Have you been curious about CBD but felt hesitant to try it because you didn't know if it was "safe"? Read this quickie fact sheet on the most common questions and concerns about CBD!
What is CBD?
CBD is the short version of the word “cannabidiol” which is a chemical compound extracted from the same plant that marijuana and hemp come from called the cannabis sativa plant.
Can you get high off of CBD?
There are over 80 different chemicals that come from the the cannabis sativa plant and CBD is just one of them. Unlike THC, which also comes from the same plant, CBD does NOT have psychoactive properties and therefore will not get you high. However, it is important to note that the FDA does not regulate CBD, and therefore there’s a small chance that some products may have minute levels of THC in them. I had a long discussion with an employee at Cambridge Naturals who specialized in CBD and he told me to always make sure that the supplement is third-party tested to assure that it is good quality and pure (you can look for this on the labeling of the product, keep reading to learn more about third-party testing).
Is hemp the same as marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two different species that make up the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is found in both of these species, but in a higher percentage in hemp.
Will it show up on a drug test?
This is a tricky answer, but if the CBD is pure and has been third-party tested, it should not show up on a drug test. However, some brands that are not pure and haven't gone through quality assurance procedures could have small traces of THC in them, which could potentially show up on a drug test. Keep reading to see what you should look for in a good quality hemp/CBD product and always speak to your doctor before taking it beforehand.
Does Ayurveda approve of CBD?
This was a question that I asked in one of my classes when I was becoming an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, and in short, the teacher said it is not something recommended in Ayurveda, mostly because it is not something traditional Ayurvedic practitioners know much about. CBD seems to be more common nowadays and I’m guessing that is because of the complex extraction of the CBD from the plant that is able to occur with the technology that we have that was not always available to us. However, just because it is not considered "Ayurvedic" doesn't mean I don't believe in all the amazing benefits that it has to offer!
How do you take CBD?
There are lots of ways to take CBD, some of the oral ways to ingest it that I have tried are through tinctures, teas, chocolate, gummies, and capsules Personally, my favorite way to take it is through tinctures because I tend to notice the longest lasting effects that way. It may take a half hour or so until I start to notice any changes in how I feel, but then I feel good for hours afterwards. I actually just tried CBD chocolates for the first time and was surprised to have found pretty long lasting affects after them too. Bonus, they tasted delicious and were vegan! Check them out!
Pure Science Lab sells this hemp extract tea that I have really been digging and get the best nights sleep from. All you do is take one of the dried pomegranate slices that are infused with hemp, put it in a mug and pour boiling water over it and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before throwing the chip away and drinking the tea. I usually don’t even bother adding any milk or sweetener to it when I drink it because it tastes so delicious as is. You can find them by clicking here, I am obsessed!
Two things I haven’t tried but have heard great things about- CBD gummies (I don’t eat gummies only because they contain gelatin which is an animal derived ingredient and I am vegan) and also vaping. Vaping CBD supposedly gives an instant calming effect, but the effects don’t last as long as taking it in a tincture or capsule would.
How much should I take to notice the benefits?
When buying CBD, like with any supplement, different people can have their own unique experiences, especially when taking different dosages. I have tried out a LOT of different brands and dosages and it has taken me a lot of trial and error to figure out a dosage that I can take during the day that won’t make me sleepy, and a dosage to take at night that can help me fall asleep. Lower dosages are usually less expensive, but you may need to take more to get much of an effect. Higher dosages are usually more expensive, but also much more potent, so you take less at a time. I usually take a lower dosage during the daybecause it chills me out but doesn’t make me super sleepy. At night I will take a higher dosage if I am wound up after a crazy day and need a little help falling asleep. Check out the different tinctures and dosages by clicking here.
What are the benefits of CBD?
The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response (this information was found on healthline.com) There are SO many studied benefits on CBD, but in a nutshell here are some examples: to help curb stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, help with sleep, treat seizures, alleviate chemotherapy side effects like nausea and vomiting, helps to alleviate depression, help treat acne, help treat neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, lower blood pressure, and so much more!! Studies done on mice that look promising but need more research also show CBD to help people with schizophrenia, substance abuse problems (by modifying the channels in the brain related to drug addiction), prevent the spread of certain cancers, and reduce inflammation caused by diabetes (this information was also found from healthline.org).
