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For those of you new to CBD, chances are you have a laundry list of questions regarding the hot topic. We’ve narrowed down a list of a few of the most common questions we’ve received.
What Is CBD?
CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is one of over one hundred known naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) that interacts with a series of receptors in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. While marijuana strains tend to be THC-rich (the cannabinoid responsible for inducing the “high” that cannabis is most known for), Hemp produces CBD-rich strains with only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).
While most people agree THC has notable therapeutic applications, not everyone has access to medical marijuana. Additionally, not everyone wants to experience the mind-altering effects that result from consuming it. This is why Cannabidiol (CBD) is an attractive option for many people. Furthermore, it’s now federally legal to consume CBD without fear of legal repercussions.
Is CBD Legal?
In 2018, the US Senate introduced The Hemp Farming Act in its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Among other objectives, the act aimed to make hemp an agricultural commodity, give individual states the power to oversee hemp cultivation, and take away the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority over agricultural hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018, effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity. As a result, CBD from industrial hemp is legal nationwide at the federal level. The Hemp Farming Act, included in the 2018 Farm Bill, is considered one of the most important victories in the history of the hemp industry within the United States.
Furthermore, In May, 2019 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memo explicitly allowing hemp to be transported across state lines as long as it complies with a State-approved program.
Hemp Vs Marijuana: What’s The Difference?
Although both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, Cannabis Sativa, their genetic profiles are vastly different. In terms of visual differences, hemp is typically very fibrous with long stalks and minimal flowering buds. Conversely, Marijuana plants are typically smaller, bushier, and full of dense flowering buds.
Industrial hemp is CBD-rich, containing only trace amounts of THC, the intoxicating compound responsible for causing marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Federal law currently defines industrial hemp as cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC dry weight. This low quantity of THC is nowhere near enough to get a user “high”.
While industrial hemp is the cannabis plant that contains low quantities of THC, marijuana is the complete opposite containing much more of the intoxicating compound (some strains contain upwards of 30% THC). The high levels of THC allows marijuana to cause psychoactive effects such as euphoria and relaxation. It is also used medicinally in numerous US states where it is legal to do so.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Like most of us who are new to CBD, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “how much CBD should I take?“. As common as this question may be, there isn’t a one size fits all answer.
People decide to consume CBD for many different reasons, and each person who takes CBD has their own unique needs. This means there isn’t a standardized serving size that works for every consumer. In addition to the reason someone may choose to take CBD, there are also many factors such as age, gender, weight, and tolerance that should be taken into consideration.
When starting a new CBD regimen, most people find that it takes a bit of experimenting and tweaking to find the perfect serving size that meets their needs. However, once someone finds their own ideal dose, the serving size they take on a regular basis typically remains consistent.
When it comes to the amount of CBD someone should take, there’s a general consensus within the CBD community that it’s best to start low and increase doses as needed. If the milligram content you start out with isn’t offering the results you intended, you can then slowly increase the serving size until you find your ideal dose.
There isn’t an “official” serving size for CBD, however determining how much to take based off your weight can be a good place to start. Calculate 1-5mg for each 10lbs of body weight to get a rough estimate. For example, someone who weighs 150 lbs may want to start out with 15-25mg serving size.
Can I Travel With CBD?
Planning a trip in the near future and wondering if you can bring CBD alongside your supplements, prescriptions and other various over-the-counter drugs with you?
If you’re interested in flying with CBD be aware that in May 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made an update to their What Can I Bring page in regards to medical marijuana.
According to TSA: “Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.”
In short, if you do plan to fly with CBD, you may want to print out and pack a copy of the third-party lab test results to take with you. If questioned, you can then confirm with TSA that your CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC.
As far as driving across state lines with CBD, it typically shouldn’t be a problem. There are, however, still some states that can choose to prohibit CBD. It’s always a good idea to check with state laws and regulations if you plan on traveling with CBD.
How Should I Expect CBD To Make Me Feel?
Many people who regularly consume CBD describe it as a sense of relaxation and calming effect that slowly permeates throughout their body. For those who first try CBD find that the effects they experience are felt sooner than they had expected. Depending on the delivery method of consumption, the effects of CBD can be felt anywhere from just a few minutes up to (30-45) minutes or more after consuming it.
While some people expect to feel a head change when they take CBD, it doesn’t cause the same psychoactive effects as THC. What they may find instead is that they tend to feel more relaxed, less nervous and less jittery. Since CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it’s often assumed that it will elicit the same effects as THC would. However, CBD without THC simply helps the user feel more tranquil and at ease without the intoxicating high.
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