+ What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that has been shown to have significant wellness benefits, but does not make people feel “high” or “stoned.” CBD has actually been shown to counteract the psychoactivity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for making people “high.”
+ What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with receptors in our brain and body to create various effects. There are dozens, and perhaps more than 100, cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids.
There are three different types of cannabinoids:
Endogenous cannabinoids: produced internally by the body
Synthetic cannabinoids: engineered in a lab
Phytocannabinoids: produced by plants
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant. Regardless of type, endocannabinoids act as neuromodulators and help regulate our nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, and muscular system.
Did you know that human breast milk and cannabis plants contain some of the same cannabinoids? Actually, breast milk is abundant in cannabinoids. These similar cannabinoids protect the infant against disease, stimulate the suckling response, and help regulate appetite. Cannabinoids are an essential part of keeping the body in balance.
+ What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found in the brains of all mammals and throughout both our peripheral and central nervous systems. It is known as "the body’s own cannabinoid system" and is involved in numerous physiological processes including appetite, memory, mood, and pain-sensation.
The ECS is estimated to be over 600 million years old and is found in ALL vertebrate species. We are just beginning to understand the importance of this system that plays a key role in maintaining homeostasis and balance in the human body.
+ What are the benefits of CBD?
The benefits of CBD are based on the Human Endocannabinoid System. This elaborate network is part of our immune system and when it is activated by taking phytocannabinoids, humans (and animals) have better ability to fight, resist, and assist in repairing the body and mind.
The benefits of CBD are well documentedd and a Google search yields an abundance of articles and information. The Realm of Caring Research Library is an excellent resource for learning more about CBD and the specific conditions that it may benefit.
+ Who could benefit from a CBD dietary supplement?
If our body is functioning optimally, then a diet rich in fatty acids would serve us well in our body’s ability to produce its own endocannabinoids. Unfortunately, life in the 21st century is not optimal. There are many reasons our bodies don’t meet our endocannabinoid demands. To name just a few, acute or chronic stress, genetic and digestive issues, emotional and physical trauma, pollution, and environmental toxins can all negatively affect our endocannabinoid system. Unfortunately, many people have deficient endocannabinoid systems.
+ What is special about this particular CBD oil?
This CBD oil is a certified organic, full spectrum, CO2 extract of European industrial hemp. The CBD is carried in a liposomal solution with phospholipids from sunflower seed oil. It is not psychoactive and is legal in all 50 states.
+ What part of the hemp plant is used to make this oil?
All parts of the hemp plant are used to produce this oil. It is essentially a full hemp plant extract with most synergistic components left intact. When we say “whole plant” we are referring to the variety of constituents (more than 500 trace compounds) in the hemp oil itself. This includes CBD and other natural plant constituents (terpenes, sugars, flavonoids, secondary cannabinoids, etc.) that are found in all parts of hemp. It is extracted from an organic, non-GMO heirloom industrial hemp strain that has one of the highest concentrations of cannabidiol of all other hemp strains.
+ What hemp strain is used for this oil?
The company spent time researching the best strain of Hemp plant to use for this oil. The in house scientists found that this particular strain of Industrial Hemp had a wider spectrum of Cannabidiols than any other Industrial Hemp they researched. Being an ancient 5000 year old heirloom strain, the production team was very specific in choosing this strain of hemp. The combination with the nanoliposomal delivery system of this hemp strain, makes it one of the most effective CBD Oils on the market derived from Industrial Hemp. Furthermore, because Hemp is a bioaccumulator (like cilantro) and is great at absorbing toxins, it is important that it is grown to the highest standards. The hemp for this oil is grown in Switzerland and Spain, in soil that has never seen a pesticide, is fully non GMO, and is certified organic according to the strictest of European organic standards.
+ How is this hemp oil processed?
Through a supercritical (high pressure) CO2 extraction process, which uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the oil. This process requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve. The end product is safe, pure, and potent. The CBD oil obtained through supercritical extraction is a full spectrum cannabinoid rich product.
+What other extraction methods exist?
- Ethanol: High grade grain alcohol can be used to create high quality cannabis oil appropriate for vape pen cartridges and other products. But this extraction method destroys the plant waxes, which may have health benefits.
