CBD is sweeping the nation! But for all its popularity – and its wellness-boosting benefits – researchers and consumers alike still have a lot to learn about all the myriad ways this stress-relieving cannabinoid affects the human body.  

While you should always consult your physician if you have any concerns or hesitations about introducing CBD to your wellness routine, there are a few basic questions we can answer to help put your mind at ease. Together with our partners at Athletes for CARE – a non-profit organization advocating to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life for athletes of all ages – we’ve compiled 4 essential things to know about the safety of CBD. 

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Can CBD Get You High? 

Short answer: no. Unlike its cousin THC – the active ingredient in marijuana – CBD does not produce intoxicating effects. You’re fine to take it in the morning, go to work, run errands in your car, or anything else you might normally do in the sober light of day.  

But there’s a longer and more complicated answer to consider as well. While CBD on its own won’t get you high, there are some CBD products which do contain trace amounts of THC. If your tincture or gummies contain CBD isolate (CBD by itself), you’re probably good to go. Similarly, you can choose a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds but no more than .01% THC (though this limit may vary a bit by state). 

However, if a CBD product is made with full-spectrum hemp oil, that means its legal limit for THC content is .3%. That may not seem like much, but it’s relative to the net weight of the product. For example, a full-spectrum gummie that weighs 4.5 grams could theoretically contain as much as 13.5 milligrams of THC! That’s more than a regulated recreational marijuana product is allowed to have – and more than enough to get you well and truly high. 

So, to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, it’s best to stick with CBD isolate or broad-spectrum hemp oil. May we recommend Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies or Tinctures? While they contain all the natural, non-psychoactive goodness hemp has to offer, we’ve made sure that Wana Wellness products are completely THC-free. 

*Contains no more than 5 parts per million THC. 

Is it Safe to Mix CBD and Prescription Medication? 

This one is above our pay grade! ALWAYS check with your doctor about mixing CBD with your prescribed meds. Another great resource is the free Leaf-411 hotline, which is staffed by trained nurses ready to answer all your cannabis-and-health-related questions… but there is really no replacement for your personal physician. 

What we do know: CBD is metabolized by the CYP450 family of liver enzymes, which is the same group that processes some other medications. Interactions are not known to be common, but mixing CBD with some drugs – especially blood thinners – could put you at risk for an adverse reaction. 

Can You Mix CBD and Alcohol? 

Again, not much research exists to support a conclusion one way or the other. CBD in high amounts can cause drowsiness (that’s why many people use it to help them sleep). For this reason, it seems rational to conclude that CBD might exacerbate some of the sedative effects of alcohol. So, when in doubt, it’s probably best to keep the CBD and the booze separate. 

Is it Possible to Take Too Much CBD? 

Again, research is needed to give you a definitive answer on whether or not there is an unsafe serving of CBD. Again, high quantities may cause some drowsiness, which you may find disruptive to your day. More importantly, the FDA has expressed some concern that CBD in very high amounts – we’re talking 1000mg or more – may have harmful effects on your liver. But 1000mg is way more than the average person would even consider taking, so overconsumption is generally not a huge concern in the CBD space. 

To find your own perfect amount, it’s really a process of trial and error. Start by taking a low-ish serving (10-25mg) every day at the same time for a week. If you’re not feeling the effects you want, try slowly adding milligrams until you find what feels right. But maybe stop short of pulling a Martha Stewart and popping 20 gummies a day. 

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In Conclusion… 

With the limited research available on CBD, it’s important to use caution and common sense about how you consume it. Anecdotally, CBD seems to fit into most people’s lives without issue – but it’s worth repeating that only a doctor can give you the OK to mix it with certain lifestyles, medications, and conditions. So if you’ve still got questions, consult the pros… and make whatever choice feels right for you! 

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