CBD Info

What Is CBD?

CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of the most studied cannabinoids, second only to THC. Unlike THC, CBD is largely non-psychoactive and is not intoxicating. CBD promotes healthy sleep and soothes occasional sleeplessness, helps support normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional nausea, promoting 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 is our brain and spinal cord, while the PNS acts as a communication network linking our CNS to the rest of our body.

The heaviest concentration of cannabinoid receptors is in our brain, but there’s no shortage throughout our organs, tissues, glands, and more. The saturation of the ECS receptors throughout our body is part of why

CBD has so many uses and is so effective.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is a naturally occurring molecule within the trichomes (tiny hair-like structures) on the epidermis of hemp and cannabis and was the first cannabinoid to be discovered (circa 1940). We’ve discovered that CBD has a plethora of benefits such as promoting healthy sleep and soothing occasional sleeplessness, relieving occasional aches and pains following exercise, relieving occasional nausea, promoting relaxation, relieving stress and frustration, and improving mood.

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

Cannabidiol exists in two states, CBD and CBD-a, both of which are being studied to discover exactly how they differ in their effect on the body. CBD-a, is what grows directly on hemp and cannabis. 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. CBD has been well studied and has a more pronounced effect than CBD-a, which does not stimulate the CB receptors with the same efficacy as CBD. All our products go through a decarboxylation process. CBD-a shows potential for different types of treatment, but its effects haven’t been researched as extensively.

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are organic molecules that are naturally produced by hemp and cannabis and act within our body’s ECS. There are over 100 known cannabinoids that each have their own effect in the body.

Cannabinoids activate two receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 is primarily located in the brain, while CB2 is predominantly found in the rest of the body. CBD is largely non-psychoactive because it doesn’t activate the CB1 receptor, it works on the CB2 receptors instead. [More information on receptor activation and their effects on the body should be researched through reliable sources. We cannot provide health claims.] Each of the 100+ cannabinoids interact with receptors differently, producing different results. Research has also shown that when cannabinoids are used together, the benefits multiply, producing what is called the “entourage effect.”

We select only the best hemp grown by the most reliable farmers from around the world.

Knowledge Base

CBD Dosage Guide

CBD is rapidly gaining attention as a promising wellness supplement, but there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the molecule. 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?

There are a number of factors that determine what the correct CBD dosage for you might be. This can include, but is not limited to, your weight, metabolism, and genetics. Because each individual’s endocannabinoid system is unique, some people only need a very small amount of CBD, while others take much higher doses to receive the desired benefits. If this is the first time you’re trying CBD, we recommend starting small, 5-10mg, and gradually increasing your dose as needed. Everyone will be different, and what works for you might not be right for someone else. CBD can take time to work, so wait up to 2 hours before ingesting more.

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 epidermis 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 248F. Decarboxylation will happen above and below 248F but without the same efficiency. When CBD-a reaches 248F 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; 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; and CB2 receptors, found primarily in the peripheral nervous system, which connects the brain to the rest of our body, as well as in the gastrointestinal system and the 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 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, so 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?

Is Hemp Oil and CBD Oil the Same Thing?

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, and 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 hempseed oil, is made by pressing hemp seeds to extract their oil. Hemp seeds do not contain any CBD, so hemp oil does not provide the reported benefits of CBD products. Hempseed 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 the potency results tab under all of our products. 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 hempseed oil as an added ingredient in our RSO and tinctures, but the hempseed oil itself does not contain CBD. We purchase organic hempseed 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 hemp. Large amounts of industrial hemp are needed to produce hemp extract rich in CBD. 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 blended with a variety of carrier oils (hempseed 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!

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 epidermis 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 248F. Decarboxylation will happen above and below 248F but without the same efficiency. When CBD-a reaches 248F 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.

Are There Heavy Metals & Pesticides in CBD Products?

There has been a circulating myth that CBD from hemp is dangerous due to contamination from heavy metals and pesticides. While the myth is untrue, it is founded in sound logic. The myth 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.

What does is mean to be a bioaccumulator? Bioaccumulation means that hemp accumulates soil and air contents faster than it excretes them. This does mean that there’s a potential for hemp to accumulate heavy metals or pesticides faster than it can excrete them, however, there are some factors to consider first.

Hemp is a hearty plant, so pesticide usage is limited. This limits the chance of hemp accumulating quantities of a contaminant. The risk for hemp to accumulate heavy metals is real just like for any plant. However, farmers will always choose to avoid contaminated soil if possible.

In addition, some methods of CBD isolation will inherently remove heavy metals during the extraction process. For example, we choose to distill our CBD. The distillation process removes the lightest compounds first, and leaves behind heavy compounds as waste material.

Other whole plant extraction methods might not remove all contaminants, including plant material and other debris. Regardless of the processing method, testing the final product is critical. Every CBD extractor should test their material for pesticides, potency, heavy metals, microbial, and solvents. Heavy metals should not rank above the other tests. When buying a CBD extract, always review the manufacturer as best you can to see if they are a reliable source.

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What are the benefits of CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD may be helpful for the following*:

  • Promotes healthy sleep and soothes occasional sleeplessness
  • Maintains healthy joints
  • Helps support cartilage and joint function
  • Relieves occasional aches and pains following exercise
  • Promotes relaxation
  • May improve mood (intended only for occasional mood changes)
  • Relieves stress and frustration
  • Relieves occasional nausea
  • Supports immune 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.