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Frequently Asked Questions about Hemp Infused Products


In order to give you the information you need about our CBD oil products, we searched high and low for the most-asked questions. We looked through Google, delved into discussions on IG, and trolled Reddit threads and spent countless hours in Facebook groups. We thoroughly researched the answers to the most frequently asked questions.  We spoke with industry experts, other medical providers, chemists, and other CBD educators bring you a comprehensive FAQ. I tried to keep this simple, but keep in mind, I wrote a million papers throughout my college days, so I kinda felt like I was writing a term paper 

 

Commonly asked questions about CBD oil 

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD is a substance derived from the hemp or cannabis plant containing high amounts of the cannabinoid, CBD. Most CBD oil comes from CBD rich (industrial grown) hemp rather than psychoactive marijuana strains; while the two plants are related, CBD rich hemp does not contain nearly as much psychoactive THC. According to the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial grown hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC– a miniscule amount. In order to extract CBD oil from the hemp, hemp producers need to “isolate” the CBD from the THC to ensure that the oil will not contain the psychoactive properties.

 

How Does CBD oil work?

CBD works with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) to put your body back into homeostasis. Our endocannabinoid system is vital to our neuro-immuno-endocrine network. I know, I know, what in the world in my endocannabinoid system?? Your endocannabinoid system lies within your body and has very important receptors that have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.

Did you know we have an entire body system named after weed, LOL? Let's break down the word "endocannabinoid." "Cannabinoid" comes from "cannabis," and "endo" is short for "endogenous," which means naturally produced inside of our bodies.  The ECS itself is made up of three parts; endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors throughout the nervous system, and enzymes that help break down the cannabinoids. Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids. .A “phytocannabinoid” or plant-derived cannabinoid like CBD or THC can activate the same receptors in the body and have similar or stronger effects than the ones our body produces or is lacking. This is similar to how morphine that comes from the poppy plant can reduce pain by activating the body’s endorphin receptors. But when your body has an endocannabinoid deficiency, your body needs cannabinoids to bring it back into balance.

 This is about to get a little complicated, but I feel it’s important for you to know what’s going on in your body.

To understand the ECS, it first helps to understand what homeostasis is.

Basically, homeostasis is your body's way of being in balance. Remember when you used to feel “normal,” back when your body was in homeostasis. Your body tries to keep your internal environment stable and balanced no matter what's going on around you. Your body is working 24/7 to stay in balance, but when your endocannabinoid system is out of whack, you’re no longer in homeostasis. Think of all the gauges in the dashboard of a car, those tell the driver if things are working properly. Your ECS is your bodies gauges constantly monitoring everything going on Is your heart beating too fast, too slow? Is your temperature in normal range? Are your hormone levels where they should be? Is your brain making too much Seratonin? Is there something bad brewing in your blood stream? Anything throwing those “gauges” off causes an imbalance in your endocannabinoid system.

When something is operating outside of that guage, your body hollars at the the ECS to help fix it~like the warning light on your dashboard. So when you're having a wicked hot flash and begin to sweat and cool off, give a shout out to your ECS for working to cool you down. Hangry and you hear your stomach start to growl? That's your ECS telling you to eat because you need gas in your tank.

The ECS does this through our cannabinoid receptors found in certain tissues and cells in our bodies. We have (at least) two types of cannabinoid receptors that we know of right now, some studies suggest we have a 3rd system:

  • CB1which is in the central nervous system (CNS). It is believed that most of our receptors lie within the CNS. CB1 receptors in your brain are associated with our mood, emotions, pain, coordination, appetite, temperature regulation, hormonal balance, body movements.
  • CB2which is in the peripheral nervous system. CB2 receptors are in the nerves of your arms and legs, the digestive system and are found in the immune system.
Let’s take a look at all of the things our ECS helps to regulate
  • Appetite-too much or too little
  • Digestion, GI function
  • Immune system function-is something wonky going on?
  • Inflammation, including neuro-inflammation (very important in auto-immune diseases)
  • Mood-when you feel like your gonna snap or don’t want to get out of bed for days
  • Sleep
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • Motor control- fine and gross motor
  • Temperature regulation
  • Memory and cognitive function
  • Pain
  • Focus

