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General CBD Questions & Definitions

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How does CBD work?

We are learning more about CBD every day. What we’ve learned so far from research is that our bodies have something called an Endocannabinoid System, which consists of receptors located on cells all throughout the body. Compounds like CBD interact with these receptors for potential anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea and many other effects still being studied. You can learn more about how CBD works in the body by reading our post: How Does CBD Work In Your Body? The US National Library of Medicine is a great place to learn more:

How is CBD isolated from the cannabis plant?

While there are a variety of ways to extract pure CBD isolate, the recommended method is CO2 extraction because it leaves practically no traces of chemical contaminants in the final product. CBD can also be extracted by infusing the ground-up plant material in olive oil or another vegetable-based oil.

How is CBD added to beauty products?

CBD is gaining popularity as a luxury beauty ingredient. After extraction, it is blended with a carrier oil, which is then added to lotions, creams, and cosmetics.

What is industrial hemp?

Industrial hemp is the plant which has traditionally been used to produce hemp rope, seed oil, clothing, and other products. It is now used to make CBD extract. The law requires industrial hemp to contain less than 0.3% THC.

What is the difference between whole plant hemp and CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol. It is refined to remove additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and other hemp plant components until the final product is around 99% cannabidiol. In contrast, whole plant hemp retains all properties of the hemp plant, including CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, minerals, and phytonutrients. It’s much closer to that plant growing in the ground.

What is the difference between isolate and full-spectrum CBD?

CBD isolate is what its name suggests: pure, isolated CBD. Full-spectrum CBD products use the entire plant, so they contain a full range of cannabinoids. You can read more in our post on the differences between isolate and full-spectrum CBD.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

This is part of the body’s nervous system and there are studies that explain it more in detail. It’s best to do your own research (we can point you in the right direction if you ask us) as we are not doctors and the information about the endocannabinoid system is ever evolving.

Where are the CB1 receptors located?

CB1 receptors, which are essential for healthy brain function are located primarily in the central nervous system. Depending on location, they can moderate your motor function, mood, memory, and pain perception.

Where are the CB2 receptors located?

CB2 receptors are located mainly in your immune system. They help control inflammation and your response to pathogens, and play a role when you use CBD products to cope with asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other conditions brought on by an overactive immune system.

What is a phytocannabinoid?

“Phyto” means plant, and phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids, or compounds, that occur naturally in plants like hemp. While many plants produce them, cannabis plants produce especially large quantities, with CBD being the most plentiful.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the aromatic oils that provide the flavor and scent of the cannabis plant. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified, and every strain has its own unique type and composition.

What is the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is an interactive synergy between cannabis compounds. It results when the various hemp plant components interact with your body to heighten the therapeutic effects of CBD oil.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Chemically they are both cannabinoid compounds, which makes their molecule look similar but they are very different. There are over 85 known cannabinoids; THC and CBD are the two most common, and therefore the most studied. THC is a psychoactive compound, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive.

Is CBD oil addictive?

CBD is not known to be addictive. Studies have suggested that it has the potential to reduce nicotine cravings and treat opioid addiction disorders.

Is Hemp oil always CBD?

No, it’s not. There is a difference between hemp seed oil and CBD. Hemp seed oil is great for you, containing lots of healthy fats and amino acids, but it will not contain more than a trace amount of cannabinoids. CBD and other cannabinoids have to be extracted from the plant – not simply pressed from the seeds. Some manufacturers do refer to CBD by another name, like phytocannabinoid extract or blend, which can cause confusion. Look for milligrams of active ingredients to be stated on the label – that is usually the CBD. If you’re still not sure, ask for the lab results!

Is CBD the only cannabinoid in the hemp plant?

No, the hemp plant contains multiple cannabinoids, but CBD has been the focus of the most research due to its higher concentration in the plant and known wellness benefits.

Is hemp gluten-free?

Yes. Hemp is not related to gluten grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It is also paleo and vegan, so it can accommodate just about any diet.

Is CBD a drug?

All of our hemp based CBD products are considered food or supplements.

Will CBD help me if I’m healthy?

