There is much speculation around the acronym “CBD.” While you may be aware of some benefits of CBD, many are still in the dark about some important facts.
In our research, we surveyed a group of individuals, asking them to provide the best response for frequently asked questions regarding CBD. Surprisingly, four out of five could not provide clear answers, nor could they define what “CBD” stands for.
I’d like to say that I was shocked, but in all honesty, I was not. CBD can be obscure, and there is a lot of misinformation out there. The truth is there is a lot to cover, but we will keep it simple. Our goal is that you can articulate facts about CBD and its beneficial properties by the end of this article.
Before we dive in, you need to know that CBD is the abbreviation for “cannabidiol.” Cannabidiol is one of the chemical compounds found in hemp. This is separate from another chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, commonly known as THC. THC is the psychoactive component that, in essence, causes the “high” when using marijuana. It is important to note that THC is mainly removed during extraction. To comply with regulation, CBD is allowed to contain no greater than 0.3% of THC post-extraction. All reputable vendors should remain transparent regarding the quality of their CBD. At StHealthy Nutrition CBD, we remain adamant about proving our compliance via reputable analysis to ensure that we are providing the best quality to our clients (Please refer to our faqs page for more details). Now that we know what CBD is let us discuss 10 great things you may not know about CBD.
1.High on CBD? Highly unlikely.
As shared by those surveyed, a significant concern regarding the use of CBD is the possibility of getting “high.” Being “high” seemed to be a concern mainly amongst the older individuals who feared this possibility. They reportedly never had prior experiences with illegal substances that would cause a sense of quote “losing control.”. One of the great things about CBD is that while it interacts with neurotransmitters in your brain, it does not make you “high.”. CBD dosage and frequency of use can have different levels of effectiveness; however, reports of feeling high are not prevalent within the CBD community.
Keep in mind that THC, which is the illegal substance that causes a person to feel “high,” is primarily removed during extraction. Vendors must ensure that their CBD is of quality and adherent to the 0.3% guideline.
2.Not all CBD is equal!
The three main types of CBD found in the market are Isolate, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum.
Isolate contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids. Isolate tends to be reportedly less potent but still effective.
Full-Spectrum contains all cannabinoids naturally found within the cannabis plant, this type of CBD includes THC (0.3%). Full-spectrum products tend to be very effective as this type of CBD is stronger than Isolate. Our full spectrum soft gels and our coconut/avocado-free full spectrum capsules are excellent examples of the many ways this type of CBD is offered.
Broad-Spectrum contains multiple cannabinoids, which are naturally found in the cannabis plant. The difference is this does not contain THC. This type of CBD is better for those who strongly oppose THC consumption.
There is a wide variety of products out there that is CBD-infused. We would encourage you to research and utilize educational resources such as our blog to become more familiar with the topic of CBD but be warned much like all CBD, products are not made equal. At StHealthy Nutrition we offer a variety of quality products varying from CBD spray with melatonin to full-spectrum gummies.
3.Is CBD legal?
CBD is not currently legal in all 50 states. Each state has its own CSA. (Controlled Substances Acts) which is similar to the federal CSA.
We hope that the FDA will approve CBD as a viable alternative to prescription medicines one day. We believe that CBD can be a significant part of treatment if used correctly. Can I be frank with you? The FDA is aware that there is a minute cluster of companies out there willing to take risks that StHealthy Nutrition is not. Some companies are willing to risk public health for a quick dollar and make it challenging for reputable companies to help educate the public and the FDA about the many benefits of CBD.
As long as the FDA is willing to listen, we will unquestionably advocate for CBD. Our suggestion is to research your state’s CBD is laws to remain compliant with the law.
4.Can CBD replace my current medication?
While it is true that everyone has decisions to make regarding their treatment, we can not suggest ultimately replacing your current medications with CBD. CBD is indeed being used within the health care community to treat many ailments. The good news is that the integration of CBD into your current treatment may be possible. Still, we strongly feel that consulting your doctor regarding CBD consumption is appropriate and necessary to ensure your treatment’s ongoing success.
