FAQS about CBD

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine that goes back thousands of years.  There are over 20 known cannabinoids that exist within the hemp plant, where CBD has the widest array of healing properties. All the cannabinoids have different therapeutic attributes. Unlike THC, the rest of the cannabinoids do not leave one feeling stoned or impaired. Cannabinoids fits like a lock and key with the receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system, allowing us to restore balance from within.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD prevents the stress response that starts in the brain by activating the adenosine receptor in our endocannabinoid system, which controls the physiological response to stress called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). This process starts when the brain perceives something that it believes could cause harm. The first part of the chain is the amygdala, which contributes to emotional processing. The amygdala signals the hypothalamus which then signals the adrenals and the rest of the body. The adrenal glands send adrenaline into the body to make the heart beat faster, the muscles and organs receive more blood and oxygen, the brain receives more oxygen, and glucose and fat is released into the bloodstream. The person is now able to run faster or fight harder as they have more energy and more aware.

When someone has chronic, low-level stress, they're unable to sleep because this stress response is preparing them to run and/or fight, not sleep. Researches believe that this may be the main way that CBD helps insomniacs get to sleep, by reducing or shutting off the HPA stress response.

What is CBD Good For?

CBD can have a positive impact on literally all of our physiological functions (see Endocannabinoid System). Overall, it is key to our health— developing and maintaining homeostasis (and in our furry friends!).

 

Highlights: 

  • CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and studies suggest that it can reduce the risk of cancer, metabolic disorders and neurodegenerative disease

  • Low doses of cannabinoids can stimulate the creation of new nerve cells in animal models, even in aging brains

  • CBD has been shown to block an enzyme that destroys bone-building compounds in the body, reducing the risk of age-related bone diseases like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

  • When applied topically as an infused lotion, serum, oil, or salve, the antioxidants in CBD (a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E and C) can repair damaged skin

Can CBD Help You Sleep Better?

There's a lot of research being done right now on insomnia and CBD, but the research that has been done so far is positive. Research published in the National Institutes of Health found that administering 160 mg of CBD to subjects reported sleeping significantly more than those who took a placebo. Another study in the Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD increased sleep time in rats. Yet CBD administered during increased the amount of time to fall asleep, suggesting that CBD can make you more awake during the day.

It's no surprise that CBD can help you get to sleep faster, stay asleep, and get more restful sleep as there are many conditions that CBD is reported to benefit: anxiety, depression, joint pain, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, and substance abuse. Many researchers believe that there's a connection between CBD's benefit for anxiety and sleep.

 

Is CBD Legal?

Yes, 100%! The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill ended the era of hemp prohibition. Hemp CBD can be sold across the United StatesIf the THC level is at or below 0.3%. We test our CBD with two sources to ensure of this.

Where Does Our CBD Come From?

Our CBD products come from agricultural hemp grown right here in Windsor, NY in accordance with New York State Research Program. We proudly go above and beyond the requirements for organic: we grow using permaculture principles and are 100% free of toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals.  Our CBD is extracted and distilled in CGMP certified facilities, where also, all of our products are manufactured and packaged. 

We have full traceability from seed to bottle, which allows us to keep our prices ~40% lower than the market average. Yes, we’re here to serve and help YOU. This is why we exist. Our farms and facilities are open to the public and we enjoy providing full transparency in an industry that has many grey areas.

What Are The Best Ways to Take CBD?

There are a lot of ways to take CBD, including in capsules, in a tincture or spray, added to a drink, in creams and lotions, candy, in a vape, and others.

If you want to know exactly how many milligrams of CBD you're taking, the best way is the capsule (or a gummy) as the bottle will tell you exactly how much is in each capsule. If you're using a tincture, it would be difficult to get the exact dose you're looking for. Another benefit of capsules is that there's no taste. With tinctures, there's going to be a taste, and tinctures don't always taste great. 

The fastest way to feel the effect is to use a tincture or spray and place the CBD under your tongue and letting it be absorbed by the mucous membranes in your mouth for 60 to 90 seconds. Many people will feel the effect in around 20 minutes. If you take it in a capsule, or if you swallow a CBD liquid, it has to pass through your digestive system and be metabolized by your liver, so it could take an hour or two hours. Using CBD topically is better for dealing with chronic pain in a specific area.

Speed isn't necessarily the most important factor in choosing how to take CBD. For some people adding it to their drink or smoothie is the most convenient, and for others a capsule is best. No matter which way you choose, it's a good idea to time it for the best effect. If you're taking it to sleep better, you may want to take a capsule a couple of hours before bed, or a tincture 20 minutes before going to sleep.

 

How do I Tell The Quality of my CBD?

Make sure that you're taking a high-quality CBD product. If you're not it will reduce the chances of you experiencing the benefits, and in rare cases, could cause you harm. Hemp is a bioremediator, meaning that it can extract toxins out of the soil. It was used by farmers in Chernobyl after the nuclear accident to help clean the soil.

High-quality will source their brands will include a certificate of analysis (COA) that will show all of the third-party testing that has been done on the product to make sure that it's free of toxins and other contaminants.

 

Does CBD Make You High?

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound in marijuana that makes people high. Though CBD and THC come from the same plant, CBD doesn't cause a person to get high. Some CBD products have trace amounts of THC (3% or less), but research from the Netherlands state that CBD can counteract some of the effects of THC. Some marijuana growers have even developed strains that higher levels of CBD that make for a much milder high.

Will You Fail a Drug Test Taking CBD?

As CBD won't make you high, it won't make you fail a drug test. THC can affect a person's mood, coordination, time perception, concentration, and memory, and even cause hallucinations. Occasionally THC can cause negative side effects including anxiety, rapid heart rate, and short-term memory recall issues. CBD doesn't have the compounds that cause these effects.

If someone was taking a large amount of CBD, over 1,000 milligrams per day, they could trigger a false positive on a drug test. Most people take between 100 mg and 200 mg per day.

 

What Are Side Effects of CBD?

There are little known side effects of taking CBD. Those who do experience negative effects will have changes in appetite, fatigue, or diarrhea.

CBD can interact with other pharmaceuticals, so if you plan on using it, speak to your doctor. CBD can interact with any drug metabolized by cytochrome P450 enzymes, which can include:

  • steroids

  • immune modulators

  • benzodiazepines

  • antiarrythmics

  • antibiotics

  • angiotension II blockers

  • oral hypoglycemic agents

  • sulfonylureas

  • anesthetics

  • antipsychotics

  • HMG CoA reductase inhibitors

  • calcium channel blockers

  • antihistamines

  • prokinetics

  • HIV antivirals

  • antidepressants

  • antiepileptics

  • beta blockers

  • PPIs

  • NSAIDs

 

Is CBD Addictive?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD isn't addictive, and when someone stops using it, there are no withdrawal symptoms.

Additional Research

There's a lot of research being done on CBD as it's becoming very popular and since the Farm Bill has passed. In 2018 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CBD-based treatment to help control epileptic seizures in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. There may be more CBD-based products approved by the FDA in the future.

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