Most people know that THC is the compound in cannabis that causes the euphoric effect, but they don’t know as much about CBD. Does CBD make you high? Does it show up on a drug test? Will it help with pain? Can my pet take it? Is it all that it’s hyped up to be?
CBD is Derived From Hemp and Marijuana
It’s most commonly sourced from the hemp plant which has less than 3% THC. That’s way too low to cause the “high” usually associated with using cannabis. Hemp-based CBD has been virtually unregulated and therefore the market is saturated with products claiming to be the new cure-all. These hemp sourced products may not be as healthy as they claim since hemp is a bio-accumulator, and until recently much of it was being imported from countries with little to no environmental regulations. This cannabis compound can also be found in marijuana plants (female cannabis), which is a safer source, here in California since they are lab tested to meet State compliance standards.
The fact that there’s no psychoactive effect is the reason why so many people seek it out for relief from a variety of common ailments. It’s easy to find and available in an array of convenient edibles, extracts, supplements, and topical applications. They even have CBD for your pets.
- Products that are derived from unregulated, dirty hemp can lead to even more health problems
- Unregulated CBD has the potential to test too high for THC or worse, a faux formula containing zero CBD
Purchase From a Licensed Dispensary
The only way to know what’s in any cannabis product, especially CBD, is to purchase it from a licensed dispensary. Legitimate cannabis business’ sell lab tested and certified compliant brands. The chances of CBD showing up on a drug screen are low, but the only way to be certain how much THC is in your CBD product is for the brand to publish the lab test results, which all legitimate brands do willingly.
- The state manages a licensing portal that enables consumers to find a legal dispensary
- Look at the product label for the CA compliant symbol and formula information
- California licensed dispensaries can sell CBD that’s likely come from a marijuana plant subject to state compliance laws
Once you’ve found a quality CBD product, you’ll be happy it doesn’t make you high. In fact, it counteracts the effects of THC and keeping a bottle on hand is a good idea in case you ever overdo it with the psychoactive stuff. Though a powerful compound all by itself, CBD needs at least a trace amount of THC to realize its full potential. It can improve your quality of life by reducing inflammation and pain, improving circulation, and calming the mind. It’s also been proven helpful to reduce anxiety and pain in pets. Visit Green Kong to learn more about CBD and other quality cannabis products.