CBD 101: All the Basics and the Not-So-Basics that you should know about CBD
Whether you’re new to CBD or someone who has already tried incorporating CBD into your regular routine, this educational blog about the basics and the not-so-basics about CBD is bound to hold the answers to a number of questions you have about CBD, where it comes from, and its usage. With literally 101 facts about CBD to lead you from A to Z, this is your go-to for the lowdown on CBD in bite-sized chunks.
1 – CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of the most common cannabinoids found in the hemp plant family.
2 – It can be extracted from the plant in a number of ways and turned into a variety of CBD oils.
3 – Various types of CBD oils are used to make a whole host of interesting and effective CBD-infused products.
4 – There are a number of growers who cultivate specific strains of the hemp plant that are especially rich in CBD.
5 – CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which means it doesn’t get you high.
6 – There are three main types of cannabidiol (CBD).
7 – One type is CBD isolate, the purest extraction of CBD. It contains CBD and nothing else. All other cannabinoids and plant compounds are removed during the extraction process.
8 – The second type is broad-spectrum CBD, an extract containing all other compounds of the hemp plant, except THC (the cannabinoid responsible for getting us high).
9 – The third type is full-spectrum CBD, an extract that includes a broad range of cannabinoids and naturally occurring hemp plant compounds, and which also includes traces of THC. The permitted amount of THC in a full-spectrum CBD oil is up to and including 0,3%.
10 – A full spectrum CBD oil, made from whole plants, is the least refined, most organic form of CBD oil you can find on the market today.
11 – Full-spectrum CBD oils are usually crafted using a method called supercritical CO2 extraction.
12 – While CBD isolate tends to be a more potent form of CBD because of the high levels of CBD content, it’s not necessarily the most effective form of CBD on the human body.
13 – Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are just two of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
14 – Some of the most commonly known cannabinoids that can be found in differing quantities in a full spectrum oil include CBD, CBG, CBC, THCV and THC.
15 – CBD oil is extracted from what’s scientifically referred to as the cannabis sativa plant.
16 – THC is the main psychoactive compound in the hemp plant that makes us feel high, but its psychoactive properties are not the only attribute that make it different to CBD.
17 – Quantities of THC in CBD products are always 0.3% or lower in order to remain compliant with CBD product regulations, brought about by the passing of The Farm Bill in 2018.
18 – The human body comes equipped with what’s known as the endocannabinoid system.
19 – The endocannabinoid system is what interacts with the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, including CBD, and it’s the system that allows the human body to benefit from the powers of CBD and other cannabinoids in an ever-increasing variety of ways.
20 – The human body is filled with internal cell receptors that are ready and waiting to connect with cannabinoids. Our bodies are literally made to interact with CBD.
21 – CBD interacts indirectly with its receptors. Specifically, CBD activates TRPV1 receptors (vanilloid receptor 1 or capsaicin receptors).
22 – Unlike THC, CBD does not bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors, which is why it doesn’t make us high.
23 – A phytocannabinoid is the definition applied to any cannabinoid that’s produced within the trichomes of the hemp plant.
24 – When a phytocannabinoid is extracted and consumed, no matter the consumption method, it begins to interact with our body’s cannabinoid receptors.
25 – A number of different therapeutic effects take place, thanks to these interactions.
26 – There are at least 100 different phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, each of which affect the body in a slightly different way.
27 – More than 80 phytocannabinoids have been identified by scientists in the hemp plant.
28 – CBD is the phytocannabinoid that is found in abundance in almost all hemp strains and has become a popular go-to hemp plant compound for a whole range of wellness solutions.
29 – The federal legalization of hemp cultivation occurred at the end of 2018 but each state continues to set its own set of CBD regulations that brands and consumers must adhere to.
30 – Studies have shown that CBD is an anti-inflammatory and can, therefore, be useful to the body in a number of ways.
31 – When CBD is combined with all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and plant compounds found within the hemp plant, its positive benefits for the human body increase.
32 – CBD’s natural goodness is heightened when combined with all other plant compounds due to what’s known as the “entourage effect”. This term is used to describe the result of all naturally-occurring compounds in the hemp plant working together.
33 – A whole plant CBD oil will always be much deeper in color and thicker in viscosity than a standard full-spectrum, but what both have in common is the power of the entourage effect.
34 – CBD products come in all shapes and sizes: tinctures, topicals, flowers, pre-rolls, vapes, concentrates, softgels, bath bombs, and the list goes on.
35 – Some tinctures contain 250mg of CBD, others contain up to 3500mg of CBD, which means each 1ml dropper serving can carry a very different concentration of the said cannabinoid.
