With CBD popping up everywhere from the latest face cream to artisanal chocolate its no wonder there's so much confusion and misinformation regarding this powerhouse plant. CBD or cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring substance that comes from the cannabis plant. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation. It can be consumed by smoking cannabis. It’s also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.

Both CBD and THC compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, but they have very different effects.

While some forms of CBD do have trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the portion of the plant known for causing these effects - in them, most products contain a trace amount, less than .03%, not enough to show up on a drug test, create adverse reactions, or get you high no matter how much you consume, either by ingestion or topically.

Since CBD produces different results for each individual based on the amount of intake, its effects have been more difficult to study. However, in the last ten years, studies have shown that it is a potent anti-inflammatory that decreases the growth of certain types of cancers. 

CBD is actually one of the only substances that the World Health Organization (WHO) has discovered to have no major side effects or risk of dependency. While even marijuana, over time, has proven itself to have a dependency effect, CBD is something you can probably never have too much of. Even taken at a “toxic” level - which has been established as 20,000 mg of CBD at the same time - the user will perhaps experience an upset stomach, or other minor discomfort. And to date, there are no reported cases of death caused by CBD. 

In other words: You don't have to worry about taking too much CBD. If you're looking to find your dosage sweet spot, check out our Dosing Guide.

March 15, 2021 — Meredith Schneider