FAQ: CBD (Cannabidiol) and True CBD Hemp Oil
1) What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, the most prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in cannabis, that comprises up to 40% of the plant. Cannabidiol is “a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect.” After THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. According to many researchers, CBD may be the single most important
cannabinoid ever discovered. If you search online, and it is not hard to do so, you will find patent number 6,630,507 states
unequivocally that cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson’s, Alzeheimer’s and HIV dementia. The patent, awarded in 2003, is based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and is assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. That’s right, the US Government has had the patent on CBD’s for over ten years!
2) How does CBD interact with our body and is it safe?
Humans all have what’s called an Endocannabinoid system. We naturally produce different cannabinoids in our bodies. We have two major cannabinoid receptors, the CB1 and the CB2 receptors, and these receptors are found in the brain, the nervous system, the immune system, and in all major organs, as well as scattered throughout our bodies. The effect of CBD on these receptors has been well researched and shows that CBD’s are stimulating the production of our own internal cannabinoids, and strengthening our whole Endocannabinoid system. Each one of these receptors responds to cannabinoids, whether it be from human breast milk in babies, or from True CBD Hemp Oil drops. This essentially means that the human body was built for cannabinoids, and we manufacture, in our bodies, endocannibinoids. It is well established in the medical community that these nutritive substances play a critical role in protecting cells against disease, boosting immune function, protecting the brain and nervous system, and relieving pain and disease-causing inflammation, among other things. Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with cannabinoid receptors which, when activated by our endocannabinoids, and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, etc… It has been well documented that human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, (cannabinoids made by our bodies). Hemp is the ONLY known abundant source of cannabinoids, outside of our own bodies. Our cannabinoid receptors are also activated when these cannabinoids are introduced. The Endocannabinoid system is intricately linked to our nervous system and immune system, as well as our brain and digestion. Therefore by stimulating and strengthening the Endocannibinoid system through the introduction of CBD into the body, there may potentially be a wide range of effects. Wikipedia does a good job in great detail, explaining CBD and it’s effects on the Endocannabinoid system: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system As stated previously, Cannabidiol (CBD) is naturally occurring in our bodies and is naturally present in healthy mothers breast milk. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no reports of serious side effects from CBD, or Cannabis at all for that matter. CBD is widely considered one of the safest dietary supplements available, with no known allergies or ill effects. Upon taking extremely high doses one may experience a great desire to rest or sleep.
3) What are the legalities around CBD?
Our Hemp CBD oil products are legal to consume, sell, and possess both here in all fifty states and in many other countries. Hemp oil is a dietary supplement that is permitted for use in or as a dietary supplement, and it is imported as raw hemp oil under approved tariff codes to its FDA registered and GMP certified facility in the U.S. All hemp products that have been imported through the proper means are exempt from the marijuana and THC laws in Schedule I of the DEA, as precedented in the 2004 Federal Ruling in favor of the Hemp Industry Association (HIA) vs. the DEA, in which Judge Betty Fletcher wrote, “[T]hey (DEA) cannot regulate naturally occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana-i.e. non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance. The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld.” So, the CBD we are using for the 250mg and 1500mg bottles comes from Imported Hemp, and is legal and exempt from marijuana and THC laws. We also offer 350mg and 2200mg bottles made with US Grown Kentucky Hemp Oil!! This hemp is grown in accordance with the Farm Bill under direct contract with the Federal Government and is legal and exempt from marijuana and THC laws.
4) Why does True CBD Hemp Oil get CBD from Hemp and not Marijuana?
CBD is CBD, no matter if it is from Hemp or Marijuana. True CBD Hemp Oil is from 100% Hemp for many reasons. Hemp has been bred to have low levels of THC, and some naturally has high levels of CBD. Marijuana has been bred to be high in THC and low in CBD, with few exceptions. The strains of marijuana that are being grown with a very high CBD content, are presently very rare. The growers that do have high CBD marijuana strains are struggling to provide for everyone who wants and is sometimes desperately seeking CBD. Our CBD percentage from hemp is still comparable to these high CBD marijuana strains. It does not have high levels of THC. This of course would not be legal in all fifty states, nor would it be preferred by many who do not want its effects. Speaking genetically, Hemp and Marijuana can be the same plant. Industrial Hemp is always Cannabis sativa, marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, or Cannabis indica, or even Cannabis ruderalis. Almost all Marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD, and naturally has a low, trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC.
5) How does True CBD Hemp Oil compare to Rick Simpson Oil?
Rick Simpson Oil actually refers to a method of extraction, NOT a specific product. The Rick Simpson method can be used with any number of different strains of marijuana, so the THC and CBD content is always varying greatly, depending on the marijuana being used. Usually Rick Simpson oil is a variety of marijuana with a very low CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what most of the marijuana is. In states where growing marijuana is legal, many people are making there own marijuana oil blends using this Rick Simpson method; typically produced by filling a cylindrical glass or stainless steel canister and flooding the canister with a solvent — usually butane — that strips the plant matter of its cannabinoid-containing oils. The resulting mixture of psychotropic plant oil and chemicals is then purified to remove traces of the solvent. One common method of butane removal includes boiling it off in a hot water bath, while another involves the use of a vacuum pump and vacuum chamber to lower butane’s boiling point, pulling butane from the oil. This unregulated and sometimes very dangerous practice has created enormous amounts of awareness regarding the benefits of cannabinoids. Countless testimonials show that when done correctly, and in a controlled environment, this method can produce a safe and effective oil. Unfortunately it has also created lots of confusion and misunderstanding due to its lack of standardization. EVERYONE IS USING DIFFERENT STRAINS OF MARIJUANA. The amount of cannabinoids differ from plant to plant and the ratios of THC/CBD are totally inconsistent. This results in a lack of potency and consistency. Trace amounts of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, as well as butane and or other solvents not completely cooked off can reside. There is NO oversight or testing being done, creating a large potential for contamination. The levels of THC are 99% of the time to high to be legal on a Federal level, or in states where marijuana is still illegal. Needless to say, for most people this is not a very good option. The CBD we use in True CBD Hemp Oil is from two different sources and they use two different types of extraction. The first is a full spectrum CO2 extraction of stalks and stems from a Hemp strain of Cannabis sativa grown in the U.K. and imported under federal regulations, (250mg and 1500mg bottles). The second is a full spectrum organic ethanol extraction of whole plant hemp grown in Kentucky, USA under federal regulations and in accordance with the US Farm Bill; (350mg and 2200mg bottles). True CBD Hemp Oil comes from hemp that is naturally high in cannabidiol (CBD), so the extracts consistently have a high amount of CBD and only trace amounts of THC. True CBD Hemp Oil is highly standardized and lab tested THREE TIMES, to verify for purity, and to insure that the CBD content is consistent and true!
6) How do I learn more about CBD’s?
There is a tremendous amount of information available online. We highly encourage you to do your own research and remember that this is more than anything a grassroots movement that has grown its wings and is now taking flight. Ask your friends and neighbors about CBD. You just might be very surprised at the level of awareness that is already all around you. Of course we are always available to answer your questions as best as we can.