What is cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 85 cannabinoids found in various concentrations throughout different parts of the hemp plant, which is part of the Cannabiceae family. Cannabidiol is the second most common active ingredient in marijuana. It’s a “cannabinoid”. Cannabinoids are class of botanical chemical compounds that deliver an array benefits by interacting with an important electrochemical signaling system in the nerves called “the endocannabinoid system”. While your body produces natural cannabinoids (“endocannabinoids”) which activate this system, the system of nerve cell receptors and chemicals can also be triggered by the phytocannabinoids in marijuana, such as cannabidiol.
What is cannabidiol isolate?
Cannabidiol isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. To product this extract, cannabidiol is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol. Isolates contain only one cannabinoid: Cannabidiol (CBD). This means that Cannabidiol isolate does not contain any THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, making Cannabidiol isolate a perfect option for those who seek a THC-FREE product. Cannabidiol isolate has no taste or odor and can be used to formulate many varieties of products, such as edibles and topicals. Since cannabidiol isolate is around 99% pure, you have control over exactly how much is added to a product (a milligram of cannabidiol isolate equates to about a milligram of cannabidiol.) BodyChek’s PURE is a cannabidiol isolate product.
Does cannabidiol contain THC?
No, cannabidiol does not contain THC. They are completely different compounds. Although cannabidiol does not contain THC, it is important to know a cannabidiol product, such as tinctures, oils, etc., may contain some THC due to both compounds being present in the cannabis plant when the product is made.
Can a full spectrum product be THC-FREE?
While uncommon, it is possible to manufacture a product that is both full-spectrum and THC-free. BodyChek does not currently produce any products that are both full-spectrum and THC-FREE.
Will cannabidiol get me high?
Unlike other cannabinoids — such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — Cannabidiol does not produce a euphoric "high" or psychoactive effect. This is because cannabidiol does not affect the same receptors as THC. Cannabidiol is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a "high" or change a person's state of mind, but it influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively. According to a study posted to Neurotherapeutics, this is because cannabidiol itself does very little to the ECS. Instead, it activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system. For example, cannabidiol stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. So, increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels.
How Does cannabidiol Work?
Cannabidiol is known to regulate endocannabinoid receptors, which occur naturally in the body. These receptors are located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. Endocannabinoid receptors assist with control of appetite, pain, mood, inflammation, memory and more.
Does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Show up on a drug test?
The answer varies based on what your drug screen is looking for, so it is important to understand what type of drug screening you are taking. The type of test administered often depends on the type of job you are applying for. Typically, the greater the risk of injury, the more substances a company will test for. You can call the company administering the test beforehand to find out what you are being tested for as well as what type of specimen they will take. Specimens can include:
Most companies administering drug tests will look for either a 5-panel or 10-panel test.
5-panel tests look for:
- Amphetamine / Methamphetamine
- Opiates such as heroin, codeine, and morphine
- Phencyclidine or PCP
- THC (marijuana)
10-Panel tests look for:
- Opiates such as heroin, codeine, and morphine
- Phencyclidine or PCP
- THC (marijuana)
THC is most widely tested for in the majority of drug tests. Drug tests for THC consist of an immunoassay. This test has antibodies which are designed to detect THC and its main metabolite, 11-nor-deltag-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH). Fortunately, urine tests for THC are not known to show for other cannabinoids like cannabidiol, CBG, CBN and more. Therefore, a drug test looking for THC should not show a positive result for cannabidiol. That said, there is one more thing to keep in mind.
Sourcing from Hemp vs. Marijuana:
If you are looking to take cannabidiol or are taking it currently, be sure to find out where it is sourced from. If it is sourced from marijuana, it may contain enough THC to show on a drug test. If it is sourced from properly grown hemp, the product should legally contain 0.3% THC or less.
