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CBD. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s all the rage in the health & wellness scene right now, and for good reason. But what is CBD? How is CBD made? What are people using it for? We’ll answer all those questions and more in this all-in-one guide to CBD!

QUESTIONS ABOUT HEMP & CBD

  • CBD seems to have quite a few benefits for health & wellness, but how is that possible?

    The Endocannabinoid System

    CBD works by interacting with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of neurotransmitters and receptors that can be found all over the body. The two main kinds of receptors present in the endocannabinoid system are CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and seem to play a critical role in things like muscle spasms, sleep patterns, chronic pain, and appetite stimulation. On the other hand, CB2 receptors exist in the immune system and vascular system and appear to be primarily responsible for inflammation. 

    CBD + The ECS

    Neurotransmitters naturally found in the endocannabinoid system are nearly identical to cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. That means your body naturally creates compounds similar to cannabinoids! This is what allows cannabinoids like CBD and THC to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system- because CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are so similar to the neurotransmitters naturally released by our endocannabinoid system, they’re able to act similarly in the body. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate a lot of things, like the immune system, fight-or-flight responses (and other psychological responses), neurogenesis (new cell production), and more. A review published in 2006 states that:

     “Modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis.”(9). 

    CBD is capable of modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system, and although more research is needed to know exactly what CBD can and can’t do, the implications here are major. Many of the conditions listed above are ones where treatments are sorely lacking, and the potential that CBD shows now could mean life-changing options in the future. 

    Why CBD Is Best

    While multiple cannabinoids could have this potential impact on health, there’s a big reason why CBD might be preferable over THC. CBD is non-psychoactive. It can’t get you stoned, so you can take CBD & feel improvements to your health, without any unwanted side effects. THC makes a direct bond with CB1 receptors, which is what allows it to be psychoactive (causing a high). CBD only makes an indirect bond with the same receptors, so it can impact the endocannabinoid system, but can’t get you stoned. The indirect interaction that CBD has with endocannabinoid receptors is what gives it the potential to do so much good in the body- while, at the same time, preventing it from getting you high. From a wellness standpoint, this makes CBD the ideal cannabinoid for people searching for the beneficial side of cannabis, but not the recreational side. 

    For people who want to feel better, without feeling altered. CBD is here for you.

As we’ve said a few times, the effects of CBD are entirely therapeutic, not recreational- CBD won’t get you high or make you feel intoxicated at all. Instead, there are numerous studies on the potential therapeutic properties of CBD, and how it may be beneficial for dozens of illnesses. 

The US government has only approved one medication made from CBD: it’s called Epidiolex, a prescription version of CBD. 

It’s only available to a very small number of people- Epidiolex has specifically been approved for use in patients with two forms of rare childhood epilepsy. The two forms of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, are especially severe, rare, intractable seizure disorders, which means they do not respond to traditional seizure medication. For children with these rare diseases, having numerous dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, seizures a day can be the norm. In order to be approved to try Epidiolex, a patient must have tried at least 3 or 4 other epilepsy medications without success. 

Epidiolex is the only government-approved CBD medication, but that’s not stopping people from trying CBD for themselves, and for a range of illnesses. 

There’s quite a lot of research on CBD making its way into the light these days, with more studies being published and shared all the time. These studies provide a good idea of just how many things CBD may be helpful for. 

Studies have found CBD to be beneficial for: (Sources: 4567)

  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • Seizures / Epilepsy 
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Insomnia (and other sleep disorders)
  • Pain / Inflammation
  • Diabetes
  • Neuropathy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spasticity / Muscle spasms
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PTSD
  • Stress

If you think there may not be a whole lot of evidence on CBD and these conditions, think again! Project CBD, a non-profit centered around CBD & CBD research, lists 19 studies on CBD + inflammation, and 21 studies on CBD + pain relief on their website, and that’s just one website’s list. There are plenty of other places compiling sources as well, including us- here’s our blog post on recent research. The amount of information on CBD continues to grow, and the more we learn, the more good it seems CBD might be able to do. 

How does CBD make you feel?

There’s a lot of good that CBD can do for people with any number of health conditions, but what if you aren’t dealing with a health condition? How does CBD make the average person feel?

There are some effects you may notice after taking CBD, even if you aren’t taking it with a specific purpose in mind:

  • Relaxation
  • Elevated mood
  • Clear head

Lots of people report noticing effects like muscle relaxation, mental clarity, calmness, and an improved mood, after taking CBD. So, if you’re not looking for pain relief/stress relief/help sleeping, or any of the other things people often use CBD for, you might still find that this little compound does you a world of good. 

What are the side effects of CBD?

