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By now, you may already be familiar with the craze surrounding cannabidiol, more popularly known as CBD. From those praising it as a “miracle drug” to intimidating scare tactics used by Internet trolls, there’s been a lot to say about CBD in recent months.
If the conversation around the compound has piqued your interest, you might be left with a lot of questions: Is CBD legal? Is it safe to use? How is CBD made? What exactly is this drug? And how can it help you?
As a medication, CBD is every bit as promising as it is versatile. It has been used in medical settings for countless reasons, from boosting the appetite of patients undergoing cancer treatments to treating epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.
It has also been used to treat a wide range of mental health problems, including addiction, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety.
If you are interested in learning everything there is to know about CBD—and how it can help you in your everyday life—you should check out our handy, detailed, and expansive guide that has the potential to completely revolutionize how we manage both physical and mental health:
As a product derived from cannabis, a lot of people are left wondering: Does CBD get you high?
Ultimately, CBD is a product that does not contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient that makes all other cannabinoid products create a euphoric high. This allows for effective pain relief, anxiety treatment and more, all without potentially negative and unwanted psychiatric effects.
CBD works by connecting with a neurological network in our bodies that is called the “endocannabinoid system.” This system runs throughout your entire body and includes hundreds of thousands of receptors that can bind itself with cannabinoids you consume.
Depending on the specific cannabinoid we have consumed, the chemical reactions in our bodies will vary. As our endocannabinoid system is complex, cannabis can affect us in several ways, from altering our sleep schedule and appetite to treating a medical condition. This is what allows CBD to be such a powerful, effective, and versatile compound.
When you first discover that CBD derives from the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa, your first instinct might be to assume it’s primary use is well: more recreational than medical. The reality could not be farther from the truth.
When people smoke weed for recreational purposes, they are experiencing psychological and euphoric effects—or getting high—from a psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
CBD and THC might look a lot alike under a microscope—as a matter of fact, they might look identical. The two chemicals have the exact same molecular structure, with the same number of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms.
Due to a slight difference in how these atoms are arranged, however, the two chemicals have a very different impact on your body.
The biggest and most significant difference between the two chemicals is that CBD is strictly a non-psychoactive compound. This means that CBD will not get you high, under any circumstances. There are some instances where CBD products may contain the slightest traces of THC but our products have been lab tested and are 100% THC-free.
Another core difference between THC and CBD is the perhaps obvious hurdle of legality.
Marijuana and THC are both controlled substances, meaning you are prohibited under federal law. However, a number of states have passed laws regarding the medicinal and recreational use of the drug.
Depending on where you live, you may encounter challenges in getting your hands on marijuana and THC products, regardless of why you are using it.
Fortunately, because our products are 100% THC-free, we can legally sell them anywhere in the country. We do suggest that you refrain from bringing our products on airplanes or across borders—they will likely be confiscated and you may even face more serious disciplinary consequences.
This does not mean that THC does not offer any of its own medical benefits. In fact, both CBD and THC products can be used to treat many of the same medical issues. CBD is often selected for the fact that it is not psychoactive. This benefit essentially allows the user to treat their condition and then go on with their lives, without a high interfering with their daily responsibilities.
If CBD will not leave you feeling high, what could it possibly be good for? The answer is, well, a whole lot.
Here are just a few common uses for CBD in medical settings:
One of the most well-known medical uses of THC treatments is as a pain reliever. Although some people are very misinformed about the medical properties of cannabis products, the reality is that THC does not simply make you so high that you do not process pain (although, yes, that is something that some people believe).
Researchers believe that both THC and CBD products react with pain receptors in your brain a review that looked at decade’s worth of clinical studies concluded that CBD can be an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication.
One of the primary benefits of using CBD as a pain reliever is the fact that, unlike the more dangerous but popularly used drugs in the opioid family, CBD is not addictive. Many people who have real and serious struggles with chronic or acute pain will end up overdosing or developing long-term addictions to opioid painkillers but CBD offers a natural solution to this.
As it does not offer any recreational or “fun” benefits, the common uses of CBD products are focused on improving physical and mental health.
We are just beginning to conduct comprehensive, thorough research on the effects and benefits of CBD. However, it is already clear that CBD shows a lot of promise in providing an easy, non-addictive, non-psychoactive solution to a wide range of medical issues.
