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CBD FAQ

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring extract of the cannabis sativa plant ("cannabis") that was discovered in 1940 by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois. CBD is one of over 113 unique compounds found in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. Hemp and marijuana are related forms of the cannabis plant species.

The key difference between the two is that marijuana has much more THC than hemp, and usually more CBD, too. THC is known for its psychoactive properties and is the reason you feel “high” after ingesting marijuana. Regardless of the source, hemp or marijuana, the chemical structure of CBD is the same.

CBD mainly comes from the leaves, resin or flowering tips of tops of the plants and not the stem. You have probably seen soaps, cosmetics and other products that contain hemp oil. These products have hemp oil that primarily comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds do not contain CBD. The oil that is extracted from hemp seeds is typically used as a carrier oil. 

How Do You Take CBD?

Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple different ways:

1. By mouth by using:

  • Oil tinctures that use a dropper, or
  • Softgel capsules (if you don't like the natural taste of CBD oils), or
  • Gummie bears

2. Topically:

  • Lotions
  • Salves
  • Roll Ons

Taking CBD oil is a highly personalized experience, so it’s hard to say what the best way to take CBD is. The best method will vary from person to person, and it’s a matter of finding what works for you.

Trial and error is part of the fun of it – you get to try all these fantastic products! Most CBD products are easy to use, so there’s no need to worry if you’re a CBD rookie.  

Does Hemp Derived CBD get you high?

Hemp will not get you high, just like near beer can't get you drunk. When prohibition of cannabis was enacted in the late 30’s hemp was associated with its cousin, Marijuana, because, well, they look alike. At the time they were unable to test the plants adequately enough to determine what was getting people high (THC) but also how the plants chemical structures were different. 

As time has progressed, scientists have been able to test and ultimately, understand the cannabis plant’s active ingredients. What they have found is that the molecule Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, is the ONLY molecule in the cannabis family that will get you “high”. The hundreds of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients present in the cannabis plant that are beneficial to your overall health and wellness are being improperly associated with the properties of one molecule, THC.

Simply put, Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and as such, contains such a nominal amount of THC that it is relatively impossible to get high from hemp-based CBD oil products. Amazingly what hemp does contain is a myriad of other cannabinoids and phytonutrients like CBD, CBG, CBN, CBL, CBDA, and others. These cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients all play a role in your endocannabinoid system.

What does CBD do?

According to Harvard Medical School's health blog posted on August 24, 2018:

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.

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CBD is metabolized through the liver and may not be suitable for those suffering from certain liver disorders. CBD may interact with some medications or supplements. CBD's safety has not been evaluated in pregnancy or breastfeeding humans. Talk to your healthcare provider. 

What Is The Endocannabinoid System ("ECS")?

The ECS was discovered in 1992 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his team in Israel. Despite almost 30 years of scientific inquiry, the ECS is often absent from clinical schooling and is therefore poorly understood by many.

The ECS helps to maintain optimal balance in the body – known as homeostasis. It also helps regulate sleep, appetite, digestion, hunger, mood, motor control, immune function, reproduction and fertility, pleasure and reward, pain, memory and temperature regulation.

Cannabinoid  molecules interact with the ECS. Our body makes its own cannabinoids, such as Anandamide (referred to as endocannabinoids), and we can consume phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, derived from plants. 

The ECS is made up of a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. Scientists have identified two primary receptors: CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and central nervous system, while the CB2 receptors appear more in organs, tissues, and the immune system.

You can think of cell receptors like little locks on the surface of your cells. The keys to these locks are called endocannabinoids and cannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers that tell your body when to get processes moving and when to stop. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell, it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.

When the ECS is disrupted, any one of these things can fall out of balance. When the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids or cannot regulate them properly, you are more susceptible to illnesses that affect one or several of the functions mentioned above.

The endocannabinoid system is extremely complex and plays important roles in many vital processes, and it holds promise as a treatment target for many debilitating conditions. 

What does full spectrum mean?

