Have you heard about CBD but don’t understand exactly how and why it works? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people struggle to find good quality information about CBD and with so many resources online, it can be overwhelming.
Let’s face it, if you are going to use a medicinal compound like CBD, then you need to understand how it will help you before you buy.
That’s why HempKat is here to bring you all the information you need to know about CBD in one place and tell you where to find a source you can trust.
If you have little to no knowledge of CBD, then this is an all-inclusive place to start. Here are all the basics you need to know.
Before putting anything into your body, it’s important to know exactly what it is and what it can do for you. You may have heard a lot of talk about CBD, but so much of the information out there is sub par and barely reliable.
In this section, we take an in-depth look at the cannabidiol compound. This includes how it is extracted from cannabis plants and concentrated into oils, tablets and powders for therapeutic use. In particular, we take a look at how it’s different from the more well-known compound, THC. Once we establish what CBD actually is, we then take a deep dive into the benefits.
If you have decided to give this natural compound a try, the next thing you need to know is the safest and most effective way to use it.
We’ll take a look at the different forms of CBD available and help you decide which one will best suit your circumstances. Then we cover the basics of how much to use and how often.
Different ailments call for larger or smaller doses. In this section, we give you a basic rundown of what doses to start off with and how to increase or decrease safely until you find an amount that works for you.
Continuing on from correct dosages, you will find out about the effects you can expect when using CBD. There are a lot of claims out there about what cannabidiol can be used for, which we will also investigate more closely.
The effects of CBD can be therapeutic when used correctly. Although there is no recorded danger of overdosing, higher amounts can cause some side effects, which we also cover. Knowing how you are likely to feel when using CBD will help you to have a happy and safe first experience.
As you can imagine, this kind of advice can only be general in nature because everyone is different. You should combine this information with your own experiences or seek a medical opinion — after all, I am only a wise old cat!
But seriously, here at HempKat we alway recommend you seek the advice of your doctor or a medical practitioner before you start using CBD.
If you’ve gotten this far into our in-depth guides, then it is time to look at where you can get some CBD for yourself. This is not as easy as it sounds since there are a lot of untrustworthy suppliers out there.
Not all CBD is pure or effective and you need to make sure you only buy the best. Impure blends are unlikely to work as you want them to, risking additional side effects or requiring a higher dose to get benefits.
In this section, we will share our number one recommendations for products and suppliers that we know and trust.
Section 5: Is CBD Legal?
Cannabidiol is a therapeutic compound that is often misunderstood, especially by people who create legislation. In 2016, the DEA proclaimed that CBD is considered a schedule 1 substance (along with all marijuana extracts and related compounds). While it comes from a cannabis plant just like weed, CBD is not a recreational drug which you use to get “high” and we don’t support vendors or businesses that market it that way.
Despite the actions and statements of the DEA in 2016, the legal status of CBD, especially CBD derived from industrial hemp, is still being determined. Currently, a legal battle is taking place for the explicit distinction of CBD from hemp vs CBD from marijuana.
What you need to know is that the legality of CBD depends on where it comes from (depending on if it’s sourced from marijuana or industrial hemp).
If your CBD product is made from industrial hemp and has less than 0.3% THC, then most likely it is legal in all 50 US states and most countries. Many of our favorite CBD products like CBD isolates actually have zero percent THC. These products are ideal if you absolutely cannot have any THC in your body.
The sale and purchase of hemp products like hemp protein, hempseed oil, and hemp derived CBD are allowed if these products are grown by a licensed industrial hemp producer.*
If the CBD product has more than 0.3% THC or is made from marijuana, then the legal status of this compound varies between different countries and states in the USA.
If you live in an area where marijuana use is allowed recreationally or medicinally (now in over 40 US States) – then you don’t have to worry about legislation when buying or using CBD.
* At HempKat, we always recommend speaking with a lawyer and carefully checking the laws in your area on hemp derived CBD.
Interested in Learning Even More?
There is a lot of information to digest throughout the guides above. If you want to become more informed on CBD, there is always more to learn. Even though I have tried to answer all the common questions you might have, there’s a lot of information I may not have covered.
If you would like to learn more or need an answer to a pressing question, then check out the questions and answers section. Here, I provide insight to the most popular questions that I find in my email inbox.
One of the first questions any new user of cannabidiol has is how it will react with other medications that they’re currently taking. This is a sensible thing to research before trying any new supplement. The last thing you want is to exacerbate an existing condition through an unwanted drug interaction.
There is no simple answer to this question. However, based on my research I have put together a guide on how CBD commonly reacts with other drugs. There is a lot to learn on this topic and a lot of things to be aware of before using CBD. If you are serious about using cannabidiol therapeutically, then this is a must read.
Because CBD is an extract of a cannabis plant, there is a lot of fear out there about drug tests. This is relevant due to the high number of employers out there who conduct drug screenings on a regular basis.
Even if CBD can be used and purchased legally, the risk of showing positive for marijuana during a drug screen can put your job at risk. In this detailed article, I will look at the facts about cannabidiol and drug tests. Instead of listening to rumor and hearsay, get the very best and most up-to-date information on this topic here.
There You Have it!
If you made it this far, then congratulations! You are well on the way to becoming an informed user of CBD-based products.
I have so far introduced you to our series of in-depth articles for beginners. If you haven't already, go back and start to work your way through the treasure trove of information in the linked articles above.
But if you have a burning question that has not been answered already, please leave it in a comment below. I am always happy to offer guidance and help you understand cannabidiol better, as long as it doesn't interrupt my cat naps!
For those who are ready to try CBD for themselves already, then my recommended places to find quality products you can trust are Bluebird Botanicals and NuLeaf Naturals. Head over and see why they’re my top recommendations!