CBD, cannabidiol, is a product created by cannabis. It’s used to relieve inflammation, increase your ability to think more clearly, and lots of other things.
This guide is designed to take you through some of the basics of CBD and its effects on the human body.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis (cannabis sativa) is a plant that’s found in most of the temperate and tropical world. Although no one is certain, it appears to have originated on the Indian subcontinent, those origins are deep in the past and have been forgotten. Today, cannabis is everywhere except Antarctica.
Marijuana versus Hemp
Cannabis is actually two sub categories of plants: marijuana and hemp. The difference between the two is that marijuana contains significant amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and hemp doesn’t.
THC is the substance in marijuana that gets you “high.” THC that is the mind-altering substance.
Hemp, lacking this, is used for many industrial purposes, such as rope, wood, and, of course, as as source of CBD oil.
CBD oil is one of many, many active compounds found in cannabis. In fact, there are about 113 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
THC is one of those cannabinoids. It's the only one that’s psychoactive. Another if CBN, cannabinol. Most of the remaining 110 compounds haven’t been studied for their health effects, if any.
Technically, under the new federal laws, it’s THC that’s illegal, not cannabis itself. Again, because there’s no instant way to tell the difference on the street for police, some place have kept hemp illegal or very heavily regulated.
What’s legal in CBD?
CBD is legal in all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump made hemp legal. There are still state laws about growing it and how it can be sold. Most of that is caused by the inability of police to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana on the street.
Possession of CBD is legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Hemp might have trace amounts of THC, but the concentration levels are too low to have a psychoactive effect.
What does CBD treat?
There isn’t a lot of research. Because hemp and CBD were on the margins of legality for a long time, it was difficult for researchers to get permission to study it.
While these statements have not been verified by the FDA, there is some evidence that CBD can help with the following:
- Body Aches and Pains
- PMS Pains
- Improve Sleep
How does CBD work?
There is still a lot of study to be done, but cannabinoids are unique. Our bodies have specific receptors for the oils contained in cannabis. Nothing else in the plant world bonds with these cannabinoid receptors as well.
There is a theory that cannabis was once everywhere, so our bodies have adapted to it and created specific receptors on cells for it. It grows quickly and everywhere. It’s drought resistant and very hardy. The animals that ate it, as well as the plant itself, were a major part of our diets.
How do you take CBD?
At Sweet Drops, we offer flavored and unflavored MTC (medium triglyceride chain) oil and CBD concentrate. In its natural form, CBD tastes a bit like olive oil, but stronger and with a “greenness” that some find overpowering. We add flavoring because that can make it easier to take.
There are some companies that offer CBD vape pens, capsules, transdermal patches, and more. The efficiency of these delivery methods might be a bit of a question. That’s why we choose to only offer it as an oil. It makes it easier to regulate your dosage.
How much CBD do I take?
The dosage will depend on the strength you choose and the delivery method.
For Sweet Drop’s CBD drops, we offer 300mg, 600mg, and 1000 mg. These are designed to be taken as one dropper per day, but you can vary the amount until you find what works for you.
There is no record of anyone ever overdosing on CBD. In fact, there are rarely side effects.
As we mention in our CBD dosing guide <link>, take your time and start with a very low dose. Increase it from there until the desired effect is achieved.