Your Top 3 Questions about CBD Answered

By Joanna Harrison

If you’re curious about trying CBD, you’re in the right place. CBD has been rapidly growing in popularity all over the world due to its benefits in helping alleviate a wide range of ailments. And since it is relatively new to the consumer market, you may have some questions you want to be answered before exploring the product yourself. 

Here are the answers to your top questions about CBD (as well as some common misconceptions!): 

  • What is CBD? (And is it the same as marijuana?)

  • CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the main active ingredients in the cannabis/marijuana plant. The number one question people ask about CBD is; “does it get you high?” The answer is no! CBD is derived from the non psychoactive compound of the plant, so you will not get high when you consume CBD. 

    Can it trigger addictive or dependent behaviors? No worries there either! According to the World Health Organization, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”  

    Where does hemp fit into the mix? Well, the plant that CBD is derived from is called Cannabis sativa, and this plant has two main species, hemp and marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana have CBD, however, there are higher levels in hemp. 

    Read More → CBD: A Beginner’s Guide

  • What are the benefits? 

  • There’s no doubt CBD has become one of the ‘buzziest’ health and wellness products, exploding in popularity over the last few years. So you might be asking yourself, is it really worth the hype? Or is it just another baseless trend?

    Well, research studies are showing that it is very much worth the hype. 

    Medically, CBD has been used to treat epilepsy (as a prescriptive drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration) and is also being studied as a treatment for the following conditions: 

    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Schizophrenia
    • Diabetes
    • Multiple Sclerosis
      (Source: Mayo Clinic) 

    CBD is widely used as a natural addition to a healthy routine to help alleviate common problems, such as; acne, anorexia, anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, and more. 

  • How is it best used? 

  • The best form of CBD depends on your own personal preferences! You might try different forms to achieve different things, and we’ll walk you through the best ways to do so. 

    The most common forms of CBD are tinctures, oils, creams, lotions, capsules/pills, edibles, and vaporized CBD via e-cigs. (Be sure to look at the dosage and usage recommendations to determine when to use and how much to use! Consult your doctor if you are attempting to use CBD to help alleviate a serious illness.)   

    Liquid forms: Oils and tinctures allow you to consume the CBD through a simple dropper -- you can take it directly, or drop it into a beverage. This is a great option if you prefer not to orally take pills. 

    Topical forms: Topicals, like creams or lotions, are commonly used to help with localized joint or muscle pain. There are also claims that CBD can help with some skin conditions like acne, eczema, and/or psoriasis. 

    Capsules: Capsules are a fairly common form of CBD. They do have a slightly longer “onset” period, as your body has to ingest the capsule form before the effects kick in. 

    Edibles: Who doesn’t love a gummy bear? CBD edibles have risen in popularity, allowing you to enjoy a nice treat with quick ingestion and a clear dosage on the packaging. 

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