What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil?

CBD oil is a natural oil extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. People around the world use it as a dietary supplement and for a variety of therapeutic purposes such as arthritis, chronic pain, inflammation and stress. CBD oil has shown potential benefits as a potent analgesic to reduce pain with anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and irritation. And it’s often used to support a relaxed mood and to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Hemp

Hemp is not marijuana. Although the hemp flower does contain cannabinoids, it has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Professional lab drug tests do not test for CBD. CBD properly produced from legal hemp does not produce a false positive for THC use. CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes and other active compounds.

Terpene molecules have unique scents and flavors. Various combinations of terpenes are responsible for the distinct aromas of cannabis strains. Terpenes can also have powerful effects on our bodies. In fact, terpenes have been utilized by many as aromatherapy. For example, the scent of citrus is produced primarily by a combination of limonene and pinene, both of which are thought to elevate mood.

While many of the CBD products on the market are produced from low grade, industrial hemp, that is not the case with Tulip Tree CBD. The CBD oil in our products is made from a CBD-rich strain known as PCR hemp (phytocannabinoid-rich). 

Not All CBD is Created Equal

There are a variety of products on the market which contain varying levels of CBD as well as other cannabinoids (any of a group of closely related compounds which include cannabidiol and the active constituents of cannabis) and terpenes (a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees). 

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product. Hemp seed oil is the oil extracted from hemp seeds and is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement. 

  • Hemp seed  oil — oil produced from hemp seeds; does not contain CBD.
  • Raw industrial hemp extract — a low-quality source of CBD oil.
  • CBD isolate — purified CBD; does not contain other beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids.
  • Broad-Spectrum oil — an oil rich in CBD and the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes present in hemp except for THC.
  • Full-Spectrum oil —  an oil rich in CBD; contains a natural balance of terpenes and other cannabinoids.

Each method of CBD oil consumption has a range of bioavailability. The bioavailability of any active compound is the percentage of a given serving that ends up being available for your body to use.

Tincture

Tincture is a liquid, usually an oil or alcohol base, which has been infused with CBD oil. CBD oil tinctures are taken by mouth which allows the CBD to be absorbed easily. It is generally assumed that the bioavailability of CBD in tinctures is twice that of edibles — anywhere from 10 to 40%.

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Edibles

The onset time of edibles and capsules can range anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, while the onset time of tinctures can take up to 20 minutes. 

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Pets

High-quality CBD increases comfort for pets and has the same benefits as an anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory supplement. The size and activity level of your pet will determine the optimal serving size. Some pets are pretty sedentary and don’t get much exercise, while others are highly active and have a much higher metabolism. The same dosing rules as those for humans apply when starting your pet on CBD. Start with a low dose and see how they respond. Then work up to the recommended dose or until your pet reaches a good therapeutic level and symptoms are relieved.

CBD is non-toxic and there is no known record of anyone ever being poisoned by or overdosing on it. However, it’s a good idea to talk with a veterinarian who is familiar with CBD before giving your pet CBD Dog Chews and CBD Oil Tincture for Pets.  

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Quality Counts

The CBD market is expanding rapidly. Unfortunately, along with the reputable companies, unscrupulous startups are trying to capitalize on the trend. Many of them will do anything to cut corners and increase profit margins. Some will use inferior products. Some are completely dishonest, selling “so-called CBD oil products” that contain negligible amounts of CBD. Or even none. Some are making sensationalized claims for their products.

CBD is not a product where you should skimp on quality.

Do your due diligence before making a purchase. You want to buy from a trusted company that makes premium CBD oil products which are rich in natural CBD and terpenes. One of the many reasons to trust your CBD supplement purchase to Tulip Tree CBD.

Not All Hemp Is Created Equal

It’s important to understand that not all hemp is the same. Industrial hemp is primarily grown for its seeds and fibers and is not bred to produce high levels of cannabinoids and terpenes. PCR hemp, on the other hand, was specifically cultivated to be rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. 

If a manufacturer specifies that their CBD was extracted from industrial hemp, it’s safe to assume that the product is lower in CBD and terpenes than a product made with PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) hemp.

Grown in the USA

The U.S. produces some of the finest quality cannabis and hemp products in the world. The lowest quality CBD oil products are usually produced in Asian countries such as China, where quality standards are far lower. CBD oil products produced in China are often made from strains of industrial hemp which are not rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. They are often extracted using cheaper methods that are harsh and can destroy cannabinoids and terpenes. And they may contain toxic pesticides (which are illegal in the U.S.) or be contaminated with mold and other biological toxins.

If a CBD company does not specify that their hemp is grown in the U.S., you may be getting inferior quality products that contain toxins and heavy metals.

Tulip Tree CBD products come from organic hemp that is Farm-Bill compliant and grown, processed and manufactured right here in the U.S.A.

We will never skimp on the quality of our products.