Are you new to CBD? Don’t worry! Every user of cannabidiol was once standing where you are right now. But we are here to help. Along with this helpful guide explaining the ins-and-outs of CBD, we’ve also put together a few suggestions to help you start your CBD journey.
And of course, Diamond CBD is always here to help. Our customer service team can help you at every step of the way. Just give us a call at (305) 615-1194 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter what questions you may have, we’re here to help. CBD is a journey to a better lifestyle, and we’re excited to help you take your first steps.
Is CBD Marijuana?
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? Let’s explain the differences between the two plants. Both hemp and marijuana have a few basic differences which make them easily identifiable.
From a scientific standpoint, hemp is a strain of cannabis sativa bred specifically for industrial uses and not for intoxication.
Did you know? Hemp oil, which is used for cooking and skin care lotions comes from pressing the seeds of the hemp plant, while CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant.
There is a huge difference between marijuana-derived CBD bought at a dispensary, pharmaceutical-grade CBD prescribed by a doctor, and CBD extracted from industrial hemp. To have a true understanding of what CBD is and how it is used around the world, it is important to gather the facts as well as to sort through the myths and misinformation.
However, before exploring the differences between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived products, let’s take a look at the two plants themselves, to understand what makes them so distinct and unique on their own.
The Real Difference Is In Their Cannabinoid Content
Marijuana has much more THC than hemp. THC is the compound that makes people high. Research shows that, on average, marijuana has 5-20 percent THC content, with some plants having as much as 30 percent. On the other hand hemp, has no more than 0.3 percent THC, as defined by federal law.
What hemp does have is high CBD, or cannabidiol content.
The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana Is In The High
Perhaps the most critical difference between marijuana and hemp, which was touched on a bit above, is the fact that hemp will not cause a high. With only 0.3 percent THC content it would take an impossible amount of hemp —an amount that no human could possibly consume —to make anyone high.
Did you know? While it’s not recommended, it’s very hard to overdose on CBD as it is considered an extremely safe product.
THC vs CBD: Side-effects
Both CBD and THC are completely safe. In fact, one of the selling points is that there have been no recorded adverse effects from either cannabinoid, making them some of the safest compounds on earth. That being said, THC still has some adverse effects of which you should be aware:
- Dry mouth
- Red Eyes
- Increased heart rate
- Coordination problems
- Memory loss
- Slower reaction times
CBD has none of these and can even be taken in moderately larger doses (although moderation is best). As always, it's recommended that you start out slow with CBD and work your way up until you find a dose that works best for you. Most anecdotal reports show that common side effects from CBD are drowsiness. And that's it. So try some CBD today, because you might get a good night's sleep!
What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive component that makes up the cannabis plant. This means that THC is the primary cannabinoid that is responsible for creating the “high” feeling that is most often associated with recreational cannabis use.
THC works, at least in part, by imitating the effects of 2-AG and anandamide. Both of these neurotransmitters are naturally produced by the human body to help modulate healthy eating and sleeping habits, the perception of physical pain, as well as countless other bodily functions.
The known effects of THC include:
- Altered senses of smell, hearing, and sight
- Reduced aggression
The Best CBD Products for Beginners
As a new user of CBD, you may be wondering which products are right for you. Figuring that out may take a little trial and error, as each user will have their own preferences depending on their needs. However, there are a few products that we believe would be perfect for a new user of CBD:
For those of you looking to try a few different products, try Diamond CBD’s Box of the Month, a collection of our best products, packaged together in one amazing bundle every month!
Why CBD Is So Popular
There are many reasons for this. Believe it or not, CBD has grown in popularity because it is not THC. As loved as THC is, the side effects can be detrimental to so many people. It slows your thinking and reduces your reaction time, making it not the ideal product for when you want to be productive (and don't think we're knocking THC, because we love it as much as the next guy). But because of these downsides, CBD has had a chance to thrive.
CBD is legal in all 50 states. Furthermore, CBD allows users to function at maximum levels. You can take CBD at work or while you're running around trying to get things done at home. CBD helps you to become your best self, making it one of the premier compounds to hit the market in the past decade. There are a million different ways that CBD can benefit you, which is why people love it so much.