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CBD FAQs

Ready to learn a little about CBD hemp oil? We took a deep dive into the most common questions people tend to ask about CBD. Check out what we discovered.

We’ve got answers to all your CBD questions.

Here’s what you’ll find on this page (you can click the subject you’re interested in or keep scrolling):

What CBD Is

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of over 100 known phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in cannabis plants. It’s also one of the most prolific cannabinoids found in hemp plants. CBD has very low THC – 0.3% or less – which is why CBD doesn’t make people feel high. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the euphoric/high feeling caused by THC. CBD continues to gain popularity as studies reveal its potential benefits for human health.

Click here to watch a video with a complete overview of CBD, what it is and how it works.

What is a cannabinoid?
What is a Phytocannabinoid?
What is an endocannabinoid?
What is Hemp?

Hemp, sometimes called industrial or agricultural hemp, comes from the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa L, which have 0.3% or less of THC. Hemp is similar to marijuana, in that they come from the same plant family (Cannabis) but are genetically distinct and are different in their use, chemical makeup and cultivation methods. Sort of like lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits.

Read more about the differences between hemp and marijuana here.

What is cannabis?
What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Just as lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits, hemp and marijuana come from the same plant family, but are different in their genetic makeup, use, and cultivation.

Some key differences:

  • Hemp contains a negligible amount of THC, but is higher in CBD. It’s used in foods, dietary supplements, skin products, clothing and paper.
  • Marijuana is generally grown to have higher levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Marijuana generally has lower levels of CBD.

To learn more about the differences between hemp and marijuana, check out this blog post.

Is CBD from hemp as good as CBD from marijuana?

As far as your body’s concerned, CBD is CBD, regardless of whether it comes from marijuana or hemp as the molecules look the same, just as Vitamin C molecules would look the same extracted from oranges or rosehips. It’s important to keep in mind that hemp and marijuana are different subspecies of the same plant, Cannabis sativa L. A defining characteristic that makes hemp different from marijuana is its low volume of THC (

How CBD Works

What does CBD do in the body?

CBD works within your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps to regulate a variety of processes like eating, sleeping, relaxation, recovery and cognition. It’s like your body’s operating system. CBD acts upon receptors in the ECS as well as limiting the breakdown of anandamide (often called the bliss molecule). In doing so, CBD can help your ECS function at its best.

Learn more about the ECS and Anandamide by watching one of our fun, fast and free videos here.

What is the ECS?

The ECS, sometimes referred to as the “Master Control System,” is made up of receptors on cell membranes that regulate a variety of processes including eating, sleeping, relaxation and cognition. The ECS also assists in the body’s overall recovery and repair. Our bodies naturally produce compounds called endocannabinoids (endo=inside) that bind to those receptors. CBD hemp oil is a plant-based cannabinoid – or phytocannabinoid (phyto=plant) – that acts upon cell receptors in a similar way to help activate the ECS. Learn more about the ECS by watching our fun, seven-minute video here.

What is ECS tone?
What is a CB1 Receptor?
What is a CB2 Receptor?
What the heck is Anandamide?
I keep hearing about the bliss molecule – what is it?

CBD’s Entourage

What is the Entourage Effect?

The entourage effect is when the various compounds of a full spectrum CBD hemp oil are combined, their benefit is greater than what you’d receive from each individual component. This is also what we call synergy: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There are over 100 identified compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefits, they combine synergistically* to provide far better results.

To learn more about the entourage effect, check out this blog post.

*Br J Parmacol. 2011 Aug; 163(7): 1344-1364. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. E B Russo

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are compounds found in the essential oils produced by many plants (what makes a lemon smell like a lemon), including cannabis. Terpenes bond with cannabinoids, leveraging one another creating synergistic effects, otherwise known as the entourage effect. Different combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids have different effects.

Learn more about terpenes by watching our fun, four-minute video here.

What is THC?
What is Full Spectrum?

