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Can Taking CBD Products Lead To Failing A THC Drug Test?https://internationalhighlife.com/can-taking-cbd-products-lead-failing-thc-drug-test/
https://internationalhighlife.com/can-taking-cbd-products-lead-failing-thc-drug-test/#respondMon, 02 Sep 2019 12:35:17 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=19383re you facing an upcoming drug test and nervous about the possible repercussions of your CBD use? You aren’t the only one. After all, CBD comes from a plant remarkably similar to the one that is still federally regulated. If your employer is testing for cannabis, won’t that test catch use of any CBD oil […]

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]]>re you facing an upcoming drug test and nervous about the possible repercussions of your CBD use? You aren’t the only one. After all, CBD comes from a plant remarkably similar to the one that is still federally regulated. If your employer is testing for cannabis, won’t that test catch use of any CBD oil as well? The good news in this situation? There is no such thing as a CBD oil drug test.

Keep in mind; there are a few things you might want to know. Read any forum thread on the topic, and you might see reports of people taking CBD who have failed a drug test. What does this mean? It means cannabis, cannabinoids, and their interaction within the body is a complicated topic. It also means not all CBD products are pure CBD.

What Is a Drug Test Looking For?

Most people face one of two types of drug tests. The first is a urine test, which looks for THC metabolites (among other drugs) expressed in the urine. Urine tests look for historical use. In extreme cases, people have failed urine drug tests even after a month of abstinence. Although, for most non-chronics, the period is likely around less than two weeks. 

An oral test or saliva test looks for the active THC compound through saliva collected from your mouth on the end of the swab. Instead of testing for historic use, it tests for cannabis use within the last six to eight hours. 

Key takeaway? No matter if your employer is testing for historical use, or if you are intoxicated at the moment – neither are CBD oil drug tests. Both are designed to catch the THC molecule or the THC metabolite in your body. Neither will pick up CBD content.

Why Is There Still a Risk?

Employers are not subjecting their staff to CBD oil drug tests. That said, you may have heard reports from people testing positive, even if they only take CBD oil. There are likely two culprits for these rare but unfortunate situations.

First, even if you only use CBD oil products sourced from hemp, it’s important to remember that hemp is technically still a cannabis plant. Hemp products are differentiated from cannabis by their lack of THC. So under the law, all CBD oil products produced from hemp contain under 0.3% THC. 

This microscopic percent of THC will never be enough to trigger a positive result unless of course, you are taking massive daily doses of the CBD oil. If you consume high doses of CBD oil, then it becomes a numbers game. 

Eventually, with large doses, you’ll also be taking higher doses of THC. What’s considered a high dose? According to at least one drug testing company, they estimate daily doses of over 1000 mg of CBD oil may increase the risk of failure.

Keep in mind, 1000mg of CBD oil a day is an extremely high dose, and likely reserved only for the treatment of chronic illness. Also, no clinical trials are exploring the numbers. Nobody knows for sure if 1000mg of CBD oil will trigger a failure, but based on simple calculations; this is what the experts suggest.

Secondly, how much THC is actually in your CBD oil? Not all CBD oil is made from pure hemp. You can also find CBD oil pulled from CBD-rich strains of cannabis (flower with over 0.3 percent THC). Although soon, there may be better regulation on the industry, there is little oversight over labeling, testing, and processing of CBD oil. 

Who is to say your CBD oil wasn’t made in a facility processing THC oils as well. Or, maybe your CBD oil didn’t come with official third-party lab results detailing the cannabinoid profile. There have been many studies showing just how inaccurate labels can be. Technically, if you failed a drug test, it is possible it was because your CBD oil had higher levels of THC than you thought.

The Final Takeaway on CBD Oil, Drug Testing, and Positive Results

If you take nothing else away from this piece, remember its highly unlikely CBD oil will deliver positive results on a drug test. Drug tests do not test for CBD; they only look for THC.

High doses of CBD theoretically may result in failure, but very few people are prescribed doses this high. You should only take high doses of anything under the guidance of a physician. If you are still concerned about CBD and drug testing, stick with brands who provide third-party lab results on a per batch basis. This will confirm, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the THC content. 

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/can-taking-cbd-products-lead-failing-thc-drug-test/feed/0CBD For Migraines: How To Use CBD Products Against Migraines and Headacheshttps://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-migraines-use-cbd-products-migraines-headaches/
https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-migraines-use-cbd-products-migraines-headaches/#respondThu, 29 Aug 2019 15:26:32 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=19367According to the Migraine Trust, a “Migraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance.” They go on to say, “It’s an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information, and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise, and hunger.”  Headaches can be bad enough, but […]

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]]>According to the Migraine Trust, a “Migraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance.” They go on to say, “It’s an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information, and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise, and hunger.” 

Headaches can be bad enough, but migraines take it to an entirely new level. Headache symptoms include pain, throbbing, and tension. A migraine only adds to this list, with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, sensitivity to noises or smells, and blurred vision. 

There is no cure for migraines. If you are one of the 1 billion global sufferers of migraines and headaches, you’ll try just about anything to make this trauma disappear.  You may have heard recent rumors that cannabidiol (CBD) could provide effective relief. Is CBD for migraines a legitimate treatment? You are not the only one who has questions about CBD for migraines and headaches.

How CBD May Help Relieve Migraines

Most of what we know about CBD for migraines comes from research into CBD for other health issues, like inflammation and pain. We also can glean some insight from the hundreds (or thousands) of people reporting their effective use of CBD oil for migraine pain.  Their stories are perfect case studies on the possible benefits.

At the very least, we know that cannabis has a long history of use for natural headache relief. There is evidence from clinical notes pre-prohibition in the 1800s when cannabis was a widely used medicine.  

According to these notes, as reported by the article “The Use of Cannabis for Headache Disorders,” most doctors prescribed cannabis in an alcohol-based tincture. They typically delivered a small, non-intoxicating dose two to three times daily. Doctors may have given larger treatments for more severe migraines. Of course, we have no idea the potency of these preparations, nor the cannabinoid content.

But what about CBD (specifically) for migraines? The evidence is still very preliminary. There is strong support for CBD as an anti-inflammatory compound, and as a possible pain reliever for certain types of pain. 

