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CBD BASICS

All Your Questions About CBD, How CBD Works, How Much CBD To Take, & The Most Commonly Asked Questions Is Compelled In One Page For You.

WHAT IS CBD:

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many powerful chemical compounds found primarily in the flowers and leaves of hemp which is used to extract the compound from the plant. CBD is one of the many compounds that are known to help the mind and body in many wonderful ways.

Is CBD Psychoactive? Will I get “high”?

CBD is non-psychoactive which means that this compound will not get you high. The only compound to cause any sort of high is THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, which has very low concentrations in hemp.

 

If you’re worried about taking CBD for this reason then you have nothing to worry about. Hemp legally cannot contain more than 0.3% THC which is very minor while in a cannabis plant it usually contains anywhere from 17% to upwards of 30% THC.

What is Full Spectrum? What is Broad Spectrum?

Full Spectrum

  • Contains up to 0.3% THC per gram of extract
  • Can contain anywhere from 10mg of THC to upwards of 100mg or even higher levels of THC in a bottle of tincture depending on the amount of extract used
  • Can, surprisingly, get you a little high if you consume a lot

Broad Spectrum

  • Contains Non-Detectable levels of THC or also known as “THC Free”
  • Absolutely no way of feeling any psychoactive “high” feeling
  • THC traces will not show up on drug tests
  • Is not made with CBD Isolate

 

The point of Full Spectrum & Broad Spectrum extracts is that they should contain other cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids which is difficult for many companies since purifying the extract forces them to use high temperatures to remove the unnecessary compounds which then burns off terpenes & flavonoids.

 

Here at Colorado Botanicals, we have a proprietary purification process that allows us to distill the oil to high purity wiping out all unnecessary compounds such as fats, waxes, lipids, & chlorophyll to name a few while being able to keep intact these essential cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids.

 

What Are The Benefits of CBD and Whole Plant Extracts?

CBD is one of the 80+ cannabinoids found in hemp and is the most popular among people to add to their health routine and diet as you may have probably noticed. CBD has been shown to help the mind and body in many ways such as managing stress and anxiety, promoting restful deep sleep, help soothe and ease the body, & promoting overall health and wellness to name a few.

 

When CBD and the other compounds, including terpenes, are combined together research has shown these compounds have a better and enhanced effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. Full and Broad Spectrum extracts are supposed to be whole-plant extracts, hence the name “Spectrum” essentially means containing other parts of the plant than just CBD.

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is a white crystalline powder that is 98-99.9% pure CBD. Other than the popularity of it being very pure, as in it’s the highest quality form of CBD which it isn’t necessarily, it’s commonly used due to its versatility and ease of use as an ingredient in formulations of food or cream products.

 

You should understand that while isolate is versatile, products based on this type of extract are not as effective as an oil containing Full or Broad Spectrum cannabinoid profiles. The single-cannabinoid profile is less effective due to the lack of cannabinoid and terpene synergies known as the Whole Plant or Entourage Effect.

What Is Entourage Effect?

Entourage Effect is another way of saying Whole Plant Benefits or Whole Plant Wellness. It’s the combining of multiple compounds, mainly terpenes, that work together to enhance the effect of cannabinoids.

 

 

Is Colorado Botanicals Marijuana?

No, Colorado Botanicals products are not derived from marijuana. We extract CBD from hemp because although you may extract CBD from marijuana, it contains very small concentrations just like how there are very small concentrations of THC in hemp.

 

A hemp plant can contain anywhere from 5% to upwards of 21% CBD while in a marijuana plant it contains less than 1%.

 

Hypothetically speaking, instead of using 1,000 pounds of marijuana to pull out 10 grams of CBD, we use 1,000 pounds of hemp to pull out 100 grams of CBD. Notice the difference in volume? It just doesn’t make sense at all to extract CBD from marijuana.

What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and Hemp Extract?

There has been a lot of confusion for people between what Hemp Oil is and what Hemp Extract is. When people refer to “hemp oil” they’re actually talking about hemp seed oil which contains no cannabinoids or terpenes. CBD is extracted from the flower and leaves of hemp, where the real beneficial compounds are.

 

Hemp seed oil is essentially the crushing of hemp seeds and is popular for its fatty and highly processed nature. Hemp seed oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds to make a nutrient-rich Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Oil which is a great supplement to incorporate in your diet as well.

 

Hemp Extract on the other hand refers to the extracted oil from the flower and leaves of hemp. We use the term “hemp extract” because when we extract CBD, it contains more than just CBD. Our hemp extract’s main compound is CBD but there are other cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids that work synergically together to enhance the effects.

Will THC show show up on drug tests if I use your products?

