It’s important to point out that CBD is not regulated by the FDA and therefore dosages might not be accurate. It’s also difficult to know what an appropriate dose is the first time you try a new product.
She adds, “[Another difference is that] CBD is derived from hemp and has been classified as a legal substance. Hemp has <0.3% THC. Conversely, cannabis plants such as marijuana are grown to have much higher levels of THC and are still illegal according to the FDA, although individual states vary as to their use.”
“If the CBD is from a reputable source and one that has been inspected by a third-party independent lab, the content of CBD is more reliable,” notes Dr. Matharu-Daley. “The CBD should be organically grown, free of pesticides and heavy metals, and not sourced in food which can affect absorption. Generally, CBD is safe and side effects are few at low doses.”
Are There Any Benefits Associated With Using CBD?
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“Since discovering the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body in the 1990s, CBD has been researched more extensively. The ECS is a central regulatory system restoring normal balance and homeostasis in a range of human physiologic systems throughout the body and brain and has cannabinoid receptors and chemicals in its function,” explains Dr. Matharu-Daley.
CBD might interfere with the other medications you take. Dr. Matharu-Daley says it’s important to talk to your doctor about whether CBD could affect your existing prescriptions.
In some cases, those who ingest CBD supplements might experience nausea, says Dr. Matharu-Daley. This depends on how sensitive the person is to CBD, as well as the amount they ingest.
If you’re thinking of trying CBD or THC edibles, read this guide before you dose up.
As a rule of thumb, both CBD and THC edibles take between 30 and 60 minutes to kick in. However, this time period can vary depending on several different factors, such as:
The difference between CBD and THC edibles
Edibles generally last between 6-8 hours, though this depends on concentration, potency and type.
It’s worth bearing in mind that edibles can interact with alcohol and certain medications, such as blood thinners. If you have a medical condition or are taking any prescribed medicines, always check with a doctor or pharmacist for drug interactions.
Cannabis-based foods are commonly referred to as edibles. Historically edible fans would have to experiment with whipping up party snacks at home, but these days it’s easy to purchase THC and CBD edibles ready-made online or from head shops in many different forms, including lollipops, gummies, brownies, chocolates, oils and butters.