How can CBD help you?
What CBD oil is right for you?
Frequently Asked CBD Questions.
Glossary of Terms.
Known potential side effects of Cannabidiol (CBD).
What else is in CBD that is healthful?.
Finding your Sweet Spot!(How much should I take to start?).
How can CBD help you?
Every single day, we talk with people like you, who have just heard about cannabidiol (often called CBD), from a close friend, or a recent news report.
Our mission here at My Health Etc. is two-fold. To provide our customers the highest quality CBD oil products on the market AND to give our customers the support and education needed for the best and most secure purchase experience.
Since CBD became available in 2012, stories of the remarkable results that families have gotten have been published by almost every major television network, news website, and print publication, including National Geographic, TIME Magazine, and CNN’s Weed documentary series.
However, CBD is much more than just a viral media sensation- It changes lives. In such a new market that’s only a few years old, finding the right CBD product, with the quality you need, from a company you can trust, can be difficult. You can trust our products to be pure, potent, clean and safe for your family.
What CBD oil is right for you?
When you’re trying to find the best CBD product, there are a few important things to consider:
1. Amount of CBD
3.Taste & Convenience
Amount of CBD
CBD oil products can contain anywhere from 5mg of CBD per serving, all the way up to 190mg per serving. In general, we recommend that you start with a lower concentration of CBD, and work your way up if necessary.
As a general rule, price varies with the amount of CBD in a product. We do our best to keep our prices as low as possible without compromising quality, including the best natural ingredients and state of the art manufacturing. Our goal is to help you get the best results from your CBD product as cost effectively as possible.
Taste & Convenience
Pure CBD oil extracts are the most potent products, but they’re not necessarily for everyone. If you’d prefer something with a great flavor (or no taste at all), or a product you can take with you on the go, we have plenty of options.
The CBD oil is also available in capsules, liquids, chewing gum and more.
Typically, if you want to buy Cannabidiol (CBD) products you have to dig pretty deep to find accurate information. That’s because while CBD is becoming more popular, the information is typically scattered all across the web.
To compound this problem, CBD is also one of the most misunderstood dietary substances. Many people confuse it with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Contrary to these misconceptions, CBD is legal worldwide and is completely safe. It contains no psychoactive elements, so there is no chance of “getting high
At My Health Etc., we strongly believe that an informed customer is a happy customer. Our goal here is to empower our customers to make the best decisions possible when it comes to CBD supplements and feel 100% comfortable with your choices.
CBD products come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Understanding how to compare similar products and distinguish seemingly identical products is your first step toward making an informed decision when it comes to CBD. Below, we will examine the most important criteria that mark the differences between CBD products and give you a quick and handy way to tell them apart.
1) CBD Volume
2) Hemp Oil Volume
One of the most important buying criteria for many people is how much CBD each product contains. Obviously, different products contain different quantities of CBD, and even though there isn’t such thing as “too much CBD,” it pays to know exactly how much you’re ingesting. When checking for CBD quantity, make sure that it specifically relates to CBD and not just overall hemp oil, as we will see below.
Hemp Oil Volume
CBD products are typically measured in two quantities:
1. CBD quantity
2. Hemp oil quantity (total volume of hemp oil contained in the product).
Remember: When purchasing CBD products the quantity of CBD is what matters in the final analysis. The Hemp Oil is important, but the ultimate benefits are found in CBD.
In addition to CBD volume, concentration is a key component to a CBD product.
Concentration is found by comparing the total volume of CBD found in a product. The concentration is a key factor when determining how much CBD you want to take.
The typical serving size for new customers is 1 to 2 mg daily. The amount one takes varies with metabolism, body weight and desired effects. 2 or 3 mg daily is a good starting point from then on and can be adjusted as you become accustomed to the effects and benefits of the product. CBD is very much like a daily multivitamin supplement in that its efficiency is maximized when used consistently. The body consumes the CBD and adjusts to the chemical compounds found in CBD. There are no psychoactive or dangerous compounds present in CBD and as such you can safely adjust the serving size to find the ideal portion for you.