36 – Learn more about CBD potency levels here.
37 – Topicals are CBD creams that are applied to problem areas directly, just like other creams and salves manufactured and sold in other industries.
38 – Tinctures and softgels are products that can help you with daily maintenance, special routines, sleep quality, and general wellbeing.
39 – A great recommendation for beginners to CBD is to begin by trying a topical or a 500mg tincture. Starting with a low concentration of CBD, and then gradually working your way up until you find a level that works for you and your body, is the best way to introduce CBD into your regular routine.
40 – Our warming botanical CBD salve, called RESOLVE, has been carefully crafted to include the exact proportion of phytocannabinoids needed to help keep muscles relaxed and ready for action.
41 – CBD softgels tend to be the most convenient form of CBD to use when out and about, and particularly when included as part of a regular wellness routine.
42 – What is the difference between CBD soft gels and CBD oils? Learn all the details here.
43 – CBD bath bombs are a fun option to try, full of aromatic power and great to use after a heavy workout at the gym.
44 – Whichever form of CBD you enjoy, it’s a really good idea to take it at the same time every day.
45 – If you know very little about GetEVOKE, the most important thing to note is that our premium CBD products are 100% designed to support and enhance your active lifestyle.
46 – Before you buy any CBD product, you have the right to ask the brand or store to show you the third-party lab results, or the Certificates of Analysis (COAs), for that product, so that you can accurately check for cannabinoid content levels and other synthetic components.
47 – Pay attention to detail when reading the product label of any CBD product. All CBD products are required to display levels of CBD on their labels in mg (milligrams). If you see a CBD product without those levels displayed, don’t buy it.
48 – CBD, like any other perishable product, does expire, but when it expires depends on the type of CBD oil.
49 – CBD isolates are highly filtered and then added to the base oil. As such, you can expect a CBD isolate to last for one to two years without any problems.
50 – When a product is made using a full-spectrum CBD oil, a whole plant oil, or a raw CBD oil, then it’s less refined and made up of more plant materials and organic compounds. It’s best to make sure you use these oils within a period of six months, once opened.
51 – Store your CBD products in a cool, dark place and in its original container to ensure that the shelf-life is as long as possible.
52 – Another tip is to keep the product in its original packaging. This method reduces the amount of airflow and limits oxidative stress, which can lead to faster degradation.
53 – For all types of CBD tinctures, the extraction process is very similar. Whatever is extracted from the plants – cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils – is then suspended in an inert oil, usually MCT or coconut oil, and packaged in an easy-to-use dropper bottle, so that the consumer can place the product directly under the tongue.
54 – When a CBD oil is dropped under the tongue, the recommendation is to hold it there for around 90 seconds before swallowing.
55 – This 90-second pause gives the body the time it needs to transfer all the wellness benefits from the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds into the bloodstream.
56 – Once absorbed, these plant compounds can begin to quickly and effectively interact with the endocannabinoid system as you continue to go about your day.
57 – CBD use in the U.S. continues to grow. Most people who turn to CBD do so because they’re looking for alternative, natural, plant-based solutions to pain relief and anxiety issues.
58 – Another large proportion of consumers turn to CBD because they’re looking to improve the quality of their sleep.
59 – According to Medical News Today, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD can reduce cortisol levels and help people who suffer from insomnia get to sleep quicker.
60 – Our Level1500 tincture is our most potent tincture, containing 1500mg of CBD. It’s cinnamon flavored, which is the perfect sweet aroma for nighttime use and it’s designed to support you in your path toward better sleep.
61 – Regular CBD consumption helps the body to enter into a routine and preps it so that it’s ready to take full advantage of the wellness and body balance support that CBD has to offer.
62 – In the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), the ability to reduce soreness, treat injuries, and aid muscle recovery is central to the training regimen of successful fighters.
63 – Many fighters have turned to CBD as both a post and pre-workout supplement.
64 – Many golfers are using CBD on a regular basis. While not often thought of as exacting the same physical toll as professional fighting or American Football, golf can be physically demanding and CBD is proving popular with golfers for that reason.
65 – Meditation and yoga go hand in hand, and CBD is such a great addition to the mix, because it’s one of the cannabinoids that helps to slow the racing thoughts that accompany us constantly throughout our stressful lifestyles.
66 – CBD can also help you to focus faster and for longer, helping you to get yoga-ready in record time.
67 – CBD infused topicals can be applied before, during, or after a yoga class, to ease any joints and/or sore muscles that might prevent you from enjoying your class to the max.
