School’s out for the summer and I don’t know about y’all, but its only been two days and I am losing my marbles over here. Palmer and Hogan will literally will NOT STOP TOUCHING EACH OTHER and FIGHTING… but boy are they cute!
Since we just moved last month, I missed 99% of the opportunities to sign up my little gems for summer camps. I am currently in the process of researching camps now and hoping to find 1-2 activities that still might have a spot or two so we can get in some summer fun. Wish me luck 🙂 I don’t know who needs camps more, me or the kids? Let’s just say BOTH!
While I take break from making calls and googling “kids summer camps Auburn Opelika”, I wanted to hop on here real quick and post a CBD 101 for all you moms who have been CANNA curious, but too embarrassed or paranoid to ask… or just busyAF like most of us and haven’t had the time to sit down and dive into all things CBD.
So here you go. Short, sweet and to the point!
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM MARIJUANA?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant compound that can indeed be found in marijuana and hemp, both of which belong to the species Cannabis sativa. Many readily available products include CBD that’s been extracted from hemp, which contains only trace elements of euphoria-inducing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—the compound that puts the “wacky” in “wacky tobacky.”
IS IT LEGAL?
Yes—with certain restrictions. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp-derived CBD legal under federal law, but state laws still apply. Marijuana-derived CBD is available only through licensed dispensaries.
IS IT SAFE?
Right now, the only FDA-approved use of CBD is for the epilepsy drug Epidiolex. We don’t have long-term safety studies, so that is a bit of a question mark.
With more and more states legalizing, both medicinal and recreational, more funding will be pumped into research and development. Can I get a whoop whoop! Look, I am no doctor obvi, but I like CBD and THC more than a lot of things that have been prescribed to me by medial professionals. I am not anti-RX, but I am anti- I hate all these side effects and I feel worse taking these prescription(s) so let’s try another route… insert medical cannabis here.
DISCLAIMER I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL: If you’re taking a prescription medication, always check with your doctor before trying CBD. And make sure your product is from a reputable source as there is a ton of junk out on the market.
WILL IT MAKE ME HIGH?
It shouldn’t. If it does, lucky you. JK JK!!
THC is the one that makes you “high”. It binds to receptors that release certain neurotransmitters in the brain to produce that groovy feeling. CBD doesn’t. CBD promotes relaxation without the high.
ARE WE SURE IT WON’T MAKE ME HIGH?
CBD can cause drowsiness, so start cautiously. Just as with a new prescription drug, the first time you use it, you don’t want to be out and about, in case you get sleepy or just don’t feel like yourself. But as long as you’re not ingesting a product with more than 0.3 percent THC you should be able to take it and still drive a car and go about your life. Buyer beware of those cheap gas station products. You pay for what you get in this industry and cheaper isn’t always better.
CAN I PASS A DRUG TEST?
If your product is completely THC-free, you should be in the clear. But check the label! Some CBD products can legally contain very small amounts of THC, which could potentially still show up on a test.
SO HOW DOES THIS STUFF WORK?
Scientists still aren’t entirely sure, but research shows so far that CBD is a promising aid for anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. How could one plant compound work for all these conditions?
It almost seems like hocus-pocus right? That is until you understand the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system includes a network of receptors throughout the body—in our brain, nerves, muscles, skin—that regulate functions such as appetite, temperature, and sleep.
THC binds to some of these receptors like a key clicking into a lock; CBD interacts with the system in more complex ways.
CBD works with your body to maintain balance aka homeostasis. For instance, our bodies naturally produce a cannabinoid called anandamide, from the Sanskrit word for ‘bliss.’ CBD helps keep that anandamide in your system longer to exert its neurocalming effect. It’s a balancing properties can be beneficial for a number of issues, including sleep, stress, PMS or menopausal irritability, pain and more.
To really geek out and get a 101 of CBD and your ECS, watch this 20 minute video below!