Hemp Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the main Phyto cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant. It is a non-psychoactive, oily/resinous compound that is naturally found in specialized glands on young leaves, stalks and in the flowering buds of the hemp plant.

Hemp history & other uses?

Hemp has been grown and cultivated for thousands of years across the world for a variety of industrial and medical uses. In fact, our early US founding fathers, including George Washington, grew hemp during our colonial period for sailcloth’s, ropes and paper. Until the hemp regulation of the 1930’s, even US pharmaceutical companies were using extracts of hemp & marijuana to provide pain relief, sedation and act as an antispasmodic.

How is HEMP different than Marijuana?

Hemp is NOT marijuana, although they come from the same plant species, cannabis sativa. Both marijuana & hemp have Phyto cannabinoid molecules such as the psychoactive, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Per federal laws, hemp must have less than 0.3% THC (2014 Farm Bill), whereas marijuana is known to have high concentrations of THC in its flowering buds. Both Phyto cannabinoids can interact with your body in amazing ways (because our body already produces endocannabinoids), however, currently THC is illegal at a federal level.

How is CBD different than THC?

CBD does not give users the same “high” that THC does. Thus, there is none of the “heady” fog or dysphoria that many people experience when using THC. Both compounds are found in their respective plants, however, CBD is found to be present in much greater %s within hemp plants.

Is CBD legal to consume?

Constantly evolving in its legality, CBD has recently been approved by Congress for cultivation & research (Agricultural Improvement Act / 2018 Hemp Farming Act). Soon it will be signed into law by the President, however, because CBD is a plant cannabinoid and labeled as a Schedule I drug in the US, technically it is forbidden in any form. Despite its amazing health benefits, lack of addictive potential, and although CBD is not psychoactive, it is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government (for the moment & subject to legislative change).

Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal in the United States?

So, is CBD hemp oil legal in the United States? The legal status of CBD hemp oil was a bit confusing until the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018. This revised version of the Farm Bill cleared hemp’s name by clearly separating it from marijuana and opening more leniency for U.S. farmers.

CBD hemp oil is legal in the United States.

How does CBD affect me/my body?

CBD interacts with your body’s existing internal regulator, also known as your endocannabinoid system (ECS), to promote healthy homeostasis (think Goldilocks and the three bears…making conditions “just right”). Your body already creates endocannabinoids naturally within your cells and because of this, Phyto cannabinoids like CBD can readily bind to our existing receptors. Basically, CBD attaches itself to our cells and then regulates the signals that are sent/received (creating physiological and psychological responses).

What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

Our ECS is what regulates much of our internal balance, including our immune system, memory, appetite, sleep pattern, mood, pain sensations, inflammation & anxiety. The ECS has three key elements: cannabinoid receptors (such as CB1 & CB2 receptors, which are found in our brain, spinal cord, and white blood cells), endocannabinoids (such as 2-AG & anandamide, which are produced on demand and then bind to the receptors to modulate the release of neurotransmitters), and metabolic enzymes which break down the endocannabinoids once they’re used.

Does CBD make me "high"?

NO, as CBD does not bind well to CB1 receptors found in our brain and central nervous system receptors the way THC does, it does not induce the release of serotonin and dopamine (feelings of euphoria). Instead, CBD binds more readily to CB2 receptors found in our immune cells, promoting more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit to the immune system.

What specific conditions/ailments can CBD assist with?

Although we cannot directly make statements regarding the positive effects of CBD on our body/mind (because CBD has not been historically validated by the FDA…until most recently in June 2018), CBD has been studied and found to exert anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain modulating), anti-nausea, antipsychotic/anxiolytic (anxiety), antiepileptic and other actions that may offer significant human health benefits. Certain whole-body conditions like cancer, chronic pain, arthritis, chronic inflammation, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, PTSD, depression/anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, nausea and much more may be positively affected.

What research has been done on CBD? Internationally/Domestically?

