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Frequently Asked Questions About CBD Products & CanRelieve

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is 1 of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is found in more significant quantities in hemp than it is in marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive and has been found to have a wide range of health benefits.

Will CBD Get Me High?

Unlike its close cousin, THC, CBD is non- psychoactive so it won’t get you high.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system of neurotransmitters and receptors located in the brain, nervous system and throughout the body. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to help keep your body in balance.

Will I fail a drug test if I use CBD?

Our CanRelieve products contain non-detectable levels of THC, but it depends on the testing standards of the lab that administers the drug test. Most screenings for cannabinoids are only looking for THC and THC metabolite. Some testing facilities test for a full range of cannabinoids which could then trigger a positive drug test. You should contact your testing facility to find out what type of testing they do.

Is CBD Legal?

All of CanRelieve’s CBD oil products are derived from hemp and contain non-detectable levels of THC. Our products are legal and can be shipped to all 50 U.S. states. However, CBD oil derived from marijuana can only be purchased in states with medical marijuana programs.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Both hemp and marijuana are part of the cannabis plant category. The defining difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC (the psychoactive compound that makes you high). Hemp contains a very low concentration of THC (0.3% or less), while marijuana is abundant in THC.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic and flavorful metabolites found in the oils of all plants. Terpenes have been used for thousands of years in the healing modality known as aromatherapy. They are responsible for giving a plant a certain smell and taste. Terpenes also determine how a particular strain of plant will affect the body and mind. For instance, linalool is a terpene found in lavender and is also present in some cannabis strains. It has calming effects and is also known for its anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

How do you get CBD out of the hemp plant?

Our CBD is extracted from hemp by employing proprietary processes which involve using either food-grade ethanol as a solvent to remove unwanted plant material, or by using a supercritical CO2 process to remove this unwanted material by taking CO2 to a low temperature under high pressure. These processes remove the unwanted plant compounds but makes sure that all of hemp’s beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids and flavonoids are preserved.

What does “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum” mean?

The term “full spectrum” refers to CBD oil products that contain a combination of various cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in hemp. Full spectrum products may also contain trace amounts of THC. “Broad spectrum” products are basically full spectrum products but without any THC. CanRelieve’s CBD products are considered broad spectrum since we leave intact all the beneficial products of the whole plant, but completely remove the psychoactive component of the hemp plant,THC.

What is the entourage effect?

Full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils contain combinations of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds. Many of these compounds work together, or synergistically, to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” which magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components. In this way, the whole plant compounds work together to achieve a greater degree of wellness.

How do I start taking CBD oil?

CBD oil is available in a wide variety of dosage forms and strengths. Each person is unique so the dose and form of CBD will be different for everyone. It is best to start out with a low dose of CBD so that you can always increase it. You can stay at a particular dosage once you find the best level of relief for your particular condition.

Are there any side effects or drug interactions with CBD?

CBD is not known to have any side effects, but taking CBD in large doses may make you drowsy. Studies have shown that CBD may affect the metabolism of certain classes of drugs but these effects have been shown to be minimal so far. Ongoing research needs to be done. It is best to consult with a qualified health professional if you are taking prescription medications.

What are the shelf life and storage requirements of your products?

The shelf life of CanRelieve products is usually about 18 months. Please refer to the expiration date on the label of your item(s). CanRelieve products should always be stored in a cool, dry environment to protect their stability.

How Long Does CBD Oil Stay In Your System?

You can generally expect CBD oil to be hanging around in your system anywhere from two to five days. The effects of CBD, however, will typically last a few hours but even if the immediate effects wear off, it will remain in your body for a couple of days.

There are a variety of factors that influence how long CBD oil can stay within an individual’s system. 

Factors That Impact Your System

  • Dosage – The higher the dosage, the longer the CBD oil can stay in your system. Some individuals might take a couple of days for the CBD oil to be cleared out of the system. For others, it might take several weeks. 
  • Frequency – The frequency of CBD oil usage is also another contributing factor that determines the time that it takes for CBD to exit the system. When taken regularly, CBD tends to build up in your body over a period of time. This simply means that the amount of CBD collected in your system will increase gradually before getting cleared out of the body. Taking it occasionally, however, will allow the CBD oil to leave your system sooner before the next intake. 
  • Taking it with food – Ingesting CBD with food is like drinking alcohol with food. If you do it on an empty stomach, you will feel the effect faster and clear out quicker. Ingesting with edibles will cause the CBD to be metabolized, thus, resulting in a slower rate of CBD leaving your body. 
  • Sublingual application – Having CBD oil enter your bloodstream directly through sublingual application can have a faster effect than other forms of CBD applications. By having a few droplets under your tongue, the CBD oil will enter your system quickly. The quicker it enters your bloodstream, the quicker it will leave your system. Unlike going through ingestion with food, it does not require the CBD oil to be metabolized with the food you are eating.  
  • Topical application – CBD topical application is typically used to treat soreness or pain in certain parts of the body. Often, these topically- infused CBD works locally and does not reach the bloodstream unless it is designed for transdermal application. During a transdermal process, CBD oil is absorbed by the skin, but it usually takes a longer period than other applications. This would also mean that it will take a longer time for the CBD to leave the system. 
  • Body composition – As a fat-soluble compound, CBD can get stored in an individual’s fat cells. Leaner individuals with more muscles and less body fat will metabolize CBD oil quicker than those who have higher fat content. If you have less muscle tissue and more body fat, the CBD oil will likely stay longer in your cells. 
  • Activity level – How physically active an individual is can also affect the rate of CBD oil being metabolized. If you are someone who works out daily or partakes in various sports regularly, you can expect the CBD in your system to leave your body quickly. Individuals who are not physically active have a lower metabolic rate, so the CBD exit process might be slower.

