As CBD — cannabidiol, one of the two major compounds derived from hemp and cannabis plants — becomes more and more popular, peppering storefront signage and shelves on all types of stores across the United States, there seem to be as many questions as claims about this new miracle product. We’re here today to address some of those questions as truthfully as possible given the existing science.
Does CBD oil get you high?
Clearly the number one question, it’s also the simplest to answer: no.
But, it does get a bit more complicated than that. Basically, CBD comes from cannabis plants. Cannabis plants include both marijuana and hemp. The intoxicating effect associated with marijuana is caused by the presence of a compound known as THC. Hemp, on the other hand, typically contains very little THC, and hemp-derived CBD products are required by federal law to contain less than .3% THC. Many CBD products, such as our Lazarus Naturals Relaxation Formula, are derived from what’s known as isolated CBD — it is extracted from the plant leaving nearly no trace of THC whatsoever. While you can purchase CBD products that also have THC in them, in Pennsylvania this requires a medical marijuana license, so the CBD products you’ll see on our site will not get you high.
Is CBD legal in Pennsylvania?
Yes. As noted above, the hemp-derived CBD oil you can purchase at places like the Nutrifarmacy contain little to no THC, and are well within government guidelines for the sale of hemp products. Thanks to last December’s Farm Act, hemp is now legal in the United States at the federal level.
Do I need a license to purchase CBD in Pennsylvania?
No. While Pennsylvania made medical marijuana legal in 2016, and you do need a license for that product, hemp-derived CBD–like that you’ll find at the Nutrifarmacy–does not require a license to purchase.
How much does CBD cost?
As with many products, it can certainly vary. Just as you can find a steak for $9.99 or $59.99 or purchase a $2000 car or one that runs over $100,000, how much CBD costs is greatly affected by the type, who’s selling it, the brand and many other variables.
In general, 1000mg of CBD capsules runs around $50, while 750mg of CBD tincture will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $45.
Here at the Nutrifarmacy, you can cut these costs even further by purchasing a larger amount. For example, buying our Lazarus Naturals CBD Tincture in the 3000mg bottle will save you over $45 compared to buying the 750mg bottles, and doing the same with our CBD capsules will save you just shy of $50.
Does CBD actually work?
We covered this question in detail when we looked at our top three CBD products that actually work.
There is absolutely scientific evidence that CBD products do work, though, and the FDA has approved a cannabis-derived medicine for childhood epilepsy patients.
How does CBD affect your body?
We’ve also discussed this at length, as well, with plenty of research on how CBD works on the body and links to the scientific studies we turned to when determining not only how it affects your body in general, but which specific ailments CBD has been studied on.
What are CBDs side effects?
According to Harvard Medical School, potential side effects include nausea, fatigue and irritability. However, in that same article (linked above), Dr. Peter Grinspoon also states, “Any medicine can have different effects on different people. For example, Benadryl makes some people sleepy yet can make others wide-awake. So, it is not inconsistent for a particular medicine to cause a symptom in one person and to help alleviate it in another. So while many people experience relaxation with CBD, so people do experience the “paradoxical” effect of irritability.”
More common side effects of CBD, particularly in larger doses, are lethargy and drowsiness. As CBD is sometimes used as a sleep aid, this is another case where a side effect can also be the intended purpose of the compound.
Is CBD safe for my cat / dog / pet?
The short answer is that there simply haven’t been enough studies to officially state what the exact effects of CBD products are on your pets. If you want to know where science, the FDA and veterinarians currently stand on CBD products for your pets, please read this article.
What is the difference between isolated CBD and full spectrum?
Isolated CBD refers to a method of extracting CBD from the plant and eliminating nearly all additional compounds, including terpenes (essential oils found in cannabis and other plants, responsible for the flavor and aroma) and plant matter in general, leaving nothing but the CBD and typically nearly no THC as well.
Full spectrum refers to deriving the the CBD from a more fully balanced version of the plant, including leaving some terpenes in tact.
What is the difference between your CBD capsules and tincture?
A tincture is a liquid you place beneath your tongue and hold there for approximately 30 – 60 seconds, as opposed to the capsules, which you swallow. Tinctures have been shown to allow your body to absorb more of the CBD (12% – 35% is absorbed) where capsules allow closer to 4% – 20% to enter your body.
The amount of CBD your body absorbs is known as the bioavailability. The higher the bioavailability, the more CBD your body absorbs. Taking a capsule, which you swallow, in called oral consumption, while applying the tincture below your tongue is known as sublingual consumption.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
As the CBD available here at the Nutrifarmacy (and without a medical marijuana license in Pennsylvania, in general) is derived from hemp plants, it contains little or no THC and should not show up on a drug test.
What effects does CBD have on pain?
CBD has been shown to be effective with both pain and inflammation. Studies have shown it to provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, joint neuropathy, cancer, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
What effects does CBD have on depression and anxiety?
Science indicates that CBD is an antidepressant and has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders. Forty-nine studies showed that anxiety, fear, stress, social anxiety disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder can all be helped with CBD.
Can CBD help with withdrawal?
CBD has been shown to alleviate the effects of substance abuse and withdrawal, ranging from cigarettes to opioids and heroin.
How much CBD should I take / what’s the dosage?
Consuming any type of medication should always involve advice from your doctor. You can contact us for more information.
Where can I get more information on CBD?
While the Internet is full of information on cannabidiol, if you’d like to speak directly to a doctor about CBD, please visit us at the Nutrifarmacy in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.
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