By Matt Russell, CEO and Lab
Director of Novas Labs LLC

Q: Is CBD the same as marijuana and will it make me high?
A: No, CBD is NOT marijuana and it will NOT make you high. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of over 100 different cannabinoids. Like Hemp, marijuana is also a variety of cannabis plant. Hemp plants contain CBD and trace amounts of THC at or below 0.3%. THC has both medicinal and psychoactive properties, whereas CBD has tremendous medicinal properties (neuro-protectant and anti-inflammatory) with no psychoactive effects.

Q: Is CBD legal?
A: Yes, Hemp-derived CBD is Federally legal. CBD is primarily produced from hemp plants but can also be produced from marijuana plants. CBD is illegal if sourced from marijuana. It is important to know the source, and that you are purchasing from a reputable supplier. If a CBD product tests higher than the Federally mandated THC level of 0.3%, the product is deemed illegal. There are a number of products on the market that are not properly lab tested, do not contain the labeled amount of CBD, and exceed the legal amount of THC. Proper lab testing is crucial to make sure that you are not breaking the law unknowingly.

Q: How do I know if a CBD product is legitimate/safe?
A: The average consumer won’t know and may find that many CBD products don’t work for them. Lab testing verifies the CBD content/potency as well as tests for bacteria, mold, heavy metals and toxic chemicals. There are few regulations governing today’s CBD industry which means purchasing from a reputable source that follows proper lab testing procedures is extremely important.
Q: How do I determine what is a quality CBD product?
A: We have an ongoing joke in our lab, “If you wouldn’t buy sushi at a gas station, would you buy gas station CBD?” Always start with a reputable brand with proper labeling and verified third party lab testing. Full-Spectrum CBD is king because it produces an “entourage effect” in conjunction with other cannabinoids, as opposed to a “Pure” or “Isolated” CBD, which has limited benefits and no traceable THC. Seek products that have all-natural ingredients and use Super Critical CO2 Extraction. Quality CBD is not cheap.

Q: How does CBD work in my body?
A: To put it simply, all animals and humans have an Endocannabinoid System already present in their bodies. You have receptors throughout your body that accept and use these cannabinoids (CBD being the most prolific) to regulate homeostasis in the body. That’s why CBD can work for so many ailments.

Q: What is the best delivery method for CBD?
A: It is scientifically proven that smoking a medication and inhaling the vapors has high efficacy and is fast-acting. However, it is generally accepted that smoking, and more recently vaping, is not recommended for your health. The best delivery method would then be CBD Oil administered sublingually and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. You can also get CBD through topical applications (creams/lotions) absorbed through the skin. Topical applications are more location specific and can be very effective but have less efficacy than sublingual delivery. You can also ingest CBD (softgels/gummies/honey), but this has the lowest efficacy.

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