Ever since hemp was outlawed in 1937 under the Marihuana Tax Act, a global effort emerged to bury the truth about this powerful plant. Hemp contains a variety of compounds called cannabinoids that produce beneficial effects in the human body. One of those beneficial compounds is cannabidiol, or CBD.
Although it’s already popular, CBD oil is a fairly new extraction from hemp. Here’s what you need to know about this powerful compound.
1. CBD is not psychoactive
If you want the benefits of hemp compounds without the high, this is the best news you’ll hear all day. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive so you won’t end up feeling high or paranoid.
Even though CBD and THC provide entirely different physical experiences, CBD is a powerful way to relieve stress and anxiety. For most people, the effects kick in quickly. One popular CBD company – Hemp Bombs – makes a variety of products you can put in your purse or pocket to use anytime you need a little relief.
THC is fine for people who like the feeling of being high, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. For those who want to maintain control over their psychological faculties, CBD is the better choice.
2. Dogs and cats benefit from CBD
One of the best things about CBD is that you can give it to your pets. However, it’s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian first. CBD research is already limited and pet studies are even more limited.
Avoid sharing your personal CBD stash with your pets
Since CBD contains trace amounts of THC (0.02%), and THC is toxic to pets (especially dogs), it’s important to get CBD specifically formulated for pets. The concentration will be formulated to provide the right amount to your pets based on their weight.
Your personal stash of CBD might be toxic to your pet if it’s mixed with THC or xylitol. If you want to give your pet CBD, get a product specifically formulated for your pet’s species.
3. CBD benefits are backed by science
Although the number of CBD studies is just starting to grow, there are already an overwhelming amount of scientific studies that support the use of CBD.
CBD Central published a list of the most compelling studies on CBD. If you’re looking for studies in a specific area of research, you can probably find it in this list.
4. CBD is affordable
When CBD first exploded in popularity, it was a little expensive. Today, there are more companies in the market and with more competition comes lower prices.
In most areas, you can find a supply of CBD that will cost you an average of $1-$2 per day. The price you’ll pay depends on the brand and delivery method. For example, you might pay more for CBD gummies than tinctures and capsules. However, a highly concentrated form of CBD will cost more regardless of delivery method.
5. CBD is available almost anywhere
There are only a handful of states that won’t sell CBD to the public without a medical marijuana card. For the most part, you can get CBD anywhere you can find a pot shop. Not everyone goes to a dispensary for THC. You can also find CBD at some convenience stores and of course online.
6. CBD is made from a sustainable crop
Hemp-derived CBD is made from one of the most sustainable crops on the planet – hemp. As a sustainable crop, hemp is used to create a variety of biodegradable materials that includes plastic and fabric. It grows quickly and doesn’t harm the Earth as much as other crops.
While not all CBD companies are sustainable all-around, no matter what company you buy from, you’re consuming a product sourced from a sustainable crop. Although, it’s still a good idea to research brands and buy from a reputable company with a positive reputation.
CBD is here to stay
People all over the world are reporting the amazing benefits of CBD in a variety of forms like salves, sprays, tinctures, oils, gummies, and capsules. Many say this compound – cannabidiol – has improved their life to a high degree. Even the drug manufacturers know the benefits; they’ve created a pharmaceutical grade FDA-approved CBD drug.
Although CBD appears to be a fad at times, it’s a fad that’s sure to last. Even if the fad ended tomorrow, CBD is here to stay.