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Whether it’s your uncle’s polarizing political views or the cousin who asks why you’re single, the dinner table can become one of the most tense locations during the holiday season. The growing interest in CBD means that it will likely become a dinner topic that everyone has an opinion on this year.

Arm yourself with key information that will make conversations about it go as smoothly as possible. Here’s what you need to know in order to talk to your family about CBD.

What Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. CBD is one of 108 different types of known cannabinoids in cannabis. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in cannabis which acts upon cannabinoid receptors.

Is CBD Safe?

A 2017 World Health Organization report notes that “cannabidiol… does not have psychoactive properties and has no potential for abuse and no potential to produce dependence.”

However, we always recommend advising loved ones to consult with a doctor or medical professional before incorporating CBD into their daily routine. They can advise on any potential interactions with medications they are currently taking or possible side effects.

Is CBD A Drug?

The Food and Drug Administration recognizes CBD as an active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug called Epidiolex. The oral medication is used to treat seizures in certain rare forms of pediatric epilepsy.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD is federally legal since last December’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from its prior classification as aSchedule I substance. The bill defines hemp as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

However, states have their own rules and regulations around CBD. While some states fully approve CBD use, others only permit it when prescribed by a physician or if the product contains 0% THC. Idaho and South Dakota do not approve CBD use outside of physician-prescribed Epidiolex.

Click here to find out the status of CBD in your state.

Is It Safe For Your Dog?

Although there is minimal research on the effects and benefits of CBD in dogs, anecdotal reports suggest that it’s safe for pets to consume. There have not been any reported cases of animals overdosing on hemp-derived CBD. Stephanie McGrath, a veterinary neurologist at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and one of the few researchers on CBD and dogs, tells Vice that her work appears to suggest that hemp-derived CBD is relatively safe in dogs.

We advise all pet owners to check the ingredients in any product they will administer to their pet. We also recommend only choosing products that undergo third-party lab testing and have these results readily available.

Can You Fly With CBD?

The Transportation Security Administration recently updated its policies around hemp-derived CBD oil. However, we do not recommend flying with CBD products or advising others to do so. Flying into or over states where CBD is not permitted is still a grey area. It’s also unclear how CBD products will be tested for THC at airports. Even if a person is compliant with all laws, a lengthy bag search could lead to a missed flight.

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