A ‘Full Spectrum’ product refers to the method of plant extraction to an oil, which includes the whole plant and all of its compounds, therefore containing an array of beneficial cannabinoids (such as CBD, CBG, CBC, THCV, CBN etc) and beneficial terpenes. The compounds of the whole plant remain intact in the extracted oil. 

With Full Spectrum products, you have the advantage of something they call the “Entourage Effect.” This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes work together in synergy, something that CBD isolate products will lack. 

Full Spectrum refers to a range of beneficial cannabinoids (such as CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN etc), terpenes and phytonutrients that occur naturally in a hemp plant. Many CBD companies believe and research shows that these compounds work synergistically together to create much better results than using a CBD isolate. 

Ananda Hemp's products contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids, including CBD and a trace amount of THC (0.3%, the Federal Legal Limit).  cbdMD's products are considered broad spectrum since they do not contain the trace amount of THC but do have all of the other cannabinoids.  

Broad Spectrum THC Free CBD Oil was developed for anyone who has sensitivities to THC. The THC Free products are considered Broad Spectrum and not CBD isolates since they contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytonutrients from the hemp plant without the THC. CBD isolate products only contain CBD and not any of the any other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes or other phyto-nutrients. 

CBD isolate is extracted through a different method where only one compound of the plant – CBD – is extracted to an oil, introduced to harmful solvents, then cooled until it forms crystals. The crystals are then processed into a powder. The isolate results in a single molecular compound of strictly CBD. There are no other molecular compounds of value found in the isolate.

Why isolate molecules of this incredible plant when we are only just starting to understand its potential? 

Is Ananda Professional the same as Ananda Hemp?

Ananda Professional is the brand name for Ananda Hemp’s product that is sold in local pharmacies. The Ananda Professional product line features the same pharmaceutical grade full spectrum cannabinoids as the Ananda Hemp product that is sold online. 

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

The primary difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is where the oil itself is derived from the hemp plant. Hemp Oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant only. CBD Oil is derived from the stalk, stems, leaves or flowers of industrial hemp plants. The only part of the hemp plant that doesn’t contain CBD oil is the hemp seed.

What is the difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana?

One of the questions that often comes up is, what is the difference between cannabis, industrial hemp and marijuana? Think of it this way. Cannabis Sativa L is the family. Then under that family there are two groupings.

Which part of the plant does CBD come from?

CBD oil is derived from the stalk, stems, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. The only part of the hemp plant that doesn’t contain CBD oil is hemp seed. Ananda Hemp and cbdMD does not produce any product from the stalks of the hemp plant. The products are made with only the flower of the hemp plant. 

What is the difference between CBD that is extracted from hemp vs CBD extracted from marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are species from the Cannabis Sativa L plant. There is no difference between CBD that is extracted from the two. CBD is CBD whether it comes from hemp or marijuana.

How do I get started?

Since metabolic response can vary by person and the fact that CBD demonstrates a bell-shaped response curve, we suggest the following:

Start slowly and increase to your optimal dose. Going over your optimal dose could cause you to lose the maximum benefits.

Most people prefer to start using CBD oil products about two hours before bedtime or after dinner. Customers should start with 10-15mg of CBD Oil once daily, increasing the dose slowly every 2-3 days to determine if a better effect results.

  • For example, use 10mg once daily for two days, then increase to 10mg twice daily (morning and night) for two days.

  • Continue to slowly titrate the dose up every few days.

  • Once a point is reached where the therapeutic benefits do not increase OR where they decrease, stop and go back to the previous dose. This is the top of that individual’s bell-shaped dose-response curve.

How long does it take CBD products to work?

Some people report results 30-45 minutes whereas others may report up to a week with daily, consistent use. It is important to find the dosage that is right for you. It is recommended that you start with a low dose of 10-15mg and slowly increasing until you reach the desired result. It may take a few days to a week to get the dosage right.

Can't I just buy hemp derived CBD Oil from Amazon or any of the big box stores?

