CBD FAQ

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant and is known for supporting homeostasis throughout multiple body systems.

How does 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.

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!

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.

Sources:
Therapeutic Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids for Medical Use: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
The efficacy of nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, in the treatment of PTSD-associated nightmares: A preliminary randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over design study.
Regulation of endocannabinoid signaling by stress: implications for stress-related affective disorders.
Cannabinoids ameliorate impairments induced by chronic stress to synaptic plasticity and short-term memory.
The endocannabinoid system and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
Project CBD: Depression
Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa.
Endocannabinoids and stress.
Inflammation: A unifying theory of disease.
CBD as Preventative Medicine
Project CBD Dr. Ethan Russo: CBD & Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
Differential expression of cannabinoid receptors in the human colon: cannabinoids promote epithelial wound healing.
Cannabidiol in inflammatory bowel diseases: a brief overview.
Randomized pharmacodynamic and pharmacogenetic trial of dronabinol effects on colon transit in irritable bowel syndrome-diarrhea.