CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabis encompasses both hemp and marijuana, but CBD is typically derived from hemp due to its high CBD and low THC levels. CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t make the user high.
CBD is used in health supplements due to its wellness properties to help improve and regulate the body’s ECS. There is a wide range of benefits CBD products have to offer, including an improved mental state, a decrease in minor discomfort, a boost in immune system health, and improved overall health. CBD comes in various products, forms and potencies to best accommodate the user’s needs. CBD is often made into CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD topical products, and CBD vape products.
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CBD oil is the combination of CBD extract with a carrier oil. When CBD is first extracted from hemp, it’s a very thick and sticky substance. To make it easier to take and distribute, the CBD extract is mixed with other ingredients and oils. The most common carrier oils include coconut oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil. When you purchase CBD oil it won’t contain exclusively CBD, it will also contain other ingredients for a more pleasant experience. Check the CBD milligram amount on the bottle to determine the potency of the CBD oil.
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Full-spectrum CBD oil is the least refined and processed CBD on the market with the most nutrients possible. After the CBD is first extracted from the hemp plant, it isn’t further refined to remove the nutrients from the plant, this includes terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. These other cannabinoids include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid commonly known for its intoxicating effects. Legally all hemp-derived CBD can’t contain any more than 0.3 percent THC. This small amount of THC won’t cause any intoxicating effects. Full-spectrum CBD oil can improve the effectiveness of the CBD since all the nutrients naturally found in the plant are left in the product.
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CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from cannabis plants and is then added to other ingredients. CBD is naturally occurring in both hemp and marijuana but CBD is typically extracted from hemp plants. There are three different ways to extract CBD: oil infusion, CO2 extraction, and grain alcohol extraction. Once the CBD is extracted, it is refined in different ways to remove other plant compounds or break down the CBD to make it easier for the body to absorb. The CBD should be tested by the manufactures to ensure it meets purity and potency standards.
After the extraction, refining, and testing process, the CBD is a thick substance that is added to carrier oils, flavors, or scents to make it easier to take. CBD is made into many different products, like CBD oils, edibles, beauty products, and more. Since the production of CBD isn’t the same for all manufacturers, make sure you purchase from a reliable source in order to ensure you are purchasing CBD that is produced properly and accurately tested. To learn more, read our How Is CBD Oil Made? blog.
Hemp is a plant from the Cannabis sativa species and has been used for thousands of years for different purposes. In the present day, hemp is grown and harvested for different uses, including hemp fabric, hemp CBD extract, building materials, and biofuels. The 2018 Farm Bill transformed the legal landscape of hemp and hemp products. Hemp is now considered a cash crop in the United States to help boost the economy and provide opportunities for farmers. In the U.S., hemp is defined as a cannabis plant containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. Some hemp plants are bred to contain high amounts of CBD for CBD products while other hemp plants contain little nutritional value but more fibers for fabrics and materials.
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Both hemp and marijuana are from the cannabis plant family, but the differentiating factors are the THC and CBD levels. Hemp contains small amounts of THC and large amounts of CBD. The amount of CBD in hemp is the reason it is used to create CBD oil and CBD products. Hemp is legal on a federal level and isn’t considered a drug. Marijuana contains more than 0.3 percent THC, the chemical that causes a high or intoxicating effect in users. Marijuana is not legal in all 50 states and continues to be considered a drug or controlled substance by the federal government. Some states have legalized recreational or medicinal use of marijuana.
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Yes, hemp CBD is legal in all 50 states. However, some states have put stricter restrictions on CBD than others. Federal regulations require CBD products to contain no more than 0.3 percent THC and follow regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration. States like Idaho, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas have legalized CBD as long as it doesn’t contain any THC. Other states have legalized CBD as long as it isn’t combined with foods or drinks. The legal landscape surrounding CBD continues to change as state laws shift and FDA regulations transform.
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Most hemp-derived CBD oils contain no more than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical that creates a “high” or intoxicating effect in users. This small amount of THC won’t cause the user to get high. Some CBD companies sell THC-free CBD products for those who want to ditch the THC and for those who live in states that don’t allow any THC in CBD. In a few states, all traces of THC in CBD are illegal. Currently, Idaho, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Kansas only allow the sale and consumption of THC-free CBD oil. If you live in one of these states, you will only be able to purchase the THC free products on our site.
