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Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. Unlike the other major cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. The effects of CBD include: alerting at low doses, sedating at high doses, reduces pain, relaxes muscle spasms, potent anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, anti-oxidant, anti-convulsant, neuro-protectant, and anti-tumor effects.

CBD stands for Cannabidiol - the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC is the other most common cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant and there are more than 100 identified cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well-known cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant and is the ONLY psychoactive cannabinoid. Of the 100+ non-psychoactive cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most widely known.

CBD is produced inside cannabis plants. CBD is produced by both marijuana and hemp plants. CBD is mostly produced in the resinous trichomes of cannabis flowers. Smaller concentrations of CBD can be found on the stalk and leaves of cannabis plants. It's extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, often known as hemp. CBD is typically the most abundant compound in hemp, representing up to 40% of the plant. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids.

1) The High THC is probably best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive. In other words, CBD can’t get you high.

2) Anxiolytic THC is known to cause some people to feel anxious or paranoid. CBD is believed to have the opposite effect.

3) Antipsychotic In addition to being non-psychoactive, CBD seems to have antipsychotic properties.

4) Legal Status While most countries have strict laws surrounding marijuana and THC, the legal status of CBD is less clear. The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and it’s derivative CBD) to be a nutritional item (not a medication), since they are derived 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 if you meet the age requirement.

No, they are absolutely not. CBD hemp oil is made from hemp while CBD Cannabis Oil is made from marijuana plants. CBD Hemp Oil will contain little to no THC. CBD Cannabis Oil can contain significantly more THC than CBD Hemp Oil. CBD Cannabis Oil can contain an equal amount of THC to CBD.

CBD oil is a medicinal product. CBD oil is a liquid concentrate of CBD. It’s extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the cannabis plant. “Cannabidiol which is known as CBD.  It's just one of over a hundred active compounds or cannabinoids found exclusively in the cannabis plant.

Hemp oil is a food product made from pressed hemp seeds. Hemp oil is a highly nutritious food product which contains no CBD. So, this means it has absolutely no cannabinoids in it—not CBD, THC, or CBN.

Yes. Hemp plants contain CBD in varying concentrations depending on the variety of the hemp. The highest concentration of CBD in hemp plants will be found in the resinous flower of a flowering hemp plant

Terpenes are essential oils found in plants. There are around 200 terpenes in cannabis. They are what give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes have beneficial effects and work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD and THC – this relationship is called the entourage effect. The cannabis plant consists of a wide variety of chemicals and compounds. 

Full Spectrum or whole plant extract is oil extracted from the hemp plant which contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant. In addition to these compounds, full spectrum hemp oil also contains essential vitamins, minerals, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll, terpenes and trace amounts of THC below the federal legal limit of 0.3%.

Products are extracted using super-critical CO2 Technology, which results in a clean and safe product. To produce that clean and clear appearance of our products the waxes and other resins are removed that could affect the body’s ability to absorb the product.

The entourage effect is the synergistic relationship of the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants. The cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis have shown to work better when they are taken together as opposed to in isolation from each other.

Cannabinoids generally work by binding to our body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1 or CB2). Cannabinoids like CBD can work in other ways by targeting non cannabinoid receptors in the body. More research is needed to figure out the total effects this compound has on our bodies. Studies have shown the existence of a system of cell receptors in your body, called the endocannabinoid system (ECs), which spreads throughout the connective tissues and even into your organs. The cannabis family of plants contains compounds which interact specifically with this system and provide nutritional and therapeutic value that is unavailable to most other plants.

The endocannabinoid system is the collection of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes involved in the production and break down of endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids found within our body. The two most studied endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-AG. The two most studies cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located mostly in the brain and CB2 receptors are located mostly throughout the immune system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress. 

Endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced naturally in the body of mammals) are not neurotransmitters. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress. Endocannabinoids are neuromodulators – they are released on demand to alter the activity of neurotransmitters. A good example is glutamate. Glutamate is a primary, stimulatory neurotransmitter. When glutamate is present in excessive amounts, pain and cell death can occur. The release of endocannabinoids functions as a stopping mechanism for the release of glutamate. THC and CBD can act in the same way as our own endocannabinoids.

CB1 receptors are located primarily in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal chord). CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system.

No. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. CBD is an advantageous daily staple item since there are minimal side effects. CBD is considered to be a non-psychoactive cannabinoid so it will not get you high in the way that marijuana (THC) gets you high. But CBD is known to be relaxing so you may feel a sort of subtle “high” and relaxation. For some CBD will be too sedating; others will find that the sedating effects of CBD are great for insomnia. Hemp seed oil is a food product, not a drug. Hemp seed oil comes from hemp seeds – a solid source of nutrition and protein.

