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CBD is everywhere and is causing some confusion for many. Recognition of CBD as a health supplement has grown as an increasing number of personal testimonies and research is published. Maybe you have heard one of the uplifting stories about CBD in the news; Perhaps a friend or family member has professed CBD's many benefits. Whichever way you heard about this compound; you are sure to have more questions.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, often abbreviated to CBD, is one over 100 Phytocannabinoids naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, with THC and CBD being the most common. CBD is non-intoxicating, and studies have shown it to have many potential therapeutic applications. However, the benefits of CBD can be misconstrued because of the stigma that Marijuana has. Marijuana and Hemp are both varieties of the same species of the plant Cannabis sativa L. The difference is based purely on the legal realm. Hemp is any variety of Cannabis with a total THC concentration of less than 0.3%.
Any cannabis with more THC is considered Marijuana and remains federally illegal. Hemp-based products are federally legal and pose no legal risk to consumers. Hemp is not Marijuana; although they could be regarded as cousins, they are indeed vastly different plants. Understanding the differences between these two plants is essential.
What is CBD used for?
People are finding that CBD is beneficial for many conditions that have not responded well to conventional treatments. New ailments that CBD can help treat are being discovered every day. However, CBD's most common uses are treating chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and improving sleep.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a liquid cannabis extract that contains the medicinal compounds of the cannabis plant. CBD oil can be used in many ways and is particularly effective as a sublingual tincture. A CBD tincture is made by mixing the CBD extract into a base like alcohol or a carrier oil like coconut oil. CBD tincture is meant to be held under the tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Sublingual absorption provides a faster effect than intake via the stomach due to better bioavailability (i.e., taking a CBD capsule or edible product).
Will CBD get me high?
No, CBD is non-intoxicating. Even though CBD comes from Cannabis, the same plant species that produces THC, there is no "high" associated with its use. Relief is a term often used to describe the effects of CBD. It can make you feel relaxed or even energized, and some users also report clarity of mind allowing increased focus and productivity.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC are both Phyto-cannabinoids, meaning they come from a plant source. These molecules affect our bodies through interactions with our endocannabinoid system. THC affects the brain and body by binding to CB-1 receptors within the central nervous system and the CB-2 receptors located in the immune system. CBD does not directly trigger either receptor and instead modifies its ability to bind to cannabinoids, both endo- and Phyto. CBD plays a significant role in influencing the endocannabinoid system and enhances the natural levels of endocannabinoids.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a diverse group of chemical compounds naturally found in the human body (termed endocannabinoids in mammals) and cannabis plants (Phyto cannabinoids in plants).
How do Cannabinoid’s work?
Cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) receptors in the body to maintain a normal state of healthy balance. These receptors have been found in virtually every cell and tissue type in the human body. Therefore, there is a seemingly endless array of CBD uses.
What is the purpose of the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system acts as a homeostasis regulator in the body, and its purpose is to maintain balance or biological harmony. It is now known that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.
Does CBD come from Marijuana or Hemp? How are they different?
Marijuana and Hemp are both varieties of Cannabis from the same species (Cannabis sativa L) plant. The difference is based purely on the legal realm. Hemp is any variety of Cannabis with a total THC concentration of less than 0.3%. Any cannabis with more THC is considered Marijuana and remains federally illegal. Hemp-based products are federally legal and pose no legal risk to consumers.
Is CBD Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial Hemp cultivation (defined as Cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) in the United States. It removed Hemp's derivatives, including CBD, from the purview ofthe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Controlled Substances Act. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) views CBD as a pharmaceutical drug. And because the FDA has already approved
CBD as a pharmaceutical (Epidiolex), the FDA maintains that it is illegal to sell hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. The DEA, meanwhile, retains jurisdiction over CBD derived from Marijuana (Cannabis with more than 0.3 percent THC), which is still prohibited under federal law.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp is the hemp plant that has historically been used to produce hemp seed oil, rope, paper, household items, clothing, and now CBD extract. By law, industrial hemp strains must contain less than 0.3% THC.
How is CBD extracted from the cannabis plant?
CBD is removed from the plant using solvent extraction. The most used solvents are ethanol, CO2, or butane. These solvents strip the active compounds from the plant matter and are then removed from the product. This process leaves behind a thick liquid oil containing the natural compounds from the cannabis plant. This oil can be used as-is and is generally referred to as a full-spectrum product. It can be further refined into Broad-spectrum oil, with the final stage being isolation of the CBD molecule from all other constituents.
What is Full Spectrum oil?
The cannabis plant consists of over 480 natural compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. In full-spectrum oils, these compounds are presented in the same ratios they exist naturally on the plant. It is essential to mention that since full-spectrum CBD products contain small THC, it may be possible (although unlikely) for users to test positive for THC. In contrast, Broad Spectrum does not have any detectable THC and is therefore considered less likely to make a user test positive in a drug test.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad-spectrum oil has had the THC usually removed through chromatography but still contains many other compounds found in the cannabis plant and full-spectrum oil. It is sometimes referred to as T-free or 0%-T and has practically no risk of causing a positive detection on drug screens.
