Although the world of CBD and its potential benefits are still just beginning to be unraveled, there’s no denying that its loyal enthusiasts report a note-worthy alternative to prescription drugs and pharmaceutical solutions.
Could CBD products be the best holistic approach for those of us looking to feel better, calmer, and overcome many of the common ailments and stresses we face each day?
Here are 7 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About CBD
1. CBD comes from the cannabis plant
That’s right, CBD comes from the same plant that produces the psychoactive compound that gets people “high.” That’s why when someone mentions cannabis or hemp plants, people usually think of THC, the part of the plant that induces the psychoactive effect on users.
But the truth is that hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, but hemp always contains less than 0.3% THC.
In reality, the cannabis plant contains over 113 “cannabinoids” and CBD is just one of those many cannabinoids. THC and CBD are usually the most available and highly concentrated part of the plant, which is why you likely hear about them most often.
2. CBD does not get you “high”
CBD is completely non-psychoactive and therefore produces no “high” side effects when used for health benefits. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive side effects associated with marijuana users. In a 2017 review, the WHO (World Health Organization) determined CBD to be generally safe for use, with little to no side effects.
There is currently no known lethal dose of either CBD or THC, but most users prefer CBD in the balancing of symptoms, due to the lack of side effects.
3. CBD sourced from hemp is legal in all 50 states.
CBD can be derived from the hemp or marijuana plant. When derived from hemp, CBD is currently legal for importation and consumption at the federal level in all 50 states. Marijuana-derived CBD is not currently legal in every state.
On the other hand, CBD derived from marijuana is not legal in every state and local laws vary. The main reason for this is that hemp plants contain almost no THC (less than 0.3%) and therefore don’t get users “high.”
4. People Use CBD For Relieving Stress & Anxiety
People with symptoms of anxiety and stress use CBD for relief. Recommended for its anti-depressant properties, users of CBD find it offers medicinal and therapeutic benefits for dealing with these symptoms.
5. Pets can also benefit from CBD
Did you know that many pet owners give CBD to their pets as a popular treatment for many anxiety, arthritis, joint pain, skin issues, epilepsy, and more? Considered safe in the correct doses, CBD give pets suffering from health conditions a safe option without the negative psychological effects of THC.
6. There are many ways to take CBD (not just as an oil)
Generally, CBD oils (or mixed ‘tinctures’) that are placed under the tongue with a dropper are the most popular and well-known method for administering CBD.
However, with the recent rise in popularity and overall social acceptance, CBD products can now be found in anything from pain relief capsules to bath bombs and salts, topical creams, edibles (like gummies), vaporizer liquids, and more.
7. CBD can actually minimize the effects of THC.
Not only is CBD non-psychoactive, but it has also been shown to counteract the negative side effects of THC, including memory impairment, paranoia, and anxiety. Numerous studies have shown that CBD naturally seems to counteract the “high” side effects of THC in marijuana users, therefore reducing the intoxicating side effects.
All the best,