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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is just one of 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD is also the most abundant (non-intoxicating) compound found within the hemp plant. CBD is a phyto-cannabinoid, meaning it is a cannabinoid found in a plant.
CBD has significant and profound effects on how our bodies maintain homeostasis in the face of internal and external stressors. This is huge! We are all struggling with extra stress in our fast paced, modern lives and our bodies can easily get out of balance. CBD can help get us back into balance*.
People can easily integrate CBD into their daily routine for a variety of reasons; it can help support a wide range of health and therapeutic benefits for most people. *
Qi Botanics product’s contain broad spectrum hemp extract that includes CBD.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD, as well as all other phyto-cannabinoids, is utilized through our natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is found in mammals, birds, reptiles, and earthworms…it is what maintains homeostasis within all our bodies.
Our body naturally makes cannabinoids to help maintain homeostasis in the body, these are called endocannabinoids. CBD is a type of cannabinoid that is called a phyto-cannabinoid, meaning it is a type of cannabinoid from a plant. But it can also be used by our own ECS to increase our body’s ability to maintain balance.*
Like vitamins and other supplements that are used to support and strengthen the naturally produced compounds created by our bodies, naturally produced cannabinoids from plants (phyto-cannabinoids) also support how the body functions.
CBD impacts our body by working with a variety of receptors. Together, these receptors are collectively called the ECS. We have CB1 and CB2 receptors that cannabinoids can bind to. This helps the body in its effort to maintain balance and health throughout the body. Phyto-cannabinoids also work to block key enzymes (FAAH & MAGL) that break down our own endocannabinoids, thus increasing our naturally produced cannabinoids. See our endocannabinoid question at the bottom of the page for more info on this system.
BROAD SPECTRUM VS ISOLATE…WHICH IS BETTER?
CBD can be found in a broad-spectrum form, which uses the whole plant. Or, it can be isolated from the plant and just used by itself, this is called an Isolate. We absolutely prefer the broad-spectrum version, it’s what we always recommend and use in all our products. The whole plant is always better than an isolated component within it. When you use the whole plant, you can benefit from all the other components found in the plant like the other cannabinoids (minus THC), terpenes, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. These components work synergistically together and is called the “the entourage effect”. If taking an isolate of CBD, the collective benefits of the plant are missed. We feel the whole plant is a better option as the sum of the parts are always a superior choice to a single isolated component. You can see this with any herb, whole plant medicine is preferred by herbalists or anyone working closely with plants, as the whole plant can offer better results.
WHO CAN TAKE CBD?
CBD can be beneficial for most people to help stay balanced for optimum health and wellness. It is well tolerated by most people. The most common results observed with CBD are relief from daily stresses, relief from inflammation, and support for healthy sleep cycles…just to name a few.*
We like to think of CBD as being similar to taking a vitamin, herb or other supplement. We take these things to support and/or strengthen our body’s functions or to enhance naturally produced compounds created by our bodies that may be temporarily deficient in some way. Naturally produced cannabinoids from plants (phyto-cannabinoids) are no different, they help to support our own ECS to increase and maintain homeostasis in the body. Being more balanced is always a good thing.*
*FDA DISCLAIMER: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.
WHO SHOULDN’T TAKE CBD?
CBD is incredibly safe to use, however it is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or nursing. It is possible, although unlikely, that CBD can interfere with some medications. The same enzyme (Cytochrome P450) that breaks down CBD can also break down some medications which can affect medication levels in the blood in some cases. If taking a seizure medication, blood thinner or long term antibiotics, extra caution is needed. As with any supplement, it is always recommended to consult a physician before starting CBD.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
Everyone’s ECS is totally different. This can’t be stressed enough; therefore there isn’t a standard dosage that is right for everyone. We ALWAYS recommend “to start low and go slow” with your dosage. A general recommendation when starting CBD is to begin with about 1mg per 10 pounds of weight per day. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, your starting dosage would be about 15mg. It is always advisable to start on a lower dosage and stay on that dosage for about a week to 10 days so you can check for results at that dosage level. If you’re not feeling any results, simply titrate up in small increments, giving each new dosage a week or so to test out, until you find the right dosage that achieves the desired results. Keep in mind, CBD is unique, it really is the “Goldilocks” herb. Since the dosage needs to be just right in order to achieve the best benefits for each person, too much or too little will not get the results. To find the right dosage, it just takes a bit of time and some trial and error. Ultimately you want to take the minimum amount that will give you the optimum results you are looking for with the product.
