GENERAL QUESTIONS ON CBD
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the main phytocannabinoids produced by the hemp plant. It is a non-psychoactive, oily/resinous compound that is naturally found in specialized glands on young leaves, stalks and in the flowering buds of the hemp plant.
Hemp history & other uses?
Hemp has been grown and cultivated for thousands of years across the world for a variety of industrial and medical uses. In fact, our early US founding fathers, including George Washington, grew hemp during our colonial period for sailcloths, ropes and paper. Until the hemp regulation of the 1930’s, even US pharmaceutical companies were using extracts of hemp & marijuana to provide pain relief, sedation and act as an antispasmodic.
How is HEMP different than Marijuana?
Hemp is NOT marijuana, although they come from the same plant species, cannabis sativa. Both marijuana & hemp have phytocannabinoid molecules such as the psychoactive, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Per federal laws, hemp must have less than 0.3% THC (2014 Farm Bill), whereas marijuana is known to have high concentrations of THC in its flowering buds. Both phytocannabinoids can interact with your body in amazing ways (because our body already produces endocannabinoids), however, currently THC is illegal at a federal level and in many States.
How is CBD different than THC?
CBD does not give users the same “high” that THC does. Thus, there is none of the “heady” fog or dysphoria that many people experience when using THC. Both compounds are found in their respective plants, however, CBD is found to be present in much greater %s within hemp plants.
How does CBD affect me/my body?
CBD interacts with your body’s existing internal regulator, also known as your endocannabinoid system (ECS), to promote healthy homeostasis (think Goldilocks and the three bears…making conditions “just right”). Your body already creates endocannabinoids naturally within your cells and because of this, phytocannabinoids like CBD can readily bind to our existing receptors. Basically, CBD attaches itself to our cells and then regulates the signals that are sent/received (creating physiological and psychological responses).
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Our ECS is what regulates much of our internal balance, including our immune system, memory, appetite, sleep pattern, mood, pain sensations, inflammation & anxiety. The ECS has three key elements: cannabinoid receptors (such as CB1 & CB2 receptors, which are found in our brain, spinal cord, and white blood cells), endocannabinoids (such as 2-AG & anandamide, which are produced on demand and then bind to the receptors to modulate the release of neurotransmitters), and metabolic enzymes which break down the endocannabinoids once they’re used.
Does CBD make me “high”?
NO, as CBD does not bind well to CB1 receptors found in our brain and central nervous system receptors the way THC does, it does not induce the release of serotonin and dopamine (feelings of euphoria). Instead, CBD binds more readily to CB2 receptors found in our immune cells, promoting more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit to the immune system.
What specific conditions/ailments can CBD assist with?
Although we cannot directly make statements regarding the positive effects of CBD on our body/mind (because CBD has not been historically validated by the FDA…until most recently in June 2018), CBD has been studied and found to exert anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain modulating), anti-nausea, antipsychotic/anxiolytic (anxiety), antiepileptic and other actions that may offer significant human health benefits. Certain whole-body conditions like cancer, chronic pain, arthritis, chronic inflammation, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, PTSD, depression/anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, nausea and much more may be positively affected.
What research has been done on CBD? Internationally/Domestically?
There are many studies that have been performed by legitimate medical groups in both the US and abroad. We suggest doing your research with us and on your own to develop a well rounded, unbiased opinion on CBD. Stay tuned on the many upcoming research studies being conducted here in the US as it’s an exciting time for hemp in our nation!
Are certain CBD products better than others?
YES, like any other product there are always better brands using more quality ingredients. The best CBD in the world comes from industrial hemp that is domestically grown here in the US, using best practices for cultivation and ensuing extraction. Our company uses only the highest-quality, whole-plant industrial-hemp-derived CBD in all our product lines.
How do I take CBD?
You can take CBD in many ways, depending on the form of the CBD product. Many people ingest (eat or drink) CBD oil through edibles (like gummies or chocolates), dropping a tinctured solution under the tongue (sublingual dosing) or a CBD beverage such as a syrup or water. People will also smoke hemp flower and enjoy vaporizers for a more immediate effect. Lastly, there are a variety of topical (over the skin surface) products such as lotions, bath bombs, lip balms and aloe vera creams.
How do I know which CBD products are best?
The best CBD products are made from industrial hemp and also the ones reviewed by independent, third party organizations (tested for purity and peer reviewed). We always test our products for quality and accurate dosing.
How much CBD should I take? (Proper mg dosages)
The average adult can benefit from anywhere between 20-40 mgs of CBD per day. However, this varies depending on specific conditions and ailments. For instance, someone suffering from MS may take smaller doses more frequently throughout the day, whereas many people can benefit from single doses.
Will taking CBD cause me to fail a drug test?
NO, CBD alone will not cause you to fail a drug test that is searching for marijuana’s THC. However, if you consume THC and CBD, you may test positive.
Can I overdose on CBD?
NO, there have been no reported overdoses on CBD, nor can you die from taking too much CBD. The most common complaint is that people may notice mild dysphoria or feelings of sedation at high mg doses (over 500 mgs per day).
How long does CBD stay in my system?
This will vary depending on your BMI (body mass index), weight, frequency of use and average mgs consumed. CBD will store in your fat cells until it is used/broken down by your ECS. If you quit taking CBD, it will then be used until no longer present in your body.
What are terpenes? Their health benefits?
Terpenes are phenols found within the essential oils of many plants that provide certain aromas and effects. As such, terpenoids such as limonene, pinene and linalool occupy more than 90% of the phytochemicals contained in essential oils from plants such as peppermint, basil and lavender. Terpenes are now being researched more heavily due to their prospective health applications and due to medical validation of ancient herbal remedies.
What safety concerns should I have? Side effects of taking CBD?
There are no documented side effects of CBD. We do recommend that you find a dose that works for you and write down the specific effects. For example, if CBD makes you feel tired or sleepy at high doses, then obviously we would not recommend operating heavy machinery/etc. This is best left up to you to determine how you feel while dosing yourself with CBD.