CBD is short for cannabidiol, it is a cannabinoid, and is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found In the Cannabis plant. The two most prevalent cannabinoids found in Cannabis are THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] and CBD. The most recognized form of the Cannabis plant family produces plants the have high concentrations of both THC and CBD. Another member of the plant family is Hemp, which produces plants with very low amounts of THC [<0.3%] and higher amounts of CBD, which makes these plants federally legal to grow.
Where does CBD come from?
As we said previously, CBD comes from the Cannabis plant. Some plants produce higher concentrations of THC, eg. Cannabis Sativa, and are Federally illegal to grow or consume, but many states have legalized growth, sale and use of these products, marijuana, through state medical marijuana programs or legal sale. Most of the products available through state programs for medical marijuana and legal sale of marijuana, have much higher concentrations of THC and smaller amounts of CBD. Another, federally legal, source of CBD is from Hemp. The passage of the Federal Farm Bill has made growth of industrial hemp legal, and legal in all 50 states. We source our CBD from US farms that grow Hemp under local state pilot programs that are supervised by state board of agriculture to guarantee quality and purity of our CBD.
All Hemp derived CBD products that are grown under the guidelines of the federal farm bill are legal in all 50 states. We make sure to source our product to make sure it has been grown under the supervision of the local state department of Agriculture. All products produced from hemp extracts, containing less the 0.3% THC are legal. All of our products have been third-party tested to assure potency and THC less than 0.3%.
Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?
If you use a Full Spectrum product, that contains a trace amount of THC, even less than 0.3%, over time you may accumulate enough THC to fail a test. We will never encourage anyone to use a full spectrum product if they have mandatory drug screening. There are CBD products available with that are THC free and zero THC. Broad spectrum products have non detectable amounts of THC, but there is no guarantee that a sensitive drug screen test may test positive. Isolate CBD has zero THC and will not result in a positive drug screen for delta 9 THC. You should always look closely at the product you buy and review the third-party testing.
What is the difference between Isolate, Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum?
When the plant[Hemp] is harvested and ready to process, it has over a hundred different cannabinoids, including small amounts of THC [delta 9 THC is the issue] and other components, terpenes, that impact how the ed product will work. The process of the plant allows manufacturers to take out the useful components, the cannabinoids [CBD, THC, CBG, CBN, etc.] and formulate into a product for consumptions and use. This is a simplified explanation, but the end product can have just CBD [Isolate], CBD with other cannabinoids and terpenes but no detectable THC [Broad Spectrum] and Full Spectrum, where all of the cannabinoids present in the plant, including the small amount of THC remain.
What is better for me, Isolate, Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum?
a. Simple answer is generally Full Spectrum if believed to work best. The science suggests that when all the cannabinoids are present, the product works best. This has been called the entourage effect. This just means that the response to CBD products tends to be better when other cannabinoids are present, including THC. We would suggest a Full Spectrum product in most cases. The amount of THC is a full spectrum product is not enough to get you high but can result in a failed drug test. If you cannot risk a failed drug test, we suggest an Isolate, that has zero THC. The downside of an Isolate is the absence of other cannabinoids and no entourage effect. This does not mean that the CBD will not help, it will. Many places offer Broad Spectrum products, which has non detectable levels of THC. The goal with Broad Spectrum is to try to get the benefits of the entourage effect, since the cannabinoids ideally remain, but no THC. There is no guarantee that you will not fail a drug test with a Broad Spectrum product, for that reason we do not offer a Broad Spectrum option. The other issue is that may retailers offer a Broad Spectrum product that is often just an Isolate, check the third-party lab reports. With out Zero THC products, we have added higher concentrations of other cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBN, to increase the effectiveness of the product.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is not psychoactive. To be clear when we say THC, we specifically mean delta 9 THC. The science is complicated, and we will offer a more detailed explanation in a learning center and blogs. There are specific areas in the body, mostly in the central nervous system and brain, where both CBD and THC interact. In some cases, the CBD can block some of the effects of THC, mostly the psychoactive effects, it can reduce the high from THC. CBD also interacts on other areas different from THC. CBD works on many different receptor sites, resulting in the wide range of effects that CBD has.
