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Questions about CBD

  1. Are there side effects to CBD?
  • The only negative effects of CBD have been documented under the most extreme circumstances of use. Ingestion of abnormally high amounts of CBD has led to “dysphoric feelings” in very rare situations. These instances were recorded at dosage intakes higher than 2,000mg of daily use. Normal use consumption ranges from 5-200mg, often on the lower side.
  • To further emphasize this point, in over one thousand years of hemp use, there has never been a recorded case of fatality or major illness attributed to the use of CBD.
  1. What's the difference between Hemp and Cannabis?
  • Industrial Hemp and Cannabis can be the same plant both scientifically and genetically with the genus and species name Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis is made up of three different strains; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis whereas Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis Sativa.
  • Industrial hemp is made up of extremely fibrous long thick stalks and barely any flowering buds, which is the major difference as compared to Cannabis. Cannabis Sativa is much smaller and bushier with larger flowering buds.
  • Cannabis typically has large amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD. Industrial Hemp is much different in which it has extremely low amounts of THC and significantly high amounts of CBD, which is ideal for those looking for the benefits of Cannabis without having to experience the psychoactive effects of THC.
  1. What is CBD?
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) occurs naturally in the Hemp/Cannabis plant. CBD is the most common non-psychoactive cannabinoid found and scientists are studying it for its medicinal benefits.
  • CBD oil is an oil extracted from the Cannabis/Hemp plant that features highly concentrated amounts of CBD.
  1. Consuming CBD for pets may:
    • Support the immune system
  • Supply a variety of potential health benefits
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Regulate mood
  • Promote skin health
  • Reduce soreness/tenderness
    • We encourage you to do your own research before you try any CBD product.
    1. How do I ensure optimal results from using CBD?
    • Optimizing CBD relies mostly on the method of ingestion. The order of optimal absorption methods ranking from greatest to least is: Topical / transdermal (cosmetics absorbed through the skin), vapor inhalation, and digestion (drinks & foods).
    • CBD alone has an absorption rate of roughly 10%. With the addition of other cannabinoids this rate is elevated to over 40%. This means that Isolates and other products with CBD Isolate infusion are inferior to Full Spectrum CBD. This in part explains the enhanced efficacy of Full Spectrum CBD known as the ‘Entourage Effect.’
    1. What’s the ideal serving size for me and how often should I consume CBD?
    • Due to current regulations, CBD companies are not allowed to make any dosage recommendations regarding their products. With that being said, consumers can feel safe experimenting what amount works best for them. As you’ll see in any available research, there is little to no risk in taking small or large doses of CBD. We always recommend starting on the lower side and increasing your consumption as needed.
    1. Why do people use CBD? What are the benefits of CBD and its uses?
    • People use CBD oil for a variety of purposes. In compliance with the US FDA regulations, we are not allowed to make direct health claims in regards to our CBD products. However, research indicates that CBD could have many beneficial applications.
    1. Who should not consume CBD?
    • If you’re concerned about taking CBD products, please consult your physician for more information. If you fall into any of the following categories, consult your physician before use:
    • Women who are pregnant or nursing
    • Those under 18 years of age
    • Those taking prescription medications, especially if your medication has poor interaction with grapefruit
    1. Consuming CBD may:
      • Support the immune system
  • Supply a variety of potential health benefits
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Regulate mood
  • Promote skin health
  • Reduce soreness/tenderness
    • We encourage you to do your own research before you try any CBD product.
    1. Can I mix CBD with Alcohol?
    • There is no evidence to support negative interactions between the 2 substances. We do not have a recommendation for or against this. With that being said, please consult your physician before combining the two substances.
    1. Is CBD from Hemp as good as CBD from Cannabis?
    • CBD extracted from Hemp or Cannabis has the same quality.
    1. What is the difference between full spectrum, isolate, and nano cbd?
    • An isolate product contains pure CBD isolated from all other chemical compounds in the original plant material. This means that the CBD solely exists by itself and is visualized as a white-colored powder.
