What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1, and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “Ananda” which translates to “bliss”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Being readily available in the plant, scientific processes now allow them to extracted in very pure forms.
- Binds to our body’s endocannabinoid system receptors (CB2 and TRPV1)
- It functions as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic
What are Cannabinoids?
- Hemp is a very complex plant. It has various molecules including cannabidiol.
- Other cannabinoids include CBG, CBC, CBN, CBE, CBL and CBT. These are found in various trace amounts depending on the botanical variety of the plant itself.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes, CBD is legal in most states.
- Products containing CBD are legal in all states except for Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Since legislation is influx, this may change in the future.
Because our products are non-psychoactive, they can be used repeatedly without concern.
- Multiple products can be used at a time.
- All products can be applied generously multiple times a day as needed.
What is the difference between Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are also similar but have some distinct differences. While both plants are part of the Cannabis Sativa plant species, the fundamental difference between hemp and marijuana is the percentage of THC (the component that makes you high) found in each plant.
Hemp contains more CBD (the component that brings balance safely back to the body) and less THC (the psychoactive element), while Marijuana contains more THC (the psychoactive element) and less CBD.
Moral of the story:
THC is what’s in marijuana that makes you feel high. Hemp has less than 0.3% THC, while most marijuana has over 15% THC – CBD has ZERO ability to get you high. Interesting enough, CBD even is considered an Anti-psychotic: i.e. if you’re ‘high’ and use CBD, it’ll make you less high.
Does it show up on a drug test?
The federal government considers cannabis with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight to be hemp, and therefore legal under hemp guidelines. While unlikely; there is always a small risk when subjecting oneself to employment tests while ingesting full-spectrum hemp products immediately before a test or over long periods of time in relatively significant doses. We have the certificate of authenticity for each of our products posted on www.cultureforgood.com regarding any personal concerns.
Employment tests vary in the threshold they use to determine a positive test. Operators of aircraft and heavy equipment may be subjected to a zero tolerance of THC, while medical practitioners typically are held to a 50 nanogram per milliliter of THC limit. Athletes subjected to WADA and some other employers in states where marijuana is legal use a threshold of 150 nanograms of THC per milliliter. With all of that in mind, we encourage all of our customers to decide for themselves the likelihood that they will be tested and what that particular test parameters are before taking our full-spectrum CBD products. Consult your physician for more information.
If I just started taking CBD, when am I going to notice it?
We’ve found that response times are just as unique as the people taking them. We all have different genetic and biochemical makeups, and have different lifestyle factors that have played a role in our individual health journeys. With that being said, following consumption CBD works near instantaneously by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors on the surface of cells in your brain and cells of your immune system throughout your body. However, the speed at which any individuals will feel the effects of CBD will depend on their unique physiology, as well as their specific ailments. The neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids are cumulative and may take time to demonstrate results.
- Being consistent: For any dietary supplement to work properly, it must be taken regularly. Missing days or servings can affect how it’s helping to support your body.
- Listen to your body: Taking supplements is really about investing in your future self. Paying attention to your body today will help you gauge where you’ll stand tomorrow and also help you to better understand if you need to adjust the strength you’re taking.
What are the side effects?
Using CBD has shown to be non-toxic and safe for human and animal use. It has been shown to be well-tolerated even at higher doses. There are dozens of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD in treating various conditions. A review on the safety and side effects of CBD may be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/
I want to try CBD but I am afraid I will get high.
CBD oil is not psychoactive and does not affect or influence your mind, your thoughts, or your behavior negatively. CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) threshold for all finished hemp products.
Unlike THC, CBD does not produce the psychoactive effect that is commonly associated with marijuana, they are distinctly different substances. THC is the molecule that binds to the receptors in the brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; it actually prevents THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors. CBD has not demonstrated toxicity in the body (meaning it cannot make you “intoxicated” or “high”), however it is highly reactive with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Can you travel with CBD on a plane?
Generally, if you’re travelling with CBD oil from hemp (less than 0.3% THC) you should be fine. You should not have issues transporting your personal CBD hemp oil products with other toiletries in your checked baggage or in a carry-on bag. Be sure to adhere to normal TSA requirements such as carrying liquids in a container that is less than 3 ounces (100 milliliters) and place all liquids in a clear plastic bag. International flights are subject to a different level of security checks and law enforcement by customs agents. We generally would not recommend flying internationally with any form of CBD oil unless you have thoroughly researched the laws in the country that you are flying to.
How should I store your products?
Our packaging has been rigorously developed to keep our products clean, unspoiled and in their original state. This will extend the life of our products and offer the best performance until the last drop. It is best however to do the following:
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
- Store at room temperature
- Do not freeze
- Keep out of reach of children
Do your products expire?
- Our products have an expected shelf life of 18 months.
- A manufacturing date is provided with each product.
- For best quality keep products in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
Are your products lab tested?
- Yes, they are Triple-Tested.
- The CBD is tested before being infused into our products. These are tested for potency and purity to ensure accurate dosing and that they are pesticide free.
- Finally the product is tested to confirm dose and again to ensure they are pesticide free.
- Our products are not tested on animals.
I’m pregnant, can I use your topicals?
We recommend consulting your physician before using any new topical product.
Can I use these products with children?
Our products have not been tested on children. We recommend you speak to your physician for guidance on its use.