A person must be an adult to purchase CBD products. The general age to buy CBD products is 18 years, although some states require that users must be 21 years to use the cannabis derivative.
CBD products are legally allowed in most states in the US and the major parts of Europe. However, the regulations vary based on country-specific policies. For instance, some countries allow users from 18 years. In contrast, CBD is allowed for users above 21 years in other jurisdictions. Studies show that CBD remains tolerated by the body from an early age. However, there’s inconclusive evidence about the impact of CBD on infants, fetuses, and pregnant women. In this article, we discuss the legal applications of CBD regarding age.
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis hemp plant. It is one of the significant cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects (Shiwnarain, 2018). It is known for its potential benefits, such as treating chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, stress, cancer-related symptoms, and other benefits.
The only FDA-approved CBD-infused medicine is Epidiolex, used in treating epilepsy in children. However, CBD is used in different forms such as:
CBD capsules provide a fixed amount of CBD discreetly. The capsules offer an easy way of taking CBD because you don't need to measure the dosage. They are discrete and can be taken anywhere by popping one into the mouth and swallowing with water (Shiwnarain, 2018). You can find CBD capsules in every concentration so that you can choose the CBD concentration of your choice.
CBD tinctures are oil-based normally taken sublingually. They come with an eyedropper for measuring the dose. The measured quantity is placed under the tongue and held for some minutes before swallowing (Shiwnarain, 2018). This helps in direct absorption into the bloodstream hence showing effects very fast.
CBD edibles are products like chewy gummies infused with CBD. They provide an enjoyable method of taking CBD. The edibles come in different colors and flavors for users to choose (Shiwnarain, 2018). These edibles take longer to manifest effects because they must undergo the digestion before getting absorbed into the bloodstream.
CBD can be smoked or vaped depending on the user's choices. Inhaling CBD oil provides quicker results because it is absorbed in the mouth and lungs. This means that CBD goes directly into the bloodstream.
These products are applied directly to the skin. They come in lotions, balms, gels, salves, and ointment (Shiwnarain, 2018). They can be used by applying the correct amount of CBD to the affected area.
Types of CBD
There are three main types of CBD containing different concentrations. They include:
This type of CBD is made of pure CBD with no other cannabinoids in it. It is extracted by removing all the other chemical compounds in CBD. The quality of CBD isolates on the extraction process should be made of 99% (Nelson, 2018). Pure CBD, which helps the users maintain its potency when added to other substances like food, drinks, or lotions. It provides flavorless and odorless products and does not appear in any drug test.
This type of CBD contains all the cannabinoids in the cannabis hemp plant, including some traces of THC. The recommended amount of THC should be less than 0.3% (Nelson, 2018). This amount may not make the user high, although consistent use of THC can build up in your system. Hence, there might be a risk of showing in a drug test. Full-spectrum products provide the entourage effect brought by the range of terpenes, flavonoids, THC, and other cannabinoids working together to improve the overall benefits of CBD (Marinotti & Sarill, 2020).
This type of CBD contains all the compounds found in the hemp plant except THC. It contains chemical compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other cannabinoids like CBN and CBG. Some terpenes like limonene, myrcene, and pinene have anti-inflammatory properties, which help deal with some health conditions like chronic pain and skin-associated conditions (Nelson, 2018). Just like full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD provides the entourage effects because of the different chemical compounds which work together to boost the overall benefits of CBD.
Which is the Best CBD Spectrum to Choose?
The best CBD product depends on your personal preference, goal, and health history. CBD isolate is much preferred by people who want to use CBD by adding it to other substances without losing its potency (Marinotti & Sarill, 2020). People who wish to have whole-plant benefits and don't mind taking a small amount of THC can choose full-spectrum CBD products.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are between CBD isolate and full-spectrum. They offer whole-plant benefits without THC, so they are used by people who want whole-plant benefits without having to go through the THC compound.
What is the Correct Dose of CBD?
Whether using CBD isolate, full-spectrum, or broad-spectrum, getting the correct dose for yourself involves a trial and error method to see what works better for you (Marinotti & Sarill, 2020). It is essential to consult healthcare professionals to guide you on the correct dose, depending on your health history. CBD is believed to interact with some medicines; hence users on other medications should seek medical advice before adopting CBD. It is also advisable to start with a low dosage of CBD to see if there shall be any side effects. If there are none and you don’t get your desired results, you can increase your dosage until you get the desired effect.
How Old Do You Have to be to Buy CBD products?
The legal age to purchase CBD products depends on the state's laws, so it is essential to understand the state's law before buying any CBD product. The legal age to purchase CBD products differs from state to state, but according to federal law, a person must be 18 years old and above to be able to buy CBD products. Some states vary the CBD consumption age between 18 and 21 (Carlson, 2014). When purchasing CBD products, some stores require proof that you are 18 years old before selling any CBD product.
CBD is a compound found in the cannabis hemp plant. Its products come in edibles, topicals, capsules, and inhalable. Trying to get your correct CBD dose involves a try and error method, but starting with the low dose and increasing it gradually according to the initial effects is essential. The legal age to purchase CBD products differs from state to state, but the federal legal age for a person to buy CBD products is 18 years and above.
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