Your Most Commonly Asked CBD Questions, Answered
CBD. You’ve seen it. You’ve heard of it. But still feel like you don’t know exactly what it is? Walk with us.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is just one of many natural compounds called cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. You’ve probably heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid found in marijuana associated with psychoactive effects, but what makes hemp different from its cannabis sativa L cousin is that it contains only trace amounts of THC (less than .3%) — so you won’t experience any kind of high or be left with a case of the munchies. CBD is valued in the wellness community for its therapeutic benefits, like easing pain and inflammation and promoting better sleep and a sense of calm.
Here, we’ll help break down the science of CBD and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about why to use CBD, when to use it, and how to incorporate this plant-based source of relief into your routine.
How does CBD work?
CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a network of endocannabinoids, enzymes, and receptors found all throughout the body (your brain, gut, spinal cord, soft tissues, etc). The same way your respiratory system helps you breathe and your circulatory system helps blood flow, your ECS helps maintain that ‘just right’ balance called homeostasis, correcting for physical or emotional imbalances. That means the ECS has a hand in everything from pain regulation to sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and even your immune system response.
I’ve heard CBD oil referred to as hemp extract. Are they the same?
Yes, often these terms are used interchangeably. We know — it can be a little confusing. Since CBD is the highest occurring cannabinoid by volume in the hemp plant, people often think of hemp extract as CBD oil. However along with CBD, Woven Earth full-spectrum hemp extract contains other cannabinoids like CBG and CBC, plus terpenes, flavonoids, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals naturally occurring in the hemp flower. Importantly, hemp extract is not the same thing as hemp seed oil. The seeds of the hemp plant, while nutritious, do not contain any cannabinoids and therefore do not offer the same benefits.
Does CBD relieve pain
Nagging, everyday aches is one main reason people turn to CBD…[WIP].
What are the benefits of full-spectrum hemp extract?
Most CBD falls into three different categories: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum hemp extract, like Woven Earth, is nearly an exact mirror of the hemp plant itself. It’s packed with all sorts of naturally occurring nutrients and phytocompounds: an array of cannabinoids including CBD, CBG, CBC and trace amounts of THC, plus terpenes, flavonoids, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Many scientists agree that hemp’s phytocompounds work in concert, creating what’s called an “entourage effect” that actually improves overall efficacy. This is one reason many people choose full-spectrum hemp extract. Broad-spectrum extract simply has the THC removed for people with sensitivities. CBD isolate is just that: the CBD cannabinoid isolated from the rest of the plant (no terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins or minerals).
When should I take CBD?
If you’re new to Woven Earth, try taking your capsules or oil at night. Since it has a mildly calming effect, most people prefer to take it 30 minutes before going to bed.
How much CBD should I take?
Everyone is different, so it’s important to find the right amount for you and your needs. We recommend starting with 20mg nightly and adjusting as needed. That’s one capsule or one and half droppers of oil. How and when you see the benefits of CBD will depend on many factors, including your metabolism, weight and how often you take CBD.
Can I take CBD every day?
Not only can you, but you should take CBD every day to see results. CBD is lipophilic (fat soluble), so it compounds in your body over time and its benefits become cumulative. Most people feel the full benefits after 14-30 days of regular use but can also feel a difference in as little as 30 minutes.
Will hemp or CBD products get me high?
No. Numerous studies have shown that CBD is a safe and non-habit-forming substance that does not produce the ‘high’ associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Why is Woven Earth hemp extract deep green?
Unlike more processed products that use chemicals and solvents, Woven Earth hemp extract is made with a gentle lip extraction process that preserves the integrity of the plant’s many nutrients and phytocompounds. In our process, finely milled hemp flowers are mixed with MCT oil from coconuts — which allows for more rapid absorption and maximum bioavailability of the CBD — resulting in a rich, deep green hemp oil.
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