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WHAT IS CBD

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce a feeling of euphoria associated with being “high.” CBD is a neuroprotectant and antioxidant. CBD (medication name epidiolex) is indicated by the FDA to treat seizures in children ages 2 and older. CBD synergistically interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body and promotes a state of homeostasis and healing.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

The Endocannabinoid System, or the ECS for short, is a group of endogenous receptors in the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system. A primary role of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the body. CBD interacts with CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors and helps improve function. It works in a bi-directional manner on pathways. A simple way to explain this is if your body is producing too much of a neurotransmitter CBD will slow that down. If it is producing too little, CBD will help turn it up. CBD is so effective for a wide range of symptoms because it can both increase or decrease activity as needed.

IS ALL CBD THE SAME?

No, similar CBD products are unique from brand to brand. This is because they can be extracted from different strains having different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. There are 3 primary types of products: Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Each is different regarding what compounds are in them. The industry is relatively unregulated and there are a lot of unethical companies selling products that contain little or no CBD in them. Reputable companies will always provide lab reports to confirm dosage and safety from contaminants. Be informed and research where you buy products from and contact vendors direclty with questions.

TYPES OF CBD PRODUCTS

Full Spectrum = CBD + THC + Terpenes

Broad Spectrum = CBD + Terpenes (sometimes)

CBD isolate = CBD only

Different delivery methods have specific uses and things they are effective for. Inhalation is short acting and highly absorbed, where as edibles are long acting and have low absorption. Topicals may work locally at the site they are applied, but do not enter the blood stream. See our guide to learn more.

IS CBD LEGAL?

The Farm Bill of 2018 made hemp a commodity crop and legal in the eyes of the federal government. However, on the state level, laws vary widely. Each state has been left to decide how they want to enforce the law regarding cannabis and hemp derived CBD products. Currently, CBD is still considered illegal in 3 states only: Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska. In Massachusetts, CBD is legal, but vape products have been removed from shelves and are banned for at least 4 months. Most states have taken a very relaxed stance and are allowing for the sale of CBD products, but it is important for you to research your state laws when consuming or using CBD products.

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS? WHAT IF I TAKE MEDS?

CBD is considered extremely safe. Side effects are extremely uncommon, but can include lethargy, diarrhea, changes in appetite, or upset stomach. Be sure to listen to your body and decrease dosage or discontinue if experiencing any side effect.

CBD can potentially interact with certain drugs that are metabolized in the liver. Any medication that advises against using grapefruit is thought to also potentially interact with CBD. Always consult your physician before adding CBD to your regimen if you are on other medications.

WHERE TO START?

We always encourage consumers to do a good amount of research before using CBD. Download our comprehensive guide if you have questions. You can also call, email, or message us on social media. We are always available to help people get answers to the questions they have!

We are currently compiling a comprehensive CBD guide so consumers can educate themselves on the ins and outs of cannabis, hemp, and CBD. Check back soon for updates. In the meantime, check below for the info the guide will contain:

Section 1 – Intro to Cannabis

Section 2 – Hemp Vs Marijuana

Section 3 – CBD vs THC

Section 4 – Legality Questions

Section 5 – The History of Cannabis

Section 6 – What are Cannabinoids?

Section 7 – What Is CBD?

Section 8 – Other Major and Minor Cannabinoids

Section 9 – What Are Terpenes and Flavonoids?

Section 10 – Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate

Section 11 – The Entourage Effect

Chapter 12 – How Does CBD Work?

Chapter 13 – The Endocannabinoid System

Section 14 – What Does Current Medical Literature Say?

Section 15 – The Pros and Cons of a Booming CBD Market

Section 16 – How Is Big Pharma Involved?

Section 17 – Different Business Models for CBD Companies

Section 18 – The Importance of Third-Party Lab Testing

Section 19 – Extraction Methods for CBD Products

Section 20 – Types of CBD Products

Section 21 – Which Products Are Right For Me?

Section 22 – Realistic Expectations with CBD

Section 23 – CBD Dosing Explained

Section 24 – Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD

Section 25 – Finding Quality Products That Are Safe

BONUS SECTION 26 – Starting a CBD Business