The use of cannabidiolÂ (CBD) is a relatively new thing to a lot of usÂ and something that’s still somewhat of a mystery,Â so itâ€™s not surprising that people have a ton of questions about it.
We wanted to find the answers to some things you’ve beenÂ curious aboutÂ but perhaps too embarrassed to ask.
Letâ€™s start with what might be the biggest question.Â
No. In no way does CBDÂ negatively impact your mind or mental processes.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the ingredient of cannabis that is psychoactive and can cause sedation, lethargy, dysphoria and other negative effects that happen when someone is â€śhigh.â€ť
CBD is a different, naturally occurring compound that is completely nonpsychoactive, according to CBD Origin. Instead, it delivers healing properties of the plant without the negative effectsÂ or getting you high.
Even among people who used high doses of CBD, many small-scale studies have shown that adults tend to tolerate a wide range of doses well. However, the most common side effect, according to Medical News Today, is tiredness, as well as some reports of diarrhea and changes in appetite or weight. It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours before the effects of CBD can be felt.
This isnâ€™t entirely straightforward. Most CBD users will not have trouble passing a drug test, U.S. Drug Test Centers says. Officials there noted, however, that for people who use extremely high levels of CBD or hemp oil (more than 2,000 mg per day), it is possible, though unlikely, to produce a â€śfalse positiveâ€ť result on a drug test.
Having said that, because CBD has been found to interact with the bodyâ€™s metabolism of certain compounds, for someone who is using CBD and marijuana, there may be higher levels of THC for a longer period than when using marijuana alone.
The U.S. Drug Test Centers recommended that even though CBD shouldnâ€™t raise any red flags on a drug test, erring on the side of caution would mean refraining from using it altogether if youâ€™re anticipating a drug test.
CBD can be used in a number of ways, including:
According to U.S. Drug Testing Centers, when applied topically, it canâ€™t produce psychoactive side effects, even if THC is present in the CBD.
People use CBD to treat an array of symptoms, but some ailments proponents claim it helps with are:
Yes. If the CBD does not also contain THC, it is not restricted the same way products that contain THC are.
That leads us to our next question …
The only CBD products that have been approved by the FDA are Epidiolex â€” forÂ treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in patients 2 years and older â€” and Marinol and Syndros, which areÂ used for therapeutic purposesÂ including the treatment of anorexia and AIDS, according to the FDA.
No other CBD drug products have gotten approval.
â€śFDA continues to be concerned at the proliferation of products asserting to contain CBD that are marketed for therapeutic or medical uses although they have not been approved by FDA,” the administration’s website says.Â “Unlike drugs approved by FDA, products that have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process have not been evaluated as to whether they work, what the proper dosage may be if they do work, how they could interact with other drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.”
Interested in what else the FDA has to say about CBD? Read more here.
CBD that doesnâ€™t contain THC is available at health stores, food markets, boutiques â€” there is an array of places you can find it with a quick Google search, but online is really where anything goes.
As mentioned above, without THC, CBD is available at countless places in person and online. AÂ person who has access is allowed to purchase.
However, Green Entrepreneurs listed a couple of best practices suggested by industry experts when doing so:
When it comes to items that have not gotten FDA approval, itÂ can be difficult to know if a product has a safe and/or effective level of CBD, as those products that are unapproved might not show the properties or contents on the packaging.
If you’re considering using CBD, consultÂ with a licensed medical professional who can help you assess if the decision to use CBD is best for you.
Have any other embarrassing questions or suggestions about CBD? Email us and we will dig into it for you!
[MORE READING:Â Young girls around world suffering from breast ironing abuse |Â Take note: This teen with autism wrote the perfect guide on how to treat people |Â Friends are more genetically similar than you might imagine, study shows]
Graham Media Group 2019