We believe that it will. All of us can use a little balance! Per US Patent 6,630,507, CBD products promote and support the nutritional health of aging bodies.

Buying & Using CBD Products

Is all CBD the same?

No, it definitely is not. In addition to coming in all different types of products, from gummies to tea to capsules, it can have an entirely different process that got it to its current state. CBD can be full-spectrum or an isolated compound, raw, heated and filtered, or even converted to a water-soluble compound. These processing differences result in a different end CBD product that could have a different impact on your system. We’ve written lots of posts on these differences – take a look at our news section or reach out to learn more.

Is it safe to buy CBD products online?

Yes, but you need to make sure that you’re buying from a reputable business and that the product was made using industrial hemp with no more than 0.3% THC content. Unlike marijuana, there is also no law against transporting hemp and hemp-based products across state lines.

How do I know I'm getting a quality product?

Make sure and do your homework on the brand you’re buying. Not all CBD is created equal. Every company should have lab test results to back up their product. If you’re not seeing those, ask for them! Make sure that the company you’re buying from is able to be contacted and check out their return policy to make sure that they will help you out if you don’t get the right CBD fit the first time around.

What will CBD do for me?

There has been lots of research on the impact of CBD on overall health. We are not doctors and cannot diagnose, treat, or prescribe medicine for any disease. We really recommend that you do research to determine if this compound will help you. Some great websites to view for CBD research data are & PubMed.

How do I know how much CBD I need?

Everyone is different. The recommended serving size is included by the manufacturer on the product label and is usually enough for most people & we recommend you start there. Generally, that’s around 10 mg. If, within a week, you are not seeing the results that you hoped for, try taking that same serving twice daily. If you’re still not seeing the benefits you were looking for, reach out to us! We can help! Please use your own judgment as this is a food product that is oil based and excess oil may upset your stomach.

What will I feel after using a CBD product?

What we’ve learned from our customers and research is that everyone is different when it comes to CBD. While most people report feeling very calm, relaxed or even tired, others may not be affected in that way. CBD is a neutralizer that is working to get your system into balance and maintain that homeostasis. If you’ve been taking CBD for at least 10 days and you’re not sure if you are feeling any benefits, stop taking it for a few days and see how you feel. That short length of time should let you know!

What are the side effects of CBD?

CBD may have a slight sedative effect, even in small servings. Stomach discomfort has been reported after a very large amount was taken all at once. In addition, many products have other ingredients that customers do sometimes report a sensitivity to, like MCT (fractionated coconut) oil. Please make sure that you are reading full ingredient lists before starting any new food supplement.

Does CBD affect appetite?

Those who are familiar with ‘the munchies’ experienced after smoking marijuana are often concerned that CBD products will have the same effect. Marijuana increases your appetite because it has a high concentration of THC, while the THC content in CBD is so low that the effect on your hunger is typically negligible.

What’s the best way for me to take CBD?

There are many methods to add CBD to your daily regimen. Some people prefer to ingest it orally & some people prefer to vaporize it. There are topical benefits as well. Each method has a different level of absorption and everyone’s body is different. If you’re not sure where to start, we can help!

Can I use CBD for cooking?

Definitely! CBD-infused oils are a regular -and beneficial- cooking ingredient. High-quality CBD oil can be added to salad dressing, pasta sauces, soups, and savory dishes. Even those who aren’t as fond of CBD’s natural taste can enjoy it in baked goods and sweets. Keep in mind that the compound will degrade at a heat of more than 165 degrees fahrenheit, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when using it in a meal. We’ve actually provided some CBD cooking recipes in our blog post here.

What does CBD oil taste like?

Without artificial flavoring, CBD oil has a plant-like, earthy taste that many people find palatable. Think grass and dirt after a rain. If it isn’t to your liking, you can take it with a spoonful of guava syrup, coconut oil, or honey to sweeten the flavor.

I'm taking CBD - why isn't it working?

Often, a lack of results is due to taking too low a serving size or taking CBD inconsistently. There is no one size fits all with CBD. Don’t write it off as a failed experiment without talking with us or the company that you purchased from. They may be able to help you find that benefit you’re looking for.

Will CBD interact with other medications?

