CBD Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants such as hemp and marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC – the other major cannabinoid. The effects of CBD include: reduced pain, eases muscle spasms, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory (many conditions are caused from inflammation so this is huge), reduces anxiety and depression, reduces seizures (anti-convulsant), anti-oxidant, neuro-protectant (protects the brain), reduces nausea and vomiting, has anti-tumor effects, increased alertness in low doses, increased sedation at high doses.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is the term used to describe a tincture of CBD that is administered sublingually. The CBD oil is meant to be held under the tongue so that it’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream. A sublingual absorption provides a faster effect than capsules or edibles. CBD oil or tincture is made by mixing a CBD extract from a hemp or cannabis plant into a base such as hemp seed oil. Some manufacturers use cheaper fillers such as MCT oil or grapeseed oil but having it suspended in hemp oil is the best.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) acts a homeostasis regulator in the body, which means maintaining a stable and balanced environment internally despite changes and constant chaos occurring in the external environment. It is also one of the body’s biggest neurotransmitter networks. However, the ECS was only discovered in the 1980’s, two entire decades after THC was discovered. The ECS is always working to achieve balance, or homeostasis.

The ECS’s communications are made up of messengers and receptors. The brain naturally produces endocannabinoid molecules (such as anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or 2-AG), which are “messengers” produced in our own bodies.  These can be found in the brain, connective tissue, organs, glands, and also immune cells.

Endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, act like a “natural THC” that is produced by the body but has a much shorter effect in the body than THC does. In fact, the word anandamide actually comes from the Sanskrit word for “bliss”, meaning it’s the body’s natural “blissful” molecule. There are also plant cannabinoids that are found in hemp and cannabis (THC and CBD are the biggest).

Cannabinoids seek out and activate cannabinoid receptors in our bodies (CB1 and CB2) and when they get together they signal your body to feel a certain way and do certain things. There are many systems in the body that are also affected and regulated by cannabinoids such as your immune system, nervous system, and gastrointestinal system. This is a very important physiological system to keep healthy.

Something important to understand is that cannabis can and does interact with the cannabinoid receptors, however the receptors weren’t created for cannabis. They were created in our bodies as part of the ECS to receive endocannabinoids, and the messages they send, from your brain. These brain receptors also far outnumber any other receptor found in the brain, so they are very important.

When a person consumes hemp or cannabis products, technically the ECS is just being supplemented. This means, thankfully,  that many deficiencies or over-expressions of certain disease characteristics can be naturally “course-corrected” by plant-based cannabinoids like CBD.

Are endocannabinoids neurotransmitters?

Endocannabinoids are not neurotransmitters but they are neuromodulators. They are released on demand to adjust the activity of neurotransmitters. Glutamate is a good example. Glutamate is a primary, stimulating neurotransmitter. When glutamate is present in the body in excessive amounts, pain and cell death can occur. The release of endocannabinoids acts as a ‘stopping mechanism’ for the release of glutamate. CBD can act in the same way as our own naturally produced endocannabinoids, and can halt the release of glutamate and therefore release the pain etc that it’s associated with. Our bodies need cannabinoids.

What is the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is the synergistic relationship of the naturally occurring compounds found in hemp/cannabis plants. These compounds which include cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids have been shown to work better when they are taken together as opposed being isolated from each other.

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Why is Full Spectrum or Whole Plant hemp CBD extract the best?

The health benefits of full-spectrum hemp derived CBD oil go beyond it just being a source of CBD. In studies, the many cannabinoids and other natural constituents found in full-spectrum hemp oil have been shown to work harmoniously together to magnify their therapeutic properties.  This is often referred to as the “entourage effect”.  The complex mix of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, essential nutrients, protein, and healthy fats work synergistically together to encourage homeostasis and balance in our health.

Is CBD water soluble?

No, but CBD and other cannabinoids can be formulated to act as if they are water soluble.  Our oil is nano-emulsified which makes the molecules very small, so this oil is as close to water soluble as you can get.

Is CBD like marijuana?