For more dosing information, read this article from Medical News Today.
WHY USE A MEDICAL DROPPER?
When selecting a dosage for CBD, you want the dose to be accurate. The only way to do that is to administer the dosage with a medical dropper, so you can easily measure out the exact dosage amount needed each time.
So many companies will absolutely inform customers about what their 1ml dropper is equal to, in terms of mg of CBD, but do not offer a way to measure that 1ml accurately. This is problematic if you are taking 1.25ml to achieve your proper dosage, as there is no way to figure out what a .25ml would be without a marked dropper.
Sometimes you need more than 1ml of tincture to meet your specific requirement and you should be able to easily and quickly figure that out, and with an unmarked dropper you can’t. We want to take the guess work out of accurate dosing to make it super easy for you.
We made a conscious decision to simplify things, so we use 600mg of CBD in each bottle of our tinctures, which makes 1ml equal to 20mg of CBD. This amount makes for a much easier number to use in order to figure out dosage if you are taking more or less than a straight ml of tincture. 20mg can easily be divided since it is an even number, so .5ml would be 10mg of CBD, .25ml would 5mg of CBD, etc.
HOW DO I TAKE A TINCTURE?
Tinctures are a quick and easy way to get your daily CBD. Our tinctures are made to be taken under the tongue, sublingually. Sublingual dosage is a faster acting option for taking CBD as it can get absorbed directly into the blood stream and doesn’t need to be swallowed, where it must go through a first phase digestion process.
To use, simply select your desired dosage, with our medical dropper, then position the dropper so it will release under your tongue and squeeze the selected amount out of the dropper. Hold the tincture under your tongue for 15 to 30 seconds. Our tinctures are quite unique and will disappear very quickly from under your tongue, so there is nothing to swallow and our added organic food oils make dosing a tasty experience.
WHAT TYPE OF EXTRACTION METHOD DO YOU USE?
There are several extraction techniques to choose from, but we have chosen to use Supercritical CO2 extraction for our broad spectrum hemp extract. CO2 extraction is a safe and super clean extraction method that is used for botanicals, nutraceuticals and hemp. Many extraction methods will leave chemical solvents on the extract that must be removed, but not with CO2 extraction. We feel that this is the superior extraction method to ensure the cleanest product possible.
DO YOU OFFER THIRD PARTY TESTING RESULTS?
Yes, you can find our Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each product at the bottom of each product page, for easy access. Or, you can scan the QR code on the box or bottle and see the COA immediately. We test every individual batch for each product that we make to ensure that you get exactly the amount of CBD that we claim in every bottle.
WHY CBD TAFFY CHEWS?
CBD Taffy Chews are a tasty way to add some extra calm to your day. They are a great alternative to the traditional hemp gummy. Most hemp gummies are full of fillers, additives, animal derived gelatin, artificial colors and flavors, plus they don’t always taste that great. Our Taffy Chews only contain a few ingredients and don’t contain anything artificial. They are super clean, are made with organic ingredients, with no animal by products, are non-GMO and are simply a tasty treat anytime of the day.
The main benefit of eating a taffy instead of a gummy (other than they are cleaner) is that taffy is meant to be chewed. This extra chewing allows for the cannabinoids to be fully absorbed sublingually, which is the best delivery system for cannabinoids. With gummies that you chew quickly, then swallow, you miss out on the sublingual benefits completely.
Taffy Chews are convenient and effective!
WHY EAT A CBD EDIBLE?
They fit in a pocket or purse, so they can easily travel with you throughout your day, when you don’t have a tincture but need a bit of calm. Traffic, meetings, in laws, whatever… Edibles are not a replacement for a tincture. But they are a nice fill-in during the day when extra calm is needed or you need a tasty treat.