CBD is not psychoactive in the way that THC is psychoactive and it will not get you high. However, CBD can have an effect on your mental state. Many users of CBD report feeling a very subtle feeling of relaxation, alertness, or mental clarity from taking CBD.

You’ll see on the label of the product that you’re purchasing that there is a THC Free label that will indicate whether or not the product contains THC or not. You’ll find THC Free products available in the TrueSpark store. Some products contain trace amounts of THC, less than 0.3% which is the federally allowable legal limit. This ingredient may cause a false positive on certain drug tests.

No. Neither Hemp Lotion or Protein will make you fail a drug test as they contain no THC.

No. Drug tests look for THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. Drug tests do not test for specifically CBD. But some CBD cannabis oils and CBD hemp oils will contain either a small amount (in the case of CBD hemp oil) or significant amount of THC (in the case of CBD cannabis oil). These amounts of THC, even if they are tiny, can cause a failure of a drug test when a person is using CBD oil. Even if the amount of THC is very small as in the case of CBD hemp oil (which does not allow for a presence of THC higher than 0.3%), a drug test failure can occur if the person using the CBD hemp oil in large quantities. Caution must be taken with drug tests and CBD oil. This is another reason you have to be careful and mindful of the CBD you’re purchasing and consuming. Even though some brands say they contain 0% THC, some lesser-quality CBD oils have been tested to contain trace amounts of the psychoactive compound.

No. 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 CBD is not an FDA approved pharmaceutical or dietary supplement. You may purchase CBD without a prescription.

The short answer is that it varies based on several key factors―the usage method, the quality and type of CBD, and your body’s weight, metabolic rate, and composition The fastest effect will be felt from smoking or vaporization (effects usually within minutes). Topical administration of CBD will be felt quickly as well. The next fastest effect will be felt from a sublingual dosage The slowest effect (but the longest lasting) will be felt from oral ingestion (usually around 90 minutes).

Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called the CYP450. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. While CBD-drug interactions are more likely with high doses of CBD and CBD isolates, precaution must be taken when using CBD alongside life preserving medications for serious conditions (i.e. epilepsy medications). The safest way to use CBD products would be to include and have honest conversations with your healthcare providers about their risks and benefits. They can help you determine safe options for adding CBD to your current medication regimens while minimizing side effects or toxic drug levels. They can also help you find the appropriate amount of CBD to help with your condition. When used appropriately, you may find that CBD oil helps you improve your symptoms and reduce your use of other medications. 

While nearly anything in the world can be addictive, no CBD is not known to be an addictive drug. In fact, CBD has shown strong potential to be a useful tool to help people break addictions to harmful substances. You should always consult your physician before starting to take any type of CDB. CBD has been shown to be safe to use in high doses. CBD will not cause a fatal overdose. CBD oil seems to be a safe alternative to other potentially dangerous medications and illicit drugs. However, it is possible to take too much CBD. A consequence of taking too much CBD is the increased chance of negative side effects like lethargy or drowsiness.

Anxiety is a complex condition. For some users, CBD may cause them to experience anxiety or increase their existing anxiety. For many users, CBD will act as a powerful anti-anxiety drug. CBD has been well studied as an anxiolytic and anti-psychotic drug. Anti-anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek out and use CBD. There is little evidence that any form of CBD will intensify symptoms of an existing depressive state. On the contrary, several studies have shown that CBD possesses both anti-depressive and anti-anxiety properties. Any instance of an individual’s depression or anxiety symptoms intensifying after taking CBD oil are most likely attributable to some other underlying condition.

Due to FDA regulations, we cannot directly state the benefits of CBD on this website. We apologize for the inconvenience. However, we are assuming that since you are browsing TrueSpark you have heard of some of those amazing benefits. If not, we encourage you to go to our home page and have a consultation with a licensed Doctor that can advise you. CBD has shown to have the following effects: non psychoactive (does not cause a high), alerting in low to moderate doses, sedating in high doses, reduces pain, reduces muscle spasms, anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant, and anti-tumor.

People are finding that CBD is useful for many conditions which have not responded well to conventional treatments. New ailments which CBD can help treat are being discovered every day. However, the most common uses of CBD are treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.