Taking a suggested serving size of most hemp extract products containing < .3% THC is not likely to show in a urine test. That said, it will depend on what the test is screening for, the threshold of the test, how much and how often the product is taken and the metabolic rate of the person taking the test. Even though 0.3% is a small amount (not enough to create psychoactive symptoms) it could still show a positive result for THC if you are taking an unusually high amount of a hemp extract.
Another thing to keep in mind is the type of sample being taken. The above information is mostly referencing a urine test. A hair, nail or saliva test may increase chances of THC showing up on a drug screen. If you are in a zero-tolerance situation, we recommend a cannabidiol isolate product such as BodyChek’s PURE.
Are there any hemp extract oil products containing zero THC?
Cannabidiol isolate contains only cannabidiol and no other cannabinoids, making it a THC-FREE product. BodyChek’s PURE is a THC-FREE tincture.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum and Isolate?
Hemp extract containing less than 0.3% THC is called “full spectrum” hemp oil. Full spectrum hemp oil contains cannabidiol as well as other cannabinoids and phytonutrients. This is where the 0.3% THC comes from, as THC is a cannabinoid. Many people prefer full spectrum hemp extract because consuming all the cannabinoids together seems to be more effective than taking just one. Bodychek’s full spectrum hemp extracts have less than 0.3% and therefore are compliant and non-psychoactive. Cannabidiol isolate contains only cannabidiol and no other cannabinoids. Cannabidiol isolate is NOT a synthetic or a lab-made cannabinoid. Cannabidiol isolate is all-natural, sourced from hemp and then refined. This would be the best option if you are taking a drug test or must continually take drug tests screening for THC. BodyChek’s PURE is a THC-FREE tincture.
How much should I take?
There’s no one-size-fits-all serving size. Two people taking cannabidiol for the same reason may find their optimal serving sizes to be completely different. The dose is different for everyone: some need more, others need less. As you’re shopping, keep in mind that hemp extract products come in various forms with their own potencies and serving sizes. Depending on what product you choose, there will be different consumption instructions. We recommend following the label’s serving suggestions for one week. After a week of consistent usage, assess how the product is working for you. If you feel the product is not working for you after a week of consistent use, increase your serving size week by week until satisfied.
Can I take too much?
There are not many known side effects of taking more hemp extract oil than recommended. However, the most common side effects are rather mild. When extra cannabidiol has been ingested, some have found themselves more fatigued than usual. Individuals sensitive to oils have reported an upset stomach after taking large serving sizes. Again, we suggest starting with the lowest serving size and working your way from there.
Can I fly with cannabidiol products?
Flying with hemp-derived cannabidiol extract is legally permitted under federal law, provided the product meets the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules around container sizes of liquids and gels.
Derived from the seed and stalk of hemp plants, BodyChek’s full-spectrum cannabidiol products are legal under federal law, even if containing trace amounts of THC. Our cannabidiol hemp extract contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, excluding it from the Controlled Substances Act.
While it is the TSA’s policy to focus on air safety issues and not actively search for cannabis, they can stop you from attempting to travel with other forms of cannabis containing high levels of THC. Because BodyChek’s products contain no more than 0.3% THC, you should have no issues getting through TSA security checks. Tips for flying with cannabidiol hemp extract:
Here’s how you can make sure that you follow the law and TSA rules:
- Only fly with hemp-derived cannabidiol products. Not all cannabidiol products are made from hemp. If you’ve obtained cannabis products elsewhere that are derived from marijuana, keep in mind that they will likely contain THC levels above the federal threshold (this includes most cannabidiol products purchased from a medical or recreational marijuana dispensary).
- The TSA is a federal agency, which means federal laws apply in airports. If a TSA security officer observes marijuana products during security, they will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Check your product’s labels. Make sure that the label of your product clearly signifies that it is made from hemp.
- Pack your hemp extract product in the right bag. If your CBD supplement is 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less, it can be stored in a quart-size resealable bag with your other liquid products like toiletries and carried on the plane. Store it in your carry-on where it’s easily accessible so you can take it out quickly when you go through security check. Any liquid CBD products that are more than 3.4 ounces need to go into a checked bag.