CBD Basics

1. What Is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis plants. It can be extracted and infused into things like oils, capsules, edibles, and more in order to enjoy its effects without having to consume any plant matter.

2. Does CBD Contain THC?

CBD products purchased online or over the counter at your local natural foods or pharmacy contain 0.3% THC. Products that can be purchased at your local dispensary can contain more than 0.3% THC.

3. Does CBD Get You High?

No. While CBD is perceived to have psychoactive effects, it does not produce any intoxicating effects. However, it can make some people feel very relaxed, calm, and a bit


4. What Do Full-Spectrum, Isolate & Broad-Spectrum Mean?

Full-spectrum extracts contain the full range of compounds found in the plant that the extract was derived from. This includes terpenes and other cannabinoids. Full-spectrum extracts are considered the gold standard because they allow users to get the benefits of the different components of the plant. In order to activate your full endocannabinoid system, a little bit of THC is needed, so Full Spectrum is your best bet.

Isolate is just that — isolated CBD containing no other compounds.

Broad-spectrum is a CBD product without any THC. They may have other cannabinoids or terpenes.

5. Is CBD Addictive?

No. CBD has not been found to have any addictive potential.

6. Is CBD Safe?

CBD is overwhelmingly considered to be safe, although it can have some side effects like nausea, fatigue, and irritability.

7. What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is oil infused with CBD, making CBD easier to ingest. Different types of oil can be used as a carrier, but the most common is MCT oil.

8. How Do You Take CBD Oil?

CBD oil is generally taken sublingually (under the tongue), swallowed, or added to other foods or liquids. CBD can also be applied topically with balms, salves, and lotions.

9. What Is Bioavailability?

Bioavailability refers to how much of the CBD that is ingested actually makes it into the bloodstream to produce effects. Applying CBD sublingually has a higher bioavailability than swallowing it since it bypasses the first-pass effect.

10. How Long Does CBD Take To Work?

For most people, the effects of CBD are noticeable within an hour after ingesting it. However, some effects can be felt much quicker. If you are looking for more systemic benefits, try letting the CBD build up in your system for 7-10 days to assess what it can really do for you.

11. How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?

The duration of CBD’s effects can depend on the amount that was ingested, but generally, the effects of CBD can last anywhere from 4–6 hours.

12. Does CBD Oil Make You Sleepy?

While some people may feel a little drowsy when taking CBD for the first time, CBD generally does not make users sleepy.

13. How Does CBD Work?

It’s believed that CBD primarily works by interacting directly and indirectly with cell receptors and ion channels in the body’s endocannabinoid system.

14. What Are The Benefits of CBD?

Research indicates that there may be several different potential benefits of CBD.

15. What Is The Entourage Effect?

The entourage effect is a phenomenon where cannabinoids like CBD and THC produce different effects when consumed together than they would when ingested on their own. Some believe that the benefits of CBD are more effective when CBD is consumed alongside other cannabinoids like in a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum extract.

16. How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

It can vary, but CBD generally stays in your system for anywhere from 2–5 days, depending on how much you have ingested and your size.

17. Can You Overdose on CBD?

While it’s not possible to fatally overdose on CBD, you can take too much and experience some side effects such as dry mouth, reduced appetite, and fatigue. You may also be overly relaxed and not feel like doing anything.

18. How Much CBD Should I Take & What Is the Best CBD Dosage?

Your ideal dosage will depend mostly on the benefits of CBD you wish to enjoy and your weight. The best CBD dosage can be different for each person and each situation, so start with a low dose and then slowly increase your dosage until you’ve achieved your desired effects.

19. Will I Fail a Drug Test from Taking CBD?

If the CBD contains no THC, then no. However, products that contain both THC and CBD can result in a detectable amount of THC entering your system and showing up on a drug test.

20. Does CBD Interact With Other Medications?

CBD may affect how certain other medications work and are metabolized. It’s important to check with your doctor before mixing CBD with any other medication.

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