Home for the Holidays: Quick Answers for the CBD-Curious

Whether you’re traveling across the country or across town, the holidays often mean spending time with family and friends you might not have seen for a while. And while catching up is one of the great pleasures of the season, it’s also a time for some well-intended questions: How’s your love life? What happened to that promotion at work? You take what every night before bed?

While we can’t offer help with some of life’s thornier questions, we know that your friends and family might have been wondering this year about CBD, what with all the varied news coverage and publicity out there. In the holiday spirit, we’re offering some clear and quick answers that can help clear up misunderstandings and fill in the gaps for those loved ones who might be CBD-curious (or skeptical).

What is CBD?

An easy one! CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found naturally in the hemp plant. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body, which helps modulate energy and maintain homeostasis in the body in the face of everyday stress and unease.

Is CBD the same as marijuana?

Nope! Hemp and marijuana are part of the same plant family, but they’re different in their effects on people. Think about it like a Great Dane and a Basset Hound: same general class of animal, but no one’s going to mistake one for the other.

Does CBD get people high?

No. The compound in marijuana that causes people to get high is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Manitoba Harvest Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract with CBD, for example, has undetectable levels of THC (less than .01%) and is non-intoxicating. While it won’t result in intoxication or a “high”, CBD may help calm a busy mind. Some describe the effect of CBD as a feeling of centered, wakeful calm.

Why take CBD?

Simple! As part of your overall strategy for personal wellness, CBD promotes healthy balance, ease, and transitioning to a restful state of relaxation when you’re ready to turn in for the night. For many people, CBD is an appealing addition to their daily wellness routine.

Does CBD come in a pill?

If you like, products such as Manitoba Harvest’s Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract with CBD comes in convenient softgels, as well as tinctures to administer under the tongue or add to coffee or tea,; handy sprays; and protein powder perfect for blending into delicious shakes and smoothies. CBD is versatile! Finding the right delivery method for you might take some experimenting. Some folks love the sensory treat and flexibility of our flavored tinctures, while others appreciate the ease and consistency of adding a softgel to their daily routine. And some like having multiple delivery methods on hand so they can mix and match depending on the day!

What about some of the wild claims I’m hearing about what CBD can do?

Those can be confusing! CBD has been much more widely available for consumers since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp products legal in the United States, and there have been some producers who market their products with a wide variety of claims. Long answer short: while there is a good deal of research being done on CBD’s potential applications and functions, be wary of claims that it’s a cure-all. Responsible companies in the CBD world are working within guidelines that allow us to share the benefits of healthy balance and wellbeing CBD affords without making irresponsible promises.

I’ve read some stories in the newspaper that make me wary of CBD. What’s going on with that?

The CBD market is new, and like any growing industry, there’s a range in purity and reliability in some of the products on the market, as well as a range of players involved, some of whom are less inclined to play by the rules and regulations—and this is a reason to be cautious for anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of CBD.

So how do I know what products to try?

That’s actually pretty simple. Look for companies that describe their CBD sourcing and extraction process in a transparent and accountable way, and especially those that offer batch reports breaking down the chemical analysis of each individual product on the shelf. For Manitoba Harvest, this is our way of respecting you and making sure you feel comfortable using our products.

Isn’t this all a fad?

Ask your own body, which has an entire endocannabinoid system that interacts with hemp and CBD! Humans evolved alongside the hemp plant, and have been using and consuming hemp for thousands of years. CBD might be undergoing a surge in awareness and popularity, but it ain’t no fad!

What about CBD for pets?

We always recommend talking to your pet’s care provider for specific advice. We have, though, heard a lot of testimonials about CBD having benefits for the comfort and wellbeing of animals.

Hope this helps arm you with some simple, clear answers to your friends’ and family’s questions this holiday season. If it’s all too much to try to remember, you can always print out this page and stick it in a box (along with some Manitoba Harvest Broad Spectrum Extract with CBD drops or softgels, of course), wrap it in a bow, and give the gift of balance and education. Santa never had it so easy!


The information provided is for informational purposes only. None of the information provided here should be considered medical advice or treatment recommendations. Consult with your health care provider if you have questions about incorporating CBD into your wellness regimen.