Are you sick and tired of all the conflicting information on the web about CBD? Not everything is as precise or accurate as you’d like, right?
There are some basic, yet crucial details that deserve to be cleared up. So, that’s exactly what we plan to do in this article.
Let’s start off with the most important question first.
1. Is CBD Legal Everywhere in the United States?
Naturally, you want to know if CBD is legal before you buy some, right? That’s only fair. In December 2018, the President signed a Farm Bill that made it federally legal to grow industrial hemp and to buy CBD oil derived from hemp. One important caveat was that the product could not contain more than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
However, not every state was on board with this decision. Half the states in the U.S. agreed with it, while 22 states imposed restrictions on the THC level. And three states chose to ban CBD altogether — Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Fortunately, you can legally buy CBD oil in the majority of states.
2. Will CBD Get Me High?
This is another important question to clear up. The short answer is no, CBD will not get you high. Hemp naturally contains low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid responsible for producing psychoactive effects.
Like the 2018 Farm Bill specifies, the percentage of THC in CBD products must remain under 0.3%. This is such a small amount that you won’t experience any intoxicating effects from CBD oil or other CBD based products that derive from hemp.
3. Is CBD Safe to Consume Without Experiencing Terrible Side Effects?
The results of many scientific studies back up the safety of CBD. And one of the most compelling pieces of evidence comes from the World Health Organization (WHO). In June 2018 they published the “Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report”.
Based on their research, the organization found CBD to have a “good safety profile” and found that “CBD was tolerated in all patients, with no signs of toxicity or serious side effects.”
However, some minor side effects have been found and these include diarrhea, dry mouth, or fatigue. If these symptoms occur, there’s a good chance the dose was too high to start with, or that the quality of the CBD oil was very poor.
This is why buying from a brand you can trust and dosing at appropriate levels (start low and go slow), are of the utmost importance.
Either way, we advise you to consult with your physician, naturopathic doctor, or any other healthcare provider you trust.
4. If I Use CBD Oil, Will It Show up on a Drug Test?
Sadly, we can’t give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer here. However, we can tell you a little bit about how these tests work. Firstly, most drug screenings don’t actually test for CBD, they test for THC. But sometimes the test can mistake CBD for THC and then produce a false-positive result.
Additionally, drug tests aren’t 100% accurate, so they could return a false positive even with a CBD product that has 0% THC.
Drug screenings also take into account the amount of CBD you consume, how often you consume it, and your individual body chemistry.
As more states make cannabis medically and recreationally legal, some employers are removing the test for THC from their drug screening process.
For now, it’s wise to take precautions and do what’s best for you.
5. Does CBD Come from Marijuana?
CBD is a cannabinoid that’s found in the cannabis family of plants. Marijuana and hemp plants both fall within this family. Yet, there’s a major difference between them. Marijuana contains low levels of CBD, while hemp contains high levels of CBD.
This is why the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill was monumental. It allowed companies to make CBD-based products from the hemp plant. And what better plant to get CBD from, than hemp? As we said, it naturally produces high levels of CBD and conveniently enough, produces low levels of THC.
So, it’s very possible to make a potent CBD oil from hemp, while keeping the THC levels below the legal limit of 0.3%.
Did we clear up these questions for you? Or did other questions come to your mind while reading this article?
If so, leave us a comment below. We’ be happy to help in any way we can!