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What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid that’s found in the hemp plant.

What is CBD used for?

CBD has many uses, and is a hugely popular lifestyle addition that people utilize for a number of anecdotal reasons.

Although many of these anecdotal reasons involve the treatment of various symptoms, it's very important to note that Clear Givings does not make any claims regarding CBD's efficacy as a treatment for any condition whatsoever.  We recommend consulting a physician prior to use.

What makes CBD unique from a biological standpoint is the way in which it interfaces with the body. Your body has an endocannabinoid system that consists of cannabinoid receptors which exist along the nervous system, brain and other parts of the body. When we take CBD, this cannabinoid bonds with these receptors, allowing CBD to take effect. CBD is currently being researched for its potential positive effects, but the FDA has not yet approved its use to specifically treat any symptoms.

It’s important to note that CBD is widely considered safe and non-toxic. As of now, researchers believe that it’s nonaddictive and safe.

Which CBD product is best for me?

The right CBD product for you depends on a variety of factors, including your preferred method of administration, your prior experience with CBD and your desired results. Clear Givings offers a wide variety of CBD lifestyle products to fit into your existing routines and give you new ways to experience cannabidiol. From CBD topicals made with the finest botanicals for your skin to CBD vegan gummies. If you see something you like on our Marketplace, just try it out for yourself! We bet you’ll love it! 


How to use CBD oil?

There’s no “best” way to use CBD oil. Rather, it’s best to learn more about the attributes of this natural substance and determine for yourself which administration method is best for your particular circumstances.

Hemp oil that’s rich in CBD is viscous and sticky after it is extracted. Therefore, this substance must usually be mixed with other ingredients to become a viable product. Before formulating CBD oil into products, however, it’s also possible to remove the THC to create broad-spectrum CBD oil or isolate the CBD molecule to make crystalline CBD isolate. Otherwise, the hemp oil remains in its full-spectrum form as it is made into tinctures, vape juices, lotions, or all manner of other product types.

Generally, you can ingest CBD orally, apply it topically, or inhale it. While other administration forms exist, most CBD product types fall into these three categories.

What is CBD oil good for?

As sellers of cannabidiol products, we are prohibited from speculating on the potential benefits of CBD at this time. We can, however, comment on trends that we observe in the purchasing behaviors of our customers... and we notice that once people establish a CBD lifestyle, they tend to continue ordering regularly. That's a great sign!

How much CBD should I take?

Please use according to label instructions. Since CBD has not been classified as a supplement, OTC drug, or prescription drug, there are no established guidelines regarding effective dosing for this cannabinoid.

Information pertaining to pharmaceutical drugs does not necessarily also apply to substances that are similar to or even the same as an existing prescription drug. That’s why the FDA has to go through such a laborious process when regulating a matter as complex and convoluted as the CBD industry.

The FDA has indicated that the CBD industry is getting top-priority treatment, but it’s unlikely that anything substantive will change in the regulatory status of this cannabinoid until mid-2020 at the earliest. Until that point, we can provide you with basic guidelines for establishing a good amount of CBD to use.

Start with a low dose, and carefully note how the CBD affected your body. If you didn’t notice an effect at all, you might want to use more. If the effect was just right, you might have found the perfect amount to use.

How long does it take for CBD oil to work?

CBD behaves differently depending on how you take it. Any substance that you inhale into your lungs enters your bloodstream almost immediately, and placing a substance under your tongue also provides rapid absorption and deployment throughout the body.

When you ingest a substance orally, however, it has to jump over quite a few hurdles before it can fully enter your bloodstream. Not only does the ingested substance have to break down in your stomach and pass through your gut lining, but then it’s also filtered through the liver. This organ is very conservative in its judgments, which means that the bioavailability of the CBD you ingest orally is generally reduced to a significant degree.

At the same time, however, CBD that you ingest orally releases into your bloodstream for the entire time that it passes through your digestive tract, which provides further chances for absorption. These effects generally begin around 30-60 minutes after you swallow your CBD product, and they then often persist for about 4-6 hours.

How long does CBD stay in your system?

This varies from person to person and also depends on how you consume this substance. As a lipid, cannabidiol is stored in your fatty tissues, and it may remain in your system for up to 30 days. However, no known labs test for CBD in drug tests, and this substance’s semi-legal status means that having trace amounts of CBD in your system shouldn’t be of any concern.

Oral ingestion is the CBD administration route that results in the longest effects and greatest storage duration in the body. If you want large amounts of CBD to stay in your system for as long as possible, oral ingestion might be the right route. Otherwise, CBD that you ingest via inhalation or topical administration generally leaves your body relatively rapidly.

Keep in mind that the increasing popularity of CBD is blurring the lines when it comes to determining THC use. With federal legalization of cannabis (most likely) on the horizon, the time may soon come when cannabis-related drug testing for work becomes a thing of the past.

What does CBD feel like?

The effect of cannabidiol is generally described as “non-intoxicating.” In some scientific literature and CBD copy, you might see CBD referred to as “non-psychoactive,” but this term can be somewhat misleading. Non-psychoactive means that a substance does not have a psychological effect whatsoever, but this can’t be said for CBD. While we can’t get into details about how CBD affects your mind, remember that the perceived psychological effects of CBD are not intoxicating.

The subjective experience of a substance is always different for each person. You might want to record the effects that you experience when you try CBD and share them with others. Giving a shoutout on social media is always a great way to make your feelings known, and if you take to Twitter or Instagram to share your amazing Clear Givings haul, make sure to tag us https://www.facebook.com/cleargivingsmarket or 

 https://www.pinterest.com/cleargivingsmarket/

Reviews help other consumers more than social media posts. If you think that anyone should steer clear of a CBD product for any reason, share your opinion in a product review here at Clear Givings. Even more importantly, we want to know if you’ve fallen in love with the CBD stash that you snagged on our next-generation CBD Clear Givings Marketplace. Leave a glowing five-star review for the product you tried, or leave a review on social media telling everyone just how straightforward and rewarding your Clear Givings shopping experience was!

