CBD Info

What Is CBD?

CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of the most studied cannabinoids, second only to THC. Largely non-psychoactive, it provides numerous health benefits without THC’s intoxicating effects. CBD promotes restful sleep, supports normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional nausea, enhances relaxation, and more. We recommend consulting scientific publications, government resources, and your doctor for more information on CBD’s benefits.

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Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a recently discovered group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. The endocannabinoid receptors that make up the ECS are located in our Central Nervous System (CNS), Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), and Immune System. Our CNS includes our brain and spinal cord, while the PNS acts as a communication network linking our CNS to the rest of our body.

Our brains contain the heaviest concentration of cannabinoid receptors, but there’s no shortage of them in our organs, tissues, glands, and more. The saturation of ECS receptors throughout our body is part of why CBD has so many uses and is so effective.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, naturally occurs within the tiny hairlike structures known as trichomes that grow on hemp and cannabis. The first cannabinoid molecule to be discovered in 1940, researchers have been studying CBD’s numerous health benefits ever since. CBD has been shown to promote healthy sleep, relieve occasional joint pain, speed athletic recovery, enhance relaxation, improve mood, reduce stress and frustration, alleviate occasional nausea, and support immune system health.

Cannabidiol exists in two states, CBD and CBD-a. Both are being studied to discover their individual effects on the body. CBD-a, which grows directly on hemp and cannabis, shows a great potential for different types of treatment. However, its effects haven’t been researched as extensively as CBD. When CBD-a is heated to 248°F, it loses its acid chain in a process called decarboxylation (also referred to as “activation”) and becomes CBD. All our products go through this process. CBD has been well studied and has a more pronounced effect than CBD-a due to more efficiently binding to the body’s Cannabidiol receptors.

An organic product, CBD is a safer, natural alternative to synthetic options with little to no side effects. In hemp’s multi-thousand-year history, there has never been a recorded fatality. While CBD has been shown to be non-toxic even at extreme doses, you should consult your doctor if you plan on taking more than 300mg in a 24 hour period.

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are organic molecules naturally produced by hemp and cannabis which activate two of the body’s central nervous system receptors: CB1 and CB2.* CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain, while CB2 receptors are spread throughout the rest of the body. Because CBD does not activate the brain’s CB1 receptors, it is largely non-psychoactive.

Each of the 100+ known cannabinoids have unique receptor interactions, producing individual results. Research has also shown that cannabinoids’ benefits multiply when used together, producing what is called the “entourage effect.”

*More information on receptor activation and their effects on the body should be researched through reliable sources. We cannot provide health claims.

Knowledge Base

CBD Dosage Guide

CBD is rapidly gaining attention as a wellness supplement, but there is still a lot of confusion surrounding it. We created this CBD dosage guide in hopes of helping our customers figure out where to begin with our CBD supplements. This article and information on our website is not intended to provide medical information and our products are not intended to cure or treat any disease. If you suspect you may have a serious illness, please consult a medical professional.

What dose of CBD should I take?

A number of factors determine your ideal CBD dosage. This can include your weight, metabolism, and genetics among others. Because each individual’s endocannabinoid system is unique, some people only need a small amount of CBD to receive their desired benefits, while others may require much higher doses to experience the same effects. If this is your first time trying CBD, we recommend starting with a small dose of only 5-10mg and increasing it later if desired. CBD can take time to work, so wait up to 2 hours before ingesting another dose.

Remember this rule of thumb: you can always take more, you can never take less.

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is sometimes referred to as “activating” the chemical compounds found in hemp and cannabis. CBD is a natural product/cannabinoid that’s produced by hemp- but it doesn’t start its life as CBD, it starts as CBD-a (cannabidiolic acid). Hemp produces CBD-a on the surface of its leaves, flowers, and stalks in tiny hair-like structures called trichomes. Trichomes are glandular structures that produce a variety of cannabinoids in different quantities depending on the strain of hemp being grown. In the variety of hemp we source, the trichomes produce roughly 2% CBD-a by weight.

Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that happens during the extraction process when CBD-a is heated to 248°F. Decarboxylation will happen above and below 248°F but without the same efficiency. When CBD-a reaches 248°F the carboxyl group (COOH) breaks away and is replaced by a proton. This process happens at different points in the isolation process of each CBD extractor.

Is CBD Psychoactive?

Short answer: no.

CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it has no intoxicating effects and will not get you high.

Like all cannabinoids and endocannabinoids, CBD works within our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a part of the nervous system. In the ECS, there are two main types of receptors:

CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and spine.

CB2 receptors, which are found primarily in the peripheral nervous system, connect the brain to the rest of our body. They are also located throughout our gastrointestinal system and our immune system.

