CBD -- FAQs
Cloud Forest Botanicals is excited to introduce its signature line, Hemp and Herbs. After extensive research, we have blended our potent cloud forest botanical plant extracts with organically and sustainably grown, THC free hemp extract (CBD) to produce tinctures which are potent, pure, synergistic and effective. We invite you to explore the rapidly opening world of CBD and botanical medicine.
CBD use has become increasingly popular as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals, steroid creams, and OTC medications. If you’re new to CBD, then you’ve landed in the right place. Here, we’ll answer some of the most pressing questions related to CBD.
Like everything surrounding CBD and medical marijuana, there are divergent opinions, conflicting science, hotly debated laws, and draconian attitudes about its moral standing. We urge YOU to do your own research, educate yourself, and take responsibility for your choices and your health. And, if not now, when?
WHAT IS CBD?
- CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 60 active chemical compounds (or ‘cannabinoids’) in the marijuana/hemp (cannabis sativa or indica) plant.
- It comprises about 40% of the active phytochemicals in cannabis.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
- THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. It accounts for feeling ‘stoned’ or ‘high.’
- CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system. It does NOT make you stoned or high. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; it actually prevents THC molecules from binding to the brain’s receptors (hence the reason why it’s often used to subdue the ‘paranoia’ or ‘speedy’ effects of super-potent THC strains).
WHAT ARE CBD OILS and CBD TINCTURES?
- CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant by various solvent methods. It’s commonly made from the seeds and stems of the hemp plant.
- CBD tinctures use ethanol (alcohol) to extract the full spectrum of plant phytochemicals from the plant.
- The strongest CBD extractions are made with whole plant extractions, including flowers or buds, and include potent and beneficial terpenes.
- Here in the Cloud Forest we use organically grown, ethanol extracted WHOLE PLANT CBD from Colorado.
HOW IS CBD ISOLATED FROM THE CANNABIS PLANT?
- CBD is extracted from using solvents which can include hexane, butane, CO2, or ethanol.
- CO2 and ethanol extractions are the best methods to extract CBD isolate, as they leave practically zero traces of chemical contaminants in the end product. (And really—do you want to ingest hexane or butane??).
- The result of both CO2 and ethanol processes is a white to slight off-white crystal powder that is soluble in oils (coconut or olive, for example) or can be dissolved in ethanol (such as Everclear). The slight differences in color depend on the percentage of terpenes (beneficial phytochemicals naturally occurring in the plant) that have been left.
- Because Cloud Forest Botanicals' CBD is whole plant extract, it contains many beneficial terpenes -- such as myrcene, pinene, limonene and linaool
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
- CBD functions by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors have been found in virtually every cell and tissue type in the human body (hence the seemingly endless array of CBD uses).
- The main receptors are found in the brain, liver, kidneys, and digestive system.
WHY WOULD I WANT TO TAKE CBD? WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
Please refer to this website, https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/conditions for a list of health conditions for which CBD has been found to be therapeutic and the research links that support these claims. Generally, for issues involving:
- chronic pain (from inflammation, arthritis or injury)
- neuropathic pain
- digestive disorders (Crohn’s, IBS, etc.)
- cardiovascular issues
- pulmonary problems (COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis)
CBD may be the answer you have been looking for, without the accompanying side effects or addictive properties found in so many pharmaceuticals.
ARE THERE MEDICAL STUDIES ON CBD?
- Thousands of scientific/medical peer-reviewed studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. We encourage you to do your own research.
- Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible plant based therapeutic remedy.
HOW DO I TAKE CBD?
- Most CBD medications are taken sublingually, that is, orally via oil or extract (tincture) drops that are placed under the tongue and held for 30 - 45 seconds before swallowing.
- There is a 98% absorption rate with sub-lingual CBD tinctures because the CBD gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This allows for maximum absorption, as the active phytochemicals (CBD) are given a fast track into the blood stream, bypassing the gastric digestive process.
- Alcohol based tinctures are more readily and efficiently absorbed than oils.
- Topical creams and ointments, nasal sprays, suppositories are also effective, as are smoking or vaping.
IS CBD NATURAL?
- Yes, CBD is a 100% naturally-occurring phytochemical that comes directly from the cannabis plant. It is not synthetically made.
- Big Pharma is racing to develop synthetic products so they can obtain the patents. (No one can patent plants or direct plant products). Preliminary results have been less than stellar. Why? Single molecule, lab synthesized plant substitutes lack the synergistic, entourage effect that whole plant products provide – as Nature intended.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF USING CBD? IS IT SAFE?
