What are cannabinoids?
When people hear the word cannabinoids, for most, the first thing that springs to mind is cannabis. And although it is true that the phytocannabinoids (phyto=plant) found in abundance in the cannabis plant are the most well-known, there is also another class of cannabinoids.
These are called endocannabinoids (endo=inside), and are cannabinoids produced by your own body, and they play an important part in keeping our bodies happy and healthy (you can read more about it here).
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one type of phytocannabinoid commonly found in the cannabis plant. CBD is a safe, non-addictive, non-intoxicating cannabinoid. CBD is also one of the most researched of all the cannabinoids with an ever increasing body of scientific research showing that it has a wide range of potential beneficial properties and therapeutic uses.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is your body’s very own cannabinoid producing system and made up of a complex system of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids and metabolic enzymes.
The ECS is the body’s universal regulator and it’s main job is to help keep your body in homeostasis or a state of balance so that it can function at its best. The ECS is also responsible for regulating different physiological processes such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, immune responses, and fertility.
What can I use CBD for?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one cannabis based product thus far, called Epodiolex for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. Epodiolex is a whole-plant CBD extract and is the first FDA-approved, non-synthetic drug actually made from cannabis and legally sold in the U.S.
In general, CBD is effective for helping maintain optimal health, physical and mental wellbeing, emotional balance, and relaxation. It is also widely used for relieving common issues that are linked to excercise and other daily activities.
Will CBD get me high?
No. Unlike its more notorious cousin THC, which does make you feel high, CBD doesn’t have any intoxicating or psychotropic properties.
What can I expect CBD to feel like?
Most people would say they feel energized and focused when using CBD, but at the same time also relaxed – almost like the way you’d feel after a workout or a good run.
Can I overdose on CBD?
Nope! CBD has repeatedly been shown to be incredibly safe, even in high dosages. In fact, there hasn’t been even one report of anybody overdosing on CBD.
Are there side-effects from taking CBD?
As with anything else we put in our bodies, and due to the fact that everyone’s endocannabinoid system functions uniquely some people might not do that well on CBD and may experience some mild side-effects. If you feel that you are experiencing any negative side-effects, dial back your dose a little until you feel better and consult your physician.
Avoid CBD if your medications have a grapefruit warning on the label. This is because certain constituents in grapefruit known as furanocoumarins inhibit the CYP3A4 enzyme, in a similar fashion as CBD. The result is a slowed metabolization of certain medications.
Keep in mind that this does not apply to topical CBD products, like lotions and salves as you do not ingest them. Topicals don’t typically enter the bloodstream, therefore will not affect you the same way as ingesting CBD.
Is CBD legal?
We are happy to say that, with the introduction of the 2018 farm bill, CBD that is made from hemp is 100% federally legal. Our Golden Apple Cannabis Co. CBD products are made with hemp-derived CBD extracts and legal in all 50 states.
What is the difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate?
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant. Many people consider a full-spectrum CBD products to be more therapeutically active because of the entourage effect (read more about that here).
A CBD isolate, on the other hand, is exactly that, an isolate form of CBD that is almost 99% pure and doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes or plant compounds.
What is the difference between cannabis, marijuana, and hemp?
Cannabis is usually an umbrella term used for the three different species (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis) belonging to the Cannabaceae family of plants. Hemp is simply a government-mandated distinction of particular cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. If it has more, it is called “marijuana”. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read our blog article.
What is the difference between “hemp oil”, “hemp seed oil” and “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil”?
Hemp oil is usually a type of extract made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. As such, it contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial plant compounds you can expect from a full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD extract.
On the other hand, hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is just the scientific name for it. Hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any CBD or other cannabinoids. However, it is rich in omegas and other types of beneficial compounds, making it great as a carrier oil or used in topicals.
Using our CBD Products
Where do your Golden Apple CBD extracts come from?
All of our CBD products are made using hemp proudly grown in the USA and are certified Non-GMO.
How do I use my Golden Apple CBD Tincture?
We recommend using it sublingually for the fastest onset time and bioavailability. Simply drop your dose of CBD under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing the rest.
How much of my Golden Apple CBD Tincture should I take?
We wish we could give you a definitive answer, but deciding how much of our Golden Apple CBD tincture is quite personal. But we do have a couple of recommendations for you.
If you’re new to CBD, we suggest starting low and work your way up to the dosage that’s right for you. You will also have to take into account your what you are using it for as well as your body weight and composition. The more serious the condition, the more you weigh and they more fat you have, the higher the dosage.
We suggest starting off on 25 mg of CBD (1 dropper full), taken twice daily, increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25 mg until you attain symptom relief. If your symptoms worsen, decrease your dose by 25 mg.
How do I use my Golden Apple CBD Lotion or Relief Salve?
Use it the same way as you would any other salve or ointment. Simply apply a bit to the area you want to target, rub it in and let it do its magic.
How much of my Golden Apple CBD Lotion or Relief Salve should I use?
That is up to you but a little goes a long way. We recommend starting off with a small amount first. You can always reapply more later.
How do I use my Golden Apple CBD Water Soluble Powder?
Simply scoop your desired dose of powder and mix it into morning smoothie, coffee, tea, or a glass of juice.
How much of my Golden Apple CBD Water Soluble Powder should I take?
We suggest starting off with 1-2 scoops of 12 mg of CBD per scoop, taken twice daily, increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25 mg until you attain symptom relief. If your symptoms worsen, decrease your dose by 25 mg.
How do I store my Golden Apple CBD products?
We recommend storing it in a cool dry place, away from heat, sunlight, and moisture.
Can I fail a drug-test when I take Golden Apple CBD products?
Drug tests are designed to detect metabolites for THC, not CBD. Our Golden Apple CBD products are made from full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD extracts, meaning it does contain a tiny bit of THC (less than 0.3%). So, although it is theoretically possible that a very sensitive drug test may detect THC metabolites in, the chances are minimal. This is really a minimal amount of THC and you will have to take over 3,000 mg of our products daily for it to show up.
Will I pass airport security when traveling with Golden Apple CBD products?
If you’re traveling within the United States, the answer is yes. As mentioned, our Golden Apple Cannabis Co. CBD products are made from hemp-derived CBD that is federally legal. We advise printing out a certificate of analysis (available on our website) to take with you, just in case.
If you’re traveling internationally, we recommend checking the laws in that country since CBD is still considered being illegal in some.