Getting Started with Cannabis
Getting started with cannabis can be an overwhelming experience. Understanding how it affects your body, choosing the right products, and knowing your legal rights as a cannabis user are a lot to comprehend. This is why Happy Joe invests a majority of our efforts into educational resources and events.
Please note that we classify marijuana and CBD under the name cannabis because technically, it all comes from the same plant species. Our advice here is mostly geared towards CBD due to it's popularity, but the same applications apply to cannabis.
Frequently Asked Questions
CBD which products contain less than 0.3% THC (the federally legal limit) do not contain enough THC for you to experience impairment of any kind.
However, cannabis legal states do offer CBD products with higher THC amounts, but must be purchased at a licensed dispensary.
There are CBD products in the cannabis marketplace that do contain higher amounts of THC and it will cause you to feel intoxicated or high. If you visit any dispensary, always read the label and ask questions about the CBD to THC ratio.
This is a great question and it can be very confusing!
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It's the psychoactive ingredient that has a profound or significant effective on your mental processes. THC is what makes you feel high.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It can be found in both hemp and cannabis, mostly in the flowers (or buds) of the plant. CBD is known for its ability to help a wide variety of health issues. CBD is not intoxicating and can't get you high.
It's important to know what the current laws and regulations are surrounding cannabis related products, including CBD. Because laws change frequently, it's always best to check for updates.
As of November 2018, CBD (or cannabidiol) is now federally legal as long as it's made from hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. This means you can legally possess and use CBD infused products within these parameters.
However, the FDA still classifies parts of the hemp plant as a Schedule 1 drug and is working on implementing industry regulations to ensure your safety. Depending on what transpires, certain CBD products may not be available in the future.
Each state has their own laws on cannabis or CBD. Most states allow the purchase of CBD products from any vendor, while some require them to be purchased in licensed dispensaries.
We recommend you research the laws for your town or state to be certain. We also recommend you purchase ANY CBD products from a reputable company who has third-party testing. DO NOT BUY FROM VIDEO STORES OR GAS STATIONS!
Traveling on flights with CBD
It has been brought to our attention some law enforcement personnel in U.S. airports are detaining or arresting people for carrying CBD products -- particularly in Texas.
Reports state this is often directed at international travelers or people who are carrying illegal products (more than .3% THC in it), but not always. It is therefore best to use caution until all government officials get their heads out of their butts.
The TSA however, has quoted it is not looking for CBD products and allows federally legal products to cross state lines.
If you're using Full Spectrum CBD products derived from CBD hemp, there are trace amounts of THC (0.3%THC or less) in those products.
This means there is always the possibility you could fail a drug test. We encourage you to weigh the pros and cons of using Full Spectrum products if your situation requires drug testing.
If you're using CBD Isolate products, they will have zero THC in them. If these products have been properly extracted and tested, you definitely will not fail a drug test.
This is a great question! It really depends on what you want to use CBD for.
CBD Oils and Tinctures
Most people start with CBD oil tinctures of 500mg - 1000mg CBD. They will use this for a variety of health reasons.
CBD tinctures are placed under the tongue for 30-60 seconds, then swallowed. The benefits can last for up to 8 hours.
Happy Joe recommends 1000mg CBD oils for most needs. Larger milligrams of CBD, such as 2000mg, should only be used for more severe ailments.
CBD Lotions or Topicals
CBD topicals and lotions are the second best solution for pain relief. They are applied to your skin and very effective for sore muscles, joint pain and inflammation. Relief can be very quick and last for several hours.
CBD Vapes, Shatter or Crumble
Vaping or smoking CBD infused products is very popular for a variety of reasons. Vaping gives you instant relief (though it will only last 1-2 hours) and it's also easy to do on the go.
Vape Concentrate: CBD concentrate is a liquid to be smoked in a vaporizer or vape pen. It's usually available in 100-250mg strengths and with different flavors.
CBD Shatter: Shatter is a crystal like substance and can be smoked with a vaporizer designed for waxy products.
CBD Crumble: Crumble is a waxy substance that can be smoked in vaporizer designed for wax concentrates.
Many people enjoy the use of CBD gummies and other edibles. These products typically come in lower, defined dosages making it easier to track how much CBD you consume at one time.
CBD gummies and edibles are growing in popularity, though they tend to be more expensive than other options.
CBD affects each person differently, so it's important to find what works for you. Example: A lower dose might be perfect for one person while a higher dose is needed for someone else.
Happy Joe always recommend starting slow and building up your intake. This helps you see how CBD interacts with your body or other medications you might be taking.
DIRECTIONS FOR CBD OIL USE:
- Start with filling your dropper with a 1/2 of CBD oil in the dropper.
- Squeeze the dropper head to dispense the oil under your tongue.
- Count to 45 seconds.
- Swallow the CBD oil.
- Track how you feel for 7-10 days and increase as necessary.
We also recommend you use CBD oil every day for pain and health issues. It can take time for your body to receive the benefits.
1. Keep a journal as you begin using CBD or hemp products to guide you in the process. Write down the dosage you took, what time, how you feel, and whether it's providing relief. This will help you lock in the best way to address your symptoms.
2. Consider using the CBD oil in the evening at first, as some people may feel tired or relaxed after using it.
3. Stay on the same schedule for 7-10 days. If you don't notice any difference, increase your dosage incrementally to see what works best for you.
4. Split your dosage to morning and evening or whatever you're comfortable with. Half a dropper at the beginning and end of your day may be the perfect fit for you.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR:
Happy Joe encourages you to consult your physician about using any CBD or cannabis products. Some medications could be affected by these products so it's always a great idea to be safe.
If you're purchasing federally legal CBD or hemp, you do not need a medical marijuana card or special license.
If you are purchasing medical cannabis products, then each state who offers those programs require a special a MMJ license, approved by a licensed physician. Qualifying conditions and laws vary from state to state.
If you travel to a state that allows adult use cannabis (or recreational) you only need a valid drivers license to visit a dispensary to purchase products.
Getting started with cannabis?
Happy Joe will be adding a bunch of more resources to our website soon. If you have any questions about cannabis or CBD use, please reach out to us.
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