What is CBD isolate?
In chemistry, to isolate means to separate (a substance) into its purest form, free of other compounds. CBD isolate is pure CBD without the presence of other cannabinoids or terpenes.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the primary constituents of essential oils, providing scent and flavor to plants. There are over 200 terpenes in Cannabis. They are what give Cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes havebeneficial effects and work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD and THC – this relationship generally referred to as the entourage effect.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The Entourage Effect results when the many compounds within the hemp plant interact with the body to produce a more substantial influence than any one of those components alone—it is a synergistic effect. In theory, using the whole hemp plant rather than a singular compound (CBD Isolate), there is a boost in the health benefits and overall therapeutic effect of cannabinoids.
What are the different ways to take CBD?
CBD now comes in as many forms as you can imagine, and while new products are releasing daily, there are only a few distinct absorption methods. The most common is through sublingual absorption using the tincture. CBD edibles are food products infused with CBD and rely on digestion, which is less effective and requires a higher dosage. Topical absorption is possible with creams and ointments. And lastly, smoking or vaporizing is a popular method that provides almost instant absorption. Each method has its unique benefits.
How do I take CBD tincture?
CBD tinctures are highly effective when taken sublingually—by placing the desired dose under the tongue for absorption through the mucous membranes in the mouth. For best sublingual absorption, keep the CBD oil under your tongue for 90 seconds. If you swallow the oil right away, your body will absorb very little CBD if it passes through your digestive system. A bonus tip is to swirl or swish the oil around in your mouth after 90 seconds before swallowing it. The longer you can hold the oil usually, the better it will absorb into your sublingual and buccal glands and get into your bloodstream efficiently.
What is micro-dosing?
CBD micro-dosing is a low-dose technique for taking CBD intended to help you reap the most health and wellness benefits. Instead of taking one large CBD dose each day, micro-dosing allows you to break the dosage into two or more smaller quantities you consume throughout the day. This piecemeal dosing strategy works well with various forms of CBD but is more popular with CBD oils and tinctures because they make it super easy to measure the exact dosage. This type of frequent dosing regularly could supplement the body's natural endocannabinoid system with a steady supply of CBD.
Micro dosing also allows for more control over your doses. One of the advantages of Cannabis as medicine is how personalized it can be. Some people achieve significant effects with frequent small amounts, while others find symptom relief at higher doses. The goal of micro-dosing is finding the lowest effective treatment dose for every patient and may help you identify your "sweet spot."
Can I cook with CBD or use it in my tea or coffee?
Absolutely! CBD-infused oils are a fantastic ingredient to use in cooking. Simply substitute for some of the oil in any recipe keeping a close measure on your dosage.
How do I know what serving of CBD to take?
It depends on what you're using the compound for and how strong the product is. Most people consume between 25-50 mg of CBD per day in total. For reference, 1 mL or one pipette of Healthy Harvesting 1500 mg tincture contains 50 mg of CBD. Make sure you read the label on your product to ensure a proper serving size. Start small and increase your dose regularly until you reach the desired effect; at that point, decrease your dose's quantity slowly to find your perfect minimum dosage.
How long does it take for CBD to take effect?
The length of time it takes for CBD to take effect will depend on the route of administration. The fastest impact can be felt from smoking or vaporization, usually within minutes. The topical administration of CBD offers relief relatively quickly as it absorbs in the skin. Sublingual dosing or placing CBD oil under the tongue is not instantaneous, but the onset of effects is often observed in 15 – 60 minutes. Oral dosing (swallowing) may be the slowest to take effect, but it is the longest-lasting onset felt in 90 minutes.
How Long Do CBD Effects Last?
How long the CBD effects last also depends on the way of use since each method has different absorption rates. For sublingual CBD dosing, the effects last 4 to 6 hours on average. For vaping, the effect duration is shorter: 2 to 3 hours. CBD edibles last the longest: about 6 hours. But keep in mind that CBD in edibles is absorbed less effectively, so more milligrams are required for the same effects.
How Long Does It Take CBD To Leave Your System?
The time CBD stays detectable in your body depends on several factors, so it's hard to give a specific time. Factors that play a role are, for example, how your body processes CBD, how often and how much CBD you consume, and the administration method. It can take as much as a month for heavy users, and occasional use can be as little as two days.
What about CBD Topicals… Do they work?
CBD topicals have provided help for several ailments. Cannabidiol is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It may relax the skin, prevent dry skin, help with damaged skin, and shorten healing time. CBD may improve the skin's defense mechanism and its ability to regenerate and provide beneficial results in relieving and eliminating many skin problems.
What is some other CBD-dominant strains of Marijuana?
Cherry Wine is probably the most common strain of Hemp being grown by industrial farmers. Lifter, Sour Tsunami, Cannatonic, and Harlequin are also popular. As the hemp industry expands, crosses of these strains through genetics, many more will become more available.
