What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a safe, non-addictive cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa L. (hemp) plant. CBD does not cause an intoxicating “high” like THC. It imparts its benefits in many different ways by tapping into how we function physiologically and biologically through our body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS, is a complex network of receptors and controls that regulate the body’s ability to maintain balance through functions such as the immune system, memory, appetite, sleep, mood and pain sensation. There are 2 primary receptors, CB1 and CB2, which already exist and are active in your body, even if you do not use CBD-rich hemp.
How to Choose a Quality Product
1. Ask how the CBD products were extracted
Look for companies that use other extraction methods such as CO2 or food-grade ethanol. These all-natural solvents will ensure that all the cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact without the use of foreign substances.
2. Look for independent third-party testing results
Because the FDA does not yet provide many specific guidelines on CBD products, third-party testing gives consumers the facts to make an educated decision.
3. Read the label
Check how much CBD is in the product and ask where the hemp was grown. Make sure any additives, such as flavoring, are natural and preferably organic and check for any potential allergens, if applicable.
How to Take CBD
Start low and go slow. Take a few small doses over the course of a day rather than one large dose. Use the same dose for several days, observe the effects, and then adjust as needed. When you notice diminished benefits, back off and return to the previous dosage level.
Approximate onset and duration times are listed below and will vary between individuals. CBD is a very safe substance, but it can sometimes produce mild side effects, such as drowsiness or the possibility of an interaction with other pharmaceuticals. We always recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before using a CBD product.
Smoking or vaping hemp flower
Onset: Within minutes
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Place drops under tongue & hold 30 sec
Onset: 15 min – 1 hour
Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Swallow capsules or add oil to food or beverage
Onset: 1-2 hours
Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Massage cream into desired area as needed
Onset: Within minutes
Duration: 2 – 4 hours
CBD’s Biphasic Properties
CBD has biphasic properties which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. Low doses tend to stimulate; high doses sedate. More is not always better! CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective than a moderate dose.
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate?
Full spectrum CBD results from an extraction method that maintains all of all the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids (less than 0.3% THC), flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp. All of these components have benefits of their own and help create what’s known as the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect refers to the dynamic synergy of these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two compounds available in isolation.
Broad spectrum CBD is basically a full spectrum CBD containing multiple cannabinoids that deliver the benefits of the “entourage effect” without any traces of THC. It can be created by either starting with CBD isolate and adding back the terpenes, cannabinoids (minus THC), flavonoids, and fatty acids or it can be produced in a special process that isolates and removes any THC while leaving some of the cannabinoids intact.
During the extraction process, everything in the plant matter is removed except the CBD. What is left is 99% pure CBD. It is ideal for those wanting to avoid THC and does not contain any of the other 100+ cannabinoids found in hemp.
Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
We recommend that anyone who is subject to drug testing, use CBD at their own risk. It is unlikely that CBD would show up on a drug test because the average drug test is looking for the presence of THC rather than CBD. Although our products contain less than 0.3% THC, it is possible that over time, small amounts of THC could build up in the body to detectable levels. These levels could depend on a number of parameters: the amount of CBD consumed, how often it is consumed, and because THC is stored in body fat tissue, body fat composition could influence testing results.
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products 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 healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.