1.) What is CBD and CBD Oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 100+ cannabinoids (beneficial chemical compounds) found in the hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant. CBD and THC are considered the two primary cannabinoids. CBD is naturally abundant in the hemp plant and is non-psychoactive. THC, which is psychoactive, is federally regulated in the hemp plant, to be less than 0.3%, which only constitutes a trace amount of concentration.
CBD Oil is the end product that is extracted, from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Natural solvent and CO2 extraction processes are the most common methods of extraction of CBD Oil in the hemp industry.
2.) How Does CBD work?
The benefits of CBD are derived through both direct and indirect interaction with the body’s vast biological regulating system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System is found throughout the body, in the brain, organs, muscles, tissues, skeletal system and immune system.
The Endocannabinoid System regulates processes that include, pain response, stress, mood, memory, appetite, sleep, immune function and reproductive function.
The body naturally produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters), which interact with receptors on cells in various locations and systems throughout the body to regulate and maintain homeostasis, (biological equilibrium) in response to variations and challenges in the external environment.
CBD, a plant based cannabinoid, mimics, in some ways, the activity of the body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids, thereby assisting in the body’s natural functioning and regulating processes throughout various locations and systems.
3.) Will CBD make me high?
CBD is Non-Psychotropic, and therefore, does NOT make you feel high. It has the properties to produce a feeling of calm and ease while allowing, and possibly enhancing, mental clarity and focus.
4). What is the difference between Full-Spectrum CBD, Broad- Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate?
Full-Spectrum CBD refers to the extracted oil that contains the ‘whole plant’ beneficial compound profile, which includes the major and minor cannabinoids such as, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN and the naturally occurring terpenes and flavonoids. Trace amounts of THC may be found, but well below the federal 0.3% THC limit.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil is actually Full-Spectrum CBD Oil that is processed to mitigate the 0.3% THC of the hemp plant to a trace. In other words, it has the benefits of Full-Spectrum CBD oil without the presence of THC.
CBD Isolate is CBD Oil that goes through a complete extraction process that removes all compounds from the oil except the cannabinoid CBD. The end product is what is called CBD Isolate, which produces either a CBD Crystal or CBD Powder. It is the purest form of CBD (99% purity) that can be taken directly or used in formulating other CBD products.
5.) What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the molecules found in the hemp plant that give it its distinctive aroma and taste. Terpenes are present in almost all plants and are the foundational source of essential oils.
Terpenes may also play an essential role in promoting the benefits of the hemp plant with respect to human health and well-being.
6.) What is the difference between taking a CBD Tincture and Vaping CBD?
You can experience the benefits of CBD through both vaping and tincture dosing methods. Actually, both CBD vaping and CBD tincture (when taken sublingually or under the tongue) are fast acting, effective and bioavailable delivery methods that readily enter the bloodstream. With vaping providing a more instantaneous and reported shorter effects, tinctures may take 5 or up to 20 minutes to fully experience but users report longer lasting effects.
Vaping does offer the highest bioavailability from 34% - 56%.
Tincture’s bioavailability rate is 13% to 35%
It is really a matter of personal choice and convenience. Some people do not want to inhale anything into their lungs, even though vaping is not smoking, instead, it enters the lungs as a vapor rather than smoke. However, many people enjoy the relaxing experience of vaping and find that it enhances the overall benefits of CBD.
On the other hand, many consider dosing CBD with dropping some delicious tincture under the tongue to be the most convenient and effective method.
That said, they are not mutually exclusive, there may be times that sitting back to enjoy a CBD vaping experience is just what you need and other times, when you are on the go, a drop or two of sublingual CBD tincture is easy and effective.
7.) What Are Edibles?
Edibles, with the exception of sublingual tincture, do go through the digestive system and therefore deliver the beneficial compounds with a slower entry into the bloodstream. This slower entry also has benefits in terms of maintaining a balanced and extended delivery.
8.) What are the benefits of Topicals?
Topicals consist of creams, lotions, foams, and salves, formulated from full-spectrum CBD extract isolate, or alternative cannabinoids, along with other beneficial ingredients. Topical products are used for targeted pain relief, skin care, personal care and many other applications.
The benefits of cannabinoids, and the other beneficial compounds of hemp, interact with the Endocannabinoid System of the skin, the largest organ of the body, to provide pain relief, reduced inflammation and sooth skin irritations, as well as, effectively provide daily skincare for healthy glowing skin.
9.) Does CBD have side effects?
CBD is considered to be non-toxic, safe and doesn’t have a risk of overdose. That said, often, the very few reported side effects such as, dry mouth and mild changes in the digestive process, are usually overcome by reducing the dosage.
It is always recommended, when starting to include CBD products in your health regimen, to start with low and infrequent dosage amounts. Then, if you feel you are stable and would like to increase you dosage, do so slowly and incrementally.
10.) Is it safe to take CBD with medications?
The Green Claw team always recommends that anyone taking prescription medications, for any reason, consult with their health practitioner before using any new products or supplements.