Do you need a prescription for CBD?
No. CBD is not an FDA-approved pharmaceutical or dietary supplement. You may purchase CBD without a prescription.
Can I give my pet CBD (my dog, cat, or other pets)?
Yes. Pets can benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans: pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD is safe to use for pets, but its dosage will likely be much smaller than yours. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains and are very sensitive to THC. But a small amount of THC, like the amount in a full spectrum CBD hemp oil, is beneficial for animals. We recommend you speak with a veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian before giving your pet CBD.
Is CBD oil addictive?
While nearly anything in the world can be addictive, CBD is not known to be an addictive drug. CBD has shown optimistic potential to be a helpful tool to help people break addictions to harmful substances.
Can you overdose on CBD?
Research has shown CBD to be safe to use in high doses. CBD will not cause a fatal overdose. However, it is possible to take too much CBD, resulting in an increased chance of adverse side effects like lethargy or drowsiness.
Is CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing?
No. CBD oil is a medicinal product and a liquid concentrate of CBD. CBD oil is also called CBD tincture and CBD Hemp Extract. Hemp oil is a food product made from pressed hemp seeds, also called hemp seed oil. Hemp Oil is a highly nutritious food product that is a poor source of CBD. If a product does not have a label listing the amount of CBD in milligrams, chances are it's not an authentic CBD product. Always check the label.
Does CBD interact with other medications?
Yes, it could. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in the metabolization of many drugs. Compounds found in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group, so physicians advise patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking a medication. By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs. In some situations, patients can take CBD on opposite schedules when there may be a conflict with a prescription. We highly recommend you seek the advice of a physician to monitor other medications while taking CBD. Always consult with a physician before starting any new treatments.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
A quality CBD product that complies with minimal THC requirements is unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, low-quality CBD products may contain more THC traces than they claim, in which case it is possible for a drug screening to pick up on it. Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test, which translates to a 2,000 mg dose per day of CBD oil with legal THC levels.
Is CBD Natural?
Yes, CBD is a 100% naturally occurring chemical compound that comes directly from the cannabis plant.
Is it safe to purchase CBD online?
To ensure the legality of buying CBD products online, you need to make sure the company you are buying from is reputable and that the product is made from industrial Hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. Transporting hemp and hemp-based products across state lines is safe.
How To Choose a CBD Oil (Or Other CBD Product)?
You may have noticed that there are a ton of CBD brands on the market. Especially when it comes to CBD oil tinctures, there are so many different types, strengths, and brands on the market. It is crucial to choose a product with thorough documentation, ensuring what you're buying is exactly what it claims to be. Many low-quality CBD products contain less active ingredients than they claim, and some include none. The easiest way to tell if a product is legit is through a COA Certificate of Analysis. A COA is a laboratory testing conducted by a third-party lab to verify the product's chemical compounds. It will show total cannabinoids, allowing verification of strength and legality (less than 0.3% THC), as well as contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals. Never buy a CBD product from a company unable to provide a COA.
Here are a few tips for choosing a quality CBD oil product.
1. Ask for 3rd party lab reports (COA) to support product transparency.
2. Be sure the CBD mg/mL amount is marked clearly on the label.
3. Buy from a reputable farm that grows in the USA.
4. Know what your buying, Full or Broad-Spectrum, or Isolate.
5. Reliable CBD reviews and testimonials
6. Look for all-natural and organically grown Hemp.
7. The most important tip we can give anyone is to be an educated buyer.
What is a COA?
A COA or certificate of analysis is an analytical report of product content performed by an independent laboratory. This report provides safety and potency verification, proof of product compliance, and provides consumers with confidence and transparency. We trust ACS Laboratory with all our COA and Laboratory needs.
Why do I need a COA?
A JAMA study recently found almost 70% of CBD products misrepresented potency, and over 20% contained unmentioned THC. There is a lack of education regarding CBD products due to the industry's infancy and the lack of testing. Only COAs can determine whether a product is legitimate.
Are there studies on CBD?
Thousands of scientific studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible molecule.
How Long Does CBD Oil Last, and how should I store it?
CBD oil can expire. However, the good news is that CBD oil lasts a very long time before it goes bad. A high-quality CBD oil should last at least one year to two years. If you regularly use CBD oil, there's an excellent chance that you will finish the tincture bottle before it goes bad. The best way to protect your CBD oil is to store it in a cool, dry, and dark place like a cabinet or drawer. Please keep it away from the sun and areas that are very cold, warm, or humid, like your car or mailbox. Always keep CBD oil in the original container, and it will maximize its life and help retain its potency. If your CBD oil still expires, you can recognize it by a change in taste, smell, texture, or color. A visible sign of expired CBD oil is when it looks "cloudy." When CBD oil expires, it does not become dangerous but less potent so that it will work less effectively. We do recommend that you dispose of it when it's reached its expiration date.