What is CBD Oil?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, the most active ingredient in the adult (aerial parts of the) hemp plant. It is just one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in cannabis. CBD helps humans, and most living things, balance out their mind and body.
Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration and uses of different oils vary.
CBD is not marijuana.
The most well-known compound in cannabis used to be delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the most active ingredient in marijuana.
Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects. THC is well-known for the mind-altering "high" it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. However, it does appear to produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have medical benefits.
Most of the CBD used medicinally is found in hemp. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, but they are very different.
Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to be very high in THC and other compounds that interested them, either for a smell or an effect they had on the plant's flowers. On the other hand, hemp farmers have not tended to modify the plant. It is these hemp plants that are used to create CBD oil.
What is Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate?
- Full spectrum provides all of the plant's natural components, including trace amounts of THC (less than the legal limit of .3% for hemp), to work synergistically together. This is referred to as "the entourage effect". More people find optimal results with a full spectrum product.
- Broad Spectrum means only the THC has been removed, for those that have this preference.
- Isolate is CBD only, which is a white tasteless powder in it's pure form. It is the cheapest of the 3 types, and may be the least effective.
How CBD Works (The Science)
All cannabinoids, including CBD, attach themselves to certain receptors in the body to produce their effects. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It has two receptors for cannabinoids, called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found all around the body, but many of them are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among others. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. It used to be thought that CBD acts on these CB2 receptors, but it appears now that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
How Much CBD Do I Take?
The average adult dose is between 15 and 20mg per day. Everyone is different though, so be flexible with your dose until the proper effect is felt. How much, how often, and when to take it are up to you based on how it makes you feel. If you get too much at once, it will likely make you drowsy.
Will CBD Oil Make Me Hungry?
“All I know about cannabis is that it makes people hungry. Will CBD Oil products make me really hungry?”
It’s a great question because of how strongly certain aspects of cannabis (more specifically in this case: marijuana) have been portrayed in the media.
“The munchies” refers to a condition of extreme hunger one experiences after smoking marijuana. While it may be overplayed in mainstream media, it’s true that smoking or using marijuana products cause a strong increase in appetite for many people.
CBD dominant products (products which contain mostly CBD as the main cannabinoid) on the other hand rarely have this same effect on appetite increase. So it’s unlikely that using a CBD oil product will result in making you really hungry.
Marijuana causes an increase in appetite because of its high concentration of THC. THC binds directly to the CB1 endocannabinoid receptor we all have as part of our endocannabinoid system. This activity at the CB1 receptor has the effect of increasing appetite.
CBD does not cause the same increase in appetite as THC because it does not bind directly at the CB1 receptor. While CBD isn’t likely to make you feel as hungry as you would from THC, there are some cases where CBD products could have an effect on your hunger.
Many CBD hemp oil products, especially those that are a full plant extract, will contain some amount of THC. While this amount of THC is small, if you use a large dose, you may intake enough THC to have an effect on your hunger. With typical doses of CBD oil however, this effect is not likely.
Of course there are cannabis products that are neither “CBD dominant” or “THC dominant” and rather have a balanced or significant amount of both cannabinoids. With those products, you may get the munchies effect as well.
Basically: if there is THC in the product, and you take high enough dose of that product, you may experience the effect of increased appetite from the THC content.
Also keep in mind that while CBD does not directly influence the endocannabinoid system to stimulate hunger, a healthy appetite might occur anyway from using CBD.
This is because CBD helps many people with anxiety. And less anxious people tend to be more relaxed and open to eating more. CBD can improve a person’s mood to such a degree that they feel better about eating more food.
And this effect on appetite from cannabis can be a game changer for many people dealing with a health problem.
As the appetite is the first thing to go in times of poor health, I’ve always been a huge fan of this effect of cannabis. I support the medicinal use of marijuana and cannabis products for people with a debilitating lack of appetite from cancer and other diseases. Again, I think it’s one of the greatest qualities of cannabis.
You can’t get healthy if you are not taking in nutritious food. And cannabis can help many people overcome their nausea and increase their appetite so they can get a healthy meal in.
Here’s the take away: THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis which is responsible not only for the psychoactive high, but also for the increase in appetite known as the munchies. CBD isn’t likely to make you as hungry as a predominantly THC containing product.
