By Sara Belcher

You’ve seen CBD in increasing numbers lately — in lattes, food products, even sold as an extract at Farmer’s Markets and some grocery stores. The distribution of CBD extract from the hemp plant was legalized with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, but its legality varies from state-to-state, as it’s still not regulated by the FDA.

But the more we see CBD, the more we hear about the benefits it promises.Many users claim that it promotes relaxation, assists the body with maintaining its optimal health, and helps maintain appropriate stress levels. It’s become an entire enterprise. But is CBD safe?

Yes, CBD is safe.

CBD is the cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis. It doesn’t produce the “high” feeling that its fellow cannabinoid THC does, but provides the same benefits the marijuana and THC provide without the psychoactive effect.

When taking CBD for the first time, like all new wellness substances, you should talk with your doctor and take it in a supervised setting, as it can interact with certain drugs or medications you’re currently taking. The risk of experiencing a negative side effect can be attributed to how much you take your first time, as well as the way your body processes CBD. It will take time for your body to reap the benefits of CBD, so take your time and don’t rush it.

It’s generally accepted that CBD is non-addictive, and some studies even suggest that it can help maintain overall physical and mental well-being. CBD works different for everyone, but the chance of experiencing negative side effects is generally low.

CBD has been approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy.

The specific health benefits of CBD are still being investigated by the FDA, which is why different states have different laws surrounding its use and distribution. But the FDA has approved a highly-purified form of CBD to be used in their drug, Epidiolex, which is used to treat certain epilepsy disorders in children.

This is one of the more commonly known uses for CBD, but those who use it regularly have reported everything from maintaining average pain levels, increased mental clarity, and even promoting overall well-being in pets.

How do you know if your CBD is safe?

Probably the biggest warning surrounding the CBD industry is understanding where your CBD oils are coming from and what’s actually in them. Since the regulation in the industry is still in flux, you need to make sure you’re purchasing your products from a safe and reputable source.

Head & Heal ensures that you know everything that’s in your CBD product. Based on the batch number listed on your product, you can view the lab results for the different cannabinoids found in your oils, what terpenes are in your product, and even exactly how much THC you’ll be consuming (but don’t worry — it’s always either at or below the legal limit of .3 percent).

If reports of others finding heavy metals in their CBD products concerns you, we also provide a metals and microbial report for each product, as well as an entire run down of what pesticides your product has come in contact with, if you purchased any products before we became completely USDA Organic Certified.