Anything that you add to your system could interact with prescription medications. We will always recommend that you consult with your doctor.

Can kids take CBD?

CBD can be a very helpful supplement for both children and adults. We always recommend talking with your pediatrician or health care provider before giving children any new supplement.

Can I give my pet CBD?

Absolutely! Your dog or cat can benefit from CBD for pain, anxiety, inflammation, and other medical conditions that afflict humans, although the serving size will probably be much smaller. You’ll want to be mindful about any base oils used in cat products. As cats are true carnivores, they are not as able to digest all types of oils as dogs are. Speak with a holistic veterinarian before giving your pet CBD.

Can you overdose on CBD?

Although CBD will not cause a fatal overdose, it is possible to consume too much of it. One consequence is a greater risk of drowsiness, lethargy, and other negative side effects. It is good practice to always take the recommended serving size of whatever CBD product you are using.

How long does CBD oil stay in your system?

CBD oil may remain in your blood for up to five days after consumption, but effects don’t last that long. Results, however, can vary from one individual to the next: for some, it can stay in their system for weeks; the amount consumed, frequency of use, and manner of consumption all play a role. For more information on this topic, you can read our post on how long the effects of CBD last.

Will I Fail A Drug Test While Using CBD?

There are different ways that companies test for drugs. Most work-place drug screens and tests target delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not detect the presence of Cannabidiols or other legal natural hemp-based constituents.

However, studies have shown that eating hemp foods and oils can cause confirmed positive results when screening urine and blood specimens on a full cannabinoid profile. Accordingly, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening, we recommend (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest these products. We do have a number of 0 THC options to choose from if that’s a concern for you.

Laws Surrounding CBD

Is CBD legal?

Yes, all CBD from industrial hemp is federally legal. CBD from domestically grown plants must come with state certifications and can come from flower, seeds, and stalks. CBD from imported industrial hemp can come from seeds and stalks only and is legal in all 50 states as a food or supplement as a natural constituent of the hemp plant. We carry products manufactured from both imported and domestic hemp.

Is CBD a Schedule 1 drug?

Technically, yes. In early 2017, all cannabis plant extracts were categorized as Schedule 1 drugs. However, the 2014 Farm Bill permits the cultivation and sale of hemp with less than 0.3% THC, including oil made from industrial hemp.

Do you need a prescription for CBD oil?

You do not need a prescription to purchase CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC content. All products sold by Green Wellness Life are considered food or supplements and not drugs.

Can I fly with CBD oil?

Many people worry about flying with CBD oil. The good news is that in 2009, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed that it is legal to fly with CBD oil derived from hemp. Before the TSA updated their guidelines, it did not distinguish between hemp and marijuana-deprived cannabis.

Questions About Green Wellness Life

Are your products safe?

Our products have all been lab tested. We do not manufacture products, but rather carry products from other manufacturers that we believe to be the best options in the market. We will never put a product on our website that we believe could be harmful or unsafe. All lab results are available by request. We are looking into the best way to add them to our product links as well. Stay tuned for those improvements!

Is there THC in your products?

Our products contain very little THC, if any. In order to be federally legal in the US, there can be a maximum of 0.3% THC in the product. This level is low enough that there is no psychotropic effect from our product. We do have a number of 0 THC options to choose from if that’s a concern for you.

Where does your CBD come from?

There are two ways that Hemp can be legally sold in the US. The first is to be legally imported Hemp extract from seeds and stalks. All of the initial manufacturers we carried followed that route and imported Hemp from Europe, but the second way – domestically grown Hemp – is becoming much more prevalent. Domestically grown Hemp extract is legal under the 2014 US Farm Bill as one of a number of nutrition and agricultural products.

Is your CBD synthetic?

NO – all of our products are from natural sources using CO2 extraction, lab tested for quality, metals and solvents. We will not carry synthetic CBD.

Do you use any artificial flavorings?

Most of our products are either unflavored or naturally flavored, but there are some vape, tincture and edible products with a mix of natural and artificial flavoring. You can read the full ingredient list in each product description.

Where is Green Wellness Life located?

We are located in Western Michigan and all product ships from the warehouse here.

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