What's the difference between Hemp oil and CBD oil?

All the terminology in the CBD world can get confusing. Here’s a breakdown of relevant terms:

  • CBD - Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring constituent of the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabis can be bred to yield high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC.
  • CBD oil - The cannabidiol-rich extract of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
  • CBD-rich hemp oil - Another term for CBD oil that specifies the origin of this substance.
  • Full-spectrum CBD oil - CBD oil that has all its cannabinoids, terpenes, and other natural compounds intact. Sometimes also known as "raw" hemp/CBD oil.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD oil - CBD oil containing all its natural terpenes and cannabinoids except THC, which has been removed until untraceable quantities remain.
  • Isolate CBD powder/crystals - Cannabidiol molecules that have been extracted from CBD-rich hemp oil. Takes on a white, crystalline form that is easily crushed into powder.
  • Hemp seed oil - An extract of the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, which do not have high concentrations of any cannabinoids. Instead, hemp seeds contain lots of omega acids and other substances with nutritional benefits.

As you can see, hemp seed oil, which is sometimes called simply “hemp oil,” is only related to CBD oil in that both products come from the same plant. In some cases, the term “hemp oil” may be used as a euphemism for “CBD oil” in an attempt to hide the fact that a product contains CBD. In most cases, however, you can assume that hemp oil and CBD oil are very different things that each provide unique contributions to the human experience.

How many drops of CBD oil should I take?

Please follow the guidance from the label on the product. Start by taking a look at the specifications of your product. In particular, take a look at the total volume of the CBD tincture and the number of milligrams of CBD the product contains. A 1oz CBD tincture that contains 1,000mg of CBD, for instance, contains approximately 35mg of CBD per gram. Keep these calculations in mind as you try taking CBD oil for the first time.

Depending on the tincture you chose, the manufacturer may have even provided information regarding how much CBD is contained per drop or dropperful of tincture.

To make things easier, some manufacturers put milligram markers on the sides of their tincture droppers. You can use these markers as a guide as you determine the ideal dose of CBD for your particular needs.

Where is CBD oil legal?

Since we sell CBD here at Clear Givings, we are prohibited from providing legal advice regarding this cannabinoid. We also cannot make definitive statements regarding the legal status of CBD. While it might be readily apparent that a particular state just legalized CBD, the true definition of “legal” is so weighty that it’s important to choose your words wisely when dealing with this topic.

Currently, CBD is classified as a “new drug” at the federal level, and it is no longer considered to be an illegal drug or related to the Schedule I drug marijuana. While it’s highly likely that the federal government will move to reform existing cannabis law in the near future, no concrete steps have been taken yet.

In the interim, some states have taken it upon themselves to provide CBD users and producers within their borders with more legal protections. States like Florida, Texas, and Kansas have all recently passed laws that alter the way that low-THC cannabis products are regulated. The continually blurring line between THC-rich cannabis and CBD-rich cannabis is leading to difficulties enforcing marijuana laws, which is one of the factors pushing us toward imminent federal cannabis legalization.

We can’t say much beyond that. Statements like “CBD is legal in all 50 states” could get us in trouble, and we’ll have to wait until the federal government rules on CBD before we can say more.

What is CBD oil made from?

CBD oil is a natural extract of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is not synthetic, and it is not marijuana. In fact, the federal government has ruled that CBD and THC are different substances with different governing legal structures, and many analysts suspect that the golden age of CBD commerce is upon us.

While both CBD and THC are made from cannabis, it’s likely that THC-rich and CBD-rich cannabis will be regulated very differently in the coming years. The federal government often uses the states as “laboratories of democracy,” and it’s, therefore, likely that federal high-THC cannabis reform will bear many similarities to the steps that certain states have already taken to legalize recreational cannabis.

No matter what happens in the CBD industry, Clear Givings will remain your reliable source of all the excellent CBD brands. Transparency and consistency are the top signs of a great CBD product or brand, and nothing beats the consistency that you enjoy when you shop at Clear Givings. Whether you want to keep coming back for the same products every time or gradually broaden your horizons, we’ve got it all. 

Do CBD products sold by Clear Givings's contain THC?

The hemp oil in our products contains CBD derived from hemp which is 100% legal. Some products (like our pre-rolls) contain legal (miniscule amounts: parts per billion) amounts of THC so if you are worried about drug tests please stick to only the pure CBD isolates that we offer on our Marketplace.

What happens if I take too much CBD?

The most likely thing that will happen is just a more relaxing experience. There is a good chance you may feel tired if you go over 100 mg in one sitting, but this is not a guarantee. Please follow guidance on the label of your product.

If your body isn’t used to taking CBD, throwing a lot at it can make your stomach upset. This is a normal biological response whenever something foreign enters the body the first few times, and once the stomach realizes CBD isn’t an irritant, nausea should pass.

Can I use your body products or CBD products if I’m pregnant?

Some products may contain essential oils that maynot be suitable during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. With such products, and with all CBD products, we recommend consulting your physician for guidance.

Does CBD interfere with medications?

We are not medical experts and do not have the definitive answer to this question. Always consult your physician before trying CBD.

What if I am not noticing any effects?

Not to worry! People respond a bit differently to CBD products. You may simply need a slightly larger dose than others. You might try to increase your dose gradually until desired effect is achieved. Or trying stronger potency products from our offerings.

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