Is CBD Oil Legal and Other Frequently Asked Questions

Rapidly gaining momentum, CBD is considered a powerful holistic health solution. Scientific research is continually uncovering new health benefits that accompany regular use of CBD, along with its brain boosting and protecting abilities. Despite gaining popularity, CBD is still looked upon as a mysterious, risque product. We are often asked if CBD oil is legal, along with other frequently asked questions. We have collected your most common CBD inquiries, and provided you with answers to help demystify the ever-beneficial world of CBD.

Is CBD Oil legal?

According to federal law, if a product contains THC content of less than 0.3%, it is considered hemp and therefore classified as legal. CBD oil derived from hemp is 100% legal in 49 states. As of November 2017, the state of Indiana passed a law stating any substances containing CBD are illegal to possess, make or sell. Curtis Hill, Indiana’s state attorney general, is only making exception for sufferers of epilepsy who take the oils to ease the frequency of seizures. A few lawmakers and CBD advocates are currently in the process of fighting to reverse this ruling. CBD products are classified as dietary supplements in the United States, and must comply with the FDA’s strict guidelines (including not endorsing medical benefits of CBD products). CBD is legally available for purchase across the USA, both in stores and online. With the exception of Indiana, you cannot get arrested, fined or jailed for using CBD hemp oil or being in possession of CBD hemp oil.

Will CBD show up in a drug test?

A drug test is typically done via a urinalysis to screen for the presence of different drugs. Other drug testing methods may include blood, hair and saliva screenings depending on the purpose and level of accuracy required. Some CBD oils contain very small traces of THC, which may cause a false positive result. When consumers follow the standard dosage instructions on their CBD product, there is a very low chance of testing positive for THC on a drug test. A consumer taking a high dosage of CBD hemp oil of 1000 mg on a daily basis would potentially be consuming 3 mg of THC – which may be high enough to provoke a positive result on a drug test. In a study on the effects of CBD on drug tests, patients received false positives for THC. Upon further testing, the results showed the patients’ samples to be negative for THC. When following the recommended dosage of CBD oil, it is highly unlikely a consumer would test positive for THC. Kono Naturals is 100% THC-free. Always use CBD products according to the dosage instruction provided.

What are the side effects?

Cannabidiol has been shown to be safe and nontoxic to the body. CBD side effects are different for everyone, and are typically mild. Again, consumer dosage plays a major factor in the presence of side effects and adverse reactions. Other critical factors for possible side effects include consumer intention, possible reactions with other medications, and consumer lifestyle/behaviors. A user taking CBD for epilepsy may experience different reactions compared to a user taking CBD for depression. Some side effects can include dry mouth, reduced blood pressure and drowsiness. Dry mouth and drowsiness may be reduced by staying hydrated throughout the day. For users with normal blood pressure, the use of CBD may minimally reduce their numbers. When a person with high blood pressure consumes CBD regularly, it may significantly reduce their numbers. For blood pressure rates to drop, a person would have to consume large amounts of CBD frequently over a long period of time. While the majority of consumers report mild to no side effects, we always recommend talking with your doctor before incorporating CBD into your diet.

Does CBD get you high?

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive drug, so users don’t experience the “high” that is associated with THC. CBD provides the healing benefits associated with cannabis, but without the intoxicated feeling. Users have reported feeling more energized, experiencing less chronic pain, improvement in sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the brain’s largest and most powerful neurotransmitter system. The ECS is comprised of neurotransmitters, or endocannabinoids, that bind to cannabinoid receptors within the nervous system (mammalian brain, spine and peripheral tissues). The ECS is responsible for helping to regulate a variety of processes including fertility, mood, stress response and pain management. Studies have found that the receptors in the mammalian brain have therapeutic responses to CBD.

Is CBD Different from THC?

CBD and THC are different chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. THC leaves users with an intoxicated feeling while CBD is praised for its non-psychoactive benefits. Both compounds activate the body’s endocannabinoid system, but in entirely different and complex ways. THC binds to the CB1 (cannabinoid 1 receptor), altering brain functions and leaving users feeling “high.” CBD indirectly interacts, or modulates, with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, helping it to stimulate a variety of receptor systems throughout the body. Consumer intent varies the user experience for both compounds, with users seeking different remedies and effects. Typically, THC is used for its euphoric and pacifying effects compared to CBD being used for its medical benefits of easing symptoms related to epilepsy, diabetes, chronic pain and psychosis. The legal status of THC is constantly evolving with more states developing legalization laws for medical and recreational use. CBD derived from hemp is currently legal in all 50 states.

Should I Take CBD Oil?

Daily CBD has been shown to boost mood, improve sleeping patterns, help ease anxiety and decrease pain and inflammation. It is recommended you discuss CBD with your doctor before incorporating it into your daily diet. CBD tinctures and CBD isolate make it easy to add CBD to your lifestyle, either by placing a few drops in your mouth or adding the pure powder to recipes.

Scientific research is building awareness to the many benefits of CBD. As we continue to take the mystery out of CBD products and spotlight the healing value, more people can take advantage of the wide-spanning benefits to optimize their health. 

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