Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between CBD and marijuana?

CBD (or cannabidiol) is extracted from a hemp or marijuana plant. In a marijuana plant, the substance THC is what produces the effects you most commonly associate with a marijuana “high.” CBS is a non-psychoactive extract from the plant that is highly valued for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. Many consumers world-wide use CBD to relieve the discomfort associated with arthritis, back pain, insomnia, stress and other related problems.


Are there side effects to taking CBD?

CBD is completely non-toxic. There has never been a recorded instance of a fatal overdose. In several studies, CBD in large doses has been shown to interfere with the absorption of some other medications, and a few test subjects experienced dry mouth or lethargy. A normal daily dose of CBD ranges between 50 and 100 mg. In studies where subjects took more than 10 times as much daily, they experienced no major side effects or other issues. When taken as a tincture, CBD has a slightly “earthy” taste, and it has a faint scent when used in a balm or cream. The vast majority of consumers find it no more or less disruptive to use than any other supplement or cream. As with any supplement, if you’re taking any other medications, check with your doctor. If you try CBD and experience any side effects, stop using it.


Is it difficult to get approved for a medical marijuana card?

It depends on where you live. In California, the state has made it easy and quick to get a medical marijuana card. You can even do it online, through a videoconference with a doctor, and get approved in minutes. In other states without such a comprehensive network of referral physicians, it can take a drive to a clinic and wait of a few weeks to get a card. But if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and you have a condition that meets the criteria for obtaining a card, it’s relatively simple to obtain. Cost can range from less than $50 to more than $250. Click here to go to a state-by-state resource page.


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