Most CBD articles I have recently read start off by explaining what CBD is and whether it will get you high. Until CBD is more widely used, this basic information is necessary to share with new audiences just becoming familiar with the CBD world. So, first things first:
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating compound renowned for its calming, soothing properties. It comes from industrial hemp that’s very low in THC (tetrahydracannabinol), the euphorigenic agent associated with a “high.” CBD’s main selling point is serving as a more natural way to induce an overall sense of wellness and mind-body balance without intoxication. It’s also often used for post-exercise recovery and restful sleep.
In my immediate area, CBD is a hot commodity. It’s often offered as an addition to soups, matcha lattes, coffee drinks and cocktails.
When added as a trendy ingredient, it’s hard to determine whether CBD is a placebo or the real thing. So, is CBD actually helpful? Numerous research publications credit CBD with positive effects, but it is not approved by the FDA.
To complicate the situation, when used to rev up a drink or snack, it also might be unclear exactly how much CBD is being used and where it’s from. When the CBD trend hit New York City, its fake friends came too. Because CBD regulation enforcement is still in a gray area, many companies have opted to produce CBD tinctures, oils and skincare products that actually contain zero CBD! The inconsistency from one product line to the next—as well as inconsistency that can come with sloppy manufacturing of unscrupulous producers trying to make a quick buck off a trend—can cause a problem with the reputation of CBD itself.
For those just starting their journey with CBD, it can be difficult to navigate which vendors and products are reliable and which are not. Here are some tips:
- Be sure to work with reputable shops and brands.
- Understand that there’s not a simple answer to how much CBD a single person should take and how it will interact with them.
- Ask a trusted medical professional for advice if you have specific questions or needs.
- Track your usage and self-assess periodically to determine how it’s working for you. (Download our CBD Usage Tracker for easy tracking.)
Rachel grew up in New Jersey where she completed her Masters in library and information sciences. A few years later she moved to California and now spends her time educating herself about the industry. She also enjoys baking and sharing her experiences on her website.