Furthermore, scientists have identified a specific receptor as a possible target for migraine treatment. It’s the TRPV1 receptor, which in easy-to-understand-terms is essentially a pain receptor.  

What does the TRPV1 have to do with CBD? CBD is a pain receptor agonist, which means it can turn off over-activation. Again, very preliminary results, but this connection between TRPV1, migraines, and cannabis is exciting.

How To Use CBD To Reduce the Severity of Migraines and Headaches

As you may already know, there are many different types of CBD products available today. The most common is CBD oil or CBD tincture. These are liquids, which you usually dose under the tongue and allow to dissolve sublingually. 

How much CBD for migraines or headache relief should you take? If you are new to using CBD oil therapeutically, there are a few fundamental rules to follow. Always start with a low daily dose and increase slowly. A small dosage for most people is 10 mg a day. Likely 10 mg isn’t going to do much for your headache, but it’s crucial to get acquainted with CBD before increasing the dosage.

Increase slowly over a few days. Slow and steady is important, again to allow your body to acclimatize. Typically for headaches and migraines, you’ll need a substantial dose of CBD to achieve any benefit – at least according to what people report. To date, there are no clinical trials on CBD for migraines, so we must rely on shared experiences to determine doses.

Although many people use CBD oil daily to treat chronic medical conditions like arthritis, migraines are an acute situation. You’ll only dose CBD oil for migraines when you have one. 

According to some folks using CBD for migraines, a big dose of 100 to 200 mg seems to do the trick, but keep in mind everyone is different. You may want to split that large dose up into 2-3 chunks to allow your body to adjust to such a large dose.

The good news is that CBD is generally well tolerated, even in high doses – but there is a low risk of side effects. These side effects, if they occur, are mild – starting low and slowly increasing helps your body adjust. 

Other methods you might want to look for are topical preparations, like creams, salves, and balms. You might even find products specially created using CBD for migraines, like roll-on sticks or massage oils. These may contain other helpful natural ingredients like essential oils for added benefit. Rub these into the temples, forehead, between the eyes, or the neck. 

There is a lot more to find out about CBD for migraines, and the medical community is only now exploring the possibilities. Right now, we can rely on early research on CBD for inflammation and pain. We can also take solace knowing so many people are already relying on the cannabinoid in their fight against migraines and headaches. 

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-migraines-use-cbd-products-migraines-headaches/feed/08 Steps for Choosing the Best CBD Vape Oilhttps://internationalhighlife.com/8-steps-choosing-best-cbd-vape-oil/
https://internationalhighlife.com/8-steps-choosing-best-cbd-vape-oil/#respondThu, 01 Aug 2019 15:00:39 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=19278Not sure where to start with CBD vape oil? With more hemp products on the market than ever, it’s crucial to know makes the best CBD vape juice different from lower-quality options. So no matter your reason for taking cannabidiol, follow these 8 steps to choose a superior product. Know What CBD Vape Oil Is […]

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]]>Not sure where to start with CBD vape oil? With more hemp products on the market than ever, it’s crucial to know makes the best CBD vape juice different from lower-quality options. So no matter your reason for taking cannabidiol, follow these 8 steps to choose a superior product.

Know What CBD Vape Oil Is

CBD vape oil is one of many ways to experience the benefits of the hemp compound cannabidiol. Though research on the benefits of cannabidiol is still in the early stages, many people are integrating hemp into their wellness and medical routines.

Of course, CBD vape oil is far from the only way to take cannabidiol. Edibles, tinctures, and topicals can also contain hemp compounds—and each method of taking cannabidiol has its own advantages.

CBD Stands for Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol is one of over 100 compounds found in cannabis and hemp. Though it’s called a cannabinoid—meaning a cannabis compound—all legal CBD is sourced from hemp. Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is legal to farm in all 50 states.

Understand Why People Take CBD Vape Juice

What exactly are the benefits of taking cannabidiol? Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not produce a ‘high’ or negative effects. Instead, it can provide a sense of balance and overall wellness. This is thanks to its interactions with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System?

This unique network of receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes is as crucial to your health as the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems. Overall, the endocannabinoid system maintains homeostasis—meaning balance—throughout the body.

It affects important functions such as immunity, mood, inflammation and pain sensation, as uncovered by a growing body of research.

CBD and THC can both produce effects because the body already has its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. It also has receptors evolved to interact with these compounds.

What Is Bioavailability?

Why do people choose to take CBD vape juice over edibles, topicals, and oils? Not only is hemp e-liquid an easy way to take cannabidiol, but it’s one of the most bioavailable and fast-acting methods of ingestion.

In other words, your body absorbs a higher percentage of cannabidiol when you use CBD vape oil rather than take an edible or tincture. Edibles, which pass through the digestive system, have the lowest rates of bioavailability.

Research has found that vaping can have 56 percent bioavailability. By contrast, CBD tincture bioavailability ranges between 12 and 35 percent. This makes e-liquid the most affordable and effective option per mg of cannabidiol.

CBD Vape Oil vs. Tinctures

The two most common ways to take cannabidiol, CBD vape juice and tinctures, are far from the same thing. Vape oil is ingested either through a vaporizer whereas CBD oil is a tincture which is placed under the tongue.

No matter how you choose to take cannabidiol, many of the same factors impact quality. Here’s what to look for to optimize your cannabidiol experience.

Know Where Your CBD Is Sourced From

Hemp has been farmed for thousands of years across the world. This means that there are many different hemp strains with unique cannabinoid compositions. Additionally, government quality regulations differ.

In the United States, hemp is regulated under the Farm Bill. Per federal regulations, U.S.-grown hemp can contain a maximum of 0.3 percent THC and is subject to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) oversight.

Though quality hemp can come from across the world, the best way to find high-quality CBD vape oil is to look for pure, American-grown hemp.

Look for Third-Party Lab Testing Results

According to the FDA, there are many products on the market that do not contain the same amount of cannabidiol as announced by the label. The best way to ensure that you’re actually ingesting the right amount of cannabidiol and dosing it correctly is to look for third-party lab testing results.

Premium brands will list lab testing results for individual products on their website. Take the time to look at these before purchasing. If a brand will not share lab testing results with you, it’s best to find another source for your CBD vape juice.

