What is CBD?
Our CBD products and extracts are derived from hemp (not marijuana), and can also be referred to as CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts”. However, CBD oil is different from hempseed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hempseeds and only contain traces of CBD and other cannabinoids.
Will it get you high?
The definition of ‘hemp’ is commonly used for cannabis strains that contain very low levels of THC (the compound that will make you high). The level of THC permitted in cultivation of hemp plants in Europe is 0.2%. This means hemp only contains trace amounts of THC and it is so little, that it would be impossible to get 'high' from hemp. A scientific investigation calculated that a person would need to smoke 6 kgs of hemp in 8 hours to experience any form of high. This clearly is physically impossible.
How does CBD work?
CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. The ECS has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, including appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
There is a growing school of thought which supports that many of us may have a chronic endocannabinoid deficiency. Hemp co-evolved alongside humanity for milleania and was not only used for industrial purposes, but the hempseed was eaten raw and used in nourishing soups. Hempseeds contain over 30% fat, are a great source of protein with over 25%, are exceptionally rich in Omega 6 and 3, are a great source of vitamin E and minerals (phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc). The seeds weren't cleaned and dehulled as nowadays, but were covered in cannabinoids (CBD) and we would therefore consume CBD naturally. As both hemp and marijuana belong to the species cannabis, old recipe books show that extracts and tinctures have been made for human use with books showing records in Europe in the 17th century how to make them. One of the books states 'every housewife will be familiar with the many benefits of hemp', we've just forgotten until the recent renaissance of hemp.
Depending on the extraction process, you can make so called whole plants extracts such as our Hemp Balance range. The carefullly made extract contains over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids, including CBD, CBC, CBG, CBG-A, CBC-A, and many others. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our hemp extracts, there are many other types of natural molecules such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, omega 3 & 6 and trace minerals. Additionally, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavonoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes are all present in a whole plant oil.
We are also able to refine the whole plant extract into a premium CBD extract which means that it is not full-spectrum, but rich in CBD. Our Hemp CBD range is a premium hemp extract, not just an isolate. Blended with organic hempseed oil you also will consume the important omega 6 and 3, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace minerals.
It is worth noting that some companies refine the extract further and extract so called CBD isolates. Isolates are pure CBD and all other compounds, including minerals, vitamins, terpenes etc from the hemp extract have been removed.
CannaWell offer premium quality hemp extracts.
We suggest that you start with less drops and gradually increase the amount to find out what works best for you. CBD is considered safe and well tolerated (WHO).
Because our Hemp Balance is a whole plant extract, some consider the taste strong. While many of our customers like the flavour, some would rather find a way to mask it. If that’s you, try mixing the oil in honey, applesauce, or a smoothie. If you prefer a CBD oil with a soft flavour, try our premium extract Hemp CBD. It tastes exceptionally smooth and mild. You can also use our oils to make CBD enriched edibles.
Skincare products are only intended for external application.
Another option is of course to store your CBD oil in your fridge. While this is not necessary, many people like to do this as it makes it easily accessible and reminds them as we open the fridge door regularly. During period of very hot weather, over 30 degrees, we would suggest that you move your CBD oil, if opened, into the fridge.
Sometimes, when storing CBD oil in your fridge and the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point where you need to leave it outside or warm it in your hands a little before use. This is not a problem and does not effect the quality of the hemp extract. Should this happen, you can also run the bottle carefully under some hot water.
During most of the year, I keep my CBD oil by my kettle, and sometimes on my desk. During very hot spells I move it into the fridge.