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There is an incredible amount of information about CBD available online with some of it feeling contradictory and confusing.

Before you make your first purchase of CBD, there are a few things you need to know.

1. CBD Can Be Derived From Either Hemp or Marijuana

CBD, cannabidiol, can either be derived from hemp or marijuana, both of which come from the cannabis sativa species of plant. The main difference between hemp CBD and marijuana CBD is the amount of THC it contains. Hemp has <0.3% THC, while CBD derived from marijuana can have between 5% and 30% THC. And unlike hemp, marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug, which makes it federally illegal. CBD derived from hemp, is federally legal and has no psychoactive effect. You won’t get high.

2. CBD Is Legal in Most States

Because hemp-derived CBD contains little or no THC, it is legal to sell and buy throughout most of the United States. This is due to a bill passed by Donald Trump in 2018 called the US Farm Bill.

3. CBD is Safe But May Have Side Effects

CBD is safe for most people, according to the World Health Organization. There are a few who shouldn’t take it or need to talk it over with their doctor first. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid it altogether. You should talk with your doctor about any potential side effects If you’re immunocompromised or taking prescription medications. Children should also be seen by a doctor before beginning the use of CBD. However, keep in mind, it’s just a plant.

Regarding side effects, if anyone tries to tell you there are NO side effects associated with the use of CBD, they’re wrong. The most common side effects associated with CBD are fatigue and drowsiness. You can’t overdose on CBD, but you may feel drowsiness or fatigue. Some may also experience nausea, diarrhea, and changes in mood. Some of this may be the “other” ingredients in the product. The good news is that these side effects are uncommon and typically mild. Sometimes, adjusting your dose can help alleviate or eliminate side effects altogether.

4. Good CBD Can Be Expensive

Even though you can find cheap CBD, that doesn’t mean you will find a high-quality product for $10 or $15. You definitely get what you pay for. If you want a lab-tested, high potency product you can expect to spend between $30 and $120 for a quality CBD oil tincture depending on the potency. FInd a reputable company you can trust.

5. CBD Has Health Benefits, but It Won’t Fix Everything

CBD has been found to have certain health benefits.

There is research that has found it to decrease anxietyaid in better sleepreduce inflammation and may help reduce pain for.

But it’s not a miracle-cure-all for everyone. So, before you turn to CBD, do a little research and talk to your doctor to make sure it is a good fit for you