Need Some Clarity on Using CBD? Basics from

Mar 16th 2020

Need Some Clarity on Using CBD?  Basics from

CBD Basics from

Cannabidiol or CBD is popping up everywhere and simply, it is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis according the Merriam Webster but there is a bit more to it.

Are Marijuana and Hemp the same thing?
They both come from the Cannabis genus of plants but it’s like comparing a lemon and an orange. Lemons and oranges are both plants in the Citrus genus, but you would never use them the same way. Both marijuana and hemp are strains of the cannabis plant with many variations of either strain.

Does my CBD Product come from Marijuana or Hemp?

CBD harvested from marijuana can only be sold in jurisdictions that have licensed recreational and medical dispensaries. CBD products made from hemp can be sold over the counter if it follows the regulations of the 2018 Farm Bill and contains less than 0.3% THC. All products are tested to a non-detectable level of THC below 0.03%. Remember, the legality of the product are the keywords “derived from hemp.”

What is CBD?
Cannabidiol and another 65 chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant along with another 400 plus natural components according the the Federation of American Scientist. These cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating many bodily systems and functions. Unlike the cannabinoid THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high.”

What is Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate?

CBD Isolate only contains CBD without the presence of other cannabinoids or plant compounds. Hemp is processed through a distillation process to evaporate and separate the desired cannabinoid. Think of an isolate like a vitamin that is present in a plant, like Vitamin C in an orange. There is Vitamin C present in the orange along with many other beneficial compounds like Potassium and Magnesium.

CBD isolate can be likened to a vitamin or supplement. While vitamins and supplements can be important additions to the daily diet, the whole plant or food they are derived from is often the better alternative. Taking a vitamin or CBD isolate is a more targeted approach.

Full Spectrum Hemp CBD contains all of chemicals present in the hemp plant, without the plant matter like cellulose. Phytochemicals, terpenes, flavonoids, omega fatty acids to name a few and ther cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, CBC. The use of the entire plant is the idea of the entourage effect, meaning that the entire plant rather than just the isolate CBD allows essential components to work in conjunction naturally.

Flavonoids are rich in plants like onions, tea, strawberries, grapes, kale, citrus fruits and many spices. Flavonoids have been associated with skin protection, brain function, blood pressure regulation and blood sugar in addition to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. 

Terpenes are substances that we are all familiar with. They give oranges their citrus smell, pine trees their aroma and lavender its relaxing effects. There are multiple terpenes in CBD that have shown some benefit as anti-inflammatory, helpful for sleeping and potentially to relieve pain.

Broad Spectrum Hemp CBD generally refers to full spectrum hemp oil with non-detectable levels of THC. For athletes, firemen & policemen and active duty military where THC is strictly prohibited this provides the full entourage effect of hemp without the concern of THC. It is very rare in a drug test but a false positive could occur.

Delivery Methods
CBD is can be used in many ways. There are ingestible, topical and inhalable products. There are many choices that fit how it could best work for you.

Oils or Tinctures
Topical Balms & Creams
Edibles like Gummy Bears and Mints
Vape & Smoke Products which does not recommend.

What the Right Daily Use of Hemp CBD?

It is very different for everyone. Having patience and finding the right serving size for you is key to using CBD and hemp products successfully. Depending on the outcome you as an individual are looking for a single product may accomplish your needs or using several products in complement may be best.