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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.

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.

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!

A

The process of stripping all the essential oils and trichomes from the cannabis plant by using either ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.  Once the extra plant material is filtered out and the alcohol evaporates, what remains is a sticky and potent golden hash oil. Further purification through vacuum pressure, heat, or agitation can change the texture of the golden hash oil to oil, shatter, or budder, depending on the extraction process.

one of the saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane and propane used in the extraction of CBD.

organic compounds occur naturally in plant and animal tissues and are the basic constituents of proteins.

Describes the general smell and/or taste of a certain plant or flower.  Because anyone’s individual definition of aromas (such as “earthy,” “diesel”, “skunky,” or “citrus“) can differ somewhat, aroma descriptions are meant as a basic guideline.

B

a plant pigment that is an isomer of carotene, important in the diet as a precursor of vitamin A.

A powerful concentrate of cannabinoids made by dissolving cannabis in its plant form in a solvent (usually butane), which produces a very high THC product (much more than flowers or hashish).  It’s a thick, sticky oil which is also referred to as honey oil, “dabs” or “dabbing,” earwax, or shatter, depending on the manufacturing method.

Broad spectrum contains 500+ different chemical compounds form the cannabis plant, but has had the small traces of of THC completely removed. 

C

500+ individual chemical compounds in any cannabis or hemp plant which act upon the human body’s cannabinoid receptors, producing various effects including pain relief and dozens of other medically beneficial uses.

THC is the most common cannabinoid; CBD is #2; leaving 120+ other cannabinoids.  Terpenes (chemicals you can smell) account for 140+ compounds. Flavonoids which xxxxxxxxxx

There are two types of cannabinoids: Endocannabinoids (which are made by your body) and Phytocannabinoids (which are found in plants). These fatty acids act as a neurotransmitter, which simply means they act on the nervous system—mostly in the immune cells.

All the cannabinoids are non-psychoactive in any cannabis or hemp plant; when decarbed (i.e., decarboxylated) THCA becomes THC

A low-THC cannabis variety primarily selected by breeders for its CBD-rich genetics.  Unlike Cannabis sativa and indica which use light cycles to flower, ruderalis is an “autoflowering” variety, meaning it flowers with age.  Ruderalis is a hardy plant that can survive harsh climates.

This is the less scientific name for the cannabis sativa species of cannabis plant. These plants originated outside of the Middle East and Asia and include strains that are from areas such as South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Thailand.  They tend to grow taller as plants (usually over 5 feet), are lighter in color and take longer to flower. When consumed, sativas tend to produce more cerebral effects as opposed to physical and sedative ones.

Tall plant used to create hemp (fibers) and also produces a variety of psychoactive and other medical and recreational effects

Dark green or brown and traditionally created with a high THC (ie, psychoactive) content.

Another phytocannabinoid in our products, is produced over time within hemp plants when CBGA and the CBCA enzyme synthesize to create CBCA, an acidic form of CBC.

phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940, and of the 120 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract; non-psychoactive

CBD works a bit differently with the body when applied topically

Derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions and is used in almost every delivery method currently in use (including smoking).  Both cannabis and hemp are forms of cannabis; and it’s important for you to know that cannabis does not mean marijuana. 

Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term under which all forms of cannabis and hemp are included.  Only until recently has THC begun to lose it’s most discussed and studied part of the cannabis plant; not just because it can get users high, but because it’s the single most abundant chemical compound in cannabis. 

CBD, is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis and the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp,  As a result, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media.

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high,” which contributes to its legalization across the United States and other countries. CBD does not typically have any immediately noticeable effect, though some customers have reported otherwise.

When Olivetolic acid and Geranyl pyrophosphate combines in the plants to produce cannabigerolic acid.  CBG is critical because so many other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). CBG, one of the phyto-cannabinoids found in our extracts, is essentially the same as CBGA, but in non-acidic form.

Another key cannabinoid.  Unlike CBC, CBN is not derived from CBGA; rather,, it is formed in hemp plants when an acid called CBNA undergoes decarboxylation.  It is a cannabinoid isolated from the cannabis plant that binds to the cannabinoid G-protein receptor CB2 (as opposed to CBD binding to CB1).

A high-CBD, low-THC, relatively non-psychoactive medical cannabis extract, developed in Colorado, named after Dravet syndrome patient Charlotte Figi, and popularly reported by Sanjay Gupta, MD from CNN.

A legal test certificate provided by a laboratory. COA’s can show potency, residual solvents, and microbial content among many other things.

