CBD Info

What Is CBD?

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating member of the phytocannabinoid family of chemical compounds that can be derived from the cannabis plant. All of the products made at Lazarus Naturals are hemp-derived.

Visit our blog to learn more about CBD and other common terms.

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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 a group of chemical compounds that are found in–but not exclusive to– cannabis. You can derive phytocannabinoids from pine needles and hops. Our body makes cannabinoids called endocannabinoids and act within the endocannabinoid system. At least 100 cannabinoids have been isolated from cannabis, but the most commonly recognized ones are cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Knowledge Base

How much CBD should I take?

Because of the lack of in-depth research of cannabis, there is no uniform serving size for CBD .  What may be ideal for one person might not be sufficient for others. Your serving size will be dependent on your body weight, individual body chemistry and concentration of the CBD product you’re consuming.

We recommend using a small amount of CBD to start and adjusting as needed.

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is sometimes referred to as “activating” the chemical compounds found in hemp and cannabis.

Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that happens during the extraction process when CBDA is heated to 248°F. Decarboxylation will happen above and below 248°F but without the same efficiency. When CBDA reaches 248°F the carboxyl group (COOH) breaks away and is replaced by a proton. This step is important, as the decarboxylation of CBDA to CBD is critical to ensuring that the CBD present in our products have the desired effects within the endocannabinoid system.

Is CBD Psychoactive?

One could argue that CBD meets the definition of being psychoactive, as does any substance that affects your mind and behavior.

However, CBD is non-intoxicating. Unlike THC, it does not produce a high, cravings, compulsive use or withdrawal effects. There are also no reported instances of drug abuse with CBD.

What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Extracts?

While hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp oil is a product derived from the leaves, buds and stalks of the hemp plant. As a result, hemp oil products have a much greater concentration of CBD than hemp seed oil products.

Are There Heavy Metals and Pesticides in CBD Products?

Although we cannot speak for the CBD products made by any other company, all of our finished products are third-party tested for heavy metals and pesticides, in addition to micro/mycotoxins, residual solvents, terpenes and potency. In order to ensure the highest standard of quality and safety in our products, we follow the guidelines established in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph.

All of our results are reported on a per serving basis and can be viewed in the “Test Results” section of each product page. We encourage you to read our blog on this subject to learn more.

What are the benefits of CBD?

FDA DISCLOSURE:  In accordance with federal regulation we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplements. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.  Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Do your products contain Hemp Oil or CBD Extract?

Our products all contain  CBD extract. Our third party potency results show a precise CBD concentration 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, in addition to potency, terpenes, residual solvents and micro/mycotoxins. These can be found right next to the Test Results tab on our product pages.

Hemp seed oil is an added ingredient in our tinctures, but the oil itself does not contain any substantial amount of CBD. It’s also possible that hemp seeds may incidentally be extracted during the extraction process, but it is never our intention to do this because they contain lower levels of CBD.