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You Asked, We Answered: 7 Things to Know About CBD
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When CBD products first hit our virtual shelves, we were overwhelmed by the response from the Brandless community. So many of you were enthusiastic about the range — and we were thrilled to see so many positive reactions. But with intrigue comes curiosity, and because we want you to feel confident as you explore how the compound fits into your lifestyle, we’ve collected your most common queries and put them all in one place. Consider your top CBD questions, answered.

Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

CBD shouldn’t show up on a drug test. However, many CBD products contain trace amounts of THC — the psychotoxic ingredient in marijuana — which will appear on a drug test if enough is present. It’s important to read product labels carefully, so you understand exactly what you’re putting in your body; look for hemp-based CBD drops, balms, and capsules with less than 0.3% THC and make sure you’re familiar with the laws in your state. 

 

Learn more about the difference between CBD and THC.

How Can You Tell That a CBD Product is Safe?

With so much available, it can be difficult to know which brands to trust. The number-one thing you need to look for is whether your CBD product of choice has been third-party tested. Any reputable product will come with a certificate of analysis (COA) from a lab that confirms it’s free from contaminants and the volume of cannabinoids present, including  THC (if any). Brandless customers can view COAs under the “Lab Results” section on each CBD product page.

 

Learn more about Brandless’s wellness-focused approach to CBD sourcing and testing.

Can CBD Interact with Other Medications I Take?

Yes, CBD can interact with both prescription and over-the-counter medications. The hemp-based compound is metabolized in the body by some of the same enzymes that metabolize the other things you consume. If you’re taking medications and supplements, consult your healthcare practitioner before trying CBD.

Can I Cook with CBD?

Cooking with CBD sounds like a great idea, but we advise against it — heating the compound changes its structure, which could lead to undesired effects. You should also avoid adding CBD oils to cold foods (like salad and smoothies) unless the label specifically states that it is what it is intended for. Instead, buy CBD products that have been made specifically for ingesting, like this drink mix, and follow the instructions for use on the package.

Is It Safe to Use CBD While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Talk to your doctor to find out what medications and supplements can help alleviate negative symptoms and effects of pregnancy. No conclusive research has been done about the impact of using CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. And the reason for this is the same reason why everything from multivitamins to herbal teas come with disclaimers for pregnant women: conducting clinical studies to determine what’s safe (or not safe) to consume during pregnancy puts mamas and babies at risk.

Can Children Use CBD?

Research is currently being done to determine the safety and efficacy of using CBD to treat conditions in children, but nothing is conclusive; and currently, the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits. Until regulations have been set, you’re better off thinking of it as an adults-only compound and using CBD products only as directed by the product label.

Can I Give CBD to My Pets?

People have been experimenting with giving CBD to their pets and many of them have had positive experiences, but there are potential risks. For example, finding the right dosage for your pet is tricky. If CBD is something you think your pet can benefit from, read labels carefully and only use products as intended. 

 

We hope we answered your CBD questions, and cleared up some of the mystery around the compound — we know it can be confusing! If you’re feeling ready to begin incorporating CBD into your wellness routines, check out our curated collection of trusted products that are designed to help you live better, every day.

 

Not intended as medical advice. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have specific healthcare concerns or questions about the products discussed, please contact your licensed healthcare professional for advice.

 

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