This is probably the one question we get asked the most from people who are just now discovering the vast healing potential of CBD and Hemp.
And to be fair, there is a lot of confusing information out there 😵
So, we decided to answer this question (and many others) once and for all!
We get it. Ever since Hemp and CBD were legalized in the United States in 2018, cannabis-derived oils suddenly popped up everywhere...
In coffee shops, they mix them into lattes; in grocery stores, they line the beauty/pharmacy aisles. Your inbox gets bombarded with marketing emails touting the latest and greatest CBD/Hemp oil tincture. And your vegan, gluten-free health-nut friend is munching CBD gummies on Instagram to sleep better and heal faster.
But with so many new products and options exploding so quickly, it’s hard not to have a million questions.
So, let's dig in...
Will CBD Get Me High?
The short answer is NO.
But first things first...
CBD is not the same thing that made you cough and then get extreme munchies during high school.
Most people use the words “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana” interchangeably, but "cannabis" is actually the name for the category of plants.
All of the plants within the cannabis category contain compounds called “phytocannabinoids” and there are hundreds of different ones.
The most well known are THC and CBD.
THC is the only one that gets you “high.”
The leaves and flowers of marijuana plants are used to make joints and edibles because they typically contain 15-20% THC.
CBD oils are made from the hemp plants, which contain, at most, 0.3% THC. That’s why CBD oils don’t get you high.
It's important, however, that a CBD product contains even a little bit of THC to create what scientists call "The Entourage Effect" (more on that below).
*The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp,
but different states maintain different laws on
hemp and CBD. Although it's legal federally,
it may not be legal in your state.
CBD Is Supposedly “Natural” – What Does That Mean?
It’s easy to get caught up in the scientific terms when you’re just trying to figure out how CBD oil can help you relax after work, without the hangover you get from a bottle of wine.
But, even though the terms can be complex, learning about the way CBD oils actually work in the body is pretty cool.
Humans (all mammals, actually) naturally produce compounds called “endocannabinoids.”
Endo means “within” (as in, within your body). All these compounds work together to keep your body’s systems functioning normally in an interconnected network that’s called the Endocannabinoid System.
Phytocannabinoids like CBD (phyto meaning “plant”—as in, compounds occuring naturally in plants) work with the Endocannabinoid System.
What’s the Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil?
Many CBD products are made from “hemp extract oil”—and the word “extract” in here is key, because there are also products called “hemp seed oil.”
Despite sounding almost exactly the same, hemp seed oil is actually a different thing.
Hemp seed oil, also sometimes called “hemp oil”, is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant only, no phytocannabinoids in there.
BUT, hemp seed oil is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so it can do wonders for your skin and brain.
Beyond that, though, it doesn’t have quite the same benefits as a CBD oil when used in low dosage (as most commercial hemp products do).
It's true that hemp is much weaker in its healing properties compared to CBD, but we wanted to create peace-of-mind for our customers who do not want even the slightest trace of THC in a product.
What’s Actually In These CBD Oils?
CBD is the best known non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid, but it’s only one of hundreds that live in the leaves, stems and flowers of the entire cannabis plant.
While each phytocannabinoid has its own health benefits, they actually work best when they’re consumed together, something scientists refer to as the “Entourage Effect.”
Some CBD oils contain only CBD, but companies like us are using the science behind the Entourage Effect to make more complete hemp-derived supplements (full spectrum).
For our CBD oils, we have grown our own full-spectrum proprietary genetics which allow all of the phytocannabinoids in the plant to work together in synergy.
Our 1,000mg Full Spectrum CBD cream is formulated with over 80 phytocannabinoids that include all of the naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids and other valuable compounds that work synergistically to heighten the positive health benefits.
So, Is This A Natural Solution To Help Me Deal With My Daily Stress?
The short answer is YES.
Similar to the natural wine movement promoting wines without mystery dyes and chemicals, we at Blumenes take care to ensure that the plants we use to make our products are free of contamination.
We test the soil our farmers use for heavy metals before they plant, supervising the entire growth process of each seed that goes into that dirt.
We make our oils using the entire plant and test the final product to ensure that each bottle contains the right levels of phytocannabinoids.
Any Other Questions?
While there’s a lot of confusing language around CBD oils, once you break it down it’s actually easy to understand what you’re putting in your body and what benefits it can give you.
The best way to ensure that the CBD you’re taking is up to the standards you’d have for everything else you consume, is to invest in products that you can trust, from companies with holistic practices like us.
Alright, we'll stop the shameless self-promotion now 😄
But in all seriousness, we encourage you to do your own research and find an Organic Full Spectrum CBD or Hemp cream with our dosage and level of phytocannabinoids.
Because there isn't one. Which is precisely the reason we created our Blumenes line of organic CBD and Hemp products.
Try them out for yourself! And if you don't like it, you can always return them for a full refund.