With CBD vaping taking off, we wanted to address some of the most common CBD questions that our customers ask us. It’s important to note here that, while CBD is growing more popular every day, there’s a lot of misinformation about it online. Being in the CBD business for a long time, we were extremely surprised to see how much information on the Internet is represented as facts - from questions about CBD legality to health claims - without websites and authors ever bothering to cite sources for their claims.
In this CBD FAQ guide, we will try to answer questions as thoroughly as possible, linking out to more comprehensive answers on our site wherever possible. Also, we will do our best to provide you with credible sources to all of our health claims - if a peer-reviewed study exists on a particular topic, you will get a link to check it out for yourself.
While this is a pretty comprehensive guide that answers a lot of questions about CBD and CBD vaping, it’s definitely not complete. We’ve picked the most popular questions for now, but we’ll definitely be expanding this list as more questions roll in.
Read on to get the answers on the most frequently asked questions about CBD!
Cannabidiol (usually shortened CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in various strains of the cannabis plant. Most commercial CBD manufacturers use hemp or cannabis sativa/indica (marijuana) and harvest their CBD from them.
Cannabidiol has many therapeutic properties, and studies show that it’s a strong antidepressant, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, and antioxidant. It is also a very powerful neuroprotective, and has shown potential as a treatment of various types of tumor.
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that are defined by their ability to bond with cannabinoid receptors in the human endocannabinoid system.
We classify cannabinoids into three main groups:
Read our detailed guide on different cannabinoids to learn more.
The endocannabinoid system is a vast network of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids that are interlinked with every other organ in our bodies. It was discovered recently (30 years back) so it’s still being heavily researched. However, scientists believe that ECS is crucial to homeostasis - making sure that every other organ functions at peak efficiency.
The endocannabinoid system influences the central nervous system, our hormones, our immune response, and everything else. That’s the reason why the introduction of certain phytocannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) can have such a therapeutic effect on us.
To learn more about the endocannabinoid system, watch this TED Talk:
Cannabidiol is made from both marijuana and hemp. Both plants share a common genus - Cannabis Sativa L - so they both are rich in CBD.
However, CBD manufacturers prefer to use hemp since it’s not psychoactive, meaning that it contains less than 0.3% of THC. On the other hand, marijuana has a much higher concentration of THC.
KindKart’s CBD oil is made exclusively from US-grown hemp. Since marijuana is still illegal in the United States, we want to make sure that you are vaping on something that won’t get you into trouble with the law. Also, while CBD and THC enhance each other’s properties, most of our customers prefer the therapeutic effect of CBD without the psychoactive effect of THC.
While both THC and CBD are made up of identical atoms, there are arranged differently, which means that the two compounds have a different effect on the endocannabinoid system.
To learn more about the difference between THC and CBD, check out this article from Healthline.
As we already mentioned above, CBD does not produce a standard high that is associated with THC. Since it reacts with the CB1 receptors differently, CBD does not cause euphoria, fatigue, confusion, or anything similar. While, technically, CBD is still mind-altering, there’s nothing about it that will diminish your capacity to function normally.
If you’re using pure CBD oil in a prescribed dosage, you don’t need to worry about not being able to function normally. You can go to work, drive your car, and anything else that you would do if you were not talking CBD. However, we advise caution if you are taking large doses of CBD as there are some side effects that could impact your ability to function normally.
To learn more about the (lack of) mind-altering effects of CBD, read this post.
One of the most frequently asked questions about CBD is whether or not it’s legal in the United States.
The answer is yes, it’s legal - if it was derived from the hemp plant.
All hemp products are legal in the United States. Marijuana, and therefore THC, is not legal. CBD derived from marijuana can contain more than 0.3% THC, which puts you on the wrong side of the law. To stay safe, make sure that all your CBD is derived exclusively from hemp.
Here’s a complete overview of the legality of CBD in the United States.
Pure CBD will never show up on a drug test. There’s a simple reason for that - those tests were not designed to look for CBD. They look specifically for THC.
This means that you can take CBD without any fear, as long as it does not contain trace amounts of THC. Your best bet here is to use pure CBD isolate - CBD that has been stripped of all other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Full spectrum CBD (even the one that was derived from hemp) can still contain trace amounts of THC. Even if that amount is less than 0.3%, it can still be detected by some of the more advanced testing methods. If your job depends on you being completely THC-free, we suggest avoiding full spectrum CBD oil.
Learn more about CBD and drug testing here.
While doctors and scientists are still deep in CBD research, some studies are available that confirm that CBD can be used to treat a host of different symptoms. That said, CBD is far from a cure-all - it would be foolish to think that its therapeutic properties are a substitute for anything your doctor recommends. At best, you can use CBD to supplement your therapy, and that only after you have consulted with your primary healthcare provider.
CBD oils are one method of consuming CBD. This can be done by either adding the oil to your food, taking it sublingually, or vaping it.
CBD oils are made by infusing certain types of oil (propylene glycol or multi fractionated coconut oil) with either CBD isolate (pure CBD in powder form) or full spectrum CBD.
