CBD stands for Cannabidiol (Can-a-bid-i-ol).  CBD is a primary component of cannabis and in a class of molecules called cannabinoids found in the plant genus Cannabis Sativa (from both hemp and marijuana).  It is just one of over 100 compounds found in cannabis.  CBD is a Non-Psychoactive component that has indications of a wide variety of potential health benefits, and it does not induce the psychoactive or “high” feelings that THC does.  Bennistar CBD Oil is derived exclusively from hemp plants and only from the most thoroughly processed CBD extracts.

Over recent years people have integrated CBD into their health routine to support their cellular and molecular health.  In general, CBD is reported to promote “homeostasis” or equilibrium within our bodies through our endocannabinoid system; a system of receptors throughout our bodies that link brain to body.  Some customers use CBD to assist with mental clarity, stresses/anxiety, inflammation, a sense of calm, and support for healthy sleep cycles.  While the FDA has approved a CBD based drug (Epidiolex”) for the treatment of seizures, it has NOT approved CBD for the treatment of other diseases; and Bennistar, LLC does not attribute the use of CBD to the cure of any disease.

CBD is generally well tolerated by people and animals.  However, there is a chance that it could cause adverse reactions such as nausea with high dosages for some and/or could interact with certain medications.  Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have or suspect a medical condition, or are taking any medications. 

According to ClinicalTrials.gov, a federal database of accredited clinical trials worldwide, there are about 150 trials in progress that are testing CBD as a treatment for a wide variety of health conditions.

According to Bradley E. Alger, a leading scientist in the study of endocannabinoids with a PhD from Harvard in experimental psychology, “With complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind.   By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”

According to the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the University of California, San Diego, within the CMCR, there is also “much interest in the possible anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, for use in arthritis of various types, and the CMCR is conducting rigorous studies of CBD for its potential to treat schizophrenia and autism.  While seizures are currently the only FDA approved symptom for the use of CBD, it is encouraging to see many medical trials and the possible prospects for additional treatments/benefits.

Understanding the difference between the three major types of CBD products (Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD oil) is one of the most important first steps on your CBD journey.  Once you understand these differences, you’ll be better equipped to make a decision on which CBD oil product to buy for your needs.  You may also come across products labeled as “Whole Plant” or “PureCBD.”   The description below will explain the differences and similarities among each.

Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum (or “whole plant”) products contain CBD as well as terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and trace amounts of THC.  Usually these will be in ratios that were naturally-occurring and extracted from the hemp plant and specific strain.  Terpenes and cannabinoids are occasionally added back into products as an isolated form to raise the potency of the product.

Full Spectrum products are by far the most popular.  With Full Spectrum CBD oil products, you have the advantage of something called the “Entourage Effect”; which is where CBD plus other cannabinoids, minor THC, and terpenes are working together in synergy; something that broad spectrum and isolate products will lack.  We believe that “Full Spectrum” is the most advantageous form of CBD.  However, it does have trace percentages of THC in it (less than .3%)

Those subject to drug testing should be cautious when it comes to Full Spectrum products.  The THC found in Full Spectrum hemp oil products is minimal (less than 0.3%), but could still trigger a positive drug test.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum products contain an array of cannabinoids and terpenes similiar to Full Spectrum products, but contains No THC.

These products have often gone through additional processing to isolate and remove as much THC as possible while still maintaining the other cannabinoids and terpenes. In other cases, they are isolate-based with additional cannabinoids and terpenes added in.

Isolate

Isolates are typically the CBD oil product of choice for those who get drug tested or are sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC.  Products labeled as Isolates will generally be highlighted as being 99+% “Pure CBD” and contain No THC.  Isolate tinctures will have nothing but CBD in them because the CBD has literally been isolated from everything else.  Isolate tinctures typically consist of a carrier oil, such as MCT oil, infused with the crystalline isolate powder.

Generally, a product with less than 15 mg/ml is considered low-potency, a product with between 15-49 mg/ml is regarded as standard potency, and a product with 50 mg/ml or more is considered high-potency.  Most CBD Oil tinctures come in 30 ml. (1 oz.) of carrier oil.  You’ll need to take more of a low-potency product compared to a high-potency one to achieve the same dosage level.  The most popular strength of Bennestar CBD Oil is 1,000 mg. of CBD in a 30 ml. bottle because higher  provide a better value.  A full dropper of 1,000 mg. CBD strength in a 30 ml. bottle will deliver 33 mg. of CBD, and in a 1,500 mg. bottle will deliver 50 mg. of CBD.

The dosage level that you choose to start with is a personal decision.  Some recommend starting with only between 10-25 milligrams of CBD and increasing the dosage slowly over time.  A higher starting dose will increase the chances of taking too much which can result in symptoms such as headaches or nausea.  If you experience any adverse symptoms when starting to take CBD Oil, we recommend that you reduce your dosage and increase it again slowly until you find your optimal dose.  We recommend a starting daily dosage based on the above general guidelines and then slowly increasing your daily dosage every 3-4 days until you get the desired results.