Frequently Asked Questions

CBD Frequently Asked Questions:

When will my item ship?

All orders are shipped in accordance to order date and can take 1-5 business days to ship. Once item is shipped please allow 1-5 business days for your item to arrive.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. Unlike the other major cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. The effects of CBD include: alerting at low doses, sedating at high doses, reduces pain, relaxes muscle spasms, potent anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, anti-oxidant, anti-convulsant, neuro-protectant, and anti-tumor effects.

What is the definition of CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol – the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC is the other most common cannabinoid.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is the term used to describe a sublingual tincture of CBD. A CBD oil or tincture is made by mixing a CBD extract from a cannabis plant into a base like alcohol or hemp seed oil. The CBD oil is meant to be held under the tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. A sublingual absorption provides a faster effect than absorbtion via the stomach (i.e. taking a CBD capsule or edible product). 

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are essential oils found in plants. There are around 200 terpenes in cannabis. They are what give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes have beneficial effects and work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD and THC – this relationship is called the entourage effect. 

Can I give my pet CBD (my dog, cat, etc.)?

Yes. Pets can benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans: pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD is safe to use for pets but their dosage will likely be much smaller than yours. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brain. This means they are very sensitive to THC. But a small amount of THC, like the amount in a full spectrum CBD hemp oil, is beneficial for animals. We recommend you speak with a veterinarian (holistic veterinarian) before you start giving your pet CBD. 

How long do you keep CBD tincture under your tongue?

Try to keep the CBD tincture under your tongue for 30 – 60 seconds. The longer you can hold, usually the better it will absorb. 

Can you get high off of CBD?

CBD is considered to be a non-psychoactive cannabinoid so it will not get you high in the way that marijuana (THC) gets you high. But CBD is known to be relaxing so you may feel a sort of subtle “high” and relaxation. For some CBD will be too sedating; others will find that the sedating effects of CBD are great for insomnia. 

Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing?

No. CBD oil is a medicinal product. CBD oil is a liquid concentrate of CBD. Another term for CBD oil is CBD tincture. Hemp oil is a food product made from pressed hemp seeds. Hemp oil is a highly nutritious food product which contains no CBD.

What is CBD used for?

People are finding that CBD is useful for many conditions which have not responded well to convential treatments. New ailments which CBD can help treat are being discovered every day. However the most common uses of CBD are treatment of chronic pain, insomnia, inflammation, anxiety, and epilepsy. 

What are CBD edibles?

CBD edibles are food products infused with CBD. Common CBD edibles products are chocolates, gummy bears, or CBD gum. CBD edibles are an oral route of administration of CBD. 

What is hemp extract?

Hemp extract refers to the raw extract which is taken from a hemp plant for later processing into CBD oil or CBD products. The most common methods of extraction are CO2 and ethanol extraction.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate or otherwise called “pure CBD” is the CBD molecule separated from the the rest of the compounds it normally occurs with. CBD isolate usually appears as a crystalline white powder. CBD isolate can either be synthesized in a lab (synthetic CBD) or made from a CBD containing plant like marijuana or hemp.

What is CBD vape oil?

A CBD vape oil or CBD e juice is a liquid made for vaping which is infused with CBD. 

What is a CBD tincture?

A CBD tincture is another term for a CBD oil. In the cannabis industry the word “tincture” and “oil” are used interchangeably. A CBD tincture or CBD oil is a liquid concentrate which contains CBD.

How do you take a CBD tincture?

CBD tinctures are taken by placing the dose under the tongue where it can be absorbed sublingually – through the mucous membrane in the mouth. 

How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

The length of time it takes for CBD to take effect will depend on the route of administration. The fastest effect will be felt from smoking or vaporization (onset of effects in minutes). Topical administration of CBD will be felt quickly as well. The next fastest effect will be felt from a sublingual dosage (onset of effects in 15 – 60 minutes). The slowest effect (but the longest lasting) will be felt from oral ingestion (onset felt in 90 minutes). 

Can anyone buy CBD oil?

Yes. Anyone living in a state or country where it is legal to use CBD can buy CBD oil. CBD oil may be purchased over the counter without a prescription. 

Is CBD legal?

Currently, the legal status of CBD is not clear. CBD is legal to use in states which allow medical and recreational cannabis use. CBD is legal in states with allow for the use of hemp products. CBD and cannabis laws vary from state to state and it is up to you to know the exact laws for where you live.

Is CBD oil addictive?

While nearly anything in the world can be addictive, no CBD is not known to be an addictive drug. In fact, CBD has shown strong potential to be a useful tool to help people break addictions to harmful substances. 

Where does CBD come from?

CBD is produced inside cannabis plants. CBD is produced by both marijuana and hemp plants. CBD is mostly produced in the resinous trichomes of cannabis flowers. Smaller concentrations of CBD can be found on the stalk and leaves of cannabis plants. 

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is the collection of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes involved in the production and break down of endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids found within our body. The two most studied endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-AG. The two most studies cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located mostly in the brain and CB2 receptors are located mostly throughout the immune system. 

What is the purpose of the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system acts a homeostasis regulator in the body. Its purpose is to maintain balance. 

What are the CB1 receptors located?

CB1 receptors are located primarily in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal chord). 

Where are the CB2 receptors located?

CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system.  

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is a highly nutritious oil made from pressed hemp seeds. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil do not contain significant amounts of CBD. Hemp seed oil is often confused with CBD hemp oil but they are not the same thing. CBD hemp oil is a CBD tincture – a liquid concentrate of CBD. CBD hemp oil however can be suspended in hemp seed oil as a carrier of the CBD. Other common carriers of CBD hemp oil include coconut oil or MCT oil. 

Is there CBD in hemp?

