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CBD 101: Here's Basically Everything You Should Know

From your favorite yoga studio to the local farmers market, chances are you’ve run into CBD in more ways than one—especially lately. This stuff (even though it’s not new) is hot hot hot right now. However, behind the glamorous instagram posts and buzzy CBD skincare products, there’s a lot of questions about this “too good to be true” substance. This wellness staple has become beloved by many, but… what is it? And, why should you take it? 

To help you understand the wonderful world of CBD, we’re exploring all the important “what’s” and “how’s” of the industry. 

Keep scrolling for pretty much *everything* you should know about our good friend, CBD...

What is CBD?

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of the 100+ active compounds found in the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant.

Many people confuse the two most abundant cannabinoids (THC and CBD) with each other. The reality is, although they do have similarities, they’re more like apples and oranges.

For example, one study compared the effects of THC and CBD, and found that CBD (unlike THC) actually helps repress mitigate responses associated with sudden heart rate increase or respiration. In other words, CBD might be ideal for people looking to relax and unwind without the THC buzz. What does CBD Do, Exactly?A better question would be, “What doesn’t it do?” People who take CBD claim that it helps them with things like:

  • Sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Appetite
  • Libido

Recent studies discovered that CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures by about 43% for some patients, backing up claims about this substance being both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative. To get a better understanding of what CBD does, it’s helpful to learn how it interacts with your endocannabinoid system—or ECS.

CBD and Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The endocannabinoid system (ECS, for short) is a complex system of cells, found all throughout your body. This intricate system is incharge of regulating things like sleep, stress, appetite, mood, energy, metabolism, memory, and even your reproduction + fertility.

Whether you use CBD or don’t, your endocannabinoid system remains naturally active in your body. Needless to say: this system is a vital part of your day-to-day life.

Let’s break it down. Your body’s ECS is made up of three main parts:

  • endocannabinoids
  • cannabinoid receptors, which endocannabinoids bind to
  • enzymes responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids, causing a response from your body

There are two main cannabinoid receptors in your body: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located in your central nervous system, helping regulate things like brain function. CB2 receptors are found on immune cells throughout your bloodstream. CBD—and other cannabinoids—trigger certain responses in your body by attaching themselves to these cannabinoid receptors.

Since cannabis plants were only recently legalized on a federal level, scientists are still trying to work—out exactly how CBD supports the ECS. However, what they’ve found so far looks incredibly promising.

CBD also works with your ECS system to naturally increase anandamide into your body, which is fondly referred to as “the bliss molecule.” Anandamide plays a vital role in neural pleasure pathways, enhancing your overall sense of happiness and well‐being.

No, it’s not too good to be true...

How Should You Take CBD?

To get your daily dose of CBD, you have several fun options. You can add it to your morning latte, your nighttime facial routine, and everything in between... The most common methods of taking CBD are:

  • CBD Edibles
  • CBD Topicals
  • CBD Vape pens
  • CBD Oils & Tinctures

Our favorite method (and the one that’s proven to be the most effective) is sublingual, meaning CBD is dropped directly under your tongue. This area of your mouth is rich in capillaries, which enables the CBD to be absorbed into your bloodstream faster. It’s more effective than any other method of taking CBD.

CBD Dosage; How Much Should You Take?

Because everybody is unique, and will respond to CBD in different ways, we recommend that you start out low and slow.

In the beginning, take a few drops of CBD under your tongue, hold for 30 seconds and swallow. If you feel like you could use more after a few days, gradually increase your dose by a few drops each time.

Play around with your dosage and see what feels right! Similar to any other natural supplement, the benefits of CBD aren’t going to hit you all at once. Stick with it, and don’t quit because you don’t “feel” it right away. For more detailed information, head over to our CBD dosage guide.

Possible Side Effects of CBD

Here’s the good news: most of the official research on CBD oil shows that there are very few (if any) negative side effects. However, CBD does have the potential to cause decreased appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, diarrhea, and drowsiness.

These side effects may be rare, but they're not impossible. Make sure to drink lots of water while taking CBD, and stop using it immediately if you start experiencing any of these side effects.

We encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional before adding CBD to your lifestyle.

Can CBD Get You “High”?

The short answer is: Nope.

CBD is one of the (many) compounds in the cannabis plant, but it doesn't have the same properties that make you feel "high" or "stoned" like THC does.

That being said, you’ve probably seen articles online claiming that CBD is “non-psychoactive.” The thing is, this claim isn’t spot-on. The term psychoactive specifically means that it affects your mind or behavior. According to Wikipedia, a psychoactive drug is “a chemical substance that changes nervous system function, resulting in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, or behavior.”

This means that things like everyday substances like alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and certain pain medicines are technically psychoactive.

A surprising amount of people who take CBD claim that it helps with anxiety, pain, inflammation, and sleep issues. But the euphoria—and at times, paranoia + psychosis—brought on by THC aren’t experienced with CBD alone. Although our broad-spectrum CBD oil might help you sleep like a baby, it definitely won’t get you high.

Is CBD Legal?

Okay, here’s where it gets a liiiiiittle tricky.

The CBD industry has seen gigantic growth over the past few years. Although this plant has been used as natural medicine since about the dawn of time, there's still a lot of confusion regarding its legality.

To meet federal legal criteria, CBD oil must contain no more than 0.3% THC. If the CBD contains more than that, it will be considered illegal in states that have strict marijuana laws.

Since cannabis and CBD laws differ from state-to-state, it’s important to do your own research.

Are you planning a road trip? Headed overseas? Make sure it's legal at your destination to save yourself a headache down the road (trip).

Here’s an updated list of state-by-state CBD laws to help you navigate this crazy scene. You can rest easy, because every single Selene product is 2018 Farm Bill compliant-containing the legal limit of 0.3% THC!  🙌

Will I Pass a Drug Test if I Take CBD?

Recent research supports the belief that CBD is not a drug in the sense that it isn't normally detected during a drug screening.

Despite this, it's super important to note that some full-spectrum CBD products contain THC, which could trigger a failed drug test. If you are concerned about failing a future drug test, it may be best to avoid products that contain even the legal amount (0.3%, btw) of THC.

With regard to what’s being analyzed, drug tests vary from test to test. Because of that, we're unable to make any solid claims regarding our products and drug tests. We encourage you to do your own research and ask your employer about their requirements + expectations when it comes to CBD and drug testing.

Before You Go...

Here’s an important thing to take note of: just because a label says “CBD” doesn’t mean that it actually contains the real stuff. According to this report, the FDA recently discovered that out of 150 bottles tested, less than half contained the full amount of CBD that the label claimed.

Many companies these days use hemp seed oil—which, while it has its own set of benefits, isn’t the same thing.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, it really boils down to this: the best CBD oil comes from the whole cannabis-hemp plant. When you’re buying CBD online, make sure that what you're getting is real, honest-to-goodness CBD.

When it comes to your health and wellness, we’ve got your back. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest CBD news.

This article is intended to be used for informational purposes only. The content featured on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. These are the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of Selene. 

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