CBD Guide: An Introduction to CBD

Welcome to our CBD Guide series! In every post, we focus in on one aspect of using CBD and hope to answer your most pressing questions. Today, however, we're going to touch a little bit on all of them in this beginner's guide to CBD.

What is CBD?
CBD is a health supplement that has many benefits, known mostly for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is commonly used for stress, anxiety, sleep problems, physical pain, injuries, epilepsy, and a long list of other ailments.

Isn't CBD related to marijuana?
CBD is an extract of hemp, which is, simply speaking, a type of very low-THC level marijuana. In marijuana, THC is the "high," while CBD holds much of the health benefits. So while it's true that CBD comes from marijuana, there is absolutely no mental impairment associated with its usage.

Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?
No, CBD will not show up on a drug test. Standard drug tests are testing for THC, and all of our products are 100% THC-free, so there is no chance of testing positive. However, not all states in the U.S. require 0.0% THC in CBD products like Kansas does; many of them allow for up to 0.3% THC, which would come up in a drug test. Wherever you buy CBD, always make sure that there are third-party lab tests available to confirm the complete absence of THC.

Are there different types of CBD for different ailments?
No. CBD is one product that helps with a list of ailments, which means that the CBD that you take for pain is the same CBD that someone else takes for anxiety or sleep. However, don't worry; just because some people take CBD to help them sleep does not mean that taking it for pain will make you tired. CBD does not actively make users feel drowsy in order to make them fall asleep, but rather, it addresses the root cause of anxiety and panic that often keeps them awake. My CBD is your CBD, no matter what you take it for.

How should I take CBD?
There are many options for using CBD, and it can get overwhelming to sort through them. Although we can recommend different methods of use for different ailments, the most common way to take CBD is with an oil called a tincture. People who prefer tinctures tend to like them because it's easy to measure doses and economical in the long term. These work by holding the oil under the tongue for 30-60 seconds in order to absorb quickly, and then swallowing the oil.

What is an average dose of CBD?
Although there isn't any one universal number, most people tend to take somewhere between 10mg and 30mg per dose. This can vary based on severity of condition and body type, but usually, body size is less of an indicator than people assume. Those who suffer from epilepsy, cancer and its treatments, and chronic pain might take upwards of 50mg per dose, while people with much less severe ailments or children could take as little as 5mg at a time. The truth is that everyone is a bit different, and the best way to find your right dose is to experiment with it.

Are there side effects? What happens if I take too much?
Nope, and nothing. CBD is the most benevolent of treatments, with virtually no side effects and no recorded overdoses. The worst thing we've seen happen from taking too much is a hefty nap, and those who do experience it tend to say it was a fairly enjoyable one.

Will CBD interact with my other medications?
Although the effects of CBD on other medications are still extremely limited, there have been some cases where CBD can alter the speed at which other medications are processed by the body. This means that there may need to be an adjustment of that medication dose, but there is no reason to completely go off of your medications before taking CBD. The one exception is any blood-thinner, as altering the processing of a blood-thinner can become dangerous. In these cases, we recommend consulting with your doctor before starting CBD.

Can I give CBD to my children and/or pets?
Absolutely. Because there are no side effects or dangers of injury from CBD, it's a great alternative to prescription medications for children and pets. Young children and small pets may take smaller than average doses, while teenagers and larger pets (50lbs or more) may take closer to average ones. For the record, we recognize that children and pets are somewhat strange to lump together in a category, but the fact is that the answers are more or less the same.

Does CBD work better over time or will I feel the effects immediately?
This is a complicated question to answer because everyone can react differently to CBD in this fashion. For more severe conditions such as chronic pain, it may take up to a week to truly feel the full effects. For anxiety and sleep, it is more likely to be felt immediately. Either way, there is no reason to continue taking an ineffective dose for more than a week. If time has gone by at a beginning 10, 20, or even 25 milligrams without any relief, it is more than reasonable to increase your dosage until those effects are felt.

How do I know if it's working?
The way we like to phrase it is, "If you feel normal, it's working." CBD is best thought of as a sort of "balancing" supplement, which means that it will restore you to your normal state of being, without any extra effects. This means that taking CBD for pain or anxiety, for example, can give you a very measurable effect - it's working when the ailment you're fighting against eases up or goes away completely. However, if you're taking CBD for fun, you're more likely to be disappointed.

I've seen information about CBD online that conflicts with what you're telling me. Who do I trust?
The CBD market is booming right now, and with countless CBD-infused products and self-described experts available at the click of a button, it can be very difficult and overwhelming to find the truth. All of the information we present to the public comes from science-based research, the personal stories and experiences of our customers, and our owner, Dustin Hothan, who has been practicing pharmacy for the past ten years. CBD of Lawrence is not a franchise store, which means that we do not intend to sell any one brand or product, but rather, offer the best of what is available. That being said, we don't care where you buy; we want to give you the tools to make sure you're getting the most out of CBD. Our primary goal is education, which is also why we put the time into a website and blog with the intention of helping you find the best way to incorporate CBD into your life.

With that, we hope that this post has answered your first questions about CBD.

Don't hesitate to call us with your questions at (785) 424-7015, or stop by our store between 10am-7pm at 843 Mass. St in Lawrence, Kansas.

Thank you for reading and happy CBD using!

Sincerely, the CBD of Lawrence staff.