Is CBD Oil Safe To Use?

 CBD oil seems to be everywhere, from the grocery store aisle to the local gas station and online retailers, but what is it? Is CBD safe to use? There have been plenty of questions from new users and skeptics alike, and the research is still in its infancy, but overall, CBD seems to be safe to use. 

 In this article, we’ll explain what CBD is, its legality, as well as some of the effects the compound has on the body that help make it so popular. With millions of people using CBD oil and other products every day from top brands like Penguin CBD, it’s time to take a closer look at what the craze is all about. 

CBD? Isn’t That The Same As THC? 

Before we move forward, it’s a good idea to address a long-standing misconception: the difference between CBD and THC. What is CBD? CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a naturally-occurring compound found in the Cannabis plant. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is also a naturally-occurring compound found in...the same plant?

Both compounds are present in the Cannabis plant, but the two are entirely different from each other. While you might think of marijuana when you think of THC, there’s actually a small amount in industrial-grade hemp as well, amounting to 0.3% or less per federal guidelines. Marijuana and hemp are not the same, despite the confusion. Marijuana has much higher THC content, and causes the psychoactive effects that are associated with using it. 

Contrary to popular belief, CBD will not get you high. Using CBD is perfectly safe, and can have many similar effects to its cousin plant, but won’t produce feelings of euphoria or psychotropic experiences. 
Is It Legal?

Another frequently-asked question by new CBD users is “is it legal?” This is a perfectly understandable inquiry, considering “Cannabis” has been used as a negative blanket term for hemp, marijuana, THC, and CBD for decades. The Controlled Substances Act of the 1970s essentially lumped together anything Cannabis-related as a controlled substance (a Schedule 1 substance, to be exact), which meant even growing industrial hemp was illegal at the federal level. 

The Agricultural Improvement Act, or Farm Bill of 2018 effectively legalized the growth, cultivation, and production of hemp and hemp-based products in the US. This paved the way for CBD’s introduction into the mainstream, and it’s been steadily growing in popularity (and projected worth) ever since. 

The short answer? Yes, CBD and CBD products are legal, but THC and marijuana are still considered schedule 1 drugs at the federal level and are therefore illegal. 

So, Is CBD Safe To Use?

While researchers are still trying to catch up on decades of lost research due to the legal status of Cannabis-based products, there is still plenty of preliminary research that shows CBD to be safe for human consumption and use. While the compound itself may be safe for humans, there isn’t much regulation in the CBD industry by the FDA or any other agency, so it falls to CBD providers to set the standards. 

As with any industry, you’ll have your top-tier providers and your bottom-tier wannabes. The top CBD brands in the country are so because of their commitment to safety, quality, and customer service. It’s a good idea to always research the CBD company you’re looking to purchase from, and to consider these points before making a purchase:
  • USA-grown hemp is grown under more strict conditions and less likely to contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals 
  • Pay close attention to the THC content in your CBD products 
  • Look for a “third-party lab-tested” notice or sticker 
  • Avoid buying from gas stations, grocery stores, or convenience stores. Let’s be honest; you’re not going to find the best CBD products in a corner store. 
  • Try buying from a dispensary or trusted online provider 
  • Customer reviews should always be considered 
While the FDA may not be regulating CBD yet, it’s still keen to the effectiveness of the compound; so much so that it’s recently approved a CBD-based drug for rare seizure-inducing conditions. 

Some of CBD’s Effects

Why is CBD so popular, anyway? Is it just another health trend? The fact is, CBD has many effects on the body, and almost all of them are 100% positive. Despite some setbacks in the form of side-effects like diarrhea, CBD still offers plenty to users of all ages. 

Pain/Inflammation: People suffering from chronic pain and/or inflammation can get relief by using CBD products. CBD products are safe, natural, and don’t present the risk for addiction like some opioid-based painkillers do. 

Anxiety/Stress: CBD’s calming effects have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and can even help manage depression symptoms. 

Skincare: Many people use CBD products to keep their skin shining and healthy. It’s thought to help reduce wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging, but this remains to be seen. 

Seizures: CBD has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in certain conditions; hence its endorsement and subsequent usage in anti-seizure medication. 

Improved Sleep: Using CBD products before bed has become a popular way to benefit from CBD. CBD calms the mind, reduces pain, and helps maintain homeostasis, and can even help you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

Improve Concentration: Many people have difficulty concentrating in our digitalized society, and CBD seems to be effective at helping with concentration issues. 

An Ever-Growing Industry 

The CBD industry has exploded in recent years, mostly due to hemp’s legalization in 2018 and the removal of its “Schedule 1 Drug” status. As the demand for CBD products continues to grow, the industry itself is experiencing exponential growth. It seems like CBD is everywhere, and with so many competitors on the market, it would seem the industry is a tough one to get a foothold in. 

Even with so much competition, some providers stand out above the rest simply because of their commitment to quality. This makes all the difference in CBD products, as customers don’t want sub-par CBD. The industry is projected to be worth somewhere in the $20 billion range in the first half of the 2020 decade, but only time will tell. 
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