CBD FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CBD

What is CBD & will it get me high?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike its more (in)famous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t have any psychedelic effects, meaning that CBD won’t make you feel high. Because CBD is also extremely safe, non-addictive and free-from many of the common negative effects of THC, like anxiety, munchies, forgetfulness or clumsiness, it’s a great option for people who want to benefit from cannabinoid-based supplements, without having it interfere with their daily lives.

What is the difference between cannabis, hemp & marijuana?

Cannabis is often used as an umbrella term for the three different species of cannabis plants that belong to the Cannabaceae family of plants. Hemp falls under this umbrella term and is simply a government-mandated distinction of cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. Because hemp has such a low amount of THC it has high concentrations of CBD, which is why it’s a great source for CBD-based products. “Marijuana”, along with words like “weed”, “reefer” and “Mary Jane”, is a colloquial (or slang) word for cannabis. Recently there’s been quite a conversation about the word, with many people feeling it has racist roots and negative connotations. For that reason, we prefer to stick to the terms hemp and cannabis.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network consisting of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids (endo = internal), and metabolic enzymes. Together they help keep your body in a perfect state of balance (homeostasis) allowing it to function at its best. But, the ECS has another very important job. It’s also responsible for regulating a bunch of different your body’s other functions including things like sleep, mood, appetite, memory, immune responses, and even fertility. Hemp falls under this umbrella term and is simply a government-mandated distinction of cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. Because hemp has such a low amount of THC it has high concentrations of CBD, which is why it’s a great source for CBD-based products. “Marijuana”, along with words like “weed”, “reefer” and “Mary Jane”, is a colloquial (or slang) word for cannabis. Recently there’s been quite a conversation about the word, with many people feeling it has racist roots and negative connotations. For that reason, we prefer to stick to the terms hemp and cannabis.

How does CBD work with our bodies?

CBD is very special in how it interacts with your body, because, unlike other cannabinoids, CBD doesn’t bind directly to the cannabinoid receptors in your ECS. Instead, it stimulates the ECS to produce more of its own cannabinoids, helping to restore balance. CBD also interacts with over 60 other neurological pathways, including serotonin receptors (for mood), the immune system, vanilloid receptors (inflammation, pain and heat perception) and glycine receptors (motor control and pain perception). The easiest way is to think of CBD as helping your body to “fix” itself by restoring balance and helping your body to function at its best.

Does CBD really work?

Unfortunately the jury is still out on this one and only one CBD product has thus far been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s called Epidiolex and is used to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy. But, CBD is also one of the most researched cannabinoids and there are a lot of scientists, medical professionals and health care workers who believe that CBD shows potential for a wide range of therapeutic uses. For instance, clinical experiments and animal studies indicate that CBD might be able to reduce the symptoms of people suffering from things like epilepsy, pain, depression, anxiety and insomnia to name but a few. But it is important to understand that a lot of what we know about CBD is still limited, and as such, we are unable to make specific health claims.

Can I overdose on CBD?

The short answer is “No”. In fact, to date, there hasn’t been a single report of anybody overdosing on CBD.

Are there any side effects from taking CBD?

Just like with other supplements and even foods, not everyone will react the same way to the same things. And this is also true for CBD. Although most people do incredibly well on CBD, there are a very few people who may experience some side effects. The good news is that side-effects tend to be very mild and include things like diarrhea, nausea or fatigue. If you find that you have any of side-effects, simply reduce your CBD Dosage a little until you feel better.

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