WHAT IS CBD?

CBD, along with cannabinol (CBN), was among the first cannabinoid molecules discovered in 1940 and is one of a family of over 113 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids which are naturally produced within the tiny hair-like structures known as trichomes which grow on hemp and cannabis.

Outside of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in high concentrations in marijuana, CBD is the beneficiary of the second largest body of research on the medical effects of cannabinoids including its use as an anticonvulsant (antiseizure), anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, neuroprotector and immunomodulator. And that research is growing.

However unlike THC, CBD is non-psychotropic meaning it does not result in feelings of euphoria. In other words, it will not get you high. CBD is also non-psychotoxic meaning it does not have a detrimental effect on a person’s mind, personality or behavior.

The WHO (World Health Organization) recognizes CBD as being safe, non-toxic and with little to no side effects making it a safe alternative to synthetically derived options which have substantially less clinical data in their support. Although the endocannabinoid system is linked to a number of crucial processes involving the brain, nervous system and reproductive organs, it does not affect regions of the brain controlling heart and lung function.

This is one of the main reasons why it is virtually impossible for fatal overdoses of cannabis or cannabinoids to occur. That being said, consult your doctor if you plan on taking more than 300mg in a 24 hour period.

Why is Everyone Talking About CBD?

1. Archaic government laws
2. Only discovered in 1992

Until very recently CBD was classified as a Schedule 1 drug which claims that it poses a high risk of abuse as well as having no medicinal value. In hemp’s multi-thousand year history there has only been one recorded fatality. Almost nothing in life has that kind of track record. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 800 Americans die annually from falling out of bed.

CBD MYTHS VS FACTS

Myth: Hemp & Marijuana are the same thing

Fact: Hemp and Marijuana are both part of the same species of plants but contain differing profiles of cannabinoids and phyto-nutrients. Kind of like how tomatoes and belladonna are both in the nightshade family of foods. One is deadly, the other is a tomato. Hemp grows tall like bamboo, up to 15 feet, and is harvested in over 30 countries. Marijuana rarely grows over 5 feet and is illegal in most countries.

Myth: CBD from hemp can get you high

Fact: CBD is non-psychotoxic. It can’t get you high

Myth: Only CBD from marijuana is effective

Fact: CBD is CBD. The body does not recognize whether CBD is sourced from hemp or a high-THC strain of cannabis.

Myth: Urinalysis Tests only test for THC

Fact: While hemp extracts predominantly contain CBD, they are not completely THC free. Anyone who is required to not fail a drug test should avoid all hemp products.

Myth: You need THC to activate CBD

Fact: Many plant constituents work together and supplement each other within the body but CBD can also work alone.

Myth: CBD products are illegal since they come from cannabis

Fact: Products manufactured from agricultural hemp are exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Myth: CBD from agricultural hemp is not as potent. Is that true

Fact: Absolutely not. The human body does not recognize whether a CBD compound was sourced from hemp or a high-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) strain of medical cannabis flower. (For example, an H20 molecule from your kitchen sink is no different from the Mississippi River.)   All of the body’s biological activity and interaction with various enzymes & receptors specific to CBD remain the same.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

The endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system (ECS) was only recently discovered in 1992 by a research team led by Professor Raphael Mechoulam, long considered to be the world’s most preeminent figure in cannabis research. A network of cell receptors found throughout the entire human body including the brain, glands, organs, connective tissue and immune cells, the endocannabinoid system is in fact the body’s largest receptor system playing a role in almost every physiological function.

The endocannabinoid receptors which make up the endocannabinoid system are located in our central nervous system, which includes our brain and spinal cord, our peripheral nervous system, which acts as a communication network linking our central nervous system to the rest of our body, and our immune system. Cannabinoid receptors are found in every animal species from Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Tina Fey all the way down to the lowly sea sponge.

In addition to discovering the endocannabinoid system itself, Professor Mechoulam found that the human body produces its own internal cannabinoids with the brain containing the heaviest concentration of cannabinoid receptors. These naturally produced cannabinoids have proven to be of critical importance in regulating human mood, memory, pain and more. As a matter of fact, one of the first endocannabinoids discovered is a chemical named anandamide after the Sanskrit word ‘ananda’ or ‘bliss’.

While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, has garnered the most research, publicity and notoriety, over 100 different cannabionoids have been found to exist, each with their own unique receptor interactions and separate roles in helping the body maintain homeostasis. As research on cannabinoids becomes popularized, the growing amalgamation of evidence is showing overwhelming promise in the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s as well as early indication that endocannabinoid deficiency may be linked to other debilitating disorders like migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. Please feel free to check out our Scientific Data & Research page to stay informed on the latest research on cannabinoids as well as keep us informed of any new research you might know of as well!

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ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Q – Will CBD get me high?

CBD is non-psychotropic. It does not result in feelings of euphoria. CBD is non-psychotoxic. It does not have a detrimental effect on a person’s mind, personality or behavior.

Q – Is CBD safe?

Although the endocannabinoid system is linked to a number of crucial processes involving the brain, nervous system and reproductive organs, it does not affect regions of the brain controlling heart and lung function. This is one of the main reasons why it is virtually impossible for fatal overdoses of cannabis or cannabinoids to occur.

Q – Is CBD illegal?

Products that are manufactured from agricultural hemp, which contain less than 0.3% THC in dry weight, are exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act. It is currently not unlawful to sell or ship to all 50 states.

Q – Will I fail a drug test?

Individuals who are required not to fail a drug test should avoid all hemp-derived products, hemp protein products, hemp seed products, poppy seed products, and cold medicines to avoid any issues with testing. This includes our products as well. While hemp-derived CBD products will not cause any feelings of intoxication (will not get you “high”) and there are no traceable amounts of THC, there is still a possibility for a false positive on a drug test. We accept no liability for any failed drug tests or any sort. However we have advised many of our clients to inform their Human Resource departments at work of their consumption of CBD products and most companies we have found grant some level of acceptance.

Q – Do you test for potency, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and residual solvents?

Yes, all our products maintain exceptionally high standards regarding the quality, purity and potency of the CBD produced.