What should I look for when buying CBD?
1. A certificate of analysis. I love that Pure Science Lab has this right on the front page of their website. “A COA is a document issued by an independent 3rd party Quality Assurance Company, that confirms that a regulated product meets its product specifications. iPure Science Lab’s Certificate of Analysis contains the actual results obtained from tests performed as part of a quality control inspection conducted on an individual batch of products.” As I mentioned earlier. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate the supplement industry, there’s a lot of products on the market that are ineffective and sometimes costly to boot. For example, the 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study tested 84 CBD products and found that 26% contained lower doses than stated on the bottle. That’s why its important to have a third-party test the supplement to prove that you are buying a quality product.
2. If you are buying for the first time, make sure whoever you are buying it from- whether in store or online- is super knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have. Online may be more time consuming, but it is still worth it to email them and ask have any questions you have answered before buying. I always get my CBD products either in person at Cambridge Naturals or online from Pure Science Lab because I really trust that their products are good quality and their employees are well-educated in the products. CLICK HERE FOR MY FAVORITE CBD BRAND AND USE CODE "heidi15" for 15% OFF!
3. Always ask how the CBD was extracted. Some ways of extraction can use harsh chemicals which can leave a residue in the finished product that you don’t want to ingest. The way the CBD is extracted is important and determines the quality of the product. For example, full-spectrum products makes use of the whole plant, so you get all the amazing benefits that the plant has to offer.
4. Beware of CBD that is super cheap as price *usually* dictates quality. Their methods of CO2 extraction are important as well as whether or not the product is organic. Below is an excerpt from www.heally.com which explains why these two factors are important when looking for a product that is right for you:
Organic- Organic growing methods use natural pest and disease control, as well as techniques like crop rotation. This improves the quality of the plants, and it helps the earth too. It can result in lower yields, as well as being more time-intensive
CO2 extraction- Results in a safer, purer product. It uses pressurized carbon dioxide as a solvent, versus less expensive substances like alcohol or other chemicals. Pressure and low temperatures turn the CO2 into a liquid, which is an energy-intensive process. Most producers and customers see the higher cost as more than worth it for a better quality product.
5. Dosage. Like I answered above in question #4, the higher the dosage, the more concentrated the product. While one person may notice effects from a smaller dosage, someone else may need a higher dosage to achieve the same results. I personally like to buy the higher dosage of a tincture and use less if need be, rather than buying a lower dosage and using more, ,mostly because the higher dosages are more expensive but they last so much longer because you are not taking as much.
What are some other ways you like to use CBD?
I have used CBD in so many different forms, but besides as a tincture and tea, I religiously use this KannaFreeze gel on my sore muscles- especially my neck and low back. I used to be a big Icy Hot fan until I got a chemical burn from it once (true story!) but I love love this product because it is so much more natural, smells delicious and works like a freakin charm!
Other ways that I have used CBD and hemp products are through bath salts (felt really relaxed after), in a face serum (l love this one with hyaluronic acid, it makes my face look nice and glowy), and in a mascara (it supposedly makes your lashes grow long and thick, but sadly that didn't happen for me!)
Friends of mine also swear by CBD for calming their dogs, and you guessed it!, Pure Science even has a line that is safe for pets too! Click here to check out their line for furry friends!
Is it safe to take during pregnancy?
Like any supplement, you should ALWAYS talk with your doctor before taking it. This goes for not only pregnancy, but if you are breast-feeding, taking any other medications, or have any underlying medical conditions in general.
Ok where is the brownie recipe?!
You can find the recipe for the amazing, super fudgey Vegan CBD Oil Brownies by clicking here!
*Things to note: this recipe makes two servings, so I divided the ingredients in half to just make one and I only added CBD to one half of the pan so that Austin could have the CBD-free brownies.
Also, the recipe calls for sunflower oil which I didn't have, but I used coconut oil instead and they came out perfectly!