Is it just us or is CBD oil everywhere all of a sudden?
We’ve seen CBD oil for dogs, CBD beauty products, and have spotted it in ice cream, lattes, and cocktails. Heck, even Coca-Cola is looking into putting it in their drinks.
Yup, it’s a thing. CBD, a substance derived from the hemp and marijuana plant, is becoming mainstream. Consumers are gravitating to this supplement for its reported relaxation properties, of which there are many. And though it’s technically in the weed family, CBD won’t get you high (and it won’t get you in trouble with your mom, either).Â
If you’re looking to dip your toes into the CBD waters, this deal can help you get started: Save 15% on all products from Medix CBD using code MASHABLE.
What *is* CBD oil, exactly?
Here’s a little debriefing: CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and contains super low levels of THC (like less than .3%) â€” that’s the part of the weed that gets you high. For comparison, your standard-issue pot is about 18% THC, although this varies by strain and method of ingestion of course.Â
Because levels of THC are low, CBD doesn’t get you high â€” by which we mean, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties that might make things tricky. However, the hype around CBD stems from its purported relaxation effects. Users claim that CBD provides the chill factor you get from being stoned, but without actually being stoned. You’re mellowed out without actually feeling any different.Â
The FDA has officially approved the use of CBD for seizures and epilepsy, but that’s not stopping people from using it to help with an array of issues. Among the anecdotal benefits reported by users who swear by the stuff, CBD has helped to combat anxiety, depression, sleep troubles, stress, pain, and inflammation.
But is CBD safe? As far as we know, yes, according to the World Health Organization. A 2018 report by the WHO stated that naturally occurring CBD is well-tolerated in humans (and animals!) and does not have any known negative health effects. They also mention that CBD is not associated with the potential for abuse, as experts have yet to find any addictive properties. That being said, it’s still smart to consult with your doctor before taking any new supplements or medications.
Okay, but is CBD oil legal?
The line is a thin one here, and experts are the first to point out that CBD’s legality is a super gray area. The short answer: If your CBD is derived from hemp, like the on-sale products we mention in this article, you’re pretty much golden. Industrial hemp, which only contains about .3% THC (again, not enough to get you high) and has no psychoactive properties, is 100% legal thanks to a farm bill passed in 2018.Â
CBD oil derived from marijuana is where the waters muddy. There are eight states where marijuana is completely legal for recreational and medicinal use, and 46 states (including the aforementioned eight) where it’s legal with a medical marijuana card. (If you want to learn more about this gray area, there is a great episode of On Point that dives in a little deeper.)
For the most part, you’re free to use CBD oil in those 46 states, but each one has its own handful of CBD laws that determine whether CBD use requires a medical marijuana card or not. For instance, 17 of those 46 states have specific rules about the THC levels, which is where hemp-based CBD oil would be the safest bet. Note: If you’re in Idaho, Kansas, South Dakota, or Nebraska, you’re really gonna want to read the fine print before investing in anything. CBD is completely illegal in Nebraska and Idaho, and only legal in Kansas if it has 0% THC. In South Dakota, CBD is only legal when being used as FDA-approved medical treatment. (This table goes into more detail and is super helpful.)
It’s worth noting that some CBD products, like the ones made with hemp by Medix CBD, use a further extraction process to remove any traceable amounts of THC completely. (Win!)
Now, for the fun part
CBD comes in multiple forms: Put a drop of oil on your tongue or in your morning coffee, vape it from a pen, or even eat it like candy. Medix CBD‘s pantry is totally stocked, so even the pickiest people can find a way to get into the action. Everything on the site is 15% off with code MASHABLE, valid once per customer.
Here are some of our picks:
CBD oil with dropper â€” put straight onto your tongue or in food, starting at $22.99 (list price $26.99)
Cartridges for vape pens â€” starting at $38.24 (list price $44.99)
Gummy bears â€” regular and sour, starting at $13.59 (list price $15.99)
Rainbow bites â€” like Airhead Extreme Sour Belts, starting at $13.59 (list price $15.99)
Prices vary depending on dosage and size, which you can read more about here.Â
As a general rule, it’s best to start small to see how your body reacts. Of course, regardless of your state’s rules about CBD, you still have to be 18 to purchase it. (You’ll get a pop up to confirm your age when you first visit Medix CBD’s site.)