There are many studies that have been performed by legitimate medical groups in both the US and abroad. Links to studies such as the Anti-Aging Therapeutics Volume 17 (2014 Conference Year) can be found on our site and across the third-party CBD review sites. We suggest doing your research with us and on your own to develop a well-rounded, unbiased opinion on CBD. Stay tuned on the many upcoming research studies being conducted here in the US as it’s an exciting time for hemp in our nation!

Are certain CBD products better than others?

YES, like any other product there are always better brands using more quality ingredients. The best CBD in the world comes from industrial hemp that is domestically grown here in the US, using best practices for cultivation and ensuing extraction. Our company uses only the highest-quality, whole-plant industrial-hemp-derived CBD in all our product lines

How do I take CBD?

You can take CBD in many ways, depending on the form of the CBD product. Many people ingest (eat or drink) CBD oil through edibles (like gummies or chocolates), dropping a tinctured solution under the tongue (sublingual dosing) or a CBD beverage such as a syrup or water. People will also smoke hemp flower and enjoy vaporizers for a more immediate effect. Lastly, there are a variety of topical (over the skin surface) products such as lotions, bath bombs, lip balms and aloe Vera creams.

How do I know which CBD products are best?

The best CBD products are made from industrial hemp and the ones reviewed by independent, third party organizations (tested for purity and peer reviewed). We always test our products for quality and accurate dosing.

How much CBD should I take? (Proper mg dosages)

The average adult can benefit from anywhere between 20-40 mgs of CBD per day. However, this varies depending on specific conditions and ailments. For instance, someone suffering from MS may take smaller doses more frequently throughout the day, whereas many people can benefit from single doses.

Will taking CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Most drug tests in the workplace search for the intoxicating compound THC, not Cannabidiol (CBD) or other compounds found naturally in hemp.

With that being said, our CBD products have at most 0.3% THC content in them, making it extremely unlikely for it to result in a failed drug test. It can also depend on the kind of drug test administered, as some are more thorough than others.

If you are looking for THC-free products, we recommend looking into the Alternate Vape E-liquid, giving you all of the benefits of CBD Oil without any chance of failing a drug test.

Can I overdose on CBD?

NO, there have been no reported overdoses on CBD, nor can you die from taking too much CBD. The most common complaint is that people may notice mild dysphoria or feelings of sedation at high mg doses (over 500 mgs per day).

How long does CBD stay in my system?

This will vary depending on your BMI (body mass index), weight, frequency of use and average mgs consumed. CBD will store in your fat cells until it is used/broken down by your ECS. If you quit taking CBD, it will then be used until no longer present in your body.

What are terpenes? Their health benefits?

Terpenes are phenols found within the essential oils of many plants that provide certain aromas and effects. As such, terpenoids such as limonene, pinene and linalool occupy more than 90% of the phytochemicals contained in essential oils from plants such as peppermint, basil and lavender. Terpenes are now being researched more heavily due to their prospective health applications and due to medical validation of ancient herbal remedies.

What safety concerns should I have? Side effects of taking CBD?

There are no documented side effects of CBD. We do recommend that you find a dose that works for you and write down the specific effects. For example, if CBD makes you feel tired or sleepy at high doses, then obviously we would not recommend operating heavy machinery/etc. This is best left up to you to determine how you feel while dosing yourself with CBD.

Are your CBD products tested by an outside testing company?

YES. All our CBD is inspected and tested for potency/purity upon arrival to our manufacturing facility. We then have our finished products tested a second time at local, to ensure proper quality and dosages to our customers. Please see our website for current testing results.

What are your quality controls?

We pride ourselves on providing the most consistent, highest-quality CBD products on the market. As such, each step of our process is triple checked for accuracy, safety and quality. All employees are taught to deeply care for each element that they work on and fill out appropriate documentation along the way. We care about our customers and each other…our passion shows in our products.

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