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What’s the Deal with CBD?

You’d be hard-pressed to not hear about CBD in 2019, and not just because of legalization of CBD across the country or retailers like Walgreens and CVS rolling out CBD infused lotions. Only recently have we begun to explore in-depth the deluge of benefits CBD can offer. Here are a few things we know so far:

1. CBD is not psychotropic. While THC and CBD have many of the same benefits (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and both analgesic), CBD won’t get you high. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur organically in both the human body and the cannabis plant. THC is the cannabinoid associated with giggling, feelings of euphoria, creativity, and maybe binging everything on Netflix. But not everyone wants to get that high (or high at all) and that’s okay. This is where CBD comes in. Many growers have cultivated high CBD strains that won’t give you a massive head high. If you have averse reactions to THC, CBD might help, but please remember:

2. Most CBD contains trace amounts of THC. The amounts are not enough to get you high, but it’s still THC, which means you will want to exercise caution if you have a drug test coming up. There is an abundance of CBD-only tinctures, oils, and lotions. Most CBD works best when used in tandem with other cannabinoids, as opposed to in the isolated form which is due to the complex mix of terpenes and cannabinoids which interact with each other and enhance the therapeutic effects. This will ultimately allow you to feel the effects of the CBD better. Hemp products with only CBD are not as effective as CBD rich cannabis products due to the missing cannabinoids and terpenes. Hemp includes only very small amounts of CBD with no THC or terpenes. In turn this means you would need to consume much more hemp based CBD products to equal the same effects of cannabis derived CBD products.

3. CBD is safe and non-habit-forming. Because it is a natural extract, there are few if any side effects. You cannot overdose on CBD, but you will need to experiment to find the right dose for you. Some people enjoy a drop or two of a CBD tincture in their daily morning coffee. Others might prefer a whole dropper full a few times throughout the day.

4. Not all CBD products are created equal. The FDA has not set standards regarding CBD quality. You will need to do your own research as CBD products can be misleading and contain ingredients that are not altogether necessary or good for you. Dockside is here to do the work for you and we only provide high-grade CBD Products. Green Revolution CBD tinctures are WSDA and Clean Green inspected and approved. If you aren’t into tinctures, why not explore edibles? Craft Elixer’s Pioneer Squares Black & Blueberry CBD gummies are a tasty alternative to get your CBD fix.

5. CBD’s alleged health benefits are impressive. There are claims on the Internet that CBD helps with anxiety, depression, inflammation, and seizures. As mentioned above, CBD testing is still in its early stages. Additional studies will need to be completed before the FDA approves CBD to be mass-produced as a supplement or medicine. In the meantime explore and experiment with CBD and see all that this cannabinoid has to offer!