What Is CBD? Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Revolutionary New Sensation

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Over the years, I’ve chatted with a number of health professionals smarter than myself who say “alternative medicine” would just be called “medicine” if it actually worked and I have to say they make a pretty valid point.

For millennia, untraditional practitioners have peddled countless questionable treatments that promise to serve as an antidote to practically every ailment imaginable—I’m looking at you and your vagina eggs, Gwyneth Paltrow—and these snake oil salesmen (and women) have made people naturally skeptical whenever someone claims to have discovered what appears to be a cure-all.

However, a new substance recently burst onto the scene that seems like it’s too good to be true: CBD.

In the past year or so, I have become intimately familiar with CBD, and as a result, I figured I’d take some time to answer some of the questions I’ve asked myself while getting acclimated with the new sensation.

Strap in—it’s time to get familiar.

What Is CBD?

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CBD is one of the over 70 cannabinoids that can be found in the marijuana plant, all of which have their own unique impact on the body.

The most active cannabinoid is THC—a.k.a. the thing that gets you high—but there are plenty of other compounds that don’t share its psychoactive properties.

This includes CBD—short for “cannabidiol”—which is the most prevalent compound found in the hemp plant (it has the same chemical makeup as THC but, as you’ll soon see, they impact the body in very different ways).

Project CBD did a deep dive into the science behind CBD if you’re looking to get real technical, but in short, it stimulates a number of receptors in the body that can have a variety of therapeutic effects that we’ll get to right…now.

What Exactly Does CBD Do?

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To borrow a term from hockey parlance, CBD is a 200-foot player.

Do you suffer from anxiety? CBD is there to save the day. Have trouble sleeping? You can skip the melatonin because CBD has your back. Joint pain? Inflimation? CBD wants to be your superhero (oh yeah, oh yeah).

Those are some of the most common—and medically supported—benefits of CBD but science suggests it could have a major impact on more serious ailments including cancer and diabetes in addition to a variety of neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

That’s the kind of person you want on your team.

How Can I Consume CBD?

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There are a number of ways to extract CBD from cannabis or hemp but you’re usually going to end up with an oil that can be harnessed in a variety of ways.

Some people decide to take CBD oil straight up—simply putting a few drops under your tongue for a minute or so will kickstart the process. However, as Grub Street recently noted, there is an absurd number of edibles available on the market that are infused with the extract, including fancy popcorn, hummus, and jelly beans.

If you’ve hopped aboard the vape train, you can also pick up cartridges and pens that let you inhale the oil with the added benefit of impressing people with a dope cloud.

However, CBD doesn’t have to be consumed in order to be effective. As mentioned above, it can fight inflammation and joint pain and there are plenty of topical treatments available to treat a variety of ailments (I started using CBD beard oil a few months ago and haven’t looked back).

Oh. You can also put CBD up your butt if you’re into that kind of thing. I won’t judge you (but other people might).

How Much Is A Standard Dose Of CBD?

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As is the case with every drug, there’s technically no “standard” dose of CBD. As CBD Origin notes, there are a variety of factors that come into play, including weight, the severity of the symptoms you’re targeting, and the concentration of CBD in whatever product you’re harnessing.

Honest Marijuana put together a dosage calculator that should help you get a better idea of where to start. Edibles are probably your best bet if you’re just getting into the CBD game, as it’s much easier to keep track of how many milligrams you’re ingesting compared to tinctures or vaping.

If you’re looking for a specific answer, the general consensus seems to be that 20-25 mg is a pretty good jumping off point for the average person.

While you’ll probably have a natural urge to increase the dosage at some point, some studies have shown prolonged CBD use can actually result in a reversed tolerance, so up it at your own risk.

Does CBD Have Any Side Effects?

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While plenty of CBD evangelists love to pretend there are no downsides to taking CBD, you should know it (like basically every medicine) does come with its fair share of risks, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Interestingly enough, CBD can also trigger at least one of the problems it’s supposed to cure, as some people have actually felt more anxious after ingesting it.

I don’t know anyone who—like Mos Def in The Italian Job—has had a bad experience with CBD but it never hurts to know what you’re getting yourself into before you take the plunge.

Is CBD Legal?

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As you probably know, marijuana is a Schedule I drug and supposedly has no medical benefits despite all evidence to the contrary (33 states and the District of Columbia all have medicinal marijuana programs in place).

The same can’t be said for CBD, which is totally legal under federal law. In fact, the FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug designed to treat epilepsy, which was admittedly pretty chill of them.

You know what isn’t chill, though? Failing a drug test (that’s what we in the industry call a “segue,” folks).

However, how concerned should you really be?

Will CBD Make Me Fail A Drug Test?

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This is one of the more common questions I’ve come across from people who want to see what all of the fuss is about.

As I previously mentioned, CBD is just one of a number of cannabinoids that can be found in cannabis plants, and while you can theoretically look for it, you average drug test is only trying to detect signs of THC.

With that said, you’re going to want to be a little careful.

Most CBD products contain trace amounts of THC—.3% or less—but some experts say there are a number of wares on the market that contain enough of the compound to actually get you high and could potentially cause you to fail a drug test if you consume enough of them (one source says anything above 1000 mg—which is a lot—could put you at risk) .

As a result, you’re going to want to make sure you’re buying CBD from reputable sources, which can be easier said than done when you realize how unregulated the industry is in its current form.

