Because CBD is so new, many people are still trying to understand what it is, where it comes from, and why it’s so popular.
When choosing which CBD products to buy, look for companies that are transparent about where they source their CBD and provide certificates of analysis from independent labs confirming the quality and cannabinoid content.
We want you to feel confident when buying any product from CBD Healthcare Company, so we have provided the following answers to FAQs. We also ensure all our products are independently tested for CBD, THC, pesticides and microbials. The results of these tests are available here.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the 113+ potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in the plant Cannabis sativa.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are varieties of the Cannabis plant. While there are many differences, the most significant is that industrial hemp, by definition, contains less than 0.3% of THC (by dry weight), whereas marijuana can contain up to 40% THC in certain genetic strains. Tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC) is the compound most known in marijuana for its psychoactive effect known as a “high.” Some CBD hemp-derived formulations have non-detectable amounts of THC.
Which type of plant does CBD come from?
Both hemp and marijuana contain varying levels of CBD. CBD derived from hemp has been legal federally since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also called “the Farm Bill”) was signed into law limiting the amount of THC to less than 0.3%. Therefore, only products containing CBD derived from hemp can be sold legally on a national level.
Is "hemp oil" the same as "hemp seed oil"?
No, and this can be very confusing when talking about CBD products. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, “hemp oil” refers to the oil, which contains CBD, that is extracted from the flowers, stalks and stems of hemp plants. “Hemp seed oil,” also known as “cannabis sativa seed extract,” is the term that should be used when referring to the product extracted from the seeds of hemp plants. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD.
Does it matter where hemp used to produce CBD is grown?
Yes. Look for CBD that is derived from industrial hemp grown in the USA. That way you can be sure the hemp plants and growers meet federal regulations.
Also, it’s very important to look for CBD from hemp that is organically grown. Hemp naturally absorbs a variety of compounds from the soil, including toxic chemicals, heavy metals and even radioactive elements. So, it’s critical to look for products with CBD from hemp that is organically grown to ensure it’s being cultivated in the safest manner.
A final consideration is whether the hemp is grown from seed or cultivated (cloned) from a mother plant. Cloned crops enable the selection and identical reproduction of specific genetic strains, providing for better product performance, quality and consistency.
Do you test on animals?
Never. All CBD Healthcare Company formulas proudly display the Leaping Bunny, so you know our products are cruelty free.
How do I choose a CBD brand I can trust? What should I look for?
As a good rule of thumb, look for companies that have earned product seals and operate to recognized best practices such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and/or ISO 9001 (which require specific standards for process and quality control) and whose suppliers follow Natural Farming practices or grow their hemp organically. Ideally, ingredients should be tested multiple times during the manufacturing process, with Certificates of Analysis from independent labs provided for each batch of the finished CBD product. These certificates are the results of full-panel testing that confirms cannabinoid concentrations and the absence of heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and impurities. CBD Healthcare Company meets all of these qualifications.
Hemp plants readily absorb heavy metals, pesticides, and other potentially harmful chemicals that may be in the soil or water. To protect against that risk, plants should be tested frequently while they are growing, and finished products should be tested using validated methods. States such as Kentucky, Colorado and Oregon require THC level testing in the field. Utah requires all hemp products to be registered with the state, and manufacturers must provide Certificates of Analysis from outside labs for each.
Why is it important to have a Certificate of Analysis?
Testing by outside labs provides both manufacturers and consumers with assurance that products meet their expectations. For manufacturers, it is confirmation that the end product matches the product profile, and that there was no contamination during the process.
For consumers, it also ensures that they are getting what they are paying for. In one study, a majority of CBD products sold online were mislabeled. Some products were misrepresented as containing a level of CBD that was not accurate, so consumers were paying for a product that had no chance of being effective. But particularly concerning was that 18 of the 84 products tested contained various levels of THC.
A Certificate of Analysis is proof that a CBD product contains the amount of CBD you want, with nothing you don’t want.
How do I compare prices between CBD brands?
It’s important to determine how much CBD you’re getting for the amount you’re paying. Some CBD products are lower in price, but they’re also lower in concentration of CBD.
To determine the value of your purchase, divide the price by the amount of CBD in order to get the price per mg. The lower cost per mg is, of course, the better value. To assess the concentration of CBD, take the amount (mgs) of CBD shown on the product label and divide by the volume (ounces) of the product to give you the concentration of CBD per ounce.
How do I know if the hemp oil used in my products is high quality?
It’s very important to choose a CBD product from a company that is transparent about where and how their hemp is grown.
