others still like to use the isolate as a matter of personal preference.
Can I Give My Pet CBD (My Dog, Cat, etc.)?
Pets have an endocannabinoid system in their body, just like humans. For that reason, they can get most of the same benefits of CBD that humans do. Ask your vet if CBD is right for your dog or cat.
We at Laughing Lion Herbs are proud to offer the best full spectrum CBD oil products available. We use high-quality natural hemp and state of the art extraction processes to create powerful, consistent, safe doses of cannabidiol. If you have any questions about our best natural remedies for sleep, feel free to contact us online.