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Cannabidiol (CBD) Frequently Asked Questions

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Cannabidiol FAQ

There are questions about cannabidiol (CBD) that we get asked frequently, so we decided to put together a list of CBD FAQs for those of you who want to learn more about this cannabinoid, its properties and effects.

1. Is CBD oil legal?

Yes – CBD oil obtained from hemp is legal, because the FDA considers hemp-derived cannabinoids to be food-based products, so their importation and consumption is not restricted. However, it is not legal to grow hemp in most of the US states. For this reason, a lot of companies producing CBD oil or other cannabidiol-rich supplements, source their hemp from countries where it is legal to grow it. Industrial hemp can be legally grown in most countries and CBD oil can be purchased in most of those countries.

2. If CBD is obtained from hemp, does it mean I will get high from consuming it?

No You will not get high from CBD oil. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the two most prominent cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant, the other one being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Both of them occur in this plant naturally, and can be found in higher or lower concentrations, depending on the part of the plant we refer to.

CBD is not psychoactive, which means you cannot get high from cannabidiol-rich products. Conversely, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a strong psychoactive substance which gets you stoned. As long as you consume products made of specially-bred industrial hemp plants, you shouldn’t experience any unwanted effects. Hemp contains little to no THC, while recreational cannabis can contain between 5% and 20% THC.

You can learn more about CBD and its properties here.

3. How is CBD oil obtained?

Cannabidiol oil is obtained from hemp through a technique called CO2 extraction. We use hemp because it doesn’t contain THC, and we opt for this technique because it enables us to produce oil that yields the full spectrum of cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Our extracts contain a multitude of cannabinoids with positive effects, as well as terpenes, minerals, fatty acids and vitamins. All these substances make our products nourishing and recommend them as dietary supplements.

4. Can CBD oil cure any condition?

We produce CBD oil that is sold as a dietary supplement, so we’re not making any medical claims. However we do encourage you to research this topic yourself, as there are trustworthy websites where you’ll find studies on the effects and benefits of cannabidiol in various conditions. We may refer to such studies here, but only to inform you about them. Our CBD products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease although it is quite possible those suffering from any one or more of a variety of ailments could see benefit from taking CBD.

5. Is your CBD oil synthetic or natural?

As said, we extract CBD oil from industrial hemp, so our products are all natural. We do not produce or sell CBD isolates. Industrial hemp is naturally rich in CBD and low in THC so we use this plant to make sure the final product contains a multitude of useful compounds and no psychoactive substances.

6. Does CBD oil cause side effects?

Hemp is considered generally safe, so there shouldn’t be any significant side effects of CBD, but we can’t rule them out as it really depends on how your body tolerates and adapts to these dietary supplements. We recommend to consult your physician before using any dietary supplement, including our CBD oil.

7. Why should I use Elixinol CBD oil instead of relying on cannabinoids from marijuana?

Technically, cannabinoids from marijuana and cannabinoids from hemp are the same, meaning that they have the same properties. However, as previously explained in this FAQ, hemp contains very little to no THC. Perhaps just 10ths of one percent. Marijuana on the other hand is very high in THC (usually between 10% and 25%) and makes you high. This is why you should opt for hemp CBD oil if you intend to use it as a food supplement. If you take THC with CBD, the effects of THC will be diminished as CBD attaches to the same receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

8. How much CBD oil should I take?

This really depends on which product you are using, how you use it and how your body adapts to it. We recommend starting with 1 drop per serving, once or twice a day and see if this dosage works for you. If it’s the first time you’re using a hemp  oil supplement, we encourage you to discuss with your healthcare practitioner if you have specific questions.

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Natural vs. synthetic cannabinoids: what to choose and why?

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If you’re new to cannabinoids but have heard of their beneficial effects and would like to experience them, there’s one crucial aspect to pay attention to before investing in any product: natural cannabinoids are not the same with synthetic ones. Although synthetic products are often marketed as natural cannabis-like compounds, they are actually dangerous and can do you more harm than good. So let’s take a look at the differences between natural and synthetic cannabinoids. Read More

Hemp Oil for Inflammation

Hemp Oil for Inflammation – Studies Show Benefits of CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

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Research shows cannabinoids can stop inflammation by activating CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system.

A couple of years ago, a study comparing the levels of inflammation in people who smoked marijuana and in people who never smoked it was showing that marijuana smokers may have lower levels of inflammation. Data from 9,000 people was examined in the mentioned study, researchers analyzing the influence of marijuana on the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that is frequently linked with an increased risk of heart disease. It appears that hemp oil for inflammation may well be a great choice of treatment for many ailments.