Consider THC Content, Too

Another benefit to looking at lab testing results is the ability to see how much THC is in a product. All American-grown hemp can contain a maximum amount of 0.3 percent THC, which will not produce psychoactive effects.

However, some consumers prefer CBD vape oil isolate because it contains zero perfect THC. All this information will be available in third-party lab testing results.

Look at the Color of CBD Vape Oil

Since e-liquid is a mix of oil and water, low-quality products can be murky. Typically, the best CBD vape oil is homogenous, meaning that its color is consistent throughout. In other words, it should look clear and fluid, not sticky.

Why does homogenous CBD vape oil mean in terms of quality? Like any supplement, the best way to experience cannabidiol is to be consistent. This means inhaling e-juice that contains the same amount of cannabidiol throughout.

Consider Other Ingredients, Too

In a high-quality product, cannabidiol can account for around 20 percent of the liquid. Other ingredients can include alcohols, vegetable glycerin, and flavors. And because these ingredients can make up a significant amount of the product, their quality is just as important as cannabidiol’s.

When choosing CBD vape juice, look for other certifications such as USP grade. This means that a liquid exceeds the quality standards set forth by United States Pharmacopeia.

Check If It’s Flavored or Not

Even though cannabidiol is a medicinal supplement, that doesn’t mean that it can’t taste good. Many people prefer a flavored cannabidiol product—whether its an e-liquid or edible—to mask hemp’s earthy flavor.

Choose the CBD Vape Oil that Works with Your Device

There are two distinct types of hemp vape products: cartridges and e-liquid. The former integrates with a pen, but are a less sustainable option. By contrast, e-liquid is loaded into a pen. Make sure that your device is fully compatible with CBD vape juice or cartridges.

Know What Sets the Best CBD Vape Oil Apart

Hemp e-juice varies far and wide in terms of quality. The best way to experience the effects you want is selecting a pure product that only contains the ingredients that you want. So when choosing CBD vape oil, checking lab test results, origin, color, flavor, and whether it’ll work with your device is a must.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/8-steps-choosing-best-cbd-vape-oil/feed/0New Research: Pain Relievers from Cannabis Are 30 Times Stronger Than Aspirinhttps://internationalhighlife.com/cannabis-aspirin-pain-relief/
https://internationalhighlife.com/cannabis-aspirin-pain-relief/#respondSun, 28 Jul 2019 12:11:04 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=19262Imagine a pain reliever 30 times stronger at reducing inflammation than Aspirin. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada are the first to uncover the pain-relief potential of cannabis, demonstrating just how strong the plant could be. What makes this discovery so interesting is that by using cannabis plants as a means to reduce pain would mean natural […]

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]]>Imagine a pain reliever 30 times stronger at reducing inflammation than Aspirin. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada are the first to uncover the pain-relief potential of cannabis, demonstrating just how strong the plant could be.

What makes this discovery so interesting is that by using cannabis plants as a means to reduce pain would mean natural pain relief medication, which in turn would reduce the addiction risks of other non-natural pain killers.

How did the team discover cannabis’ potential?

It’s all at the molecular level.

The researchers, led by Professor Tariq Akhtar of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), working alongside MCB professor Steven Rothstein who combined biochemistry and genomics.

In doing so, the team discovered how cannabis creates two molecules: cannflavin A, and cannflavin B – also known as ‘flavonoids.’ Flavonoids are a type of plant secondary metabolites, a substance necessary for metabolism.

When carefully observed, cannabis’ flavonoids gave anti-inflammatory benefits that were 30 times higher than the regular Aspirin we use over the counter.

As Akhtar said, “Our objective was to better understand how these molecules are made,[…]. If you know what you’re looking for, one can bring genes to life, so to speak, and piece together how molecules like cannflavins A and B are assembled.”



Chronic Pain Reliever

At the moment, those suffering from chronic pain rely heavily on opioids, which block the pain receptors in the brain, and have many side effects and a high chance of addiction.

Rothstein said, “Being able to offer a new pain relief option is exciting, and we are proud that our work has the potential to become a new tool in the pain relief arsenal.”



The team is working hand in hand with Anahit International Group, a Toronto-based company.

The company’s CEO, Darren Carrigan, said: “Anahit looks forward to working closely with University of Guelph researchers to develop effective and safe anti-inflammatory medicines from cannabis phytochemicals that would provide an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”

There’s still some way to go with the research, but it’s looking promising for the development of new pain-relief alternatives.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/cannabis-aspirin-pain-relief/feed/0New Study: Most People Consume Cannabis to Relieve Pain or Go to Sleephttps://internationalhighlife.com/new-study-people-consume-cannabis-relieve-pain-go-sleep/
https://internationalhighlife.com/new-study-people-consume-cannabis-relieve-pain-go-sleep/#respondSat, 06 Jul 2019 11:19:38 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=19095A new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Miami found that the majority of people smoke weed because they want to get some sleep. Published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the study surveyed customers at two retail stores in Colorado, where recreational cannabis is legal if you are 21 or older. […]

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]]>A new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Miami found that the majority of people smoke weed because they want to get some sleep.

Published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the study surveyed customers at two retail stores in Colorado, where recreational cannabis is legal if you are 21 or older. Of the 1,000 customers surveyed, 65% reported buying cannabis as a method of pain relief, while 74% said they bought it as a sleep aid. Nearly 80% of the respondents taking it for pain relief said they found cannabis “very helpful,” with 88% of those who had previously taken opioids reporting that they had reduced or stopped taking those medications as a result of using cannabis; while 84% said they found it helpful for getting some sleep.

For us, it’s not super surprising that cannabis would be used in such a fashion. Weed has long been known to induce sleep). Some studies suggesting that the cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis can expedite sleep onset and enhance overall sleep quality. Additionally, while the legal status of cannabis has prevented thorough and comprehensive research on the subject, there is some evidence to suggest that cannabis could serve as an alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, in part because the peripheral nerves that register pain on our bodies contain many cannabinoid receptors. (Further research, however, is needed on the topic.)

