Basics of CBD

A lot of people are talking about and discovering the benefits of CBD. Over 2.5 million Google searches a month about CBD shows the level of interest in CBD. This guide discusses the basics of CBD hemp oil so you can easily join the conversation about CBD and decide if the benefits are right for you.


CBD 101: Intro Guide

This 10-minute read will cover the main points about CBD. If you have a specific area of interest you can jump to that section.

  • What is CBD
  • Benefits of CBD
  • CBD Side Effects
  • Taking CBD
  • Is CBD Addictive
  • Is CBD Legal
  • Where to Buy

After reading this you will have a better understanding of the basics of CBD. If you want to keep learning, more specific information is only a click away.

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What is CBD?

CBD (aka cannabidiol) is a safe, legal, and natural chemical that is derived from plants. Cannabidiol is one of the most researched of the 85+ chemicals compounds (called cannabinoids) found in hemp plants. CBD is most commonly extracted from hemp. Hemp doesn’t get you high because it has very low levels of the psychoactive chemical THC.

In the United States, hemp-derived CBD is sold as a nutraceutical (a food with potential medicinal benefit) or a dietary supplement. CBD is used for its wellness benefits for physical and mental health. People will often refer to CBD oil, which are oils that have CBD included as an additive. Plus, there are other products that have CBD added, such as skin creams, edibles, gel or dry powder capsules, pet supplements and more. CBD doesn’t get you high or have any psychoactive qualities. So, if CBD does not get you high, what are the benefits?

Benefits of CBD

Some people are skeptical of CBD, unsure if a natural chemical from plants can have any real benefit. CBD is still in the early stages of research. But, there is already significant evidence for a wide range of mental and physical CBD benefits. Scientists have identified and studied a system of receptors in the human brain and throughout the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Humans produce cannabinoids naturally to regulate this system.

The ECS reacts to CBD in similar ways to its own cannabinoids, which creates a chain reaction of chemical therapeutic processes in the body. As a result, CBD is thought to help support the body’s own endocannabinoid system in regulating many body functions including mood, appetite, and fertility. Recent research focuses on the body’s natural response and how CBD benefits many health conditions. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse*, says more clinical studies are still needed to evaluate the potential of CBD for specific conditions.


Health and well-being benefits of CBD oil

Uses of CBD for Health & Wellness

However, Nora Volkow is encouraged by the existing research that shows a range of useful therapeutic effects including the following CBD benefits:

  • Inhibits and decreases anxiety
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling
  • Relieves sensations of pain
  • Manages various forms of psychosis
  • Protects nerve cells from degeneration or injury

As of 2019, there are over 10,000 studies* that have been published about the benefits of CBD. Many of the research studies and personal stories of the benefits of CBD oil focus on these conditions:

Side Effects of CBD

Now that we’ve covered the wellness benefits, let’s talk about the side effects of CBD. For starters, CBD does not get you high. Overall, users experience minimal negative side effects of CBD. The Department of Health and Human Services* states that there are no signs of serious side effects with short or long-term use of CBD in healthy individuals. There are zero documented overdoses with the use of CBD. Plus, the World Health Organization* states that it is safe, natural, and non-toxic.

Some medical studies show that side effects are rare but can occur. What are the side effects of CBD? Although minimal, it is important to note. The following effects have been reported: changes in appetite, changes in mood, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, and fatigue.

How to Take CBD

There are many ways to consume CBD. When pure CBD is extracted from the hemp plant it is in the form of crystalline powder. That powder is then typically combined with oil, lotion, or edible items to make the products that most people use. The most popular ways to take CBD are:

  • Taking CBD oil (isolate or full spectrum) drops as a sublingual (under the tongue)
  • Adding CBD oil to food or smoothies
  • Taking CBD as a capsule or tablet
  • Applying CBD creams/lotions directly to the skin
  • Eating CBD premade edibles, such as candies or gummies.
  • Vaping CBD in e-cigarettes or vape pens

(You don’t have to smoke anything to get CBD)


How Much CBD Should I Take?

These products should describe the amount of CBD strength in terms of mg (milligrams). This is important to know so that you can identify the amount of CBD you get per serving. The number of milligrams that you take at one time is a key part of getting the desired positive effects of CBD.