Frequently Asked CBD Questions
- What is CBD? It is short for cannabidiol, one of over 85 unique compounds found in the hemp plant. Hemp is part of the cannabis species, but has no psychoactive properties-you get all the health benefits with no high or side effects.
- Can hemp CBD cure or treat me? Hemp CBD oil is remarkable and breaking new ground. Because it has not been FDA approved as a cure or treatment for any disease, we cannot support any medical claims. We do extremely recommend that you do your own research with reputable publications. After that we are happy to help you find the right product for you.
- How does it work? CBD interacts with your body’s receptors in the brain and nervous system. Many studies show this is how our body stays balanced, including appetite, pain, mood, memory, immune function and inflammation. Research shows that when you ingest hemp CBD oil it interacts and stimulates directly with your body’s receptors.
- How much do I take? CBD oil consists of 5mg up to 190mg per serving. We recommend that you start with the lowest concentration and work your way up if necessary.
- What does it taste like? Very earthy, however, We have products flavored in cinnamon, peppermint, Honey, coconut, chocolate and more.
- Is CBD synthetic or natural? The oil is extracted from hemp, all natural.
- Are your products safe? Yes. All our hemp crops are free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides and organic.
- Any side effects? Hemp is considered safe, non-intoxicating and non-addictive. But it depends on each individual persons body how it accepts and harmonizes to these supplements. We recommend consulting your physician before using.
- What if I need to take a drug test for work, military or sports? CBD is not psychoactive and does not cause impairment. We do carry some THC-FREE products.(THC-Free RSHO-x) If you medicate with CBD that has only a small amount of THC, it may register on a drug test.
- Does CBD interact with other medications? Yes. CBD is metabolized in the liver. Any person using CBD should notify their physician, generally nothing needs to be done, and sometimes their medication doses might be adjusted. It is very rare to see any drug interaction. See more information and possible side effects below.
Known and potential side effects of Cannabidiol (CBD)
CBD has few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take. These are the known side effects of CBD:
- Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism/decreased activities of p-glycoprotein and other drug transporters
- Dry mouth
- Increased tremor in Parkinson’s patients
- Low blood pressure
Cannabidiol (CBD) is probably the best known cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, along with THC. Although the two compounds share the same roots, they don’t carry the same traits and their effects on the human body are very different.
THC is the compound that makes one high and does this by binding to the CB1 receptor in the brain. It does provide some health benefits thanks to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, but the side effects usually outweigh the benefits. This is why THC is not regarded as a suitable treatment solution for many applications with CBD often a better option as CBD has fewer side effects.
CBD on the other hand has a greater affinity to the CB2 receptor, interacting differently with the nervous system without eliciting any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD health benefits are numerous, including antioxidant, antiemetic, anticonvulsant and anti-tumoral properties. Moreover, CBD counteracts the psychoactivity of THC and acts as a natural antidepressant and neuroprotective agent. We won’t detail these aspects here, but you can read our previous articles to learn more about the positive effects of cannabidiol and about the differences between THC and CBD. For now, let’s return to CBD side effects and it’s actions and interactions inside the human body.
Potential side effects of cannabidiol (CBD)
There are dozens of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of cannabidiol in treating various conditions. Most of these studies conclude that this cannabinoid is safe and virtually free of side effects.
This review paper on the Safety and side effects of cannabidiol by the NCBI for example suggests that controlled cannabidiol administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and animals. It also does not induce changes in food intake; nor does it affect physiological parameters like heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure. Also, according to this review paper, “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.”
There are very few known side effects of CBD, these are mostly minor but you should be informed before taking CBD
1. Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism
However, the NCBI study does mention some potential side effects for cannabidiol, such as the inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism and decreased activity of p-glycoprotein. CBD can indeed interact with a series of pharmaceuticals, as it inhibits the activity of some liver enzymes called cytochrome P450. This family of enzymes metabolizes most of the pharmaceutical drugs used to treat humans. If one takes high doses of CBD, the cannabinoid can temporarily neutralize the activity of P450 enzymes and thus alter the way drugs are metabolized inside the body. This action of CBD can be regarded as a side effect, but it’s not always a negative trait, as the deactivation of P450 enzymes is one of the mechanisms through which CBD neutralizes THC as well.
