What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemically active molecule found in the cannabis sativa hemp plant. CBD has many health benefits. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system- a regulatory system in the body, which is a series of receptors and is involved with hundreds of different functions. By targeting this broad-acting system, CBD is able to interact with virtually every organ in the human body. The body is designed to receive and process cannabinoids including cell regeneration and how the brain responds to trauma, inflammation, and pain. A well known fact is that our bodies already produce cannabinoids.
What Are the Most Common Reasons For Using CBD?
- Pain relief
- Inflammatory conditions
- Stress & anxiety relief
- Improved Sleep & relaxation
- Depression & mood disorders
- Skin inflammation and itching
- Reduce cortisol levels in the blood
Is CBD Legal in all 50 States?
When the federal Farm Bill was passed in 2018, the production of hemp and its derivatives became legal in the US. The legislation states that the allowable limit of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the only psychoactive ingredient in Cannabis, cannot exceed 0.3%
There are a few states that have specific restrictions. Please check your state’s guideline for the most up to date information as legislation is constantly evolving.
How is the % of THC Verified?
All legitimate CBD products should come with a COA (Certificate of Analysis) from a certified 3rd party lab which tests the products.
What Do the Terms Isolate, Full Spectrum, and Broad Spectrum Mean?
Isolate- when a lab processes out every compound other than CBD from the hemp material. This leaves a completely THC FREE CBD product.
Full Spectrum- also known as whole plant, it’s when a minimally processed CBD product contains other Cannabinoid compounds and includes a trace amount- up to 0.3% of THC. The other Cannabinoid compounds work together to produce what’s called the Entourage Effect.
Broad Spectrum- while still containing CBD and other Cannabinoid compounds, the THC has been remediated to near 0 levels.
What’s The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant — Cannabis sativa. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC they produce. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that makes users feel high. Officially, hemp is any plant that contains less than 0.3% THC by dried weight.
Is Hemp Seed Oil the Same as CBD Oil?
Hemp seed oil is very different from CBD oil and is not a suitable alternative. Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the cannabis plant. The seeds are rich in phytonutrients and omega-6 fatty acids, but contain no active cannabinoids or terpenes.
CBD oil is made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. It’s rich in phytonutrients, cannabinoids, terpenes, and other medicinal compounds. All CBD oil is made from hemp leaves and flowers.
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Will CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?
Drug tests searching for marijuana look for traces of THC. CBD is completely non-psychoactive and legal in most countries. Therefore, it’s unlikely that a drug test will search for CBD content. Many CBD oils are made from CBD isolates or broad-spectrum extracts — which have no traceable amount of THC. You’re extremely unlikely to fail a drug test as a direct result of taking these, however it’s not guaranteed that a test will be negative. CBD products that are made from full-spectrum extracts that contain trace amounts of THC are also unlikely to cause a failure on a drug test — however, it’s still possible for a test to pick up these trace amounts of THC.
What Are Other Uses of Hemp Plants?
Industrial hemp was used as a source of building materials and textiles in the early and mid-1900s. They are a rich source of fiber used to make clothing and ropes. During every major war in the United States and Europe, hemp plants served as a staple manufacturing material and were in high demand.
How to Use CBD?
CBD can be used multiple ways:
- CBD Topicals- lotion, cream, salve, massage oil, bath bombs, lip balm
- Ingestibles: gummies, oil- also known as tincture, pure isolate, distillate
- Inhalation: flower (buds from high CBD industrial hemp plants), vape cartridges, concentrates (wax, shatter, dabs, rosin)
- Time Release: patches
*Some states have specific regulations about Ingestibles and CBD you can smoke. Please check your state for regulations. Also the FDA has not formally approved use of CBD in food products.