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What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol (pronounced cann-a-bid-EYE-ol) which is found naturally in cannabis. CBD is derived from the hemp plant and is only one of over 100 known cannabinoids. CBD has been found to interact with a variety of different biological targets, including cannabinoid receptors and other neurotransmitter receptors. There’s scientific evidence that it helps with epileptic seizures, opioid addiction, PTSD, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, chronic pain, and much more.

IS CBD LEGAL?

CBD has been approved by the FDA for treatment of two types of epilepsy. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill hemp and therefore CBD is now legal at the federal level. State legislators will be writing new laws in the coming weeks and months to update their position.

The FDA forbids companies to make direct claims about what CBD does as scientific studies have been limited by the federal government due to the prohibition of cannabis. What we can say is that through personal experience and customer testimonials CBD products have helped with one or more of the following: relaxation, pain and inflammation, anxiety, nausea, skin care and insomnia.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS LAB TESTED?

Yes, we only buy products from reputable companies that provide third party testing.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?

Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana are not the same, but often the terms are misused. Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications — Indica and Sativa. Hemp and Marijuana are species of Cannabis that are both members of the Cannabis Sativa family. Cannabis contains a variety of different compounds called Cannabinoids, two of which, and the most dominant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Both Cannabinoids have shown to provide profound benefits to the human body; however, THC induces psychoactive effects (gets the user “high”), while CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties.

WILL I FAIL A DRUG TEST FROM TAKING CBD?

Most workplace drug screens and tests target delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not detect the presence of Cannabidiols or other legal natural hemp-based constituents. However, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods and oils can cause confirmed positive results when screening urine and blood specimens. Accordingly, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening, we recommend (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest this product. Prior to consuming these products consult with your healthcare provider, drug screening\testing company or employer.

HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE BODY?

CBD works by activating receptors in the brain and nervous system – the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It affects different receptors to THC and affects many receptors which are responsible for the regulation of many parts of the body’s systems.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found in the brain of mammals. It is present throughout the CNS and peripheral nervous system. The ECS is composed of neuromodulatory lipids and many endocannabinoid receptors which regulate many mechanisms within the body. The Endocannabinoid system receptors are specifically receptive to cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring substances that activate the same receptor sites as phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant.

WHAT DO ENDOCANNABINOID RECEPTORS REGULATE?

Endocannabinoid receptors regulate all of the following: appetite, digestion, immune function, memory, mood, motor control, pain, pleasure/reward, reproduction/fertility, sleep and temperature regulation

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CBD?

The effects of CBD will vary from person to person. It will depend on the amount taken, the method of application and the condition which they are trying to alleviate.

SHOULD I TAKE CBD?

We recommend that an individual speak to their health care provider before taking any supplement. With that being said, we sometimes find that not all health care providers are up to date or even believe in the benefits of CBD products. So, we recommend you do your due diligence and research CBD for yourself.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CDB?

Research has shown that CBD may help alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy and seizure disorders, pain and inflammation, PTSD and anxiety, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and acne. Cannabis has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. More recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of the plant, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects.

The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.

Pain and Inflammation Relief – One of the most highly researched potential applications of CBD is it's analgesic effect. It’s likely that CBD disrupts pain receptors, paradoxically triggering release of dopamine and serotonin instead. There’s evidence to suggest that this can work even in patients for whom pharmaceutical options aren’t working, or for whom it isn’t safe to prescribe them.

Anxiety Relief – One of the most popular reasons people purchase CBD products, according to reviews and anecdotal user reports, is for anxiety relief. CBD has even been shown to counteract many of the effects of THC, including reduction of paranoia, stress, and anxiety. Several studies have already demonstrated measurable anxiety reduction from CBD usage based on biometric data while participants engaged in public speaking.

