Getting to know CBD
Due to its association with cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) is sometimes misunderstood. As well, there are many claims of efficacy, some spurious, made on its behalf. Before beginning your CBD journey, it’s important to get to know CBD. To help you in your quest, we’ve compiled some useful information that might help you make the right decisions.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 120 phytocannabinoids found in all varieties of the cannabis plant including industrial hemp. CBD oil derived from industrial hemp can be used to make products designed to enhance health and wellness. Such products are required by law to contain less than 0.3% THC, the cannabinoid associated with the marijuana ‘high’.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a category of chemical compounds that are found in the human body and all varieties of the cannabis plant including industrial hemp. There are three categories of cannabinoids: phytocannabinoids, which are found in the cannabis plant; endocannabinoids which are produced within the body; and synthetic cannabinoids, which can be synthesized in a laboratory. Two of the best known phytocannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Is CBD for everyone? Who can take CBD?
Our knowledge of CBD is constantly evolving. Based on the information that’s available at present, certain factors can be used as guidelines to determine whether CBD is suitable for you. These include body weight, body chemistry, diet, hormone levels, and stress levels. In addition, caution should be exercised if you’re nursing, pregnant, or already taking prescription drugs. To find out more about whether CBD is right for you, consult your doctor.
CBD vs THC: What’s the difference?
Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids. CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC. The effects of each may vary depending on dose, body weight, body chemistry, diet, and existing medications. CBD that’s been derived from marijuana (3-20% THC) is still illegal in most states. On the other hand, CBD derived from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is now federally legal.
What are the benefits and effects of CBD?
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 prevents us from stating any specific conditions on which CBD might have an effect. To better understand CBD’s effects, we encourage you to do your own research, talk to your doctor, and use resources such as Pubmed.gov and Google Scholar to find the latest scientific articles on CBD. At present, more research is needed for us to confirm the effects of CBD oil.
What is industrial hemp?
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant belonging to the cannabis sativa family. Industrial hemp is hemp that is grown specifically for industrial purposes. It is a rich source of CBD and has low concentrations of THC. In addition, it is easy to grow and has a wide variety of uses. Its fiber can be used in the manufacture of ropes, canvas, and paper. Furthermore, its astonishing nutrient density makes it a great food ingredient.
What is the entourage effect?
Industrial hemp contains a number of components that are capable of enhancing your lifestyle. These include flavonoids, cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids. In unison, they exert a more potent effect on the body than any of the components alone. This is known as the CBD entourage effect.
How is CBD extracted from hemp?
The most common methods to extract CBD oil use carbon dioxide, steam distillation, or solvents. In addition, it is possible to perform the extraction through the use of sound waves and heat.
Can CBD get you high?
CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC. As hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, it is believed that the likelihood of hemp-based CBD products having mind-altering repercussions is low. To be on the safe side, however, it is important to consider certain factors before taking CBD. These include, but aren’t limited to, your body weight, body chemistry, diet, hormone levels, and stress levels. Also, take into account, any other medications you might be taking. To find out more about whether CBD is right for you, consult your doctor.
Do CBD products contain ingredients other than CBD?
Yes, CBD products contain ingredients other than CBD. CBD constitutes a small part of product formulation. Other ingredients include natural or artificial flavors, oils, sweeteners, and emulsifiers.
What is a CBD isolate?
CBD isolates are made by extracting CBD and reducing it to a highly-refined potent compound product. This results in an almost pure dose of CBD. CBD isolates are available as tasteless crystals. Although great in theory, a pure dose of CBD can deprive you of the benefits of the entourage effect involving the other compounds and nutrients present in CBD products. Such as the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other nutrients that are abundantly present in Everyday Biocare tinctures, softgels, and balms.
How much CBD do you need? What is the right dosage?
Proper CBD dosing matters. Too much CBD oil might cause side effects, while too little might not give you the benefits you’re looking for. It is therefore important to ensure that you take the right CBD dose. There is no official recommended CBD dose, before taking CBD, you need to consider certain points. These include your body weight, oil strength, and condition that you’re trying to treat. Most CBD products have a recommended dose of 15 mg twice a day. To find out what CBD dose is right for you, talk to your doctor.
How can I take CBD?
CBD can be taken in a number of ways. These include oral consumption and topical use. Everyday Biocare offers oral products that include softgels, capsules, and tinctures, and topical products that include balms.
What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)? How does it work?
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that are produced within the body. Together with cannabinoid receptors and certain enzymes, these form a biological mechanism known as the endocannabinoid system.
The ECS is complicated, and experts haven’t yet determined exactly how it works or all of its potential functions. Research has linked the ECS to the following processes:
- appetite and digestion
- chronic pain
- inflammation and other immune system responses
- learning and memory
- motor control
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- reproductive system function
- skin and nerve function
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic oils found in cannabis products that are responsible for producing aroma and flavor. Their purpose, in nature, is to repel predators and lure pollinators. They are easily absorbed through the tissues of the body and can, therefore, be utilized more completely and efficiently. It is believed that terpenes may play a role in enabling different cannabis strains to have different effects.
Is CBD addictive? Can I overdose on CBD?
Studies have yet to provide conclusive proof that CBD is addictive. Unless you’re taking another medication while using CBD, there should be little cause for concern. Also, there may be CBD products on the market that are mislabelled and do not contain all that they claim to. For example, some CBD products might contain more THC than is mentioned on the label. Therefore, it’s important to do your research and talk to your doctor before taking CBD.
Is CBD safe?
No large-scale studies have been performed to establish how safe CBD is. However, there are certain things you might want to bear in mind before taking CBD. CBD may interact with other drugs that you may be taking and reduce the drug’s efficacy. If you’re nursing, pregnant, or taking other prescription drugs, consult your doctor before taking CBD. It’s important to ensure that you do your research and talk to your doctor before taking CBD.
Is CBD legal?
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, previously known as the Farm Bill, makes it legal at the federal level, to grow and process industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC. However, individual states and counties may have their own legal approaches to CBD. Read up on your state or county laws before taking CBD.
How do I know I’m getting a quality product?
Look for CBD that’s been derived from industrial hemp plants that are organically grown in the USA. Also, keep a lookout for the amount of total CBD that’s contained within the product as well as the amount of CBD in individual doses. You can also ask the manufacturer for their Certificate of Analysis, which shows whether they test their plants and whether their product contains less than 0.3% THC. Finally, avoid products that make health claims as manufacturers aren’t legally allowed to do so.
Can I fail a drug test due to CBD?
Many employers use drug tests that are sensitive and capable of detecting low levels of THC in your blood and urine. Furthermore, even with your low THC CBD product, you could have a high level of blood/urine THC. Therefore, if you happen to be working for an employer who requires drug tests, it is important to be aware of the THC content of the product that you are taking. If you are worried about failing a drug test, ask your doctor and your company’s HR department for more information regarding CBD use and drug testing. Until you’re sure of your company’s policy, consider abstaining from CBD products.