Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test?
Here's everything you need to know about the product that's suddenly everywhere.
Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
Will CBD Get Me High?
Nope. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. "CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any effects like euphoria," says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. "You won't feel sedated or altered in any way."
Where Does CBD Come From?
You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
What Are The Health Benefits of CBD?
Can I Use CBD for Pain Management?
Does CBD Help With Anxiety?
What's the Best Way to Take CBD?
What Should I Look for When Shopping for CBD Products?
Speaking of which: Has it been third-party tested?
This is a real concern in the industry—take the 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study, for example, which tested 84 CBD products and found that 26% contained lower doses than stated on the bottle.
Look for a quality assurance stamp or certificate of analysis from a third party (aka not the actual brand) or check the retailer's website if you don't see it on the product's label.
What's the Proper Dose for CBD?
Does CBD Cure Any Diseases?
Are There Additional Ingredients in CBD?
Are You Buying it IRL?
Is CBD legal?
In 23 states, it's legal in some form, such as for medicinal purposes. Another 14 states permit just CBD oil. But both are illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. For more information, the organization Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide to the specific laws in each state.