What Is CBD? Can using CBD get you high? Will it show up on a drug test? Can your pets use it? Here’s absolutely everything you need to know about CBD, the popular plant extract that seems to be taking over the medical world.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid. It is extracted from the cannabis plant and it does not get you high. CBD is a natural occurring molecule that works in synergy with our own endocannabinoid system. That’s right, in the early 1990’s, scientists discovered the human endocannabinoid system, a system of natural cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body.
That’s what makes CBD so fucking magical. Excuse our french. It’s not made in a laboratory by billion dollar companies aiming to get you addicted and dependent on their products.
It’s a natural plant that works hand in hand with our endocannabinoids system to maintain homeostasis—biological harmony in response to changes in the environment.
So CBD won’t get me high?
Damn straight that’s what we are saying. To simplify it, cannabis is composed of two main elements: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-intoxicating element of the plant, meaning there is no euphoria like you would get with THC. No high, no stupidity, no laughter, no silliness, no munchies…zip! they are literally two completely different animals.
Now, there are some expectation to this. CBD is not yet FDA-regulated in most states and that is allowing a lot of shit products to come to market. There have been reports of CBD companies using small traces of THC in their products; while these traces aren’t enough to get you “high”, they are enough to show up on a drug test. So if you plan on taking CBD, we advise you perform your due diligence and buy from a reputable company. Don’t know of any? Send us an email at [email protected]
What are the benefits of CBD?
How much time do you have? We are serious. With every passing month, there seems to be a breakthrough in the medical world of CBD. Instead of writing long boring sentences about each and every single benefit of CBD, we thought it’d be easier to break it down for you in bulletin format.
- Anxiety Relief
- Pain Management
- Anti Seizure (Check out our blog on Charlotte’s Web)
- Cancer Treatment
- Inflammation Aid
- Bone & Joint Health
- Skin Irritation (eczema etc)
Can CBD really help with pain management?
For many people experiencing chronic pain, CBD is quickly gaining popularity as a natural remedy to pain relief. More affordable, more effective, and more accessible; CBD is sometimes touted as the miracle plant and a perfect alternative to traditional pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD oil and cream is used to treat a list of common conditions like arthritis and back pain. If you are 50/50 on trying CBD then we hope our 100 thumbs up influences your decision to go and buy it. It’s quite honestly a game changer and there is NO risk in giving it a trial. For less than $80 (or so) you can see how well it works for you. And guess what? You don’t have to ask your doctor about conflicting medication…it’s 100% natural.
What is the best way to use CBD?
CBD comes in many forms. Creams, oils, edibles, and flower. How you consume it totally depends on your preference, but here are some tips/suggestions.
For pain management, most people prefer to use CBD oil (ingest orally) or CBD cream (apply topically). Whereas for anxiety relief, most people prefer edibles or CBD oil.
The most important thing you have to understand about CBD is the speed of delivery and how long the CBD effect lasts.
- Vape pens bring the quickest relief but their effect wears off faster. Usually in about 1 to 2 hours.
- Edibles take a bit longer to work but last up to 4 hours.
- Tinctures (oils) are the most effective. They take the same time as edibles but last up to 6 hours.
How should I find reputable or quality CBD products?
The CBD market is growing unlike any other market in this world. The number of new companies popping up left right and center is growing at a faster pace than the speed of light (we just totally made that up). But in all honesty, you have to be careful when selecting CBD products, there are far too many new companies who are not regulated and are cutting corners.
Our recommendation is to not jump on review sites. They are influenced, controlled, and they take commissions from the brands they refer. We always recommend asking your inner circle, 9/10 times you’ll know someone who is or has taken CBD.
If you don’t know anyone, we recommend finding reputable review sites like TrustPilot and finding companies that can ship to you. You can then take a bit further and request to see their laboratory papers (completely legal) and you’ll be able to see every single ingredient. True transparency.