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Let’s start with the basics…. What is CBD?

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Of over 480 different compounds present in the plant, only around 66 are termed cannabinoids. The most well-known among these compounds is the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), which is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another important component, which makes up about 40% of the plant resin extract.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. CBD interacts with something called your endocannabinoid system, which is a web of receptors that hangs out in your nervous system. 

You should also know it’s non-intoxicating. 

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp (defined as having less than 0.3% THC) legal in the United States. CBD made from hemp is legally permitted in all states except Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota. You can even pick it up at your local market, like Walgreens and CVS.


What is the difference between CBD and Hemp Extract?

Nothing. Hemp extract and CBD are terms that can be used interchangeably. Please keep in mind that it is not to be confused with ‘Hemp seed oil’ (which would be comparable to Olive Oil used for cooking).

Types of CBD: Isolate vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum

LUV-HEMP CBD products are made with full spectrum CBD.

  • Full spectrum CBD contains the full range of natural cannabinoids and terpenes. When formulated into a product, it will include up to the legal limit of 0.3% THC. They key advantage of Full Spectrum CBD is that it can deliver a most holistic entourage effect.

  • Broad spectrum CBD extract has cannabidiol and a broad range of other cannabinoids. The main difference between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum is that Broad Spectrum products will have non-detectable levels of THC, which is a scientifically accurate way of saying they have essentially none. The broad range of cannabinoids is intended to offer you some entourage effect, which will be somewhat reduced because other terpenes and active compounds are also removed when THC is mitigated.

  • Isolate CBD is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. These products will have no entourage effect.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

Your Endocannabinoid System, or ECS handles many important functions throughout your body and plays a huge role in stress, mood, recovery and overall wellness. The endocannabinoid system leads the charge for every physiological system in the human body. 


Your Endocannabinoid System Explained

We’re all familiar with internal biological systems like the respiratory and cardiovascular systems but there’s another, lesser known one: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s responsible for important things like mood, memory and sleep. The ECS plays a homeostatic role in your health, meaning it balances your body’s processes for your overall wellness.

Our bodies naturally produce compounds called cannabinoids, which are key to balancing the ECS.

Is CBD addictive or habit-forming?

No — According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”


Will CBD get me High?….. And what is the difference between CBD and THC

The short answer to the question ‘will CBD get me high?’ is no. CBD is non-intoxicating and will not get you high. We mentioned above that hemp plants have over one hundred types of compounds in them. One of these is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the compound that causes the high associated with cannabis. Our products are made with full spectrum cannabidiol from hemp plants that meet the legal qualifications for industrial hemp. One qualification is that the products contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This minimal amount is already not enough to cause a high, hence the legality of industrial hemp.


How does CBD make you feel?

It’s important to remember that CBD products, including CBD edibles, are sold as food supplements. They are not intended to be used for medicinal purposes.

 

What is the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is a theory (not substantiated by any FDA study). It is the idea that CBD is complemented when ingested with other cannabinoids at the same time. When you purchase standard CBD oil, you are buying the compound in an isolated form with no other cannabinoids attached. Using the whole hemp plant, full spectrum CBD contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant, along with trace amounts of THC (below 0.3%).

 

How does the entourage effect work?

There is much more to hemp than just CBD and THC. The plant contains dozens of different cannabinoids that each have their own unique properties. CBD is one of the major components, but has the support of other cannabinoids. 

The diverse cannabinoid content in full spectrum CBD can help to maximize the possibilities of the cannabis plant as it enters your body. 

 

Is CBD legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp (defined as having less than 0.3% THC) legal in the United States. CBD products made from industrial hemp with no detectable THC (made with either CBD Isolate or 0% THC Broad Spectrum extracts) is legally permitted in almost all states.  Full Spectrum CBD products, which contain up to 0.3% of THC are still illegal in a few states like Idaho and South Dakota.


FDA Regulations.  What CBD Companies can say

The US Food and Drug Administration currently prohibits all manufacturers of CBD products from making any claims about their ability to treat specific health conditions. Health claims are only permitted where approved by the FDA and based on accepted clinical trials. Because CBD is relatively new to the market, to the best of our knowledge, there are no published results for clinical trial results.

 

We wish we could say more because we’re incredibly proud of what we do. It is our hope that you can share your experiences with CBD products.