When things get wonky, your body calls to ECS to kick in. The ECS works like a fine toothed comb, it only kicks ass where it needs to. For example, if your serotonin levels are out of whack, it will work to regulate it without interfering with your immune system or cardiac function. When your adrenal glands are squirting out too much cortisol, the ECS will help it slow down without affecting your sleep pattern. Once the cannabinoids have done their job of getting everything back in balance (homeostais), certain enzymes come strolling along to help break the CBD’s down and prevent them from disrupting the balance. It's a precise response. This is very different from marijuana. If someone smokes a doobie, the MJ floods their bodies with THC cannabinoids which impacts the psychogenic receptors-while THC does have beneficial properties, it causes a ‘high’ that CBD does not.

Bottom line, homeostasis is essential to your wellbeing and health, when it’s out of whack, it can cause a lot of problems for you.

What can cause a disruption in homeostasis or endocannabinoid deficiency?

Oh honey, everything!! Viruses, germs, bacteria, environmental factors, hormones, stress, genetically modified foods, prescription medications, pollution, certain immunizations (my opinion only), basically anything that isn’t supposed to be in our bodies.

Endocannabinoid deficiency has been linked to fibromyalgia, irritable bowl syndrome, migraines, chronic pain, chronic fatigue. As we know, these conditions don’t respond well to traditional treatment (prescriptions) and often you’ll hear things like, “it’s all in your head” or “well, let’s add this medication and see what happens.” This is where CBD has been a Godsend for many people.

How do I take CBD and how do I know how much to take?

First, before adding CBD oil to your health care regimen, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. There are certain medications that it can interact with. I personally assist all of my clients with suggested dosing. I work very closely with you to determine your suggested dosing based on my knowledge and experience. You will know when you have found your correct dose because you will begin to feel “normal” again. CBD is a supplement and I can only suggest what I think is a good starting dose. I always recommend staring with a lower dose and working your way up. If you are needing more than 1 full dropper a day, we need to chat. I am here as a guide, not as a medical provider.

 

Can you get high from CBD oil?

No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gives you the high; CBD does not attach to the psychoactive receptors in the brain. Think of it like a puzzle piece-CBD doesn’t ‘fit’ into those receptors. Our Full Spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC (<0.3%), it is not enough to make you high. 

If you are at a risk for random drug tests, you may want to choose one of my THC free products. Currently my CBD honey is THC free. I have a THC Broad Spectrum oil coming, and my own brand, The Pretty Hot Mess THC free gummies will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

 

Are there side effects from taking CBD oil? 

CBD oil is generally considered to be safe for most people, and few people do experience side effects~typically associated with incorrect dosing. A 2017 literature review (1), noted that CBD oil could be linked to the following side effects in some cases:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes to appetite
  • Changes to weight

If you experience fatigue from CBD, you are more than likely taking too much. Email us at help@theprettyhotmess.com for assistance.

 

How do I know if I’m buying good CBD?  

