CBD FAQ

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol 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.

What is 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.

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). 

What potential benefits can CBD be used for?

Here are some of the conditions that CBD may potentially be able to impact according to contemporary scientific publications:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Stress
  • Depression
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Headaches and Migraines

Premium hemp extract oil has been shown to provide incredible support to the endocannabinoid system. This is vital for the overall balance of the immune system, sleep, digestive tract, cognitive function, and the nervous system.

Is all CBD 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.

Is all Hemp 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.

What is a CBD 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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How do CBD edibles work?

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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What are the benefits of CBD for 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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Does the quality of CBD matter?

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.

What country produces the best Hemp and CBD?

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.

How does CBD healing work?

The endocannabinoid system is a series of cannabinoid receptors that function as subtle sensing devices that monitor and equalize the body’s function to achieve homeostasis (balance). These receptors called CB1 and CB2 are located throughout the body where they pick up cannabinoids (endo, phyto, and synthetic varieties) to achieve this balance. 

CB1 receptors are prominent in the central nervous system, connective tissues, glands, and organs like the GI tract, liver, uterus, cardiovascular system, pancreas and especially the brain.  CB2 receptors are found on immune cells, the GI tract, and the peripheral nervous system. They are also present in the brain, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands and reproductive organs. 

You can see that many areas contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors and have different actions.

So, cannabinoids impact: sleep, appetite, digestion, hunger, mood, motor control, immune function reproduction and fertility, pleasure, pain, inflammation, memory, temperature regulation, and neuro.

Terpenes are found in herbs, fruits, and other plants. They work synergistically with the cannabinoids and contribute to the entourage effect by helping to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and cell permeability. This allows for faster absorption of cannabinoids and affects dopamine and serotonin. 

A report by Dr. Ethan Russo, Director of Research and Development for the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), in 2011 claims cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions “could produce synergy with respect to the treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections”.

What are phytocannabinoids and how do they work?

Phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant. The two most well-known phytocannabinoids are THC and CBD. Phytocannabinoids can be used to supplement or replace chemicals inside our bodies, called endocannabinoids. When the nervous system or immune system does not work as intended because of endocannabinoid deficiency, phytocannabinoids, used as supplements, help with restoring the proper functionality.

What is the Entourage Effect?

Each cannabis plant has cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds make up the therapeutic effects of the plant when they work together to boost the effectiveness of each medicinal compound. If individual cannabinoids are isolated from other cannabinoids and terpenes, that compound will be less effective than if it had a range of cannabinoids and terpenes. That is why CBD isolate is not as effective as Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum products. 

How is Tulip Tree THC-free and Broad-Spectrum?

The extraction and purification processes are carried out at low temperatures to preserve the terpenes and volatile molecules. This method ensures that none of the desirable natural compounds are lost, while a chromatographic purification system ensures that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is completely removed. There is Zero THC in our CBD hemp products.

What’s special about our extraction process?

Extraction:

  • Uses food-grade ethanol or supercritical CO2
  • High CBD, low THC, high terpene plant genetics leads to high quality extract
  • No external additives
  • The enclosed process preserves terpenes

Purification:

  • THC is completely removed
  • All other components, minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, are preserved
  • NO solvents
  • NO heavy metals
  • NO pesticides

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes, the aromatic compounds produced in the cannabis flower bud, are responsible for a plant’s scent. Terpenes are produced by many plants, not just hemp, and can be found in food products like ginger, cinnamon, coffee, and citrus. 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.

What is the difference between hemp & marijuana?

Sharing the same genus and species name, Cannabis Sativa, hemp and marijuana differ in their genetic profiles. Hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks and few flowering buds while marijuana is a smaller plant, bushier and produces more flowering buds. Hemp is used for making supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, oil, and much more. The hemp flower and leaves are what is used to produce Tulip Tree CBD oil products.

What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

One of the main differences is that CBD does not produce a euphoric state of mind and can help buffer the “high” of THC when taken together. They complement each other as part of the entourage effect.

What is “high”?

The euphoric effects of THC are part of its therapeutic benefit. The “high” comes from THC binding to the CB1 receptors in the brain. THC aids in relaxation. It can also cause sleepiness, giddiness, and time distortion. THC has many of the same therapeutic effects as CBD. The two work in tandem to relieve inflammation, prevent nausea, vomiting, and nerve pain some cancer patients experience. THC also stimulates appetite which is beneficial in this patient population.

Will I need to be concerned about failing a drug test if I use Tulip Tree CBD products?

No. The hemp oil in our products has Zero THC!

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