Frequently Asked Questions About CBD
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. Unlike the other major cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. The effects of CBD include: alerting at low doses, sedation at high doses, reduces pain, relaxed muscle spasms, potent anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, anti-oxidant, anti-convulsant, neuro-protectant, and anti-tumor effects.
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol – the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC is the other most common cannabinoid.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD oil is the term used to describe a sublingual tincture of CBD. A CBD oil or tincture is made by mixing a CBD extract from a cannabis plant into a base like alcohol or hemp seed oil. The CBD oil is meant to be held under the tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. A sublingual absorption provides a faster effect than absorption via the stomach (i.e. taking a CBD capsule or edible product).
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are essential oils found in plants. There are around 200 terpenes in cannabis. They are what give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes have beneficial effects and work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD and THC – this relationship is called the entourage effect.
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CAN I GIVE MY PET (i.e. dog, cat, etc.) CBD?
Yes. Pets can benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans: pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD is safe to use for pets, but their dosage will likely be much smaller than yours. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brain. This means they are very sensitive to THC. But a small amount of THC, like the amount in a full spectrum CBD hemp oil, is beneficial for animals. We recommend speaking with a veterinarian before giving your pet CBD.
HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP CBD TINCTURE UNDER YOUR TONGUE?
Try to keep the CBD tincture under your tongue for 30 – 60 seconds. The longer you can hold it, usually the better it will absorb.
CAN YOU GET HIGH OFF OF CBD?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid so it will not get you high in the way that marijuana (THC) gets you high. But CBD is known to be relaxing so you may feel a sort of subtle “high” and relaxation.
CAN YOU OVERDOSE ON CBD?
CBD has been shown to be safe to use is high doses. CBD will not cause fatal overdose. However, it is possible to take too much CBD. A consequence of taking too much CBD is the increased chance of negative side effects like lethargy or drowsiness.
ARE DRUG INTERACTIONS POSSIBLE WITH CBD?
Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called the CYP450. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. While CBD-drug interactions are more likely with high doses of CBD and CBD isolates, precaution must be taken when using CBD alongside life medications.
WHAT IS A CBD ISOLATE?
CBD isolate or otherwise called “pure CBD” is the CBD molecule separated from the rest of the compounds it normally occurs with. CBD isolate usually appears as a crystalline white powder. CBD isolate can either be synthesized in a lab or made from a CBD containing plant like marijuana or hemp.
WHAT IS A CBD VAPE OIL?
A CBD vape oil or CBD e juice is a liquid made for vaping that is infused with CBD.
WHAT IS A CBD TINCTURE?
A CBD tincture is another term for a CBD oil. In the cannabis industry the word “tincture “and “oil” are used interchangeable. A CBD tincture or CBD oil is a liquid concentrate which contains CBD.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR CBD TO TAKE EFFECT?
The length of time it takes for CBD to take effect will depend on the route of administrations. The fastest effect will be felt from smoking or vaporization (onset of effects in minutes). Topical administration of CBD will be felt quickly as well. The next fastest effect will be felt from sublingual dosage (onset of effect in 15 – 60 minutes). The slowest effect (but the longest lasting) will be felt from oral ingestion (onset felt in 90 minutes).
DO YOU NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR CBD?
No. You may purchase CBD without a prescription.
CAN ANYONE BUY CBD OIL?
Yes. Anyone living in a state or country where it is legal to use CBD can buy CBD oil. CBD oil may be purchased over the counter without a prescription.
IS CBD LEGAL?
CBD is legal to use in all 50 states.
IS CBD OIL ADDICTIVE?
While nearly anything in the world can be addictive, CBD is not known to be an addictive drug. In fact, CBD has shown strong potential to be a useful tool to help people break addictions to harmful substances.
DO DRUG TEST LOOK FOR CBD?
No. Drug test look for THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. Drug test do not test specifically for CBD, but some CBD cannabis oils and CBD hemp oils will contain either a small amount (in the case of CBD hemp oil) or significant amount of THC (in the case of CBD cannabis oil). These amounts of THC, even if they are tiny, can cause a failure of a drug test when a person is using CBD oil. Even if the amount of THC is very small as in the cause of CBD hemp oil (which does not allow for a presence of THC higher than 0.3%), a drug test failure can occur if the person using the CBD hemp oil in large quantities. Cause much be taken with drug test and CBD oil. The CBD isolate however, offers therapy with absolutely no chance of an altered drug test. A Perfect Harmony Wellness Advisor will be sure to guide you with products based on your overall needs.
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