Full spectrum is all the good things you get from a plant. The good things come from a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes, antioxidants, nutrients and other plant compounds present in the hemp plant. It can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together, as nature intended, in what is known as the entourage effect. A recent study from Israel has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole-plant (full spectrum) cannabis extract over single-molecule (isolate) cannabidiol (CBD)*.

Learn more about full spectrum CBD by watching our fun, eight-minute video here.

*Br J Parmacol. 2011 Aug; 163(7): 1344-1364. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. E B Russo

*Gallily,R., Yekhtin, Z. and Hanuš, L.O. (2015) Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose – Response of Cannabidiol by Using Cannabis Extract Enriched in Cannabidiol. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 6, 75-85. http:dx.doi.org/10.4236/pp.2015.62010

Is broad spectrum CBD the same as full spectrum CBD?

Broad spectrum is NOT the same as full spectrum. Broad spectrum is typically used to describe products that do contain some terpenes and cannabinoids, but don’t contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that could be extracted from the hemp plant. In many cases, products labeled “broad spectrum” are those in which all THC (a beneficial phytocannabinoid) has been removed.

Learn more about broad spectrum vs full spectrum CBD by watching our fun, eight-minute video here or check out this blog post.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD and You

What are the benefits of CBD hemp oil?

CBD has been the subject of many peer reviewed medical studies* in regard to various aspects of human health. However, due to DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) guidelines, we cannot specifically state conditions CBD may address. We encourage you to do your own research, consult with healthcare providers familiar with CBD, and use PubMed.gov as a resource as newly published research is coming out in real time.

  1. Phytotherapy Research27 No. 5(2013): 633-636, Cannibidiol in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Authors: G. Esposito, D.D. Filippis, C. Cirillo, T. Iuvone, E. Cappocia, C. Scuderi, A. Steardo, R. Cuomo, L Steardo.
  2. Journal of the American College of Cardiology56 No. 25(Dec. 14, 2010): 2115, Cannibidiol Attenuates Cardiac Dysfunction, Oxidative Stress, Fibrosis, Inflammatory and Cell DeathSignaling Pathways in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy.Authors: M. Rajesh, et al.
  3. Neuropharmacology103 (2016): 16, Cannabidiol Induces Rapid-Acting Antidepressant-like Effects and Enhances Cortical 5-HT/Glutamate Neurotransmission: Role of 5-HTIA Receptors.Authors: R. Linge, L. Jimenez-Sanchez, L. Campa, F. Pilar-Cuellar, R. Vidal, A. Pazos, A. Adell Diaz.
  4. CNS Neurol Disorders—Drug Targets13 No. 6 (2014): 953-960, Antidepressant-like and Anxiolytic-like Effects of Cannabidiol: a Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa. Authors: A.R. de Mello Schier, N.P. de Oliveria Riberio, D.S. Coutinho, S. Machado, et al.
  5. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 75 No. 2(May 25, 2012): 323-333,Cannabidiol for Neurogenerative Disorders: Important New Clinical Applications for this Phytocannabinoid?Authors: J. Fernandez-Ruiz, O. Sagredo, M.R. Pazos, C. Garcia, R. Pertwee, R. Mechoulam, J. Martinez-Orgado.
Can I take CBD with my prescription medication?
What will I notice when I take CBD hemp oil?

That depends on several factors including the amount used, frequency and length of use, as well as your body’s metabolism, weight and health status. More isn’t always better. We recommend you start with a small amount and adjust as needed to find your sweet spot. We also recommend chatting with your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how CBD hemp oil may be working for you.

Will I get “high” from CBD Hemp Oil?

You can’t get high from taking CBD hemp oil. It’s made from legal hemp, which contains 0.3% or less THC, the compound that causes the “high” people get from marijuana. It’s true that hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant family, Cannabis sativa L, but they are different plants with some big differences. Hemp has significant amounts of CBD, but contains only trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less). It’s kind of like lemons and oranges: they’re both in the citrus family, and they have some similarities, but they’re different plants.

Answers to 40+ top frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CBD, plus links to multiple educational resources. ]]>