Whether you are a full-on CBD supporter, or you aren’t quite sure you buy the whole fad and trend, there is no denying that CBD has taken the health and wellness world by storm. And rightly so! Learning about new products in the industry is a worthy endeavor, and everyone and their mother is out there trying to make a call on whether CBD is here to stay, or if it is just the next passing trend. In case you’re a skeptic, welcome! You’ve come to the right place! Read on to get some of your most burning CBD questions answered.
As always, please remember that we are not medical professionals. With any supplement, make sure to check with your doctor before integrating CBD or anything else into your daily routine. While CBD has been anecdotally helpful for all kinds of ailments and illnesses, diagnosed or otherwise, you should not use CBD to treat a medical condition in addition to or in substitution of a prescribed medication. Speak with your doctor to determine whether CBD is right for you and your lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Question One: How long does CBD stay in your system?
Summary answer: it depends.
Explanation: Here’s the thing about CBD: it is pretty new on the market. So new, actually, that most CBD products are not regulated by the FDA, and there’s not very much information or research about how exactly CBD works or what the long-lasting effects are. So, there isn’t a standard answer to this question.
The first thing to know is that CBD is nonpsychoactive, which means that it cannot get you high. (Products with THC, which is similar to CBD, is what will get you high, so make sure to read your labels.)
The next thing to know is that there are several variables that will change how CBD oils affect you, and how long they last in your system. Variables like how much you take (i.e., the intensity of the dosage) obviously plays a huge part. In addition, how you consume CBD will play a large part in this question. Did you vape some CBD? Eat a few CBD Gummies? Put a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue? Apply it in some lotion? All of these different methods of consuming CBD can change how long it lasts in your body.
Based on these changes, and based on the (very scarce) available studies, CBD can last in your system anywhere from 1-2 days, or 4-25. Clearly, there’s a pretty significant discrepancy there. This may lead you to ask a few other questions, which we’ve listed below.
Frequently Asked Question Two: Can you get high from CBD?
Summary answer: No! CBD cannot get you high.
Explanation: Let’s look into what CBD is and how it works. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound extracted from a cannabis plant. (Fun fact: cannabis isn’t just one plant, but the name of a plant family. How cool is that?) As mentioned, CBD is nonpsychoactive, so it cannot get you high. CBD is most often compared to THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and weed. THC can get you high, and although THC and CBD are similar in structure, they interact with the body very differently.
When CBD products are made, they can contain all different kinds of strains of cannabis, and some vendors make products with up to 0.2% THC in the content. To be absolutely safe and assured, make sure to read labels of products before you buy and use them to make sure there is no THC involved.
Tip: When you’re checking those labels, notice whether products are made with Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, or just CBD Isolate. The latter is one strain of CBD, while the former contains a lot of different strains and is the best option to treat a variety of ailments and provide the maximum range of benefits possible. They are both different, and provide different benefits, so do your research and pick what fits your needs best.
Frequently Asked Question Three: What are the effects of CBD? Can you take too much?
Summary answer: There are a ton of positive side effects–and you can’t overdose.
Explanation: There are lots and lots of positive effects of CBD. Although you may experience negative side effects, most consumers do not. CBD has been shown to be safe and effective in high doses, so theoretically, no, you cannot overdose on CBD. However, if you take too much, it may make you drowsy or lethargic.
When it comes to the benefits and effects of CBD, there are thousands to choose from. Literally! CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which regulates your nervous system, your mood, your memory, and all sorts of other processes. It can cut nausea, relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, treat acne, bring calmness, help you sleep better, and the list goes on and on. Whether you integrate CBD into your daily routine, or just take it as needed in the more stressful moments of life (i.e. dinner with the in-laws), there are all kinds of benefits to integrating CBD into your day to day routine.
Frequently Asked Question Four: How long will it take for CBD to take effect?
Summary answer: Once again–it totally depends.
Explanation: As mentioned above, how you take and how much you take the CBD will change how quickly and drastically you feel the effects. Some consumers feel the effects of CBD on their bodies within mere moments. For others, it may take closer to 90 minutes to feel a significant difference. The slowest, but longest-lasting changes will be felt via oral ingestion (CBD edibles), like eating a few gummies. Next, comes taking a dose of CBD sublingually, or, under your tongue. Topical administration, like a lotion, will be felt quicker than either of these, although only in that area of application, vs. full-body of treatment. Finally, vaporization will provide the fastest changes (although, the effects will fade quickly, too). CBD can build up in its effect over time so sometimes one needs to take it for several weeks or even months to get a regulating effect on symptoms. You can take a ‘course’ of CBD where you get a bottle and just take it every day until the bottle is gone. This is a good way to assess whether it has greater effects over time.
We hope these answers were helpful as you learn about CBD and how it might work for your specific needs and desires. Happy researching!