More people in the wellness world are turning to CBD for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects, but just as many are confused about the nature of the compound. The basics are simple enough: CBD is derived from hemp and marijuana plants, but unlike THC, it's completely non-psychoactive (meaning it won't make you high). Years ago, the therapeutic properties of CBD were brought to light when a little girl, Charlotte, went from having hundreds of seizures a week to virtually none after dosing with the substance. It's since gained a cult following, with thousands of parents taking medical tourism trips to Colorado to experiment with the plant's healing powers.
Recently, though, CBD has exploded onto the scene, transcending the world of the seriously ill to the wider sphere of people who just want to feel better. While it's become almost commonplace, appearing in elixirs at trendy restaurants, in salad dressings, and in artisanal chocolates, questions about the product still abound. Is it actually legal? What healing properties does it actually have? Is it safe for anyone to take? Is it possible to overdose on it? We reached out to Joel Stanley, the CEO of CW Hemp, and Heather Jackson, the CEO of Realmcannabinoid
How is CBD different from marijuana?
HJ: Marijuana is a slur or
JS: Put simply, while marijuana and hemp are both plants of the same species, Cannabis Sativa L., hemp is different in that it contains only minute levels of the cannabinoid THC, which is the one that produces a psychoactive effect. Marijuana is high in THC, while hemp is high in non-psychoactive compounds like CBD. Hemp and CBD are also legal federally, while marijuana is legal only in certain states.
What are the physiological health benefits of
CBD? The list of benefits (from inflammation to cancer) seems almost too good to be true.
HJ: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a "smart" molecule, an
One of the most common uses of CBD is for anxiety and insomnia. Has it been studied to actually make a difference for that? How does it work?
HJ: Research reveals a close and dynamic relationship between
JS: We were very surprised to hear from our own consumers, through a survey on the CW Hemp website, that anxiety was the No. 1 reason people order our product. For this reason, we are not only engaged in research with universities concerning serious neurological
How is CBD actually interacting with the brain and body? Are we totally sure that it's safe to consume?
HJ: Although CBD interacts with many receptors found in the brain and
JS: Now that research is moving forward all over the world, we believe that new evidence leading to greater understanding of mechanisms of action will be published almost weekly for the next several decades. This is an exciting time for the discovery of the many benefits of this misunderstood plant. It is also important to note that significant research has already been done on the safety of various
How can someone tell if they have high-quality CBD? Is there a particular dosage or amount of active compounds to look for?
HJ: The only way to verify you have quality CBD is if your product is third-party tested for contaminants and active ingredients. There should be a batch report
What effects can a person expect upon immediately taking CBD? What effects could they expect after a week, a month, or a year?
JS: The effects vary based upon the condition of the person taking CBD. Some people report the alleviation of
If someone has a bad reaction to marijuana, would you recommend they stay away from CBD?
JS: If "bad reaction" means that the psychoactive effects of marijuana were undesirable, then the person should not fear the same with CBD, as it is not psychoactive. If a person thinks they had an allergic reaction to marijuana, they should consult a physician before trying a hemp product. It is a plant and, while it has not been reported to my knowledge, allergies to cannabis could exist.
HJ: There are many factors to consider, such as where and how the plant was grown, how the product was processed and manufactured, and the route of administration used. Someone could have a sensitivity to a regional allergen, plant nutrient, herbicide, pesticide, mold, mildew, or other contaminant in a marijuana product that could be absent in a different CBD product. It is important to use caution with any new product that you have not used before. Though most report the intoxication from marijuana
Can CBD be addictive? If someone takes it daily, will they build up
tolerance? Will they have any negative reactions when they stop?
HJ: CBD, does not fit the traditional definition of a drug in the sense that it does not BIND to a specific receptor/receptor
Is there a difference in potency between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from marijuana?
JS: There is no difference in potency of CBD derived from hemp or CBD derived from marijuana. If you have 10 percent CBD in a hemp plant and 10 percent CBD in a marijuana plant, the only difference is the amount of THC in those plants. The hemp plant containing at or below 0.3 percent THC and the marijuana plant containing greater than 0.3 percent THC. While the different levels of THC or other cannabinoids might make the effects seem different, the potency of
Is it possible to overdose on CBD? If so, what happens?
HJ: You cannot take enough CBD to kill yourself or damage organs. This is not practically possible. First, let's discuss the LD-50 rating of cannabis, which is 1-20,000-40,000. This is the ratio between a therapeutic and lethal dose. Comparatively, the LD-50 for aspirin is 1:20. Two aspirin will take away a headache, 40 aspirin will kill 50 percent of the people who take that many. To cite a silly example, try to imagine someone smoking 40,000 joints in one sitting. Literally, it is not practically possible to imbibe enough CBD/cannabis to kill yourself. Even with THC, you will fall asleep first. However, you can take "too much" CBD and experience sedation, appetite loss, or diarrhea (CBD is a stool softener). In short, cannabis compounds are some of the least toxic substances known to man. With this being said, you can still take "too much" and have an unpleasant experience, but permanent damage to the body or death are both out of the question.