CBD FAQs Series: General CBD Questions


Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been gaining popularity as a natural remedy for a wide range of conditions, from anxiety and depression to pain and inflammation. As more people turn to CBD as a potential alternative to traditional medications, it’s natural to have questions about its safety, effectiveness, and potential uses.

In this series of frequently asked questions, we will explore many different aspects of CBD, including how it works, potential benefits and risks, legal status, and best practices for using CBD safely and effectively.

We will also address common concerns and misconceptions about CBD and provide evidence-based answers to help you make informed decisions about using this popular supplement. Whether you are considering using CBD for the first time or are a seasoned user looking to deepen your understanding, this series is designed to provide valuable insights and information about this increasingly popular natural remedy.

Before delving into the General CBD Questions, I want to answer the question that has brought all other questions to the forefront of many peoples, lives:

When Congress approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as “The Farm Bill”, it legalized the production, experimentation, and consumption of “Hemp” and any part of the plant including extracts and cannabinoids, etc.

Average American farm scene with a woman riding a horse toward a big red barn. Text overlay is "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018" "The Farm Bill"
The Farm Bill passed by the US Congress in 2018 rendered CBD legal in the United States.

This means that “Yes, CBD is federally legal so long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC content.” In fact, you can even get it in a purified prescription form (Epidiolex) for rare forms of epilepsy.

The only FDA-approved form of CBD is the prescription medication Epidiolex. It contains highly purified CBD and is used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis.

Even though CBD derivatives are legal on a federal level, several states have passed legislation banning CBD-derived products like Delta-8 & 10-THC, and THCO, among others. Some states have banned these products even though they legalized cannabis and Delta-9 products on a medicinal and/or recreational level.

The following is an excerpt from the Farm Bill that specifies the extent of the legality of hemp.

““(1) Hemp.–The term `hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa
L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and
all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts,
and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9
tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent
on a dry weight basis.”

The complete act is available for download: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 

General Cannabidiol (CBD) Questions Answered

1. a) What problems does CBD solve? b) What issues does CBD help with?

If you have read through the questions regarding the mental and physical effects of CBD, then you’ve gotten an idea of the vast number of issues and problems that CBD can help with. If you haven’t read these, then stay tuned and we will cover the basics.

The main problems and issues CBD may affect are pain and inflammation. Through alleviating these two conditions, CBD may be able to have positive effects on a host of medical afflictions like diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, etc

There is evidence that CBD may possess other beneficial properties such as vasodilation, anti-oxidation, anxiolytic, analgesic, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, and neuroregenerative.

CBD may also be used for pets that are suffering from pain and inflammation or are recovering from surgery.

CBD can be used to counteract many of the side effects of THC.

CBD and cannabinoids in general may prove to be some of the most beneficial substances for the health and well-being of mankind.

2. a) Is CBD a drug? b) What type of drug is CBD classified as? c) Is CBD considered an over-the-counter drug? d) Is CBD considered a narcotic?

I personally consider CBD to be more of a natural remedy unless it happens to be a chemically reproduced synthetic.

What defines a drug? This from the Oxford Languages Dictionary:
Drug: (noun) a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.

According to this definition, CBD definitely is a drug. However, the only FDA-approved CBD medication is Epidiolex which is used to treat seizures of certain rare forms of epilepsy. In this case, this purified form of CBD is considered an anti-seizure medication. Other than that, the DEA considers it a Schedule V substance, which is defined as: “drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics.”

Considering that CBD may qualify as a drug and you can purchase it over-the-counter without a prescription, then I suppose that it can be perceived as an over-the-counter drug.

But it is definitely not a narcotic. (Although it can legally contain less than .3% of the Schedule I narcotic THC.) A narcotic can not be obtained without a prescription and is illegal to possess otherwise.

Anecdotally, it has been used as a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, and a vasodilator, among other things. Purportedly it also has neuroregenerative, neuroprotective, neurogenetic, and anxiolytic properties to name a few off the top of my head.

3. a) Does Walmart sell CBD oil or gummies? b) Does Walmart sell CBD in-store?

No, you can not purchase CBD in any form from Walmart, either online or in the store. They do carry many products made from hemp seed oil, but they do not contain any traces of CBD.

You can, however, purchase from a varied assortment of books online on the subject of CBD. There are books that range in subject matter from CBD for diabetes to CBD for your dog’s anxiety.

4. a) Is CBD harmful or addictive? b) Can you get addicted to CBD products? c) Can CBD be psychologically addictive? d) Does CBD have withdrawal symptoms?

In my opinion, CBD is no more addictive and less harmful than a multivitamin. I can’t even imagine that you could suffer from any withdrawal symptoms other than maybe revisiting the suffering of whatever reason or ailment that led you to use it in the first place.

CBD isn’t a narcotic or psychotropic drug that is going to get you high or physically or mentally dependent on its use. I have found very little evidence of negative effects from its use. Its side effects are generally minor and short-lived.

5. a) How long after taking CBD oil do you feel it? b) How long does it take for CBD to wear off? c) How long do CBD gummies take to start working? d) How long does CBD stay in your system?