There aren’t many side effects reported when using CBD. On the occasion that side effects do occur, people note appetite loss, nausea, drowsiness, and fatigue as the main complaints. These reports are rare, however, and most people do not notice adverse effects. The lack of side effects when using CBD is one of the major reasons why WHO released their official statement declaring CBD safe for use. 

CBD does have the potential for drug-drug interaction, and may also interact with the cytochrome P450 enzyme system (8). The cytochrome P450 enzyme system is a major part of how your liver breaks down toxic compounds and flushes them out of your body- a lot of prescription drugs fall into that group of compounds. CBD can potentially inhibit the cytochrome P450 enzyme system’s ability to work. When this system is inhibited, it could potentially take longer for medications to be broken down in the body, meaning they’d remain in your system longer than normal. 

CBD isn’t alone in interacting with the cytochrome P450 enzyme system- grapefruit, watercress, and St. John’s Wort all inhibit the cytochrome P450 system, too. 

If you take prescription medications, you should talk to your doctor to make sure it’s safe before adding CBD into your routine. 

If you work somewhere that does mandatory drug testing, you may be nervous about taking CBD, as it is a cannabinoid. Let’s break down whether or not CBD could show up on a drug test:

First of all, it’s highly unlikely that a CBD product will make you test positive for marijuana. That includes multiple kinds of CBD products, like CBD edibles.

If your workplace drug tests, it is very likely that they are testing for marijuana- but here’s the catch- the test for marijuana use typically measures THC levels, not CBD levels. 

Our full-spectrum products contain less than the federal legal limit of .3% THC, while our CBD isolate products contain no THC whatsoever. 

In order to test falsely positive for THC on a drug test, you’d have to take excessively large quantities of our full-spectrum CBD products as there’s such a small amount of THC, but it is technically possible.  It is also possible for THC to build up in the system when taking full-spectrum CBD products over a long period of time, so if you have been or are planning on using CBD consistently for a while, it’s important to keep that in mind.

If you are using a CBD isolate product, you will have no THC in your system regardless of how much product you use. If testing positive is a major concern, consider using CBD isolate products exclusively to avoid any chance of a false positive. 

Our CBD Isolate products: 

Vapable CBD Oil (150mg)

Vapable CBD Oil (350mg)

Inspire CBD Honey

ALL Our CBD Gummies

So, CBD itself will not show up on a drug test, because they typically can’t test for CBD. However, if you were to take extremely large doses of full-spectrum CBD, or if you were to use a CBD product not in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, it would potentially be possible for you to test positive for THC due to the trace amounts that are present. 

If you’re concerned about failing a drug test, consider the potential risks of using CBD before deciding whether or not it’s right for you. CBD isolate products are a great option for people concerned about drug testing, as those products contain absolutely no THC. Our CBD edibles like our Original CBD Gummies do not contain any THC.

And most importantly, be sure to buy your CBD from a reputable company with third party lab testing, so you know exactly what you’re taking. 

Before deciding whether or not to use CBD, here are some questions you can ask your employer regarding their policies concerning drug testing and CBD:

  • Would you accept a Certificate of Analysis that shows legal THC content as proof of legal CBD usage?
  • Would you accept a doctor’s note for CBD usage? (not all physicians will be willing to write this kind of note)

If your employer answers ‘no’ to those questions and you’re still interested in using CBD, you should absolutely use CBD isolate products that come with a Certificate of Analysis to prove 0% THC content.  

There are a few different ways of extracting CBD from hemp plants, and most of these extraction methods are very expensive and very time consuming. Cheaper methods of extraction tend to be less precise, and can also leave harmful chemicals behind in the final product. For these reasons, it’s often completely worth it to use a more advanced extraction method, even if it costs considerably more than other extraction methods. 

Instead of talking about all the different extraction methods, we’ll focus on the methods we use for extracting our CBD. 

CO2 & Ethanol Extraction

CO2 and ethanol extraction are considered the ultimate CBD extraction methods currently available. The machinery required for these extractions, especially CO2 extraction, is wildly expensive. But, there are huge benefits of using these methods to extract CBD, and that makes it more than worth it- 

  • Extreme precision. These methods are extremely precise operations. More precision= more control, which allows us to be as accurate as possible when it comes to how much CBD we can extract, and how purely we’re extracting it. 
  • Environmentally Friendly. These processes, when compared to other forms of extraction, are more energy-efficient, and produce fewer byproducts. 
  • Clean finish. CO2 and ethanol extraction leave no residue behind in the finished product, which means that your CBD is pure and clean. 

CO2 extraction is particularly precise, and particularly pricey. Like we said above, the machinery required for CO2 extraction is pretty extreme- but the results are worth the cost. CO2 extraction is absolutely the best when it comes to getting really pure extractions. If you’re looking to extract specifically CBD, or any of the other cannabinoids for that matter, CO2 extraction will give you the purest finished product. 

