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Answers to Your Questions About CBD

This is where you find CBD’s more Frequently Asked Questions with unforgettable answers.  

If you want to learn more, click CBD GLOSSARY because it will answer even more questions for you . . .


How Does CBD Work?

Almost every government has warred on CBD/Hemp (and cannabis) since 1937.  Even basic research was illegal and punishable by prison and heavy fines. Misguided propaganda spread fast, and in the absence of legitimate scientific analysis, most of the public has remained grossly uneducated about the basic truths of CBD’s efficacy, benefits, safety, protocols and potential for use and abuse.  People around the world are doing their best to catch up and feed the hungry CBD market with accurate and reliable information and products.  

CBD primarily interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system to affect your most essential bodily functions, such as:  xxxxxxx

While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, our bodies naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of our body, including our skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors.

Unlike THC, CBD does not interact strongly with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). This is why CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD inhibits the enzymes which break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in our body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids. This increase even occurs in our animal friends (dogs, cats, horses, apes), making CBD quite beneficial for our pets, too!

What About Treating Yourself?

We would love to say that CBD will help you, but we aren’t really supposed to give medical advice. We recommend doing some of your own research or giving CBD a try to see if it helps for your specific needs.

No. CBD cannot and will not get you high. THC is the only cannabis constituent with an intoxicating effect.

There are no known side effects of CBD.

Intended for internal consumption.

VERY!  Don’t you want to know what you’re taking before you purchase and take it?  Any product you see sold on Amazon (for example) is not CBD! It’s merely hemp seed oil, which is healthy for you, but it contains zero CBD (and zero cannabinoids).  You should most definitely be concerned about this. When the FDA issued its second round of warning letters in 2016, it tested CBD products to see if they met their label claims.  Of 13 products that made nutrient content claims for CBD, only two passed. The obvious solution is to review any company’s COA (Certificate of Analysis).  And, GoodFOR is proud to make all our COA’s very easy to view and understand.

Our consumable capsules and extracts are derived from legal hemp plants. They are food supplements intended to be thoughtfully incorporated into the diet and taken orally. They are not sold for medical purposes such as preventing or treating diseases or ailments.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services suggests that consumers should prioritize eating a variety of nutritious foods instead of taking dietary supplements.  Yet, true wellness has repeatedly proven that no dietary supplement should substitute for a healthful diet. This federal agency asserts that some supplements can help support overall health and provide people with the nutrients they need.; e.g., Vitamin D and calcium helps strengthen bones, and omega-3 fatty acids may help some who suffer from heart disease.

In the USA., dietary supplements come with serving size suggestions located on the Supplement Facts label.  GoodFOR encourages a “less is more” behavior when it comes to the amount of oils or capsules our customers might consume on a regular basis. (We recommend starting out with xxxxx.)  The serving size of our supplements is a matter of personal preference. We strongly encourage you to experiment with our products and consult with a healthcare professional as needed.  This is the best method to identify the amount and frequency of consumption that is good for you.  

The benefits and risks of some supplements on the market are undetermined by federal agencies. These supplements will undergo further study before any definitive claims may be made about their value to the human body.  Our CBD extracts fall under this category of supplements. Be aware that just because a dietary supplement is on the market does not mean it is federally tested and approved. Many dietary supplements, like CBD oil, may be marketed before the FDA has rated their efficacy.

Our products are derived from industrial hemp, not to be confused with cannabis. Industrial hemp is a legal plant from which many popular foods are harvested.  To create our products, we extract a full spectrum of compounds from the hemp plant. This full spectrum contains a stunningly varied array of phyto-cannabinoids, including: CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, and much more.  Our extracts contain less than 0.3% THC, the component from Cannabis sativa L. which causes a high.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also recommends that consumers should be aware of any active ingredients that dietary supplements may contain. An active ingredient of a substance is any component that produces a biological or chemical effect on the body. Our products do contain active ingredients. 

Because of their active ingredients, it’s possible to experience side effects when taking dietary supplements.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains that people are most likely to experience negative side effects by combining supplements or by taking them in place of or in addition to prescribed medicines.

Considered by many to be a very safe plant, hemp has a long and rich history of human consumption. GoodFOR is proud to be a part of this legacy by providing the highest quality hemp consumables.

A variety of methods can be used to extract CBD from the hemp flower to produce a hemp oil product. It’s important to look for a brand that’s transparent about its extraction methods. Are any hexane or GMO solvents used?  What type of carrier oil is blended with the hemp extract? Is the oil organic, and does it enhance the absorption of the hemp CBD as does organic MCT oil? Are there additives such as natural flavors or GMO ingredients? Does the seller provide third-party product testing?

How hemp and cannabis growers grow their crops has a major impact on our environment and on climate change. Organic farming helps build healthy soils while sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, which lessens the impact of climate change.  Many hemp brands claim to be organic but have no documentation, so just look for the USDA organic symbol.

Because our hemp extract is a natural supplement that comes from a plant, it has a taste that some consider to be bitter and strong.  Many like the flavor, and others prefer a way to mask it. When our same product is offered in multiple flavors, choose the one you like best; if you want to change the flavor, try mixing the oil in honey, applesauce, a smoothie, or in your favorite juice.

No. This was a common belief before more research was done regarding hemp’s other cannabinoids. New information has shown that THC and CBD can sufficiently function without the other. Broad spectrum products that are THC-free but still have several other cannabinoids present are the most beneficial as the cannabinoids are able to complement each other’s individual effects.

THC does have clinical value when combined with CBD for severe pain and aggressive types of cancer. Other than those two applications, the other major and minor cannabinoids and terpenes found in broad spectrum hemp extracts are more than adequate to address most clinical conditions responsive to cannabinoids.