Chronic inflammation also plays a role in autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, colitis or multiple sclerosis. Researchers wanted to see whether the active components in marijuana can decrease the levels of CRP, reducing inflammation. 12% of study participants said they smoked marijuana recently. Researchers found that people who smoked in the past 30 days had lower levels of C-reactive protein than those who had never smoked marijuana.

Hemp Oil can Reduce Inflammation – CBD & THC are Most Effective

Hemp Oil For Inflammation

These findings weren’t a surprise, as cannabis has been long-recognized as a medicinal plant and there are several studies that prove the effectiveness of cannabinoids in decreasing inflammation. Here’s one study from researchers at the University of South Carolina for example, which showed that THC has the capacity to affect DNA expression in a manner that may lead to suppression of inflammation.

THC works for inflammation but has side effects

As explained in a previous article, THC is the compound in the cannabis plant responsible for its psychoactive effect. Because THC makes you “high”, it’s often regarded as a harmful component of the Cannabis sativa plant, but this perception is not an objective one as THC has its positive effects as well. In fact THC and THCV cannabinoids have both shown promise in the fight against some serious and debilitating conditions. However, as many people do not want to experience any psychoactive effects while fighting inflammation, THC does not seem to be the best option.

When using hemp oil for inflammation, CB2 receptors are the most important

There are two main cannabinoid “receptors” in your nervous system, CB1 and CB2. These are the point of interaction for cannabinoids introduced into your system and are part of the endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors are more affected by THC, controlling perception, memory, mood, sleep and appetite, CB2 receptors affect the immune system.

Of all the compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant, the ones that play a role in inhibiting inflammation are the substances that activate the CB2 receptors as inflammation is an immune response. Cannabidiol (CBD) is not the only compound in cannabis that activates the CB2 receptor. A terpenoid found in hemp extract called beta-carophyllene also activates this receptor with no psychoactive effect. According to scientists from ETH Zurich and Bonn University, this substance may help not only in stopping inflammation but also in preventing or treating ailments like liver cirrhosis, osteoarthritis or arteriosclerosis. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsant, anti-oxidant and immunomodulatory effects.

Research into CBD as an anti-inflammatory with no side effects

The other powerful component in cannabis, CBD, was also proven to reduce inflammation and is thought to play a role in the treatment of arthritis symptoms. According to researchers at the Imperial College London, CBD can reduce inflammation in mice by 50% at the right dosage and can fight against type 1 diabetes. Also, research done by G.W.Pharmaceuticals showed that CBD could be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, as well as diabetes, bowel disorders and nausea.

Studies about using hemp oil to treat inflammation

Here’s even more proof that hemp oil for inflammation and cannabinoids can help in reducing inflammation:

  • A study published in the Free radical biology & medicine journal by US researcher G.W. Booz from the University of Mississippi Medical Center showed that cannabidiol can be helpful in lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, decreasing the risk of organ damage and dysfunction. Oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to a number of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type 1 and 2, atherosclerosis, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
  • Scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (US) showed that cannabinoids can suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing analgesic tolerance.
  • Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory response and attenuate disease symptoms by inducing apoptosis in activated immune cells, suppressing cytokines and chemokines at inflammatory sites and upregulating FoxP3+ regulatory T cells.

We’d love to hear from you about your experience with cannabinoids and inflammation

Have something to add to this article? Please comment below. Also, if you want to learn more about the beneficial health effects of cannabinoids and about the endocannabinoid system, check our blog where we regularly update our readers about CBD and the role of other cannabinoids in health.

Like to purchase CBD oil for inflammation?

If you would like to purchase Hemp oil for inflammation, please head on over to our online store where we have a range of CBD products including topical CBD lotion, CBD pills CBD drops and our X-pen which delivers precise doses of CBD oil.

CBD oil is suitable for pets so can help with inflammation for them too. We have dog / pet treats which are ideal for helping your pet with inflammation issues.

 

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How does THC affect the brain?

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THC is a key ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant, and it’s the compound that makes you high when you smoke marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis In large enough doses it can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, as well as feelings of anxiety and euphoria. Can THC affect the brain in damaging ways?

THC is only one of the 400 compounds found in this plant, so how come it is so powerful and able to suppress the effects of all the other substances when one smokes marijuana or ingests products rich in THC? How can THC affect the brain and what are the processes that take place inside the brain when THC enters our body? Let’s try and answer these questions..

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