/ Will I get high?
Unless you decide to chug a whole bottle of CBD oil, then no, you will not get high from hemp-based CBD products. In order to legally be sold, hemp-based CBD (cannabidiol) products must contain less than .3% THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gives users a “high.” Marijuana contains between 5-30% THC, which will absolutely produce a high in users. But a concentration of less than .3% THC, which is the amount found in hemp, is only going to get a user high if an extraordinary amount is consumed.
Because hemp has less than .3% THC, hemp is now legal in the United States. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still illegal nationwide because, as we said, marijuana intoxicates users while hemp does not.
If you’re looking to enjoy the medicinal benefits found in cannabis without getting high, stick with hemp-based products (which are the products in our shop). If you are more cautious and still uncomfortable with cannabis products, don’t worry, just ease into it. We recommend trying an isolate or a broad-spectrum CBD product. These products contain 0% THC (trace amounts of THC may remain, but less than the typical .3% THC found in hemp-based CBD).
/ Do CBD products cause side effects?
While everyone’s body is different and reactions can vary, CBD (cannabidiol) is widely seen as safe to use. According to Ministry of Hemp, “the vast majority of people can ingest CBD oil without ever feeling any unpleasant side effects at all, and the remaining few will most likely experience only minor symptoms like upset [stomach] or dry mouth.” We recommend always consulting your physician or healthcare provider before using any dietary supplement. There has not been enough research for any definitive claims to be made regarding CBD’s side effects.
/ What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid. It is one of two dominant cannabinoids in both hemp and marijuana (the other dominant cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana is THC). CBD is used to assist individuals with a variety of medical conditions, like pain, anxiety, inflammation, and neurological disorders. Check out our blog “Curious About CBD?” to read more into detail.
/ What is a CBD tincture?
The word tincture means “a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent.” That’s exactly what CBD (cannabidiol) is: a medicinal ingredient diluted in a specific material. In the world of CBD, the word “tincture” and the word “oil” are used interchangeably. The terms “CBD tincture” and “CBD oil” both refer to the liquid substance found inside a bottle of CBD oil.
/ What are the benefits of CBD?*
CBD is most commonly used in the reduction of chronic pain. Unlike opiates, CBD comes without the horrendous side effects of addiction and the debilitating inebriation that opiates can induce.
Additionally, CBD is also used to assist with anxiety, acne, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse disorders, and epilepsy, to name a few. The majority of CBD users use it as a viable, natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Check out our blog “Benefits of CBD” for the detailed list.
*As with most medical means, benefits vary from person to person, as well as its effectiveness. There has not been enough research into the benefits of CBD for anyone to claim definitively whether or not CBD is directly associated with improved health conditions.
/ Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing?
Not at all. Hemp oil is considered a food product while hemp-based CBD oil is considered a medicinal product. Hemp oil is used for nutritional means; CBD oil is used for medicinal means. Read our blog “What’s The Difference? Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil” to learn more.
/ Is CBD oil addictive?
No, CBD is not an addictive compound. Actually, it’s believed that CBD plays a role in treating addictive behaviors.
/ What is the difference between CBD and THC?
In cannabis plants, there are two dominant cannabinoids: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Both are used to help treat certain medical conditions. THC helps stimulate cancer and HIV patients’ appetites, alleviate chronic pain, reduce symptoms of PTSD, and more; CBD is used to help reduce anxiety, relieve chronic pain, and ease inflammation, to name a few.
The real difference between CBD and THC has to do with their psychoactive ingredient content. THC gets users high; CBD does not. Marijuana-based CBD products may give users a high, but it’s the THC in the marijuana that is producing the high, not the CBD in the marijuana. Hemp-based CBD contains less than .3% THC and therefore does not produce a high.
Hemp-based CBD can be purchased by anyone. A prescription is not needed to obtain hemp-based CBD.
Read “Curious About CBD?” to learn more.
/ What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Marijuana is primarily used to get users “high,” while hemp is only meant to serve users’ medicinal purposes. Both contain CBD (cannabidiol), but marijuana contains small amounts of it and instead has higher concentrations of THC (between 5-30%). Consequently, hemp contains less than .3% THC and higher amounts of CBD.
Both offer similar medicinal benefits, but marijuana will induce a high along with it. Hemp will offer the same medicinal benefits as marijuana, but without the high.
Read “Curious About CBD?” to learn more.
/ Can I fail a drug test if I’m taking CBD?
The probability of failing a drug test from using hemp-based CBD products is minuscule, but there have been very few rare cases reported. Of course, if someone using hemp-based CBD products is greatly exceeding the recommended dosage, then yes, their chances of failing a drug test will obviously increase.
Hemp-based CBD oil may also lead to false positive results. In such instances, do your research and find a way to express this to the entity testing you. Today’s drug tests are incredibly specialized, so if you have failed a drug test for taking a legal substance, like hemp-based CBD products, there should be a way for the entity testing you to verify that.
Though these chances are slim, we still advise those concerned about it to simply be aware. If you’re still wanting to play it extra safe, you will want to look for CBD products with 0% THC so you can feel more secure. We recommend trying a broad-spectrum CBD product or an isolate. We also recommend consulting your physician or health care provider before using any hemp products if you are subject to drug testing.
/ What’s the difference between hemp-based CBD products and marijuana-based CBD products?
Obviously, the immediate difference is that one is made from hemp while the other is made from marijuana. The most important differentiation, though, is that hemp-based CBD products can be purchased freely, while marijuana-based CBD products are legal only in certain states. Hemp-based CBD products can be purchased by anyone with no restrictions. Marijuana-based CBD products can only be purchased by adults who live in states where recreational or medical marijuana is legalized. Additionally, a medical license is required to purchase marijuana-based CBD products in states where medicinal marijuana only (not recreational marijuana) has been legalized. Whether marijuana-based CBD products are more effective than hemp-based CBD products is a matter of debate.
/ What is full-spectrum? What is broad-spectrum? What is isolate?
Full-spectrum CBD products are CBD products that contain every chemical compound contained in cannabis.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are CBD products that contain every chemical compound contained in cannabis except THC. There is 0% THC in broad-spectrum CBD products (trace amounts of THC may remain, but less than the typical .3% THC found in hemp-based CBD).
Isolates are CBD products that contain only CBD–everything else in the plant is taken out. There are over 100 cannabinoids known to exist in cannabis. Isolates are made by “isolating” the cannabinoid CBD from cannabis.