We put together a list of CBD frequently asked questions. Cbd has been gaining more and more recognition for the amazing effects it has on the body. Though the studies on it are limited we know that it interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies to help with inflammation, anxiety, and sleep among other things. But there are still so many things people don’t know or understand about CBD. 

Q: What is CBD?

           A: If ever there was a frequently asked question this is definitely it. So CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies. It’s the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. But there are higher levels on the compound in hemp. Though it has relaxing properties like THC it does not have a psychoactive compound so it doesn’t get you high. 

Q: Are CBD and marijuana from the same plant?

       A: No, they do come from the same species, cannabis sativa. But they come from different plants in that species. CBD comes from hemp and THC comes from the marijuana plant. You can find both compounds in each plant, but there are very small traces. So hemp has a very high concentration of CBD and low THC, and vice a verse with THC and marijuanna. 

Q: Do CBD products contain THC?

        A: CBD products may contain small amounts of THC. However they may not contain more than 0.3% THC in order to be considered legal. You can check this by looking at the certificate of analysis on the products you are looking to purchase.

Q: Is CBD legal?

       A: According to the 2018 Farm Bill CBD is only legal on the federal level if it is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC. However some states have other laws regulated CBD so the legality may vary based on the state you are in. 

Q: How does CBD get incorporated into products?

        A: Once extracted from the plant CBD is combined with oil and added to topicals like cream, masks, and lotions. It can also be infused into products like gummies.

Q: Who should take CBD?

        A: Anyone can take CBD. It works extremely well for athletes to help with inflammation after workouts or runs. It has also been combined in Yoga routines to help with meditation. It’s been shown to help with sleep, anxiety, and is approved as a drug for epilepsy by the FDA. However you should always talk to your doctor before using CBD as it may affect any other medications you’re currently using. 

Q: What should you look for when choosing a CBD brand?

     A: When looking for a brand you want to find that provide lab tests for all products. This is known as a certificate of analysis. Finding a company like No Borders Naturals that publishes all of their results on a blockchain platform called CBD Lab Chain, establishes a trust between you and the brand. This is also how you will check the THC content of the products to make sure they are legal.

         Looking into the extraction method is important as well. The CO2 method and the Solvent method are most popular.  The solvent method can leave behind trace amounts of chemicals, which could pose health problems.

         Another thing to check is whether the products are from isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum.

Q: What is the difference in CBD isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

      A: These 3 things are ways to describe the purity of the product. Isolate is 99% pure CBD. Broad spectrum is mostly CBD with some other cannabinoids in it minus the THC. Full spectrum means all the cannabinoids found in the plant. 

Q: How is CBD taken?

    A: Depending on what you are using it for CBD can be taken orally or used as a topical.

Q: How to know which products to use?

    A:  So the type of product you use will be determined on what you need it for. If you need help with sleep or anxiety, an oil or a gummy. For help with arthritis discomfort a topical is gonna help better assist because it targets the specific area. 

         As CBD can also help with post workout inflammation, taking a few drops of oil before your workout can help, it can also assist with your yoga routine. It can help relax you so it’s easier to reach that meditative state when things are kind of stressful. For runners, using a topical after your run can also help with inflammation and may speed up recovery time.

These are the CBD frequently asked questions. As more studies are conducted we will be able to understand a little better exactly what benefits CBD has.