IS CBD / Hemp LEGAL?
The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and it’s derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement (not a medication), since they are made from industrial hemp plants. If you live in the US, this means you don’t need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in any state.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
More marijuana research is needed to figure out just what total effects this herb has on our bodies. But, to say that our understanding of CBD is “lacking” would be an understatement.
We have come a long way in CBD research. There are even new pharmaceutical drugs that are nothing more than purified CBD. But, CBD is one complicated compound.
One reason why figuring out all of the ways CBD actually works is so difficult is because it’s polypharmacological, meaning that it affects more than one aspect of our bodies at a time.
In a 2013 article, authors Srinivas Reddy and Shuexing Zhang summarize that,
Polypharmacology remains to be one of the major challenges in drug development, and it opens novel avenues to rationally design next generation of more effective but less toxic therapeutic agents.
Simply stated, when a drug causes bodily changes on multiple different levels, it’s difficult for us to figure out exactly how these changes interact with each other. So, while we now know quite a bit about CBD, the bottom of the iceberg still awaits discovery.
WILL IT MAKE ME HIGH?
No. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD?
Due to the legalities of the FDA we can not state the benefits of CBD on this website. We apologize for the inconvenience. However, we are assuming that since you are visiting Hemplucid you have heard of some of those amazing benefits. If not we encourage you to Google ‘benefits of CBD’.
CBD AND THE FDA:
“To date, the FDA has not approved any drug product containing cannabidiol, for any indication, meaning none of these products have been determined by FDA to be safe or effective for their intended indications,” agency spokesman Jeff Ventura tells U.S. News. “FDA has grown concerned at the proliferation of therapeutic claims being made about an increasing number of products, for sale in all 50 states, purporting to contain cannabidiol,” he says. “The marketing and promotional materials for many of these products indicate they are intended for the use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases, including, for example: cancer, various infections, psychiatric disorders, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and diabetes.” Ventura says the FDA “has not issued guidance or an opinion on these kinds of products, [but] the agency reserves the right to take action when appropriate to preserve and protect the public health.”
WHERE DOES CBD COME FROM?
CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, often known as hemp. Chemically, CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. CBD is the second most abundant compound in hemp, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
The cannabis plant consists of a wide variety of chemicals and compounds. About 140 of these belong to a large class of aromatic organic hydrocarbons known as terpenes (pronounced tur-peens).
Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of cannabis. The FDA and other agencies have generally recognized terpenes as “safe.” Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters; they are prone to combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats; they act as serotonin uptake inhibitors (similar to antidepressants like Prozac); they enhance norepinephrine activity (similar to tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil); they increase dopamine activity; and they augment GABA (the “downer” neurotransmitter that counters glutamate, the “upper”). However, more specific research is needed for improved accuracy in describing and predicting how terpenes in cannabis can be used medicinally to help treat specific ailments / health conditions.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain.
WHAT IS CO2 TECHNOLOGY?
Our product is extracted using super-critical CO2 Technology, which results in a clean and safe products. To produce that clean clear appearance of our product Hemplucid removes waxes and other resins that could affect the body’s ability to absorb the product.
Why does it seem like CBD is so popular all of a sudden?
Does CBD make you “high”?
No. Although CBD is not intoxicating, it can positively affect mood.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
The Endocannabinoid system is a system of receptors found in the brain and body including our bones, gut, skin, and organs. The Endocannabinoid system is our body’s “master regulatory system.” It communicates and interacts with other bodily systems including our central nervous system, organs, autoimmune system, and gastro-intestinal tract to keep our body healthy and in homeostasis.