Your Top CBD FAQs, Answered

Standard Dose was founded on bringing clarity to a space where potential for better healing practices through plants and confusion around the facts are equally abundant. To help navigate the plant-based world of CBD, we’ve gathered your most frequently asked questions and answered them below.

Q: What exactly is CBD?
A: CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of 113 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant - it works to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, and promote better sleep. By binding to the internal receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD helps regulate bodily and cognitive functions. 

Q: Will CBD make me high?
A: No. CBD created using industrial hemp will not make you high. Industrial hemp contains high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% THC, the psychotropic compound found in the cannabis plant. 

Q: How much CBD should I take?
A: We go into more depth on finding your dose here, but everybody is different, which means that there really is no standard dose when it comes to CBD. When you begin using CBD it’s advised to begin with small, consistent doses (~5mg - 10mg) and gradually increase as needed.

Q: Will CBD show up on a drug test?
A: One of the differences between full spectrum and isolate, is that isolate is 100% free of THC, and full spectrum contains less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC. This amount is unlikely to appear on a drug test, but we recommend using an isolate product if you are tested by your employer.

Q: What does hemp extract mean?
A: There is a lot of varying language in the world of CBD. Hemp extract, CBD extract, full spectrum hemp extract can often vary in meaning between brands, so it’s important to look for specific milligrams of CBD specifically. The term ‘hemp extract’ is often applied to full spectrum hemp products that contain other cannabinoids in addition to CBD.

Q: What’s better: full spectrum or isolate?
A: We believe both full spectrum and isolate products hold equal weight, depending on the individual and their intended use for CBD. CBD isolate is scentless, tasteless, and devoid of THC, so the individual can consume CBD without introducing THC into their wellness routine while still benefiting from CBD. Full spectrum products utilize the whole plant, so the individual can experience CBD plus other beneficial cannabinoids including THC. Full spectrum products create an entourage effect, where each of the cannabinoids work together to further heighten their benefits. Click here to learn more about the different formats of CBD.

Q: Can I travel with CBD?
A: Currently, per TSA.gov, CBD products using industrial hemp and containing less than 0.3% are allowed in carry on and checked bags. To learn more, read our story on Traveling with CBD. 

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