What Is CBD?

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What is CBD? The short answer? CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s found in the cannabis plant and has been touted as a cure-all for everything from anxiety to pain. Celebrities have been using it for the past few years, and evidently the Chinese have been using it for centuries. In this post, we’re going to break down this compound for you and give you the skinny on all of its benefits — and possible side effects.

CBD Effects: Marijuana Without the High

If you really want to know what is CBD, it’s basically cannabis without THC. CBD has become so popular in the past few years because it offers all the health benefits of marijuana without the ‘high.

One of the most popular components of cannabis is its psychedelic effects. It relaxes you, makes you feel good and distorts your vision and thought process. Some people absolutely love the psychedelic effects of marijuana. Others, not so much.

For the latter, there’s CBD. It’s been known to ease anxiety and pain — without the altered state of reality.

What Is CBD Used For?

CBD has been used for everything from pain management to anti-anxiety medication to treatment for autism and seizures. The better question might be what is CBD not used for?

Since it has been touted as a cure-all for so many conditions, it’s not a bad idea to view CBD through a critical lens. While most people do experience great results with it, there’s still more research to do before we can definitely say if it has positive effects on every health concern it’s supposed to cure.

The good news? The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. And if it works for you? We won’t judge you for doing what feels good.

Is CBD Legal?

Yes! The extra-good news is that CBD is now legal. What you need to watch out for is CBD that’s sold in stores that might not have jurisdiction to sell it — such as bodegas and other corner stores.

It has so little THC (most CBD anyway) that retailers are even allowed to sell it to residents of states where cannabis hasn’t been legalized yet.

How to Take CBD

CBD comes in a variety of forms. You can eat it, drink it and absorb it. Its most popular form is in CBD oil, which you can use in many ways. Food-grade CBD oil can be added to edibles, baked goods, coffee, cocktail and juices.

You can even get a CBD massage with topical oils. You’ll also find it in lotions and patches, too.

CBD Oil Side Effects

Nothing is perfect. Some people experience some light side effects with CBD oil and other forms of CBD. Fatigue and dry mouth are two of the most common reported CBD side effects.

Our advice? Try taking it at night first — and always tell your doctor or naturopath before starting a CBD regimen.

Where Can You Buy CBD?

CBD is now available in dispensaries, grocery stores and even online (isn’t everything available online?). We can ship CBD to all U.S. states, and it comes in a variety of forms.

Trump’s Take on Weed

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Since Donald Trump became president in 2017, many of his stances on various issues have been a little hazy. Unfortunately, the president has waffled back and forth on so many issues (in the same day), it’s tricky knowing what he actually believes. And Trump’s take on weed?

Even more confusing.

It seems that Trump is being a little obscure on his stance — worried to offend Americans on either side of the argument.

Why Trump’s Take on Weed Is Confusing

Overall, Trump seems to be either anti-cannabis or indifferent to it altogether. He doesn’t really take a stance on legalizing or demonizing it.

In the past, he’s said that it’s a state’s right to legalize the drug. Yet, he also has mentioned that states should be prepared to deal with the fact that cannabis is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

Confused? Us too.

 

Anti-Weed Advocates In Trump’s Crew

Not surprisingly, Trump has a few anti-cannabis advocates in his crew. The republican party, in general, has historically voted against legalizing marijuana. Just some of the people in his corner who have taken negative stances on cannabis in the past include Jeff Sessions, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell.

 

Jeff Sessions

Former General Attorney Jeff Sessions certainly didn’t welcome marijuana in any shape or form.

Sessions famously stigmatized cannabis by stating, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Many people wondered if the U.S. was softening its stance on the drug after Trump ousted Sessions.

Lindsey Graham

Graham’s stance on cannabis is a little more confusing. He seems to waffle back and forth between pro-and-anti-stances.

He seems to feel warm and cozy about offering medical marijuana; though, he also seems to abhor the idea of recreational marijuana.

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is another republican who has a confusing stance on cannabis.

His stance, historically, has been anti-pot.

Yet recently, McConnell has been trying to push forward the legalization of hemp and CBD. Many believe he’s trying to help boost the economy in Kentucky.

 

Trump’s Farm Bill

While Trump seems to be anti-cannabis overall, he has made steps to legalize other marijuana-based products that contain low levels of THC.

The 2018 farm bill he signed legalized most hemp and CBD — two products which previously sat in grey areas concerning legality.

The farm bill created a plethora of farming jobs and helped boost the economy.

So, what’s the verdict? It doesn’t seem that Trump has a stance on cannabis at all. He seems cool with products that don’t contain enough THC to get consumers high. He’s all about creating farming jobs. What he’s not about? Giving the thumbs-up or down either way when it comes to use of recreational and medical marijuana.

