Both marijuana and hemp cannabis plants have CBD and THC, but hemp cannabis plants contain a very low concentration of THC—0.3 percent or less—which means there is little chance the plant can get you as high as Cheech and Chong. Nearly all CBD found in commercially available food and drink is gleaned from industrial hemp, which is now legally grown on American soil courtesy of the 2018 Farm Bill that removed it as a controlled substance. It’s this same plant that produces hemp foods like hemp seeds and hemp protein powder.
Unless you’ve been running under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that we are in the midst of a CBD boom. And the proof is in the CBD-infused jerky (yes, that is a thing now).
While the hype surrounding CBD is real, the research is much less so. When it comes to CBD, it’s a matter of the anecdotal evidence greatly outpacing the science, which is murky at best.
But a general guideline is to start on the low end, say 25mg or less of CBD a day, and work your way up from there if it is well tolerated. Most food and drink products on the market contain 5 to 25mg of CBD. During periods of ramped up training, many athletes will boost their daily exposure to help with endurance and recovery. (To date, no harmful side-effects have been reported from taking large doses of CBD, but that doesn’t mean you should follow up a hard run by stuffing in a handful of CBD candy.) Some patience is needed since CBD is likely not a one-hit-wonder and consistent exposure might be necessary to have a noticeable impact on the condition you are using it for.
What is CBD?
In addition to considering if it actually works, there is also the matter of dosage. We still don’t really know how much CBD is needed to be effective, and it’s likely that useful amounts vary from both person to person and from ailment to ailment. Like our genes, receptors in the brain and other areas that CBD binds to could be unique to an individual leading to variable results.
How Do You Consume It?
There are a variety of ways to consume CBD but the most common product types are oral tinctures, topical solutions, and edibles. Oral tinctures are taken—you guessed it—orally, while topicals are used on the skin, and edibles are ingested like food. Typically, the word ‘edibles’ has been associated with marijuana. It often conjures up images of pot brownies or space cakes, for instance. But CBD edibles are quite different and include everything from gummy candies to protein powders.
CBD edibles sold online are “hemp-derived”. Hemp and cannabis are the same plant.
Those that want a slight psychoactive experience may want to mix and match pre-dosed THC and CBD edibles.
Linalool belongs to a class of compounds called terpenes.
7. CBD balances the psychoactive effects of THC
CBD is a cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant.
Even pocket vaporizers can get quite large and it may not always be convenient to pull out a pen vape to get your daily dose.
8. CBD edibles are easy to dose
While some prefer to make their own cannabutter or infused cooking oils, CBD edibles can be surprisingly simple to make.
Cannabis isn’t the only therapeutic plant out there.