Often, the hemp plant is considered the same as marijuana, as hemp oil for pain can reduce pain quickly. However, these are two different types of cannabis that are different from each other in terms of chemical properties, cultivation process, usage and other traits. Hemp is mainly cultivated for producing natural hemp (CBD) oil for pain, fabrics, food, rope and other items. Marijuana contains high levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC, whereas hemp usually contains less than 0.3 percent. In our products the THC level is less than 0.3%.

Will it feel like getting high?

This is the most common question people ask about CBD or hemp oil for wellness. CBD does not contain any psychoactive components that are associated with marijuana or similar products. Therefore, there is no chance of feeling high by using this oil. But CBD is known to be relaxing so you may feel a sort of subtle feeling of calm and relaxation.

What is the method of using CBD products?

CBD can be taken as an oil/tincture that is placed under the tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing so that it’s absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.  It can also be consumed in pill or gummy form (isolate, not full spectrum). We also do have an oil that is an isolate. For a concentrated effect on a specific part of the body, one can use the pain cream topically. CBD Hemp oil for pain is also available as a vape oil and can be inhaled.

Is CBD safe?

Our company makes high-quality CBD products that reach the market after consistent testing. It’s organic, non GMO and CO2 extracted, which means there are no chemical residues leftover in the end product. CBD hemp products are safe to be used, as they typically do not cause any side effects. However, it’s always wise to discuss CBD use with a physician or pharmacist who understands CBD effects.

Can I give my pet CBD (my dog, cat, etc.)?

Yes. Pets can safely benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans; pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. Their dosage will likely be much smaller than for humans. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brain as compared to us, this means they are very sensitive.  We recommend you do your own research and speak with a veterinarian (holistic veterinarian) before you start giving your pet CBD, and always start at a small serving size and increase gradually.

Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing?

No. CBD oil is a product that comes from the whole hemp plant, while hemp oil is usually from only the hemp hearts/seeds. Hemp seed oil is a highly nutritious food product (great for salad dressing!) which contains no CBD or therapeutic properties.

Can CBD cause anxiety?

Anxiety is a complex condition. For most users, CBD reduces feelings of anxiety and calms the nervous system down.

Can you overdose on CBD?

We always recommend starting with 4-5 drops twice a day and increasing by a drop or two every couple days to ease your body into it. CBD has been shown to be safe to use in high doses, even though we don’t recommend it. More is not always better.  CBD cannot cause a fatal overdose. However, it is possible to take too much CBD. A consequence of taking too much CBD is the increased chance of negative side effects like slight headache & diarrhea (a detox effect) and lethargy or drowsiness.

Are drug interactions possible with CBD?

Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called CYP450, which are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. CBD-drug interactions are more likely with high doses of CBD and CBD isolates, however precaution must be taken when using CBD alongside life preserving medications for serious conditions (i.e. epilepsy medications). Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist and do your own due diligence with your research so that you can make an informed decision.

What is CBD used for?

People are finding that CBD is useful for many conditions which have not responded well to conventional treatments. New ailments which CBD can help treat are being discovered every day. However the most common uses of CBD are treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.

What are the benefits of using CBD topically?

Inflammation is the culprit for many skin issues.  Taking CBD orally and also topically for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis give the best results. For mild skin irritations, topical only works great. Studies show CBD to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which is great for the skin, joints and muscles.

Why are there different strengths of CBD oil in products?

CBD is adaptive and will affect each individual differently based on their level of inflammation, their body’s naturally occurring cannabinoid level and their own personal absorption rate. For instance, someone looking for a product to ease discomfort with soreness may want to use a more concentrated mg count than someone using CBD for daily maintenance, but it’s also contingent on the above-mentioned factors as well.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate or sometimes called “pure CBD” is the CBD molecule separated from the rest of the compounds and cannanbinoids (terpenes, flavonoids etc).  CBD isolate is not as effective as full or broad spectrum because of the fact that the other cannabinoids are not present as they work together to create what’s called the ‘entourage effect’.

What is CBD vape oil?

A CBD vape oil or is a liquid made for vaping which is infused with CBD. We don’t recommend ever vaping a CBD oil because it has been shown to cause lung damage.

Is CBD legal? Need prescription?

CBD is legal to purchase and consume in Canada. You do not need a prescription.

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