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CBD – what is it?

an edited article Excerpt originally written by kristi pahr — Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, Pharm.D.  (Updated April 2020)

By now, you’ve probably heard someone mention CBD, especially if you live with a chronic condition like pain or anxiety.

As U.S. states begin to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis, the market has enjoyed an influx of readily available CBD. Despite all the publicity, though, many people are unsure of what CBD is, how it can help them, and if it’s even legal.

If you’re looking to try CBD but aren’t sure where to start, we put together this quick, handy guide to answer your questions and help clear up some of the common misconceptions surrounding CBD and its uses.


So, what is CBD, really?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many active compounds found in the Cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another active compound and the most well-known, thanks to its psychoactive properties — it’s the one that gets you “high.”

CBD is nonpsychoactive but has a number of the same medical benefits as THC. This allows you to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits without leaving you with the “stoned” feeling that often goes hand in hand with THC.

That said, marijuana-derived CBD products, or CBD products that contain THC, may be more effective than fiber hemp. But if you live in a state that hasn’t yet legalized medical marijuana or these strains are unavailable, you can still benefit from products containing industrial hemp-derived CBD.

We suggest checking your state’s laws regarding CBD oil.

Some studies have found CBD may be effective in providing relief from various mental health conditions. Some studies have also found that CBD is a great means of addressing pain caused by inflammation; thus making CBD a viable anti-inflammatory for some people.


/ BR TIP /: We’ll leave those studies to the scientist and medical reviews to the doctors that publish them. What we do know, is that just as CBD can potentially address different issues in a person’s life, the way CBD interacts with a person can be different from one to another. Please keep this in mind when searching for selecting a CBD product and know that sometimes it can take 2 weeks for your body to adjust.

the most common ways to include cbd daily: 

CBD Gummies

Oils & tinctures

These liquids, usually oils, are infused with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper. The oral mucosa is full of tiny capillaries that absorb the compounds quickly.

Oils and tinctures are a good choice for anyone who can’t take pills or capsules.

Creams & lotions

Because of the anti-inflammatory aspects to it, some doctors have recommended CBD-infused topicals are used to treat muscle and joint pain.

/ BR TIP /: Doctors, in some cases, have recommended the use of topicals with CBD to potentially help treat some other skin conditions. We suggest that you check with you dermatologist first before doing so on your own.


Gummies are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They’re affordable, portable, discrete, and tasty. There’s also no guesswork involved: You know exactly what dose you’re taking.

/ BR TIP /: Several things about the ways you can ingest and/or apply CBD; there are numerous ways, for sure. One of the most important is making sure that the source of your product is meeting every criteria to be a legitimate supplier. CBD has been out for a while but there are still many ways to cut corners and provide a less viable product.

Bobby Rapscallion will always be upfront and provide COAs for every product. Our CBD will remain high in potency and quality. We discuss specifics on our quality on Our Craft, more on our potency on Our Levels, and the lab findings for each of our products on Our COAs pages.

We also know that one of the other ways of applying CBD is by inhaling it – vapes, pre-rolls, and the like. This is something that we just can’t speak on at this point. We know of it, and we have an understanding of it. But it is a deeper subject that we’ll probably dedicate a whole article to.

how much cbd should i take?

You should generally start with a low dosage and go slow with increasing your dose. There may also be variations in actual CBD content between products. Use caution when starting a new package or switching dose forms.

According to Lindsay Slowiczek, PharmD, “It’s important to start with a low dose until you know how your body will react to CBD. A wide range of CBD dosages has been tested in clinical studies, but more evidence is needed before safe and effective dose recommendations can be made for specific uses.”

“For now, use the product’s recommended dose unless your doctor gives you the go-ahead to take larger doses,” she continued. “People with certain health conditions, such as liver disease, may need lower doses to avoid serious side effects.”

/ BR TIP /: One of the main things that are typically asked, in one way or another, is:


You can find out more on this in our FAQ – CBD & You, but here is the short answer.

Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal at the federal level but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and maybe inaccurately labeled.

Bobby Rapscallion provides high-quality and high-potency broad-spectrum (THC-FREE) CBD products to alleviate the worry regarding a majority of state, federal, and international issues. This is backed by our COAs and is a benefit to our customers that are subject to a drug test (whether frequent or random). We can only speak on and make statements regarding our products and don’t apply them to all other broad-spectrum CBD companies/products other than ours.

To sum it all up

There are so many ways of experiencing and integrating CBD into your life. Whether you’re on the go or needing something to supplement the lifestyle you’re in.

There is a way to incorporate CBD. If you want to try it…TRY IT.

That being the case, we have to be responsible enough to let you know that not all ways are created equaling. You can consume CBD, but the quality, the potency, and the way it is being consumed are not all the same. Thus the results from that consumption are not going to be the same.

Oils will be consumed differently than most edibles. There will be a new smoothie or skincare or shampoo with CBD in it, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting what you need.

Bobby Rapscallion will only carry products that we feel (and know) will be of the best benefit to our customers. Because we’re focused on a high level of quality and potency, by default we are providing products to the customer that are looking for products like our line.

We feel if the product is only providing a minimal amount of CBD to be able to claim it is a ‘CBD product’ then it is not for us. We only produce what we know will be high potency. Our levels start higher than the average because we don’t want to yank our customer’s chain with low levels.

We will always be honest with you in all we do, even if that means you don’t buy any product from us, Bobby Rapscallion will always do what we can to keep you informed.



Bobby Rapscallion’s CBD Products

At Bobby Rapscallion, honesty and integrity are values put into everything. Our hemp is farmed on American soil using organic practices. Our extracts are meticulously tested by our team and a third-party lab to ensure the highest quality standards. Since we stand firmly behind the profound effects of the entourage effect, you won’t find CBD isolate products in our catalog—but we understand that full-spectrum products aren’t ideal for everyone, which is why most of our products are also available in a THC-free broad-spectrum option.

Our high-potency oils start at a Potency Level 1 for those that are wanting to ease into CBD but need a higher dose. Keeping to this focus, we’ll be releasing Potency Levels 2 & 3 in the future. This is to make sure that all of our customers have the option to get high-quality CBD at a potency level that works best for them.


Our CBD Oil

CBD oils are a product staple for a CBD brand. We’ve carefully crafted our CBD oils to keep our high-quality hemp crops the star of the show. CBD oil also provides a wide range of versatility as you can take them sublingual (under the tongue) for fast-acting effects, or mix our flavored options into your favorite foods and drinks for wellness with a unique twist. CBD oils are a favorite for beginners and experts alike for their versatility and because you can customize your doses drop by drop.


our CBD Gummies

For those who don’t enjoy the natural bitter terpene flavor in hemp oils, but still want the whole plant benefits, CBD gummies might be a better solution for you.

We create selectively-crafted gummies at a cGMP facility and make them fresh to order. These also come in assorted flavors to mask the hempy taste and potencies start at 45MG per gummy.

Always remember that the ingestion process is different between oils and edibles like gummies. So we provide products that allow you to decide what works best for you and how you want to experience CBD.

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