Know The Differences...

Marijuana is the racist name pushed upon the public in 1937 to stamp out any medical or recreational use, by using the Marijuana Stamp Act (up until 1937, cannabis was regularly sold in almost all apothecaries (aka, pharmacies) throughout the USA; this was the propagandistic part of the “Reefer Madness” campaign — not to stop cannabis usage — rather to wipe out it’s genetic cousin, industrial hemp, from competing with the timber, construction, oil and apparel industries.

CBD is a molecule, and whether it’s in the cannabis plant or the hemp plant, it’s the same molecule; what’s different are the laws surrounding both

While these two plants come from the same species, their chemical makeup is a bit different. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) has long, sturdy stalks and leaves and a high concentration of CBD with a low concentration of THC.  Cannabis (Cannabis Indica) is conversely a shorter, heartier plant with a high concentration of THC and a lower concentration of CBD. In other words, marijuana has an intoxicating effect while hemp does not.

Hemp and marijuana belong to the same species: Cannabis Sativa. Unlike cannabis, hemp has high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC (the intoxicating compound).  Our CBD is 100% hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, consistent with applicable law.

CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hemp seeds (not the resin) and do not contain cannabidiol.  (Amazon sells hemp seed oil; but, not CBD or CBD oil).

Standard hemp seed oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas hemp extract is a full plant extraction with many components not typically found in the seeds.  Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritious food, but it does not possess the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that CBD extracts have.

Since both are essentially wellness ingredients, you won’t be harmed if you accidentally purchase or use one instead of the other; however, if you’re trying to reap the maximum benefits from CBD oil, hemp seed oil just will not (and cannot) deliver the positive results you expect to be good for you.  This is a problem because these oils are not inexpensive, and some brands which call hemp seed oil “cannabis sativa oil” deceives the public.

No!  Hemp oil contains zero CBD; that’s why you might see it sold on Amazon, whose policy is to sell no CBD or other cannabis products.

CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hemp seeds (not the resin) and do not contain cannabidiol.

These terms are used somewhat interchangeably—which can be confusing! CBD is one type of hemp extract, but hemp extract isn’t necessarily CBD. Some hemp extracts contain other cannabis constituents, of which there are over 100! Some of these constituents are believed to have their own therapeutic benefits. Neither CBD nor hemp extract have intoxicating effects.

CBD is CBD, whether from cannabis or hemp; it’s the identical molecule.  Cannabis contains a significant amount of the chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes the “high” feeling. However, cannabis is usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD and CBG, making hemp the preferable option.  Here’s why.

CBD comes from Cannabis sativa L, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. Cannabis sativa L. is the plant species, and you should not assume our products will have sativa like effects usually associated with those cultivars (aka, strains) of cannabis. The indica and sativa distinction does not have as much bearing on any plant’s effects without the presence of THC. Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis are all subspecies of Cannabis Sativa L. Our hemp extract is made with cultivars that are bred with approximately 70% sativa and 30% indica genetics.

Cannabis sativa L contains organic compounds called terpenes. Terpenes are isomeric hydrocarbons (C10H16) used to create essential oils, balsams and other by-products. When chemically modified through oxidation or other methods, terpenes become terpenoids (sometimes referred to as isoprenoids). Vitamin C is one example of a terpenoid.

Across all strains, Cannabis sativa L. plants contain 120 identified terpene compounds. These terpenes exist within the resin found on hemp or cannabis flowers. The scent produced by their terpenes helps to determine the quality of each particular cannabis plant cultivar (aka, strain). It also influences taste, feel, and other senses affected by interaction with the plant or its by-products.

The interactions between terpenes and cannabinoids vary across Cannabis plant cultivars and each plant produces unique properties. In fact, research is continuing to identify  that terpenes provide unique benefits when combined with hemp supplements.

The FDA approved it’s first CBD drug, an isolate (ie, the CBD molecule, only) called Epidiolex, manufactured by a ‘frenemy’ of the cannabis industry, GW Pharmaceuticals.  By law, once a compound is first approved as a drug, it cannot later become a dietary supplement. This means I would definitely shy away from using an isolate (except in topicals/cosmetics, which is why mass market drug stores are going in with CBD only in this format). Depending on your risk tolerance, you might be okay with using an isolate since the FDA hasn’t exactly been aggressive about going after hemp CBD companies of any stripe—and when it has, it has issued Warning Letters to companies that violate its drug-disease claim statute. To me, the two lowest-hanging fruit that a company should not violate are claims and using an isolate.

Almost.  RSHO is actually more of a method of extraction than a brand name product.  It’s usually created using cannabis extracts. RHSO is usually made from individuals and small companies and too often don’t abide by stringent, consistent manufacturing and quality control methods, and usually contain a lot more THC than is federally prohibited; and too often contaminants.  However, RHSO definitely produces some effective benefits with the increased THC.

How to Treat My Pets?

The same way it works for people: by stimulating our endocannabinoid system to create balance in our body which helps to relieve pain, reduce neurological problems, reduce anxiety, and address problems with diseases like osteoarthritis, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, asthma, etc.

We do not recommend giving THC to animals. Every species will experience different reactions to CBD; e.g., dogs have been found to be highly sensitive to its psychoactive properties; while cats have been shown to be less susceptible. THC in larger animals like horses can be potentially dangerous to both the animal and owner, due to THC causing excessive excitement or positive drug tests.

Yes and no!  The molecules (CBD all the other ingredients in FULL spectrum CBD are the same) but the amount taken daily can be quite different.  And, unless you really love the taste of bacon flavoring that we add for our GoodFOR Doggies and/or fish flavoring we add for our GoodFOR Pussies, we suggest you give your pets their own products!