For new users, there is a bit of a learning curve to find the amount that is most effective for them. It is recommended that new users test out different amounts of CBD starting at 15mg/day. Then increase the mg/day to find the optimal amount of CBD for you. The effects of CBD are not an overwhelming intensity, oftentimes CBD feels as intense as the effects of something like caffeine.

Most daily users report experiencing their desired benefits around 25mg/day. You can feel comfortable exploring different strengths of CBD. Because medical testing shows that even extreme daily doses of 1500mg of CBD oil are well tolerated in humans.

Is CBD Addictive?

There is no need to worry about getting addicted to CBD products. Hemp CBD oil is not addictive and has shown no addictive properties with regular or daily use. So, if you stop taking CBD, you won’t get withdrawal symptoms, even after long-term use. The World Health Organization* goes as far as to say, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

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Is CBD Legal to Use?

  1. If the CBD product is derived from HEMP then YES, it is 100% legal to use and own anywhere in the United States.
  2. If the CBD product is derived from Marijuana or you are unsure what plant it is made from, then the answer becomes less clear…

At the federal level, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal. All of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. products are hemp-derived, making them 100% legal anywhere in the US. If you are looking at a different brand of CBD products it is important to know if it is from hemp or a different plant.

Hemp products are considered different under state and federal laws. The U.S. Farm Bill of 2018* changed the legal definition of hemp to be a non-controlled substance. The 2018 Farm Bill recognizes the hemp crop as an agricultural product. This removed hemp products from the Controlled Substances Act and the domain of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in December 2018. Licensed hemp farmers can fully grow, process, and transport hemp products anywhere across the US.

However, if the plant used to get CBD has greater than 0.3% THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) it is considered Marijuana and does not have the same federal legal status as hemp. If the product contains greater than 0.3% THC it is illegal federally and considered a Schedule 1 controlled substances by the DEA. On the state level, the legality of high-THC products depends on a few other factors. Currently, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana products, and 33 states allow marijuana for medical use. Learn about CBD’s legal status in Kentucky, the headquarters of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. However, due to state regulations, it may not be available for purchase in retails stores in some states.

In conclusion, CBD derived from the hemp plant is 100% LEGAL to own and use anywhere in the United States. It is also 100% LEGAL to purchase CBD derived from hemp from online retailers (such as Daddy Burt Hemp Co.) based in the United States.

The information on our website and any other communication of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. 

Where Can I Find CBD Oil?

Like almost anything for sale, you can find it on the internet. Specifically, you can shop for CBD products on our website. If you are looking for CBD in your local area, you can check out our state-specific “Where to Buy CBD” guides below.

Products backed by our Plant-to-Product System!

Our Plant-To-Product System ensures consistency, accuracy and the highest quality CBD products. Daddy Burt’s CBD oil product batches are third-party tested to show accurate levels of CBD. The batch number is stamped on each product and testing information is available for download on the product pages. Few providers can say their CBD products are monitored from seed to bottle like our products. In fact, many times when CBD does not work for a customer, it is due to a less trustworthy supplier’s product not having the advertised level of CBD. Trusting and knowing the accuracy of your CBD product is important before you buy it. Always purchase your CBD products from a reputable and third-party tested manufacturer. At Daddy Burt Hemp Co. we know we can be your trusted provider.

Article References

*National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2015, June 24). The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol.

*Grinspoon, P. (2018, August 24). Cannabidiol (CBD) – what we know and what we don’t. Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School.

*Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Report. (2018, June). World Health Organization.

*United States Congress. (2018, December). Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018: Conference report to accompany H.R. 2.

Written by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry. He originally developed an interest in science and engineering and received a degree in Industrial Engineering, which led him to a career in the nation’s space program. Bob worked for several aerospace companies supporting the space launch for NASA and the Department of Defense. Since Hemp farming has been revitalized in America over the last decade, his family legacy has called to him. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is the rekindling of Bob's family's hemp farming legacy, dating back to the early 1800s. Bob has been profiled by Smiley Pete Publishing and has been featured in articles about CBD/Hemp on,,, and many more.