CBD oil can be absorbed, metabolized, and excreted in several ways. Due to many factors playing different roles to influence how long CBD stays in your system, it can be a challenge to predict how quickly CBD oil will kick in and when it will leave your body.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Work?

Depending on how you are planning to take your CBD oil, several factors such as age, weight and the ways you consume it can contribute to its effectiveness. For instance, consuming CBD oil orally as opposed to topical application might produce faster results. 

CBD Absorption

Before you can feel the effects of CBD, it will first need to be absorbed into your body. There are a variety of ways to consume CBD and some forms are more effective than others. Simply put, CBD can enter your bloodstream quickly or slowly depending on how you consume it.

Here are a few methods of consumption: 

  • CBD edibles: When CBD is ingested as edibles, it passes through your body digestive tract where it is then absorbed into the bloodstream. It then gets transported throughout the body. It will take anywhere between one to five hours for the CBD to be active. Depending on what food you are consuming together with CBD, the time taken for it to be effective can also vary.  
  • CBD capsules: Like CBD edibles, consuming CBD oil in capsules will take anywhere from one to four hours for it to be effective. Capsules, however, tend to have a higher concentration of CBD extract than those in edibles. It is a popular way of consuming CBD oil as capsules can be carried around easily. 
  • Sublingual: One of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD oil is through a sublingual method. CBD oil comes in a variety of tinctures that allow individuals to drip droplets of CBD oil under their tongue. When CBD oil comes in contact directly with capillary-rich areas, it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream thus avoiding the digestive tract, unlike CBD edibles and capsules. This process can take anywhere between 0.5 to 4 hours as some of the CBD oil will be swallowed as well. 
  • Topicals:Unlike ingesting CBD oil, topical applications are used to soothe areas that have inflammation like muscle soreness, chronic pains, or sensitive skin. Topical CBD oil is not typically designed for transdermal activity and may take longer periods to be effective depending on the individual.

Dosage and Purity

The higher dosage of CBD oil, the higher the absorption rate into your body is. It is, however, highly advisable to always follow the recommended dosage on any CBD oil product. 

CBD infused products can also have impurities, additives, or other ingredients added into the extract. As CBD oil products are not created equal, the concentration within each product might vary. The higher the CBD content, the more bioavailable it is.

CBD Effect

Everyone has a unique experience when taking CBD oil and the effects will vary from one person to another. For instance, a person who weighs more might require a higher dosage than one who weighs less.

Other factors that affect the time taken for CBD oil to work effectively include:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Gender
  • CBD tolerance

Finding the ideal dosage will require adjustment, constant experimentation, and trying out a variety of CBD oil-infused products. With a little bit of patience and perseverance, you can achieve the desired results with the recommended dosage.

How To Use CBD Oil For Pain?

Today, many consumers are introducing CBD oil into their daily lives for pain management as well as a natural way of getting therapeutic benefits. CBD oil, known as cannabidiol oil, is an extract found in cannabis. Unlike medical marijuana, CBD oil has no psychoactive effects which means that it will not make you high when taken. Often, CBD oil is an alternative to prescription pills and has fewer-known side effects than most pharmaceutical drugs. 

CBD Oil for Pain Treatment

CBD oil has the potential to reduce pain, stress, and improve other aspects of our bodies such as appetite, memory, and mood. CBD oil is typically used to treat various issues such as chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, and more. Individuals who have chronic pain will turn to CBD oil for relief and it represents an effective treatment for several types of inflammation.

CBD oil can be used to manage the following chronic conditions:

  • Migraines and headaches – As CBD extracts contain anti-inflammation properties, it can be used to reduce headaches and migraines. Not only does it have the potential to treat such inflammation, but it can also help to regulate sleep and stress, which in turn might reduce the frequency of headaches.
  • Arthritis – Thanks to its anti-inflammation properties, CBD has the potential to reduce swelling in certain areas of the body such as soreness in joints. It is a viable pain remedy and a natural way of reducing the effects of arthritis in people.
  • Sleep disorders – Individuals who have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain turn toward CBD oil to help solve their problems. CBD oil can potentially reduce sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and even frequent nightmares.
  • Multiple Sclerosis – CBD oil can also relax the muscles within the body and is ideal for patients who have frequent spasms, pains, or other mobility issues.

Using CBD Oil for Pain Management

There are several ways in which CBD oil extract can be used. They can either be consumed or rubbed directly on the affected areas. 

  • Edibles – The most common way to take CBD is through edibles. Manufacturers will infuse the CBD extract to edible products such as gummies, mint, or lollipops. Adding CBD to favorite treats can be a fun and simple way to have your CBD intake. 
  • CBD-infused meal – Another fun and exciting way to ingest CBD oil is to add it to your food. For example, you can create your favorite home-cooked dish and add a small dosage of CBD oil.
  • Sublingual – CBD oil can be purchased in tinctures as well. Simply place a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue and hold it in your mouth for a while before swallowing it.
  • Topical application – Another way of using CBD is through topical application. CBD extract can be found in different forms such as lotion, cream, balm, or ointments. For instance, if you have soreness around your arm, simply apply the CBD lotion to the affected area. 

Regardless of what kind of pain you are managing, it is highly advisable to check the recommended dosage of CBD oil before taking it. Whether you are using CBD applications to reduce seizures, anxiety, or chronic pains, always remember to start with a low or minimum dosage and go from there.

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