When someone asks me what I do for a living, and I reply, “I am a cannabis nurse consultant.” One of two things happens. The conversation endures a long AWKWARD pause, or the person gets super excited. BTW, my favorite is the long awkward pause people. Either way, both people usually ask the same questions. So today, I will answer the top 5 most common questions about CBD. The answers given in this post will be what I like to call “the quick and dirty” of the subject. Do not despair, this article kicks-off a series which will cover each of these questions more in-depth over the next few days and weeks. 

So, drum roll, please…

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most abundant, active chemical compounds, called phytocannabinoids, exclusive to the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Also, CBD is a non-intoxicating and non-addictive substance that interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD used as a supplement, helps augment the functionality of the ECS to enhance one’s well-being. 

Will CBD get me high?  

“No, CBD does NOT get you high.” 

CBD is non-psychoactive meaning it does not produce the euphoric effects one may experience from using THC. It may, however, soothe your mood, which for someone who has been extremely stressed, can feel like a high.  

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Can I pass a drug test while using CBD? 

Yes, you can, theoretically. Why theoretically? Most employers’ drug tests are designed to detect positive levels of a metabolite produced from the use of THC. 

Wait, what’d she say? Let me explain. When a person ingests THC or any other chemical compound, the chemical compound has to be metabolized. This process called metabolism it breaks down chemical compounds, like THC, into smaller compounds are called metabolites. 

In the case of THC, it creates a metabolite called THC-COOH that is then eliminated through the urine. The presence of THC-COOH in the urine is what creates a positive test result. 

A word of caution, if you hold a job that requires you to submit to random drug testing, please make sure you know what products do not contain THC. If you are already using a product and not sure if it contains THC? I encourage you to go buy home drug testing strips and test yourself at home. Better safe than sorry. 

How do I take CBD?

First, do NOT buy CBD from a gas station. This is part of my crusade, so you will probably hear this statement over and over. GOOD CBD is NEVER at the GAS STATIONS! Live it, learn it, and love it! Ok, moving on.

CBD products can be taken in a variety of ways. A person can inhale it, put it under the tongue, eat it, swallow it, apply it to the skin, and believe it or not, use suppositories in the nether-regions. 

A paramount consideration in choosing how to take CBD, is what your goal is in supplementing with CBD? For most people, a product placed under the tongue or swallowed in capsule form will be the best way to start, maintain, and achieve consistent results. 

Finally, DO NOT VAPE!! Seriously, folks. Yes, inhaled is listed above but NOT VAPING. Inhalation is only recommended if another route cannot be used. Please, buy natural, hemp flower, put it in a pipe, and smoke it. 

How much CBD do I take?

Regardless of why you are using CBD, please follow this common drug mantra: 

Start low and go slow. This means start by the smallest dose, such as taking drops of oil, NOT a DROPPER of oil.

Often vendors will ask customers for their weight and then tell them to take “X” amount. Worse is the vendor who tells customers to follow the Suggested Use on the label. Many people who start in this manner, experience adverse side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, or stomachache. 

Finding the right dose of CBD is an individual journey. We have been conditioned to take large amounts of substances. Look at the back of the ibuprofen bottle. The directions say, “Take one or two.” Few people only choose one. So the proper way to use CBD is counter-intuitive to this idea.  

CBD acts bi-phasically, which means smaller amounts produce one result, and large amounts produce other results. As you begin taking CBD, remember it is a plant-based supplement. Changes come in gentle nudges instead of the massive shoves we are used to from traditional pharma. Additionally, if at any time, you begin to experience unwanted symptoms, reduce the dose by 1/4 for the next 7 days. It is for these reasons, I encourage all consumers to keep a journal that includes the following:

Date

Time product was taken

Name of product 

Dose 

Goal of use

Then describe how you feel both physically and emotionally.

Self-awareness is an essential component of wellness. In our fast-paced world, we must be deliberate in remaining aware of our body, mind, and emotions. One of my favorite things about the cannabis journey is it requires us to slow down, consider how we feel holistically, and use self-compassion to nurture ourselves as necessary. 

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Next up, how to choose a CBD product that will not get you high or fired!

DISCLAIMER: These statements are for educational purposes only and mostly the opinions of the author. They are not intended to dose, treat, or cure any ailments you may be suffering or replace medical care. Please speak with your doctor before using CBD products.