Looking for some answers to all of the questions you have in regard to CBD oil products? We’ve collected some of the most common questions that people, who are just now approaching CBD oil as a method of pursuing wellness and health, may have.
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How Does CBD Work?
CBD mainly interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your body. You endocannabinoid system is a series of cannabinoid receptors that are grouped throughout your body, though they’re most prevalent in your brain and you central nervous system. All mammals actually have an endocannabinoid system, hence why there is pet CBD oil products available to aid your pet with health and wellness issues as well. This endocannabinoid system exists in your body, because your body actually creates cannabinoids on it’s own. However, CBD is a “phytocannabinoid” which simply means a plant-based cannabinoid. It’s a different sort of cannabinoid than THC because it activates a separate kind of endocannabinoid sensor within your system. THC, famously, activates a pair of very specific receptors by the name of CB1 and CB2. These receptors pick-up on THC, often from marijuana, and produce the high feeling that is a notorious side effect of smoking and ingesting the herb. CBD is not picked up by these same receptors and actually inhibits the enzymes breaking down endocannabinoids already in your body. This creates a larger build-up of the cannabinoids naturally produced in the body.
Does CBD Come From Hemp Or Marijuana?
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana. When you’re harvesting CBD oil from marijuana plants, however, you will find the compound in the seeds and stems of the marijuana plant, not the flowering buds of the plant which is what you smoke, and where the THC cannabinoid is stored. When CBD oil is being derived from the hemp plant, an entirely different strain of the cannabis species, you can find the compound in every single portion of the plant (the setm, buds, and more). The hemp plant includes essentially no trace of THC in it. In fact, if a hemp plant actually contains more than .3% of THC in it, then it’s immediately considered a marijuana plant instead. Most of the CBD products you’ll find to purchase will be derived from the hemp plant for this reason.
What’s In Hemp Extract CBD Besides Cannabinoids?
On average, CBD oil is around 40% pure CBD, and 60% other cannabinoids in smaller increments within the CBD oil. Hemp extracts generally contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids within it. Obviously, the primary and most abundant phyto-cannabinoid is the CBD, the other major components within the CBD extract include cannabichromene(CBC, cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG). None of these compounds are psychoactive and are more closely related to CBD oil than THC. Other naturally occurring molecules in the hemp extract oil include: Vitamins (mainly B1,B2, B6, D) Amino acids Carbohydrates Fatty acids (mainly omega 3, 6) Trace minerals (iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium) Beta-carotene Flavonoids Chlorophyll Ketones Alkanes Nitrogenous compounds Glycosides Pigments Terpenes Water
What’s The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two plants of the same species that goes by the latin name: Cannabis Sativa. They’re each defined with entirely different genetic profiles, the main difference is that, while industrial hemp is always a strain of cannabis sativa, marijuana can be cannabis indica, cannabis ruderalis, or cannabis sativa. The difference mainly lies in how industrial hemp is bred compared to the marijuana strains that are similar to it. Most industrial hemp is bred to have long, fibrous stalks and barely any flowering buds. However, since the CBD oil industry is taking off, many of the industrial hemp strains that are now being bred are made to have more flowers and higher yields of the precious cannabinoids that benefit our endocannabinoid system with terpenes and more. Marijuana mainly features THC, rather than CBD. However, it still has the CBD within, it’s just less prevalent than it is in industrial hemp.
What’s The Difference Between THC and CBD?
THC binds to the endocannabinoid system, specifically CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. They are located in the central nervous system and affect the brain directly. CBD does not bind to those specific receptors, they can’t interact with them at all. So, it doesn’t affect the brain in the same respect. CBD is mostly sensed by the endocannabinoid receptors in the body tissues and central nervous systems.
Can CBD Get Me High?
CBD cannot get you high because it cannot attach to the endocannabinoid sensors in the brain that THC interacts with.
How Do I Take CBD?
You can take CBD oil dosages via tincture drops under the tongue, which is the most common method. You can also access topical ointments, soft gels and some other methods too. Finding different options for the amount of dosage you need is a matter of trial and error, and it can be easier to determine what milligram of dosage you need by trying application through tinctures, as you can more accurately toggle how much CBD you’re taking with precision.
Are There Other CBD-Dominant Strains of Marijuana?
