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Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it is one of the many compounds found in the plant genus Cannabis Sativa L, also known as industrial Hemp. CBD is one of many molecules found in hemp, these molecules are call Cannabinoids. THC is another Cannabinoid and arguably the more well known of all Cannabinoids. In fact, CBD and THC tend to be present in the hemp plant in the highest concentrations. CBD differs from THC because CBD is non-psychoactive. What that means is CBD will not get you high, THC on the other hand will.
How does CBD work?
Before we can explain exactly how CBD works we need to understand our bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is one of many neural networks that are in each one of us. The neural networks send chemical messengers called neurotransmitters that communicate with nerve cells (Neurons) throughout our central nervous system. Our central nervous system influences/controls our feelings, memories, movement, and many other things.
The endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992 by Dr. Ralph Mechoulam. This is the same doctor who just 30 years earlier discovered THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. So far we know that that the endocannabinoid system is in charge of two activities in our bodies. The first activity is regulating our general wellbeing and our energy levels. The second activity our endocannabinoid system controls is nudging our body to regulate itself in the face of injury or disease. Dr. Ralph Mechoulam discovered that our bodies naturally produced chemical compounds similar to plant phytocannabinoids present in hemp and cannabis. Hemp and Cannabis have many different phytocannabinoids (at least 111) but THC and CBD are usually the most abundant. Research into how these phytocannabiniods exactly interact with our endocannabinoid system has really steamed ahead in the last couple decades. The two most researched phytocannabinoids are THC and CBD.
THC affects the endocannabinoid system with a more direct approach then CBD does. THC has a similar chemical structure to a chemical in our brain called Anandamide. Anandamide is derived from the Sanskrit word Ananda which means “bliss”. Anandamide functions as a neurotransmitter and directly influences an area of our brain that controls pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination, and a host of other functions. Because THC has a similar chemical structure to Anandamide, THC molecules can bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system. These receptors are the same receptors Anandamide binds to. This allows THC to directly affect our brains communication which is what causes the psychoactive effects or the “High”
CBD does not take such a direct approach as THC does. CBD protects our endocannabinoid system and binds with various other receptors in our central nervous system. CBD blocks an enzyme known as Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). This enzyme is known to breakdown our bodies natural Anadamide production which in turn lowers how effective our endocannabinoid system is. The more Anadamide naturally flowing in our bodies the better our endocannabinoid system can communicate and regulate. The better our endocannabinioid system works the better we feel, heal, and just have a general better wellbeing. CBD also does binds directly to a variety of receptors in our bodies. For example, CBD binds to our serotonin receptors. Serotonin is our bodies natural “mood stabilizer”. Serotonin regulates our anxiety levels, happiness, and even helps with healing wounds. CBD stimulates our Serotonin which is what gives CBD its powerful antidepressant affects. Because of how CBD functions in our bodies it will not get you high like THC does, CBD is not psychoactive. It takes a more passive approach to regulating and healing our bodies, minds, and spirit.
What is CBD oil?
In simple terms CBD oil is either a CBD isolate or the full cannabis plant with a high CBD content and a low THC content, dissolved in an oil base. The reason it is dissolved in an oil base is because it gives the CBD the most bioavailability when ingested. The base can be either healthy MCT oil, Olive oil, or even Omega 3 fish oil like our patented CBD fish oil. For it to legally be considered a CBD oil the cannabis plant must not contain more then .2% THC. All of the Full spectrum (full cannabis plant) CBD oil sold by chanvre is tested independently by a third party to guarantee a high CBD content and no more then .2% THC. Our CBD isolate is test and verified to be 99.8% CBD with no other cannabinoids.
*We recommend which ever brand you decide to be your CBD oil of choice that you check for test results. There are a lot of Cannabis plants out there that produce minimal CBD. Some may even have above the legal limit of THC which can land you in some trouble. Many companies mislead with their labeling, showing inaccurate levels of CBD in the product.
Will CBD get me high?
No it will not, CBD has none of the psychoactive affects that THC does. Chanvre CBD products will not get you high.
Will I pass a drug test?
Yes you will, we spend a lot of time and energy testing every single batch of CBD we produce. We make sure to be below the legal “trace” amount of THC.
Is CBD Legal? Can I ship it to my state?
CBD that has less then .03% THC per dry weight is 50 state legal. All of chanvre products are 50 state legal and can be purchased and shipped to any state.