- Olive oil: Extra virgin or otherwise, olive oil can be used to extract cannabis oil. This technique is very simple and only requires heating the oil up to 200°F and filtering the extract. However, this extract cannot be concentrated, so although it does contain CBD, to see significant health effects one needs to consume copious amounts of this oil.
- Rick Simpson Method: One popular extraction method for extracting CBD oil is the Rick Simpson technique, which uses petroleum or naphtha as solvents. This method, although efficient at extracting the active compounds from the cannabis plant (mostly done with marijuana plants), usually leads to products that have a lower concentration of terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBD, while effectively yielding higher concentrations of THC. It’s therefore not the best choice if you’re looking to obtain a CBD-rich oil. It is also considered unsafe due to the residues that may remain from the solvents and potentially interfere with one’s immune function.
- Cold Pressing for Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp seed oil is rich in nutrients and is a good addition to any diet, but only contains tiny amounts of cannabinoids, as it is made from just the seeds of the plant. This oil is obtained by simply pressing or grinding the seeds at a temperature that’s lower than 120°F to retain its nutritional value and flavor. Cold pressing is a good technique for obtaining hemp seed oil, but is not useful for CBD oil production.
+ Are all the synergistic compounds left intact?
Most of them, with no change in molecular structure.
+ What gets taken out in the extraction process?
Terpenoids: Some remain and some are lost.
Other cannabinoids: What remains is a natural spread of plant cannabinoids.
The oil is purified to remove any contaminants.
+ Are there any microbial count/bacteria/microbes?
Microbe counts are all nil in the incoming material and the same on the outgoing – each batch of outgoing is tested for metals and microbes. A Lab Certificate of Analysis is given on the company website.
+ How does this oil utilize nanotechnology?
The formation of this extract produces particle sizes below 100nm, which some people would call nanotechnology, because of the particle size. The lipid particles in this product are very similar to particles the body makes, called chylomicrons, which move triglycerides. These natural particles are in the 50-200nm size ranges.
+ What is the purpose of phosphatidylcoline?
It is the emulsifier used to stabilize the small oil droplets and is a highly beneficial nutrient in its own right. Phosphatidylcoline is a source of choline and beneficial for cell membrane, liver, and brain function.
+ How is this oil ingested?
Sublingually (under the tongue). By embedding the CBD oil in liposomes, a safe, natural barrier between your tongue and those bitter tasting nutrients is created, making this Hemp Oil easier to consume for those who are palate sensitive, especially kids.
+ What does bioavailability mean?
When a drug is given intravenously, the bioavailability is 100%, because it gets past barriers such as the intestinal wall, as well as liver metabolism. When a medicine is taken orally, it may not be absorbed through the intestines because of insufficient time. Being highly water soluble or not dissolving enough are two reasons why a drug may take longer to be absorbed. Poor digestion, binding to other substances, and use by the intestinal bacteria are other reasons why it may not be absorbed. After a nutrient, medicine or other substance is absorbed into the bloodstream, it passes through the liver. In the liver, a portion of the substance is changed to render it more water soluble. This is to prepare it for the next time it enters the liver, where it is readied for excretion.
+ What is the benefit of sublingual bioavailability?
Sublingual administration of medicines is when it is designed for absorption under the tongue, not in the stomach and intestines like food. This makes for a direct transfer into the blood and avoids issues relating to the intestinal barrier. These include inability to be absorbed, interaction with other nutrients or drugs, or use by normal intestinal bacteria. It also avoids being directly shuttled to the liver and resulting changes to its structure. CBD is vulnerable to issues that can affect intestinal absorption, as well as being processed by the liver, therefore sublingual bioavailability is a superior method of supplementation.
+ What does 97-100% bioavailability mean?
This CBD oil is the only one that can say it tests 97-100% bioavailable, in side by side lab tests to other leading brands, which test 10-30% bioavailability. In an independent third party test against cannabinoid uptake, this hemp oil was absorbed in the blood in amounts three times as great at half the dose of the leading pharma brand. In fact, phospholipid therapy, using both injectable forms and oral forms, has a long and solid clinical history. This oil’s liposomes bring the power of intravenous therapy into convenient oral delivery.
