CBD: Everyone’s talking about it these days, and many swear by its healing benefits. For many people who used marijuana before the boom of legalization, they are not surprised at all by the popularity of CBD. But for the newcomers who have never used marijuana products or CBD oil, there are a lot of questions. We’re happy that so many people are interested in safe, natural, effective cures and turning to CBD for what’s ailing them! In order to help you determine whether its right for you, we put together this Beginner’s Guide that addresses our most frequently asked questions and gives you the information you need to get started. Let’s dig in!
What is CBD?
The long version of CBD is Cannabidiol, which is the name of one of the 104 chemical compounds found in a marijuana plant. Note that marijuana and cannabis are used interchangeably, so if you hear someone talking about CBD from a marijuana plant or from a cannabis plant — they’re talking about the same thing. The scientific name for this plant is the Cannabis Sativa (source).
Although it’s been used for thousands of years in ancient healing ceremonies and rituals, the study of cannabis emerged only in the 1940s and 1950s. As such, this is a very exciting time for scientists as they continue to research and collect the thousands and thousands of testaments from people talking about how CBD has changed their lives.
In order to make CBD oil, the CBD compound is extracted from the cannabis plant and then mixed with a carrier oil (usually coconut or hemp seed). From there, it’s available in many forms (all of which we carry at Have a Nice Day CBD): vaping, edibles, tinctures, and capsules. Some people are even taking it a step farther and creating CBD cocktails , CBD coffee, and CBD skincare!
CBD is gaining popularity due to it being a safe, natural healing remedy. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic properties, which means it helps with stress, anxiety, and pain.
Will I Get High from CBD?
No, CBD does not have the psychoactive properties that make you high. This is a point of confusion for many new users, but rest assured that you will not get high. The marijuana compound that DOES make you feel high is called Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Some states, however, do carry blends of CBD/THC that, if the ratio of THC is high enough, can produce some of the high feeling. However, none of the products we carry at Have a Nice Day contain THC — so you’ll never have to worry about an unwelcome high (or failing a drug test) when you order from us.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
This is not a super clear yes/no answer. The real answer is: it depends. The reason is mostly because different states have different laws, but there is also a needed distinction between marijuana-derived CBD and hemp-derived CBD. It’s pretty simple in that one type of CBD oil is created from medical marijuana plants, whereas the other is created from industrial hemp plants. But it gets trickier when you start talking about the differences in medical marijuana and hemp. From this report on industrial hemp:
“Marijuana and industrial hemp are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, while industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent (Blade, 1998; Vantreese, 1998). Most developed countries that permit hemp cultivation require use of varieties with less than 0.3 percent THC. However, the two varieties are indistinguishable by appearance. DeMeijer et al. (1992), in a study of 97 Cannabis strains, concluded that short of chemical analysis of the THC content, there was no way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp varieties.”
So there you have it — the big difference in the two is the amount of THC (the one that makes you high) contained in the plant, which you shouldn’t have to worry about since you’re interested in CBD (the one that heals pain, anxiety, and more).
Therefore, if you’re buying CBD from a medical marijuana dispensary, then you need to be extra diligent and check in with your state laws. But if you’re buying CBD from us, then you are buying hemp-derived CBD oil that is legal across most of the states. If you have any doubts about this, then please check in with this helpful tool, the CBD Law Finder.
Will I Test Positive on a Drug Test?
Because marijuana drug tests look for THC, it is highly unlikely that you will test positive on a drug test. Of course, there is a little bit of gray area here, too — which is specifically for heavy, chronic users of CBD oil. Via Leafly: “Individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. When this is the case, the confirmatory GC/MS test would be negative, since CBD and other cannabinoids will not be detected by the more accurate (and specific) GC/MS screen.”
The conclusion? It is highly unlikely that you would test positive from using hemp-derived CBD oil. However, if you are a heavy, chronic user, then you should be cautious and cognizant that your high doses could show up on a drug test.
How Does CBD Oil Work?
In really short, simple, synthesized terms, the human brain is actually designed to work with cannabinoids. This discovery came in the 1990s when scientists were studying the effects of cannabis on the brain, using mice. What they found astonished them — the brain had receptors that specifically reacted to cannabis compounds, and these receptors were found “in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination (source).” A few years later, another receptor was found which linked directly to the immune and central nervous systems. Then, a scientific breakthrough happened.
Through their research, they also discovered that brains of thousands of other species also had these receptors (which they called CB1 and CB2 receptors). As technology improved and scientists began understanding more about how the receptors interacted with CBD and THC, they started referring to the reactive compounds within cannabis as endocannabinoids. They then coined this system the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Research has proven that when CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, it improves their functionality. Additionally, if there is a deficiency of cannabinoids in the brain, the use of CBD can help to restore the balance (source). This is the root of how CBD helps with certain health conditions, which we will discuss more below. Fascinating stuff, right?
What Does CBD Oil Help With? Does Science Support it?
CBD is frequently cited to help with a host of health problems. Popular uses include to help with anxiety and to help with chronic pain. Research continues to be ongoing as it’s still so newly discovered for scientists. In the meantime, however, there has already been conclusive scientific evidence to suggest its benefit with the following conditions:
●Nausea, Vomiting, and Pain related to cancer treatments
●Neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimers (Note: no scientific evidence has emerged that CBD Oil can cure these conditions, but it’s been proven to help with the symptoms of the diseases)
●Heart health, including lowering blood pressure and reducing cell death associated with heart disease
To read more about this and to see associated health-related studies for CBD oil, please view this article from Healthline.
Also according to Healthline, more research is needed to validate the below claims, but CBD oil is thought to be effective in helping with:
●Mental Health Disorders that cause Psychosis
●Substance Abuse Treatment
●Anti-tumor Effects in Cancerous Cells
Does CBD Have Any Side Effects? Drug Interactions?
CBD oil is a natural, safe healing remedy that many people tolerate without any side effects. Some people, however, have reported diarrhea, fatigue, and changes in appetite after using CBD (source). It’s important to point out that while exercising caution is important, it’s also necessary to try CBD oil for yourself to see how it works for you. There have not been enough studies to support that CBD oil itself is the cause of any of the side effects mentioned above.
As for drug interactions, CBD oil can interact with prescription medications. This is a semi-complex issue that you can read more about here. In order to ensure that you don’t experience any adverse drug interactions, we advise that you speak with your physician before beginning a CBD regiment.
There you have it — this CBD Oil Beginners’ Guide hopefully helped you to get started with using CBD oil and answered some of the burning questions that you have. If you’re ready to start experiencing the amazing benefits of CBD oil, choose from our wide selection of CBD oils including tinctures, creams, capsules, concentrates, edible, and cartridges here >