Where does CBD oil come from? - the CBD plant?
Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) is a natural chemical compound that is found in the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. While both plants come from a similar genus, the marijuana plant is high in the psychotropic chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) whereas the hemp plant is not. It has hardly any THC in it and therefore it’s not going to make you ‘high’ when you consume it.
So to answer the question ‘Does CBD come from the CBD plant?’ - the answer is no, there is no such thing as a “CBD plant”. It comes from hemp, and hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in all US states (whereas marijuana-derived is not).
So are CBD oil and hemp oil the same? What about hemp seed oil?
CBD oil, or as some call it, CBD hemp oil , is made by extracting CBD (the cannabidiol compound) from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant. It is available in three different ‘versions’ - full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.
> Full spectrum CBD is made from the whole hemp plant and it contains all the compounds in the plant, including the tiny (and legal) amount of THC that’s in the plant.
> Broad spectrum is pretty much the same as full spectrum, minus the THC.
> CBD isolate is just the pure CBD, with none of the other elements from the plant, and it’s typically available as a crystalline powder. This removes any risk of failing a drug test, and as such is an important consideration for people in some jobs where failing to pass a blood test may mean dismissal.
Hemp seed oil is, just as you’d expect, oil that is extracted from hemp seeds, which come from the cannabis sativa plant. The pressure extraction process is similar to the way they press olive oil out of olives. Hemp seed oil is a food product… a rich source of protein, nutrients, and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (which are good for heart health). It’s often used as a carrier oil for CBD. However, hemp seed oil contains no CBD and it has no THC.
Hemp oil is, unfortunately, an ambiguous term.  Some folks use it to refer to CBD oil. Some folks use it to refer to hemp seed oil. So, to avoid confusion, I won't be using the term ‘hemp oil’.
How does CBD oil actually work?
CBD is a cannabinoid which is a special type of natural compound found in both the human body and the hemp plant (from which CBD oil is extracted).
Now cannabinoids interact with special receptors in the human body. The system that connects all those receptors is called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. And it’s your ECS that keeps your body in homeostasis, which is a fancy word that simply means balance.
You’re feeling well and life is good when your body systems are all in balance. When they’re not, when something is out of whack in your body, you don't feel so good. It’s the job of your ECS to keep working towards balance but at times it needs a nudge - which is where CBD is helpful.
As seen in the research, CBD (working through your endocannabinoid system) can make a difference to your sleep, your mood, sensations of pain, appetite levels, hormone activity, and your immune system. As scientific research continues, we are learning more and more about how human physiology is positively impacted by CBD oil. It’s a remarkable and exciting journey of discovery with a huge potential for enhancing human health.
How soon will I feel the effects of CBD oil?
There’s not a simple mathematical formula to use here. The answer depends on several factors.
- How fast or slow your body reacts to CBD, because CBD “turns on” your body’s anti-inflammation response system so that your body manufactures its own anti-inflammatory molecules. Neat, eh? Yes, CBD triggers your body to heal itself!
- How extensive the inflammation is
- The type of inflammation and where it is (skin? brain? etc)
- The source of the inflammation. 
How long does CBD oil stay in your body?
While the immediate effects will generally last a few hours, CBD itself can remain in your body for as long as several days. In some cases, even several weeks.
There are several variables that help determine how long it will stick around. Including…
- Dosage (the more you take, the longer it will remain in your system - fairly obvious, I’d say)
- Frequency (it will build up in your system if taken regularly)
- Whether you take it with food or not (like alcohol, when you take it with food, it metabolizes more slowly so it takes longer to leave your body)
- Used topically (when rubbed on a sore spot on your skin, for example), it usually takes longer to exit the body because it didn't enter the bloodstream right away
- Sublingual use (a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue) gets it into your bloodstream faster, which means it can be used up faster
- How active you are. Folks who are not physically active generally have a slower metabolism, which will mean a slower exit process for their CBD
- Body fat. CBD is a fat-soluble compound and it is stored in our fat cells. So CBD will metabolize faster in slim folks with less body fat. If you have more fat cells, to store more CBD in, it will generally take longer to move all the CBD out of your system.
Now you’ve seen this list of variables, it’s easy to understand why CBD oil doesn't exit our bodies in a set period of time. This makes it hard to predict how long it will stay in your body - or indeed how soon it will kick in.
How should I start taking CBD oil?
Your best plan is to start with a small dose. Start low and slow, as they say. Why? Because each person’s body is different. We’re not all the same by any means. Your reactions to a certain strength of CBD oil may be different to the next person’s.
Gender, age, weight and CBD tolerance can all affect your CBD experience so try a variety of CBD-infused products. Do a little experimenting and find your ideal option. The effects you experience may very well be different to your friend’s results.
That’s one of the differences between plant-based cannabidiol and factory-produced pharmaceuticals which are supposed to deliver the same result to everybody who takes them. But we know that isn't the way that CBD works. Different people sometimes get different results with CBD. For example, it will relax some people, reducing their stress and anxiety levels. For others, it will pep them up, giving them more energy and a feeling of wellbeing. What’s cool is you can decrease or increase the dose to change the reaction. For example, if five drops gives you energy, try taking less for sleep or relaxation. It may take some experimenting to see what works for you.
And that’s why the strong advice is to start with a low amount of CBD, whether you take it in the form of drops, edibles (like our delicious 15 mg gummies) or topicals (like our pain cream) or however you prefer to take it. Once you’ve found the ideal amount of CBD for you (that is, how many milligrams per day) and the ideal form that achieves the level of relief you want (such as gummies, drops, capsules, or tinctures), stay with it.
If you need help to get started, phone the company and talk to somebody.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.*