CBD is a versatile treatment that can have a positive impact in patients battling a wide range of medical afflictions. However, some of the product’s most promising effects benefit mental rather than physical health.
As mentioned above, some of the common uses of CBD include serving as an alternative to highly addictive pain relievers and being used to curb existing substance addictions. That alone offers a boon to those in need. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the effect CBD can have on a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
Some of the psychiatric problems that CBD has been used to treat include seasonal affective disorder (SAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood swings brought on by PMS and other hormonal changes, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), clinical depression, and generalized anxiety. CBD has proven itself time and time again to be an effective way to combat mental health issues.
For example, a recent study suggests that not only can CBD be used for its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects, but its antipsychotic potential should be further explored as well. This randomized, double-blind clinical trial that looked at individuals at high clinical risk of psychosis. The study found that CBD offered therapeutic benefits and helped to normalize dysfunction in three areas of the brain that are linked to psychosis.
Although it can be used in patients who have been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition, as in the case above, you do not need to have a diagnosed mental illness in order to benefit.
One of the primary benefits of CBD is that it is an easy and accessible option—you do not need a prescription or diagnosis to use it, and it can be used when you feel you need it most, rather than on a set schedule like many medications.
Every single one of us experiences challenges with our mental health, even if it would be unfair and inaccurate to say that we have a mental illness. From heavy workloads to financial woes to the Sunday Scaries, all of us could use help sometimes managing our stress and anxiety.
CBD is a safe and common way to address anxiety. Our CBD gummy products, for example, are scientifically tailored to the needs of those experiencing anxiety and includes a dosage of vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 400IU for optimal health benefits.
Although we are still researching all the ways in which CBD can help people with their mental health, evidence has shown that it can serve as a fast-acting anti-anxiety treatment by stimulating serotonin transmission, which is a key function of pharmaceutical antidepressant medications.
On top of this, studies also indicate that CBD may promote neurogenesis or, in easier terms to understand, the creation of new brain cells. As it has only been in recent years that scientists have learned that neurogenesis is even possible among fully-grown adults, this is yet another sign that CBD has the serious potential to improve mental health and wellness.
Now that you understand a little bit more about how CBD works, you might be wondering how to make CBD oil.
Here are some of the most common methods of extracting and preparing CBD oil:
In the whole plant extraction process, the entire cannabis plant will be used, just as the name suggests. This a commonly used method for the medical industry, in which many medical professionals believe that a better variety of cannabinoid products can be produced using whole plant extraction.
During isolates extraction, pure and isolated CBD is produced, making it effective at producing CBD products, but ineffective if you wanted to produce THC-infused cannabis oil as well.
This is an old method of extraction that is widely believed to be the first extraction method ever used. You begin the process by soaking the hemp plant in a solvent (alcohol was typical in early use—now, ethanol is most popular in industrial settings). Once the hemp is completely soaked, the liquid that remains will contain CBD (along with other cannabinoids).
The next step is to evaporate the solvent so that all that remains is the hemp oil.
C02 extraction is a newer but more effective method of extraction. This method involves forcing CO2 (carbon dioxide) throughout the hemp plant in order to extract the oil. It is a more complex and expensive process and requires significant skill and state-of-the-art tools. However, the high-quality product produced is worth the extra challenges, which is why our CBD products were all produced through a CO2 extract method.
For effective extraction, you will need to be able to control pressure and temperature, along with several chambers that can keep cannabinoids separate. For this reason, CBD is not an easy DIY project in the same way that THC cannabis oil can be. If you want a truly non-psychoactive, quality product, it is best to choose a brand that uses this method.
Simply extracting CBD is only half the battle. Raw, unprepared CBD oil is less than desirable in terms of taste.
If you are looking to ingest CBD daily, you will need some sort of additive or dilution to make it tolerable. This is why CBD is seldom—if ever—sold in its purest form. Instead, it is sold in the form of tinctures, edibles, vape oils, cream rubs, and other products that mix CBD with other natural or artificial ingredients.
You are most likely familiar with the general idea of the cannabis plant—but chances are you do not know a lot about how it produces such potent and useful compounds.