The effects of CBD oil can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the dose, method of administration, and individual body chemistry. Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to feel the effects of CBD oil after taking it. The effects may last for several hours, but the duration can also depend on the dosage and individual response.

CBD gummies can take longer to start working compared to other methods of administration such as vaping or sublingual oil drops. This is because the gummies need to be digested and metabolized by the body before the CBD can enter the bloodstream. The onset of effects from CBD gummies can range from 30 minutes to an hour or so.

CBD may stay in the body for varying lengths of time depending on factors such as dosage, frequency of use, and individual metabolism. Studies have shown that CBD may stay in the body for up to several days or even weeks after use. However, the effects of CBD may wear off within a few hours to several hours after use.

It is important to note that the effects of CBD can be highly individualized and may vary from person to person. It is recommended to start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed while monitoring the effects and any potential side effects. If you have any concerns about the effects of CBD on your body, it is important to speak with your doctor.

6. a) How many CBD gummies should I eat? b) Is CBD good to take every day?

It is actually best to take CBD daily as it combats pain and inflammation along with other common ailments.

Since gummies are available in many different strengths, let’s rather talk about how many mg you should ingest per day.

It is recommended to start with a small dosage and build up until you reach your desired plateau of relief from your ailment. Our research suggests beginning with 10-20mg per day.

Our research also suggests using products that contain both CBD and THC with a 1:4 ratio of THC:CBD as a baseline. It also suggests a full spectrum product that contains all other beneficial components of cannabis in order to take full advantage of the entourage effect.

Different ailments may require different ratios and different other components. For instance, if you suffer from pain and inflammation, you will want to be sure the product you use contains the proper terpenes and flavonoids to assist in combating these symptoms.

7. Is CBD a cannabinoid?

Absolutely CBD is a cannabinoid. The cannabis plant contains the phytocannabinoid cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) which, once decarboxylated becomes the familiar cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD).

8. Is CBD oil expensive?

When it comes to the cost of CBD, the expense is a relative notion. For one thing, the price of CBD products varies with low-quality products being less expensive and higher-quality, lab-tested products being more expensive.

To some, the cost of even low-quality products is expensive and to those people, the price of high-quality products is exorbitant. To others, the prices seem expensive but they consider the products worth the expense. Yet others would consider the price negligible. Then there are those who have used it and found relief from their conditions and consider the benefits of CBD worth any cost. You simply need to find your place among those who consider the expense of CBD.

9. Is CBD oil safe for seniors?

CBD oil can be safe for seniors. Although it is well tolerated by most people, there have been reported side effects including dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. It is also known to cause side effects if taken with certain medications, so you should consult with your physician if you are considering using CBD.

10. Are hemp and CBD the same?

Hemp and CBD are absolutely not the same things. Hemp is a subspecies of the Cannabis sativa plant which contains, among other things, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) which can be decarboxylated into CBD. So, don’t confuse hemp products with CBD products. Hemp oil and CBD oil are not necessarily the same thing. Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds which contain little to no CBD. CBD oil is made from CBD extracted from the hemp plant.

11. What are the 3 types of CBD?

The three basic types of CBD are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate.

Full-spectrum products contain all of the compounds found in the hemp plant including THC content of less than .3% to be federally legal.

Broad-spectrum products contain all of the compounds found in the hemp plant except THC, which has been removed through further processing.

CBD isolate is only CBD containing none of the other compounds found in the hemp plant.

FYI: CBD can also be obtained from other cannabis plants that contain more than the federally legal amount of .3% THC, but it wouldn’t be federally legal. Just as full-spectrum products containing THC of .3% or more are not federally legal.

12. What do CBD gummies make u feel like?

CBD doesn’t have the psychotropic effects that some of its sister cannabinoids have, so you won’t feel those types of effects. The only way CBD will make you feel any different is if you suffer from some detrimental condition such as pain or inflammation. In that case, you may well feel relief from these conditions. Otherwise don’t expect to feel any effects.

CBD does, however, have many therapeutic properties that may help you feel better over time with regular use.

13. What form of CBD is most effective?

This largely depends on what ails you. But for the most part, our researches suggest full-spectrum as the most effective form of CBD. This is due to it containing the full benefit of the other therapeutic compounds of the cannabis plant. These components tend to work better together.

14. What’s the downside of CBD oil?

The downside of CBD oil would necessarily be the flavor! But, seriously, the possibility of side effects is also included in the downside of CBD oil.

15. What’s the safest CBD to take?

All forms of CBD are considered relatively safe. The least safe would be smoking CBD flower due to the possibility of respiratory irritation.

Beyond that, it’s important to choose a reputable CBD product from a trusted manufacturer that follows good manufacturing practices. Look for products that have been third-party tested for purity and potency, and that have a certificate of analysis available.

16. What medications should not be taken with CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) can interact with some medications, including those metabolized by the liver’s cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many drugs, and CBD can inhibit their activity, which can increase the levels of some medications in the bloodstream and lead to potentially dangerous side effects.

