1. What is CBD and is it Legal?
Yes CBD is legal. Check out the FDA's web site for additional information.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of over 113 naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds in the Cannabis plant. The flowers of cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) secrete a sticky resin abundant in cannabinoids like CBD, as well as terpenes and various other phytochemicals (chemical compounds produced by plants).
Compared to THC — the other main cannabinoid in the cannabis plant — CBD is non-psychoactive. This means that no matter how much you take, it’s not going to produce the characteristic “high” from marijuana.
2. How Does CBD Work?
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system — a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters spread throughout the entire body. This system is tasked with regulating the balance of various organ systems.
The greatest abundance of these receptors is located in the brain, the central nervous system, and the immune system. Almost every organ in your body, including the skin and digestive tract, comes with cannabinoid receptors.
The endocannabinoid system controls a plethora of major biological functions, including:
- Immune response
- Sensory perception
- Stress management
- Cognitive performance
CBD works through the endocannabinoid system by increasing our naturally occurring endocannabinoids — thus helping the body maintain balance.
3. What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
From a scientific standpoint, both hemp and marijuana are the same species — Cannabis sativa.
The difference is in their chemical makeup.
Anything with less than 0.3% THC by dried weight is classified as hemp (non-psychoactive), while anything over this is marijuana (psychoactive).
Hemp is more commonly used for making food (hemp seeds), rope, paper, building materials, natural plastics, and most importantly — herbal supplements such as CBD oil.
Marijuana is used recreationally, spiritually, or for medical purposes because of its psychoactive effects.
4. Hemp vs. Marijuana Derived Cannabinoids: Are They the Same?
Yes. CBD is CBD no matter if it comes from a hemp plant or a marijuana plant.
However, the ratio of cannabinoids will be very different from a hemp plant and a marijuana plant. The most obvious difference is THC and CBD — marijuana has high THC, and generally, a low CBD level, while hemp is high in CBD, and low in THC. The other cannabinoids will vary a lot between these two plants as well.
Terpenes also vary a lot between hemp and marijuana — but this really depends on the strains being used and can vary a lot from one plant to the next.
Our partnering farmers use selectively-bred hemp strains that contain higher terpene content than regular hemp plants.
5. What is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate?
CBD can come in full spectrum, broad spectrum, or THC free or isolate.
Full spectrum can include other cannabinoids, like CBG, and produces the “entourage effect,” which means all the cannabinoids are more effective than anyone of them alone. It has <.3% THC.
Like full spectrum, broad spectrum includes other cannabinoids, but it contains 0.0% THC.
THC Free, or Isolate, contains only CBD, which means some individuals might need to take more milligrams to obtain the same effect of full spectrum.
6. What is CBG?
CBG is one of more than 113 cannabinoids native to the cannabis plant. CBG is an abbreviation for Cannabigerol, like CBD (Cannabidiol), it is a Phytocannabinoid which means that it comes from a plant; mainly the Cannabis family of plants.
While CBG is a lesser-known cannabinoid not present in large quantities, but research findings and anecdotal evidence suggest it has some exciting natural health benefits that make it worth learning about. Some even say CBG oil could be the next big trend in cannabis wellness.
CBG only makes up a tiny amount of the plant, but it is the precursor for the most abundant Cannabinoids; CBDa, THCa & CBCa. Cannabis produces the raw acid compound CBGa which is broken down (by Synthesis & Decarboxylation) into the other Cannabinoids when exposed to heat and ultra-violet light. So in most cases, CBGa is almost immediately broken down into CBD or THC.
7. What’s the Most Effective Way to Take CBD?
There are many different ways you can take CBD.
The most popular method is via the mouth or sublingually with the help of oil or CBD-infused mints and gum.
CBD oils are the most versatile, as you can take your dose directly into the mouth, mix it in with food, or hold it under your tongue to speed up absorption.
8. How Much CBD Should I Take and How Often?
The suggested daily serving size of our CBD oil is 5-50 mg CBD per day depending on your weight, and how CBD affects you individually.
We recommend starting at 1-6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight and increasing that by just a few mg each day until you get the desired results.
9. What Are the Most Important Factors to Consider When Buying CBD Products?
When choosing between our different CBD-rich extracts, pay attention to two main factors:
Because the dose of CBD can vary so much from one person to the next, it helps to buy the right potency (strength) to match your individual dose. For example, if you require a high dose of CBD oil, it makes more sense to buy a high-potency oil. In order to achieve a high dose with the lower potency oils, you will need to take a lot of oil each time.
If you need only a small dose of CBD to get the desired effects, a low potency oil is a better option because it’s harder to go overboard on your CBD dose with these oils.
Types of CBD Product
CBD comes in all forms — oils, capsules, gummies, teas, and even topical salves or ointments.
Choosing the right type of CBD depends on what you’re using it for, and how important convenience is in your CBD regimen.
CBD oils are the most well-rounded, as you can use them both internally and topically — but aren’t as straightforward to dose if you’ve never used CBD before. Other forms of CBD, such as gummies come with improvements in the flavor, and makes dosing much simpler, but aren’t as well-rounded as oils and tinctures.
10. Is Hemp Seed Oil the Same as CBD Hemp Oil?
Many people tend to confuse CBD-rich hemp extracts with the hemp seed oil you can find at their local grocery store. In truth, these two oils are worlds apart.
Standard hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. The oil that’s produced is rich in nutrients like gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), amino acids, and trace minerals. It makes for an excellent source of nutrition — but doesn’t contain CBD or any of the other cannabinoids.
CBD hemp oils, on the other hand, are made from the resinous flowers of the female hemp plants (without seeds). The resin is extracted using state of the art extraction methods to collect the cannabinoids, and terpenes naturally found in the plant resin. This is the source of CBD.
11. What Type of Quality Testing Do You Perform on Your Products?
All our products are 3rd party lab-tested to make sure the THC level is below 0.3%.
12. Are Your Hemp Extracts Safe? What Are the Potential Side Effects?
All our hemp extracts are third-party tested to confirm there are no contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, or organic matter like mold or bacteria.
The FDA has not yet included CBD in its list of supplements that are Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). However, the compound is in the process of gaining this title by the FDA.
Current research on the compound suggests minimal side effects and a low potential for risk.
13. Will your CBD products cause positive results on a drug test for THC?
We use full-spectrum CBD in some of our products, meaning that they may contain trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC and there may be a slight chance that it will show on positive for THC on a drug test.
We’d recommend speaking to your employer prior to a test being administered to let them know about the situation if you’d like to use our full spectrum products. As we’re not medical professionals, it’s strongly suggested that you speak to a licensed physician before taking CBD products.