CBD comes in many forms – If you’re ok with the taste of liquid drops under your tongue, then high-grade oil or tincture products are suitable for your consumption. If you want to skip the vegetal and earthy taste, you can opt for pills, capsules, gummies, and food-infused products like chocolates, cookies, and other treats.
Full spectrum – refers to CBD extracts that contain all naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants, including terpenes (what gives marijuana its unique smell), flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. In other words, full spectrum has it all, which includes THC. Sometimes referred to as ‘whole plant CBD’, full spectrum CBD oils or tinctures processed from hemp never exceed 0.3 percent THC so it cannot make a person high. Some skincare products label their ingredients as full spectrum if the whole plant is used for the CBD extraction, but if there are zero traces of THC this falls under the broad spectrum.
In Hong Kong, pure cannabidiol (CBD) is legal and is not classified as a dangerous drug provided the company importing and distributing the products are licensed to do so. THC and its derivatives are prohibited in Hong Kong, so CBD products coming from proper channels in the city contain no traces of THC. “Hemp has been used as a wellness tool for thousands of years, and its safety has been validated by numerous scientific studies,” explains Melany Dobson, founder of Treaty, a premiere CBD company from the US whose edible products are currently being sold at Joyce Beauty in Hong Kong. “We encourage the person to ask questions and educate themselves about CBD; there is a lot of confusion and misconception, and it helps to be informed!” explains Dobson. “Most drug test companies only test for the THC cannabinoid, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana plants. You can contact the lab to verify what you will be tested for,” she adds.
With so many available options, it can get overwhelming with which product to use, and how to even get started. So, let’s break down the basics.
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Are there any side effects? And can CBD make you fail a drug test?
“The benefits of cannabidiol are numerous and vary person to person,” says Mullen (Altum). “CBD helps moderate the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system responsible for regulating mood, appetite, stress, sleep, motor control, immune function, and more. CBD helps balance some of the imbalances in our ECS. In other words, CBD helps balance the system that balances us,” he adds.
Isolate – refers to CBD extracts that only contain CBD. They don’t contain terpenes, flavonoids, or any other cannabinoids.
The human body naturally produces its own endocannabinoids to support this system, but just like any other nutrient, it can sometimes cause deficiencies, and that’s when CBD comes in for support. “Everyone is familiar with the effects of caffeine on their body,” says Mullen. “Unfortunately, the caffeine experience usually ends with an ‘energy crash’ and sometimes an uncomfortable feeling of agitation if taken in high quantity.” He then explains that CBD can help balance some of these adverse effects and even prolong the positive ones. “As it promotes homeostasis in the body, CBD helps even out any increased agitation or nerves from caffeine consumption. It also lessens the suddenness of the ‘energy crash’, allowing the individual to come gently back down to regular energy levels – usually in time for evening relaxation or before bed,” he explains.
How does it work, and how does our body benefit from the use of CBD?
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CBD is considered non-intoxicating, so individuals will not get high when consuming it. “CBD products generally do not cause side effects, but we do advise that anyone already taking significant medication to consult their physician before adding CBD to their daily routine,” explains Mullen. “CBD is unlikely to cause someone to fail a drug test (World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, have announced that CBD is not a banned substance for professional athletes), but we do recommend that individuals who are required to take drug tests – for work or other reasons – clarify whether CBD is considered a banned substance for their particular situations,” he says.
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