CBD isolate is CBD in its pure, crystalline form. It looks like a fine white powder and its purity is usually close to 99%. This isolate is a product of numerous extraction and filtration methods that remove other cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant waxes from the powder. CBD isolate can be used to make CBD edibles, tinctures, capsules, and oils. It’s important to note that CBD isolate does not contain any THC (if manufactured properly) and, as such, is safe to use even if you suspect you might be tested for THC.
Full spectrum CBD oil is an extract that contains all the plant material, including all the cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and waxes. As such, it’s much more beneficial than CBD isolate since the user benefits from something called the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD does contain small amounts of THC, which is why you need to be careful when using it. Even though the content of THC is minimal, it can still be detected with standard drug tests.
To learn more about the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum oil, read our thorough guide right here.
The entourage effect is a name given to the synergistic effects of cannabinoids and terpenes. Although CBD alone has numerous therapeutic benefits, some research points out that it’s much more effective when used in combination with other plant compounds. Together, cannabinoids and terpenes enhance each other’s effects in the body, leading to faster and better results.
Dr. Russo explains the entourage effect in his scientific paper: Taming THC: Potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects.
Yes, vaping CBD is perfectly safe. In fact, research shows that vaped CBD acts much quicker as it enters the bloodstream almost instantaneously. This means that vapes are a perfect solution for CBD users who need immediate pain relief.
Here are just some benefits of vaping CBD:
Learn more about the benefits of vaping CBD by referring to our post here.
Taking the right dose of CBD is essential to treating the symptoms that are affecting you. This can be difficult since different usage methods have varying bioavailability.
The first thing you want to figure out is the appropriate dose of CBD for your symptoms. This will depend on their severity and your body weight. You can use this chart to get an estimate of what you should be aiming for:
As with everything, it’s going to take a bit of time for you to really figure out the CBD dosage that you need. Our advice is to start low and then increase your dosage until you’re satisfied with the effect. One of the benefits of vaping CBD is that it acts fast so you can quickly adjust, which is not the case with powdered CBD or CBD edibles.
We wrote a whole post on CBD dosage and bioavailability so make sure to check it out.
CBD overdose is highly unlikely considering the fact that the receptors it affects are not located in the brainstem. As such, they don’t have any influence over key bodily functions, such as breathing or blood flow.
Additionally, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects which means that it’s hard to guess what an overdose looks like. A THC overdose, while not lethal (no known cases of fatalities) is still pretty much observable from the behavior of the person that’s under the influence. When it comes to CBD, doses as high as 1200 mg daily have been prescribed for months at a time without any negative effect.
This study has been done on animals but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that seems to confirm that it holds true for humans, too.
We can say with utmost certainty that CBD is not addictive. You can take reasonable amounts of it every day (per doctor recommendation) without developing dependence of any sort.
Right now, it’s pretty difficult to say conclusively whether or not you can build up a tolerance to CBD. Most users report the opposite - a reverse tolerance - which means that they end up taking less CBD the longer they take it. However, one study of epilepsy patients did record ⅓ of the sample developing a tolerance to CBD.
If this happens, you can do two things - up your dosage or take a tolerance break. We recommend taking a 5-day break. After that, you should continue with the same dosage you are accustomed to.
Side effects to using CBD in any of its forms are not severe but they are also not that uncommon. Common side effects include:
If you’ve found CBD to help with your condition, there’s nothing with a basis in science to suggest that CBD side effects pose a significant threat to your health. While its effects are still being explored (particularly its connection to hormones), CBD seems to be completely compatible with thriving health in humans.
While we still don’t know much about CBD, we do know that it can interact with pharmaceuticals. What’s particularly interesting is CBD’s ability to interact with cytochrome p450 enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for drug metabolization. By inhibiting their action, CBD can increase and prolong the effect of certain drugs.
This can be particularly dangerous when we’re talking about drugs that have a blood thinning action, such as warfarin or ibuprofen. Additionally, cancer patients need to be careful when combining CBD with their chemotherapy. Because the cytochrome p450 enzymes are deactivated, the chemo drugs have an increased effect, which is not always desirable.
Here are just some of the drugs CBD can mess with (not a full list):
If you’re taking any kind of medication, make sure to consult with your doctor before using CBD. The interactions can be dangerous and need to be closely monitored.
For more information about CBD and drug interactions, we suggest reading this article.
While you can definitely keep your CBD oil in the refrigerator, there’s no need unless you live somewhere where it gets really hot during summer months. Most CBD oils will be just fine if they are kept out of the sun and at room temperature. The shelf life of CBD oil is about one year if it’s properly stored.
Last, but definitely not the least of our CBD FAQs, is a question about where to find good CBD.
Since it hit the mainstream, it’s easy to get your hands on CBD pretty much anywhere. Most people order it online, often bargain shopping and finding deals on websites that are not US-based. We do not recommend that. As with everything that you put in your body, you want to make sure that the CBD you’re taking is high-quality.
We can recommend our line (KindKart) if you want to be sure that what you’re taking is high-quality, properly sourced and has all the relevant lab certificates.
That wraps up our post on the most common questions about CBD! If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll regularly update this post going forward, to make sure that we’re covering new CBD FAQs and that the information presented here is up-to-date.