The CBD industry is still in its early stages. As a result, we see many misunderstandings about what various products are, what they do, and how they should be consumed.

The confusion stems from the fact that most people do not understand the distinction between CBD and marijuana. Of course, there are differences between the two. Nonetheless, both have tremendous health benefits.

We hope this primer clears up some of the confusion and allows you to make an informed decision about where to begin.

1. Is it psychoactive?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce a "high." Instead, CBD has been found to promote a sense of wellbeing, relaxation, and calmness. CBD then enters the bloodstream and passes through your liver as it carries cannabinoids to receptors in different parts of the body.

If a product tests above 0.3% THC, it is generally considered psychoactive and can cause a high. Since CBD derived from hemp contains trace or no amounts of THC, it is completely non-psychoactive.

2. Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects of CBD at the concentrations indicated. All "natural" ingredients within this product are either organic or extracted via federally legal methods.

CBD is generally considered safe. It is non-toxic, and you cannot overdose on it. People may experience some mild side effects such as drowsiness or feelings of fatigue, but these are no different than any other drug taken for its intended use. If you find that this is the case for you, we recommend waiting until a time when you are not required to do anything particularly mentally demanding before taking CBD. Alternatively, you can adjust your dosage.

The best way to determine your optimal dose is to start small and increase gradually until you determine what works best for you. Most users find that 1-3mg of CBD per day is ideal, while some users regularly take up to 10mg per day.

3. Will CBD make me feel dizzy?

Several factors determine whether or not a CBD product will make you feel drowsy. The first is the potency of the product. Higher doses of CBD may be responsible for inducing drowsiness, so if you are particularly sensitive to its effects, be sure to start with lower dosages.

CBD has a biphasic effect on you. It mellows you out like alcohol, but you do not experience the unpleasant effects because it is non-intoxicating. A progressive person will start with an amount similar to that of a test dose of alcohol. Then, they may notice how slowly the effects take hold and increase intake as needed from there.

4. What happens if my pet consumes CBD oil?

CBD is not thought to be acutely toxic, so it is unlikely that your pet will experience adverse effects from consuming CBD. However, there have been rare reports of minor side effects that could occur following the ingestion of hemp products. The most commonly reported minor side effects include sleepiness and an upset stomach. If you want to give your pet CBD treats, you may want to consult with your veterinarian.