+ Tell me about phospholipid therapy?
Liposomal hemp extracts may be even more bioavailable, as the type of fat that the hemp extract would be surrounded by can enable easy, efficient absorption. Sublingual CBD and CBD-rich hemp bypasses many obstacles between the cannabinoids and their intended destination. Many other liposomal CBD oils on the market use low grades of phospholipids, which breakdown and do not deliver compounds effectively.
The high-phosphatidylcholine phospholipid mixes in this oil are small, stable, tightly distributed, single-layer spheres. The vesicles are small enough to begin absorption as soon as they hit your mouth. The oil delivers 12 Mg Phytocannabinoid Diols in each dose (four measured pumps). Out of this, approximately 11.2-11.5 Mg of CBD is absorbed, giving you 93-95% CBD absorption. It is important to understand that the increase of effectiveness comes into play because of the small particle size. Therefore, one dose of this oil has the same effect as between 3-10x the amount of other leading brands.
+ Why is the liposomal delivery process of this oil unique?
The Vitamin E TPGS in this product is made exclusively from natural vitamin E, derived from sunflower oil. Unlike other vegetable sources of vitamin E such as soy (which is what many of the other leading brand CBD oils are made from), which require processing to remove genetically modified proteins; the vitamin E in this oil is sourced from sunflowers that are naturally nonGMO.
TPGS is vitamin E coupled to a PEG 1000. PEG’s as a family are synthetic polymers made from ethylene oxide. They vary greatly in purity and safety and, accordingly, vary with cost. TPGS is the most expensive of the PEG sources due to its purity and non-toxicity. It was made for cholestatic children and those children have been administered up to 500-fold the level used in one dose of this product.
The safety profile of this ingredient is immaculate and as such was given the lowest possible toxicity rating by the Environmental Working Group. The EFSA (European Food Safety Association) analysis of TPGS documents the purity and the biocompatibility of this compound.
It is a neutral ingredient nutritionally and energetically, but it helps elevate the lipid particles to their highest level. This is understood and accepted by both functional medicine practitioners and integrative medicine practitioners. Though the word PEG is an easy target for “natural medicine” people to get worried about, some of the most serious energy-medicine practitioners rave about this oil.
+ Why is this CBD extract a good liposome?
Efficient Delivery: Liposomes are microscopic single-to multi-layer spheres made of phospholipids — the basic building blocks of cell membranes. This company engineers these phospholipids to encapsulate compounds and bypass the digestive processes that normally degrade or limit compound absorption.
Superior Chemistry: In addition to exceptional absorption rates, nano spheres like the ones used int this oil have demonstrated the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, deposit their cargo intracellularly, and enhance lymphatic circulation of nutrients.
Particle Size: Most nutraceutical manufacturers typically use cheap shear methods resulting in large particles (200–600nm) that absorb poorly. Most of our particle systems fall in the same 50–100nm range that pharmaceutical companies target.
Smart Ingredients: The phospholipids that compose the liposome shell feed the cell membranes. This ensures the proper function for the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of cellular waste products and toxins.
+ What is the ingredient list of this Hemp Oil?
The ethanol in the ingredients is sugar cane source that is GMO-free. The ethanol maintains solubility of the oil and its components. It is a very low concentration and one would have to consume 2.5 bottles of this oil to equal the concentration found in approximately one glass of wine. The use of ethanol is the standard for tinctures and the vast majority of them use high concentrations for their products. This one is relatively minimal, by design. There is some glycerine, but the expert on staff gives them to his Type 1 diabetic son and there is no effect on his blood sugar. In terms of the “nano” in “nanoenhancement”, this refers to the process of reducing size of particles. The formulating process breaks down the particles to a size that can be classified as a nano-particle.
+ What is the difference between CBD from hemp and CBD from medical marijuana?
There are two sources of Cannabidiol/CBD products: Hemp CBD products made from industrial hemp and Medical Marijuana CBD products derived from medical marijuana. The first is available to people in all fifty states, while the other is only available at medical marijuana dispensaries in the US in states where medical marijuana is legal.
