Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and recreational use is legal in 10. And with legalization becoming more common, interest in the benefits of cannabis products is on the rise.

There’s more to cannabis than straight marijuana. When you’re not eligible for a medical marijuana card, using a CBD concentrate can give you some of the same benefits.

But if you’ve never tried CBD oil, you probably don’t know where to start. Here are a few things you need to know before using CBD products for the first time.

A CBD Concentrate Won’t Get You High

When you think of cannabis, you probably think of getting high. That feeling is the product of a natural chemical compound called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. And though CBDs naturally occur in all cannabis plants, they don’t provide a psychoactive effect.

How? CBD products contain absolutely no THC. And without the THC, all you’re left with is the health benefits. You won’t have to worry about munchies, giggle-fits, or getting high at all.

CBD Doesn’t Show Up on Drug Tests

If you’ve been putting off trying CBD oil because you’re actively looking for a job, don’t worry. Using CBD products won’t cause you to test positive for marijuana on a pre-employment drug test.

This is because drug tests look for the presence of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. They don’t screen for CBD.

And since CBD products contain no THC, you won’t test positive even if you use them every day.

It’s Legal…When Made from Hemp

Marijuana is still illegal in most of the country. Since CBD is technically a part of the marijuana plant, it seems like it would be illegal. And it can be if the CBD comes from marijuana and not hemp.

In states where medical and recreational marijuana use is legal, CBD products can come from THC-heavy plants. The manufacturer isolates the CBD, so the product still won’t get you high.

But since it’s made from marijuana and not hemp, it’s technically illegal in most of the country.

When you buy CBD products, always make sure you know what the CBD comes from. Manufacturers have to list whether the products come from hemp or marijuana plants on the label.

But as a general rule, if you buy the products in a health food store or online, chances are it’s derived from hemp. If you’re on vacation to a recreational marijuana state and you buy CBD at a dispensary, there’s a good chance it’s made from marijuana.

Is There a Difference in Quality?

Believe it or not, the compound is the same in both hemp and marijuana plants. You’ll see the same benefits from hemp-made CBD concentrates as you would from marijuana-derived products.

The only difference is legality. Keep in mind that if you have a medical marijuana card, it’s legal for you to have CBD products made from marijuana. But you’re only allowed to have them in your state.

Crossing state lines, even with medical marijuana products, is highly illegal.

Always Look for High-Quality Products

Quality matters and when you’re buying tinctures and concentrates online, you might not know what you’re getting. Unfortunately, large online marketplaces don’t always source high-quality materials.

Instead of picking a product based on price alone, look at what you’re getting. The best CBD manufacturers use hemp produced in the States. This is because the United States has strict standards for growing hemp.

You’ll also want to look for broad-spectrum products. These contain more of the beneficial (and non-psychoactive) components of the cannabis plant.

Start with the Lowest Dose

When you’re first starting with pure CBD oil, it’s tempting to take as much as you can. But doing so isn’t the best idea.

In fact, it’s always best to start with smaller doses and work your way up. Look at the label and suggested dosing information for your products.

Start there and try the dosage for a few days. If you feel it’s not enough or you’re not seeing any benefits, increase the dosage a little.

Finding the right dose can take time. Be patient and experiment. If the products you try initially don’t work, try products from a different manufacturer.

It Might Take Time to See the Benefit

Some people respond to CBD right away. Others only see the benefit after using it for a while.

Every person is different. And the CBD might impact you in ways you didn’t expect or know were possible. Just be patient and make note of the changes you see and how they correlate with your dosage.

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You Can Try It Different Ways

The most common form of CBD concentrate is pure CBD oil. You can use the oil topically, mixing it in lotions and salves. Or you can use it internally by adding a few drops to your tea, coffee, water, or taking it directly under the tongue.

But that’s not the only way you use and take CBD. In fact, there are dozens if not hundreds of other ways to get the benefits you’re looking for.

