5 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About CBD But Were Too Afraid To Ask
CBD is still relatively new, and a slew of legal changes over the past few years has resulted in it becoming available for over the counter purchase in dozens of countries. However, given its relative newness to the market, there are plenty of questions which you may have about CBD. So, here are five things about CBD which you have always wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask.
Can CBD get you high?
No. Legally produced CBD contains only .3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical compound in marijuana that is associated with intoxication), a level which is far too low to get anyone high.
Can CBD show up on a drug test?
It is unlikely, but possible. Since some forms of CBD (Broad Spectrum) do contain trace amounts of THC, a positive drug test is possible. This depends on a variety of factors, including past history of cannabis use, the method of drug testing, the sensitivity of the drug test and how recently the CBD was consumed.
To be safe, individuals who are concerned about a positive drug test should stick to Broad Spectrum CBD, as it contains no THC. However, it is important to only use a product which has had their ingredients and labeling independently verified by a third party. A 2017 study found that nearly 70% of CBD products tested had inaccurately labeled their products, and independent labeling can ensure accuracy of labeling.
Are there different types of CBD?
There sure are. In a nutshell, there are three different types of CBD:
- Full Spectrum: CBD in its most natural state, complete with all naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids and THC. This is the form of CBD most likely to produce an entourage effect.
- Broad Spectrum: The same as Broad Spectrum CBD, but with THC removed.
- Isolate: This is CBD in its purest form, with all other chemicals filtered out.
How does CBD work?
CBD works by altering the function of your Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. Your ECS consists of two basic parts:
- Cannabinoids, which are produced inside your body.
- Cannabinoid receptors, of which there are at least two different types: CB1 and CB2. There may be more.
Under normal circumstances, the cannabinoids your body produces will bond with your cannabinoid receptors. CBD alters these interactions, often making them occur for longer periods of time. This can have an impact on a variety of bodily functions, including pain, sleep, appetite, mood and more.
Are there negative side effects of CBD use?
Yes, there can be. Side effects vary, but the most common ones include:
- Stomach trouble and nausea
- Drowsiness, fatigue or light-headedness.
- Loss of appetite and dry mouth.
There can be more serious side effects, and CBD does have a series of negative interactions with other drugs and disorders. That’s why it is always highly advisable to speak with your doctor before starting CBD.