CBD derived from marijuana differs primarily in THC content. Industrial Hemp contains very low amounts (below the legal limit) of THC while medical marijuana contains high concentrations of THC. CBD derived from Industrial Hemp is accessible to everyone in the US regardless of location and does not require a Doctor’s prescription.
The USDA has this to say about the differences between “hemp” and “marijuana”: Marijuana and industrial hemp are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L. Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, while industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent. (Blade, 1998; Vantreese, 1998)
+ What are the benefits of Hemp derived CBD?
Hemp derived cannabidiol extracts are legal in all 50 states, are easily obtainable, and do not contain significant amounts of THC. CBD may cause less, or even no, side effects compared to THC. For example, THC consumption may have negative effects on memory and mood. A study on volunteers smoking cannabis, (some with low CBD and some with high CBD) found that those smoking high-CBD cannabis had less impairment of prose recall when compared to low-CBD cannabis smokers. This means that CBD is unlikely to affect memory, and may protect against THC-induced impairment. Additionally, the low-CBD group reported higher levels of anxiety, which may be due to CBD’s reported anti-anxiety effects. THC may actually go the other way and cause anxiety.
These two cannabinoids also have differing effects on sleep; and one of the most common uses of cannabis is as a sleep aid. THC is thought to be the primary factor behind the sleep-inducing effects of cannabis. In a study comparing the effects of THC and CBD on sleep, THC was found to increase sleepiness and reduce the time to fall asleep the next day. Memory was also impaired, and changes in mood were reported. However, CBD was shown to counteract the sedative activity of THC and increase “awake” activity during sleep. Therefore, CBD-rich oil could be the superior option to “regular” cannabis for those who are already tired most of the time. If you want to drive a car, you have to be alert. If you want to exercise, work, or spend time with your family, you don’t want to feel constantly sleepy. Overall, CBD-rich hemp extracts have advantages over those containing THC, particularly if you have or are prone to anxiety, psychosis, or poor energy.
CBD, unlike THC, does not directly interact with the cannabinoid receptors, but instead works to increase the levels of our own cannabinoids. It also indirectly affects the signaling of these receptors. One of the non-cannabinoid receptors that CBD can influence are the dopamine receptors. Dopamine is involved with motivation and reward, as well as other cognitive and motor functions. This may be behind how CBD could help to fight cigarette cravings. In a study of 24 cigarette smokers, volunteers were given either an inhaler with CBD, or a placebo inhaler, and instructed to use it whenever they craved a cigarette. The number of cigarettes smoked in the CBD group dropped significantly during the week, but not for the placebo group.
+ Is this product legal?
Industrial hemp is not a Schedule 1 drug like marijuana. This product is legal in all fifty states as it is sourced from Industrial hemp grown in Spain and Switzerland (i.e. outside of the US, which made hemp products available here following the 2014 Farm Bill).
CBD rich Hemp Oil derived from the industrial or commercial hemp plant, is a great legal alternative for those living in non-medical marijuana states that would like to try CBD oil, or for people seeking highly concentrated sources of Cannabidiol as a supplement. Because this oil is made from imported industrial hemp (from Europe) specifically cultivated for consumer use, it complies with federal regulation for distribution in the US and abroad. This hemp oil is about 10 x’s below the federal limit of 0.3% THC at 0.02 to 0.03% concentration. Yet, because of this oil’s incredible bioavailability, the 0.02 t0 0.03% is testing as a perfect synergistic balance to the efficacy of the product as a whole.
+ If can grow and produce my own CBD oil, why should I buy it?
Producing hemp oil at home is not a difficult task, however extracting the cannabidiol and preparing a high quality CBD oil from the Cannabis sativa plant is a lot more challenging and has to take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques that can be used for this purpose. Depending on the method used, the extraction procedure can leave unhealthy and unwanted by-products in the final oil. For this reason it’s necessary to go through an additional step that purifies the product and removes the waxes, lipids and residual solvents from the extraction.
+ Does hemp oil cure?
Please be careful of companies that make medical claims. This company is in good standing with the FTC and regulatory agencies, and does not diagnose or make medical claims, nor do it claim to heal or cure. This oil is a dietary supplement, and all persons under the care of a physician should act accordingly and inform their primary care provider before starting any supplement program.