CBD Beginner’s Guide
Yahoo Lifestyle recently published a beginner’s guide for Cannabidiol. While many of CatnipBill customers are repeat experienced CBD users, we are finding new CBD users are visiting daily. This CBD Beginner’s Guide article makes several important points you should consider when buying CBD. Some basic tenets include:
What’s CBD? And what’s the difference between it, THC, and hemp oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of 400 compounds found in the marijuana plant. In fact, in most marijuana strains, it’s the second most common component. Most CBD oil, though, is distilled from hemp plants—a cousin of marijuana. Those plants contain little, if any, THC, making it easier for manufacturers to isolate CBD when processing the plant.
So what does CBD do? And how does it work?
As mentioned above, CBD has so far only been proven to work for some forms of severe epilepsy, like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. But, according to Harvard University’s Health Blog, it has shown some promise as a pain treatment. A European Journal of Pain study showed that the compound relieved some inflammation and pain for an arthritic animal, but more study is needed before scientists can say definitively that the compound similarly treats pain in humans.
Is buying CBD legal?
On the federal level, CBD and other hemp-derived products have been legal since The Farm Bill passed in 2014. The CBD Beginner’s Guide asserts that it’s up to individual states to regulate how CBD and other hemp products are sold and used. Most states allow CBD to be bought and sold with some stipulations, but some, like Idaho and Iowa, outlaw cannabis in every available form. You can find out what the rules are in your state by checking this guide, or by looking up the state law code.
So, if I want to try CBD gummies, tinctures, or edibles, where do I get them?
If you’re in a state that has legalized recreational or medical marijuana, you can likely find CBD products in marijuana dispensaries, or in some dedicated aisles in grocery stores. Some stores are even dedicated specifically to CBD products. When purchasing from a store in person, you should be able to ask for independent certification showing exactly which compounds the product contains.
OK, so I bought some CBD. How much do I take? And how do I take it?
This is a difficult question to answer because it varies for everyone. The best advice is to start low and slow and see how the CBD products you’ve purchased affect you.
You can read the full CBD Beginner’s Guide article here: a beginner’s guide for Cannabidiol