The study also suggests that legalization could potentially pave the way for decreased dependency on other, more dangerous pain relief methods, such as opioid use“These findings speak not only to the therapeutic efficacy of cannabis as an alternative analgesic option but also to its potential role as a harm reduction agent,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a statement.

Other studies, including a 2014 JAMA paper linking cannabis legalization to a decrease in opioid overdose deaths, have made similar claims (though it’s worth noting that a 2019 study has since called the findings of the JAMA study into question.) 

Overall, while more research is needed, the study basically confirms what we already know: that cannabis has a wide range of uses, and that legalization would benefit more people than those who fall into the stereotypical stoner category.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/new-study-people-consume-cannabis-relieve-pain-go-sleep/feed/0The Top 7 Best CBD Dog Treats You Can Buy In 2019https://internationalhighlife.com/best-cbd-dog-treats/
https://internationalhighlife.com/best-cbd-dog-treats/#respondTue, 25 Jun 2019 13:00:23 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=18453When your furry friend is feeling under the weather, what do you do? Extra cuddles, a special tin of soft food, and if the condition is a serious enough a trip to the vet. Besides the extra love, what other options are there? It is not like you can find dog-friendly over-the-counter medicines to alleviate […]

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]]>When your furry friend is feeling under the weather, what do you do? Extra cuddles, a special tin of soft food, and if the condition is a serious enough a trip to the vet. Besides the extra love, what other options are there? It is not like you can find dog-friendly over-the-counter medicines to alleviate the symptoms … or can you? Pet owners today are quickly learning the value CBD dog treats as an at-home remedy. CBD infused treats fill the space between cuddles and an expensive vet.

As pet owners, we love our dogs more than we love some members of our own family. We want the best for them, especially when they aren’t feeling their best. It’s this powerful doggy-love that has fuelled us to find safe, delicious, and effective treatment options for our furry friends. Pet owners are increasingly turning to CBD for dogs because they’ve discovered CBD dog treats are just as beneficial for fluffy-friends as they are for humans

The best CBD dog treats are packed full of therapeutic potential. Dogs love them for their taste, and pet owners love them for the real change they see in their dog’s condition. It’s a perfect ‘over-the-counter’ solution for aches, pains, and other minor medical conditions which may not warrant an expensive trip to the vet.

How Does CBD for Dogs Work?

Cannabinoid Receptors - How does CBD for dogs work

Believe it or not, we have a lot in common with our canine companions. We might not have the same affinity towards a ball or a need to chase sticks, but we both have an endocannabinoid system. This system, which we go into extensively in the article, What You Need to Know About CBD Oil & Dogs, manages many physiological systems. It regulates pain, sensation, and mood. It keeps our immune system in check and ensures the digestive system works smoothly. It also manages memory and reproductive mechanisms.

When working correctly, the endocannabinoid system keeps everything operating in a perfect state of homeostasis. Its main goal is to return the body to a state of balance, especially if we encounter an external threat. A threat may mean a microscopic invader (bacteria or virus), or a stressful situation which triggers the fight or flight response. If our endocannabinoid system senses a physical or emotional stressor, it jumps into action, sending the necessary communications throughout our body to mount a response. These communications are our natural endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids plug into receptors, like a plug into a wall socket. They direct an appropriate response and work hard to return the body to normal. That said, sometimes this system isn’t fully functional. It may over or under react. It also may not have the resources to respond appropriately. It’s when our endocannabinoid system fails that CBD comes in so handy. Just like we benefit from a daily CBD supplement, so too can our dogs.

CBD a Safe Option for Dogs

Naturally, cannabis and hemp contain molecules called cannabinoids. Miraculously they mimic the endocannabinoids we produce to interact with our endocannabinoid system. While there are over 100 different cannabinoids linked to the plant so far, there are two important ones you should know about as a dog owner: THC and CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD) in particular is extremely valuable for dogs because it doesn’t cause intoxication (quick reminder – your dog does not like THC – no matter what you think). This compound can help our dog’s body regulate overstimulation, sensations of pain, and mood among many other health issues.

While we pet owners might love the intoxicating effects of THC, it’s toxic to most other mammals – like our dogs. Never give your dog anything containing large amounts of THC. At the very least, it is an unpleasant experience for them, and at worse can lead to their death. Stick with CBD dog treats and other infused products with lab results and sourced from hemp.

Will My Dog Get High from CBD?

Here is a quick refresher on the differences between THC and CBD. The only intoxicating compound in cannabis is THC. This compound fits perfectly into an endocannabinoid receptor called the CB1 receptor. Dogs (and humans) have high concentrations of these receptors in our brain and throughout our central nervous system. Because the THC molecule fits into the CB1 receptor like a hand into a glove, it triggers a strongly intoxicating experience. Dogs have far more CB1 receptors than we do, which means their system becomes quickly overwhelmed.

Other cannabinoids, like CBD, do not fit so perfectly into these receptors. Cannabidiol works in less direct ways to influence the function of the endocannabinoid system. One way it works is by turning off overactive receptors. For example, if there is chronic inflammation, CBD helps to reduce the inflammatory response by reducing the inflammatory activity.

But back to the question at hand. Will your dog get high from CBD? No. Because CBD doesn’t interact with the CB1 receptor, as we see with THC, there are no intoxicating effects. Both you and your dog can safely consume CBD, even in high doses, without any chance of getting high.

How Do You Find Good Quality CBD Dog Treats?

Once you start searching for the best CBD dog treats, you’ll see just how many options there are today. You might even be lucky enough to live in a region where the pet stores carry CBD dog treats on the shelves. Or, you may be doing a little online shopping for your next bag of CBD infused treats. Either way, keep an eye out for sketchy brands selling sketchy products.

Quality is essential when your dog’s wellbeing is at stake. The cheapest dog treats aren’t always the best. The best CBD dog treats contain more than just CBD, so you’ll want to do your research to find products with a high standard of natural ingredients. Do they meet your high standards? Have they been tested for contaminants?

Here are a few suggestions of what to keep an eye out for, but also check out What to Look for in CBD Dog Treats

Ingredients

As you reach for the bag of doggy CBD treats (or hover over the label online), look closely at the ingredient listing. As a pet owner, would you want your vitamins and supplements to be chock full of unhealthy ingredients? Likely not, so why settle for bad ones for your dogs? If you see any of the following on your CBD dog treats, you might want to skip that variety.
Ingredients you should avoid: corn, wheat gluten, meat by-products, grain by-products, BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, food dyes, propylene glycol, and rendered fat.

