CBD Frequently Asked Questions

The information on this page does not pertain to any specific brand of CBD. Please consult your doctor with questions, this information is not intended as medical advice.

What is CBD?

  • CBD is a plant-based compound derived from the hemp (cannabis) plant. CBD has many therapeutic benefits and works with your central nervous system to bring your body into balance.

  • CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a compound (a cannabinoid) that comes from the cannabis sativa plant.

  • You might be asking yourself, “Ok, so what is a cannabinoid?!” A cannabinoid is compound that interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is located throughout your nervous system.

Will I get high from using CBD?

  • CBD is NOT the same as marijuana. Although CBD and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant, CBD does not contain THC—tetrahydrocannabinol--which is the compound in marijuana that is responsible for feelings of euphoria, otherwise known as “getting high”.  CBD itself does not cause a high.

Is CBD legal?

  • Yes, CBD is legal in all 50 states as long as it is made from hemp. Hemp was legalized in all 50 states with the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.

  • CBD MUST be hemp-derived in order to be legal.

  • CBD is NOT the same as medicinal marijuana. Marijuana-derived CBD oil is still restricted in most states, whereas hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states.

  • It is REALLY important to research and verify the source of your CBD. The company you are buying from should be able to support the legality of their product with lab test results. It is also important to know and understand the CBD laws of the state in which you reside.

How does CBD work?

  • CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system.

  • Your endocannabinoid system has two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors.

  • CBD interacts primarily with our CB2 receptor. (The CB1 receptor is the one that interacts with THC, which is the compound responsible for making you feel high. So not only are CBD and THC different compounds, but they interact with different parts of your brain and this is why do experience a high when using CBD.)

  • The CB2 receptor is largely associated with the regulation of inflammation, and this is why CBD can help to alleviate symptoms of various diseases.

It’s important to note that CBD should NOT be used:

  • to reduce general pain, but there is evidence that it helps with pain experienced when suffering from various diseases

  • for acute pain

  • as first line of defense when suffering from pain

Because CBD was recently legalized in 2018, there have been very few studies performed that utilize CBD without THC. Therefore, much of the research on CBD is self-reported. However, new research is constantly being published, so expect to hear more and more about CBD as studies are funded and approved.

BOTTOM LINE: do your research. Talk to your doctor. Make an informed decision.

CBD Articles & Studies

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*Note that many of the studies utilize CBD that contains THC.