FAQ’S about CBD
There are a lot of questions about CBD and Hemp, We have selected a few key ones here. If you have a question and do not see it below, contact us and we will be happy to reply.
What is CBD?
There are well over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids in the cannabis and Industrial hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
Industrial Hemp is a sister plant to the Cannabis plant (marijuana, weed, grass). One of the compounds common to both is Cannabidiol (ie. CBD oil). CBD from the hemp plant is the exact same cannabinoid as CBD from the marijuana plant. It has the same chemical structure. Interestingly enough, CBD is the most prevalent cannabinoid in the hemp plant. And the best part is that CBD is not psychoactive, it does not get you “high”
CBD that is extracted from the hemp plant is also known as hemp oil. This oil aka CBD can be extracted and used in many products. It is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is the famous cannabinoid, it is the primary cannabinoid found in cannabis, and it is THC which is the cause of the psychoactive sensation known as getting “high”. Over the past few decades, thru careful plant breeding, growers have been able to increase THC levels at the expense of other compounds. CBD is the 2nd most prevalent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. As studies began to indicate that these other compounds like CBD might play as important a role in pain relief and other health benefits growers have begun to breed back higher concentrations of these other compounds. The result is more strains with a better balance of THC and CBD.
The Hemp plant is legal to grow since it is genetically not capable of producing any percentage of THC that is considered psychoactive, less than 0.3%. It has been said if you smoke hemp your lungs will fail before you get high.
This non-psychoactive quality of CBD is exactly what makes it an appealing alternative to people looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of THC or side effects that accompany most pharmaceutical drugs.
What is Nutraceuticals?
- a foodstuff such as a fortified food or dietary suppliment that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value.
- a specialty treated food, vitamin, mineral, herb etc., that you eat or drink in order to improve your health
- a foodstuff such as a fortified food or dietary suppliment that is held to provide health or medical benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value
- also called functional food.
Is it legal to buy CBD online? Will i get High consuming CBD?
Since CBD can be extracted from both the cannabis plant and the hemp plant there is some confusion. CBD that is extracted from the cannabis (marijuana) plant is viewed differently by the Federal Government from the CBD extracted from the Industrial Hemp plant.
The cannabis and hemp plants can be thought of as cousins, sharing some common DNA. But Cousins are not siblings and certainly not twins.
The cannabis plant is genetically unique with one key difference from the hemp plant. That is its ability to produce high levels of THC. CBD products from the cannabis plant commonly include THC and are only available in legally licensed Medical Marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized medical marijuana or have adult use programs.
The industrial hemp plant was differentiated from cannabis by the Federal Farm Bill of 2014 with additional clarifying language in the 2018 Farm Bill. In a nutshell, the Farm Bill allows Hemp to be grown and used to make products. The products made from the hemp plant are federally legal in all 50 states. One of the primary facts acknowledged by the bill is that industrial hemp cannot produce THC in a percentage great enough to have psycho-active effects. The recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill clearly states that Industrial Hemp contains CBD and less than 0.3% THC. The 2018 bill also directed the DEA to remove hemp and all hemp products from the illegal substance schedules. With this more specific and precise language the 2018 Farm Bill has cleared up any ambiguities the 2014 Farm Bill had created.
So yes, CBD sourced from the hemp plant IS LEGAL to purchase online. No, you can’t get high from it. It is NOT WEED. Companies that comply with the 2018 Farm Bill can ship their products anywhere in the United States.
Why use Hemp products?
Across the United States folks interested in Health and Wellness are discovering that CBD from Industrial Hemp can be a great supplement to add to their health routines.
CBD and other cannabinoids showing promise as health supplements are extracted from the industrial hemp plant. It is then mixed/infused into topical creams, balms and lotions or into edible products like tinctures or gel capsules, gummies.
It has been studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues; pain, inflammation, anxiety, nausea, skin disorders, sleep problems and its anti-oxident properties. Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are being explored and discovered at an incredible rate these days.
There is still much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, but results from the most recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.
The difference between full spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, Hemp seed oil?
There are lots of terms used to describe CBD products. Most products are referred to as CBD, and others are described as CBD isolate, full spectrum or hemp oil extract.
So what is the difference?
Hemp oil extract: This is a common way to refer CBD oil. It is as it says, oil from the hemp plant. It is an alternate way of saying CBD oil. CBD oil is different from Hemp Seed Oil.
Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp seed oil comes from pressing/crushing the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds contain no CBD, therefore hemp seed oil can not contain CBD. Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and contain over 30% fat and are an excellent source of 2 fatty acids, omega 6 and omega 3. But again, Hemp seeds contain no CBD, so hemp seed oil has no CBD in it.
CBD Isolate: CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD. During the extraction process, all elements and compounds of the hemp plant are removed, this includes all the terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll etc. What is left is pure CBD…and nothing else. If the product description says contains CBD chances are it is cbd isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD: If the product description says Full Spectrum CBD all elements and compounds of the plant were kept. Full-spectrum CBD is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have their own therapeutic value and work synergistically together to create what’s know as the entourage effect. It is important to point out that Full Spectrum products may contain trace amounts of THC. So if you are being drug tested those trace elements of THC which are legal in CBD products made from hemp may be detected.
Broad Spectrum CBD: If the product description says Broad Spectrum CBD all elements and compounds of the plant were kept with one exception, any trace elements of THC are removed. Broad spectrum CBD is therefore still full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have their own therapeutic value and work synergistically together to create what’s know as the entourage effect. It is important to point out that Broad Spectrum products will not contain those trace amounts of THC. So if you are being drug tested those trace elements of THC which are possibly present in Full Spectrum products should not be detectable.
Entourage effect: the Entourage effect describes the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the hemp plant together instead of ingesting one component at a time. In other words, it is the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation.
Is there any research on CBD? Who uses it?
As the Medical Marijuana revolution continues to grow, more and more people are becoming aware that CBD is an important reason why cannabis has a historical reputation as a health supplement.
There is documented evidence it has been used in many cultures around the world for medicinal purposes for the past 2000-3000 years. It is only now making a reappearance in the modern world after being vilified and stigmatized for the last 70 years or so. It is a fact that when our country was founded hemp was a mandatory crop for all farmers. It was used in many ways, to make paper, cloth for sails and clothes, and for medicinal purposes.
Today’s medicine is dominated by powerful pharmaceutical companies who have no doubt come up with many wonder drugs for almost anything that ails us. But many of these pharmaceutical solutions also have a very scary list of negative side effects. In the last 20-30 years there has been a growing number of individuals who wanted to seek out homeopathic and holistic options. Again and again they have landed on cannabis as that option.
Unfortunately the claims of cannabis as a solution cannot be substantiated as more than hearsay because the US federal law prohibits any FDA certified testing of cannabis in clinical trials. (Update: Sept. 2018 the FDA approved an epilepsy drug made from real plant based CBD and approved its import for clinical trials.) Other countries, most notably Israel, have been working very diligently on this testing and have documented many positive outcomes. This is now slowly changing here in the USA and recent events are most promising.
What is however indisputable is that using cannabis or more specifically CBD has no known negative side effects. One cannot get addicted to it, cant overdose, and it does not have any negative influences on the body’s organs or systems. Even individuals using THC and CBD combined cannot overdose like folks using opioids. In fact there is growing evidence that cannabis can actually help individuals break opioid addiction. But that is another discussion.
So I will say it again, It is precisely CBD’s non-psychoactive, non-addictive quality that makes it an appealing alternative to people looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of THC or side effects that accompany most pharmaceutical drugs.
Common health conditions that may be helped by CBD
There is still much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, but results from the most recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural alternative to pharmaceuticals for many health issues. It is most commonly used for Pain, Inflammation, Sleep, Anxiety, PTSD, as an Antioxidant, for ADHD and more.
Award-winning media personality Montel Williams, a decorated naval officer has been a medical marijuana advocate since he was diagnosed with MS in 1999. He swears it is the very thing that has allowed him to live thru the pain of his MS and have a somewhat a normal life. At the Cannabis World Conference in Boston Oct 20, 2018 he gave the keynote speech and shocked the audience with the news of a severe stroke he suffered during a workout in New York in May of 2018. The doctors were astounded at the pace of his recovery and he educated them as to what he believes is the reason he survived and recovered so quickly. The high daily dose of CBD he takes to manage his MS. Mr. Williams is just one of many people who has found relief using cannabis.
Pets suffer from a variety of health issues just like their human owners do. They get frightened and tremble in thunderstorms, suffer crippling joint pain, have frayed nerves and stress, skin conditions and a variety of other issues. Hyper dogs can be a challenge to live with, older pets lose their spark, and mobility. CBD seems to return the lost joy and companionship of suffering pets. If your pet is suffering, try our specially designed CBD pet products. You may wish you had done so sooner.
FDA Disclaimer: These statements made regarding CBD have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of CBD products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These statements 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 health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.