As K. Mackie puts it, in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology “…CB1 receptors were expressed at high levels in the brain regions expected from the psychoactive effects of Δ9-THC. Conversely, CB1 receptor expression was low in brain regions unaffected by cannabinoids, such as the respiratory centres of the medulla.”

Because CB1 receptors are located primarily in the brain, they are responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabinoids, whereas CB2 receptors are responsible for many of cannabinoids’ other effects in the body.

For a familiar example, THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid because it binds to the CB1 receptors in our brain with intoxicating effect. THC will also bind with the CB2 receptor, which is part of why many people experience other benefits from it.

Unlike THC, however, CBD only binds to CB2 receptors. Therefore, it doesn’t have much of an impact on your brain itself and it doesn’t alter perception. So no, CBD does not get you high.

What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Extracts?

If you are trying CBD for the first time, you may not be sure what you should be searching for. There are numerous online stores selling hundreds of different CBD products. For the first time buyer, it can be a challenge to sort through all of the options. Large retailers like Amazon and Target sell “hemp oil,” but these products should not to be confused with CBD oil.

Hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, is extracted by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds do not contain any CBD, so hemp oil does not provide the reported benefits of CBD products. Hemp seed oil contains fatty acids and omega-3’s, and can be ingested or used topically. The Hemp Industries Association makes the distinction between hemp oil and CBD extracts as, “CBD is not a product or component of hemp seeds, and labeling to that effect is misleading and motivated by the desire to take advantage of the legal gray area of CBD under federal law. Hemp seed oil does not contain any significant quantity of CBD.”

Are your products Hemp Oil or CBD Oil?

Our products are CBD oil. Our third party potency results show the exact CBD content present in each batch of our products. These can be found under our product’s potency results tab. We also test every batch of our hemp for heavy metals and pesticides. These can be found right next to the potency results tab on our product pages.

We do use hemp seed oil as an added ingredient in our RSO and tinctures, but the hemp seed oil itself does not contain CBD. We purchase organic hemp seed oil, which has already been pressed and processed. Our CBD products are extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp, which are grown to contain high concentrations of CBD. The amount of CBD and other cannabinoids will vary depending on the quality of the hemp and how a farmer grows their crop. Large amounts of industrial hemp are needed to produce a CBD-rich hemp extract. No hemp seeds are used during this process.

We process our hemp extract in-house using chilled kosher alcohol. The hemp goes through a series of vacuum distillation and crystallization to extract CBD in high concentrations. Our hemp extract (CBD) is then blended with a variety of carrier oils (hemp seed oil included) to produce capsules, tinctures, and isolate.

Where should I buy CBD Oil?

Before you buy CBD products online, it’s worth comparing the options from a few different companies. What is their price per milligram of CBD content? Do they provide third party test results for all their products? What ingredients do they use? Where do they source their hemp? There are a number of online forums where customers can share success stories and offer product recommendations. While there is plenty of low quality CBD oil circulating, there are also a number of companies that follow good business practices. The more you know about where your CBD comes from, the more time and money you will save in the future!

Are There Heavy Metals and Pesticides in CBD Products?

The myth that hemp-derived CBD is contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides has been circulating for a while. This popular misconception stems from the fact that hemp is a natural bioaccumulator and that CBD extractors have to process kilos of plant matter in order to isolate relatively small amounts of CBD.

Bioaccumulators, like hemp, accumulate soil and air contents faster than it excretes them. This means that there is a potential for the CBD derived from hemp to retain environmental pollutants. However, there is no cause for concern.

Hemp is a hearty plant, so pesticide usage is limited. Thus, the amount of pesticides that makes its way into CBD is similarly small. As far as accumulating heavy metals, the risk is comparable to that of any other harvested plant. However, farmers will always choose to avoid contaminated soil if possible.

In addition, some methods of CBD isolation inherently remove these pollutants during the extraction process. For example, Lazarus Naturals chooses to distill our CBD, a process which retains the lightest compounds while leaving behind heavy metals as waste material.

Regardless of the processing method, testing the final product is critical. Every CBD extractor should test their final product for pesticides, potency, heavy metals, microbials, and solvents. Lazarus Naturals further ensures customer safety through third-party testing of all our products.

When buying a CBD extract, always review the manufacturer as best you can to see if they are a reliable source.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions; we love talking with our community.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD may be helpful for the following*:

  • Promotes healthy sleep and soothes occasional sleeplessness
  • Maintains healthy joint and cartilage function
  • Speeds athletic recovery
  • Enhances relaxation
  • May improve mood (intended only for occasional mood changes)
  • Reduces stress and frustration
  • Alleviates occasional nausea
  • Supports immune system health

We aim to provide you with as much information on CBD as possible. However, in accordance with US regulations, we cannot make health claims regarding our products. For further reading, we recommend consulting scientific publications, government research, and your doctor.

FDA DISCLOSURE

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.