CBD – What You Need to Know


Is CBD Legal?

The Farm Bill 2018 has fully legalized hemp and all its derivatives, including CBD. Hemp has been removed from the jurisdiction of the DEA and has permanently been reclassified as an agricultural product. Hemp has therefore become 100% federally legal. To be legally sold, CBD products must have no more than .3% THC. Some products will have that small amount of THC and will generally be sold under terms such as “full spectrum” or “whole plant.”

Can I travel on a plane with CBD?

Yes, see above. The Farm Bill made CBD legal in all 50 states. There have been some instances in Florida and Texas where people have had some issues, but since those issues, new state laws have been put in place that comply with the federal laws that were already passed.

Will I test positive on a drug test for CBD?

Drug tests are designed to test for THC only; they do not test for CBD. So…if you buy a 100% THC-free, CBD Isolate product, it should not show up on a drug test. However, I cannot legally speak for any company or make any guarantees. If you buy a Full Spectrum or Whole Plant product, they do have a small amount (less than .3%) of THC and do have the possibility of showing up. The company I recommend – Melior Botanicals – tests all of their THC- free CBD and it registers as 0.0% THC.

Will CBD get you high?

No, CBD will not get you “high.” The cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is responsible for psychoactive effects is THC which is a totally separate constituent from CBD.

Does CBD work without the THC?

Yes, but there is some truth in the myth. The research shows that CBD in itself is very powerful; however there is some science that shows that CBD isolate is not as powerful as a full spectrum or full plant formula with all of the cannabinoids, including a small amount of THC. So while THC does not “activate” the CBD, so to speak, taking the full plant may be more potent. That being said, I’ve heard success story after success story from people who are using a CBD isolate as well. If you have the option to take the full plant, that is always my recommendation, but if you cannot have THC show up on a drug test, then CBD isolate (THC free) is still a good option.

What does CBD benefit?

CBD has been studied and shown empirically to help against inflammation, anxiety, stress, depression, sleep disorders and much more. It is not a “cure-all” but it does bring the body into homeostasis (balance) and affects multiple systems in the body. I’ve gotten feedback from people who have even used it effectively for PMS symptoms, migraines, fibromyalgia and ADHD. As CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and inflammation is believed to be the cause of over 70% of disease, its effects are far-reaching and worth trying as a natural alternative to improve your ailments.

How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?

I recommend when starting CBD, to take it every day for at least 10 days initially. We refer to this as “CBD loading”. Why? Because every body is different and some people take longer to feel the effects. Much of this depends on the CBD receptors that are already present in your body. Some people will feel the effects within 15 minutes and some people need to build up the receptors and won’t feel anything until after a week of using it. I’ve heard story upon story of people not feeling anything and then notice a huge change in their arthritis or other pain on day 7 or 8. I’ve also seen people try it once and be completely amazed. This is especially true for regulating sleep patterns which may take a few weeks to notice.

CBD is not a pharmaceutical that will immediately cover your symptoms. But over time as the levels rise and it brings the body into homeostasis, most people enjoy a plethora of benefits like an overall feeling of balance, less stress, improved sleep and less inflammation.

Are there any side effects of CBD?

CBD is generally thought of as safe, but slight drowsiness may occur and in some rare cases, upset stomach and diarrhea could occur. In my personal practice, the only reported side effects have been drowsiness, though most describe it as more of a sense of balance and well-being.

Can I take CBD with my medication?

Many people I’ve worked with are taking CBD as a potential replacement for their prescription medicines. While CBD is safe to use, there are medications that it shouldn’t be used in conjunction with. CBD metabolizes in the body in a way that can hinder how other medications are processed. If those drugs aren’t metabolized effectively, they can remain in the body longer than necessary causing side effects. Martin Lee explains on the tremendous website projectcbd.org (There is a plethora of CBD research and studies available on this site) that CBD interacts with pharmaceutical medications just like grapefruit does, but only stronger. So, while your physician or pharmacist may not have a firm understanding of CBD, they will understand how grapefruit interacts with your medications. If you are supposed to avoid grapefruit when taking your medication, then you should be very careful if mixing in CBD. In addition, CBD has been shown to interact adversely with blood thinners. One specific drug to avoid mixing with CBD is a blood thinner called Warfin.

*I am not a medical professional so none of this should be taken as medical advice, please consult your doctor with any medical questions. 

What is the appropriate dosage of CBD?

Dosing varies from person to person and depends on what effects you are aiming to get from CBD. In general, for inflammation and sleep support, the dosing is higher and for anxiety it is lower. 20 mg/day for sleep and inflammation and 5/mg twice a day for anxiety may be a good place to start, but listen to your body and adjust depending on your size and how you are feeling.

How do I take CBD?

The CBD oils I recommend from Melior Botanicals are meant to take sublingually (under the tongue). Take a measured amount from the dropper bottle and drop it under the tongue for 10-30 seconds (I recommend taking 3 deep breaths during this time for the added stress-relief benefits).  This allows it to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream without having to go through the digestive system.

Can I give CBD to pets?

Yes! People have been using CBD for pets in a very similar fashion as humans for inflammation (arthritis in older pets) and anxiety. You will want to make sure you give it to them at least 7-10 days in a row to start for CBD “loading” purposes (watch the video above for more info on that). The general guideline is 1 mg per 10 lbs of body weight but you may need to adjust that slightly and your vet may have some suggestions as well. Here is the CBD pet formula I recommend.

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