The first thing to know about CBD is that it’s non-intoxicating. It doesn’t matter how much CBD you consume, or how you take it, there’s no way that CBD can generate the psychoactive effects that come from cannabis with THC. Why is CBD non-intoxicating? It’s to do with how the compound interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). THC produces psychoactive effects by binding with CB1 receptors in the brain. In contrast, CBD doesn’t bind with CB1 receptors and actually limits activity at them. This effect is apparent with marijuana that has higher levels of CBD – these strains don’t get you as ‘high’.  Knowing that CBD won’t adversely affect your physical and mental faculties is the most important thing for many users. Recreational cannabis smokers may love the psychoactive effects, but for medicinal users, these would certainly be considered a side effect. With CBD, there is nothing to worry about, whether the product is made with a CBD-isolate or full-spectrum hemp extract. Hemp naturally has a small quantity of THC. However, this is outweighed by greater amounts of CBD, and the fact that hemp products must have less than 0.3% THC. This legal limit means that companies have to be cautious about which types of hemp they use. And it’s one reason why lab-testing has become so common in the CBD scene. A product analysis from an accredited third-party lab will always state how much THC is present. The WHO’s stance on CBD is very welcome, and suggests that there are no major health risks to taking CBD, in its pure form. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all CBD products are safe. Indeed, we know that’s not always the case. America’s hemp-based CBD industry is unregulated, and that opens the door for poor quality and dangerous products making it onto the market. However, since we know that CBD itself is safe, providing you purchase from reputable vendors who are transparent about their practices and make lab reports available, you shouldn’t encounter any issues.