A CBD tincture is another term for a CBD oil. In the cannabis industry the word “tincture” and “oil” are used interchangeably. A CBD tincture or CBD oil is a liquid concentrate which contains CBD. CBD tinctures are taken by placing the dose under the tongue where it can be absorbed sublingually – through the mucous membrane in the mouth. Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities. Since the doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a variety of ways. For patients looking to take their CBD with food, a dose of tincture can be mixed into a meal like soup or pasta. It can also be added easily to drinks like coffee and tea; an evening cup of chamomile paired with CBD tincture stands to be even more relaxing than usual.

Try to keep the CBD tincture under your tongue for 30 – 60 seconds. The longer you can hold, usually the better it will absorb.

Dosing CBD is a relatively inexact science, since everybody metabolizes differently.  Variation also depends on body weight in some cases. Start by speaking with a doctor who has experience with CBD and can inform you based upon their experience. Some labels do provide a recommended dosage, if so please provide that information to the doctor.  

There are many different ways to use CBD. The four main ways are tinctures/sprays/roll on, topical lotions/balms, oral edibles/capsules, and inhalation by vaporization or smoking. Tinctures, Sprays and Roll on are some of the best ways to use CBD because you can get the dosing very precise, you can easily check for the quality of the product by requesting a lab report from the manufacturer, and by the reasonably fast onset of effects.

No. But CBD and other cannabinoids can be formulated to act as if they are water soluble.

We recommend storing your products in a cool, dry location, out of open sunlight. The typical medicine cabinet or pantry should be fine as long as it isn't located over a heat vent. Some customers like to store their CBD Oils in the refrigerator. This is typically ok and only seems to have one downside. Depending on the temperature in the refrigerator, CBD can become too cold and need to be warmed before use. We recommend that you run the bottle under warm water to warm it gradually. CBD Oil that is properly stored should have a shelf life off up to a year.

All the products you’ll find on TrueSpark.com are Organic. What you’ll find here that’s unique is that we have USDA Certified Organic products. That’s the difference that isn’t distinguished in the market today. Yes, products are organic, but are they certified organic by the USDA? Being certified by the USDA and having that label on the product that you’re purchasing gives you the peace of mind that the product you’re consuming is 100% USDA Certified Organic.

Yes. Pets have been known to benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans: pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD is safe to use for pets but their dosage will likely be much smaller than yours. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brain. This means they are very sensitive to THC. But a small amount of THC, like the amount in a full spectrum CBD hemp oil, can be beneficial for animals. We recommend you speak with a veterinarian (holistic veterinarian) before you start giving your pet CBD.

The difference between products is typically the difference between:

1) speed of absorption into the bloodstream

2) difference in taste and method of ingestion

3) difference in the duration of the effects

CBD requires some trial and error to get the right amount for your body. We suggest you be patient and learn along the way, you should be able to get to that “right alignment” within just a few days of working with it. There are many different oils in different strengths so you can find the right fit.

For experienced users, if you can’t find the right dosage on the website, then email or call us and see if we have something that isn’t listed on their website. Both Hemp Seed and MCT oils are designed to be used under the tongue and have an extended release in the body. Metabolism typically takes 6-8 hours. Water Soluble CBD is fast-acting because it has nano-sized cannabinoid particles. The effects will be felt almost immediately, and the duration will be shorter, normally 2-4 hours. Our Vape / Drip products have quicker effects, and can be taken under the tongue, mixed in juice, or added into a vape. Effects tends to happen more quickly when using Vape / Drip or Water Soluble, but the duration of effects is shorter.

A CBD vape oil or CBD e juice is a liquid made for vaping which is infused with CBD. CBD Oil is the concentrated form of Cannabidiol in a liquid form, which is heated and inhaled through an E-Cigarette, Vape Pen, or Vaporizer. CBD vape oil can be purchased in a bottle to refill your vaporizer or as a one-time use cartridge for your Vape Pen.

CBD Oils (tinctures) are not designed to be ingested through a vape pen. Rather, they should be ingested orally. TrueSpark provides several options for those who want to vape CBD, please check our Cartridges, Pods & Batteries section for product choices.

The best CBD oil is a full plant extract which contains terpenes and flavonoids naturally occurring in cannabis. The best CBD oil is one which has been lab tested to ensure its potency and safety as a clean oil fit for consumption. Make sure to check the labels on the CBD you purchase. 100% USDA certified organic has a label, be sure to look for it.

CBD edibles are food products infused with CBD. Common CBD edibles products are chocolates, gummies, or CBD gum. 

CBD isolate or otherwise called “pure CBD” is the CBD molecule separated from the rest of the compounds it normally occurs with. CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. CBD isolate contains only CBD. All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that's CBD and excludes everything else. 

CBD gummies are a form of a CBD edible: a food product (in this case gummies) infused with CBD.