Cannabis is a complex plant that can produce hundreds of different compounds. Although many of these compounds can be found in several plants, there are dozens that are completely unique to the Cannabis genus. These compounds are often referred to as “cannabinoids” and CBD is one of the most popular and potent.
When we talk about the cannabis plant, we often do not realize that we are talking about a genus or family of plants. Both hemp and marijuana are in the cannabis genus but they are not one and the same.
CBD can come from either hemp or marijuana. While both are cannabis plants, they are not one and the same. While marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, there are only trace amounts found in hemp plants. Instead, hemp has a much higher CBD concentration.
Depending on state requirements, the limits on THC concentration may vary from product to product. Some states allow CBD products to contain up to 5% THC while others require it to be a fraction of a percentage. Neither of these amounts would be enough to leave anybody feeling high but it does leave hemp as the optimal choice to use for CBD extraction.
Even though hemp offers CBD with an almost non-existent risk of THC making its way into the product, some people believe in something called the “entourage effect.”
Essentially, some believe that one cannabinoid will be more effective or offer different benefits when paired with other cannabis-based compounds. Some believe that CBD can improve the experience of recreationally using marijuana and others believe THC can amplify the effectiveness of CBD. In fact, it is commonly believed that CBD can reverse anxiety and paranoia that is sometimes caused by THC consumption.
Ultimately, there has not been enough research conducted to confirm whether cannabinoids are more effective independently or used together. The decision is up to the individual, in accordance with their laws, needs and doctor’s recommendations.
CBD dosages are tough to work out for several reasons. First, an individual’s needs will vary drastically from someone else’s. Your physical build, the severity of your medical condition and any other medications you may be taking will all be factors into your dosage.
If you are starting with our gummy products, our suggestion is to start with 1–3 gummies in a typical dosage. From there, you will hopefully be able to make any necessary adjustments and determine whether you would benefit from more or less CBD.
In general, smaller and fewer regular dosages are required if you are turning to CBD because of situational or moderate anxiety that would not qualify as an anxiety disorder. If your anxiety or other mental health symptoms are interfering with your daily life, you may want to consider taking daily and higher doses of CBD, in tandem with any other medical options that your doctor recommends.
In most cases, using vape oils is ideal for fast-acting effects of CBD, although these effects will likely wear off more quickly as other methods as well. For an elevated mood and positive energy that lasts throughout the day, edibles and tinctures are the safest bets.
Ultimately, there is no need to be stressed out by CBD dosages you might read online or on any non-prescription products. It is perfectly normal and healthy to take time to work out the needed dosage for your body and the process might take days or even a couple of weeks. The chances are high that, during this time, you will still notice the benefits of CBD.
Some of the most common ways that people consume CBD include the following:
Gummies are by far one of the most popular edible options for taking CBD. Mixed with sugar, citric acid, and flavoring, CBD gummies are certainly a tasty way of getting your needed dosage of CBD in. Our products also have added vitamins, helping you feel a boost in energy.
Unfortunately, most CBD manufacturers don't make gummies that are vegan. Even if they do not contain meat and dairy products, gelatin is often a non-vegan product that used in making a gummy products.
If you require vegan CBD gummies over its non-vegan counterpart, it may take a bit of extra research to find the right product for you.
Gummies are a popular (and tasty!) option for sure but the potential for edible CBD products does not end there. CBD can be infused into a wide range of food and beverages to improve the taste and make CBD treatments even more enjoyable and accessible.
Regardless of your specific diet or health-related dietary concerns, there will almost certainly be an edible product on the market that meets your needs.
Tinctures are very common CBD products and were one of the original CBD products available on the market.
A CBD tincture is a liquid extract that combines hemp oil with other nutrient-rich oils. Typically, tinctures will offer moderately low concentrations of CBD, although this can be beneficial for those just starting to use CBD. In many cases, tinctures are one of the most cost-effective CBD options and can be mixed with food or beverages or as drops.
Yes, you can take CBD by vaping. It is, after all, the 21st century. Some report feeling the effects of CBD faster through vaping. Others who vape regularly anyways find it an easy way to get their dosage into their daily lives.
Topical creams are a popular option because they offer double the benefits. Many creams and scrubs that are infused with CBD will double as a conventional skin care product. They may moisturize, soften or repair skin, and, as the trend becomes even more popular, manufacturers are beginning to release hair treatments, face washes, body scrubs, and other bath and beauty products that are infused with CBD.