Type of Extract

Producers use a variety of techniques (often borrowed from the cannabis extraction industry) to pull CBD out of hemp. Some extraction techniques are better than others, as they are cleaner and protect the sensitive compounds from degradation. A quality CBD dog treats brand should highlight (either on the website or the label) what CBD extraction technique they use.

The best option for CBD extraction is CO2 cold extraction. Low heat protects the heat-sensitive cannabinoids and terpenes from damage during processing. It’s also one of the only techniques which does not rely on petrochemicals. Avoid brands which don’t describe their extraction technique in detail. If you see any mention of butane (BHO), you should avoid the product altogether. Butane is common in low-grade cannabis concentrates, but rare in hemp products.

Lab Testing

The best CBD dog treats will come with a full lab report about its contents. Lab reports, from a third party organization, prove the caliber of dog treats you have in front of you. At the very minimum, a lab report will confirm the CBD and THC content. It should also measure for pesticide, petrochemical, or fertilizer contamination.
Lab testing is usually a critical step for human grade cannabis products, but often not required for CBD dog treats. Many lesser pet-companies skip this step altogether. High-quality treats will always have a lab test handy for its customers.

People Behind the Product

As with any commercial good, passionate people care about the products they make. Does a dog-lover make your CBD dog treats? Or are the treats produced by a multinational conglomerate which makes cleaning products, household goods, and Cheetos among other goods? Use your gut instinct about the brand behind the product.

Look for brands with a research department or a team of experts behind their treats. Ask yourself if the brand which openly talks about the natural ingredients, or hides ingredients behind secret formulas. Passionate people care about your canine companion’s health just as much as you do. Because they care, they’ll invest in crafting a high-quality, safe, and natural dog treats. They will be willing to share information with you about how they make it and where they source the components from.

Full Spectrum Versus Isolate CBD

In the realm of CBD extractions, there is a world of difference between a full spectrum product and an isolate. A CBD isolate contains upwards of 99 percent pure CBD. A full spectrum product includes a myriad of different natural compounds, from terpenes to fatty acids and of course CBD.

There is a time and place for CBD isolate products, but when it comes to CBD dog treats, you’ll want a broader spectrum of medicinal benefit. Full spectrum products don’t just contain CBD; they contain many other natural (and safe) compounds which could have additional healing powers for your furry friend. You’ll want to harness the full potential of the whole hemp plant and not just an isolate.

How to Dose CBD for Dogs – The Fundamentals

If you’ve followed the above guidelines, very likely you’ll end up with CBD dog treats that come with proper dosing guidelines. Typically, CBD is very safe for human and doggy consumption in low to high doses. That said, it is still best to follow any instructions provided. If no dosage guidelines were provided, you’d want to start with a low dose and increase slowly.

Check the label for any indications on how many milligrams of CBD each piece contains. Dosing CBD dog treats is based off two doses per day, and doggy body weight. Start with the following twice-daily dose based on how much your dog weights, and increase every three days until you notice a change in your dog’s behavior. Look for better mobility, wagging tails, and increased appetite. If they have an adverse reaction, reduce the dose, or cease entirely.

  • 10 lbs – 0.5 mg
  • 20 lbs – 1.0 mg
  • 30 lbs – 1.5 mg
  • 40 lbs – 2.0 mg
  • 50 lbs – 2.5 mg
  • 60 lbs – 3.0 mg
  • 70 lbs – 3.5 mg
  • 80 lbs – 4.0 mg
  • 90 lbs – 4.5 mg
  • 100 lbs – 5.0 mg

Again, CBD is extremely safe for your best four-legged friends. Side effects are rare, and when they do happen, they are mild. Often, if there is an adverse reaction, it has more to do with the other ingredients than the CBD. So long as you start with a low dose, and increase slowly, you should expect only positive results.

Our Top Picks for the Best CBD Dog Treats

Keeping everything we’ve covered thus far in mind – what are the best CBD dog treats available today? We love our dog just as much as you do, and have done a lot of research on what makes the best CBD dog treat. Why not share the brands we already love and save you the effort of digging through the internet for information? These brands are passionate dog-lovers, who have invested in all-natural, quality ingredients. They care about dogs, and it shows.

1) Paw Treats

Paw Treats CBD Dog Treats

At the time of writing, Paw Treats was the only CBD dog treat company with a product developed by veterinarians and food technologists from the Life Science University in Prague. Paw Treats are also part of an ongoing study on 30 pups who receive CBD Paw Treats as daily therapy.

Paw Treats, under the Agility+ formula, is designed with the aging and sore pup in mind. The researchers at Paw Treats chose all ingredients for their ability to soothe aching muscles, inflamed joints, and more. The CBD is lab tested for purity, and from a cold-extraction process which protects its therapeutic integrity. Paw Treats ticks all the necessary boxes, including independent analysis, scientific formula, and full-spectrum cold extraction. The scientific experts backing this product is the number one reason why they top the list.

2) Honest Paws

Honest Paws CBD Dog Snacks

One of the first things you’ll appreciate with Honest Paws is the ingredient listing. All natural, all healthy, and all recognizable. You won’t find any mystery chemicals and ingredients on their bags of treats. Their products have been highlighted on several national news networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, and the Today Show. They have so much faith in their CBD dog treats one reason; they offer a full 30-day refund.

Honest Paws has a line of specialty CBD dog treats including CBD Infused Creamy Peanut-Butter, topical CBD infused coconut oil, and a range of focused CBD treats. The dog treats come in three formulas: Relief, Restore, and Calming. The ingredients of each variety were carefully curated to focus on that therapeutic target. For example, the Restore CBD dog treats contain turmeric, which is proven to target inflammation.

3. Innovet

Innovet Hemp Dog Treats

With more than 240 positive reviews you can’t go wrong with the hemp dog treats from Innovet. Their treats are made from natural hemp extracts. The extract is entirely organic and has absolutely not intoxicating effects. Each bag contains over 100 mg of activ PCR and Innovet has different flavors like Steak & Cheese, Maple Bacon & Berries and Salmon & Sweet.