- The only significant danger/side effect is in vaping CBD oils that were produced using a thinning agent, such as propylene glycol. When burned/vaped propylene glycol produces formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.
- CBD oils produced by CO2 extraction are much safer and purer than oils that were produced with chemical solvents/thinning agents.
- CBD tinctures extracted by ethanol are clean and safe.
- Most research has concluded that CBD is safe, with no known side effects, though some users have reported drowsiness, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, mild headache, or dry mouth, especially with initial or high doses. If you experience any of these, simply reduce your dosage until you find the amount that does NOT produce the unwanted side effect.
- START LOW, GO SLOW.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT DOSE OF CBD TO TAKE?
- This one is tricky because it depends on what you’re using the CBD for and on how strong the product is. CBD dosing is highly personal and requires each user to assume responsibility for his or her own use.
- For effective treatment of the majority of conditions, most people use between 10-50 mg of CBD per day, total.
- How you get this amount depends on the strength: a 500 mg bottle will give you half as much CBD PER DROP as a tincture containing 1000 mg in the same size bottle.
- We advocate: START LOW, GO SLOW. That means start with a few drops. Did it help? Did you have any side effects? If it didn’t help, AND you experienced no negative side effects, wait 4-5 hours and dose again with a few more drops. Do this until you find what works for you.
- As your body’s endocannabanoid receptors are reactivated, you may find that over time you actually need LESS to maintain.
Remember, millions of people all over the US (and the globe) are using CBD products safely every day to effectively manage symptoms that include pain, seizures, inflammation, digestive disorders, etc.
WHAT ABOUT CBD TOPICALS? DO THEY WORK?
- CBD topicals have proven effective for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as for localized muscle soreness and joint pain resulting from arthritis-induced inflammation or injury.
IS CBD LEGAL? Another tricky, it all depends, question.
- In states where medical marijuana is legal, CBD products are legal. Restrictions may apply.
- CBD, produced from hemp with less than 0.3% THC, has been legalized in all 50 states. Restrictions may apply. Consult your state’s laws.
- Generally, CBD products (oil, tincture, vape, topical, etc.) are permissible to buy, sell, and ship in all 50 states.
- In Panama, marijuana is illegal. Hemp products, however, are legal (so, CBD is legal).
- US Federal law still classifies CBD as a Schedule 1 drug – right up there with crack and heroin – and denies that it has any medical use (even though pharmaceutical companies are racing to synthesize CBD and THC and the federal government holds patents for…well, this isn’t the place for that rant. Another time.). Attorney General Jeff Sessions notwithstanding, it is highly unlikely that the DEA is going to examine every online purchase by individuals of CBD products. However, like everything else surrounding CBD and medical marijuana, you, the individual, must hold responsibility for your choices.
- States are racing to pass legalization laws and, eventually, the federal government will have to follow suit, just as it did during Prohibition.
All in all, the fact remains that millions of people buy and use CBD products every day of their lives. Many depend on it to maintain their health and quality of life.
WILL CBD SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
- A high-quality CBD product with minimal THC is unlikely to show up on a drug test.
- However, low quality CBD products may contain more traces of THC than they claim, in which case it is possible for a screening to pick up on the drug. Know your source.
- Research has shown that people who consume 6 mg of THC (not CBD) per day have a 25% chance of failing a drug test. This translates to about 2,000 mg per day of CBD oil with a THC content of 0.3% or less. NO ONE takes this much!!!!! Average dosing for CBD ranges from 5 – 100 mg daily.
HOW DO I KNOW IT’S SAFE TO PURCHASE CBD ONLINE?
- Make sure the company you’re buying from is reputable and that the product was made from organically grown hemp with less than 0.3% THC content.
- You can request a chemical analysis – reputable companies will provide you with a read out pertaining to their CBD product. If they won’t provide a certified photocopy, shop elsewhere.
Questions to ask:
- Where was the hemp grown? (Hemp grown in China and portions of Eastern Europe are potentially contaminated with hazardous chemicals).
- Is it organically, sustainably grown?
- How was it processed/extracted?
- What is the level of purity?
- Does it contain terpenes? (You want these, if you can get them. Why? read here: https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/infographic-what-are-cannabis-terpenes-and-how-do-they-affect-you).
Cloud Forest Botanicals purchases its whole plant CBD from organically grown hemp from Colorado. Because it is whole plant, it is rich in terpenes, such as myrcene, limonene, pinene, linalool.
Many of the statements here have not been confirmed (or denied!) by the FDA. Cloud Forest Botanicals does not diagnose, treat or prescribe for medical conditions. See your medical professional for medical advice.