Many believe CO2 to be the most natural solvent used in concentrate extraction to produce quality products.

see MCT

D

This is the process of heating hemp or cannabis at a low temperature to transform “inactive” acid cannabinoids like THCA and CBDA into “active” THC and CBD.  Most people decarboxylate their cannabis to get higher potency in products that are consumed orally, like edibles and tinctures.

U.S. federal agency formed in 1970 by President Richard Nixon for his Controlled Substances Act.  This organization is criticized for being unaccountable to any authority, and for self-serving acts including blocking the removal of cannabis from Schedule I.

E

Edibles have been infused with cannabis extracts, and are usually not made exclusively with CBD.  They are commonly baked goods such as cookies and brownies, but are also produced in various other products; e.g., flavored coffee drinks, breads and candies. . Dispensaries also often sell cannabis-infused butters or oils for patients or consumers to make their own edibles.  Consuming edibles means the active components from the extracts require longer to take effect as they need to be absorbed through your digestive system.

[See:  Phytocannabinoid]

A network of millions of molecules, receptors and enzymes in humans that’s chock-full of CBD receptors (mostly in our brains and central nervous system), which bind with CBD to enable or inhibit a response (synaptic), which creates an effect in your body.  Without the ECS none of us could exist.

Think:  Synergy.  Benefits from cannabinoids are maximized when all the 500+ chemical compounds in cannabis are included.  Research shows that individual isolates (CBD, THC, etc) provide just a shadow of positive benefits.

Commonly used for extraction purposes involving oil used for edibles or topicals.

F

Important dietary sources of fuel for animals and are important structural components for cells; and can either be saturated or unsaturated

A United States Government Agency tasked with protecting public health by oversight and regulation of food, medical, pharmaceutical and many other products. Read More – Wiki.

There are about 20 flavonoids in cannabis, and are important because they have shown to have beneficial effects such as: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-allergic activity.  Quercetin, Apigenin, and Cannaflavin A are three flavonoids found in cannabis.

H

Is a fibrous product that can be produced from the male cannabis plant and can be used in the manufacture of many industrial uses; e.g., rope, paper, beauty products and a vast array of other products. 

Hemp is a legal plant that the USDA defines as any Cannabis sativa L. variety containing THC concentrations of no more than 0.3% (less than one-third of 1%); which is the phytocannabinoid that causes a feeling of intoxication.

Oil from cold pressed seeds of the hemp plant sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil. Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD.

I

CBD (cannabidiol) isolate is a single molecule from the hemp plant that endures heavy processing to achieve its purity.  The final product is a slightly white powder and used in many products to provide CBD. All other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. are destroyed in the process which makes CBD isolate products not nearly as beneficial as full or broad spectrum CBD products.   

[See:  Broad spectrum; Full spectrum]

M

Derived from peppermint oil and provides a cooling sensation by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature (it does not actually lower anyone’s temperature when applied).

P

[See:  Endocannabinoid]

R

Abbreviation for prescription drugs

S

Is a specific variety of a plant species.  Strains are developed to produce distinct desired traits in the plant and are usually named by their creators (or by creative consumers).  Strain names often reflect the plant’s appearance, its promised buzz, or its place of origin. Although the medical cannabis industry strives for consistency, strains can easily be mistakenly or purposely misidentified.

T

Smell something?  It’s terpenes: organic compounds and isomeric hydrocarbons (C10H16) found within hemp flower excretions.  

Each hemp or cannabis plant strain’s unique characteristics are determined by the scent of its terpenes. These peculiar and powerful molecules influence the taste and feel of hemp extract. In addition to being an essential component of our supplements, terpenes are commonly leveraged in the production of balsams, essential oils, and other plant by-products.

The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

Most common chemical compound in cannabis, and it’s most potent psychoactive one.  

 

A liquid cannabis or hemp extract usually made with alcohol or glycerol that is often dosed with a dropper or a pump spray.  Tinctures can be flavored and are usually placed under the tongue (aka, sublingual), where they are absorbed more quickly than if directly swallowed.  The effects can be felt within minutes. Tinctures can also be mixed into a drink, but in these cases effects will take longer because the tinctures will be absorbed by the digestive system.

A type of hemp or cannabis product where the active properties of the flowers have been extracted and added to a product such as a lotion, gel, salve or cream that’s applied to the skin.  The medicinal properties are absorbed through the skin and can be used to treat muscle aches, long term soreness, or ailments like dry skin.