4) FOMO Bones

Fomo Bones CBD Dog Treats

Fomo Bones CBD Dog Treats

Do you have an anxious pup who is afraid of loud noises, big crowds, other dogs, or being left alone? FOMO Bones are a powerful tool to have on hand if your dog has nervous tendencies. They are an all natural and safe solution for you when you are your wit’s end wrangling your dog’s anxiety.

Named for the famous motto, “Fear of Missing Out” FOMO Bones help your dog relax when you are not around. The ingredients, including valerian root, chamomile, and passion flower, were all chosen for their soothing and calming effects. Combined with isolate CBD, FOMO Bones are the perfect natural dog treats to have on hand for super-nervous canines.

5) Treatibles

Treatibles CBD Dog Treats

Treatibles knows exactly what we want to see in high-quality CBD dog treats organic, full spectrum, and consistent. This company produces a range of products for a variety of animals, including cats, horses, and of course, dogs.

The folks behind Treatibles know a thing or two about medicinal cannabinoids, as Auntie D’s Apothecary has been working in medicinal cannabis for over a decade in California. Through their in-depth understanding of cannabis in medicine, they launched Treatibles as a way to bring natural options into pet care. They use only 100 percent organic hemp, grown by master cultivators.

Organic hemp is essential, because hemp naturally pulls toxins from the environment it grows in, in a process called bioaccumulation. While useful for industrial purposes, you’ll want to source products using only organic hemp to avoid any unwanted toxins reaching into your CBD products and your dog’s treats. They use only broad-spectrum CBD extracts, which they infuse into a healthy organic MCT oil before inclusion into their line of treats.

6) Canna-Pet

Canna Pet CBD Dog Treats

Canna-Pet is focused on pet health, through hemp and CBD nutrition. They carry liquids drops, supplements, and CBD infused dog treats (in an irresistible maple-bacon flavor!). In a customer survey, they also report Canna-Pet products are more effective than chondroitin, glucosamine, lysine, SAM-e, fish oil, milk thistle, Coenzyme Q10, Azodyl, calming products, or probiotics. An impressive list worth taking note of for your own dog’s health and wellbeing.

In the US, Canna-Pet has been working with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association to demonstrate the safety profile and therapeutic applications of CBD for pets. They are a trusted brand, by consumers and vets alike. You might even be lucky enough to live where their products are lining the vet’s shelves.

7) Hemp Health

Hemp Health CBD Dog Treats

Hemp Health makes products suitable for both pet’s and their owners. Their bacon flavored CBD dog treats were formulated by a pet nutritionist. They come highly recommended by Leafly. Ingredients include real bacon, whole grains, and eggs – a delicious combination for any four-legged friend.

Each treat has approximately 4 mg of CBD, but also trace amounts of other cannabinoids because it’s a full-spectrum extraction. This includes CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA, which are all safe and non-intoxicating. Considering researchers believe cannabinoids work together for added benefit, these Hemp Health treats may be much more beneficial than the sum of its ingredients.

With the number of options out there, finding the best CBD dog treats for your pup is not a simple process. The dog food industry doesn’t have the same kinds of regulations in place which product people from sub-standard foods. Because of this lack of oversight, as the pet owner, you are the one in charge of sourcing the best possible options. You care about your furry friend’s wellbeing, so you should also care about what goes into the CBD dog treats.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/best-cbd-dog-treats/feed/0CBD To Support Emotional Wellnesshttps://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-support-emotional-wellness/
https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-support-emotional-wellness/#respondSun, 23 Jun 2019 13:20:39 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=18930In a society where mental illness is very much on the rise, the importance of knowing how to treat the likes of anxiety and depression, and even how to boost emotional wellness, is more important than ever. There is a surplus of medications available that promise to improve mental health, but the the unfortunate truth […]

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]]>In a society where mental illness is very much on the rise, the importance of knowing how to treat the likes of anxiety and depression, and even how to boost emotional wellness, is more important than ever. There is a surplus of medications available that promise to improve mental health, but the
the unfortunate truth is that these are often non-natural and do not work for everyone.

The unique aspect of CBD is that it is entirely natural, from where it is sourced from, to the reactions is caused in the body. This makes it an ideal solution for people who are looking to treat mental illness, or improve emotional health, as non-invasively as possible.

How does CBD improve emotional wellness?

To learn how CBD works to improve emotional wellness, we must first understand how it works inside the body when it is consumed. All of us have a system of cannabinoid receptors located throughout our bodies, which make up something called the endocannabinoid system. This controls many different bodily functions, from the workings of the immune system to mood, ability to deal with stress, brain fog, memory, and pain sensation.

When CBD comes into contact with these CBD receptors, it can positively alter them to work more favorably for the body. Looking more closely at CBD for emotional wellness, the compound can cause CBD receptors to improve mood, alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as aiding relaxation and promoting sleep- all important for good mental health.

Namely, the most research regarding CBD and mental illness focuses on anxiety and depression, with a study on rats showing that cannabidiol could prevent the formation of specific and generalized fear memories. It has also been found to treat other mental disorders, such as insomnia, paranoia, OCD,
PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

However, that’s not to say that CBD can only be taken to alleviate mental illness. Many people favor the herb simply for achieving wellness on the whole. This can be achieved by taking CBD in one of its more common forms, such as oils or tablets, or through a more novelty form, such as
drinking CBD tea or massaging with CBD oil.

What are the best CBD products to support emotional wellness?

There are products in the CBD market that claim to work purposefully to improve mental health or treat a certain mental illness, such as anxiety. However, all CBD products pretty much work in the same way, no matter how they are advertised.

