THE ULTIMATE CBD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It is one of many powerful cannabinoids, or molecules produced uniquely by the cannabis family. It is the second most abundant of all the cannabinoids, next to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and is known for supporting health and overall wellbeing.
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not give the feeling of intoxication or ‘being high’. It contains no more than 0.3% THC (the primary psychoactive element) that has a strong effect on cognitive brain activity.
Raw hemp extract can be used in paste form, or mixed with other oils such as coconut, olive, MCT, or hemp seed oil to produce what’s commonly known as a ‘CBD oil.’ CBD oils from VEDASANAS are made with MCT oil due to the molecular structure of medium-chain triglycerides, which works well to help dissolve the CBD compound as efficiently as possible.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP & MARIJUANA?
Taxonomically, hemp and marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis sativa L. Hemp and marijuana might look and smell very similar. The difference is that hemp plants contain no more than 0.3 percent (by dry weight) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. By comparison, marijuana typically contains 5 to 20 percent THC. You cannot get high on hemp."
Hemp is different from marijuana in its function, cultivation, and application. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial hemp is its own ‘variety’ of Cannabis sativa L. (the word ‘strain’ is not applicable), while marijuana can exist as Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa.
Generally speaking, marijuana has higher amounts of THC than it does CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, has a high amount of CBD in most instances, and only trace amounts of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from the plant without the ‘high.’
VEDASANAS sources all of our CBD products using only the finest hemp. We are committed to quality, purity, and efficacy and want all customers to know that their satisfaction is our utmost concern. If you have any additional questions about hemp or any of our hemp-based products, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
WHAT IS THC?
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the second most common cannabinoid in the hemp plant. It is also the most desired compound in hemp’s sister plant, marijuana. THC is the compound in the cannabis plant that makes the user feel “high.” Legally, the distinction between hemp and marijuana is the THC content of the plant. Anything less than 0.3% is defined as hemp, and anything over 0.3% is marijuana. While full spectrum CBD products will contain a trace amount of THC, levels will always be below the 0.3% mark. In such small amounts, consumers using CBD products will not feel the psychoactive effects of the THC; it is only present to help increase the entourage effect.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) belong to a group known as cannabinoids, and they are derived from the cannabis plant – either hemp or marijuana. There are over 100 different cannabinoids, but CBD and THC are the most dominant substances in cannabis, making them responsible for most of the effects that marijuana is famous for.
By far, the most notable difference between CBD and TCH is that THC causes a high, while CBD does not. CBD’s lack of psychoactive effects is one of the reasons it has become so popular as of late. In fact, CBD can counteract some of THC’s psychoactive effects, such as euphoria and anxiety. Both CBD and THC work by interacting with the endocannabinoid system.
HOW DOES CBD OIL WORK?
The human body has a vast network of receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System. The endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system in the body that helps to regulate the immune, nervous, and digestive system. When introduced into the body, CBD and other cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body assisting with regulation and homeostasis, which can help alleviate pain, improve sleep quality, increase appetite, and reduce stress. It helps our body stay balanced and in good overall health, even when external factors and certain lifestyle choices diminish our wellbeing.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Every single person has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), whether they have consumed hemp products before in their lives or not.
ECS regulates various cognitive and physiological processes – such as mood, sleep, appetite, and pain sensation – in order to promote homeostasis or equilibrium in the body. When introduced into the body, CBD and other cannabinoids assist with regulation and homeostasis, which can help alleviate pain, improve sleep quality, increase appetite, and reduce stress.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that are most commonly found in–but not exclusive to—cannabis. In addition to being produced endogenously by the human endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids have also been found in other botanical sources, including hops and varieties of Echinacea. At least 113 cannabinoids have been isolated from cannabis and characterized, with two of the most notable ones being cannabidiol (CBD) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
Sometimes called the “whole-plant” or “entourage effect,” cannabis offers a complex biochemical matrix of many of its constituents working synergistically. There is much misinformation about the actual composition of some CBD-rich hemp products; however it contains many bioactive compounds that interplay to optimize health and wellness. This is what we call the “Hemptourage effect.”
IS CBD A DRUG?
Although CBD is used as a component in a drug known as Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizure disorders, CBD oil is not considered to be a drug. Also, CBD does not cause a high like marijuana.
DOES CBD SHOW UP IN A DRUG TEST?
Cannabidiol (CBD) should not show up on a drug test. However, many CBD products contain trace amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s principal active ingredient. If enough THC is present, it will show up on a drug test. This means that in rare cases, using CBD might lead to a positive drug test. It all depends on the product’s quality and composition.
WHAT IS FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL?
Full-spectrum, sometimes also called “whole plant,” means the full plant extract is included. It contains all the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant in nature, rather than just CBD (Cannabidiol. Full-spectrum provides more of the plant’s molecules in ratios and amounts that nature intended.
Full-spectrum products are associated with the “entourage effect” – this refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to the different cannabinoids such as cannabinoids and terpenes, and other compounds working synergistically. Full-spectrum products can be more effective than products that are CBD isolate derived. Products that are isolate derived will only contain the isolated CBD molecule.
