Over the past couple of years, CBD use has become increasingly popular as a natural alternative to drugs, steroid creams, and OTC drugs. You’ve landed in the right place if you’re new to CBD. Here, to explain the difference between CBD and THC, we will answer some of the most pressing questions about CBD. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us!
1) What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for the full term “Cannabidiol”. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found within Hemp & Cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) can be extracted through various forms. However, one of the most popular forms of extraction is oil (cannabidiol oil). One of the most pure, sophisticated and effective extraction methods that is currently being used is- C02 extraction.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming known across the globe for the vast amount of medicinal benefits the molecule may be able to provide.
For more information, check out our blog post.
2) Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp? And what’s the difference between the two?
Marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of cannabis that come from the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa L). In general, CBD is found abundantly in both.
Hemp and marijuana are both types of cannabis. Whereas marijuana contains a cannabinoid known as THC, which causes a high and is known as a drug, hemp contains negligible amounts of THC, does not cause a high and is not considered to be a drug.
3) What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system.
4) Will CBD get me high?
No, CBD will not get you high. Like we just said THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; it actually prevents THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors (hence the reason why it’s often used to subdue the ‘paranoia’ effects of super-potent THC strains).
5) How do I take CBD?
CBD is available in ingestible products such as tinctures, softgels, edibles, or beverages. It is also available as a topical treatment such as salves.
6) What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a natural essential oil extracted from the cannabis plant’s flowers and leaves. It is used as a dietary supplement by people around the world and for a variety of therapeutic purposes.
7) How does CBD work?
With the proper amount of pressure being applied to the C02 (Carbon Dioxide) – the gas turns into a liquid substance. The liquid C02 can then be utilized as a pure, safe, and effective liquid solvent.
Every single person carries a unique endocannabinoid system. Recent studies suggest that maintaining a healthy-well balanced endocannabinoid system may actually provide significant health benefits, in a variety of aspects.
8) Is CBD legal?
There are two types of CBD (cannabidiol)- Hemp Derived CBD (cannabidiol) and Cannabis Derived CBD (cannabidiol). Cannabis is still illegal on a federal level, however, with the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 being signed in effect – Hemp is now legal on a federal level.
Hemp can now be cultivated, processed and legally sold, ultimately contributing toward a profound movement that will prove to greatly impact a large variety of industries and provide patients with potential alleviation for symptoms associated with numerous life-altering conditions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) that is extracted from the Hemp plant and yields no more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol- the psychoactive cannabinoid highly prominent within Cannabis plants) is 100% legal in the eyes of the United States Federal Government.
Many people do not realize that there is a very gray (vague) space between medical marijuana legalization, hemp legalization, and the substance being entirely illegal. Certain states are very specific with their laws regarding cannabidiol (CBD), while other states are not as comprehensive.
This has caused a large amount of public confusion and uncertainty regarding what can and cannot be purchased, sold, or consumed. Even though CBD (cannabidiol) has been legalized on a federal level – 3 amongst the 50 states of the United States have since implemented restrictions and in some cases a complete ban on any and all CBD (cannabidiol) or THC products.
You can read more about the legality of CBD in this blog post.
9) Is CBD natural?
Yes, CBD is a 100% naturally-occurring chemical compound that comes directly from the cannabis plant. It is not synthetically made.
10) Do all marijuana strains have CBD?
Not all marijuana strains have CBD in their flower buds. But yes, every cannabis plant (whether it’s marijuana or hemp) will have CBD in the stem and seeds.
11) How is CBD isolated from the cannabis plant?
CO2 extraction is the best method to extract pure CBD isolate, in which state it exists as a clear/white crystal. This method is preferred over other methods because it leaves practically zero traces of chemical contaminants in the end product.
Alcohol extraction is another method, wherein a liquid such as ethanol, butane, or hexane is run through raw plant material to extract the CBD and then evaporated to leave only the active cannabinoid. This can be a dangerous method because it’s prone to leaving excess traces of the butane or hexane chemicals in the extract.
Also, infusing vegetable oil (i.e. olive oil) is another effective way of extracting CBD. All you do is grind up the raw plant material, decarboxylate (heat) it, and let it sit in boiling (100-deg Celsius) oil for about 2 hours.
12) Are there side effects from taking CBD? Is it safe?
Most research has concluded that CBD is perfectly safe with no known side effects, though some users have reported drowsiness, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and dry mouth.
13) Can I cook with CBD?
Definitely! CBD infused oils are a fantastic cooking ingredient.
14) Are there medical studies on CBD?
Thousands of scientific/medical peer-reviewed studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible drug.
15) What are CBD topicals?
CBD topicals have proven effective for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as for localized muscle soreness and joint pain resulting from arthritis-induced inflammation.
16) Will CBD show up on a drug test?
A high-quality CBD product with minimal to zero THC is incredibly unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, low quality CBD products may contain more traces of THC than they claim, in which case it is possible for screening to pick up on the drug. (Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This translates to about 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less).
17) How do I know how much CBD to take?
This one is tricky because it depends, of course, on what you use the medicine for and how the product is produced. Most people use a total of 10 – 50 mg of CBD per day for effective treatment of most conditions. (For reference, 1 mL of a potent oil may contain 50 mg CBD. Make sure that you read the product label to ensure proper dosage.)
At Lifted Leaf, we recommend to start low and work your way up to find the dose that is best suited to your needs.
18) How do I know it’s safe to purchase CBD products online?
To ensure the legality of buying CBD products online, you need to ensure that the company from which you buy is reputable and that the product was made from industrial hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC content. While transportation of marijuana across state lines (from legal to non – legal states) is contrary to the law, transportation of products based on hemp and hemp is safe. Don’t forget, millions of people throughout the U.S. (and the world) use CBD products every day to treat their medical conditions effectively.