In recent years, plenty of CBD-only products have hit the marketplace. Shelves have been filled with things to inhale, drop under the tongue, and ingest—but how do these products differ from the full-spectrum and THC items in the cannabis dispensary that look the same?
Depending on the effects you’re interested in experiencing with cannabis, a CBD-only formula may be a good alternative. These formulas, which isolate the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol, provide benefits that are different from other cannabis products.
No Psychotropic Effects
If you are interested in using cannabis as a treatment for certain medical conditions, you may not want to experience the euphoric feeling that THC produces. CBD does not make you feel “high,” so you can use cannabis any time you want. In fact, not only is CBD not psychoactive, it actually counteracts the effects of THC.
This is also good for parents and pet owners who want the benefits that cannabis can provide for children, dogs, and cats.
Fewer Legal Concerns
Not all kinds of cannabis are legal throughout the United States. Although many states have legalized cannabis both recreationally and medicinally, marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government.
However, CBD products can be produced from hemp. Hemp differs legally from marijuana, even though they both come from the cannabis plant. Hemp, by definition, has 0.03% THC. It is grown for textiles, its healthy seeds, and for CBD-only products.
When employers test for drugs, the tests rarely look for CBD. However, due to the trace amounts of THC in some CBD-only products, it is worth discussing your use with your employer.
Scientifically Proven Support
CBD is a cannabinoid that is used as a dietary supplement to support the body’s endocannabinoid system. Research has demonstrated it has great promise in treating many health concerns, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Hormone imbalance
Just as everybody is different, the right serving size for you may vary from what is best for another. The FDA does not regulate CBD products, and there is no recommended dosage. Start with small amounts, monitor results over a week, and then adjust the servings if necessary.
CBD-Only Product Options
If you want to try a CBD-only formula, you have many kinds of products to choose from. Many of the different delivery methods range in potency and our cannabis experts can explain the standard dose. Products with CBD only include:
- Dried flower buds to smoke
- CBD oil tinctures to place under the tongue and held to absorb for at least 30 seconds
- Capsules with measured amounts of oil
- Vape oil that can be inhaled with a vape pen
- Salves or creams that can be rubbed into the skin
- Edible candies and baked goods
Many of these products offer ease and discretion, while also providing customers the benefit of knowing the exact amount they consumed.
Those who have compromised lung health may wish to avoid smoking. Those who wish to administer CBD to their pets should consider getting a tincture that can be added to food or given orally. Deciding the right products and the right amount may take some experimentation before you get the results you seek.