What Is CBD?
In the last year, you might have noticed a surge in CBD-infused products and food, and are curious what it all means and how it can be used. To start with the basics, CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is one of 100 naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant.
Unlike its more well-known cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive – meaning it does not cause the sensation of feeling “high” that is often associated with cannabis. Instead, CBD is known for producing a feeling of relaxation and calm, and has been used to assist with anxiety and pain management.
What are the benefits of CBD?
In states where CBD is legal, it has become a natural alternative to prescription drugs. CBD has been shown to help reduce pain and inflammation, aid with sleep and decrease anxiety. Further, CBD may help to alleviate some of the negative effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting.
How can you use CBD?
There is a broad range of CBD-infused products – you can consume CBD in drinks, such as infused lattes, soda, teas or lemonades, or it can be consumed in gummies and other foods, like brownies or chocolate. CBD is also commonly infused in topical lotions and salves to treat muscle and back pain, as well as in a tincture, which is a liquid that you put under your tongue. CBD can also be smoked or vaped.
The biggest difference with each is the amount of time it takes to feel the effects, as well as how long the feeling lasts. When smoked or vaped, the effects of CBD can be felt within 10 minutes and lasts around two hours, while ingested CBD in tinctures and edibles takes about a half an hour to an hour to go into effect, but can last four or five hours.
What should you look for when shopping for CBD products?
Currently, the FDA does not regulate CBD, so it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised. Because of this, it is crucial to buy CBD that has been tested by a third-party for quality assurance. When shopping, be sure to look for products with a third-party seal and clear labeling about the CBD dosage.
Before you begin using CBD, be sure to check in with your doctor to ensure it is right for you.