There are hundreds of products that pop up and are generally labeled as “hemp oil extract” or “hemp oil” instead of “CBD oil” on Amazon.

You need to know that Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD products. You can check out Amazon’s policy on CBD and other “drugs and drug paraphernalia” by clicking here.

Products on Amazon that say Hemp Oil (or Hemp Seed Oil) are produced from pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds do not contain any CBD.

The big box stores such as CVS, Walgreens and others do not sell Full Spectrum CBD products that contain THC. In full spectrum products, many of the compounds interact synergistically with one another to create what is known as the 'entourage effect'. The idea here is that when these compounds are consumed together, the effects are magnified and the impact is much greater than the effect of the isolated molecules alone (as in a CBD isolate).

Remember, hemp derived CBD is legal but CBD isn’t regulated, so anyone can pour oil in a bottle, slap a label on it, and claim it’s CBD. In fact, many of the low quality CBD oils are made from companies that import CBD paste from China and mix it with hemp seed oil once it arrives in the US. Wonder why a 5000mg bottle on Amazon or your local gas station costs $19.95?

Why don't the ingredients list CBD? Does hemp extract contain CBD?

Hemp Extract is a combination of CBD and other cannabinoids that are formed to create a Full Spectrum CBD blended extract produced from agricultural hemp cultivars. This hemp extract is commonly mixed with carriers like cold-pressed hemp seed oil or MCT oil as well as terpenes.

Will using CBD oil show up on a drug test?

Although hemp-based CBD products are manufactured from hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC, there still may be trace amounts. Also, because of the fat-soluble nature of THC and other cannabinoids found in hemp oil, accumulation and excretion of hemp oil byproducts can result in a positive drug test. If you are concerned with passing a drug test, we advise speaking with your employer or doctor before use.

I'm new to CBD. How do I know which product to choose?

All of Ananda Hemp and cbdMD's products have similar formulations, the main difference is in the strengths per bottle. Any of their products will provide you with the beneficial cannabinoids and other phytonutrients it needs to support your overall health and wellness. If you are new to CBD products, we typically suggest starting with either Ananda Hemp's Spectrum 300 or cbdMD's 300mg tinctures. These products contains 300mg of active cannabinoids in a 30ml bottle, which is their lowest strength. The 300mg tinctures are a great introductory product and intended for general health and wellness. If you have already tried their products, regularly consume CBD products and/or have a generally active lifestyle, we recommend starting with Ananda Hemp Spectrum 600 or cbdMD's 750mg tinctures. There are of course larger strengths available from both brands.  

Can you take hemp-derived CBD products on  a plane in the US?

As of May 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated its policy to allow hemp-derived CBD products on domestic flights.

Is it legal to ship your products? Can you ship internationally?

All of the products we sell are 100% legal to ship to all 50 states. We ship everywhere internationally except for Canada and Asia at this time.

How do I know what dosage to take?

For all of our ingestible products, we recommend starting with a low dose of 10-15mg and slowly increasing until you reach the desired result.

How long will CBD stay in your system?

The length of time CBD will stay in your system depends on many factors, including how much was taken, if there is consistent use, size/weight of the person and individual metabolism.

Are your products GMO free? Gluten free? Vegan?

All of the products are GMO free and gluten free. The tinctures are vegan. The soft gels do contain sustainably-sourced gelatin.

When I squeeze the rubber end of the tincture dropper, the oil does not fill the whole dropper. Am I getting a full dose?

The bottles were designed so the oil does not fill the entire dropper however when you gently squeeze the rubber end and release, rest assured you are getting a full dose as stated on the packaging.

Are these products organic?

Ananda Hemp and cbdMD use organic growing practices and never spray harmful pesticides or herbicides on their crops and abides by organic growing regulations. They also third party test every step of the way from seed to shelf to ensure their products are free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and glyphosate.

Where does your hemp come from?

Ananda Hemp and cbdMD are proud to say that their hemp is grown and processed in the USA. Unlike many of their competitors, Ananda Hemp and cbdMD do not use imported CBD extract.