CBD: Your Questions Answered
Learn More About the Ingredient at the Heart of Chill.com
It seems that more brands than ever are starting to sell CBD. From tinctures and oils to gummies and smokes, Chill has been in the CBD game for years building the premium product range we know our customers deserve.
With so much CBD on the market, it’s difficult to know where to start. What actually is cannabidiol? How should you take it? Is it safe? These are all reasonable questions, and it’s important that your journey with CBD begins with understanding more about the natural products you’re putting into your body.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of our most commonly asked questions so you can make an informed decision about CBD whether you choose to Chill or not!
What does CBD stand for?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol - an all-natural compound that is found in the Cannabis Sativa plant (which you might know by just ‘cannabis’ or ‘hemp’). The cannabis plant contains over 100 other chemicals - known as cannabinoids - but cannabidiol is the most abundant.
But what is CBD?
As we mentioned, CBD is a chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It’s considered one of the most important cannabinoids and is often used as a supplement or additive within other products.
Cannabinoids like CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The ECS is a biological system that regulates our bodily functions such as sleep and mood. Your body is already producing low levels of compounds that are similar to cannabinoids and some people think of taking CBD products as a ‘top up’.
What does CBD do?
CBD is used in many different ways and for a variety of reasons. While we do not endorse any health claims, some people have even reported that CBD could be beneficial for people who struggle with anxiety, stress, insomnia and pain.
We said before that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, but how does that actually work? Well, scientists have identified receptors within the brain and immune system that interact with chemicals like CBD. It is currently believed that taking phytocannabinoids like CBD can support the ECS and improve our overall wellness.
CBD products are not approved medicines or pharmaceuticals and there is still a great deal of research to be done. At this stage we can only provide real reviews, testimonials and anecdotal evidence that hint at the potential benefits of CBD.
Is CBD the same as hemp seed oil?
In short, no. CBD is quite different to hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is made by pressing hemp seeds. It is believed to offer many nutritional benefits, but typically contains a low level of CBD. This is because hemp seeds only contain small trace amounts of cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is commonly used for cooking and in cosmetics, but these products are unlikely to contain meaningful amounts of CBD.
CBD, on the other hand, is usually derived from the flowers, leaves and stems of the cannabis plant. In the case of Chill products, CBD from the hemp plant is turned into an isolate that removes any trace of the other compounds that are commonly associated with producing psychoactive effects.
Is CBD safe to use?
Cannabidiol is widely considered to be safe for human consumption. CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you high. Some people report feeling relaxed when they take CBD, but this isn't due to any psychoactive effects of the drug - it's just because they feel better overall as a result of spending time on their wellness regime.
Studies from Harvard and other well-regarded institutions suggest that CBD is a safe product. So far, however, only one medication containing CBD has been approved by the US FDA. Brands and retailers should not sell products containing CBD that is labeled as medicine.
How long does CBD take to work?
The time it takes for CBD to start working depends on the dosage, and how your body reacts to it. Reports suggest that the effects of CBD could be felt within 30 minutes to one hour after taking it. However, this is just an estimate based on personal experience. Some people may notice a difference more quickly, while others may need longer depending on their metabolism, dose, and an array of other factors.
We’re all different so there won’t ever be one answer that fits all when it comes to CBD dosages! The most important thing here is finding out which method works best for you - whether that’s taking two gummies a day or lighting up a Chill CBD smoke every now and then.
Based on the information we’ve received from customers and our own experiences, customers who use CBD for at least 21 days are the most satisfied. As with any new habit, the key is consistency!
Is CBD legal?
CBD is now legal in many countries, including in the US where it is federally legal provided that it does not contain any more than 0.3 percent THC.
A stricter approach is taken in the UK where only CBD products that are free from THC can be sold. This rule has been misunderstood by some brands on the market, but you can have confidence when you choose Chill since our products are made exclusively using CBD isolate and contain no THC or other illegal substances.
Will taking CBD make me high?
No, CBD is not psychotropic so it won’t get you high.
Cannabidiol does not have any intoxicating qualities and it’s not the part of the cannabis plant that makes people feel a ‘high’ sensation. Those effects are usually the result of THC - or Tetrahydrocannabinol to use its official name.
Chill CBD products are made using CBD isolate, so you won’t have to worry about getting high.
Education is everything
When it comes to CBD, education really does matter. While many people believe that this natural compound can have fantastic effects, your journey with cannabidiol is all about your own wellness and so will be deeply personal. That means you’ll want to know more to get the most from using CBD products.
At Chill we’re committed to providing all our customers with a clear understanding of CBD and other natural, functional ingredients. This blog will serve as a hub for information, education, and maybe even a little entertainment. Check back in regularly for more insights, and reach out to us if you ever have questions.