We believe that all hemp-rich edibles should be easy to eat, should taste good and should be easy to transport. But, most of all they should offer results …
IS HEMP THE SAME AS MARIJUANA?
No! Qi Botanics only uses broad spectrum hemp extract from hemp plants, not marijuana plants. Although Hemp and marijuana are extremely close, they are not the same. Hemp plants contain less than .3% THC – which is the compound in marijuana that gets you high. Marijuana plants naturally have more THC as they are used recreationally for their psychotropic effects. Hemp is naturally higher in CBD, which is the NON-psychotropic element. So Hemp will get you healthy but will NOT get you high. Once people understand that there is no “altered state high” associated with CBD, they get very excited about the many ways that CBD can support a healthy body and mind.
We are 100% compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill. Our cannabinoid rich extract is only sourced from the hemp plant and will always contain less than .3% THC in all of our products.
WILL CBD FLAG A DRUG TEST?
We are always asked if CBD will flag a drug test for marijuana. The answer is, yes, it is possible. A broad spectrum CBD product, like the ones from Qi Botanics, will contain all of the cannabinoids naturally found in the plant (100+) minus the THC. The legal limit for THC in any broad spectrum hemp extract is .3% or less. Some of the test are very sensitive and since the test is testing for cannabinoids, it may flag any cannabinoid and result in a positive test.
WHY IS ORGANIC SO IMPORTANT FOR HEMP?
The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator/phyto-remediator, which means it will suck up toxin and heavy metals from the soil it is grown in. This can be a great asset for the planet when we need to use it to clean the soil it's planted in or from a spill/leak but don’t plan on using the plant for anything else. It becomes an issue if you want to use the plant for anything after its grown, especially ingesting it in any way. Because of this aspect of the hemp plant it is extremely important to ensure that the plant is grown in clean soil and with organic growing practices. Ideally you want to be able to track the product you are using from seed to final product, to ensure the highest quality. We are so happy to be able to do this for our broad spectrum hemp extract, so we know what we use is grown safely and cleanly processed.
IS ALL CBD THE SAME?
No! Consumers please do your homework on whatever product line you decide to use. There is so much misinformation out there regarding CBD products and it can be really confusing for most people. It is very important to make sure you are getting the right information and choosing the right products for your specific needs. Please be aware that NOT all CBD is created equal, so caution should be taken when choosing any CBD product. PLEASE make sure your products are produced in a GM approved facility, that they are 3rd party tested with the COA (Certificate of Analysis) available to view, that they use hemp grown with organic growing practices, and that the products have been researched and formulated properly.
WHY DO WE USE HERBAL EXTRACTS OR INFUSED HERBS IN OUR PRODUCTS?
Plants are amazing and we use them in all our products. We have worked with herbs for over 20 years and enjoy all the healing benefits they offer. Herbal extracts have been used safely for thousands of years and continue to be successfully used today. We use practitioner grade herbal extracts in all our tinctures, for added benefit and support to the overall formula. A well-rounded botanical formula will enhance the benefits of any product and achieve better results for you. For our face and body products, we infuse organic herbs into organic oils which increases the product’s potency. The added addition of herbs to the already amazing cannabinoids results in a truly superior product.
WHY DO WE USE TERPENES?
Terpenes are simply organic compounds that are found in a wide variety of plants, including the hemp plant. Terpenes have been used alongside herbs since ancient times, starting around 2800 BC in China. They are responsible for the aroma of the plant. It is the terpenes that give the hemp plant its unique scent. Terpenes and cannabinoids are produced from the same area of the hemp plant, the tricomes.
Terpenes have been shown to interact and work in conjunction with cannabinoids in the body and with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). When used together, terpenes and cannabinoids can provide optimum benefits. In addition to the natural terpenes found in our broad spectrum hemp extract, we add select terpenes to our products based on the different properties of the terpene, to enhance the overall formula. The main terpenes that we use are: Myrcene, Linalool, Humulene, Limonene, Terpinolene, Beta Caryophyllene, Ocimene, and Terpineol.