DOES CBD OIL MAKE ME HIGH OR GIVE ME A BUZZ?
Absolutely not! A common misconception is that CBD makes people feel ‘high’ because it comes from cannabis plants. This is factually incorrect. Another cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is responsible for the psychoactive high that occurs when people smoke or consume marijuana. CBD does not produce the same effect.
CBD oil is an entirely different cannabinoid from THC. Moreover, CBD oil extracted from hemp contains negligible amounts of THC — less than 0.03 percent — making it impossible for anyone (including pets) to feel high when using it. Remember, although CBD oil comes from hemp, CBD oil is not marijuana.
CBD meets the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of being psychoactive. The WHO defines psychoactive substances as substances “that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g., cognition or effect.”
However, while this may be the case for CBD, it must be noted that CBD is non-intoxicating in its effects. It does not produce feelings of euphoria, stupor, or loss of control, effects commonly associated with THC ingestion. Research suggests that this is due to the fact that CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor in the same way that THC does. In fact, CBD has been shown in some studies to modulate or reduce the intoxicating effects of THC.
IS CBD LEGAL?
Yes, purchasing CBD is federally legal as long as it does not contain more than 0.3 percent THC.
Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“Farm Bill”), which was then signed into law at the end of the year. The Farm Bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, expands hemp’s commercial cultivation, and legalizes hemp production on Indian tribal land and in U.S. territories. Hemp regulations now belong under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) instead of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Since hemp now is legal, most presume that CBD derived from hemp also is legal. However, the regulations do not explicitly extend legal status to hemp extracts.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?
Short answer: there is no ‘correct’ CBD dosage. The optimal dose for a consumer depends on several factors, such as body weight, metabolism, individual body chemistry, other metabolic factors, CBD tolerance, and the consumer’s level of pain or discomfort. The type of CBD product and its concentration are other important considerations since some products interact differently with the body than others.
We cannot make specific recommendations regarding serving sizes. We recommend starting with a small amount of CBD, and gradually increasing the serving until the desired effects are achieved.
Tip: Write a brief note in your journal or calendar each day, tracking how the full-spectrum hemp oil is working.
After one week, review your notes to help you make an informed decision on whether or not you need to increase potency (mg) & frequency (how many times a day you consume it).
CAN I OVERDOSE ON CBD?
No, you cannot overdose on CBD. There is no record of anyone ever overdosing. CBD is completely non-toxic.
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT I’M BUYING THE BEST CBD OIL?
The best companies do a few things to ensure that their customers receive only top-quality CBD oil. First, we provide clearly-labeled packaging on all of our CBD oil products, including our CBD edibles, and CBD creams. We also offer independent third-party lab reports for all of our CBD oil products so that consumers know exactly what is in the bottle. Moreover, we have a customer experience team ready to help answer any of your questions should you need anything along the way.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF CBD OIL vs. CBD CREAM?
CBD topical creams for sale offer a completely different mode of delivery from other CBD-infused products like oils, capsules, or edibles. When you use a topical CBD product, you are applying the active component directly to the skin, thereby administering the cannabidiol in a quick, efficient way without exposing it to metabolic processes in the digestive system.
WHAT THE SOURCE OF VEDASANAS CBD OIL?
We source all of our CBD oil from soil rich hemp farms in Kentucky, Colorado, and Scandinavia. Also, the best CBD oil is extracted with a process called supercritical CO2 extraction, which retains all of the naturally occurring beneficial molecules found in the hemp plant.
HOW DO YOU EXTRACT YOUR VEDASANAS CBD OIL?
People should be careful of cheap CBD oil, because toxic solvents such as propane, hexane, or butane may have been used to extract it. Poisonous solvents can be hazardous, extremely hazardous.
Although some companies use ethanol in their extraction process, the best companies use supercritical CO2 extraction for everything, including flavored CBD oil collections. It maintains the purity of the CBD oil throughout the entire process. Also, supercritical CO2 extraction retains all of the naturally occurring beneficial molecules found in the hemp plant.
IS CBD OIL SAFE?
CBD has been shown in numerous studies to be well tolerated in humans. It is non-toxic and non-addictive. There is no known incidence of illness caused by the consumption of CBD oil. Also, all of VEDASANAS products undergo rigorous testing to guarantee purity and potency.
CAN I FLY WITH FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL PRODUCTS?
Many people reasonably have a bit of anxiety over whether or not they can fly with CBD oil. Yes, it is completely legal to travel domestically in the United States with full-spectrum hemp oil as long is 0.3% THC. Anything with more than a 0.3% THC level is classified as marijuana (illegal at a federal level, no matter the state)
However, please proceed with caution when traveling internationally as laws regarding full-spectrum hemp oil vary from country to country.
DOES VEDASANAS SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
We do not ship internationally at this time due to different import/export restrictions placed on the CBD category. CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal to ship only within the United States.
HOW DO I RETURN MY PRODUCT OR RECEIVE A REFUND?
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