What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flowers of hemp (cannabis sativa), a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. It is one of more than a hundred “cannabinoids,” plant molecules unique to cannabis that endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. CBD is both safe and non-addictive. Today, its therapeutic properties are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.
The difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of CBD✺ relative to THC✣ each strain contains.
Hemp contains low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD, whereas marijuana contains high levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. These are the two best known cannabinoids, but there are well over 100 and counting, with more compounds discovered as research continues.
Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis. They are two different varietals of the same genus, or biological classification.
✺ Cannabidiol, the therapeutic compound
✣ Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound that causes intoxication
What is hemp seed oil?
- Oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant
- High in antioxidants, amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E
- Contains no cannabinoids, and is therefore not CBD
- An ideal carrier for CBD, as it helps the body absorb CBD
- Does not have the therapeutic benefits of CBD
What Is hemp-based CBD oil?
- Oil extracted from entire flowers of the hemp plant
- Contains a high concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids
- Contains trace amount of THC (less than 0.3%, the legal limit)
- Does not cause intoxication (CBD will NOT get you “high”)
The endocannabinoid system (or ECS) is also known as the “master control system,” and is one of the body’s primary regulatory systems. It helps the body’s other systems run smoothly, in harmony with each other.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of a series of receptors distributed throughout the body. This includes two specific types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. While CB1 receptors are more predominantly found in the brain, CB2 receptors are found in abundance all over the rest of the body.
The cannabinoids act as neurotransmitters that function as “messengers” to communicate with over 100 receptors of the ECS in the brain and body. All of the medicinal benefits that CBD is able to offer come down to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system in the body.
Unlike THC, which binds to CB1 receptors in the brain and inevitably causes a "high" as a result of its psychoactive properties, CBD has an indirect effect on both receptors without actually binding to them. For this reason, it doesn't cause mind-altering effects, yet still offers a wealth of benefits.
Numerous other plants besides cannabis activate one or both of these receptors. Among those are kava, clove, pine, black pepper, cinnamon, citrus, and other commonly used herbs, making these plants particularly synergistic when combined with CBD.
There are three common forms of CBD. They are: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate.
Full spectrum hemp oil contains all the cannabinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant.
Full spectrum hemp oil contains an array of cannabinoids, as well as many beneficial essential vitamins and minerals, omega fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and terpenes. It also contains trace amounts of THC.
Full spectrum CBD provides greater benefits due to the combined effects of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial plant materials – something called “the entourage effect.”
Broad spectrum hemp oil is a whole plant extract with the THC removed or a CBD isolate with other non-THC cannabinoids added back in to it. Broad spectrum is always completely free of THC, but it also results in a reduced entourage effect because it does not contain the full range of essential oils, nutrients, plant material, and THC that are found in full spectrum.
Isolate is purified CBD, processed to remove all other cannabinoids, oils, plant material, waxes, and chlorophyll. Isolates are completely free of THC and contaminants, have controlled and standardized potencies, and have no taste or smell. However, isolates can be processed using petroleum derivatives. The body begins to reject isolates over time as the receptors become desensitized to it, causing a decrease in its efficacy.
Is CBD Safe For Everyone? Will it Get Me High?
According to the World Health Organization, "CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential [in humans]. ... To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD." However, CBD may not be the best-suited ingredient for every person. A healthcare practitioner who uses CBD in their practice can offer guidance tailored to each individual’s specific needs.
A psychoactive substance changes brain function and leads to alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, or behavior. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not cause one to become high.
While state governments have different legislation and views on THC, its content is currently federally restricted at a legal limit of no more than 0.3%.
Generally speaking, interactions with vitamins, supplements, and foods are unlikely to cause issues, but every individual is different and there are always exceptions. If you have any concerns, it’s best to talk to your doctor about how CBD would interact with your current routine (daily meds, vitamins, etc.)
One can take too much of anything (even water!) but in a rare, worst-case scenario, too much will likely only result in a headache.
What Makes Our CBD Unique?
The CBD contained in our products comes from Cannabis sativa (hemp) plants grown in Colorado. It is grown using entirely organic methods.
Our CBD comes from an elite CBD-yielding plant that is endocannabinoid rich, with a high ratio of CBD to THC, meaning you’re getting the maximum amount of pure CBD from a single plant. It is:
- Full spectrum
- 100% Organic
- USA (CO) grown
- Single origin: the CBD in each product comes from the same plant, crop, and farmer and is not mixed with other sources)
- 3rd Party Lab Tested
Which of our CBD product(s) should i use?
How do I use it?
Massage liberally onto clean, dry skin as needed. It is readily absorbed, yet leaves a protective, nurturing mantle on skin. For external use only.
Why is CBD combined with kava?
Kava plays a specific role in this formula as it has a synergistic effect with CBD on the endocannabinoid system, dramatically increasing the efficacy of our balm.
I am not feeling the expected result. What should I do?
Consistent use is key, but individual results may vary depending on the severity of your discomfort. You can also try using the balm in conjunction with the ingestible Chill Full Spectrum CBD Microdose Elixir.
How long will it take before I experience the benefits?
You should start feeling its effects shortly after use, but it can take several applications to experience the full benefits.
Who is it for?
Anyone who experiences systemic pain, stress, or anxiety.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is taking small (micro) amounts of CBD in measured doses to get the medicinal benefits.
How do I use it?
Drop six drops directly under tongue. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then swallow.
What can I expect?
Individual results may vary, but you should begin to feel a mild sense of generalized body relaxation shortly after taking.
I am not feeling the expected result. What should I do?
Consistent use is key, but individual results may vary depending on the severity of your discomfort. You can also try using the elixir in conjunction with the topical Chill Full Spectrum CBD & Kava Balm.
How long should it take before I experience the benefits?
You should start feeling results shortly after use, but it can take several consistent microdoses to experience the full benefits.
How is this different from our other tinctures?
A tincture consists of beneficial herbs dissolved in alcohol to be ingested. Chill Full Spectrum CBD Microdose Elixir consists of hemp flower extract in a base of cold-pressed hemp seed oil, because CBD is oil-soluble. While some of our tinctures overlap in benefits, Chill Full Spectrum CBD Microdose Elixir has a more systemic effect, since CBD is a higher potency ingredient.
Can the products be used together?
Yes, we encourage you to use both products to get the synergistic benefits of our elixir and balm in combination.
When using the products together, what is the best order of use?
Because one is ingestible and one is topical, there is no incorrect order of use.