If you follow the trends in the wellness market, you have probably been hearing about CBD a lot.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is arguably one of the hottest healthcare products to have come out in the past decade — and rightly so. Multiple studies have suggested that CBD can be a promising natural treatment for a laundry list of health issues — from acne and anxiety to chronic pain and even neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
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CBD might have taken the health and wellness market by storm, but there are probably at least a few facts you don’t know about CBD. Let’s draw attention to the top six surprising facts about CBD that you should know.
1) CBD WORKS BY INTERACTING WITH OUR BODY’S ECS.
CBD typically interacts with our body via an advanced physiological system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
ECS is essentially a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) that are found throughout the body. While CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord nerves), CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs, especially cells associated with the immune system.
Thanks to CB1 and CB2 receptors, ECS is responsible for controlling various bodily functions, including appetite and digestion, temperature, immune function, inflammation, motor control, mood, memory, sleep, and response to pain and pleasure, among other things.
CBD can activate both CB1 and CB2 receptors and modulate physiological functions in the same way as ECS.
2) CBD CAN’T GET YOU HIGH.
Unlike another well-known cannabinoid, THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not induce the “high” or an altered state of mind characterized by euphoria, pleasure, or heightened sensory perception that is often associated with marijuana.
However, because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD, it is possible to buy a CBD product that contains more than the advertised amounts of THC that could get you high. Therefore, it is crucial to purchase your CBD oils from suppliers that offer complete transparency by conducting third-party testing on their products.
3) CBD IS LEGAL ON A FEDERAL LEVEL
President Donald Trump signed the 2018 farm bill or Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and legalized CBD (as long as it is from hemp, not marijuana) on a federal level. Hemp is legally defined as any plant of the cannabis family with a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. On the other hand, marijuana plants have a THC concentration that is significantly higher than 0.3% and are thus classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
But the legal status of CBD is not so black and white.
While hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota still have laws prohibiting their sale and use.
On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD is legal for medical or recreational uses in the District of Columbia and a handful of states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
4) THERE IS NO RECOMMENDED CBD DOSAGE.
CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning there are no official recommended dosages for CBD.
However, if you are using CBD for the first time, you can determine the correct dosage by taking into account some factors, including:
- Your weight
- The concentration of CBD in each drop
- How you get CBD into your body
- The nature of the condition you are trying to treat with CBD
The safest method to identify the right dosage for you is to “start low and go slow.”
Start with a minimal suggested CBD dosage on any product. Observe how your body responds to it, and slowly work your way up while monitoring your body’s responses. Keep doing it until you find the perfect dose that works for you. If you experience any unpleasant effects (such as dizziness or nausea), return to the previous dose.
5) CBD DOES NOT SHOW ON DRUG TESTS.
Because drug tests screen for THC’s primary metabolite, THC-COOH, and not for CBD, CBD does not show up on drug tests.
That said, regular daily ingestion of high doses of Full Spectrum CBD (in the thousands of milligrams per day) and mislabelled THC concentration labels on CBD products, could make you test positive for THC and fail your drug test.
6) CBD CAN BE USED FOR PETS.
As we discussed earlier, CBD’s health benefits come from its ability to interact with our body’s ECS. As it turns out, all mammals have the ECS as well. This means that our pets can consume CBD just like we do and experience similar effects!
Before you go out exploring all kinds of CBD products for your furry companion, however, there is one thing that you absolutely must do — speak to your veterinarian.
Even though vets are currently unable to prescribe CBD, your vet will probably know your pet’s medical history more than you do and can guide you through the process to ensure that your furry little one is following a regimen healthy and safe for them.
SHOP FOR CBD FROM NEW AGE HEMP
Now that you know these surprising facts about CBD, are you interested in giving CBD a shot? Check New Age Hemp’s online selection of CBD products today!
We are Arkansas’s first and most premium hemp processor and wholesale supplier. We offer complete transparency by getting every single batch we process tested by an independent third-party research lab to measure total THC per batch accurately and scientifically validate our CBD products’ quality ingredients and contents. When you shop with us, you can be sure that what you are getting is high-quality and safe.
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