Topical CBD creams could be a great option if you are looking to kill two birds with one stone—and topical creams are often most effective at relieving pain in the exact location that it is applied (making it a great option for back pain, menstrual cramps and more).
Products like Sunday Scaries are lab tested to be 100% THC free, sourced from regulated, pesticide-free, organic, American farmers, and free from soy, dairy, gluten, meat, nuts, and other food products that often present dietary issues.
Any legitimate manufacturer of CBD will have their lab report published on their website for review. We recommend avoiding buying products from any company that isn’t being transparent with the quality of their CBD.
Every person will vary with their unique needs and concerns over the right dosage of CBD. In general, we recommend that you begin by following the instructions on the label of the CBD product you are consuming. For our gummy products, we recommend taking somewhere between 1–3 of our gummies, and from there begin to decide whether you need more. How often you need to or wish to take CBD will be up to you—some people benefit from regular doses while others use CBD when they feel particularly in need of feeling a bit more chill.
The dosage you require will depend on everything from the medical condition you are treating to the method in which you are taking it (tinctures, vape oils, gummies, etc.) to your own body’s reaction.
Fortunately, overdosing is only a small concern as there have been very little reported cases. And let’s be honest, you can ultimately have too much of everything, from sun exposure to your favorite junk foods. By starting with small doses of CBD and slowly working your way up until you feel most comfortable, you can safely find your optimal dosage.
The reasons why people choose the method of CBD they do will vary. Some things to consider when looking at your options include convenience, habits, schedule, affordability, and enjoyment. If you love certain treats (like gummies) you may be able to incorporate CBD through edibles, and, if you vape frequently, using a vape oil may be beneficial to you.
When you are looking at a CBD product, some questions you ask yourself are: can I take this with me on the go? How much does it cost? What are the suggested dosages? Will I have to make lifestyle changes to accommodate it? What makes this brand different?
CBD can be a great option for any adult that is able to understand and freely use the product. There is no maximum age. In fact, as with countless other medical conditions, CBD has been used with dementia and other neurological disorders that affect elderly people.
However, the National Cancer Institute does caution against CBD use for children, as the drug is under-researched, and the long-term impact the compound could have on childhood brain development is still unclear. As cannabis research continues, we will hopefully gain more clarity as to what the potential risks of cannabinoids are, and how these risks can be managed or even eliminated.
In general, the evidence says no! CBD will rarely if ever present any side effects. One of the reasons why it is such a popular and easy to use option is the fact that you can take it and go on with your day. No unwanted side effects, no time commitment, no restrictions, just an effective and all-natural anxiety-curbing strategy.
Research shows that our bodies can tolerate even high doses of CBD without any negative side effects. In fact, it is predicted that virtually all negative impacts will be the result of something called drug to drug interactions. This means that any minor side effects will more than likely be from mixing multiple drugs, medically or recreationally, rather than simply being from CBD on its own.
However, there is some evidence to suggest some users will experience some very mild side effects.
The side effects that have been reported on occasion include mild forms of nausea, increased irritability, and trouble falling and staying asleep. In most patients, CBD often has the power to address all three issues, with leading uses of CBD including improved moods, better sleep schedules, and less pain and nausea.
Neither THC nor CBD is known to be fatal in any circumstances.
Your medical choices are your medical choices, and they need to be made with you and your doctor. Ultimately, we wouldn’t trust anyone without an M.D. to their name to help guide you on the right treatment path.
For some people, CBD is a healthy, natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. For others, they are taken together in tandem for best results. In some patients, a doctor might recommend you stick to their prescribed treatment.
Laws around marijuana differ from state to state—depending on where you live, it may be legal both recreationally and medically, just for medicinal purposes, or completely prohibited. The good news is that, because our products are 100% THC-free, they are legal and available in all 50 states. Yes, including the one you live in.
Unfortunately, some drug tests are not very sophisticated, and cannot tell the difference between different cannabinoids. Although CBD products are THC-free, non-addictive and non-psychoactive, it may lead to a false positive on a drug test, so that is something you should be wary of.
It depends on where you want to go. Most CBD treatments are portable and can be taken with you to school, work, the club—you name it. But, unfortunately, CBD is still a cannabis product. It is not recommended that you try to take it on an airplane or get it passed a border. At best, it will likely leave you with confiscated products. At worse, you may end up facing more serious consequences.
