CBD has gained a lot of notoriety in the past few years. Some of it is good and some of it is not so good. The negative things tend to revolve around an industry with a lack of oversight and regulations, leading to some poor products and companies.
But all of this popularity also leads to a whole lot of questions from people. They tend to get especially curious when they see negative news about CBD. In general, people not familiar with CBD are just looking for clear answers. They often just want to know what CBD is, where it comes from, how it works, and things of that sort.
These questions are increasingly coming up so it’s important to be able to answer them correctly and accurately. It’s important to be informed so that we can provide the best counseling about CBD.
The best CBD counseling comes from well-informed answers that are true. There is no need to make outlandish claims about CBD. It’s important for people to know that CBD can help but it is not a miracle drug and may not work the same for every person.
Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions that people seem to have about CBD. We will try to answer them without exaggerating about what CBD can do so you can make an informed decision about CBD.
What Is CBD and How Does It Work?
When people first hear about CBD and the things it may be able to help them with one of the most logical questions they have is about what CBD actually is. That question naturally then leads to questions about how it actually works.
We have talked about some of these basic concepts in our CBD beginner’s guide but let’s take a look at this question. CBD is a natural substance found in the cannabis plant. It is found in marijuana but we specifically grow industrial hemp because it has high CBD concentrations and low THC levels.
The human body has what is called an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a system that has many different functions but it helps to keep your body in balance. It also plays a major role in decreasing inflammation. Since our body has an ECS it also produces certain endocannabinoids by itself.
One of the main benefits of CBD is that it supports and strengthens the ECS and allows the cannabinoids to work more efficiently and stay in our bodies for a longer period of time. CBD can also help reduce chemicals that cause inflammation.
Cannabis Plant? Is That Even Legal?
When people hear that CBD comes from the cannabis plant it can immediately raise red flags for some people. Many people immediately associate cannabis with marijuana since marijuana comes from cannabis.
Hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3% of THC or less. The 0.3% THC threshold is what the federal government has set forth as the cutoff for being federally legal. All CBD products from top brands will provide a certificate of analysis so that you can review and verify the THC levels for yourself.
CBD from the best CBD brands is completely legal based on regulations set forth by the federal government. We do encourage you to pay attention to state and local regulations as well. They could be more stringent but in many cases, they are becoming more lax on the amount of THC that they permit.
So It’s Legal…Can CBD Really Help Me?
Once people realize that CBD is a valid option for them the question really becomes whether or not it can actually help. If something is not going to help you then is there really a point to even taking it?
CBD can be very effective when it comes to reducing inflammation. Reducing inflammation has a direct impact on also reducing the amount of pain that we are experiencing. This could be things like everyday muscle and joint pain or it could be from long-term ailments such as arthritis. CBD has helped many people with these issues.
CBD has also been helpful for many who suffer from a range of anxiety disorders. This would include things like general anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, and social anxiety. Millions of people are dealing with these types of anxiety disorders. CBD could be a natural substance that may help reduce their anxiety.
There Are a lot of CBD Products…Which Should I Try?
There are an overwhelming amount of CBD products on the market today. You can find them online and you can find them at local establishments. So how do you find the best CBD products to meet your needs?
Not only are there a ton of different brands and products but there are other factors to consider when deciding on what product to use. First and foremost we recommend that you try something from a reputable and respected CBD brand. That will give you the best chance for not only a successful experience, but also a safe experience.
There are various types of products you could try such as CBD oil, gummies, or topicals. Some of that decision will depend on what you are using the CBD for.
For instance, if you are experiencing pain in multiple joints then it may be a good option to try a CBD oil, or even CBD gummies or capsules. If you have an inflammatory disease or anxiety or mental health issues then these types of products would be ideal for those as well.
If you are specifically treating a skin condition or have pain in a specific joint then we would suggest trying a CBD topical product.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
A valid question and one that does not have a singular answer. The dose can depend on a lot of different factors including the age and weight of the person. A good place to start is on the low end of what the CBD manufacturer recommends.
In our opinion, the best option is to start with a low dose and make adjustments from there. If your body is handling it well with no adverse effects then every 3-5 days try increasing the amount of CBD. These products tend to work best if you take them consistently for a period of time. You should really try to give it two weeks of consistent usage to see the full effects.
Will I Experience Negative Side Effects?
Negative side effects are normally mild if you experience any at all. Another big plus is that you really can’t overdose on CBD. However, it is possible to experience some negative side effects from CBD.
Some of the most common side effects that people report are things like feeling dizzy, lightheaded, and dizzy. Also, some people experience being tired and drowsy, dry mouth and it can cause you to have changes in your appetite.
What About THC… Will I Get High or Test Positive for Drug Tests?
Federally legal CBD can only have a maximum of 0.3% THC. That is not going to be enough to get you high like you can from marijuana. On the other hand, if you are subject to drug testing, it could possibly be enough to trigger a positive drug test, depending on how much you had taken.
If you are subject to drug testing or are leery of THC, you can always opt for THC-free CBD. Look for a broad spectrum or CBD Isolate product and you will not have to worry about any THC.
Final Thoughts From The CBD Guru
Proper CBD counseling is more important now than ever. There is so much incorrect information available about CBD, what it is, and the things that it can do. It is important for us to be able to deliver facts when it comes to CBD.
Proponents of CBD will sometimes tend to exaggerate some of the benefits of CBD. While they may not mean any harm by doing this it really isn’t helpful for a few reasons.
One is that if you are purposely not giving people the truth you are simply being dishonest. Misleading people on purpose is something that we try not to do and we hope that others in the CBD industry strive for it as well. It hurts the industry and it will only end up turning people away from the great benefits that CBD does offer.