It’s touted as a wonder ingredient for helping people decrease anxiety, reduce inflammation, and ease arthritis, among many other benefits. So it’s no wonder CBD continues to grow in popularity.
The issue? A lot of people associate CBD with getting high. And that couldn’t be further from the truth!
This article is all about helping you understand what CBD actually is—and what it isn’t.
First things first…
Let’s start with the basics. Bear with us as we use a lot of similar-sounding long words…
- Cannabis is a plant.
- There are about 100 cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis family.
- CBD is a type of cannabinoid (CBD is also short-form for cannabidiol).
- CBD is the second-most active ingredient in cannabis.
- The most active cannabinoid? THC (aka tetrahydrocannabinol).
Does CBD come from cannabis, marijuana, or hemp?
It’s easy to get confused, because people tend to use the three terms interchangeably. The simple answer is this: CBD comes from all of them.
- Marijuana (also known as “psychoactive cannabis”), as well as
- Hemp (“non-psychoactive cannabis”).
However, most legal CBD products in the market are made from hemp. (Like ours—the CBD in Asutra’s Chill Pain Away magnesium CBD cream comes from an organic hemp farm.)
But doesn’t THC get you high?
It certainly can. However, CBD is much different. Although both THC and CBD are technically cannabinoids, only THC creates a recreational high.
On the flip side, CBD can have a relaxing effect, but without the high that THC is known to induce. (More on that later…)
Why are most legal CBD products made from hemp?
Strangely enough, CBD’s chemical makeup is completely identical, no matter whether it comes from hemp or marijuana. That said:
- Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal throughout the United States, and
- Marijuana-derived CBD is legal in states only where medical or recreational marijuana bills have been passed.
If I use CBD, will it show up in a drug test?
Probably not. However, there can be low levels of THC if you use full-spectrum extracts of CBD. The potential for THC showing up in a drug test is still low; however, if you’re seriously concerned, look for products featuring “CBD isolate”.
CBD isolate is an ultra-pure, crystalline powder containing 99% pure CBD—meaning there is no THC in it. Asutra’s Chill Pain Away magnesium CBD cream is one product in the market that uses CBD isolate. There is absolutely no risk of using CBD isolate and failing a drug test.
What is CBD used for?
CBD is known to have many, many therapeutic benefits. Among other things, people use CBD to treat anxiety, nausea, inflammation, and even as an anesthetic.
How does CBD work in the body?
Remember above, where we said CBD and THC are both cannabinoids? Well, our bodies naturally create our own cannabinoids to help support our regulatory system and keep us feeling calm. These are called endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids keep us balanced in terms of appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, immune system functions, and inflammation control. (Their amazing impact is actually quite similar to magnesium, which our bodies also naturally produce. Learn more about magnesium oil and its benefits.)
Meanwhile, our bodies are actually designed to recognize and respond positively to cannabinoids from external sources—including CBD! CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to make us feel better, by reducing the sensation of pain and inhibiting inflammation. This is especially helpful when our bodies are depleted of endocannabinoids and/or magnesium. In other words, when you use CBD, it can “kick-start” or rebalance your endocannabinoids to work at optimal capacity.
How do you “take” CBD?
CBD is available in many forms including gummies, oral supplements, mints, oils, topical sprays, suppositories, pain-relief topical lotions for sore muscles and inflammation (like ours!), moisturizers, vaping, and more.
Is CBD safe to use?
The majority of scientific studies say so. CBD is non-toxic. Even the World Health Organization released a report in 2017 saying that CBD was not harmful or addictive.
Are there any side effects of using CBD?
The bulk of research to date has shown that side effects from CBD are pretty much non-existent. Some people may get dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness. Meanwhile, some studies have reported signs of liver injury in some users, but other studies say it can help improve liver function.
Are some CBD products better than others?
Absolutely. Keep in mind: the CBD market of products is not regulated. So if you’re looking for a safe, effective, and quality product to treat what ails you, go with a source you trust.
Can you combine CBD with other products?
Yes. Many studies show that anxiety and muscle pain can be greatly relieved when you combine CBD with magnesium. Like CBD, magnesium can help ease stress, anxiety, muscle soreness, joint paint, headaches, and promote restful sleep. Meanwhile, OptiMSM® can help magnesium and CBD absorb better and support healthy joints and muscles.
If I want to try CBD, where should I begin?
Although there is little to no risk in using CBD, a topical lotion is a great way to get started! Check out Asutra’s Chill Pain Away magnesium CBD cream. Combined with OptiMSM®, CBD and magnesium are a gentle but powerful combination for reducing pain and symptoms of anxiety, depression…and even acne.