There are alot of things to know about CBD before trying it out! CBD has been a hot topic these last few months. Chances are, if you don’t know what it does, you’ve at least heard about it. It seems like every gas station, specialty CBD store, spa, and dollar store has CBD available.
If you are new to the CBD game, and find things to be a little daunting. No worries! We at Chillum CBD Dispensary know the CBD world can be a little overwhelming and we are here to help. We created a brief and convenient list of the top 7 things you should know before trying CBD oil for the first time.
This is where language and medical terminology confuses most people….
CBD doesn’t get you high. There is no euphoric feeling to CBD.
However, CBD does have a psychoactive affect. Meaning it does affect the mind.
Regardless of what CBD does to the mind, it is in no way a “stoned” feeling. You won’t end up listening to Phish Records or Joe Rogan’s Podcast, and you won’t lose your keys and forget to pick up your mom from the airport.
Don’t worry about that!
CBD is legal, with a few small exceptions, in all 50 states. We are proud to ship CBD to all 50 states right off of this very website.
According to the 2018 Farm Bill, as long as the plant that grew the CBD has less than .3% THC then it is legal. Some states are stricter than others, Florida requires CBD to be sold with certain packaging. However, that is the general rule for CBD’s legal status.
Okay. We know we said the general rule was that your CBD oil needed to contain less than .3% and it is legal!
One more thing…
CBD isn’t exactly legal to grow in all 50 states. Many states have what are called “Hemp Pilot Programs”.
who own farms in states with “Hemp Pilot Programs”…
and have applied with the relevant state department to be a part of this “Hemp Pilot Program”…
are able to grow Hemp!
So a good way to go that extra step is to make sure your CBD is legal is to make sure it is grown in a state that has a “Hemp Pilot Program”. Florida, Colorado, and Oregon are a few States that have a legal “Hemp Pilot Program”.
COAs stands for Certificate of Analysis. In other words make sure your CBD is lab tested. Make sure a scientist looked at your CBD! Ask your CBD retailer to provide you with the COAs for the product you are interested in buying.
When looking at a COA you will at least find an analysis of cannabinoid levels. On this page of the COA you may find a section stating the Total THC in the CBD mixture. Make sure it is less than .3%!
COAs can get more involved than that. They should! The more involved the better! Look for COAs that have an analysis of pesticides and residual solvents found in the CBD product.
Also look to see if the COA was done recently! A good CBD company is proud of their product and tests their product regularly. They also make sure to provide that info easily to their customers.
If you see a QR code on your CBD product, chances are it can be scanned with your phone to provide the product’s COA! Look for those QR codes and scan them!
That isn’t to say that there are different types of CBD! What we should say is there are many different type of CBD PRODUCTS!
CBD is a molecule, and just as long as your CBD product is reliable and consistent, CBD is always going to be the same thing.
Now! There are many kinds of CBD products. Most notable is the difference between isolate and full spectrum CBD products. Isolate products claim to contain no THC while full spectrum products contain less than .3% THC.
The difference is that isolate products have had the CBD separated from the hemp extract oil. Full spectrum products are simply tested to make sure that they are legal and if they pass the test then they are used. What you get with full spectrum products is a broader range of cannabinoids and essential oils from the original hemp plant.
After you get passed the whole isolate and full spectrum thing, Then there are different ways to ingest the CBD product. You can smoke a CBD joint, or use a topical cream, or you could even use a CBD tincture. At this stage it is best to know how the different methods of ingestion are absorbed into the body. Sublingual drops take about 20-30 mins to take effect, edibles can take up to an hour or more, while smoking and vaping can take affect almost immediately.
Different dosages can apply to different people. Generally speaking this has to do with the fact that different people have different bodies. Size and weight is a factor, metabolism is another factor, and the reason for wanting to use CBD may vary.
It is easy to speak about the short term effects CBD has on the body. People normally want something and they want it now! They want to experience it right away! And that’s all fine and good. But CBD works best when used over long periods of time. Trust us!