Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant.  Pure CBD is natural, non-habit forming, and nonpsychedelic.  Unlike THC, CBD does NOT get you high, but is usually associated with feelings of relaxation and calm.  CBD products typically have a THC concentration of less than .03% but be sure to read the product label for a more detailed description.

CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system.  The Endocannabinoid System, or ESC, is a biological system responsible for the release of endocannabinoids, a type of neurotransmitter.  Endocannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors and proteins in our central and peripheral nervous system.

What is the ECS and how are cannabinoids involved?

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is a natural physiological process that facilitates cellular communication throughout the body. The ECS is responsible for a wide array of physiological process and conditions which include Appetite, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Pain, Memory and more!

Basically the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis.  Homeostasis is your body’s effort to keep its internal process balanced, regardless of its outside environment.

The general way cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the ECS is not fully understood. Some believe they accentuate serotonin’s ability to fight depression, while others believe CBD inhibits enzymes ability to recycle endocannabinoids in our system, thus elongating the feelings of calm and pain relief. To learn more about ECS and current research involving CBD interaction with the body, check out Gift of Life’s ECS and CBD page!

Why use CBD?

CBD oil gives people the independence to treat themselves with a natural, non-habit forming, homeostatic remedy.  CBD could lessen the costly need for potentially harmful prescription drugs.  Recently, CBD has become the forefront of scientific research resulting in experts all over the world uncovering the benefits CBD oil has on the body’s physiological system.  Although this is a relatively new area of study, there have been no serious side effects recorded with excessive CBD oil use.  It is not possible to overdose or become addicted to CBD oil.

Will I get high off CBD?

All CBD products should be examined via the product label.  BUT typically CBD products have a THC concentration of less than 0.3%.  Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the compound responsible for making people feel high.  What gets people confused is where the CBD oil is extracted.  Both THC and CBD are extracted from the cannabis plant, but both compounds can be isolated from one another. Manufactures typically infuse CBD into tinctures, edibles, topicals, soft gels and other products.  These products, by law, can contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. This is not enough to create any psychoactive symptoms.

For more information on CBD related products and the differences between them, check out our Gift of Life CBD Product Guide.

How much CBD should I take?

Most dosages range anywhere between 20 and 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day, with no adverse effects associated with dosage.  You cannot overdose on CBD. You cannot get high off pure CBD products. Research is still ongoing as to the appropriate concentration to take to yield optimized results.

Is CBD legal?

In 2018, The Farm Bill passed that made production of industrial hemp legal in the United States.  Any hemp-derived CBD product with a THC percentage of less than 0.3 percent, is legal on the federal level but is still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and the laws of anywhere you travel before using.

CBD and Anxiety

2020 New Zealand Study monitored 397 adults on a strict CBD concentration regiment. All participants in the group reported improvements in their overall quality of life after a 3-week CBD trail period.  The individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety or depression reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions, as well as reduced pain, anxiety and depression symptoms.  The studies illustrates CBD’s ability to increase serotonin levels in the body, minimizing their feelings of anxiety.

Researchers and Healthcare professionals have yet to establish a standardized dosage to elicit the optimal effects CBD has to offer. There is no research that suggests you can overdose on CBD related products. Check out our CBD and Health Guide for more health related info!

What is Hempseed oil? What is CBD hemp oil?

Hempseed oil and CBD hemp oil originate from the same source: the cannabis plant. Hempseed oil is extracted from the pressing of seeds from the cannabis plant while Cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil is a derived from the flowers, leaves, and stems of the cannabis plant. Both oil types are natural, non-habit forming, and a nonpsychedelic.  This means that these products do not typically cause a high, since the levels of THC, if any, tend to be exceptionally low (below 0.3% in most cases).

For more on the differences between CBD hemp oil and Hempseed Oil, check out Gift of Life’s page: ‘Hempseed Oil vs CBD Hemp Oil

CBD and Pets

CBD can be just as beneficial for your furry friends as it is for you. Because both cats and dogs have an endocannabinoid system, they are able to absorb and get the same benefits of CBD as humans. CBD has been shown to treat a variety of ailments in animals, from anxiety and stress to chronic pain and inflammation, and can even help manage seizures and symptoms caused by cancer.

To learn about the full scope of CBD beneficial effects on Pets, read Gift of Life’s CBD and Pets article!

Which CBD product is right for me?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, oil comes in a wide array of products that makes choosing the right product frustrating for CBD newbies. The majority of CBD related products can be separated into two distinct groups: Topical and Oral. By understanding the difference between these two applications, and the potential advantages of each, you can better understand which CBD product is best for you!  To read the full scope of which cbd product may be right for you and your needs, check out Gift of Life’s guide: CBD Product Guide.