- What Is CBD?
- CBD vs. THC
- How To Use CBD Products
- The Buyer’s Guide
Does CBD Get You High? (And A Few Other Questions Everyone Is Asking)
CBD is everywhere right now.
And with multiple generations of Americans hailing this humble little cannabinoid’s superpowers—relaxation and better sleep, anyone?—there’s never been a better time to start asking questions.
Like, does CBD get you high? (The answer is no )
Is there a difference between CBD and marijuana?
(So many differences)
how do you use CBD, anyway?
(We’ve got you covered on this one)
In this 6-minute read, we’re unpacking the ultimate guide to CBD.
These 6 minutes may just level up your life.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol—that’s CBD to the rest of us—is a cannabinoid made by plants (like the cannabis plant).
When we consume it, it binds with special receptors in our bodies.
When these cannabinoids bind with the receptors inside us, they help our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to do its job. And that job is to keep every part of our internal operations—from reproduction to digestion to brain functioning and emotional wellbeing—in balance.
It sounds complex— and it really is
—but essentially, CBD is a little molecule with a big job. THC is a phytocannabinoid, too.
CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC cannabinoids might be found in the same plant species—cannabis Sativa—but they are very different molecules.
They Behave Differently In Our Bodies
There is a misconception that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not. CBD is still psychoactive—because it acts on your mind—but not in the same way as THC. THC binds with the CB1 receptors in our brains—that is what causes the ‘high’ we get from smoking weed. CBD finds it difficult to bind with CB1 receptors without the help of THC. Instead, it binds with CB2 receptors. This is why CBD gives us relief from stress and anxiety, and also why there is no such thing as a CBD high.
They Have Different Legal Statuses
THC and CBD are Schedules I drugs under federal law, but hemp is no longer controlled under the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp is legal in the US, but individual states can outlaw it. Marijuana, on the other hand, is illegal at a federal level and can be legalized by your state.
So far, more than 30 states have made medical cannabis legal, and several have made recreational cannabis legal.
Feeling a little lost? Don’t worry.
What you need to know is this: if any cannabis use is legal in your state, you can buy CBD products.
But recreational cannabis needs to be legal for you to buy THC products.
They Are Sourced Differently
CBD can be derived from both marijuana and hemp plants. THC can only be derived from marijuana plants.
CBD products—specifically CBD isolates—don’t show up on a drug test. US drug-testing parameters are designed to measure THC levels in the bloodstream and urine. And as you’ve just learned, THC and CBD are not the same.
How To Use CBD Products
CBD can be distilled into many different products. The effects and benefits are similar no matter what form you use, but there are some pretty key differences.
Oils and Tinctures
CBD oils are easy to use, dosing is easy to control, and they are easily utilized in our bodies. For clean, straightforward use and portability, CBD oils are a solid choice.
Pills and Capsules
Because pills and capsules include a casing or water-soluble binder, they take longer to be absorbed into the body. They are portable and easy to use.
CBD creams and lotions are designed for use on the skin. The topical application doesn’t deliver the mental wellness benefits of other CBD products but can be useful in relieving muscle pain and joint aches.
CBD edibles—like candy, chocolates, cookies, baked goods, and gummies—are one of the most popular methods of CBD dosing. They are easy to use and are much tastier and easier to handle than the weed brownies of the past. Edibles are slow to absorb into the bloodstream, having to pass through the digestive system first.
CBD Flower Cigarettes
Smoking CBD flowers is the most efficient method of absorbing CBD into the bloodstream. It delivers CBD faster—in less than 10 minutes—and has a more intense effect on users. Because it doesn’t require ingesting CBD products, it also allows for supplementation with topicals and edibles.
Inhaling vaporized CBD oil—via e-cigarettes, for example—offers the same bioavailability as CBD flower cigarettes. Warning: Vitamin E acetate—a common by-product of vaping—has links to severe lung injury.
The Buyer’s Guide
Feeling inspired to explore the benefits of CBD for yourself? Here’s how to stay safe and get more bang for your buck.
#1. Choose a reputable retailer.
Genuine CBD retailers invest heavily in testing and controlling their products, so you can be confident you’re buying effective, premium quality CBD.
#2. Decide on how you want to use CBD.
For ease of use and convenience, oils and edibles can be appealing to new users.
#3. Check the fine print.
Genuine CBD retailers are required to provide information about the percentage of CBD in each product, instructions on how to use it, and details of how your products will be shipped to you (perfect if you’re trying to keep your CBD testing to yourself).
Ready to try CBD for yourself? Let us know why in the comments below—and share your experiences with us!