Due to the increased popularity of CBD, every Tom, Dick, and Harry are selling it. The FDA has not stepped in yet to regulate CBD production, so as a consumer, that’s scary AF. Bob at the gas station can slap a label on a bottle and market it beautifully and tell you it’s the best CBD in the world. I tell all of my clients, ask for lab reports!! Know what you’re putting in your body. According to WebMD, 7 out of 10 CBD products did not truthfully contain the amount of CBD that is listed on the label. There are concerns about the quality of many CBD oils being sold on the internet. Due to the lack of regulations, anyone can extract some CBD out of hemp and claim it’s full spectrum. In order for a CBD oil to be deemed Full Spectrum, it has to be specially extracted with via super critical CO2 extraction and will contain <0.3% THC. I have had customers bring me bottles of oil that they bought from Amazon or some super fancy internet company claiming to be Full Spectrum but when I dive in and research it, it’s a weak, diluted isolated hemp seed oil that doesn’t contain enough cannabinoid to alleviate anything. My CBD products are all tested in third party FDA approved labs for potency as well as to make sure they’re free of any harmful pesticides, herbicides, or molds. I provide all lab reports from each harvest. Our Full Spectrum medical grade CBD oil comes from Luce Farms in Vermont and we ensure that we are ethical and honest with our growing, extraction, production, manufacturing, and potency. We grow, extract, produce and bottle all of our own products.

 

What is the difference between THC free Broad Spectrum CBD oil and whole plant/full spectrum CBD oil? 

"Full spectrum" or "whole plant" CBD oil will contain trace amounts of THC (<0.3%)  as well as other beneficial cannabinoids. Full Spectrum CBD allows us to benefit from the "entourage effect" you will often hear me talk about. With a true Full Spectrum CBD oil you will reap the benefits of hundreds of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpines that come from the whole plant. With Broad Spectrum THC free oil, you will still have all of the benefits of the cannabinoids minus the THC. Broad Spectrum is more expensive because of the extra steps taken to extract out the THC. You will also have to take slightly higher doses. 

What is this “entourage effect” I speak of? The entourage effect is the effect produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in whole plant cannabis. The entourage effect refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together in harmony as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation. This is why the stuff sold on Amazon or at smoke shops doesn’t “work” or help you feel better because most of them are isolates labeled as CBD oil. In reality, it is CBD oil but it’s an isolate (one or 2 cannabinoids) one isolate may work on sleep, but it doesn’t cause that homeostasis we discussed above.

 With a good, pure, properly extracted Broad Spectrum CBD oil, you will still get great relief and it will assist in homeostasis and balancing your ECS.

 

What is the difference between CBD oil and 100% hemp oil?

Hemp oil is the name given any ol’ oil derived from the hemp plant. CBD oil is an oil containing high amounts of cannabinoids (CBD), made from either the hemp or the cannabis plant. While a lot of CBD oils contain hemp oil, not all hemp oil is CBD oil; hemp oil made from the seeds of the hemp plant will not contain active CBD.I like to explain hemp seed oil as the “sludge” of the hemp plant-it doesn’t have the medicinal properties of CBD. It is a great oil for other things, but please don’t confuse it as CBD oil-like some people that sell it as such. If you’ve ever bought a CBD oil that contains hemp seed oil, you will have noticed that it tastes gross and is very slow acting. It’s a heavy oil and doesn’t get to the receptors like CBD oil that contains MCT oil, I know, too many letters to remember 

 

Is CBD oil legal?

Yes! Most CBD oil is produced from industrial or CBD rich hemp. This plant contains trace amounts of psychoactive THC – not enough to make you high and usually not even enough to make you fail a drug test.

 

Will you fail a drug test if you take CBD? 

The trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum oils should not make you fail a drug test, but I can’t legally say you will or will not fail a drug screen, so again, if you’re concerned about random drug testing, I recommend choosing a THC free option.

 

Will CBD oil pass security at airports?

Yes… in the US it will, but it might not pass customs! CBD oil is not yet legal in all countries. If you’re traveling internationally, I would check with that country before flying with it.

To see where CBD oil is legal and where it's not, check out this guide .

 

I have a million medical problems, can I still take CBD?

Absolutely, CBD helps with so many medical problems!! I always suggest letting your doctor know that you’ve chosen to add CBD to your health care regimen. There are a few medications that I don’t suggest mixing with CBD, such as certain anti-seizure meds. CBD can cause a few certain medications to have higher levels in the blood stream.

 

How long does it take to work?