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CBD has the ability to provide many health benefits, although it is important to note that CBD may affect people differently. When CBD enters the body, it works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to support various functions throughout the body. Some of the main benefits of CBD include:
• Relief from minor discomfort
• Promotes a positive mental state
• Improves mood
• Supports joint health
• Improves rest
• Boosts energy
• Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
• Supports immune system health
• Promotes improved overall health
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Since hemp CBD contains such low amounts of THC, which is the compound tested in drug tests, occasional use of CBD oil shouldn’t come up on a drug test. However, this is not a guarantee, especially for those who take large amounts of CBD on a regular basis. Non-reputable CBD brands that don’t perform the correct purity and potency tests before distribution oftentimes contain more THC than the legal limit. For those who need to take drug tests regularly, it would be best to avoid CBD in order to avoid the risk of getting a positive result.
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When CBD enters the body, it works with the body’s existing endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate various functions. The ECS contains cannabinoid receptors that interact with CBD to stimulate and boost the ECS. The ECS is responsible for regulating a wide range of functions throughout the body, including appetite, sleep, mood, nerve function, muscle recovery, immune system response, and brain function. CBD works with the ECS to help regulate these functions and create a sense of homeostasis, meaning balance and regularity in the body.
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CBD may interfere with a few medications, either by amplifying their effects or diminishing them. Since this is the case, we recommend those who are taking medication to consult with their doctor or healthcare professional before adding CBD oil to their daily routine.
CBD oil can be taken in different ways for different uses and outcomes. The main ways to take CBD oil is by inhaling, ingesting, topical use, or sublingual use, meaning placing under the tongue. The way you take the CBD will impact the absorption and duration of the CBD product. Once you determine a method to take CBD, this will help you determine what CBD product to purchase. Not all CBD products are used the same way, for example, CBD tinctures can be placed under the tongue while topical CBD products should only be used on the skin.
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There are so many CBD products to choose from. Once you determine the way you want to take the CBD, then you can determine the products best suited for you. Some of the many CBD products offered include: topical serums, topical creams, oil tinctures, water solubles, gummies, candy, brownies, beauty products such as lotion, face cream, and bath bombs, and many more. Check out the Products section to see the many types of products we carry.
No, hemp-derived CBD won’t make you “high” or experience any psychoactive effects. Hemp-derived CBD oil typically contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, the chemical that causes the high effect. This amount of THC isn’t enough to cause any intoxicating effects. CBD also counteracts any effects that may occur from the small amount of THC in the CBD product. There are some CBD oils that contain no THC for those who are concerned about the THC.
There is not an exact recommended dose or serving size for CBD oil. There are ways to determine how much CBD is right for you and your health needs. All CBD products should list the recommended serving size and CBD potency per serving. This can help you measure, monitor, and gauge how much is right for you.
Start with a small amount and work your way up, this will help you determine how much is right for your body. While doing this, take note of how you feel and how much you take. Once you feel the desired effects, continue taking that amount until you feel the need to change it.
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CBD is gluten-free, but the other ingredients added to CBD products may not be. It’s possible that ingredients in CBD capsule, pills, and gummies aren’t gluten-free. Read the labels before purchasing a product to make sure there aren’t any ingredients containing gluten.
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Yes, although allergies to CBD are rare, it is possible for someone to be allergic to CBD. Sometimes a person may be allergic to another ingredient in the CBD product. An allergic reaction to CBD can range from mild to severe.
If you experience a severe allergic reaction to CBD, you should seek medical attention immediately.
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Even though CBD may offer many health benefits, some people may experience adverse side effects. These side effects are usually very mild and may include a change in appetite, drowsiness, dry mouth, and diarrhea.
If you experience any undesirable side effects, cut back on the amount you take or stop taking CBD altogether. If you experience any severe side effects, stop taking CBD and seek medical attention. This is extremely rare. The vast majority of people can take CBD without any negative effects at all.
CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants. Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in the United States. Hemp CBD products have been legal on a federal level even since the 2018 Farm Bill passed. However, states may further regulate CBD, and some states have put stricter regulations in CBD like prohibiting CBD containing THC.