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What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound that interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help balance your body's systems.

The Endocannabinoid System

The ECS is a network of neurons and synapses throughout your body and brain that emit and respond to cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are chemicals our own bodies produce, and phytocannabinoids are plant versions of those same chemicals produced by hemp and medical cannabis plants.

The existence of the ECS is a relatively recent discovery and the scientific understanding of the system increases every year. What is understood is that CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system to create a fully functioning network of neurons in your body. CBD supplements work to enhance these chemicals that occur naturally in our own bodies.

CB1 and CB2 receptor sites

CB1 receptors

Brain
Lungs
Vascular System
Muscles
Gastrointestinal Tract
Reproductive Organs
Immune System
Liver
Bone Marrow
Pancreas

ECS (endocannabinoid system) receptor sites

CB2 receptors

Spleen
Bones
Skin
Immune System
Liver
Bone Marrow
Pancreas
White Blood Cells
Tonsils
Thymus Gland

Why does CBD affect people differently?

We all have different bodies and as a result, people may respond differently to CBD. Factors like age, weight, gender, lifestyle, medical history, and more can all come into play when it comes to how CBD will interact with you. In addition, the strength or potency of the CBD and the method of delivery will impact how it affects you.

 

How Do I Decide What Dose of CBD to Take?

Dosage depends on the potency of the product and the desired outcome. People generally use a range of 10-50 mg of CBD per day. A quality CBD product will clearly provide the CBD concentration to help you determine how much product to take to achieve your desired dosage. This information may be listed on the label or in testing results offered on the product website.

 

What Are Some of the Possible Benefits of Using CBD?

Benefits of CBD may include an elevated mood, increased productivity and happiness due to this elevated mood, acne relief, arthritis relief, joint and muscle pain relief, chronic pain relief, less cravings for tobacco, reduced anxiety, stress levels, nausea, and depression, a reduction in frequency and severity of seizures, and even neuroprotective benefits for your brain that might protect against Alzhiemers, Parkinsons and cognitive decline.

Currently the Food and Drug Administration has only approved CBD for treatment of seizures. However, there are thousands of peer-reviewed studies as well as reports from people all over the world that support the use of CBD as a supplement to increase health and well-being.

 

Does CBD Affect Memory?

Research shows CBD is non-addictive, and has little if any negative side effects. Many people turn to CBD for the neuroprotective benefits it provides, meaning it may even help to improve or strengthen your memory — not detract or take away from it.

 

Is CBD Legal?

All the CBD products we offer are derived from hemp and per the House Appropriations Act of 2016 and Agricultural Acts of 2014 and 2018, meet federal requirements for legal sale. The legal status of industrial hemp products including CBD was further expanded under the 2018 Farm Bill.

The cannabinoid THC is the intoxicating component of cannabis sativa that makes “marijuana” a federally restricted substance. Pure CBD does not contain this compound and has no intoxicating effects. While our CBD products are legal federally, and fully legal for use in Montana, individual states, counties, or even towns can restrict CBD use so we recommend you use discretion if you are visiting from out of state. Double check the laws where you live to ensure your home state and city allow CBD. If you are ever questioned by authorities regarding CBD products in your possession, cite the House Appropriations Act of 2016 and point out that the product(s) you are using are hemp-derived and produced according to state department of agriculture policies.

 

Is CBD Safe for Pets?

Many people use CBD to offer relief to their pets. CBD may be able to help pets with some of the same issues that humans face. For example, pet owners give their dogs CBD for arthritis, nervousness and misbehavior, pain relief, and more.

 

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

CBD will not get you high. This is because it does not contain THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating “high.” CBD oil sold over-the-counter is derived from hemp strains of cannabis that purposefully contain little to no THC.

 

What is the Difference Between Hemp and Medical Marijuana?

Hemp belongs to the same family of plants as medical marijuana, Cannabis sativa, but it has some differing qualities. To qualify as hemp, cannabis plants are cultivated to contain THC levels of less than 0.3%, where medical cannabis plants may have THC levels exceeding 30%.

 

Is CBD Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

You should always consult your doctor before taking any new substance during pregnancy. The general consensus is that more research is required before we can declare that CBD is safe to use while pregnant.

 

What is the timeframe for CBD to take affect?

While this can differ from person to person, you can expect CBD to take affect within 10-15 minutes when vaporized or taken sublingually. The affect is likely to last 30 minutes to an hour. Taken as a pill or capsule, it may take 2 to 2 ½ hours to take effect, however, the effects will last longer (6 or more hours). If you do not feel the CBD effects immediately, continue taking it for a week or two as the affects may build in your body as it works to reduce the inflammation or correct other imbalances in your body. You can slowly increase your dosage as you go if you feel you need more.

 

What is Bioavailability and What Does It Have to Do With CBD?

Bioavailability is how much CBD is enters your blood stream and is taken up by your body. When you take CBD through ingestion (swallow it), you will have much lower bioavailability. When inhaled (smoked or vaporized), CBD goes into your lungs and absorbs more completely into your blood stream from there. Increased bioavailability means you will feel the effects more quickly and the CBD will have a stronger affect.

 

What’s the Best Way to Use CBD?

There are a variety of ways a person can use CBD. Your method of choice will depend on your reasons for taking CBD, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences.

 

Is There Research Supporting CBD Use?

Thousands of scientific/medical peer-reviewed studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD (www.projectcbd.org) is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress to help us understand the potential of this great compound.

 

Do CBD Topical Products Work?

CBD topicals have proven effective for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as for localized muscle soreness and joint pain resulting from arthritis-induced inflammation.

 

Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

A high-quality CBD product with minimal THC is incredibly unlikely to show up on a drug test. However, low quality CBD products may contain more traces of THC than they claim, in which case it is possible for a screening to pick up on the drug. Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This translates to about 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less.

 

 

What is a cannabinoid?

A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Ligands for these receptor proteins include the endocannabinoids, the phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids.

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This information was collected from various sources for the convenience of our community.  Statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products is not confirmed by FDA-approved research.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information presented here is not meant as a substitute for information from health care practitioners.  It is also not meant as an alternative to information from health care practitioners.  Before using any product, you should consult your doctor and ask about the risk of interactions or complications.

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