What is CBD?

Everybody’s Talking about CBD —And now I have so many Questions!

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We have some Answers for You!

Will CBD get me high? What are the actual reasons people are taking CBD? Will I fail a drug test? Here’s everything you need to know about the product that’s suddenly all the rage.

By Patrick Vandiver

Updated July 11, 2020

Before we “got into the business of CBD” we are right where you likely are now.  We had heard anecdotal evidence from friends and family members who swear by this brand new type of product that had somehow also been around for thousands of years.  We stumbled onto some YouTube videos of children who were having seizures taking CBD.  It really seemed exciting, and yet, too good to be true. But we still didn’t really know what CBD is or how it works…or anything else about it. That was years ago and we have put in endless hours of researching and met with experts to figure it all out.

Nowadays you can find CBD everywhere from your nearby convenient store to American Eagle outfitters (yeah, the clothing store).  But just because CBD is on every shelf doesn’t mean the whole world knows what we’re talking about—especially when it comes to dosing CBD, deciding which type of CBD to take, finding a reputable CBD company, and generally just knowing what the heck CBD even is. Below, we’ve tried to answer most of your questions about CBD

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What is CBD?

CBD is the shorter (and much easier) way to say Cannibidiol. Cannibidiol is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant, commonly referred to as hemp, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

It’s a naturally occurring chemical compound that is used in products like tinctures (oils) and edibles such as gummies to which hopes to offer a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike THC, which is also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the major cannabinoid found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.

Will CBD get me high?

No. CBD is not psychoactive.  That just means that it won’t get you high.  CBD will not provide any euphoric feelings or effects.  Simply put, it just doesn’t do that.  That’s the role of THC in the cannabis plant.

There should be an asterisk by this one, though, because some CBD products are Full Spectrum, meaning they contain some THC. If you are purchasing CBD from a Federally legal source (not a dispensary) it should have less than 0.3% THC as allowed by The 2018 farm bill or Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 .  

To ensure your CBD will not get you high, check the Certificates of Analysis for the most current batch of the CBD product you’re considering. 

RELATED: Certificates of Analysis: You NEED These!

Getting a Certificate of Analysis is such an important step for consumers because there is NO FDA or Federal Regulation of ANY kind for manufacturers to do this on their own.  In short, you need to find a good company whose policy is to have each batch of each product third-party lab tested. And a good company is one that will also make those results, known as Certificates of Analysis, available to their customers!

I’ve heard CBD and Hemp are related…How? 

When discussing CBD, you usually hear the word “hemp” thrown in the conversation, as well.

The cannabis sativa plant has two main species: hemp and marijuana. Both will contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (<0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

What’s the difference between CBD Oil & Hemp Seed Oil

When people say hemp oil, they’re actually referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids—CBD or THC—in hemp seed oil. While it is a great supplement to benefit things like skin and hair, hemp seed oil is NOT the same thing as CBD Tinctures or CBD Oils.

A hemp seed oil will only contain up to trace amounts of CBD, where a CBD tincture, also known as a CBD oil, should have much higher levels.  

What are the health benefits of CBD?

This is where we have to pause a moment for a message from the FDA:

The FDA is very clear about making medical claims of efficacy about CBD products.  They don’t allow it.  So, if you see a company bragging about curing cancer or killing the coronavirus, RUN the other way!

The only CBD medication that is currently FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved in 2018 for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy in children over the age of two. 

Despite the fact that Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved medication with CBD, people take CBD and use CBD products for so many conditions and situations.  And research continues to give promise to many who have been searching for a more natural answer to their concerns.

While we reiterate that we are NOT providing medical advice and CBD products have NOT been evaluated by the FDA, here’s why people are saying they take CBD:

According to A cross-sectional study of cannabidiol users in a recently published article in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research by Phillips & Carroon,

“Consumers are using CBD as a specific therapy for multiple diverse medical conditions—particularly pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. These data provide a compelling rationale for further research to better understand the therapeutic potential of CBD.”


CBD for Pain Management

While most people take CBD for pain management, we cannot definitively state that it “works” for pain due to lack of the right kind of research.  CBD is a relatively newly discovered cannabinoid and the fact that it has only recently been made federally legal has thus far limited the research around CBD for Pain. Here’s a great article to read when considering CBD for pain management

CBD for Anxiety

The second-highest given reason for taking CBD is to help with Anxiety.  “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” by Esther M. Blessing, Maria M. Steenkamp, Jorge Manzanares, and Charles R. Marmar in Neurotherapeutics found:

“Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”

CBD for Depression

Depression is number three on the list.  And while there is not enough clinical evidence, here either, to say for sure that it works like an anti-depressant, there are CBD studies in mice that are worth considering.  

