CBD Frequently asked questions

What is CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

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CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant.

 It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to and may assist with symptoms of pain, stress, sleep, mood and more.  

What are the benefits of CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

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Although there are many anecdotal and scientific studies about the incredible benefits of CBD, according to FDA regulations, those benefits cannot be claimed.  That is why a money-back-return policy is important when purchasing CBD.  While the details of how it works are still under debate, research suggests that CBD may help with pain, nausea, relaxation, mood, immune and more. 

Can CBD get you high?

What are the benefits of CBD?

How much CBD should I take?

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 Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. If taken as suggested on the label, you should not get high, but if the product contains any THC, this is not guaranteed. 

How much CBD should I take?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

How much CBD should I take?

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This question is asked so often and the answer is usually vague, because each body will process CBD differently depending on: weight, symptoms, fitness level, male, female, age, etc. Here is a rough chart for guideline only.  The worse your symptom, the more you need to take.  This is another reason to avoid CBD products with THC.  If you have to take more than the bottle suggests, you run the risk of testing positive on a drug test and getting high. I know this from personal experience! 

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

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If you purchase a high quality CBD product that is backed by 3rd party lab tests and take as directed on the label, you should not test positive for THC on a  regular drug test. However, there are sensitive tests that are showing positive even when consuming trace amounts of THC. To avoid any positive testing, I  strongly suggest avoiding CBD products that contain any THC.  Another key to avoiding positive is to 'take as suggested'.  Most people need more than the label suggest, thus increasing the chance for a positive drug test. 

Is CBD from the Marijuana Plant?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

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Legal CBD comes from the Hemp plant, not the marijuana plant.  Hemp is low in THC.   Although a few of the brands source their CBD from marijuana.  Because marijuana is mainly used for recreational purposes, and CBD lessens the effects of THC, the CBD is removed and used for CBD edibles.  Because marijuana is not legal in every state, using CBD from this plant is illegal both federally and in most states.  Plus it is more difficult to control the THC level.  

Does CBD do anything?

How are CBD extracts made?

Does CBD do anything?

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CBD oil with the THC removed is especially promising due to its lack of intoxicating effects and low potential side effects.  The anecdotal evidence is incredible. Personal stories from: 

  • less pain 
  • increased sleep 
  • dealing with stress 
  • mood balance 
  • immune support 

Is CBD addictive?

How are CBD extracts made?

Does CBD do anything?

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The short, simple answer is no. At the molecular level, CBD is neither addictive, nor does it produce the so-called stoned effect that THC does.  The body cannot build a high tolerance to CBD, and it is also a non-intoxicating substance. The substance in the cannabis or marijuana plant that has addictive properties is THC, and CBD oils  with no THC cannot cause someone to be addicted to CBD.

How are CBD extracts made?

How are CBD extracts made?

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

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The best process for extracting CBD from the hemp stem, stalk, leaves, buds, and blossoms is CO2 extraction. This uses pressurized carbon dioxide to take as many desirable cannabinoids from the hemp plant as possible. It involves taking out the plant's essential waxes, cannabinoids, and terpenes and more. 

CBD needs to remain at a very low temperature when extracting to maintain all its properties. 

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

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CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD that has been isolated from all other cannabinoids. There are over 113 cannabinoids in the Hemp plant. Together, they work in harmony for what is known as the entourage effect. Broad spectrum contains CBD and other cannabinoids without the THC. Full spectrum is full plant extract with all cannabinoids found in that plant.  0 THC Full Spectrum has only had the THC removed.  I like being as close to nature as possible, but with no THC for legal and safety reasons. 

How do I know what I'm getting?

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

How do I know what I'm getting?

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Research, Lab Tests, Reliable reviews (like this site).  Any company producing a quality product will always have lab tests showing: CBD%, THC%, residual solvent content, heavy metals, etc. Many of the brands I tested have low to no CBD, higher than legal THC levels, heavy metals, foreign objects, and more.  

Stick with this list of Top 10 to be certain you are receiving a high quality CBD brand. 

Does CBD have side effects?

What is the difference in isolate, broad spectrum, & full spectrum?

How do I know what I'm getting?

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Legal CBD comes from the Hemp plant, not the marijuana plant.  Hemp is low in THC.   Although a few of the brands source their CBD from marijuana.  If you are uncertain of the source of the CBD product you purchased, there may be side effects, including a psychoactive effect.  It is best to start with a recommended dose to see if you feel any or see negative reactions. Increase dosages as needed for symptoms.  If product contains any THC you are more likely to see side effects.  

Is CBD safe for pets?

How does CBD work in the body?

How does CBD work in the body?

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CBD with the THC removed, appears to be safe and beneficial to animals, according to the World Health Organization report. However studies have shown an increase in the liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (ALP) when using CBD.  As in humans, it is advised to avoid CBD if there is any known liver damage, until further studies can be done. Products usually include drops or chews.  Available for dogs, cats and horses. 

How does CBD work in the body?

How does CBD work in the body?

How does CBD work in the body?

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It is literally amazing how CBD is affecting the bodies of both humans and animals.  

Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS (Endocannabinoid System). They do know it doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors the way THC does.

Instead, many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows them to have more of an effect on your body. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that has yet to be discovered.  What we do know is that CBD doesn't just cover the symptom up, it may actually helps the body eliminate the symptom.  Quite amazing indeed. 


What are terpenes?

How does CBD work in the body?

Best way to take CBD to help my symptoms?

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The cannabis plant has more than 100 terpenes. You already know what terpenes are because you’ve experienced them all your life. Terpenes give an orange its citrusy smell.  They are chemicals that determine how things smell. Terpenes may intensify or downplay the effects of the CBD. Terpene value can change from plant to plant and harvest to harvest and field to field, etc... 3rd party lab tests on the sites of the Top 10 Best CBD Brands will show the terpenes of each batch of CBD.  

Best way to take CBD to help my symptoms?

Best way to take CBD to help my symptoms?

Best way to take CBD to help my symptoms?

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I think the best way is subjective to personal choice.  I personally think the safest and most effective way is oral drops or tinctures.  This list will go into detail about each way.  You can decide for yourself which is best for you.  

  • Tinctures (Drops) - taken under the tongue or sublingual.  Hold there for several seconds before swallowing to allow the CBD absorption into the bloodstream.  This is the safest and most effective way to take CBD to prevent as much contact with the liver. 
  • Suppositories - The vagina and the rectum readily absorb CBD, may assist muscular relaxation and localized relief from discomfort and inflammation. This also less invasive on the liver.  
  • Water Soluble CBD Softgels - Since our body is mainly water, this form of CBD is more easily absorbed then oil based softgels. This is also less invasive on the liver. 
  • Oil Softgels - These take much longer to absorb and can often be found in the bowels still intact.  These seem to affect the liver slightly more than the above forms of CBD. 
  • CBD Beverages - Everything from non-alcoholic wine, water, kombucha to cold brew coffee.  Stability is the biggest concerned. Oil and water naturally separate over time, and sedimentation occurs. That separation can also decrease the bioavailability. 
  • Gummies - Used in helping relieve several conditions, and besides medical conditions like anxiety, stress, most people use gummies for pain relief. Some patients have even said it assists in mollifying inflammations caused by exercise.
  • Edibles - CBD edibles from CBD American Shaman are made from high quality and terpene rich pure hemp extract! Choose from gummies, candy, brownies, cookies, and more. All of our CBD oil products are made with non-GMO hemp, grown in the USA, powered by our proprietary nanotechnology, and lab tested to ensure purity and potency standards. Our edible CBD products are a delicious way to reap the benefits of CBD oil.
  • Bath Bombs - If the CBD mg is high (100mg or more) this is a fun and effective way to enjoy CBD benefits, especially in the evening for a better night's rest.  Drop under running water and inhale the terpenes, absorb the CBD and enjoy! 
  • Pastes - A dense liquid substance produced by mixing CBD extract with butter or waxes. It usually contains a higher concentration of CBD. 
  • Topicals - Included in topicals are creams, salves, balms, roll-ons, and more.  The CBD content needs to be high in a topical to make it effective for symptoms of discomfort or inflammation.  I recommended no less than 100 mg per ounce.  Double that amount is even better, but expensive. 
  • Infused Essential Oils - When CBD is added to essential oils, the benefits that you have enjoyed from essential oils for decades just got way better.  CBD adds additional terpenes that may increase assistance with mood balance and overall health.  The aroma from CBD terpenes isn't a pleasant smell but when infused with other essential oils it becomes powerful and effective. 
  • Vapes - The potential health benefits of vaping CBD oil are in question. It is recommended to avoid the inhalation because  the thinning agents may be carcinogenic. There are so many ways to take CBD that are a safer choice. 


Is CBD legal in my state?

Best way to take CBD to help my symptoms?

Is CBD legal in my state?

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With the 2018 farm bill passing, Hemp became federally legal to grow in all 50 states. However, state laws override the Federal law and there are still states that do not allow the production of Hemp. The federal government classifies hemp as "any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC". This is the only federally legal plant that can be grown. 

  • CBD Most Friendly States: These states have laws allowing retailers to sell hemp-derived products: Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
  • CBD Friendly States: In these states industrial hemp exempted from the definition of marijuana and CBD is easily purchased containing a legal amount of THC: the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota.
  • CBD Semi-Friendly States:  In these states, if the CBD contains 0 THC and comes from the stem of the industrial hemp plant, it is considered legal: Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.
  • CBD Gray Area States: Recent law enforcement actions  raise the risk of the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD products that contain any amount of THC: Alabama, Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • CBD Illegal States: South Dakota – as of May 2020 it is still illegal to have any form of CBD with or without THC, whether you live in the state or are visiting.
  • City/County Override: Just as there are hundreds of small communities in the United States that prohibit alcohol sales, local and state laws may still restrict the sale of industrial hemp products even against federal law. Some states continue to view CBD as being no different than marijuana itself.
    Education is needed as this incredible herbal extract is safe, as few if any side effects of taken at the suggested dosage, and is safe for pets if it contains 0 THC.

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