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We understand it can be challenging to find accurate information on the web when it comes to understanding CBD.  We've done our research and are able to provide you with accurate and easy-to-understand answers to the below common questions we get asked by our clients.  

 

If you would like to have further discussions about CBD products, please reach out to us to set up a time to chat!  We can also meet with you one-on-one if you are local to us in West Chester, PA. 

Frequently asked questions

What is CBD?


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists. Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body. CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high – or with less of a high. The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time. Read more here or check out this video for a visual representation of how CBD works! (Content sourced from www.projectcbd.org -a trusted education partner)




How do you decide which products to sell on this site?


It is so important to us that we thoroughly research and test each product that we represent on our site. With so many options of CBD and natural beauty products on the market, we understand it can be overwhelming and difficult to make a decision. We have the highest standards when it comes to selecting a brand to support. We only align ourselves with brands that we share similar values with. Each brand is rated on the following criteria: 1. Quality: They must use only natural and organic ingredients, preferably sourced from the United States. 2. Transparency: CBD manufacturers must have easy access to third-party lab results. 3. Values: Brands must share with us a similar passion of wanting to work closely with consumers as well as continually maintain their integrity at all times. 4. Relationship: We only work with brands we have established a connection with and those that are eager to work with us on educating consumers about the benefits of their products. 5. GMP- Brands must follow Good Manufacturing Processes.




What are the different types of CBD products?


CBD is available in many forms and can be utilized in various ways. The most appropriate delivery system is one that provides an optimal dose for a desired duration with few unwanted side effects. It is important to know that each person experiences effects differently. Below is a list of common delivery methods that we support: 1. Tinctures - Tinctures are the most common methods of taking CBD with a faster onset of effects if taken sublingually (holding under the tongue for 30-60 seconds), as it bypasses the digestive system and absorbs directly into the bloodstream. 2. Edibles (gummies) - Edibles are foods or snacks cooked with cannabis-infused oil, butter or ghee. The effects of orally consumed cannabis can last 4 - 6 hours, but the onset of effects is much slower than a tincture. 3. Capsules- CBD oil can also be taken in a capsule or gel cap like a vitamin or supplement. The effect, duraction, and dosing are similar to that of edibles. FULL SPECTRUM VS BROAD SPECTRUM VS ISOLATE (1): Full Spectrum CBD products are created from hemp through a full plant extraction. It contains naturally occurring cannabinoids (includes <0.3% THC), plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals & plant proteins of the original hemp source. These compounds work together, typically referred to as the “Entourage Effect,” multiplying the potential health benefits. CBD Isolate is created by removing all other molecules, except CBD, from the Full Spectrum extract, leaving the CBD in an anhydrous state. All that remains is a white powder that is at least 99% pure CBD with 0% THC. This powder is applied into various CBD Isolate products such as oils, edibles, topicals and vapes. Broad Spectrum CBD products are created by taking Full Spectrum extract and further processing it to remove trace amounts of THC. Broad Spectrum products contain an array of naturally occurring cannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals & plant proteins of the original hemp source. Similar to Full Spectrum products, these compounds work together in what is known as the “Entourage Effect,” multiplying the potential health benefits. (1) Content sourced from CBDisttillery, one of our favorite brands!




Are there any side effects?


Multiple studies show minimal side effects and that CBD is overall safe for consumption, however consumers should be aware of potential negative effects: Nausea: While many take CBD tinctures to help ease the symptoms of nausea, it has produced increased nausea in some individuals. Tiredness: This typically happens in higher doses, but fatigue can be a side effect of any CBD tincture dose. Irritability: Few clinical publications discuss CBD-related irritability, but Dr. Grinspoon mentions it as a potential side effect in the Harvard Health Blog. Interaction with Drug Metabolism: CBD can inhibit activity of the cytochrome P450 enzyme. This enzyme family metabolizes most pharmaceutical drugs; if you take doses of CBD, it may neutralize P450 activity and change the way drugs metabolize in your body. (For the record, eating grapefruit has the same effect!) Consult your physician before taking CBD.




How much CBD should I take?


This is by far one of the most asked, yet the most difficult questions to answer! But don't worry, we've got you! The rule of thumb is to "start low and go slow"! Your body needs time to adjust to the additional endocannabinoids in your system. WHAT IS THE OPTIMAL DOSAGE OF CBD? (1) An effective dosage can range from as little as a few milligrams of CBD-enriched cannabis oil to a gram or more. Begin with a small dose of high CBD/low THC oil, especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount. Don’t overdo it. Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy. Contact us and we can work with you on getting started! Learn more here! (1)- Content sourced from www.projectcbd.org -a trusted education partner)




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What is the Endocannabinoid System?


The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including: sleep mood appetite memory reproduction and fertility The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis (1). Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting—and underreported—developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabinoid System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience. The discovery of receptors in the brain that respond pharmacologically to cannabis—and the subsequent identification of endogenous cannabinoid compounds in our own bodies that bind to these receptors—has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health, and disease. It is an established scientific fact that cannabinoids and other components of cannabis can modulate many physiological systems in the human brain and body. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that trigger cannabinoid (and other) receptors. More than 100 cannabinoids have been identified in the marijuana plant. Of these marijuana molecules, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been studied most extensively. In addition to cannabinoids produced by the plant, there are endogenous cannabinoids (such as anandamide and 2AG) that occur naturally in the mammalian brain and body, as well as synthetic cannabinoids created by pharmaceutical researchers. Extensive preclinical research—much of it sponsored by the U.S. government—indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well (2). (1)- Content sourced from www.healthline.com (2)- Content sourced from www.projectcbd.org -a trusted education partner)




What are the benefits of CBD?


Hemp CBD oil interacts directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis along with general health and wellness. In accordance with federal regulations, we cannot make health claims regarding the products on this site. Extensive scientific research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – and mounting anecdotal accounts from patients and physicians highlight CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of ailments. Read more about them here (1). (1)- Content sourced from www.projectcbd.org -a trusted education partner





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All products contain hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC.

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