If you like vaping, consider using a CBD vape cartridge or solution. Satisfy your sweet tooth with CBD-infused candies and edibles, or buy CBD coffee and tea.

It’s all a matter of personal preference, but there will definitely be a product for you.

Final Thoughts

Using a CBD concentrate is a great way to experience many of the same benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive high. But it all comes down to finding the right product for your needs.

Do your research and always choose a quality CBD product.

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How NEOFECT Created a Smart Glove (Robotic Arm) That Uses Online Gaming for Rehabilitation

Wearable technology keeps evolving. And it is transforming the way we experience the world. Watches, eyeglasses, rings, bracelets and even smart home devices like the thermostat are changing how we consumer information, monitor our health and use home products. Smart technology has a significant role to play in how people will live in the future.

NEOFECT wants to change how to aid rehabilitation and the provision of clinicial real-time patient data. In an interview with  Scott Kim, Neofect’s co-founder and CEO of the US office, he spoke to us about how he started NEOFECT, the company’s success factors and challenges they have faced in their bid to change physical therapy using online gaming.

Brief summary about your startup

Established in 2010, NEOFECT is a mobile health startup with a vision to deliver an affordable and effective at-home system to aid neuro patients with central nervous system disorders such as a stroke.

Its first product, RAPAEL Smart Glove, combines a wearable device, virtual reality and gamification for rehab exercise, while its software analyzes the data from built-in sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level.

The device has been successfully employed by a number of major hospitals in South Korea since December of 2014, and approved for use in the US and Europe. NEOFECT has offices in S. Korea, San Francisco, and Poland.

Why and how it was started

The President of NEOFECT, Ho-Young Ban, experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by stroke patients and their families when his father and two uncles fell victims of stroke.

Although his uncles were fortunate to survive, they had to turn down the rehab therapy because of the costs involved. So, when his friend Young Choi came up with an idea of Rapael, Ban could not resist.

Soon after, their classmate from the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA program Scott Kim joined the team to launch the US operations.

Kim was born with spinal bifida and went through a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, so he immediately recognized the opportunity and became a co-founder and the CEO of the Neofect’s US office.

What has been the biggest success factors

Personal motivation of the founders combined with the latest, most advanced smart technologies have become the major engines behind the company’s success.

– Gamification, which motivates a patient throughout the rehab process. It helps to induce neuroplasticity for hand function of a patient with a brain damage.

Various rehab games are updated monthly and each game targets specific movements such as squeezing the orange for finger flexion/extension and pouring wine for forearm pronation/supination, for example.

– Artificial Intelligence: the software analyzes data from the glove’s sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level. The algorithm is designed to enhance learning multiple functions by offering an optimal task at a proper level of difficulty.

– Wearable Device: RAPAEL Smart Glove is a wearable bio-feedback training gadget. Lightweight and designed to fit different hand sizes, it uses the Bluetooth technology to collect the patient’s data.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced launching and running the company?

The biggest challenge was the product’s concept itself. Many people believed that Rapael could be a threat to the therapists. Fortunately, after we launched the program in several hospitals, we’ve been able to prove that our device is designed with the doctors’ and patient’s needs in mind and helps them make the rehabilitation process more efficient.

Which do you think is most important: the right market, the right product, or the right team?

This sounds like a cliché, but the right team is easily the answer to me. With the right people, you can make necessary adjustments based on new information to make sure there is a product-market fit.

My previous job was to lead a team to make mobile apps – without any exception, all great apps loved by users were made by great teams.

Final words for those chasing the startup dream

Never underestimate the importance of execution. Many people waste their time just to validate what they think or others think, or even just to finish the conceptualization.

However, you should “fail fast” in order concentrate your efforts on building a product which has a market demand, and of course, to save time and money as well.

Plus, you should fail while you are small rather than big, if you’re meant to face it. The earlier you do the reality check, the faster you can reach your goal, although it might cost you a couple of failures at the beginning.

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