CBD is everywhere these days, and with good reasons, as there is some evidence to suggest that it can provide relief for a slew of different conditions. However, because CBD is still so relatively new to the market (it was only legalized in late 2018 with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill), there is a huge degree of confusion out there about it. CBD is available in so many types and substances that you may not know how to consume it or what the dangers of CBD may be.
The good news here is that CBD is available in many forms, and yes, you can absolutely consume CBD without ingesting any THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the cannabinoid in marijuana responsible for intoxication).
Here’s an overview of how to get CBD without the THC, and a recommendation: Try CBD Gummies!
Absolutely! There are three kinds of CBD available on the market today:
As you can see, broad spectrum CBD can be ingested without any worry about consuming THC. However, when you buy any CBD product (either in a store or over the internet), make sure to see the product’s Certificate of Analysis first. A Certificate of Analysis is a test which has been conducted by an independent third party which confirms the type of ingredients that are in a CBD product.
This is particularly important, given the current regulatory environment surrounding CBD. In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania conducted a test in which they examined the labels of 84 CBD products and found that almost 70% of all CBD products were mislabeled for a variety of ingredients – including THC. If you work in a profession in which you cannot have any THC in your system, this can be fatal to your career. As such, don’t take any chances, and always stick to products which have had their contents confirmed by a third party.
That depends on you. Some people believe firmly in the idea of an “entourage effect,” which holds that CBD is more effective if it has all of its naturally occurring chemicals and cannabinoids, including THC. According to this theory, THC is necessary to give CBD its full impact.
The evidence for the existence of the entourage effect is mixed. While some studies and reviews have found support for this concept, other recent studies, including this one from April 2019, have created doubt about the concept.
Absolutely not. If legally produced, CBD should have no more than .3% THC. Commonly available marijuana has up to 20% THC. As such, the amount of THC in CBD is nowhere near the amount necessary to result in any sort of marijuana intoxication.
It’s unlikely, but yes, it’s possible. Generally speaking, a positive drug test will result if there is enough THC in your body to trip the threshold of whatever drug test you are taking. Full spectrum CBD does have THC, but usually it’s in low enough quantities to not result in a positive drug test. However, a positive drug test is possible depending on a variety of factors, including:
If a positive drug test is a concern, or if you work in a field which has an absolutely zero THC policy, you should stick with broad spectrum CBD products.
If you are looking for a tasty snack and a great way of ingesting CBD, you should absolutely look at CBD gummies.
CBD gummies come with many positives, including:
When it comes to CBD gummies, the time of ingestion varies, but usually takes around 20 minutes to an hour before you start to feel the effects. This is on the longer end of the spectrum in terms of how long it takes for a CBD product to work, but the good news is that it creates a relatively consistent, easy feeling. This is great news, particularly for people who are just starting off their CBD use.
Speaking of just starting off, it’s best to start slowly. Take only 2-4 gummies every day when you first use CBD, and judge what the effects on your body are. If you find you aren’t feeling anything, or not enough, slowly increase your dosage. As always, consult with a medical professional before starting any CBD product, including gummies, as CBD is known to have some negative interactions with certain medications.