Anti-Nausea Effect – Via indirect agonism of 5-HT(1A), CBD has been shown to attenuate vomiting and nausea-related behavior according to a 2012 study. CBD indirectly activates autoreceptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus, which produces an anti-emetic (anti-nausea) effect. This can be an unspeakable relief for people who are experiencing nausea for a wide variety of reasons.

Anti-Psychotic – CBD is often discussed as part of a potential future treatment for schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. The compound has been shown to induce a calming, anti-psychotic properties in both humans and animals in more than one study.

Skin Care – Particularly when it comes to the cessation of eczema and acne, CBD oil (used as a topical treatment) is becoming increasingly popular. It’s thought that CBD’s anti-inflammatory potential could work synergistically with its positive effect on skin appearance and health.

Insomnia Treatment – CBD can have a calming effect, particularly at higher doses. If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia or a condition that was keeping you from falling asleep, you know what a relief it can be to finally drift off for even a few hours.

WHAT ARE THE THC LEVELS IN YOUR PRODUCT?

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is naturally produced to some degree by all variations of Cannabis sativa, including hemp. While in general it is true that the more the cannabis plant produces CBD, the less THC it produces, there is always a bit of THC in CBD-dominant cannabis cultivars and vice versa. All full spectrum products contain a small amount of THC. The federal maximum for THC content is 0.3%. Our products are lab tested and verified to be below the legal limit of THC and are generally below 0.1%.

WHAT DOES CBD FEEL LIKE?

CBD affects everyone differently, but don’t go into your first CBD dose expecting to feel a “body high” or effect similar to THC-rich cannabis. It simply doesn’t work that way. THC binds directly to your CB1 and CB2 receptors; CBD, on the other hand, acts as a sneaky indirect agonist of cannabinoid receptors. In layman’s terms, that means you won’t “feel” a prominent effect from taking CBD. In fact, many CBD users claim it’s more about what they don’t feel when they dose CBD. Many people report that they feel calmer, with less anxiety, able to fall asleep faster, and less agitated or irritable. And of course, many people also swear by CBD’s ability to alleviate or resolve chronic pain and inflammation issues.

WHAT TYPE OF DELIVERY METHOD IS USED?

You can rub CBD on your skin or drop it under your tongue; you can eat it as a sugarcoated gummy or add it to your favorite drink.

HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

Body type, tolerance level and goals vary from one person to the next. If you are new to CBD it’s typically best to start small and work your way up. A good rule of thumb is to start with 2 x 10mg per day (20mg total) once in the morning and once at night. The CBD dosage will vary for each person depending on their needs and the conditions they are trying to alleviate. For some applications only a small dose is required to achieve optimal results; in other cases, a higher dosage will be needed.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FEEL THE EFFECTS OF CBD?

Your body type, goals and tolerance levels all play a role in how your body absorbs and digests anything you consume. At the right dosage, it typically takes between 20 and 30 minutes for CBD effects to be noticed. As CBD has no psychoactive component, there is no ‘high’. You may experience a reduction in pain, reduced tremor, a sense of calm. It does depend on why you are taking CBD, whether you are taking enough to combat the symptoms you have and whether CBD has an effect on you.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF CBD?

CBD has no lethal dose or known serious medical side effects. Side effects may include somnolence, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fatigue, malaise, weakness and sleeping problems, but does not have psychoactive effects. Research indicates it may reverse the effects of THC. By all measurable results, CBD is extremely safe for humans to ingest. In fact, clinical trial data published by the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design showed that oral administration of CBD is safe even in extremely high doses. That being said, some users do report mild side effects when using CBD. CBD will affect everyone differently, and you should always consult with your physician before beginning to supplement with CBD. Even when you do begin dosing with CBD, you should start with a small dose and work your way up until you understand how CBD affects your unique physiology.

More than this, however, the most important consideration before taking CBD is to determine how it interacts with any drugs you are currently on. CBD may interfere with the way your drug regimen is working, so it’s critical that you have a conversation with your doctor to confirm that it’s appropriate to begin using CBD on your own.