What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.
What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
An easy way to think about it is that THC is defined by what cannabis makes you feel, while the effects of CBD can’t be felt. The important distinction is that, unlike THC, CBD will not intoxicate you. It also addresses one of the most common reasons people choose to use CBD — pain management.
How can I take CBD?
Letting the product absorb under your tongue rather than subjecting it to the digestive tract preserves more of the CBD, and you'll feel results faster. Sublingual products take effect faster than edible products. Choose this route if you're looking for quicker results.
Can I fail a drug test if I take CBD?
Drug tests do not screen for CBD because it does not cause intoxicating effects and is not an illegal controlled substance. Nevertheless, people who use CBD may still fail a drug test. Products that contain CBD may be contaminated with THC or have improper labeling.
Are there any side effects of taking CBD?
Though it's often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue.
How much CBD should I take?
Figuring out how much CBD, or cannabidiol, to take is more complex than it sounds. While cannabis has been around for forever, CBD products are relatively new. As a result, there aren’t any evidence-based dosing guidelines yet.
Most experts agree that if it’s your first time using CBD, starting with the lowest dose and gradually working your way up is the best way to go.
The different forms include oils and tinctures, edibles, pills and capsules, creams and lotions, and vaping.
Here’s a look at how long it generally takes to feel the effects of different forms of CBD:
• Edibles: up to 2 hours
• Tinctures Sublingual Sprays: 15 to 45 minutes
• Topicals: 45 to 60 minutes
• Vape Products: 15 to 30 minutes
What is Delta-8-THC?
Delta-8 offers a milder buzz than Delta-9. It’s considered a minor cannabinoid, occurring in the plant in very small concentrations.