If you’re interested in taking CBD for mental wellness, as long as you purchase a CBD that is taken internally (so not a topical cream or oil, which are commonly used for muscle pain), you should experience beneficial results says CBD Central. As when purchasing any type of CBD, make sure you’re buying from a trusted seller, and always check reviews beforehand. CBD is fairly costly, and you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money by settling on a product with a
guaranteed success rate.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-support-emotional-wellness/feed/0CBD Oil for Cats: Let’s Take A Look At 7 Potential Health Benefitshttps://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-oil-cats-lets-take-look-7-potential-health-benefits/
https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-oil-cats-lets-take-look-7-potential-health-benefits/#respondWed, 19 Jun 2019 11:39:15 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=18884CBD oil is often used for humans and dogs, but can you also give it to your cat? The answer is yes; cats also have an endocannabinoid system. Many people ask if it is safe. When asked this question, DDVM Gary Richter, who is a holistic veterinarian in Oakland, CA, states that CBD is “generally […]

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]]>CBD oil is often used for humans and dogs, but can you also give it to your cat? The answer is yes; cats also have an endocannabinoid system.

Many people ask if it is safe. When asked this question, DDVM Gary Richter, who is a holistic veterinarian in Oakland, CA, states that CBD is “generally safe for cats…” he adds that it may cause sedation or gastrointestinal upset which can you can stop by discontinuing the treatment.

Typically when diarrhea happens from CBD oil, all one needs to do is stop the next dosage, wait for the intestines to get back on track, and then resume treatment at a lower dose.

Traditionally trained veterinarians are still sometimes hesitant to recommend CBD for treating animals because of the lack of study in their field of expertise and lack of clinical trials. Animals, including cats, however, have been receiving CBD oil for many years. Still, the argument remains that the FDA does not yet approve CBD for use in cats and animals in general.

Veterinarians often agree that they’d rather use products that they are used to and know have been studied for a long time.

So, the issue is that there is no agreement from veterinarians. They are hesitant to recommend a product that hasn’t been specifically regulated by the FDA. On the other hand, many do recommend CBD oil for cats and there is no record of a cat ever being harmed by using CBD oil.

The only adverse reaction, across the board, for CBD usage, is that when anyone, pet or animal, takes too much at one time the results will be diarrhea and a headache, sometimes stomach pains.

Sadly, this is a reaction to the oil, not the CBD. CBD is often suspended in olive oil or coconut oil for delivery to the body. When using specific products, made for cats, it will be easy to ensure you are giving a proper dose. Look to highly recommended sources, such as InnovetPet to find safe products. They are a reputable company with excellent customer reviews.

Don’t trust any company indiscriminately without checking their references, reviews and product reviews.

Also, please, be aware that cannabis should not be given to cats. The plants and the THC in them may be very toxic to animals. This is why you need to shop at a website that specializes in products for pets, made from hemp, a part of the cannabis family of plants.

Is Legal CBD Available?

Since the Farm Bill of 2018 was signed, the industry was greenlighted to sell CBD oils and products made from hemp, provided that the oils contain less than .03% THC. This is a tiny trace of THC, but still should not be given to dogs or cats. You’ll want an oil that is CBD only. You can purchase this oil for sale online and in shops in all fifty US states now.

Some veterinarians may not yet be on board but they likely will start getting training and learn more about CBD and cannabis for animals very soon. In California, the state legislature is about to begin debating a bill on medical cannabis for treating animals. This will help get the discussions started and then the research will undoubtedly follow.

Talking to your veterinarian should be possible, but not all of them will have an open mind to using CBD, even though it has far fewer side-effects than most of the prescribed medications and treatments that they would prefer for you to use. This is only because these are the things they are used to. If you have an open-minded veterinarian, have the conversations. Talk about products that are on the market and find out if they are willing to treat your pet more holistically, rather than with chemicals and drugs.

It certainly helps when you feel you can work with your veterinarian. Your pet’s health is essential to you, and there is no reason why they should not also be able to enjoy the therapeutic impacts of using CBD oil to help with their pain.

Cats are a bit pickier than dogs, and the oil is relatively easy to get in them by using a syringe orally. Some cats will readily lick it off their paws, or you can purchase some of the fantastic treats from InnovetPet and see what your cat enjoys without a fight.

What Can CBD Do for Cats?

What Can CBD Oil Do For Cats

First of all, the one thing it will not do for your cat is give them a high. THC is responsible for that effect. CBD has no such impact on the brain at all. There is a multitude of things that CBD can do, however. Let us take a look at a few things:

1. Reduce pain and swelling 

If your cat has joint issues as a result of natural aging or from an injury, CBD can help to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation.

2. Fight anxiety

Yes, even cats have anxiety. It may be due to a recent move, rehoming, a new cat in the house, etc. Anything out of the normal routine may have your cat fighting some anxiety and CBD can reduce this drastically.

3. Reduce seizure activity

Cats, like humans, can have seizures and CBD has been known to reduce the number of seizures and their severity.

4. Healthy skin and coat

The oil is full of rich omega 3, 6 and 9 oils. It will give them a gorgeous coat of fur.

5. Helps with gastrointestinal issues

Reduces inflammation of the stomach and intestines to bring homeostasis back to the bowels.

6. Anticancer agent

The rich level of antioxidants helps to boost the immune system and relieve the pain of treatment and cancer itself. There is also some data that suggests CBD may be able to reduce tumor size.

7. Relieve chronic upper respiratory infections and asthma

Cats are prone to respiratory issues and asthma. Sometimes their cat litter can be a contributor. Using CBD for these helps to reduce the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, enabling them to breathe easier.

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]]>https://internationalhighlife.com/cbd-oil-cats-lets-take-look-7-potential-health-benefits/feed/0Study: More Pregnant Women In The United States Using Cannabishttps://internationalhighlife.com/study-increase-cannabis-use-pregnant-women/
https://internationalhighlife.com/study-increase-cannabis-use-pregnant-women/#respondWed, 19 Jun 2019 10:46:52 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=18886Cannabis use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, new government research shows. Overall, 7 percent of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used weed in the past month. That’s from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3 […]

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]]>Cannabis use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, new government research shows.

Overall, 7 percent of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used weed in the past month. That’s from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3 percent in 2002-03.

Some studies have linked cannabis use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and low birthweight. Animal studies have linked high doses early in pregnancy with fetal brain abnormalities, but whether typical use in humans poses similar risks is unknown, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Because we don’t know exactly how harmful it is, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Marijuana use during pregnancy “is not worth the risk,

 said Volkow, one of the authors of the government study.

The study was presented yesterday at a medical meeting and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.