5.CBD is not addictive.
CBD is not known to be addictive. Studies conducted by the Recovery Research Institute have found that CBD reduces cravings and anxiety in patients recovering from heroin use disorder. CBD has also been shown to lower the possibility of relapse with continued use after detoxification.
The truth is even with trace amounts of THC found in some CBD types, CBD has been incorporated in treatment plans for those who live with the struggles of substance abuse. If CBD can assist with sobriety, reducing the relapse rate may be the tip of the iceberg.
6.Tinctures, topicals, and foods, oh my!
There are many terms out there associated with the consumption of CBD… it can be confusing, but I will provide some clarity.
Tinctures are herbal extracts that are manufactured and sold as oil and consumed as a liquid via a dropper. This method of consumption is prevalent amongst those seeking a rapid effect. The popular opinion amongst some is that good tincture flavoring could be left to be desired at times, but the StHealthy Nutrition brand natural mint-flavored Tincture has been changing that perception for some time.
Topicals are categorized as any product that is a cream, lotion, or salve infused with CBD. CBD topicals are the equivalent of over-the-counter topicals used for pain management. Our StHealthy Nutrition CBD intensive relief roll-on gel is a great choice for those nagging aches and pains.
Food products infused with CBD, such as cookies, ice creams, and entrees, are also on the market. There are restaurants fully dedicated to infusing their meals with CBD, and the options look great. This CBD consumption method adds a social aspect to CBD; this can be beneficial for those weary of the experience.
7.Can CBD cause a positive drug test?
The effects of CBD in drug tests are a broad topic amongst those who are CBD users. It is prominent with those working for an employer who requires frequent drug tests to be administered or just at the beginning of their career. We have a great article (THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE OF CBD AND DRUG TESTS) that covers this topic in depth.
The reality is that many factors contribute to a positive drug test. It comes down to the frequency of use, type of CBD, and how your body processes CBD, as these are all things to consider.
8.CBD is being used to treat various diseases.
Currently, CBD is being used to treat various diseases, which may have posed unresolved challenges to the medical community. Chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and cancer are amongst the multiple ailments for which CBD is currently being used. In many cases, CBD has proven to be an asset in providing relief and success for patients suffering. CBD can pioneer a fundamental change in treating ailments that conventional medicine cannot effectively combat.
9.CBD can be used in animals.
Our pets are more than a hobby. In many cases, they are a part of our family. We love for them and care for them as if they were akin to our children. Equally for some of us, when our beloved furry friends suffer, we suffer. According to the Anti Cruelty Society, studies have shown that CBD can be used to treat pain, seizures, and anti-inflammatory issues in animals. CBD can positively impact the quality of life of our friends.
10.CBD and beyond!
CBD and its legitimacy seem to be evolving. CBD has become a bit less obscure over the years and prevalent within various populations. The mainstream media has adopted CBD as noteworthy and for a good reason. The truth is it works!
While it is true that CBD is making waves in the medical field, companies are also seeing the financial benefits. According to analysts, the CBD industry is expected to reach twenty billion dollars by 2024. Keeping a hopeful outlook on FDA approval can only help us get to a better place. We desire that CBD is widely accepted soon as this may contribute to an evolution in how we treat patients with chronic and terminal illnesses.
The hope is that CBD will be approved by the FDA and welcomed as a viable element to any treatment plan.
To sum it all up
CBD is amazing. I believe that we have only scratched the surface of what CBD can do. Ongoing research tells us that the interest in CBD is high within the medical world, the scientific communities, and the mainstream media. It also tells us that there is more to CBD than meets the eye. How will CBD be adapted and used to treat issues such as pandemics and evolving viruses? How will CBD be used to enhance our quality of life? The possibilities are many. I am personally excited to see what the future will bring and how CBD will evolve to take its place in an ever-evolving world.
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