There are many considerations including the genetic strain, source of hemp plant (seed versus clones), use of pesticide-free land and surroundings, and use of organic and natural growing processes (i.e. organically grown hemp). Knowledge, experience, and selection of the genetic strain are needed to select plants with the optimal characteristics desired for product efficacy such as high percent CBD, terpenes, flavonoids and low percent THC. Consideration also must be given to the plants’ resistance to disease and insects, ease of growth, water consumption and yield.
For all of its massage and pain relief products, CBD Healthcare Company uses a specific genetic strain of hemp (cannabis) cultivated from the cutting of a “mother plant” that will then grow its own root system to become an identical copy of the original. Cloning in this way is regarded as the only method that provides reliable consistency across a full harvest and beyond. This cloning process allows identical genetic copy to grow year after year.
Cuttings are generally taken from the lower branches of the mother plant that look the healthiest. The cuttings are then encouraged to root in water, soil or rockwool. Roots begin to sprout after one to three weeks, depending on the method used.
The plants are then relocated to mature in fields or other controlled growing environments. While it costs more, this approach provides better product performance, quality, and consistency.
How do I know that my CBD products have a high-quality extraction and manufacturing process?
It’s important to know that the company you are purchasing from follows a system for ensuring that the products are consistently produced and controlled according to standards such as ISO 9001 and/or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). It’s also important that they utilize extraction and other processes that provide the specific chemistry and quality characteristics required for product effectivity and purity. As with all things, there are a number of cost trade-offs that the manufacturer considers in terms of their growing and manufacturing approach.
There are two well-known methods for extracting CBD from cannabis:
- Ethanol Extraction: The ethanol extraction process is possibly the oldest and most common method for botanical extraction. Alcohol extraction typically uses a base of ethanol, a high-proof, grain-based alcohol. The high proof allows minimal damage of the cannabinoids, while also suspending them in a liquid that prevents them from damage like oxidation.
- CO2 Extraction: Currently, the most advanced method of extraction is CO2 Extraction. Supercritical CO2 extraction is arguably the best extraction method for CBD.
When a product is extracted using subcritical CO2 extraction, you will simply see “CO2 Extraction” listed. When a product is extracted using CO2 at a temperature higher than 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and 1083 PSI in pressure, then it is considered supercritical CO2 extraction. In these extreme temperature and pressure conditions, molecules of a higher weight and character can be extracted that otherwise would remain in the plant.
CBD Healthcare Company uses supercritical CO2-extracted, broad-spectrum CBD oil for all its massage and pain relief products. Supercritical CO2 allows you to get a completely different product with more terpenes, resins and cannabinoids to add further health-promoting properties (see “entourage effect”).
What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect refers to the beneficial effect of many of the Cannabis compounds (i.e. Canninaboids, Flavanoids, and Terpenoids) working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation. Terpenes have therapeutic effects on the human body. The practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes.
The entourage effect specifically refers to the phenomenon and benefit provided by full- and broad-spectrum hemp products over isolation of a specific cannabinoid. CBD Healthcare Company massage and pain relief products contain broad-spectrum CBD.
What is the difference between Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil, and CBD Isolate?
- Full–spectrum CBD is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, THC, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have value on their own and help create what’s know as the “entourage effect.”
- Broad-spectrum CBD has been refined to be virtually free of THC, but along with CBD still contains an array of the other beneficial compounds of the hemp plant and is also capable of providing an entourage effect.
- CBD Isolate is pure CBD without any of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. While this sounds good, using CBD Isolate denies the potential benefits of the entourage effect.
What are the benefits of CBD on my skin and in facial products?
It is clear from a number of dermatological studies that CBD has a calming and soothing effect on the skin. Research indicates that CBD’s soothing properties help diminish breakouts, calm skin irritation, and reduce redness and puffiness. It can be especially effective on conditions brought on by hormonal imbalance, stress, diet and the environment, and it is clinically recognized for its effects on skin irritations. Its substantial skin-calming and skin-normalizing effects can help minimize issues related to skin sensitivity. Even if you don’t think of your skin as “sensitive,” all skin types are affected by environmental stressors. CBD’s soothing mechanism can help keep skin in check, significantly improving the efficacy of other key ingredients. CBD may help lessen the visible signs of aging skin. By counteracting free-radical damage, CBD creams may be able to help visibly diminish issues like wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone.
What other beneficial ingredients are included in your facial products besides CBD?
Our world-class formulated facial products combine CBD with natural botanicals and widely known ingredients such as Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, and French Clay for the elimination of lines and wrinkles, firming and restoration, super hydration, and the removal of dead skin cells and impurities. The benefits of CBD as an active ingredient to balance the skin and bring it to a healthy and radiant state significantly enhance the effectiveness of the other ingredients and your skin care regimen efficacy.
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