68 – A post-yoga bath, with a CBD-infused bath bomb, is an option you can try to get the relaxation and recovery your body deserves after a full-on yoga practice.
69 – When enjoying a CBD bath bomb, the heat of a hot bath helps to heighten CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties and expedites the absorption of CBD into the skin and bloodstream through the skin’s pores.
70 – All of GetEvoke’s products are backed by a quality promise, specifying that they’re made from premium, US-grown hemp and that they’re GMP certified.
71 – The reason why CBD has become so popular over the past decade, more so than other organic compounds that also demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties, is that it is highly malleable.
72 – CBD can be added to all kinds of products, in a variety of product forms, and it connects with and stimulates different systems in the body.
73 – When it comes to cycling, CBD can speed up and improve recovery in terms of muscle repair.
74 – CBD edibles are available in various forms, including gummies, hard candies, chocolates, cookies, cakes, and even coffee.
75 – One of the most convenient and fun ways to take CBD is by chewing on a CBD gummy. They’re easy to dose, easy to carry, and so much tastier than other CBD products.
76 – CBD gummies are a good choice for people looking to try CBD for the first time, but make sure that the gummies you buy are low in potency.
77 – Hemp-derived CBD edibles, containing less than 0.3% THC, can be purchased from dispensaries, grocery stores, online retailers, and even directly from the brand websites.
78 – The situation with CBD and edibles is a delicate one, simply because the FDA is, as of yet, unwilling to give its official authorization of CBD as a food supplement. Even so, the CBD edible industry continues to grow by the day.
79 – Is CBD safe? Yes! Scientific research confirms that CBD is actually beneficial for the human body and in many different ways. It’s also, incidentally, impossible to overdose from the hemp plant or any CBD product.
80 – Despite the lack of clinical trials, the general consensus among industry experts, combined with growing anecdotal evidence, proves that CBD is beneficial to the human body, not detrimental.
81 – What about drug tests? While no CBD brand can ever guarantee that you won’t test positive for drug use, because the experience each consumer has with CBD is a highly personal one, CBD is a component that shouldn’t test positive during a drug test.
82 – Brands that offer a CBD tincture line also tend to offer some form of CBD topical. Combining both product types is a popular way to incorporate CBD into your regular routine.
83 – Topicals are products that are applied directly to the skin. These can include slaves, balms, gels, creams, moisturizers, and sanitizers.
84 – An expired CBD product is one that doesn’t smell, taste, or act in a strange way.
85 – There are a number of tell-tale signs that a CBD oil has expired or is on the verge of expiration. The main two signs come from the oil’s taste and appearance.
86 – When you see a CBD product marked as whole plant CBD, it means that it’s a product that’s as unrefined as you can get.
87 – Does CBD kill your high? No. It simply modifies it, which is helpful to many medical patients who want the benefits of the hemp plant without losing focus.
88 – Terpenes are all about experience. Without them, as in the case of a CBD isolate for example, it’s an experience that simply isn’t as complete.
89 – Only some of the evidence related to the benefits of CBD is scientific, but most of it is anecdotal and all consumers should be aware of this.
90 – The anecdotal evidence related to CBD suggests that it helps the body to repair fibers at a faster rate.
91 – There is a range of CBD products available for post-workout recovery.
92 – You can also find a wide variety of CBD-rich vape cartridges and disposable vape pens on the market too.
93 – There are a couple of CBD topicals in the GetEvoke CBD product line that have been specially formulated for post-workout recovery.
94 – Each individual has a very particular response to CBD and all other cannabinoids. There’s no one-rule-applies-to-all when it comes to CBD dosage, potency, and effect.
95 – Although cannabidiol (CBD) is legal according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), all other cannabinoids are still prohibited throughout the competition.
96 – It’s important to realize that CBD products may still contain prohibited cannabinoid components, such as THC.
97 – Athletes subject to anti-doping rules are strictly liable for any substance found in their blood or urine. As such, there are still risks for athletes when it comes to using CBD products.
98 – CBD is a cannabinoid believed to have the power to activate several serotonin receptors in the human body, which is why it can help to lift and regulate mood.
99 – It’s important to know that the number of CBD milligrams in the product of your choice is very relevant. The greater the quantity, the more potent the product.
100 – The premium hemp oil that is used to craft the GetEvoke CBD product line contains less than 0.3% of THC while remaining true to all the rest of the rich goodness extracted from the hemp plant. Our products boast a full cannabinoid profile, along with all naturally-occurring terpenes and flavonoids.
101 – Remember, CBD isn’t synthetic. It’s an organic compound that’s extracted directly from a plant that grows in our soils and is a natural component found on our planet. Natural is always best.