However, at the end of the day, the rewards more than outweigh the risks, but if you’re still a little anxious, might I suggest trying some CBD?

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Younger Men Aren’t Having Any Sex Because Social Media And Video Games Are More Important

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When gazing out of our windows at night, staring down at the city and pondering all of the deep thoughts that one should have about the universe in which he exists, it is almost impossible to reside in this meditative state for very long without starting to think: “I wonder how many people out there are fucking right now?”

Sure, there are more pressing inquiries that require our curiosity, like is the Earth really round or is it flat? Is there a God or only darkness at the end? Will Coors Light go on sale this weekend? But all of this hippie-dippy, brolicous chatter aside, the only thing that truly matters in there here and now is whether or not the rest of the population is getting laid more than the rest of us.

Well, look no further, dear fiends and friends, we have the answers that you have been searching for on this particular subject. And while we must admit to having a propensity for being mean little fuckers from time to time and would love nothing more than to try and con all of our loyal readers into thinking that the rest of the nation is indeed getting their walruses waxed more regularly than the average sex-starved schlub, we felt it was more important to point out a new body of research showing that, in reality, none of y’all is out there knocking boots as much as you should.

The latest statistics from the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey shows that people are not boning as much as they used to back in the day. In fact, the report goes on to explain that a whopping 23 percent of the population – about a quarter of Americans – is sometimes going several months without getting their organs grinded.

But it is not the old and decrepit that is failing to be the pimp-ass wiener slingers that we all strive to be, it’s the younger generations that are going through a real rough patch.

“The portion of Americans 18 to 29 reporting no sex in the past year more than doubled between 2008 and 2018,” the report reads.

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The study finds that men in their twenties, a time when a steady diet of hair pie and poon juice should be all that is needed to get them through the day, are enduring periods of celibacy because they would rather “like” Instagram photos and sit up all night playing Fortnite with their buddies. There’s a word for this level of male imbecility, we just know there is. Perhaps Douchesexual hits the nail right on the head?

But it’s not just video games and social media that is causing this self-inflicted draught in the sex lives of Millennials and Generation Z. Some of it is because fewer young men have been entering the workforce since the recession, the report finds.

It seems some of these dipshits believe that Obama is still the source of their downtrodden. Well, we hate to break it to you, kids, but Donald Trump is president now and, like him or not, there are jobs to be had. Of course, he inherited this economy, but the point is the recession is over, so it might be time to get off your ass and put a little money in your pocket. Unless, of course, virginity suits you.

Yeah, it turns out that not having a job, an apartment and no funds to spend on the wining and dining that is necessary sometimes to transition into nakedness makes it difficult for these broke ass bastards to get laid. Big fucking surprise. What makes it worse is that most of the guys who fall into this category are still living with their parents, and everyone knows, or at least they should, that dwelling in mom and dad’s dungeon is not an attribute that most women look for when searching for in a mate.

Still, rather than fix the problem – you know, go out and find a job and eventually put a deposit down on their own coitus castle — this group insists on sitting around in their parent’s basement and covering up their feelings of inadequacy with countless hours of online activity and other digital masturbatory rituals.

Our only solace here is there must be a bunch of horny women out there desperate for some swift dicking. Some of them might even be on female Viagra and drunker than fuck, so, the dating scene is kind of like fucking fish over a barrel. Or is that shooting? Doesn’t matter. All we’ve got to say is: Just keep on playing those video games, boys, and working that “like” button. You are doing the rest of us a huge favor. You’re heroes really. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

In other news, the guys who are still interested in sex have allegedly discovered that they enjoy something called pegging – an act in which the girl straps one on and gives them a little role reversal business. What the hecking fuck? Apparently, this is a fetish that is becoming increasingly popular because boys have discovered just how good it feels to have their prostates beaten into submission. Okay, call us old school, prudes, whatever, but just anticipating our yearly prostate exam provides us with enough nail-biting horror to keep that sort of shit out of our rectal repertoire. But if that’s your thing – knock yourself out. We’re just happy that you’re getting some.

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Mike Adams is a freelance writer for High Times, Cannabis Now, and Forbes. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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People love The Cure’s Robert Smith and his utterly deadpan interview answer

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It’s perhaps an unspoken rule that you’re meant to look excited on the red carpet of an awards show.

That doesn’t apply to legendary gothic rock band The Cure, and especially its frontman Robert Smith, who were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.

Smith has become of the talk of the internet, thanks to how utterly unexcited he was during an interview on the red carpet. 

After interviewer Carrie Keagan enthusiastically greeted the band, asking “Are you as excited as I am?” Smith offered up a pretty blunt response. 

“By the sounds of it, no,” he replied.

It’s magical in its indifference, and there was a lot of love for it.

Smith wasn’t entirely blunt, however, as he was more than happy to continue the red carpet chat after its awkward start, even if he was a bit ambivalent about the honour.

“We’re very happy to be here. But it’s not really something that was a bigger plan or anything, it’s a bit of a surprise, to be honest,” he said.

Despite the curt response, Keagan wasn’t particularly fazed, later offering up her own enthusiasm for the interview.

The Cure weren’t the only legends which were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Def Leppard, Roxy Music and the Zombies also honoured for their contributions.

The awards have been criticised for the lack of diversity of its inductees, with less than 8 percent of inductees being women, and fewer black artists in 2019 than ever.

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