    • Full spectrum CBD, unlike CBD isolate products, includes the full range of cannabinoids present in the hemp plant. Full spectrum CBD can provide a greater effect than CBD alone because all the cannabinoids work together in the entourage effect.
    • There are over 100 compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to provide a far better performance than any single compound, including CBD.
    • Our full spectrum CBD oil includes a trace amount of THC (less than 0.08%). To be compliant with US regulations, full spectrum CBD must include less than 0.3% THC. This small amount of THC has no psychoactive effects but drastically aids in the efficacy of the CBD due to the entourage effect.
    • Nano CBD is the most effective CBD solution that presently exists. In the formulation process, isolate CBD-which has a bioavailability of approximately 20%- is converted into a nanoparticle solution. The CBD isolate, in powder form, is put into solution with water, as the polarity of its molecular structure is reversed. This makes the isolate molecule polar, as it previously was non-polar, which allows it to dissolve into water. Water is a polar molecule, and polar substances only dissolve other substances that are similarly polar. The cells of the body are much more absorptive to polar substances because the heads of cell wall bilayers are water-receptive. To accompany this, the molecules of isolate are shrunken down 37x to better fit through cell walls. Cells typically absorb substances most effectively from 50-100 nanometers in size, and the basic size of the unaltered CBD molecule is around 2000 nanometers. This process shrinks the isolate molecule, now water soluble, down to around 50 nanometers in size. So overall, the bioavailability of each CBD molecule increases to 98% all together. This is what makes nano CBD solutions so much more effective than full spectrum or isolate ones.
    1. Does CBD interact with any prescription medications?
    • Many types of medication—over 60%, in fact—are metabolized in the liver by a family of enzymes known as cytochrome P540, or CYP450. The process of metabolism is pretty complicated, but it involves multiple molecular pathways and various enzymes that help your body get rid of compounds, or it can involve breaking a compound down into a simpler molecule that your body can use.
    • CBD has a very unique interaction with CYP450—they basically deactivate one another. CBD is both metabolized by CYP450 and functions as an inhibitor of the enzymes. CBD essentially pushes any chemical “competitors” out of the way and keeps cytochrome P450 from metabolizing those compounds.
    • Now, the extent to which this happens varies based on how tightly CBD binds to the active site of the metabolic enzyme—and that can change depending on how CBD is administered, how much is taken, the unique individual taking it, and whether an isolate or full-spectrum product is used. Low enough doses will not create a noticeable effect on CYP activity, but CBD can still cause other effects. And, it’s unclear as to how much CBD will cause the CYP450 receptors to be blocked.
    • All that being said, CBD essentially has the potential to render some medications less effective. The best approach to answering this question is to consult with your doctor. Ask about the medications you are prescribed, find out how they are metabolized, and talk about the potential effects of taking those medications with CBD.
    1. Can CBD be toxic?
    • CBD is a unique supplement in that it has not been found to have toxic dose, even at what some may consider very large concentrations. To this date, as is the case with marijuana, not a single person has been killed or hospitalized due to ingesting too much CBD.
    1. What are terpenes?
    • Terpenes are a concept that may be confusing to some, but these substances are pivotal for any products derived from hemp or cannabis. Terpenes are essential aromatic oils produced by a variety of plants, including hemp and cannabis. Oils are secreted from the resin glands and are what give different cannabis/hemp strains their unique flavor profiles and aromas. Plants utilize these secretions as a way to ward off predators in the wild as they may be deterred by certain scents. On the other end of this, terpenes can be used to attract certain bugs that are necessary for the plants survival. This survival mechanism makes terpenes a significant and highly functional element for plants.
    • In reference to how these substances influence taste, many terpene combinations have been described by users as fruity, earthy, minty, herbal, or other variations of these experiences. In the expansive list of terpenes that exist in every plant species, there are at least 100 known terpenes that come from cannabis and hemp plants. These oils open the door for a wide range of scents and flavor profiles to enhance products that utilize them for flavoring. Furthermore, the large number of terpene combinations may also impact the effects that your cannabis or CBD products yield.