CBD Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD oil is derived from a substance formed in the plant’s secretions known as trichomes.
CBD is non-psychoactive and studies are showing it may have medicinal qualities with the potential to heal or offer relief for a variety of conditions.
What does CBD do?
There are scientific studies and clinical research that have reported CBD’s potential as an effective treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. This includes PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, addiction treatment, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Some research has shown it can be effective in treating antibiotic resistant infections and may inhibit cancer growth.
Will CBD cure my ailment?
More research is required to determine if CBD can cure anything.
Will CBD get me high?
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it does not have euphoric effects and will not make people feel “stoned”. CBD will not get you high.
Can I overdose on CBD?
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. A study from 2011 indicated that chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans. The Department of Health and Human Services states, “no signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers”.
Is CBD safe for pets?
Research is still required to fully understand the effects of CBD and animals. There are many CBD infused pet products on the market. Ask your veterinarian if CBD is a good option for the wellness of your pet.
Is CBD safe for kids?
Please speak to your pediatrician to determine if CBD would be effective option for treating your child. As of today, there is only one approved CBD drug on the market available by prescription only for treating children with severe epilepsy or seizure disorders. The Drug Enforcement Agency approved GW Pharmaceuticals’ antiseizure drug, derived from cannabis. The FDA approved the CBD drug back in June 2018.
If you’re considering CBD for your child, do your research in advance. With the guidance of your physician, select your products carefully to ensure it is has natural CBD (not synthetic).
Ask other parents about their experience using CBD for treating their child. You can find online many forums and support groups for parents using CBD to manage everything from autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and sensory processing issues.
Can I take CBD when I’m on other medications?
It’s important to speak with your physician about combining or replacing CBD products with your current medications. CBD and other plant cannabinoids can interact with many pharmaceuticals by hindering the activity of cytochrome P450, a group of liver enzymes, so other drugs don’t metabolize as expected.
Steroids, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, immune modulators, benzodiazepines, antibiotics, anesthetics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiepileptics and beta blockers could all potentially cause an adverse reaction when taken with CBD.
Are CBD products covered by health insurance?
You have to pay for it out of pocket; private health insurance and Medicare currently, do not cover CBD due to the federal illegality of cannabis.
Is CBD legal?
The Farm Bill signed in December 2018 cleared the way for CBD products to become legal nationwide. Hemp can now be cultivated, processed, and sold as an agricultural product. Hemp seed doesn’t naturally contain high concentration of THC (like cannabis), one of the primary reasons why the Senate passed the bill to deregulate hemp’s production for industrial purposes. As part of the Farm Bill 2018, industrial hemp cannot contain any more than trace amounts of THC; 0.3% being the limit for THC content. The Farm Bill distinguishes between the two by removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.
Be mindful of CBD products that contain over 0.3% THC as it may not be legal in some states.
Can I travel with CBD?
If you are traveling by land, you should be fine traveling with CBD as long as you stay within the United States and the product contains less than 0.3% THC.
Possession of any cannabis-infused products with over 0.3% THC is still illegal by federal law, so even if you are traveling to Oregon, where all forms of cannabis are legal, you could still get into trouble. It’s less about whether it is legal in your state or not, and more about the act of transporting cannabis products over state lines.
The TSA states, “Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities.
TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer."
We do not advise traveling internationally with any cannabis or hemp products. Many countries, including Japan and the United Arab Emirates, have zero tolerance policies for cannabis possession. That means that even the smallest amount of CBD could result in jail time in that country.
If you need CBD while you are away from home, do your research beforehand. Look into the state and local laws. Know what documentation you may need from your doctor. Traveling with CBD or any cannabis product is risky, so we recommend, if possible, to buy your products at your destination.
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