Full Spectrum CBD Oil Questions

There is not a significant amount of research in humans to identify the effects of consuming alcohol alongside CBD. 

The research that has been done (mostly in animals, such as mice) has identified that CBD may protect against alcohol induced cell damage while reducing blood alcohol concentrations (“What Happens If You Mix CBD and Alcohol”). This is not to say that taking CBD makes consuming a higher amount of alcohol safe, both of these substances should be consumed in moderation. Both CBD and alcohol have a sedation effect on the body and when taken together, these substances may amplify each other (“What Happens If You Mix CBD and Alcohol”). This amplification could make the consumer significantly impaired.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants, creating the fragrance found in plants like Lavender, pine, and hemp. These are the same compounds found in essential oils. Terpenes are beneficial for the plants as they either attract or repel insects. Attracting pollinators is crucial to the reproduction of many plant species and the same goes for keeping predators away. 

Studies have shown that terpenes may have many different beneficial properties (depending on the type of terpene). Ingesting or smelling these terpenes may have some of the following benefits in humans:

 

Anti-inflammatory

Antioxidant

Antiviral

Antidiabetic

Anticancer

Antimicrobial

Antidepressant

Neuroprotective

Antianxiety

(“What to know about terpenes,” 2020)

There are many different types of Terpenes and each varies in its terpene concentration and potential benefits. Research is continuing to be done to discover the wide variety of health benefits related to terpenes.

The color of CBD oil is dependent on a couple of factors and generally is a good way to tell what quality of product you are buying / looking at. CBD oil can range from a light gold color to an almost black or dark brown color. Generally speaking the darker the color, the more concentrated the product is. CBD Isolate or CBD by itself is an almost clear color. Full-spectrum CBD oil is a darker color as it is a more concentrated hemp extract. 

Factors affecting the color include the carrier oil, additional ingredients, and the methods of extraction. Additional ingredients tend to include added flavors which vary from brand to brand as well as different products within one brand. Some methods of extraction include, CO2 extraction, Steam distillation, hydrocarbon solvent extraction, and natural solvent extraction. 

Laura’s Mercantile CBD oil is golden in color and our product is as close to the natural plant as possible, meaning that they are full spectrum and contain the maximum amount of benefits. 

There are several factors that play into how long CBD will remain in your system including metabolism, BMI, frequency of CBD use, CBD dosage, and method of administration (sublingual vs. topical vs. edible). A slower metabolism will mean that it will take longer for the CBD to leave the system. The food in your digestive system at the time of ingestion can also affect the bioavailability in your body, meaning that certain foods can increase the absorption of CBD.

 Sublingual ingestion (placing a dose under the tongue) is considered to be more effective than ingestion. “Effective” in this scenario means a higher amount of absorption in a shorter period of time. 

There is still not enough research regarding the toxicology of CBD and how long it is detectable in blood or urine. Existing research indicates that CBD will most likely leave the system within 1-2 weeks. 

The FDA has not approved CBD oils at this time. But, the leadership at Laura’s Mercantile is currently working with the staff of Kentucky’s congressional delegation. Specifically, we are working with U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s staff to work with the FDA in order to follow policies and procedures for Laura’s Homestead Alternatives to be FDA compliant. 

We know now that SARS-CoV2 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes, coughs, shouts, talks expressively or sings. Since the early days of the pandemic, the air-borne nature of the virus has become clearer, and we’ve been instructed to wear masks when in public.

One idea floating around the hemp CBD community comes from a paper titled “In Search of Preventative Strategies: Novel Anti-inflammatory High CBD Cannabis Sativa Extracts Modulate ACE2 Expression in COVID-19 Gateway Tissues.” The basic idea is that COVID enters the body through the mouth or nose by binding with ACE2 receptors there. Since cannabinoids also bind with ACE2, theoretically they should block entry of the COVID virus. 

The paper and comments can be reviewed here.

There is one pre-publication review, written by Jordan Curl, who is a former Marine turned cannabis consultant, which I expect aims in the right direction. Here it is in its entirety:

“It is very interesting that this organization points out this was a high CBD extract from a chemovar of cannabis SATIVA. They say they screened 1000s of plants of which only a few had that characteristic. My guess is that they found some phenotype higher in “minor” cannabinoids and don’t want to say. Look at the analytics and they show THC/CBD only. Aside from being a blatant advertising plug, it also doesn’t factor in terpene content or other cannabinoids which are known to have synergistic effects together with THC and CBD.”

Curl is referring to the entourage effect, which we at Laura’s Homestead Alternatives think likely is a powerful one. Read more about the science here.

Because of this, we at Laura’s Homestead Alternatives only produce full-spectrum CBD, extracted from USDA-Certified, Mt. Folly grown organic hemp. Hemp plants contain more than 100 cannabinoids and terpenes. We trust the plant, trust nature, and are not trying to patent nature either!

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