CBD for Sleep Disorders

You guessed it…we need more research here, as well.  But there are studies that may give you a bit of hope if you’re reading this at 3am hoping for help! Here’s an article called “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” published in The Permanente Journal by Shannon, Hughes, Lee & Lewis.

CBD Absorption Times Ranked  

The fastest absorbing CBD products are always those which are inhaled.

That would mean if you want to have the fastest absorption method, you’d buy a CBD Vape Pen, CBD Concentrate or CBD Flower & CBD Joints.

Some people don’t want to smoke or vape anything and therefore prefer a different type of CBD Product.

CBD Tinctures absorb a little slower, but last much longer!

CBD Tinctures also known as CBD Oils take between half an hour and an hour and a half to absorb.  It is always best to keep the CBD Tincture under the tongue for up to five minutes before swallowing to achieve best absorption.

CBD Edibles may absorb slower than a CBD Tincture Under the Tongue.

CBD Edibles such as CBD Gummies may take up to an hour an a half to best absorb.  This is only slightly higher than a tincture because most people simply chew and swallow a CBD Candy.  Pro Tip:  Keep your CBD Edible in your mouth for a few minutes while chewing to achieve best absorption.

CBD Topicals such as CBD Balms or Bath Bombs take a while to Absorb.

CBD Topicals are products such as Bath Bombs, Balms, Massage Oils and Salt Scrubs.  These products are usually sought after by people who are in pain or have skin conditions.  CBD Topicals are a great way to get your CBD, but it is important to note that while CBD can reach receptors through the skin, the CBD will not reach the bloodstream, as it will with other methods.

What makes a CBD product “good”?

There are no shortage of CBD brands and companies out there right now.  But with all these choices, how do you make sure you are getting real, potent and safe CBD?

Take a look at a CBD Label?

This isn’t style that we are talking about here, but rather, is the product’s labeling compliant? If the product is following labeling guidelines, it should have a back panel with an FDA disclaimer.  Ideally, it would have a qr code that links to the Certificates of Analysis for the latest batch of the product.

What is a Certificate of Analysis?

To ensure quality, consistency, potency and transparency, a good CBD Company will have each batch of their products third-party lab tested.  Because there is no regulations requiring companies to obtain testing on their products, this is a real problem in the CBD industry.

A certificate of analysis from a third party (such as Botanacor, the nation’s most compliant testing facility) should be accessible from the retailer’s website if you don’t see it on the product’s label.

How to determine the right Dosage for CBD?

This is a confusing subject for almost everyone, even those of us in the industry.  That is because each person is different when it comes to the right amount of a CBD Tincture or CBD Vape to take. 

When deciding on how much CBD to take, start low and increase the amount of CBD you are taking as needed.  While there is no definitive guide to CBD dosing, most people we speak to take between 20 and 30mg at a time, once to twice, daily.

Taking more if you feel like you need more shouldn’t be a problem at all, due to the limited side effects.  

What should I expect when taking CBD?

First, the FDA doesn’t allow any medical claims. So while we would love to discuss your desired outcome, we can’t make any promises of efficacy. What we will say is that most people tend to need to take the tinctures regularly for several days to build the cannabinoid levels in their CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Will CBD make me fail a drug test (Test False Positive)?

While highly unlikely, it is possible to fail a drug test (or test positive) when using CBD products normally.  

If a CBD Product is Full Spectrum, that means it has trace amounts of THC also in the mix.  It is hypothetically possible for one to then test positive for THC consumption after use of a Full spectrum CBD product.

This is much less likely with CBD Topicals, which do not reach the bloodstream.  

Furthermore, if you are concerned with THC consumption, consider using a CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD Product (No THC).

CBD for Dogs and Cats at Revive CBD in Littleton, CO 80127.

Finally: Can I give CBD to my dog?

Pet owners (both dog and cat owners alike) give their furry friends CBD for all kinds of conditions.  

Pets generally need less CBD than their human counterparts due to their lower weights and the fact that their systems metabolize the products a bit more efficiently.

For this reason, most Pet CBD products will feature a lower total MG of CBD.

As far as giving your pet a HUMAN tincture, we advise against it. This is because a good pet tincture will be in a carrier oil of Salmon Oil or something similar that has benefits for animals.

The carrier oils and flavoring in a human tincture may not agree well with your pet.

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