What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the main compounds called cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant. It is a non-psychoactive, oily/resinous compound that is naturally found in specialized glands on young leaves, stalks and in the flowering buds of the hemp plant.

Unfortunately, misinformation and confusion about CBD exsists due to the relatively recent emergence and widespread awareness of this incredible compound. Here are a few facts about CBD:

  • Produced from the hemp plant

  • CBD does not get you “high” because it’s non-psychoactive

  • CBD is legal to buy and own

  • Many potential therapeutic benefits including anxiety reduction, pain relief and sleep aid

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the most exciting and promising compounds currently undergoing rigorous medical and scientific research.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

CBD interacts with your body’s existing internal regulator, also known as your endocannabinoid system (ECS), to promote healthy homeostasis. Your body already creates endocannabinoids naturally within your cells and because of this, CBD can readily bind to our existing receptors. Basically, CBD attaches itself to our cells and then regulates the signals that are sent/received (creating physiological and psychological responses).

Because the cannabinoid CBD has so many medical benefits and effects, CBD can be used to treat:

  • Insomnia
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels)
  • Nervous system degeneration
  • Psoriasis
  • Artery blockage
  • Bacterial growth
  • Cancer cell growth
  • Bone degeneration
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures & Convulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic pain & inflammation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low appetite

In general, CBD reduces pain and inflammation, which is why it’s so good at treating a large number of physical disorders. But CBD also has some unique effects on brain activity, which is why it can also be used to help with symptoms from several neurological disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and a host of others.

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CBD vs. THC

CBD oil will NOT get you high. CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. Thus, there is none of the “heady” fog or dysphoria that many people experience when using THC. Both compounds are found in their respective plants, however, CBD is found to be present in much greater percentages within hemp plants.

Effects of CBD

  • Not intoxicating or psychoactive.

  • Legal to buy and own in all 50 states.

  • Believed to have anti-anxiety properties.

  • Binds to allosteric receptor sites.

Effects of THC

  • Extremely intoxicating or psychoactive.

  • Still illegal in most of the U.S.A.

  • Actually causes anxiety in some users.

  • Binds to orthosteric receptor sites.

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HISTORY, LEGALITIES, ETC.

How long have Hemp and CBD been around?

Although CBD was discovered in the 1940s, research has been slow due to the legal status of cannabis over the last century. This past decade however, CBD has eliminated its negative stigma of being associated with marijuana, and many medical professionals have recommended it to help cope with various health conditions.

What is the difference between Hemp and Cannabis?

Hemp is NOT marijuana, although they come from the same plant species, cannabis sativa. Both marijuana & hemp have phytocannabinoid molecules such as the psychoactive, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Per federal laws, hemp must have less than 0.3% THC (2018 Farm Bill), whereas marijuana is known to have high concentrations of THC in its flowering buds. Both phytocannabinoids can interact with your body in amazing ways (because our body already produces endocannabinoids), however, currently THC is illegal at a federal level.

How do you make CBD?

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and thinned with an oil like coconut or hemp seed.

Does CBD contain THC?

CBD Oil is a natural botanical concentrate extracted from the stalk and seed of Industrial Hemp plants that is high in the compound CBD and VERY low in THC (less than 0.3%). However, some of our products may contain zero THC and are labeled as such.

How long will it take to feel the effects?

Although CBD is extremely effective, the amount of time it takes to feel the effect varies depending on the individual, the ailment being treated, and the form of CBD oil they are using. CBD oil can be used orally, topically, or inhaled as vapor.

Vaping is the quickest option and covers all the bases of ailments, as it is disbursed through the bloodstream. With orally dropping the oil you can expect anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes before the CBD will take effect, but it will also cover a large range of ailments. Topically, on the other hand, is used for spot-specific skin issues and will take somewhere around an hour to take effect.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD has been studied and found to exert anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain modulating), anti-nausea, antipsychotic/anxiolytic (anxiety), antiepileptic and other actions that may offer significant human health benefits. Certain whole-body conditions like cancer, chronic pain, arthritis, chronic inflammation, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, PTSD, depression/anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, nausea and much more may be positively affected.

Are CBD products safe? Can I overdose?

There have been no reported overdoses on CBD, nor can you die from taking too much CBD. The most common complaint is that people may notice mild dysphoria or feelings of sedation at high mg doses (over 500 mgs per day).

Is CBD FDA approved?

The FDA has approved CBD as a treatment for seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy:

  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Dravet syndrome
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