There are a variety of marijuana strains that are CBD-dense. Charlotte’s Web, ACDC, Mango Haze, Blueberry Essence, Hawaiin Dream, Sour Tsunami, Darkstar and Harlequin.
What is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a system embedded in your nervous system that most mammals have. For this reason, pet CBD oil products have recently been on the rise. There are two types of sensors in your endocannabinoid system. The first type is mainly centered in the brain and picks up on THC, which is the compound in cannabis plants that is known for making you feel the often described “high.” The other type of sensor in your endocannabinoid system station themselves throughout the rest of your body. They only respond to the CBD component from the cannabis plant and because they only exist in the other portions of your nervous system, outside of your brain they cannot make you high. The endocannabinoid system, as of right now, appears to only pick up on the presence of cannabis substances in your body.
Are CBD Products Legal in All 50 States?
They are! As long as the CBD products you purchase are only from industrial hemp and not derived from the marijuana plant they are completely legal in all 50 states. You won’t even need a medical marijuana card to purchase the products as they’re merely a very specific type of hemp oil (aka totally harmless).
Are There Side Effects to Using CBD OIl?
CBD is rarely associated with any real side effects, however some folks have reported symptoms like dry mouth, lightheadedness, and the occasional drowsiness. These side effects have not been supported by any real data, simply word of mouth.
If you take CBD by vaping it, you might experience strange side effects from the propylene glycol burned in the vaping oil. This actually creates formaldehyde, a known carcinogen and can cause difficulties with CBD use.
Will CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?
As long as you’re not purchasing CBD oil with too high of a THC content in it, it will not show up on drug tests unless you’re consuming mass amounts of the substance which is not recommended. Low quality CBD oil products won’t be quite as pure and could contain more THC in them. But if you’re buying the right products and sticking to only high-quality CBD oils, you’d have to consume nearly 2,000 mg of CBD oil with a content of 0.3% or less THC to actually have anything show up on a drug test. So, in short, no. There won’t be anything unusual on your drug test.
Is Soluble CBD Better?
Not really. You’ll find in your research that water-soluble forms of CBD oil cannot be naturally found in nature. Since CBD when isolated from the industrial hemp is a lipid, it won’t dissolve easily into water. However, many brands that produce tincture CBD oils will put their products through a process by the name of “nano-emolsion.” This process uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to force the lipids into microscopic water soluble spheres by the name of liposomes. These same companies will likely label their CBD as “enhanced” after it’s been through this process, however, there is no data that either confirms or denies the idea that this enhances how your endocannabinoid interacts with the CBD oil. So the term “enhanced” is an awfully loose term used in that regard.
Will CBD Interact With My Medications?
Since hemp is considered an herb, any interaction your medications have with either THC or CBD is called a drug-herb interaction. These happen on different scales the only ones you really need to concern yourself with would be the serious ones, but those should not occur unless you go above an intake of 150mg total CBD per day. It is always possible that you could have a drug-herb interaction at any time though. It’s simply far more likely if you have a higher dose of CBD in your system.
Usually these interactions occur because CBD can inhibit the activity of a liver enzyme by the name cytochrome P450. If you’re currently taking medications to prevent seizures, an antiviral or a blood thinning medication, then it’s wiser to speak with your doctor about incorporating CBD oil into your health and wellness routine before you do so. They may advise you on the exact dosage you can take or what kind of CBd brand they recommend.
What Makes CBD Safe To Purchase Online?
Just like buying anything online, don’t assume the vendor has your best interests at heart. It’s always a good idea to look into a company and browse through their reviews. You’ll be sure that you’re getting a high-quality CBD oil product and you’ll be certain that the THC amounts are compliant with state law. Look to see how they derive their CBD oil and ensure that it’s the CO2 method instead of the propylene glycol that could turn into formaldehyde. As with any business you’re trying to purchase a product you’re putting into your body, be sure to research their background and reviews thoroughly.
What Are Terpenes?
The “Terpenes” are known as the essential oils found in all plants. In cannabis alone that are 200 different types of terpenes and they are the chemical compounds that give cannabis strains the aroma and flavor that’s so familiar. These essential oils you can find in cannabis strains of all types often work together with CBD and THC to promote wellness through synergistically interacting with other systems in your body while the CBD only interacts with your endocannabinoid system and create a sense of whole body health.