What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD oil is derived from a substance formed in the plant’s secretions known as trichomes.
CBD is non-psychoactive and studies are showing it may have medicinal qualities with the potential to heal or offer relief for a variety of conditions.
What does CBD do?
There are scientific studies and clinical research that have reported CBD’s potential as an effective treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. This includes PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, addiction treatment, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Some research has shown it can be effective in treating antibiotic resistant infections and may inhibit cancer growth.
Will CBD cure my ailment?
More research is required to determine if CBD can cure anything.
Will CBD get me high?
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it does not have euphoric effects and will not make people feel “stoned”. CBD will not get you high.
Can I overdose on CBD?
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. A study from 2011 indicated that chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans. The Department of Health and Human Services states, “no signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers”.
Is CBD safe for pets?
Research is still required to fully understand the effects of CBD and animals. There are many CBD infused pet products on the market. Ask your veterinarian if CBD is a good option for the wellness of your pet.
Is CBD safe for kids?
Please speak to your pediatrician to determine if CBD would be effective option for treating your child. As of today, there is only one approved CBD drug on the market available by prescription only for treating children with severe epilepsy or seizure disorders. The Drug Enforcement Agency approved GW Pharmaceuticals’ antiseizure drug, derived from cannabis. The FDA approved the CBD drug back in June 2018.
If you’re considering CBD for your child, do your research in advance. With the guidance of your physician, select your products carefully to ensure it is has natural CBD (not synthetic) and is THC free.
Ask other parents about their experience using CBD for treating their child. You can find online many forums and support groups for parents using CBD to manage everything from autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and sensory processing issues.
Can I take CBD when I’m on other medications?
It’s important to speak with your physician about combining or replacing CBD products with your current medications. CBD and other plant cannabinoids can interact with many pharmaceuticals by hindering the activity of cytochrome P450, a group of liver enzymes, so other drugs don’t metabolize as expected.
Steroids, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, immune modulators, benzodiazepines, antibiotics, anesthetics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiepileptics and beta blockers could all potentially cause an adverse reaction when taken with CBD.
Are CBD products covered by health insurance?
You have to pay for it out of pocket; private health insurance and Medicare currently, do not cover CBD due to the federal illegality of cannabis.
Is CBD legal?
The Farm Bill signed in December 2018 cleared the way for CBD products to become legal nationwide. Hemp can now be cultivated, processed, and sold as an agricultural product. Hemp seed doesn’t naturally contain high concentration of THC (like cannabis), one of the primary reasons why the Senate passed the bill to deregulate hemp’s production for industrial purposes. As part of the Farm Bill 2018, industrial hemp cannot contain any more than trace amounts of THC; 0.3% being the limit for THC content. The Farm Bill distinguishes between the two by removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.
Be mindful of CBD products that contain over 0.3% THC as it may not be legal in some states.
Can I travel with CBD?
Traveling with CBD can come with its own complications and headaches, so here are some tips for traveling with CBD products.
If you are traveling by land, you should be fine traveling with CBD as long as you stay within state lines. When you cross the border, things can get tricky. For one, states have different laws for cannabis and CBD products. While it might be completely legal in your home state, CBD is only legal in some other states, if the oil contains less than 0.3 percent THC or if you own a registration card.
Possession of any cannabis-infused products is still illegal by federal law, so even if you are traveling to Oregon, where all forms of cannabis are legal, you could still get into trouble. It’s less about whether it is legal in your state or not, and more about the act of transporting cannabis products over state lines.
The TSA states, “Possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products.” Furthermore, although the TSA does not actively search for cannabis or other drugs, a TSA agent is obligated by law to inform local law enforcement if they do find CBD oil or other cannabis products on your person during screening.
From there, it depends on the airport and state laws. If you aren’t actually breaking any state laws, the police should let you go (though you may be asked to dispose of your CBD before you go through security). If cannabis isn’t legal in that state, you could be prosecuted.
If you’re traveling internationally, things get even more serious. Many countries, including Japan and the United Arab Emirates, have zero tolerance policies for cannabis possession. That means that even the smallest amount of CBD could result in jail time in that country.
If you need CBD for your flight, take your CBD before you go through security. Your CBD should take effect by the time your plane is in the air.
If you need CBD while you are away from home, do your research beforehand. Look into the state and local laws. Know what documentation you may need from your doctor. If you’re traveling to a state that allows use of cannabis, look up the dispensaries where you may be able to get your CBD while you’re enjoying your vacation. Some local drug stores may carry THC free CBD products too. Traveling with CBD or any cannabis product is risky, so we recommend you buy your CBD at your destination.