CBD is one of dozens of naturally occurring components of the cannabis sativa plant (hemp and marijuana). It is a non intoxicating phytocannabinoid that offers a wide range of whole body health and wellness uses. Hemp and marijuana plants make these phytochemicals during the process of photosynthesis.
CBD oil uses hemp extracts that are either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate based and combines them with a natural fatty carrier oil like Coconut or MCT to aid in digestion and absorption. CBD absorbs best with fats, similar to fat soluble vitamins. Depending on which extraction method a CBD company uses to make their CBD oil, it may contain other plant by-products of hemp or marijuana like cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
CBD oil is made by combining the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), a carrier oil (like MCT/ Coconut/peanut, etc), a flavoring, and any other additives a particular company may choose. It is not uncommon to see herb extracts and other supplements in CBD oil to help aid a particular customer need or specific condition. A common additive is melatonin as a sleep aid.
Hemp and Marijuana both are plants that belong to the species/genus Cannabis Sativa. Hemp and marijuana are different mainly due to the amount of particular phytocannabinoids they produce. Marijuana produces a lot of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the euphoria “high” that people seek when they use marijuana. Hemp produces almost no THC, but high levels of cannabidiol/CBD. This is why hemp is used for products like CBD gummies. CBD does effect the mind and body, but it is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t get high.
CBD is legal on a United States Federal Level since the 2018 Hemp Farming Act signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. (source) This does not mean that all States recognize hemp’s legality. State laws very wildly on the legalization of hemp – know your U.S. State CBD laws before making a purchase in your state for safety and legal protection! If your CBD product contains more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC, or any other form of THC in any amount, it is illegal.
Every CBD product (even topicals) should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. They should also be kept away from direct sunlight whenever possible. If stored properly and maintained sealed, CBD products generally have a one year shelf life. A reputable CBD company will have batch and expiration dates placed directly on their product label or package.
The answer to this question is that it depends on what type of CBD product you are using, how much you take, and if your drug test includes a CBD/full cannabinoid panel.
It depends on the reason you are using CBD. External pain or inflammation, a topical works really well. CBD oil is the most effective form of delivery for ingested CBD. I do not recommend smoking or inhaling CBD personally, but this is a popular way for people to experience immediate relief from stress and anxiety.
If you are using a product with only CBD, made from isolate or broad spectrum extract that removes THC, then you will not get high when using this product.
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