CBD does not work directly on the CB1 receptor like THC and does not have the same strong effect on appetite. CBD is used by many for decreasing anxiety and improving mood. This may result in an indirect effect on appetite whereby a person eats more because they are in a better state of mind.
CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil: What's the Difference?
We get this question a LOT, and for good reason. All the new terms out there can be very confusing as we learn about cannabis and what it can do for us. Let's shed some light on the topic.
The industry is evolving quickly, and those looking to capitalize on it are getting very clever with terms in hopes of making them stand out from the rest. Pure, CBD, THC, PCR, and so many more. You just want to know if what you're getting really works and if it's is the best quality. Here are some main points.
CBD: Stands for Cannabidiol. It's one of the main medicinal components in cannabis (incl hemp). There are many other beneficial cannabinoids too, so strive for a "full-spectrum" or "phyto-cannabinoid rich" oil.
Hemp oil: What's in your hemp oil? If it's cheap and purchased from a grocery store, it's likely hemp SEED oil. The seeds do not contain any CBD, but are very nutritious, so add it to your pets food or your salad! Or does it come from adult, aerial plant parts that do contain CBD? Make sure to find out.
THC - It's what can get you high. But our products won't. To be legal in NC and many states, hemp is grown to have only .3% THC or less. It can accumulate in your system if you take large doses over a long period though, so may eventually show on a drug test.
Pure CBD: We do offer pure CBD, in an isolate form. It's a small batch of tasteless, crystalline powder. It's good for adding to teas, food, and so many other products. Go with a product that is pure CBD if you're concerned about even the slightest amount of THC that can come with a whole plant product. Note: Topicals wont get into your bloodstream for a test, even if they have trace THC in them.
PCR: It stands for Phyto-Cannabinoid Rich. Many seek the "entourage effect", i.e. includes more of the cannabis/hemp plants amazing nutritional and medicinal benefits to help them all work better together. These are CBD products even though the label may not specifically say CBD.
If you're still not sure what you're getting, ask. Buy from someone you trust, or get a referral from someone who has tried a product and likes it. Keep researching and learning. Follow us on Facebook too, www.Facebook.com/Hemplily. We post articles from time to time to help steer through the fog.
Let us know if you have any questions about our products and which is right for you.
Will CBD Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?
It is possible. Many of our products are full spectrum, which means they have legal/trace amounts of THC in them. While THC-free CBD products may reduce the chance of testing positive, there is still a chance. Plus, some tests don't understand the difference between THC and CBD, just detect cannabis and call it a positive.
Cannabis is legal for either medicinal or recreational use in some but not all states. Other states approve CBD oil as a hemp product without approving the general use of medical marijuana.
Laws may differ between federal and state level, and current marijuana and CBD legislation in the United States can be confusing, even in states where marijuana is legal.
There is an ever-changing number of states that do not necessarily consider marijuana to be legal but have laws directly related to CBD oil. This information is up to date as of July 9, 2020, but the laws frequently change.
The laws vary, but they generally approve CBD oil as legal for treating a range of epileptic conditions at various concentrations. Different states also require different levels of prescription to possess and use CBD oil. In Missouri, for example, a person must show that three other treatment options have been unsuccessful in treating epilepsy.
If you are considering CBD oil as a treatment for a suitable condition, talk to your local healthcare provider. They will have an understanding of safe CBD sources and local laws surrounding usage. Research the laws for your own state. In most cases, a prescription will be required.
Many small-scale studies have looked into the safety of CBD in adults and found that it is well tolerated across a wide range of doses. There have been no significant side effects in the central nervous system or effects on vital signs and mood among people who use it either slightly or heavily. The most common side effect noted is tiredness. Some people have noticed diarrhea and changes in appetite or weight.
There are still very little long-term safety data available, and, to date, tests have not been carried out on children. As with any new or alternative treatment option, a patient should discuss CBD with a qualified healthcare practitioner before use.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved CBD for the treatment of some forms of epilepsy. It can be difficult to know whether a product contains an effective level of CBD or whether the product has the properties and contents stated on its packaging and marketing, so seek a brand you trust.
**Due to the lack of FDA regulation for CBD products, seek advice from a medical professional before settling on any particular dosage.**