What does CBD feel like when you use it?
There is no high or euphoric effect, like THC. At extremely high doses, likely much more than you would take, it can be sedating. What you are likely to feel is reduced stress, calmer, less pain, or discomfort when you get to an effective dose. You may have to adjust the dose as needed to achieve the desired outcome. You may also have to adjust later as your body changes, where the ability of the CBD to interact may change over time as you age, and your body adjusts to the use.
What is the best way to take CBD?
The delivery options include vape, tincture, gummies, capsules and topical. Vaping is the quickest way to get CBD into your body. It also offers the highest bioavailability [the actual amount your body absorbs]. The downside is that It does not last long, maybe 1-2 hours, so you would need to use continuously. Tinctures are a good option, and presently one of the preferred delivery options. Tinctures work best when you let it sit under your tongue, 2-3 minutes to maximize absorption sublingually [through your mouth] and after a meal, you can better blood levels of the CBD and it will last longer. Gummies are a good option as well, especially if you can let it dissolve in your mouth. When you swallow CBD, in gummy or capsule, it can be degraded by digestive enzymes and take longer to process and absorb. This results in much lower bioavailability, lower blood levels, of CBD. If depends on preference, but we typically suggest tincture or gummy, and try to keep it in your mouth if possible. We also suggest taking after a meal or food, to increase the absorption into the body.
What is water soluble CBD?
CBD is an oil and it is delivered in an oil base, MCT oil. Water and oil do not mix, basic science. This results in a product that must be broken down into smally particle to absorb into the blood stream and body. Water soluble product absorb quicker, resulting in rapid onset and better absorption. In realty CBD is never water soluble, but a good manufacturer can make the CBD particles so small they act as if they are water soluble. There is an additional benefit in that when the particle size is smaller it bypasses the liver and break down of the CBD, increasing the overall effectiveness of the product. We will offer a high-quality water-soluble CBD. It is important to understand that may products out there are not truly water soluble but labeled and marketed as water soluble. Learn the difference. A good water-soluble product is typically added to a beverage and should dissolve, or appear to, and consumed with the beverage.
CBD does not interact with the brain like other drugs or medications that can become addicitive. CBD does not bind, or attach, to receptors in way the results in a direct action and can become potentially addicitive. A World Health Organization [WHO] report concluded that CBD is safe and not addictive.
It’s important to keep the product in a cool and dark place. Heat and light can break down CBD. Typically the shelf life is 2 years.
Is it safe to take CBD when I am sick or with other medications?
a. CBD can help with many symptoms associated with many medical conditions. It is not approved as a specific treatment for any medical conditions. We have suggested symptoms that CBD has been useful for based on reports from others who have used CBD and reports for published clinical trials and peer reviewed medical literature.
b. CBD can interact with other medications. Some medicines that require close monitoring caution should be taken when taking together with CBD. Typically, CBD can interfere with the metabolisms of other medications and increase the blood levels. Most notable caution should be taken with blood thinners such as coumadin.
What dose is best for me?
That depends on how you plan to take the CBD. We encourage people to make sure they take enough CBD and take it often enough to works best. That would mean to take it 2 to 3 times a day. Start with a small dose each time and increase as needed. While you cannot overdose on CBD, you can potentially take too much. CBD has what is called a biphasic therapeutic curve means that it works better with higher doses, but at extremely high doses can become less effective. Our experience has told us that most people do not use enough CBD. We encourage dosing up to 50mgs twice a day before deciding that it does not work for you. Despite that some people may require more. There is no standard dose, everyone will have a different response, and that response may also change over time. Start low and go slow is what is often said.
It is extremely complicated and detailed answer better left for a much longer blog. Our body produces cannabinoids on its own. These are called endocannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system is the most prevalent receptor system in the human body. CBD is a Phyto cannabinoid [plant based]. Simply put CBD interacts with numerous receptor sites throughout the body. It binds at CB1 receptors, as well as Serotonin receptors, GABA, GPR55, glycine sites. Due to the wide range of areas of interaction, we see various influence on different symptoms.