CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis derived hemp plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive.
WILL CBD GET ME HIGH?
Nope. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any "high" effects like euphoria. When taking CBD products you won't feel sedated or altered in any way.
Of course, there could be exceptions to this. Some people, for unknown reasons, react differently to CBD. About 5% of people say they feel altered after taking CBD. Usually they're the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol. You never know how your body will react to any new supplement, so when taking CBD for the first time, do so safely under supervision.
It's also crucial to buy third-party-tested CBD product for quality assurance (more on this later). Because the FDA doesn't regulate CBD, it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised.
WHERE DOES HEMP COME IN TO ALL THIS?
You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
When people talk about hemp oil, they're referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids-CBD or THC-in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and often appears in beauty products for its moisturizing benefits.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds mainly to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system, this being the Endocannabinoid system in the body.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNIBINOID SYSTEM (ECS)?
The Endocannabinoid system is the primary way that CBD interacts with your body. It is a natural biological system present in all mammals and other living creatures that bridges many physiological locations and other systems in the body, impacting basic bodily functions. It's main purpose is to encourage the body to be in homeostasis, or balance. The Endocannabinoid system was discovered 25 years ago, which is a short amount of time in the context of medical research. This information and more can be found in Healing with CBD by Eileen Konieczny, RN, available in our store to review.
WHAT DOES "FULL SPECTRUM" & "ISOLATE" MEAN?
Full Spectrum products contain additional cannabinoids besides just CBD, these include terpenes (aromatics) and trace amounts of THC. Isolate or "pure CBD" contains no other compounds besides CBD. Seeing this on your product label means the CBD has been refined down to 0% THC (THC-Free), as well as 0% of the other compounds naturally found during the CBD extraction process. All our products are identified as either Full Spectrum (FS) or Isolate (ISO) in the titles and descriptions. We have even added categories for Full Spectrum and Isolate (THC-Free) so you can easily identify the different products.
IS CBD NATURAL?
Yes, CBD is a 100% naturally-occurring chemical compound that comes directly from the cannabis derived hemp plant. It is not synthetically made.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CBD?
The only CBD medication that is currently FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved last year for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. However, many people swear CBD has helped with a slew of other health conditions.
Benefits for your body: Pain relief & inflammation, Helps fight cancer treatment side effects, Relieve nausea, Promotes cardiovascular health, Lowers risk of diabetes, Treat Seizures, Insomnia.
Benefits for your mind: Relief for Anxiety & Stress, Depression, Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD, Neurological disorders such as schizophrenia.
IS CBD LEGAL?
CBD is legal in all 50 states within the United States. President Donald Trump legalized hemp in the US by signing the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday December 14, 2018.
Hemp is produced with nearly 100% CBD. According to the new federal law, hemp is legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC. Anything more than that and it's illegal under the federal ban on marijuana.
CAN YOU TRAVEL WITH CBD?
That same 2018 Farm Bill means you can now travel between states with legit CBD products. Flying with CBD should pose no issues now either, however, if you're traveling with a tincture, be mindful of TSA limits on how much liquid you can carry on an airplane. CBD products can also be shipped anywhere in the US.
WILL CBD SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
Cannabidiol (CBD) shouldn't show up on a drug test. However, many CBD products contain trace amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana's main active ingredient. If enough THC is present, it will show up on a drug test. This means that in rare cases, using CBD might lead to a positive drug test.
Because hemp products can legally contain up to 0.3% THC, regularly consuming extremely high doses of CBD products (between 1,000 and 2,000 mg/day, in fact) could trigger a false-positive result. However, it is unlikely that even high doses of daily CBD would surpass the federal limit of 50 nanograms THC metabolite per milliliter of urine.
If you are worried about drug testing results with your employer, we suggest that you purchase a CBD product that is THC free, or CBD Isolate as it is often called. While most CBD isolate is marketed as 99% pure or higher and free from THC and any other cannabinoids besides CBD, it's important to make sure the CBD isolate you're purchasing is high-quality and lab-tested for purity.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM GETTING QUALITY CBD PRODUCTS?
Determining a quality CBD product starts at the source. Hemp sourced from responsible farms will produce a quality product. Farms in Europe and the United States have a high standard for growing hemp; most reputable brands source from these locations. The method of extraction will also determine the quality of the hemp oil. The highest standard of extraction is CO2 extraction, which is the safest and cleanest method.
A certificate of analysis (COA) will confirm the amount of CBD and THC in a product. COAs verify the label accurately reflects what is in the product. Every manufacturer should provide an up-to-date COA to anyone that asks.
We source our CBD products from reputable suppliers and many of our products have a QR code on the package that when scanned will take you to the COA for that product. If the product does not have a QR code, ask us to see the COA. We receive a COA for every product we sell.
CAN I GIVE CBD TO MY PETS?
Yes, CBD pet products are safe for your pets and we carry CBD products that are specifically formulated for pets.
First and foremost, the CBD product you give your pet should be formulated for their system. CBD products for humans could contain ingredients that cause digestive upset in pets. There are several CBD products that are specifically formulated for pets and contain ingredients that are both safe and beneficial to your pet's system.
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 drug.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH CBD TO TAKE?
Each product purchased from us has dosage and suggested use right on the package.
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.