We know that there is a lot of information on the internet regarding CBD and it can be hard to know what is fact or fiction. Below we have answered some commonly asked questions to help you navigate the market and choose the CBD products that are right for you.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant, and is just one of over 100 different cannabinoids that have been identified in the hemp plant so far.
Cannabinoids are naturally present in the hemp plant, but also in the human body where they are produced by our Endocannabinoid System to help regulate our wellbeing.
The Endocannabinoid System
We all have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) within us, which is a cell-signalling system that targets specific cannabinoids in our bodies. It contains cannabinoid receptors which help to balance the body’s essential functions, such as sleep, mood and appetite to support our wellbeing.
The ECS is a self-regulating system that produces its own cannabinoids, but the levels of cannabinoids often fluctuate within the body and so introducing phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that occur naturally in the hemp plant and are extracted, such as CBD), can help the body in regulating the levels of cannabinoids present and ultimately improve general wellbeing.
Will CBD get me high?
The short answer is no, CBD will not get you high. CBD is found in the hemp plant, which is in the same family as the marijuana plant, which famously has the cannabinoid THC present in large amounts, which gets you ’high’. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are close relatives in the cannabis family of plants, but are not the same. By definition, hemp contains no more than .3% THC – the psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentration in marijuana. By contrast, hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound.
Will CBD harm me?
In November 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report on CBD which came to the conclusion that CBD “does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” In animal studies and in controlled human studies, physical dependence on CBD also has not been identified. For example, in studies with mice, there were no tolerance or withdrawal effects found. Similarly, it does not appear to have a stimulus, intoxication, physiological or psychotic effects.
What kind of CBD can I take?
There are three main types of CBD on the market:
- Full spectrum – contains the full range of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, including THC
- Broad spectrum – contains beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, but no detectable THC
- Isolate – contains nothing but CBD, with all other cannabinoids removed
What is a broad-spectrum CBD oil?
A good quality broad-spectrum CBD oil will contain all of the cannabinoids and compounds in the hemp plant, except for THC which is remediated (taken out from the oil).
This means that you will still get the benefits of the ‘entourage effect’, as the broad-spectrum CBD oil contains the majority of the cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes, except for THC.
Herbotany Health’s products are all made with an organic and premium quality, natural broad-spectrum CBD oil.
Cannabis plants contain more than 100 different cannabinoids, which, when consumed, interact with your endocannabinoid system to keep your body in homeostasis, or balance, and regulate your organs and bodily functions.
The Entourage effect is described as the synergistic physiological effect that takes place when consuming multiple cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant together. In other words, when taking the full array of cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant, they all work together to have a greater effect and increased effectiveness than if you took individual cannabinoids on their own.
Israeli doctors Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat were the first to suggest in 1998 that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) demonstrated an ‘entourage effect.’ According to the research that the Israeli Doctors carried out, various inactive metabolites and related molecules appeared to boost the activity of primary endogenous cannabinoids in the human body (namely 2-AG and anandamide).
The presence of other cannabinoids – such as CBG and CBDV (there are over 100) – as well as terpenes like myrcene and beta-caryophyllene, appear to “amplify” the activity of CBD and its influence on various physiological systems.
All Herbotany Health CBD products are made with the finest quality broad spectrum CBD oils so that you can achieve the best results for you through the entourage effect.
Natural CBD vs Synthetic CBD
Synthesized bio-identical CBD is considered to be chemically identical in every way to naturally occurring CBD extracted from the cannabis sativa plant and both synthetic and natural CBD have identical chemical structures. However, synthetic CBD is created in a lab using base materials, rather than being extracted from the cannabis plant.
At Herbotany Health we only use natural CBD in our broad-spectrum CBD solution that we have in all of our products. We believe in the natural properties and benefits of the hemp plant and are dedicated to pushing the industry on through research, development and education and believe that every consumer should be insisting on organic natural plant-based CBD in their products.
Not only do you receive increased benefits from using natural CBD in a broad-spectrum solution through the entourage effect, it is also significantly better for the environment as the hemp plant traps a lot of carbon, helps to regenerate the soil and ultimately help us in the fight against climate change.
We hope that this answers any queries you may have about CBD and hemp in general. If there is anything that we have not answered on this page, or if you would like to ask us anything else then please feel free to drop us an email to email@example.com and we will try to help.