Frequently Asked Questions Regarding CBD

What is CBD? CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of over 113 cannabinoids that are found naturally on all forms of cannabis plants.

What is the difference between CBD and THC? Surprisingly, both CBD and THC share the exact same molecular formula, C21H30O2, each containing 21  atoms of carbon, 30 of hydrogen and 2 of oxygen. However, there is one important difference. Where THC contains a cyclic ring, CBD contains a hydroxyl group. It is this seemingly small difference in molecular structure that gives the two compounds entirely different pharmacological properties, which leads us into our next frequently asked question.

Will CBD get me high? Since CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found on all cannabis plants, it will not produce any kind of mind-altering affects and will not cause a negative change in mental status.

What is the Entourage Effect? The Entourage Effect is the effect produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in hemp plants. Simply put: the Entourage Effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the plant together instead of ingesting one component by itself.

Will CBD show up on a drug screen? While the cannabinoid CBD itself will not show up on a drug screen, it is always best to exercise caution when using Full Spectrum CBD products, as these products may contain trace amounts of THC. There will not be enough THC to produce any kind of high, but when taken in large doses, or for an extended period of time may cause a negative result on a drug screen.

How will CBD interact with my prescribed medication? While there is no evidence that shows any negative side effects of taking CBD with doctor prescribed medications, we always suggest taking with your doctor, and ALWAYS monitoring the underlying symptoms as to why you are prescribed those medications. What CBD can do is help your body find its own homeostasis, thus making your doctor prescribed medications do too much. 

Is CBD legal? CBD is legal on a federal level in all 50 states, however each individual state has the say on whether to allow the possession and cultivation of the crop. So, while CBD is no longer considered a scheduled 1 narcotic, always check the laws in the state in which you live to make sure you are not putting yourself in a compromising situation.

Can I fly with CBD on an airplane? According to TSA’s website, “Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law EXCEPT for products that contain NO MORE than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities.”

Since all of our products fall below that 0.3% THC, there should be no issue when flying with these products. If ever you have any concerns when traveling, we would advise you to visit our COA page by clicking here and print off the actual COA for the product that you are going to fly with, that way you are able to prove that the THC count is below 0.3% THC.

Are there any known side effects of taking CBD? While most people can take CBD with no side effects, there are some things to be cautious of. Those who have sensitivity to MCT oil, may find that this ingredient causes an upset stomach, or even softer bowel movements. Some users have also claimed to notice a difference in their dreams and sleep patterns. Since CBD activates receptors found in the brain, this can cause more vivid dreams. 

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? There are three different types of cannabis plants; Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis.

Indica and Sativa are more commonly referred to as marijuana, as they have a high THC count, and a low CBD count. Marijuana plants being high in THC are going to have the intoxicating, mind altering affects, often associated with getting “high”.

Ruderalis plants are more commonly referred to as industrialized hemp. These plants are going to have a very high CBD count, and a very low THC count. Under federal law, any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC, per dry weight is not illegal on the federal level, as they have no intoxicating properties.

What is the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and RSO? Rick Simpson oil (RSO) is a marijuana derived extract. It was developed by Rick Simpson, a Canadian medical marijuana activist. RSO differs from Hemp derived CBD oils because it contains higher levels of THC;  the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that gets people “high.”

Since Full Spectrum CBD is made from industrialized hemp, it is going to contain high amounts of CBD, and a THC count below 0.3% making it have no psychoactive properties.

Is CBD the only cannabinoid found on the hemp plant? No, actually there are over 113 cannabinoids found on all types of cannabis plants. CBD, however, is the most abundant cannabinoid found on hemp plants.

How do I take CBD? There are many different ways of taking in CBD, and each has their own benefits.

                Tincture – A tincture is typically an extract of plant or animal material dissolved in a carrier oil. These products are best taken by holding the liquid under the tongue for 30-60 seconds, and then swallowing. The reason for holding under the tongue, is that there are glands under the tongue that absorb the CBD into the soft tissues, allowing the CBD to get into your system a lot quicker.

                Capsule – Capsules are convenient as they come with a pre-measured amount of CBD per capsule, this takes a lot of the guesswork out of dasaging.

                Vape –CBD when inhaled, is the fastest way to take in CBD. Inhalation of CBD is great for stress and anxiety, since the effects can be felt almost immediately, but will not last as long as other oral routes.

                Edibles – Edibles, just like capsules are a convenient way of in taking CBD, without the guesswork. Most edibles are going to come in a set amount of CBD per piece, allowing dosaging to stay easy and consistent.  

                Topicals – Topical application of CBD is great for inflammation, sore muscles, etc. as they are made for isolated areas of discomfort. **

**All of our topicals are made with pure CBD but can be made with full spectrum CBD if desired. Please note: Full spectrum CBD topical products are more beneficial for skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and even certain kinds of skin cancer, as those are conditions that affect the top layer of the skin. The additional cannabinoids found in Full Spectrum CBD will not penetrate deep enough into the skin to produce any additional benefits such as The Entourage Effect.

How much should I take? The way that everyone’s bodies react to CBD is different. Typically, anywhere between 12-45 milligrams of CBD is where most people will find relief, but it may vary person to person. We always suggest starting low and working your way up until you find a dose that works best for you.

Is CBD addictive? No. CBD has not shown to have any kind of addictive properties.

Is there CBD in hemp seed oil? No. One of the largest misconceptions in the rising popularity of CBD, is the overabundance of “fake” CBD products on the market. Hemp seed oil is actually made from the shelled seeds of the hemp plants, which do not contain CBD. CBD is found in the stalks, stems, and flowers of the hemp plant.

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