Yes. Hemp plants contain CBD in varying concentrations depending on the variety of the hemp. The highest concentration of CBD in hemp plants will be found in the resinous flower of a flowering hemp plant. 

What is the best CBD oil?

Whether the CBD oil comes from hemp or marijuana, the best CBD oil is a full plant extract which contains terpenes and flavonoids naturally occurring in cannabis. The best CBD oil is one which has been lab tested to ensure its potency and safety as a clean oil fit for consumption. 

What is the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is a the synergistic relationship of the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants. The cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis have shown to work better when they are taken together as opposed to in isolation from each other. 

How does a cannabinoid work?

Cannabinoids generally work by binding to our body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1 or CB2). Cannabinoids like CBD can work in other ways by targetting non cannabinoid receptors in the body. 

Is CBD water soluble?

No. But CBD and other cannabinoids can be formulated to act as if they are water soluble.

What is “raw” CBD oil?

Raw CBD oil refers to the first extraction of the CBD oil which can be bought for usage by CBD users. The raw CBD extract will not be decarboxylated or filtered and will thus contain not only CBD but also CBD in its acid form: CBDa. Decarboxylation is the application of heat which converts most of the CBDa into CBD. 

Are endocannabinoids neurotransmitters?

Endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced naturally in the body of mammals) are not neurotransmitters. Endocannabinoids are neuromodulators – they are released on demand to alter the activity of neurotransmitters. A good example is glutamate. Glutamate is a primary, stimulatory neurotransmitter. When glutamate is present in excessive amounts, pain and cell death can occur. The release of endocannabinoids functions as a stopping mechanism for the release of glutamate. THC and CBD can act in the same way as our own endocannabinoids.

What is the best way to take CBD?

There are many different ways to use CBD. The four main ways are sublingual tinctures/sprays, topical lotions/balms, oral edibles/capsules, and inhalation by vaporization or smoking. 

What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Colorado hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

What are the effects of CBD?

CBD has shown to have the following effects: non psychoactive (does not cause a high), alerting in low to moderate doses, sedating in high doses, reduces pain, reduces muscle spasms, anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant, and anti-tumor.

Can CBD cause anxiety?

Anxiety is a complex condition. For some users, CBD may cause them to experience anxiety or increase their existing anxiety. 

For many users, CBD will act as a powerful anti-anxiety drug. CBD has been well studied as an anxiolytic and anti-psychotic drug. Anti-anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek out and use CBD.

Can you overdose on CBD?

CBD has been shown to be safe to use in high doses. CBD will not cause a fatal overdose. However it is possible to take too much CBD. A consequence of taking too much CBD is the increased chance of negative side effects like lethargy or drowsiness. 

Are drug interaction possible with CBD?

Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called the CYP450. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. While CBD-drug interactions are more likely with high doses of CBD and CBD isolates, precaution must be taken when using CBD alongside life preserving medications for serious conditions (i.e. epilepsy medications). 

CBD Drug Interactions

By now you’ve probably heard about all of the benefits of adding a CBD supplement to your regimen.

But did you know that CBD can interact with other drugs you are taking? CBD can have both a positive and a negative interaction with other drugs.

It’s very important that you understand the effects CBD has on other medications so that you can decrease the chance of experiencing any problems.

If you want the “cliffsnotes” version of CBD drug interactions, go here: CBD Drug Interactions: Easy Guide

If you want a more in depth look, keep reading. We suggest you check out both.

Drugs and Your Liver

Have you ever noticed that it can take up to an hour to feel the effect of a medication you took?

This is because the drug needs to be processed by your liver.

Our liver has special enzymes called the cytochrome P450, which have the function of breaking drugs down into smaller bits called metabolites. In this smaller form, our cells can then absorb them better or eliminate them properly.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, these liver enzymes are responsible for breaking down about 90% of the drugs we’re taking[i].

Some of these drugs[ii] include NSAIDs, beta blockers, angiotensin II blockers, antiarrhythmics, calcium channel blockers, anti-cholesterol drugs, proton pump inhibitors, antibiotics, HIV antivirals, anti-epileptics, anti-diabetics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, and anesthetics.

That’s a lot of commonly used drugs.

So if you’re taking CBD or planning to include CBD in your medication regimen, there’s a high chance that CBD is going to affect other drugs you’re currently taking. This is why we advise you to always speak with your doctor before taking CBD.

CBD and the Cytochrome P450 Enzymes

Just like many other drugs, CBD is broken down by the cytochrome P450 enzymes.

CBD also has a special effect on the P450 enzymes: when CBD attaches to the enzymes, it inhibits them[iii] and prevents them from breaking down other drugs.

This effect can be both advantageous and problematic for the CBD user.

CBD can increase the efficacy of many commonly used medications. While this can obviously be a good thing, it can also be a problem because it leads to a higher concentration of the medication in the blood. A higher concentration of the medication will increase the chances of adverse side effects from a drug as well as potentially be harmful to your liver.

But not all interactions between CBD and other drugs are bad. CBD can beneficially interact with other drug as well.

The Advantages of Using CBD with Other Drugs

CBD can enhance another drug’s effects so well that the user can decrease the dosage of the other drug.

Using CBD with Other Medications

In numerous studies, CBD has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective drug.

It has the potential to improve numerous medical conditions from acne to epilepsy and chronic pain, with very few side effects, if any at all.

While side effects are not common, they can happen. Some side effects you may experience with CBD are lightheadedness, dry mouth[ix], upset stomach, diarrhea, and sedation.

If you do get some mild but unpleasant side effects with CBD, try decreasing the dose. Oftentimes, negative side effects from CBD are from taking too high of a dose. Start with a low CBD dosage first, assess its effects, and either increase or decrease the dose until you find a dose that can effectively control your symptoms.

Source:

CBD Frequently Asked Questions