With a tincture (drops you put under your tongue) it will enter your vascular system immediately and start working within 10-15 minutes. Everyone’s body is different, we have different metabolisms, so each person will respond differently. For some, they will begin to feel better after a day, while others it could take a few weeks, it depends on how off balance your ECS is and what’s going on in your body. It’s not an over night 2 second miracle. You have to give it time to build up in your body and tissues so it can do it’s job. I always recommend giving it 30 days-taking it daily, not as needed for chronic illnesses.

 

Do I have to put it under my tongue? Can I put it in a drink or in a capsule?

For maximum results, yes you should let it absorb under your tongue. Let it sit under your tongue for 1-3 minutes and then you can take a drink of something after to wash away the taste if you need to. I do recommend waiting about an hour before brushing your teeth.

 You can put it in your drinks but keep in mind it will have to go through the digestive system and will take longer to work, but it will work. Personally, I don’t recommend putting it in capsules because the oral route has to go through the digestive system and once it enters the digestive system in that little capsule, it’s hard to tell how much is actually being excreted into the body. That’s why so many of you that bring me capsules and say, “these aren’t working for me,” I tell you to chuck them and get a tincture. We do offer CBD Honey and CBD Elderberry syrup that working magically for people because they are mixed in with other products that can get to your receptors.

 

How does it taste?

The first dose your like, WHOA this kinda tastes like weed. I assure you, the more you take it the less it tastes, and after a couple weeks, you don’t even notice the taste anymore. Trust me, the benefits far outweigh the taste. You have to give it a shot, you can’t take one dose and say, yuck I don’t like this and toss it aside. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t like, but I do it because I want to feel human again.

 

What if I can’t stand the taste, like at all?

If you truly can’t stand the taste, you can drop your daily dose right into your belly button and lay still for a few minutes. YES, you heard me, the umbilical method is great for absorption.

 

Is CBD oil Safe?

Yes, CBD doesn’t exhibit effects of abuse or dependence because it doesn’t connect to those receptors. There is no evidence or noted public health related problems associated with pure CBD that has been sourced properly. Again, as noted above, make sure you are buying good, medical grade CBD from a trusted source (with lab resports). Chronic use and high doses (up to 1500mg/day) has been well tolerated in humans. Please beware of CBD vape pens that contain propylene glycol, when they are over heated, the propylene glycol produces formaldehyde, a carcinogenic, according to a 2015 New England Journal of Medicine report. This is why I don’t sell any vape products.

 

Will CBD interact with my other medications?

Typically, at low doses of CBD (less than 150mg/day) it is unlikely that significant interactions will occur. However it is always a possibility, and more likely with very high doses of CBD. If you’re on a medication where maintaining certain blood levels is important, like coumadin or anti-seizure meds, talk with your health care provider or pharmacist first, your doses may have to be adjusted.

 

I heard that I’m “not allowed” to take CBD because of my diabetes, high blood pressure, or another condition?

 I’m just here to teach you about CBD and give recommendations, you are in charge of your body. No one has to the right to tell you what you can and cannot do. If you chose to add CBD to your health care regimen, that’s your decision, speak to your health care provider and explain to them why you are adding CBD to your life and you want them to know. Be open and honest and work with your providers. The more research that is coming out, the more health care providers are likely to be on board.

 

How will CBD help with my chronic conditions?

Diabetes-it will help regulate insulin production and resistance, make sure you are monitoring your blood sugars on a regular basis because it will slowly start to bring your numbers down. 

High Blood Pressure-it will help to decrease the workload on the heart and can lower blood pressure, so again, keep an eye on your BP 

Pain- CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and will help decrease inflammation and pain. It also works on the neuro-inflammatory system to help alleviate nerve pain. 

 Immune system- CBD helps to kill free radicals and because it helps to maintain homeostasis, a lot of people taking CBD daily will notice that they aren’t getting sick like they used too. You will also notice that you heal faster while taking CBD. 

 

 

 

 

 

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