What is CBD?
Intro to CBD
CBD (Cannabidiol) is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana) and is derived from hemp. CBD does not contain its psychoactive component and you cannot get high from its use.
How it works
All cannabinoids produce effects in the body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors, which form part of the endocannabinoid system.
The body produces two receptors:
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, particularly in the brain. They co-ordinate movement, pain, emotion, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
THC attaches to the CB1 receptors, however CBD stimulates the receptors so that the body produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.
How to Verify it
A certificate of analysis, or COA, is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a CBD product. COAs are a form of quality control that confirms if the product contains the quantities of CBD that the company claim. Additionally, it also shows if there are CBD, THC, as well as other, less abundant cannabinoids, such as CBN or CBC. It will show the potency of the product as well.
CBD may have the following benefits:
- 1. anti-inflammatory
- 2. anticonvulsive
- 3. analgesic (pain)
- 4. anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
- 5. sedative
- 6. antipsychotic
CBD also has few adverse side effects and is tolerated by most people. It is not addictive or leads to dependence.
CBD has been approved to treat Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome as well, showing that CBD can be FDA approved to treat diseases.
Will it make me fail a drug test?
Many CBD products must have less 0.3% THC legally, much lower than the legal limit so you will probably not fail a drug test. However, we cannot guarantee that you will not fail a drug test. Products such as full spectrum and broad spectrum are not isolated CBD products, meaning that they also contain a higher amount of THC which may failure in a drug test.
Is CBD legal?
Yes, CBD is legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, purchasing and possessing CBD can vary by state. Currently, it is legal in PA. Other states would have to check their local law.