Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is just one of many molecules found in the cannabis plant. The first thing to know is that CBD is very different from THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that produces a high and intoxicating effect. CBD offers no such high or euphoric feelings when used, even in high doses.

Is it Legal?

Because CBD offers no euphoric effects it is legal in nearly all states. As of 2019, CBD was legal in all states except for Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota. Most states have taken steps to declassify CBD from cannabis, opening the doors for sale and consumption. At present, CBD gummies are legal in all states, provided they are manufactured from Farm Bill-compliant hemp products.

What Does CBD Help With?

CBD is still undergoing research and studies, but it is showing great promise with a number of medical issues such as chronic pain, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and migraines. It is already FDA approved to treat severe forms of childhood epilepsy to reduce seizures. CBD helps some people with sleep issues. It seems to help people fall asleep and stay asleep. CBD is also showing positive results with a number of mental health conditions. Many people with generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and PTSD are reporting less anxiety and symptoms. There are some studies showing it helps with depression and schizophrenia. Curiously, it is also helping some people with opioid addictions. It seems to help reduce cravings for opiate users. In most cases, side effects from CBD are few or non-existent.

Could I Fail a Drug Test from CBD?

Nearly every workplace and Federal DOT drug test screens for the component THC found in marijuana. Pure CBD then should pose no risk of testing positive. Unfortunately, the marketplace is flooding with CBD products, and you should know that none of them are FDA-approved or regulated. Broadly speaking, CBD products fall into three categories: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Many full-spectrum products contain trace amounts of THC, but again “trace” can vary by product. Full spectrum products tend to be the cheapest and most cost-effective for most consumers. Disclaimers are often in small print. Daily use of full-spectrum products could result in a build-up of THC in users that may result in a positive drug test. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain all cannabinoids except THC, so there should be little chance of testing positive. If you want to be certain that you will pass your drug test, you are going to need to buy the most expensive stuff on the shelf, which is the isolate products. Isolate CBD products are stripped of everything except CBD and are essentially pure CBD.

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