First-trimester use jumped from almost 6 percent to 12 percent. Many women may have used weed before they learned they were pregnant or used it to ease morning sickness, although few women said a doctor had recommended it, Volkow said.

Among women who weren’t pregnant, the rate of cannabis use increased from almost 7 percent to nearly 12 percent or 1 in 8.

The results are based on health surveys involving nearly half a million U.S. women who were questioned during a period when rising numbers of states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. It’s legal in 10 states for both uses but remains illegal federally.

The editorial warned against relying on imperfect data to make judgments about potential harms from cannabis use and said more rigorous research is needed. Volkow said U.S. government restrictions on marijuana research are “very much an issue” and have hampered efforts to answer fundamental questions about pot use.

We are aware that this is a very sensitive topic and you have to be careful what kind of information you trust. If you want to read an unbiased article about cannabis use during pregnancy, read our article we published some time ago.

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https://internationalhighlife.com/is-cbd-oil-safe-for-kids/#respondSun, 16 Jun 2019 17:40:27 +0000https://internationalhighlife.com/?p=18849In 2018 a big thing happened for the cannabis and the natural health world. For the first time, a cannabis product got approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s called Epidiolex and is recommended for patients two years and older to treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Dravet, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. While Epidiolex […]

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]]>In 2018 a big thing happened for the cannabis and the natural health world. For the first time, a cannabis product got approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s called Epidiolex and is recommended for patients two years and older to treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Dravet, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

While Epidiolex is purified CBD and approved for children, there is an exciting caveat about it…it’s not like the majority of CBD products on the market. If you are taking CBD, you’re probably taking a form that looks a good bit different than Epidiolex.

Today we are looking into how safe it is to give your children CBD and whether you need to be concerned about these products. We will also talk about CBD’s history, which it’s pretty interesting because if it wasn’t for children, it’s likely CBD wouldn’t be anywhere near as popular as it is now.

CBD’s History

History CBD

CBD owes a lot to children! In particular, one little girl not only helped boost its popularity, but she also inspired its creation.

Charlotte Figi was only three months old when she had her first seizure, which lasted for 30 minutes. By the time she was 5, Charlotte was struggling with multiple seizures daily, and due to her drug-resistant form of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, her parents and doctors were running out of ideas how to control the seizures successfully.

Eventually, they tried medical cannabis as a last-ditch effort because other kids with Dravet syndrome were responding positively to it. For the first time, Charlotte’s parents finally found something that controlled Charlotte’s seizures. But there was a problem; it contained a decent amount of THC, which is not always suitable for developing minds.

Not long after the Stanley Brothers got word of her story and created a new cannabis extract that was high in CBD but extremely low in THC. That was the birth of a new product, CBD oil.

Charlotte’s story and the CBD created for her, Charlotte’s Web, brought light to the benefits of CBD when CNN released their documentary that took an extensive look into medical cannabis.

Know Your CBD Oil

There are three main variations of CBD products that you can buy.

First, there is CBD isolate like Epidiolex or Vitaleaf Isolate oil. This is just a single compound found in cannabis called cannabidiol (CBD). However, there are hundreds of compounds in cannabis that can interact with the body, similar to CBD.

Which brings us to full spectrum, and this form contains all the compounds in cannabis that can interact with the body, including the terpenes. This is the most common form of CBD currently because all the different compounds work together to create an extract that works for more conditions. As well it comes without the dosage difficulties that CBD isolate presents.

However, the full spectrum contains traces of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives cannabis its high.

This brings us to our third form, broad spectrum, and while newer, it has a lot of promise as it contains only the most beneficial compounds in cannabis. It may or may not contain THC depending on the formula.

What are Cannabis and THC?

Cannabis plants and the many different products derived from them aren’t all created the same. Some varieties of cannabis contain high amounts of THC because when taken in high amounts, it gets you high. We call this form of cannabis, marijuana.

However, cannabis doesn’t have to get you high, as hemp varieties contain small amounts of THC, and with selective breeding, we created industrial hemp. Industrial hemp legally must contain 0.3% THC or less. This is why CBD products are derived from it.

CBD products do not cause a high as long as they are being taken from legal hemp plants. The one exception is CBD isolate which can come from marijuana since it will isolate CBD away from it.

CBD, Child Safety, & Its Research On Children

Research on CBD for children is lacking. However, there are a few key studies that show a lot of good news.

Recently, Dr. Scott Shannon released their study looking at CBD oil’s ability to help children with anxiety and insomnia resulting from PTSD. While only looking at one child, his ten-year-old subject saw decreased anxiety, improved sleep, and no side effects.

Perhaps our most extensive study to date is one involving 516 patients that are diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The positive results from this study are what lead to the FDA approving Epidiolex.

Side Effects

While you might see otherwise claimed, CBD does indeed have side effects. Now, most are considered low risk and acceptable.

First, because the dosage can often be altered to prevent side effects such as lethargy, tiredness, and elevated liver enzymes.

Other side effects are considered mild, especially when compared to the conditions CBD may be able to treat. These include diarrhea, decreased appetite, rash, and nausea. Some side effects like upset stomach often subside as the body will recognize CBD is harmless.

An Australian study showed no serious side effects when studying 65 children under age 16. Minor side effects included worsening of pre-existing behavior, tiredness, and gastrointestinal upset.

The biggest concern is CBD’s ability to inhibit enzymes in the liver that metabolize a range of drugs: anti-epileptic, blood thinners, and antidepressants are a few.

Studies have seen CBD raise the potency of prescription drugs by it temporarily turning off enzymes that metabolize them. This issue is more common than you may think as grapefruit, kale, and St. John’s Wort all do the same.

Conclusion

Research shows that CBD has immense potential to help children with several conditions. We have pediatric studies that show CBD has helped treat drug-resistant forms of epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety.

Along with those we have studies showing CBD can help with general health through hemostasis and that it’s a brilliant anti-inflammatory.

Remember to buy CBD from a trusted company — look for one that provides a Certificate of Analysis on their CBD products because this means they had their CBD products tested for quality and efficiency by an independent lab.

When derived from legal hemp, you don’t have to worry about CBD getting your child high. If you notice side effects with one form of CBD, you may want to try another way as the switch can often help.

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