CBD Education

What can cannabinoids like CBD do?

Researchers are finding more & more benefits to CBD all the time. The following & more have been found thus far:

ANXIETY
CHRONIC PAIN/MIGRAINES
IRREGULAR APPETITE
IMMUNE FUNCTION
DEPRESSION
IRREGULAR SLEEP
INFLAMMATION
MOTOR CONTROL ISSUES
STRESS
IRREGULAR DIGESTION

The reason cannabinoids are found to be so effective is the fact that we are all born with receptors in our central nervous system called endocannabinoid receptors. The connection of CBD to these receptors cause a wide variety of benefits that vary from person to person.

Endocannabinoid system diagram

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system(ECS) is built into every persons’ body. CB1 and CB2 receptors are spread throughout a person’s central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, brain and organs. When cannabinoids are introduced to the body from external sources, they bind to these receptors that supports all regulatory systems and restores the body back to homeostasis. The fact that our body has numerous receptors designed to receive cannabinoids shows how important they are for proper daily bodily functions.

How to find YOUR proper CBD Dosage

This is the MOST popular question that we are asked and is a source of much confusion among users.

Your proper CBD dose cannot be determined solely by your height, weight, age, sex, etc. It is determined by your specific receptor make-up within your central nervous system making dosage different for everyone. That is why we have developed the chart below to help titrate you up to your perfect dosage!

The best method to finding YOUR perfect dosage is to start low and work your way up on the amount you are taking daily, increasing as needed. Be sure not to take your CBD oil on an empty stomach, as the cannabinoids will bind to your system for potentially less than half the time.
Apply CBD oil under your tongue and let it sit for 10-15 seconds then swallow. If within 45 minutes you have not reached your desired effect, take another dose every 45 minutes until you find your sweet spot. 

As a general rule of thumb, anti-anxiety & anti-nausea effects typically come on in the lower doses for your system. As you increase dosage, you'll find a pain relieving, anti-inflammatory dose in the middle ground of your cannabinoid tolerance. And for sleep promotion, the heaviest dosages do the best. When your endocannabinoid system is completely flushed with cannabinoids to the point that it cannot process anymore, you will become slightly drowsy and will have a fantastic night's sleep. 

Can CBD show up on a drug test screening

Does hemp & CBD show up on a drug test?

Unfortunately this cannot be answered with a simple yes or no because there are two different kinds of drug testing out there, quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative testing refers to lab testing because in lab analysis, they break down all of the individual cannabinoids found in our body and shows a specific quantity of each found. For example, a quantitative lab test done on a full-spectrum CBD user should show very low, potentially undetectable, levels of delta-9THC(The cannabinoid that causes the notorious psychoactive effect of marijuana) and high levels of CBD. If the same quantitative lab analysis was done on an active marijuana user, the test should show results with significantly higher delta-9THC contents along with various other cannabinoids. Thus lab testing is the preferred testing method for those using CBD products.

The second kind of testing, qualitative, refers to the simple yes/no drug tests that have thousands of different brands available and are known to be quite inaccurate. Mixed reports have came from these simplified drug screening methods, probably due to the devices inability to distinguish one cannabinoid from another. If the device reads any cannabinoid, CBD, CBG, THC, CBN, etc. it would be very likely for the test to trigger positive for marijuana because it reads the cannabinoid as delta-9THC. This makes things tricky for customers. Even THC free CBD oils are not safe from these drug tests and customers using them run the risk of failing a drug screening.

Due to this discrepancy, shop owners cannot guarantee that any CBD infused product will be able to pass any sort of drug screening. At Piedmont Green, our best recommendation is to talk to your employers, show them the 3rd party lab analysis for the CBD oil you are wanting to take before you buy if your job requires drug testing. Many of our customers have done this and had positive results with employers, HR directors, pain clinics, parole officers, etc.

With so many different products, how do I know what will do best for ME?

What makes the biggest difference is CBD products is the delivery method!

This will determine how quickly the effects with set in and how long the effects will last. 

Ingestible CBD products are considered "Long-Term Binding" products best for once or twice daily usage whereas topical/smokable/vapeable CBD products are known to be "Short-Term Binding" best for on-the-spot relief. What this means is that ingestible CBD products like oils, gummies, and honey will take effect within 20-45 minutes and will bind to your system and hold the effect for 6+ hours. These products are suggested for clients facing chronic ailments or any continuous problem that could be remediated through CBD.

​Topical or smokable CBD like pain creams, bath bombs, lotions, hemp prerolls, or vape cartridges, the effect set in often immediately and fully within 15 minutes. These are also amplified delivery methods that give a much stronger effect, the trade-off being that the effects will last approximately 2 hours. This makes this delivery method great for on-the-spot relief and is highly recommended to our clients with arthritis and PTSD.