Putting this in perspective, eating a portion of grapefruit would have a similar effect on the aforementioned liver enzymes. So this should be viewed as a minor side effect of cannabidiol. However, if you are taking pharmaceutical drugs and wish to take CBD, you should discuss any potential complications regarding reduced P450 enzyme activity with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
2. Dry mouth
Another reported side effect of CBD administration is an unpleasant dry sensation in the mouth. This effect seems to be caused by the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in the inhibition of saliva secretion. A study published by Argentinian researchers back in 2006 showed that cannabinoid receptors (type 1 and 2) are present in the submandibular glands which are responsible for producing saliva. The activation of these receptors alters the salivary production, leading to mouth dryness (also referred to as “cotton-mouth”). Dry mouth will pretty much just make you thirsty.
3. Increased tremor in Parkinson’s disease at high dose CBD
Early research suggests that CBD taken in high doses may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s disease sufferers. Yet, there are also studies that suggest that cannabidiol is safe and well-tolerated by patients affected by this condition. If this occurs, reducing the dose should reduce this potential side effect. Parkinson’s disease sufferers should consult their doctor before taking CBD and also begin any regimen by taking smaller doses.
4. Low blood pressure
Higher doses of CBD oil can cause a small drop in blood pressure , usually within a few minutes of the CBD entering your system. This drop in blood pressure is often associated with a feeling of lightheadedness. If you are taking medication for blood pressure, you should consult your doctor before taking CBD.
In higher doses, CBD can cause drowsiness. If you are affected this way, you should not operate machinery or drive a vehicle. In most cases however, CBD is a wake-inducing agent.
Glossary of Terms
Hemp:Can be grown as renewable source for raw material that can be incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds and flowers are used in health foods, and organic body care. Hemp fibers and stalks are used in clothing, Construction materials, paper, biofuel, plastic composites and more.
Cannabinoids: Terpenoids are the compounds that give fruits, flowers and herbs many of their aromas and flavors. Cannabinoids are a sub-class of terpenoids. There are over
60 cannabinoids found in hemp.
Cannabidiol CBD: Is a Cannabis/Hemp compound that has significant medical benefits.
Cannabidiol CBDa: Cannabidiolic Acid. A raw cannabis compound, found in certain strains as well as hybrids. CBDa shares the same anti-proliferative found in cannabinoids. Current research has found potential benefits: Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, limits growth of cancer cells and relieves nausea.
Terpenes/Terpenoids: Are organic compounds found in a variety of plants and contribute to their flavor, scent and color. Terpenes in hemp have anti-inflammatory, anti
bacterial and anti-viral properties.
THC: Either of two physiologically active isomers that occur naturally in hemp plant resin or Synthetically prepared. The compound in cannabis that gets users high.
Tincture: Alcohol-based extracts-basically, infused alcohol Dosages are put under your tongue, and will last for many years when stored correctly. One-way Hemp Is used.
Crystals: Crystals are the purest most concentrated form of non-psychoactive (not affecting the mind) hemp extract. They can be dissolved under the tongue. Also, suitable for
use in a proper vaporizer. Crystals are pure CBD.
Extracts: A solid or liquid substance extracted from a plant. CBD hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and seeds of hemp plants
Raw CBD Oil: Is only extracted or processed once leaving more plant matter and vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. (color is dark green to black and has a thick consistency) Commonly packaged in Green.
Decarboxylation or Decarbox CBD Oil: Natural cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are acidic. In order to bind with our body's receptors and have the desired therapeutic effect, they need to be decarboxylated; which means the acidic molecule must be removed or "decarbed" for short. Decarboxylated is similar to “raw” except it has been “decarboxylated” The process of decarboxylation is seen as a way to up the strength or effectiveness of the CBD in the CBD oil and offers a faster reaction time for the CBD oil once it's in your body. According to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decarboxylation Commonly packaged in Blue.
