Asked Questions

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound. It is one of at least 85 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.  However, most get overshadowed or confused by THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, used to create the high or euphoric feeling so often associated with cannabis.

CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce a sense of euphoria. It is legal for use throughout most of the United States and has risen in popularity over the years as its medicinal properties have become more widely recognized. While vendors are currently prohibited from labeling it as a cure, a series of studies and its own U.S. patent have shown that when consumed, CBD can help treat pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, seizure disorders, asthma, blood pressure and other conditions.

How does CBD work?

CBD has been so effective in treating many different ailments because it works on the ECS- endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is found within all mammals. It helps to regulate and balance our nervous, limbic, and immune systems. CBD aids the endocannabinoid system and helps to promote homeostasis throughout the entire body.

The endocannabinoid system responds to endocannabinoids, which our bodies naturally create but recent science has discovered that it also responds to external cannabinoids. THC and CBD are two of the most commonly known cannabinoids.

The endocannabinoid system has two different receptors: CB1 and CB2.  CB1 is produced mainly in the brain and acts on neuroreceptors to control pain.  CB2 is produced in the cells of the immune system and peripheral gonads.           

THC produces its euphoric effects by binding to both receptors. CBD, on the other hand, does not bind to either receptor but rather, has an indirect impact on the system. Part of this indirect action is the activation of TRPV1 Receptors, which are responsible for helping the body regulate inflammation, pain perception, and temperature.

Can I get “high” on CBD?

No! You will not experience an altered state, “buzz”  or “euphoria” from using CBD because it does not contain psychoactive properties. The “high” people experience is from THC which is found in marijuana not hemp derived CBD products.

Will THC show up on a drug test?

The short answer is NO! It will not show up on a drug test so CBD users can breathe a sigh of relief.  CBD products with 0.3% THC cannot put the user in jeopardy of failing a drug test.

What do I look for when trying to buy CBD oil?

You want to consider the following items before you buy your first bottle of CBD.

  1. Was the hemp grown in the USA? If not, where?
  2. Is the oil full spectrum or isolate?
  3. Are there other ingredients in the oil? If so, what are they?
  4. Has it been Third Party tested and do you have access to a copy of the Certificate of Analysis -(COA)?
Can you overdose on CBD?

Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. A study from 2011 indicated that chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans. The Department of Health and Human Services states, ‘no signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers (Cunha et al., Pharmacology 21:127-185, 1980), even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day (Consroe et al., Pharmacol, Biochem, Behav. 40:701-708, 1991).’

As you can see, there is evidence that supports CBD being a safe substance.

What are the potential side effects of CBD?

Multiple studies, have been published as early as 1980, that suggest that CBD has minimal side effects and overall is safe for consumption. Nonetheless, consumers should be made aware of any known, potential drawbacks of something you are putting in your body. Below, we discuss the findings from each recorded study and review on the safety and known side effects of CBD.

1980 Study in Pharmacology

On January 3, 1980, Pharmacology published their findings conducted during a study in which they tested eight healthy volunteers and 15 patients with epilepsy, looking at the side effects of CBD when consumed daily for a month. Their reported conclusions were as follows: ‘All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well. There were no signs of toxicity or serious side effects detected on examination.’

International Journal of Neuroscience

In 1986, oral doses, ranging from 100 to 600 mg per day of cannabidiol were given to 5 patients with dystonic movement disorders. In addition to recording specific benefits, this study also uncovered mild side effects of CBD such as hypotension, dry mouth, psychomotor slowing, lightheadedness, and sedation. It is also noteworthy, that during this study 2 patients given CBD in doses over 300 mg per day seemed to aggravate their Parkinson’s symptoms. Yet in 2014 a separate paper described how CBD significantly improves the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease. Research is continuing on this disease.

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