If you’re taking any medication, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before starting CBD to ensure that it’s safe and won’t interact with your medication. Here are some examples of medications that should not be taken with CBD:

  • Blood Thinners: CBD can increase the effects of blood-thinning medications like warfarin, which can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Anti-Seizure Medications: CBD can interact with anti-seizure medications like clobazam, increasing the risk of side effects like drowsiness and fatigue.
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications: CBD can interact with anti-anxiety medications like diazepam, leading to increased sedation.
  • Antidepressants: CBD can interact with antidepressants like fluoxetine, leading to increased sedation and other side effects.
  • Statins: CBD can increase the levels of statins like atorvastatin in the bloodstream, increasing the risk of side effects like muscle pain and liver damage.

It’s important to note that this is not a comprehensive list, and there may be other medications that can interact with CBD. Always talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement or medication, including CBD.

17. What products contain CBD?

CBD seems to be quite the popular supplement today. It is available in a variety of products. Here are some examples of products made from or infused with CBD:

  • CBD Oil: CBD oil is a popular way to take CBD, and is typically taken sublingually (under the tongue) for fast absorption. CBD oil can also be added to food or drinks.
  • CBD Capsules: CBD capsules are a convenient way to take a precise dose of CBD. They are typically taken orally and provide a slower, longer-lasting effect than CBD oil.
  • CBD Topicals: CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin and are used for localized relief of pain and inflammation. They can come in the form of creams, balms, salves, and lotions.
  • CBD Edibles: CBD edibles are food products that have been infused with CBD, such as gummies, chocolates, and baked goods.
  • CBD Vapes: CBD vapes involve inhaling CBD oil using a vaporizer. This method provides fast absorption but can be harsh on the lungs.
  • CBD Beverages: CBD beverages are drinks that have been infused with CBD, such as tea, coffee, juice drinks and water.

Be sure to get products from reputable manufacturers that have been third-party tested for purity and potency.

18. What works better CBD gummies or oil?

Whether CBD gummies or oil work better depends on the individual’s preferences and needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing between CBD gummies and oil:

  • Dosage: CBD oil allows for more precise dosing as it can be measured with a dropper. Gummies, on the other hand may not contain an equal amount of CBD due to the manufacturing process.
  • Absorption rate: CBD oil is absorbed more quickly than gummies if taken sublingually (under the tongue). Gummies need to be digested in the stomach before the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream, which can take longer. However, gummies may have a longer-lasting effect due to slower absorption.
  • Taste: CBD oil has a distinct hemp taste that some people may find unpleasant. Gummies come in a variety of flavors and can be more palatable for some individuals.
  • Convenience: CBD gummies are pre-measured and easy to take on the go, while CBD oil requires a dropper and can be more difficult to use while traveling or on the go.

Ultimately, the best option depends on your personal preference and needs. Some people may prefer the convenience and taste of CBD gummies, while others may prefer the faster absorption and precise dosing of CBD oil.

19. What’s stronger CBD or Delta-8?

CBD (cannabidiol) and delta-8 are two different compounds with distinct effects. It’s difficult to say which one is stronger as their effects are different. Here’s some information about each:

  • CBD: CBD is a non-intoxicating compound that is known for its potential therapeutic benefits, including reducing anxiety, promoting relaxation, and reducing inflammation. CBD does not have any psychoactive effects and does not produce a “high” like delta-8 and delta-9 THC.
  • Delta-8: Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound that is found in small amounts in the hemp plant. It is similar to delta-9 THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, but is less potent. Delta-8 THC can produce a mild “high” and may have potential therapeutic benefits, such as reducing nausea and stimulating appetite.

While delta-8 THC may produce a more noticeable effect than CBD, it’s important to note that it is still a psychoactive compound and can have side effects like anxiety, paranoia, and impaired coordination. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating and generally considered safe and well-tolerated.

20. Which is better for sleep CBD or Delta-8?

Both CBD (cannabidiol) and delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) have been reported to have potential benefits for sleep. However, it’s difficult to say which one is better for sleep as their effects are different and can vary depending on the individual. Here’s some information about each:

  • CBD: CBD has been reported to have potential benefits for sleep by reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. It may also have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain and discomfort, which can interfere with sleep. Some people find that CBD helps them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
  • Delta-8: Delta-8 THC has been reported to have potential benefits for sleep by reducing anxiety and inducing feelings of relaxation. It may also have pain-relieving properties that can help alleviate discomfort that can interfere with sleep. Some people find that delta-8 THC helps them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

It’s important to note that delta-8 THC is a psychoactive compound and can have side effects like anxiety, paranoia, and impaired coordination if used in larger doses, which can interfere with sleep. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating and generally considered safe and well-tolerated.

21. How long is CBD detectable in urine? b) Will CBD oil show up on a drug test? c) Will CBD show up in blood tests?

It depends on the type of blood test being performed and the amount and frequency of CBD use. Generally, CBD (cannabidiol) is not included in standard drug tests that screen for the presence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and other illegal drugs. This is because most drug tests are designed to detect THC and its metabolites, which are the compounds that cause psychoactive effects and are responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana use.

However, some specialized drug tests may be able to detect CBD, especially if it is taken in large doses or in a product that contains trace amounts of THC. For example, some CBD products may contain up to 0.3% THC, which may be enough to trigger a positive result on a drug test.

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