Sativa Vs. Indica

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Back in the day, you relied on your dealer to provide answers to all your cannabis questions. Would this strain chill you out or rev you up? Would it make you paranoid or relaxed? Would it give you the jitters? These days, when it comes to Sativa vs. Indica, you don’t need to play guessing games anymore. Your local dispensary will know exactly what’s in your cannabis — and steer you in the right direction.

Sativa Vs. Indica: Different Strains of Cannabis

Sativa and Indica are two different strains of cannabis; they are also the two main types. Sometimes you’ll see Indica or Sativa cannabis products in a dispensary; oftentimes, you’ll see Sativa and Indica combo cannabis products.

Just to confuse things even more, you might see that a cannabis product is Sativa-heavy or Indica-heavy. That simply means that the product contains a combination of both Sativa and Indica strains but contains more of one than the other.

Sativa Vs. Indica: Sativa Basics

Sativas are the strain of cannabis that can make you feel energized or excited. They get the blood pumping. Users love to take Sativas before working out or going on a hike. When it comes to Sativa vs. Indica, you’ll want to choose the former when you want to be more alert.

It’s never good to combine cannabis with driving, operating heavy machinery or basically any activity where you need to focus. We always recommend taking cannabis only for recreational or medical reasons.

Sativa Vs. Indica: Indica Basics

Indica is the form of cannabis you’re possibly most familiar with. It’s the one you take when you have insomnia or need to relax a little. It’s the strain that’s most commonly prescribed to people who suffer from anxiety. It’s the strain that gave cannabis users the ‘stoner’ stereotype.

This type of cannabis is known to slow down your reaction times and help you chill out.

Indica tends to contain less THC than Sativa, so you’re more likely to feel the benefits of cannabis (such as decreased anxiety and tension) without feeling the ‘high’ as much.

Ruderalis: Another Cannabis Strain

The third strain of cannabis is Ruderalis. You don’t hear much about this strain because it doesn’t offer the healing, relaxing and mental benefits of the other strains. And it doesn’t offer psychoactive benefits either. It does have significantly higher levels of CBD, though, so these plants are often harvested for CBD oils and hemp. Sometimes Indica and Sativa strains are cross-bred with Ruderalis plants, lowering the levels of THC and grow times but increasing the heartiness of the plants.

Pro-Weed Celebrities

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Now that cannabis has been legalized in La La Land, more and more celebrities are owning up to their weed-smoking ways. These pro-weed celebrities are not only fans of the drug — some of them are even starting to invest in it.

Willy Nelson

The number one cannabis advocate is probably Willy Nelson. He has famously smoked plenty of cannabis for years.

He owns his own cannabis line called Willie’s Reserve. His motto? “My stash is your stash.”

He’s even credited marijuana with saving his life. He’s also been a huge advocate for the industry for many years. He’s been aware of the economic and health benefits long before the government and medical marijuana industry.

Chelsea Handler

When it comes to being vocal about cannabis, no one is louder than Chelsea Handler. The talk show queen has often made it her business (both professionally and personally) to be an advocate for marijuana.

In her recent book, “Life Will Be the Death of Me (and you too),” Handler credited cannabis for helping her drink less alcohol. Handler recently invested in the cannabis industry when she partnered with NorCal Cannabis and launched her own line.

Snoop Dog

Not only has Snoop Dog been an advocate for marijuana for decades, but he’s also featured the drug in many of his music videos.

He has also appeared in many stoner movies, including “Half Baked.” Snoop launched his own cannabis brand back in 2015, Merry Jane.

Cheech and Chong

Possibly the original weed advocates were Cheech and Chong. These two were the grandfathers of stoner movies. Their stoner cult classic, “Up in Smoke,” launched stoner culture into the mainstream.

Tommy Chong was even jailed for several months for selling cannabis paraphernalia. He now sells it legally under the brand name Chong’s Choice.

Seth Rogan

Seth Rogan is a part of a new wave of stoner movie supporters. He starred in the 2008 stoner movie “Pineapple Express.” Rogan also co-wrote the film.

He also launched a cannabis company in March of 2019 called Houseplant.

Matthew McConaughey

This star of movies and TV may or may not smoke cannabis these days. What we do know is that he once credited his famous catchline, “Alright, alright, alright,” to being stoned.

He was also in the famous stoner movie, “Dazed and Confused.”

Kristen Bell

We wouldn’t call Kristen Bell a ‘weed advocate’ per se, but this comedy queen has been known to relax with her vape pen at the end of a long day.

Barack Obama

We can’t really confirm nor deny if Obama smokes cannabis. But what we do know is that he did smoke it during college. While making fun of President Bill Clinton, Obama once stated, “Of course I inhaled, that was the point.” (You might remember when Clinton famously testified that he smoked pot in his youth — but he didn’t inhale.)