The cost of CBD products will vary a lot, depending on several factors, from the reliability and popularity of the brand to the method you choose to ingest CBD. Ultimately, tinctures have a reputation for being the most cost-effective option. Even relatively small bottles tend to last a long time as only a couple drops are often needed, although tinctures are also known for having weaker concentration than edibles and other CBD products.
You can find a very wide range of prices by shopping online but be wary of the fact that quality levels do differ a lot as well. To offer an idea of prices for high-quality edible products, consider our gummy product line.
For a single bottle of 20 gummies (each one containing approximately 10 mg of non-GMO, organic hemp), the cost is about $40, but strong discounts are available when you invest in bulk orders or monthly subscriptions. For $75 per month, you can order three bottles (or 600 mg of CBD) in a subscription package, to give you an idea of how much other CBD products may cost.
Unfortunately, until more medical professionals and insurance companies were to get behind this amazing compound and all its impressive medical benefits, CBD products will only be covered by private insurance or publicly funded medical care programs in the most limited circumstances.
There is no evidence to suggest that CBD products are addictive, although, once again, these kinds of scare tactics are often used to discourage people from using cannabinoids.
A lot of people have a pretty deep misunderstanding of what addiction is as well as how it is caused. Addiction is a chronic condition (and not merely a preference or enjoyment of an illegal or controlled substance) that compels a person to seek out certain substances.
Whether or not certain substances can be classified as physically addictive depends on a number of factors, including how it causes human nerve cells to send and receive messages.
Almost every substance that is found to be addictive—whether it is legal or viewed as dangerous in today’s society or not—will target a person’s reward system, which runs on a hormone called dopamine. When a substance overstimulates a person’s so-called reward system, that person will tend to develop a habit of repeated behaviors and substance use.
As time goes on, the brain will begin to adapt to the surges of dopamine and produce less of the chemical on its own, leaving a person to use more and more of the substance in order to get the desired results.
Although there is some controversy around the potential effects and risks of THC, the reality is that CBD is in a whole different thing. It does not target the brain’s reward system and, as far as evidence shows, it does not impact dopamine levels. Instead, it is beginning to be used as a treatment for addiction.
So, ultimately, although your fears are likely the result of successful but inaccurate campaigns to instill fear surrounding cannabis use, using CBD will not leave you addicted.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Depending on your medical condition, your doctor may suggest one or the other. THC products have a longer history of being used as a pain reliever, so it might be your doctor’s first instinct while prescribing a cannabinoid.
Buy CBD offers the distinctive benefit of having no psychoactive effects. You can quell anxiety, pain or other unwanted symptoms, without it affecting your professional performance or personal life. It is also the only option that you can purchase without the help of a doctor—making CBD the easier choice for those struggling with anxiety but not a diagnosable disorder.
This question has a lot to parse through and there is no single and easy answer.
What we do know is that cannabis products do not always receive the mainstream attention that they deserve and there is lots of fear-mongering when it comes to the use of cannabinoids. Just think about it—CBD is a compound that has shown almost unparalleled potential to address a broad range of medical issues and many people are still relatively unfamiliar with it.
Few members of the public are aware that there are cannabis products available to them that are legal in all 50 states that can treat both mental and physical disorders, and are free from THC, leaving you unable to get high.
Part of the stigma likely roots from the fact that cannabis is a federally controlled substance. Although many states allow it to be used for some or all circumstances, it is easy to label it as a dangerous “street drug” because it’s recreational use is illegal in many areas. Many people are also genuinely unaware that cannabis can offer actual health benefits, or they have through misinformation, have come to believe that CBD is in some way dangerous or addictive and that people who use it may be addicts or criminals.
Ultimately, the stigma exists, but norms are quickly changing. Laws are beginning to shift, as is the public perception of CBD and even THC among the older generations. Eventually, as CBD and THC normalize in the eyes of the public, the stigma will dissipate.
In the meantime, you do not need to disclose with anyone that you use CBD. It can be a personal and private choice.
There are plenty of companies offering CBD products, although the quality and price of their products will vary from location to location.
If you are looking for well-reviewed, specifically formulated anxiety relievers, you can start by browsing through our products.