The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as within many other cultures in the world. It is actually one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese Medicine, which speaks volumes as to its many benefits. It has been used for medicine, food, fiber, ropes, clothes, and building materials successfully for that same amount of time but we are just now rediscovering its many benefits… with CBD as a main component that is being researched.
This remarkable plant offers so many wonderful health benefits with over 400 active compounds including phytocannabinoids (CBD being one of them), terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients. These are some of the most studied at the moment, leading many scientists to refer to the plant as a “pharmacological treasure-trove” of potential. This is so exciting!
CAN YOU GET CANNBINOIDS FROM PLANTS OTHER THAN HEMP?
Yes, there are a few other plants that also contain cannabinoids or cannabinoids-like substances within them. However, none are as concentrated with cannabinoids as the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids or cannabinoids-like substances can be found in other plants such as Echinacea, Electric Daisy, Cacao, and Helichrysum. Many others can also activate our natural endocannabinoid system, such as black pepper, liverwort, black truffles, kava, green tea and Chinese rhododendron.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP OIL AND HEMP EXTRACT?
Yes! Hemp Oil is made by pressing the hemp seed. Hemp oil is a wonderful source of healthy fats like omega 3. It can be great for the skin, brain and general health as Omega’s are important to overall health and should be consumed regularly. * However, Hemp Oil doesn’t contain any cannabinoids so cannot offer the same benefits as Hemp Extract.
Hemp Extract is extracted from the aerial parts of the hemp plant - the leaves and flowers. The cannabinoids are found in the Hemp Extract, including CBD, along with terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients. It is this cannabinoid rich hemp extract that we use in our Qi Botanics products. However, we also use organic hemp seed oil in some of our face and body care products for the oil’s skin-healing properties.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS)?
An overly simplified explanation for the ECS would be - it is a system that acts as a communication network between the cells in our bodies to maintain homeostasis. Cannabinoids are complex and diverse types of compounds that are naturally created in the body and they work through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
This amazing system is not just found in humans, it’s also found in other mammals, birds, reptiles, and earthworms.
Endocannabinoids = cannabinoid produced naturally inside the body
Phytocannabinoids = cannabinoid produced naturally from a plant.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) itself is made up of three parts:
N-arachidonoylethanolamine, more commonly known as Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol or more commonly known 2-AG are the two endocannabinoids, that we know of, we naturally produce in the body.
2) Cannabinoid Receptors
CB1 & CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and can be stimulated with endocannabinoids and/or phytocannabinoids.
Cannabinoid receptors are the most plentiful receptors in the body, more numerous than any other receptor system.
Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) & Monoacylglycerol Lipase (MAGL) are the two key enzymes in the ECS that help break down endocannabinoids
Not only is the ECS a natural part of our bodies, it's a crucial one. The ECS maintains homeostasis in the body.
To understand the ECS, it first helps to understand what homeostasis means. Homeostasis is the body's ability to keep everything in balance. The ECS tries to maintain this balance no matter what's going on in the environment around you. It is constantly monitoring different functions in the body, so when something is working outside of normal range, the ECS is activated to help get it corrected and back in balance.
The ECS does this via cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues. We have two types of cannabinoid receptors, that we currently know of:
1) CB1 receptors: most abundant in central nervous system, connective tissues, glands, and organs like the uterus, cardiovascular system, GI tract, pancreas, bones and liver, with the brain containing most of these receptors.
2) CB2 receptors: most abundant in immune cells, the GI tract, and the peripheral nervous system but also present in the brain, gut, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bone, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs.Cannabinoid receptors are believed to be among the most plentiful in our central nervous system.
Through those receptors, the ECS helps regulate a lot of important functions, such as:
- Appetite / Digestion
- Immune function
- Inflammation, including neuroinflammation
- Motor control / Balance
- Temperature regulation
- Stress Response
Your body activates the ECS with precision so it impacts only what it needs to. Once the endocannabinoids have done their job and brought things into balance, certain enzymes come along to break them down and prevent them from going too far and upsetting the balance in the opposite direction.
It's a precise response. Homeostasis is essential to our health and survival, so when the ECS isn't working properly, it can cause a lot of problems for you.