When you extract one cannabinoid at a time you don’t get as much of the ‘entourage effect’ that comes with using different cannabinoids together, but for some people it’s worth it to be sure there’s nothing but the desired cannabinoid in the finished product. . 

Ethanol extraction, while still being known as a precise method of extraction, is perhaps less precise than CO2. Ethanol gives more of a ‘whole-plant’ extraction without the specificity that comes with CO2 extraction. One benefit of ethanol extraction is that it tends to be mostly flavorless, as the terpenes are often lost during the process.

[We use two kinds of CBD extract: CBD Isolate, and Full-Spectrum CBD, which is why we utilize both these extraction methods.]

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT HEMP & CBD

  • CBD seems to have quite a few benefits for health & wellness, but how is that possible?

    The Endocannabinoid System

    CBD works by interacting with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of neurotransmitters and receptors that can be found all over the body. The two main kinds of receptors present in the endocannabinoid system are CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and seem to play a critical role in things like muscle spasms, sleep patterns, chronic pain, and appetite stimulation. On the other hand, CB2 receptors exist in the immune system and vascular system and appear to be primarily responsible for inflammation. 

    CBD + The ECS

    Neurotransmitters naturally found in the endocannabinoid system are nearly identical to cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. That means your body naturally creates compounds similar to cannabinoids! This is what allows cannabinoids like CBD and THC to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system- because CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are so similar to the neurotransmitters naturally released by our endocannabinoid system, they’re able to act similarly in the body. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate a lot of things, like the immune system, fight-or-flight responses (and other psychological responses), neurogenesis (new cell production), and more. A review published in 2006 states that:

     “Modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis.”(9). 

    CBD is capable of modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system, and although more research is needed to know exactly what CBD can and can’t do, the implications here are major. Many of the conditions listed above are ones where treatments are sorely lacking, and the potential that CBD shows now could mean life-changing options in the future. 

    Why CBD Is Best

    While multiple cannabinoids could have this potential impact on health, there’s a big reason why CBD might be preferable over THC. CBD is non-psychoactive. It can’t get you stoned, so you can take CBD & feel improvements to your health, without any unwanted side effects. THC makes a direct bond with CB1 receptors, which is what allows it to be psychoactive (causing a high). CBD only makes an indirect bond with the same receptors, so it can impact the endocannabinoid system, but can’t get you stoned. The indirect interaction that CBD has with endocannabinoid receptors is what gives it the potential to do so much good in the body- while, at the same time, preventing it from getting you high. From a wellness standpoint, this makes CBD the ideal cannabinoid for people searching for the beneficial side of cannabis, but not the recreational side. 

    For people who want to feel better, without feeling altered. CBD is here for you.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

QUESTIONS ABOUT HEMP & CBD

  • CBD seems to have quite a few benefits for health & wellness, but how is that possible?

    The Endocannabinoid System

    CBD works by interacting with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of neurotransmitters and receptors that can be found all over the body. The two main kinds of receptors present in the endocannabinoid system are CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and seem to play a critical role in things like muscle spasms, sleep patterns, chronic pain, and appetite stimulation. On the other hand, CB2 receptors exist in the immune system and vascular system and appear to be primarily responsible for inflammation. 

    CBD + The ECS

    Neurotransmitters naturally found in the endocannabinoid system are nearly identical to cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. That means your body naturally creates compounds similar to cannabinoids! This is what allows cannabinoids like CBD and THC to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system- because CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are so similar to the neurotransmitters naturally released by our endocannabinoid system, they’re able to act similarly in the body. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate a lot of things, like the immune system, fight-or-flight responses (and other psychological responses), neurogenesis (new cell production), and more. A review published in 2006 states that:

     “Modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis.”(9). 

    CBD is capable of modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system, and although more research is needed to know exactly what CBD can and can’t do, the implications here are major. Many of the conditions listed above are ones where treatments are sorely lacking, and the potential that CBD shows now could mean life-changing options in the future. 

    Why CBD Is Best

    While multiple cannabinoids could have this potential impact on health, there’s a big reason why CBD might be preferable over THC. CBD is non-psychoactive. It can’t get you stoned, so you can take CBD & feel improvements to your health, without any unwanted side effects. THC makes a direct bond with CB1 receptors, which is what allows it to be psychoactive (causing a high). CBD only makes an indirect bond with the same receptors, so it can impact the endocannabinoid system, but can’t get you stoned. The indirect interaction that CBD has with endocannabinoid receptors is what gives it the potential to do so much good in the body- while, at the same time, preventing it from getting you high. From a wellness standpoint, this makes CBD the ideal cannabinoid for people searching for the beneficial side of cannabis, but not the recreational side. 

    For people who want to feel better, without feeling altered. CBD is here for you.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

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