Frequently Asked Questions about CBD
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of more than 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids — compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. The flowers of cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) secrete a sticky resin abundant in cannabinoids including CBD, as well as terpenes and various other phytochemicals.
The CBD and other cannabinoids found in products sold at Natural Ways are strictly from hemp grown in the USA.
Most CBD products we carry come in three varieties:
CBD isolate is a form of CBD (cannabidiol), a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant. Unlike full-spectrum CBD products, CBD isolate does not contain any THC — the psychoactive component of cannabis.
Most other CBD products contain at least a small percentage of THC. No product we carry contains more than 0.3% THC per federal and state laws.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant except for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction. Because broad-spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.
Full spectrum means that an oil or product contains all of the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, including a small amount of THC (less than 0.3%). Quality full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids and very low THC.
Natural Ways offers a variety of full spectrum CBD products including tinctures, edibles, and topicals.
All Natural Ways CBD products are made in the USA. We do not carry or accept any products that are made anywhere else.
Primarily our products are made in Colorado, Indiana, and Florida with some coming from Oregon and Michigan. We also now offer some products made in Texas.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system — a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters spread throughout the entire body. This system is tasked with regulating the balance of various organ systems.
The greatest abundance of these receptors is located in the brain, the central nervous system, and the immune system. Almost every organ in your body, including the skin and digestive tract, comes with cannabinoid receptors.
CBD works through the endocannabinoid system by increasing our naturally occurring endocannabinoids — thus helping the body maintain balance.
CBD exhibits no effects on humans indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.
To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.
Chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated.
Yes, as long as it is derived from hemp, not marijuana, and contains less than 0.3% THC.
Most drug tests screen for the psychoactive compound THC, not cannabidiol (CBD).
However, full-spectrum hemp extracts may contain trace amounts of THC, so they could cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens, especially when taken at high doses.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that plays an important role in the biochemistry of the cannabis plant. CBG acts as a chemical precursor to other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. CBG is present only in trace amounts in most cannabis strains, however some hemp strains are specifically cultivated to generate higher yields of this cannabinoid.
CBG displays a multitude of potential health benefits. It interacts with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, acting as a possible inhibitor to the psychoactive effects of THC. CBG is also thought to boost anandamide, an endocannabinoid that naturally increases dopamine levels and is responsible for regulating various health functions such as mood, sleep, and appetite.
As cannabis research continues to rapidly evolve, CBG may emerge as one of the most therapeutically applicable and diverse cannabinoids, and here at Natural Ways we are pleased to be able to offer it to our customers.
CBN has been studied extensively as a helpful compound to support sleep. It is a non-intoxicating compound that is best known as the cannabinoid created when THC ages. For that reason, it’s usually present in high amounts in older cannabis.
Cannabinol or CBN is mildly psychoactive with strong sedative effects. Information on interactions between CBN and prescription medications or other drugs is very limited.
CBC is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with a host of potential therapeutic applications. Discovered over 50 years ago, CBC is considered one of the “big six” cannabinoids prominent in medical research and is being studied for a wide variety of physical and neurological conditions.
While CBC definitely has singular benefits, researchers also think that it seems to synergistically work with other cannabinoids in what scientists term the “entourage effect.”
CBDa (Cannabidiolic acid)
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a cannabinoid acid naturally produced in cannabis plants, most commonly found in raw hemp and marijuana plants. CBDA is the acidic form of CBD, meaning CBDA is the precursor to CBD. When heat is applied to CBDA in a process called decarboxylation, it converts to CBD. This can happen when the plant is exposed to heat, dried out, or processed.
Most growing cannabis plants contain small amounts of CBD. CBD usually first exists as CBDA, and it isn’t until the plant is processed that the CBDA turns into CBD. Since CBDA is the acidic version of CBD, CBDA interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system differently than CBD.
CBDV is structurally similar to CBD (cannabidiol). Like CBD, CBDV is not intoxicating when isolated, so it won’t cause the euphoric high associated with high-THC cannabis.
Research indicates that CBDv is found mainly in C. indica strains sourced from Asia and Africa, as well as strains naturally lower in THC. Strains that are high in CBD also typically tend to be higher in CBDv.
As researchers continue to study CBDV, they are finding that this compound has many similar therapeutic effects to CBD.
Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme involved in metabolizing many drugs. Compounds in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group which is why physicians advice patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking certain medications. By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs. In some situations, it may be advisable for a physician to monitor a patient’s blood levels of other medications while taking CBD.
If your medication has the “grapefruit warning” on the bottle, speak to your physician before taking CBD.