What is CBD Oil?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is a compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It’s found in both marijuana and industrial hemp, although our CBD products are made from hemp. CBD is one of many cannabinoids, compounds which are responsible for the various effects of cannabis.
CBD is thought to be responsible for many of the therapeutic effects of cannabis. It’s often used to address symptoms ranging from pain to anxiety to sleep troubles. And, importantly, CBD does not cause intoxication or a “high” – unlike THC, the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana.
Put simply, CBD is an active compound in the hemp plant that may have some therapeutic value. While it’s not FDA approved for any medical treatment (outside of a rare form of epilepsy), the medical community is starting to explore its potential uses as a legitimate treatment option. And the alternative wellness community has already been using CBD to address a growing number of concerns for the last several years.
We do not yet fully understand the mechanisms of CBD’s effects on the body, but some clinical data and anecdotal reports point to CBD possessing great potential in supporting our overall wellbeing.
CBD Beginner’s Guide
CBD is everywhere these days, yet many of us don’t fully understand what it is and how it works. At Lee Hemp, we believe that knowledge is power, so we do our best to help our customers understand everything there is to know about this fascinating cannabinoid. Below, find our full beginner’s guide to CBD and hemp!
If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please contact us today to speak with our team!
What is CBD Oil Used For? What are the Benefits?
Disclaimer: CBD is not FDA approved for any medical treatment. CBD is considered a dietary supplement, and should not be used in place of prescribed medications or procedures. Speak with your doctor if you have questions about using CBD oil.
CBD can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Many in the wellness community use it to address health concerns including sleep issues, anxiety, pain, and even serious conditions including seizures. With that said, CBD is not FDA approved for any of these uses, and much of the evidence we have to support CBD benefits is anecdotal. In the end, we simply do not have enough clinical data to support many of the claims of CBD benefits – nonetheless, many people are finding success using CBD in their own lives.
A few of the most common uses for CBD oil include:
Pain – CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may prove useful in the management of chronic pain. There is some clinical data to support this use, although research is ongoing. A clinical review found that patients given cannabinoids (including CBD) reported reduced pain levels – however, keep in mind that this trial looked at cannabis as a whole, and
did not isolate CBD. Animal trials have also shown promising results; cannabidiol was found to reduce pain response in rats after a surgical incision, and CBD has also been successfully used to counter inflammation in animal studies. More research is needed, but the evidence we do have is promising.
Sleep – CBD may be helpful for those who struggle to get a good night’s rest. Research has identified that CBD interacts with receptors in the brain that are responsible for regulating the sleep/wake cycle. The mechanisms behind these interactions are not yet fully understood. Animal studies have shown that CBD may be helpful for countering certain sleep disorders, while human trials suggest that it may prove useful in managing insomnia. More research is needed.
Cancer – Some people use CBD oil to help address the symptoms of cancer – as well as the symptoms associated with common cancer treatments. It’s commonly used to address pain and inflammation symptoms, which are unfortunately common in cancer patients. CBD has been studied for the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and the results were positive. There is a theory that CBD may even help to prevent cancer, or slow its progression, although research is very limited. One test-tube study showed that CBD extract induced the death of breast cancer cells. Much more research is needed, however.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a liquid extract produced from industrial hemp, that contains a high percentage of CBD. It may also be called hemp oil, CBD tincture, or even just “CBD”. Hemp farmers engineer strains of industrial hemp to have very high CBD concentrations, and very low THC. From there, hemp flowers, leaves and stems are processed and extracted, using either a Co2 or alcohol extraction technique. This results in a earthy-colored, thick oil that contains lots of CBD, as well as other potentially beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and more.
This CBD extract may then be mixed with a carrier oil, such as walnut oil or coconut oil, in order to improve the CBD’s bioavailability and make it easier to consume. Flavoring agents may also be added. Our premium CBD oil contains organic CBD oil, organic walnut oil, organic sunflower oil, and organic mint and vanilla extracts for flavoring.
Anxiety – CBD may be helpful in addressing anxiety symptoms. Anecdotally, many people have found success using it. And there is some clinical data to back up the anecdotal reports of CBD users. A preliminary study found that CBD showed some benefit in patients with social anxiety disorder. Another study gave CBD oil to participants shortly before they were told to give a speech in public. Participants who were given the CBD showed reduced signs of anxiety and were more calm overall.
Seizures & Epilepsy – CBD may be helpful in countering seizure disorders including epilepsy. In fact, the FDA actually approved a CBD-based prescription drug specifically for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. This is the only current FDA approval for a CBD-based treatment, but it signals us that the FDA is starting to take CBD more seriously.
Gastrointestinal Health – Some find that CBD is beneficial in supporting gastrointestinal health. It may also be helpful in managing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. These effects are likely due to CBD’s effects on intestinal inflammation.
Other Uses – There are many other potential uses for CBD oil, most of which have not been adequately evaluated by clinical science. Some people use CBD to address depression, PTSD, acne, cardiovascular health concerns, and more. It’s also often used as a general wellness tonic, and many believe that it helps them generally feel more calm and balanced.
Again, keep in mind that these are just potential benefits of CBD. We simply do not have enough data to confirm the effects of CBD; and the medical community does not yet fully understand the mechanisms behind CBD’s effects.
Are Side Effects Possible?
CBD is generally well tolerated, but CBD side effects are still possible. The risk of side effects tends to scale with the size of the dose, with very high doses giving the highest potential for complications.
