CBD is literally everywhere, but there is still much confusion and misinformation around it. Here is a short but sweet Q&A on the top 10 most frequently asked questions we receive about CBD. For a more comprehensive list of questions and answers, visit our FAQ page.
Here we go…
1. What is CBD?
CBD (short for cannabidiol), is one of 100+ natural chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While THC is the most famous cannabinoid for its psychoactive effects, CBD is a rising star as a natural holistic treatment for symptoms associated with many health conditions, without any of the intoxicating effects.
2. How is CBD Different From Marijuana?
As mentioned above, CBD is a compound found in cannabis, but there are two main varieties of cannabis that have very different chemical blueprints. Marijuana contains a high level of THC, but hemp contains only trace amounts of THC. Most CBD products on the market are derived from hemp, hence do not contain enough THC to make you high.
3. What Does Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate Mean?
This is one of the questions about CBD that some consumers don’t even know to ask, and may not realize there is a difference between that various CBD extracts.
Full spectrum refers to the whole plant hemp extract, including up to 0.3% of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD starts as full-spectrum CBD that undergoes an additional process to remove the trace amounts of THC. It offers all the “entourage effect” benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.
CBD Isolate contains pure CBD only and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or other natural compounds found in the plant.
4. Is CBD Legal?
Under the 2018 US Farm Bill, CBD is federally legal if it contains less than 0.3% THC. There still remains a bit of a grey area within some states and local jurisdictions as not all law enforcement agencies are following federal protocols, but as more and more efforts are made towards the legalization of cannabis in the US, CBD has been gaining popularity and there is less and less stigma around the legality question.
5. Is CBD Safe?
According to The World Health Organization’s official report in 2018, they consider that “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” There is no reported lethal or dangerous dose of CBD, and higher doses of up to 1500 mg per day have been well tolerated by humans.
If you are taking any prescription medications, we advise that you speak with your doctor and ask questions before consuming CBD as it can inhibit your liver’s ability to process certain prescription drugs.
6. How Do I Take CBD?
There are many ways CBD can be consumed and each will impact how long the effects take and how long they last.
For instance, Vaping offers the fastest delivery method for CBD and its effects can be felt within minutes.
Tinctures taken sublingually also has a fast absorption rate without the need for a vaping apparatus.
Topical CBD applied directly to the skin can provide fast relief to the targeted area but do not enter the bloodstream.
Edibles have a slow absorption rate as the oil must travel through the digestive system. Effects from edibles may take up to 1-2 hours, however the benefits will last a lot longer.
There are also issues of practicality, convenience and lifestyle. Are you someone who regularly vapes? Then you may find vaping CBD more enjoyable. Do you have a localized pain you are suffering from? Then a topical CBD cream or CBD salve may be best to provide relief to the target area. Looking for a daily wellness routine? Then tinctures or capsules may be easiest.
7. How Much CBD Should I Take?
Visit our CBD Dosage Calculator for a recommended dose based on weight, condition and severity.
Dosage is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive about CBD. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy answer…
Several factors come into play when determining dosage including weight, diet, metabolism, sleep patterns, stress levels and genetics. Read full blog post: How much CBD Oil Should I Take?
In general, we suggest starting with a low dose (10-15mg of CBD) and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective dose for you and your goals.
Most people stick to somewhere in the 10-80mg of CBD per day, with higher doses for sleep, therapeutic effects and “flare ups”. Each individual is different, as well as the method of ingestion, so it will take a bit of trial and error to find the right dosage for you.
8. What Will I Feel When I Take CBD?
Many factors will determine the results each individual will experience when they introduce CBD (or any new compound) into their body. These factors can include genetics, diet, exercise, stress levels, environment, lifestyle choices, etc. For some, the effects will be immediate and dramatic, for others it may be more subtle.
That being said, CBD contains little to no THC, so CBD is not really meant to cause a “feeling”. CBD is more about what you no longer feel, rather than what you do feel. People who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, mood disorders, chronic pain, insomnia, etc, take CBD to reduce those feelings and get back to a state of balance.
This concept is similar to taking an Ibuprofen pill when you’re not experiencing any pain or inflammation. You won’t “feel” anything from it, but if you do have these symptoms, it will sure help!
9. Are There Side Effects of CBD?
Side effects from CBD are uncommon and minor, some individuals who take higher doses may experience lightheadedness, dry mouth, upset stomach, diarrhea and/or sedation.
When introducing any new supplement, it’s always best to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find an optimal dose that is effective for your particular needs.
10. Where Should I Buy CBD?
CBD is now everywhere! But that doesn’t mean that all CBD is created equal. There are many local specialized CBD stores, herbal supplements shops or wellness boutiques popping up all over the place, but for the widest selection of quality CBD products, you’ll want to search online. (but not from Amazon.com!)
Regardless of where you physically buy CBD, it’s very important to understand what you’re buying and to purchase from a trusted and reputable source. The quality and purity of CBD is the most important factor in making sure you experience the full benefits with minimal risks.
For example, All Tessera Naturals CBD products are:
- Broad Spectrum profile (100% THC free)
- Made with premium grade whole plant hemp extract
- Made from organically grown non-GMO hemp
- Made in the USA from farm to bottle
- Manufactured in a GMP, FDA registered facility
- 3rd party tested for content, quality and safety
- Free of heavy metals, harsh chemicals, solvents or pesticides
- Free shipping in the US
- 30 day 100% money back guarantee
Lastly, every product you buy from Tessera Naturals helps protect our planet through our partnership with onepercentfortheplanet.org!
There are many more questions about CBD that we’ve addressed in other articles, but these are some of the most popular questions we receive on an almost daily basis when speaking with customers. Feel free to reach out to us if you still have any doubts or if you don’t find the answers you’re looking for through our site. We’re always happy to help!