What is CBD

What Is CBD

Cannabidiol or CBD

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabis sativa was first used medically starting around 750 B.C. Cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC is considered under U.S. law to be hemp. The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized hemp. CBD’s popularity stems, in part, from it being “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers might potentially receive health benefits without the high of THC.

Is CBD Safe?

According to Marcerl Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, “if you take pure CBD, it’s pretty safe.” Side effects may include diarrhea, sleepiness, fatigue, weakness, rash, decreased appetite and elevated liver enzymes. Sleepiness and potential harmful interactions with other drugs should be carefully considered.

CBD is promising for different “therapeutic avenues because it’s relatively safe,” says James MacKillop, co-director of McMaster University’s Michael G DeGroote Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in Hamilton, Ontario. But, there are very few well-conducted trials to back these claims up.


Know What You Are Getting

You have to be careful about sourcing CBD. CBD products can contain unwanted surprises and studies have shown CBD products can be adulterated with pesticides, heavy metal and other foreign matter. 

Research reports have often found that only a minority of the products studied contain the amount of CBD advertised on their labels. Always choose 100% organic CBD and know your products.

How Do You Use CBD Oil

Ingested CBD

CBD oil is usually ingested in drops, tinctures, and capsules, or added to foods and beverages, such as gummy candies and coffee.

Sublingual CBD

Place a few drops of the oil or tincture, or a small bit of the powder, under the tongue and hold it there for several seconds.

Topical CBD

CBD-infused products are applied to the skin and include creams, salves, patches, shampoos, suppositories, lip balms, bath salts, and personal lubricants.

Inhaled CBD

CBD can be inhaled by vaporizing the oil.