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CBD Explained

There’s a lot of confusion about CBD.  What is it?  Where does it come from?  What does it do?  Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often.  Have a question that’s not answered?  Get in touch with us!

CBD is just an abbreviation for “cannabidiol“.

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid.  There are over 100 known cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors in our Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”).

There are three types of cannabinoids:

1.  Endocannabinoids which exist naturally in our bodies. 

2.  Phytocannabinoids which exist naturally in plants (CBD is a phytocannabinoid). 

3.  Synthetic Cannabinoids which are made in the lab.

Here’s a really good discussion of these issues.  It’s a bit deep but worth the read.

The ECS is part of our central and sympathetic nervous systems.  Receptors in the ECS interact with various cannabinoids to regulate a variety of physical and mental processes in our bodies such as appetite, pain, mood, memory. stress reaction and inflammation.

CBD Oil comes from the cannabis plant.  All of our CBD comes from industrial hemp plants which are grown in the United States.  

Hemp and marijuana are different plants!  In fact, the 2018 Farm Bill essentially legailzed hemp by creating a presumption that it is legal in all states and removing it from the list of Controlled Substances!  Think about that as you consider whether hemp is a dangerous or drug-related plant!

Here’s a discussion of the difference between the two.

No.  CBD does not create a “high” feeling.  That is caused by THC, another cannabinoid. 

7 Mountains CBD Oil is extracted from hemp plants grown in Kentucky.  Extraction can be done in a number of ways.  The most common are CO2 and Alcohol.  We use only CO2 extracted oil.

Here’s a little more detail on the topic.

Full Spectrum CBD oil contains the full range of cannabinoids found in hemp, not just CBD.  

Our Endocannabinoid System developed in response to the cannabis plant as it is found in nature – with all the cannabinoids in it.  So the theory is that the ECS will have the most positive response when exposed to the “full spectrum” of cannabinoids found in the plant from which it is derived.

The “entourage effect” refers to the idea that when all of the cannabinoids which occur in the hemp plant are used, the overall effect will be better because they are working together in their natural state.  This is why we use full spectrum oil.

No.  CBD oil is the specific cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant through one of the methods mentioned above.

Hemp seed oil is obtained by cold pressing hemp seeds.  Hemp seed oil is one of the healthiest plant oils you can use.  Think of it like olive oil or grapeseed oil.  There are very few cannabinoids in hemp oil.

I don’t know and I’m skeptical of anyone who says they do.  Our label recommends one dropper two times a day.  These are common amounts to take and we take that amount.

Generally, It stands to reason that you should take the minimum safe and effective amount.  Start low.  See how you feel.  Don’t increase until you have to.

Specifically, if you’re taking any other medication you should talk to your physician before taking CBD oil.

You can take it any way you like!  Sublingual administration (under the tongue) is recommended because the CBD will get into your bloodstream more quickly due to the high number of capillaries under the tongue.

Of course, the other great way to take it is through our edibles!