The most common side effects of CBD oil include:
- Appetite changes
- Dry mouth
Always consult your doctor before using CBD, particularly if you are taking any prescription medications.
Will CBD Get Me High?
In short, no: CBD does not cause a “high” or intoxication. It’s THC that causes the signature high of marijuana, not CBD. CBD extracts are required to contain no more than 0.3% THC, which is nowhere near enough to cause any sort of noticeable intoxication.
Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
CBD itself is not tested for on routine drug tests. It is not considered a drug by most employers. However, THC is tested for. CBD oils contain a very small amount of THC (the legal requirement is to have less than 0.3% THC content), which could potentially show up on a drug test. It’s unlikely, as the amount of THC is so small, but it’s a definite possibility. If you are routinely drug tested, you may wish to seek out THC-free formulations.
What’s the Difference Between CBD vs THC?
Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. And they are both the two most important out of the 100+ cannabinoids that have been identified. However, this is where the similarities between the two end.
The biggest difference is that CBD is not intoxicating, while THC is. THC is responsible for the signature “high” of marijuana, while researchers now believe that CBD may be responsible for many of the therapeutic benefits of the plant.
There is also a stark difference in the legality of the two compounds. CBD is legal and available for purchase nationwide, while THC remains federally illegal.
What’s the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?
You may see several related terms thrown around, and it can become confusing trying to figure out what is what. Terms like “CBD oil”, “CBD hemp oil”, “CBD tincture”, etc. all mean the same thing – CBD-rich oils extracted from the hemp plant. However, terms like “hemp oil” can also refer to hemp seed oil, which is used more for cooking and beauty products than it is for therapeutic effect. Hemp seed oil contains very little, if any CBD, but it makes for a great cooking oil. In general, if you want a product that’s CBD-rich, look for “CBD” in the product name.
Is CBD Legal?
Like all cannabis products, the legality of CBD is complex. Laws vary depending on the state you live in, and also depending on how the CBD was produced.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products that are derived from industrial hemp and that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal for purchase. However, if CBD is derived from marijuana, or if the CBD oil contains more than 0.3% THC, it will be federally illegal. This is why all Lee Hemp products are derived from industrial hemp, and are guaranteed to contain less than 0.3% THC.
In short: you can legally buy any CBD extract that is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC. Products with higher THC concentrations are only available in states with recreational or medical marijuana laws.
What Does “Full Spectrum” CBD Mean?
You may see some CBD products marketed as “Full Spectrum”, “Broad Spectrum” or “CBD Isolate”. But what do these terms mean?
A full spectrum extract contains everything that’s found naturally in the hemp plant. This means it has CBD and small amounts of many other cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, amino acids and more.
How Does CBD Work?
The mechanisms behind CBD’s effects on the body are not yet fully understood. However, researchers believe that it may involve CBD’s interactions with the human endocannabinoid system. This biological system consists of a network of cannabinoid receptors, spread throughout every corner of the body. These receptors interact with cannabinoids, both those produced naturally by the body (endocannabinoids) and those ingested.
These interactions are still being researched, but it has come to light that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a huge array of bodily processes. It’s integral to sleep, stress response, pain, inflammation, and more. It is the endocannabinoid system that holds the key to CBD’s effects – and the medical community is still hard at work researching this newly-discovered biological system.
A broad spectrum extract contains most of what’s found naturally in the hemp plant. Definitions vary depending on the manufacturer, but most broad spectrum extracts involve the removal of some components (usually secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, and/or chlorophyll).
A CBD Isolate extract contains only CBD, and strips out all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.
At Lee Hemp, we sell full spectrum CBD products, because we believe in the intelligence of nature. Our goal is to harness the healing power of the hemp plant, and to do that we prefer to include everything that is found naturally in the plant.
What Types of CBD Products are Best for Me?
There are several different types of CBD products that consumers can choose from. Here’s a brief summary of the options, and what each is best for:
CBD Oils/Tinctures are the most versatile, and generally the most cost-effective choice. These products offer high bioavailability/efficacy, highly customizable dosages, and a low cost-per dose.
CBD Topicals are a great choice for dealing with pain and inflammation symptoms. These creams/salves allow you to apply CBD topically to specific areas, so they are best for those with injuries and stiffness in certain parts of their body. On the other hand, they have little to no effect on sleep, anxiety and other health concerns that CBD is often used to address.
CBD Edibles/Gummies are a convenient alternative to CBD oils, although they are typically more expensive. They provide an ultra-convenient and discreet way to consume CBD. However, since they cannot be taken sublingually (under the tongue), they will likely have a lower bioavailability compared to CBD oil.
CBD Vape Products are useful for those who like to vape. They also offer one of the most rapid onsets of CBD’s effects. However, there are some safety concerns associated with vaping, so Lee Hemp does not generally recommend vaping CBD.
Can I Return CBD Oil to Lee Hemp?
You can return our products to us within 30 days of delivery, so long as they are unopened and unused. We are unable to accept returns of opened products. When you return unopened Lee Hemp products, we will issue you a full refund, less shipping costs. Refunds will be issued to the original payment method. For more information, see our return policy page.
How Does Shipping Work?
We ship orders to all 50 US states via the United States Postal Service. All orders ship for free via USPS First Class. Priority shipping is available for an additional charge. We typically ship orders within 1 to 2 days of your purchase. For more information, see our shipping policy page.