No, THC will not show up on any drug tests if you’re using our products and we guarantee that will not happen. You can always view our lab reports by going to the product page and click the down arrow on “Lab Reports”. There you will be able to access all our lab reports on every product including the hemp extracts that we used.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

The human body is loaded with these receptors called CB1 & CB2 that were discovered around the 1990s by scientists which came to be known as the Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is a collection of cell receptors and molecules located throughout the body and are responsible for maintaining biochemical and physiological balance. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, influence this balance by interacting with these receptors to regulate homeostasis. In short, CBD nourishes and enhances these receptors in your body to regulate normal functions for the body to stay balanced in good overall health.

What does it feel like when you take CBD? What to expect.

When you take CBD, it takes about 15-60 minutes to feel a difference depending on which choice of consumption you choose. Keep in mind that this is not like THC where you feel “high,” but you do feel a sense of calm & relaxation. You may also be in the mood to lie down or take a nap if you’re by your bed, but you shouldn’t worry about taking CBD during the day because it works as an adaptogenic to adapt to what you want or what your body needs. It won’t necessarily make you feel tired or drowsy unless you take high doses or if you were planning on taking a nap or going to bed soon. To learn more, click here to read our blog post on “What CBD Feels Like”.

Are There Any Side Effects When Taking CBD Oil?

CBD is generally regarded as very safe and has very minimal side effects that usually the worst is feeling drowsiness. When it comes to that we recommend our customers to cut down a little bit to find that optimal dose unless they have a serious illness.

 

Something to note is that adverse reactions may occur when taking CBD with certain medications such as steroids, pain killers, or any medication that gets broken down by the CYP450 Enzyme. To learn more about this read our blog post on What Medications Are Safe To Take With CBD and make sure to consult your doctor prior to taking CBD if you are taking any medications.

Does CBD interact with other medications?

Yes, CBD does. 75% of medications and recreational drugs are broken down by the same enzyme that CBD gets broken down from, the cytochrome P-450 enzyme (or CYP450).

 

What does that mean? Taking CBD at the same time as other drugs can affect CBD’s and those medication’s dosage and effect, sometimes enhancing the drugs/medications just like how grapefruit juice would.

 

To learn more about this make sure to read our blog post on What Medications are Safe to Take with CBD and see if your medication is on the list. Make sure to always consult your doctor before taking CBD if you’re taking other medications.

What CBD Product Should I Take?

You can take CBD topically by applying it to your skin, with softgels, patches, smoking hemp, orally with tinctures (oils), or edibles such as gummies. Each has their own unique method that you can choose based on what you like. While some enjoy just taking a softgels because it's easy and convenient, others would prefer gummies because they enjoy snacking on something that tastes good.

How should I choose which product is right for me?

If you haven’t taken our Product Finder Quiz, which takes less than 30 seconds, we definitely recommend you give it a try as that would help you out a lot on what product best fits your needs. 

 

We always recommend our customers to start with our lowest dose, which is the 300mg Hemp Extract, as generally lower doses work just fine. You might even notice a lower dose works just fine for you which then you would end up saving a lot of money instead of purchasing higher doses that come at a higher price.

 

However, you can get a higher dose bottle and just take half a serving instead of a full. So instead of 30 servings, it will be 60 servings per bottle since you will be taking half a serving. 

 

*However, for some people their body naturally has a higher tolerance which would require them to take higher doses.

  • 300mg CBD Oil contains 10mg of CBD and roughly ~13.6mg of hemp extract per serving.
  • 750mg CBD Oil contains 25mg of CBD and roughly ~31.4mg of hemp extract per serving.
  • 1,500mg CBD Oil contains 50mg of CBD and roughly ~63.2mg of hemp extract per serving.
  • 3,000mg CBD Oil contains 100mg of CBD and roughly ~

 

Start low and gradually increase your dose to find that optimal dose. Every 3-5 days we recommend you increase your dose by 5-15mg to find the optimal dose. Make sure to read our CBD dosing blog called How Much CBD to Take to learn more in-depth about this topic.

 

If you notice that our 300mg is not enough then you should bump it up to our 750mg Hemp Extract. For our 1,500mg we recommend that to people who have a serious condition as it’s not necessary to consume that much of our CBD for it to take effect on your body, however, there are instances where people do have a high tolerance for CBD from the start. It all depends on the person and how their body metabolizes the oil!

Should I take Full Spectrum CBD or Broad Spectrum CBD?

This all comes down to whether you don’t mind small traces of THC (<0.3%) then you can take Full Spectrum but that doesn’t mean Broad Spectrum CBD will be a bad choice either. Both are great choices to choose from. 

 

The most important factor though is how well the company you’re purchasing from is able to extract all the beneficial compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavanoids) while removing all unwanted compounds that degrade the quality and effectiveness of the full potential of CBD.

What can I use CBD isolate for?

The main reasons CBD isolate is popular is for its versatility to easily mix with cream or food formulations & precise dosing of CBD. CBD isolate can also be mixed with MCT Oil like our tinctures or other substitute oils such as hemp seed oil or olive oil.

 

However, we recommend going with a Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum oil since CBD is more effective when working synergically with other plant compounds.

For other frequently asked questions such as order related questions, product related questions, questions regarding our programs, & more then click the link below to take you to the help page.

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