Filtered Decarboxylation or Decarbox CBD Oil: Gold is commonly the title of choice by CBD oil manufacturers for their filtered “gold” colored CBD oil and usually represents their highest concentration CBD product. The filtered or “gold” varieties will typically be decarboxylated as well as being filtered to remove the smaller plant constituents such as chlorophyll, lipids and other non CBD plant parts.
MCT oil: Referred to as medium-chain fatty acids or triglycerides. Our body can absorb MCTs very easily. The most common whole food source is coconut oil. It is tasteless and
odorless. You can add it to food or take it straight.
Mg/Milligrams: Measures an objects mass, used in medicine to measure the dosage
Ml/Milliters: Measures the volume of liquids, also used in cooking to measure liquid ingredients
Balm/Salve/Topical: An oily substance that has a pleasant smell and that is used for healing, smoothing or Protecting the skin . Hemp oil Balm/salve can sooth tired muscles, moisturizes and promotes optimal skin health. CBD extract is entirely free of synthetic chemicals and non greasy.
Capsules: A shell used for packaging as for vitamins and medicinal use. CBD capsules are easy to consume, Have no taste and permit a controlled dosage.
GMO: Genetically modified organism. Our product are organic and Non-GMO
What else is in CBD that is healthful?
There are so many other added benefits to taking CBD. Depending on whether the oil is raw, decarbox or filtered decarboxed, Hemp CBD is loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Hemp CBD will contain many if not all of the items listed below in varying degrees depending on the batch and how it is processed.
FOLATE (VITAMIN B9)
Essential to numerous bodily functions including the production of healthy blood cells and cells that line the digestive tract. It is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth since folate is necessary for the creation and maintenance of new cells, and for DNA and RNA synthesis. Folate is also essential for the prevention of neural tube defects of a fetus during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
THIAMINE (VITAMIN B1)
Plays a critical role in the energy metabolism of all cells. Thiamine aids in the conversion of carbohydrates and amino acids into energy and is essential for proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.
RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2)
Part coenzymes active in energy metabolism of all cells. It is also essential for body growth, reproduction, red cell production and supports normal vision and skin health.
NIACIN (VITAMIN B3)
Participates in the energy metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It aids in the functioning of the digestive system, nervous system, and conversion of food into energy for normal growth and development.
Aids in the production of antibodies in the immune system, helps maintain normal nerve function and is required for the metabolism of amino acids and fatty acids. Vitamin B6 helps synthesize hemoglobin (red blood cells) and neurotransmitters (communication molecule of the brain). Vitamin B6 helps regulate blood glucose and is critical to the development of the brain and nervous system of a fetus.
An antioxidant and serves as the body’s main defense against oxidative damage. It forms part of the cell membrane of red and white blood cells and it protects polyunsaturated fatty acids. Vitamin E is also crucial for normal nerve development.
Along with phosphorous is important in bone and teeth formation. It helps to maintain a normal blood pressure and plays an essential role in blood clotting. Calcium is necessary for muscle contraction and for a normal heartbeat.
Aids the body’s growth and maintenance. Potassium helps maintain normal water balance between the cells and body fluids, electrolyte balance, cell integrity and is critical to maintaining a heartbeat, proper heart function, the transmission of nerve impulses and contraction of muscles.
Together with calcium is vital in the formation of bone and teeth. It forms part of the molecule of the phospholipids that are principal components of cell membranes. Phosphorus is part of the DNA and RNA of every cell. It is essential for growth and renewal of tissues and helps maintain the acid-base balance of cellular fluids.
Assists in absorption of calcium and potassium in the body. Magnesium is also involved in bone mineralization, activating B vitamins, acting as a nerve and muscle relaxant and providing blood clotting. Magnesium is also involved in protein synthesis and is responsible for the release and use of energy from nutrients.
Required by our bodies for absorption, storage and metabolism of iron, the formation of hemoglobin (red blood cells) and collagen (connective tissue). Copper helps supply oxygen to the body and is required for brain development and nerve cell communication.
A major component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, both of which are responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood and to our muscles. Iron is required in our bodies to make new cells, amino acids, hormones and neurotransmitters. Iron is also important for enzymatic activity in energy-yielding pathways and is involved in producing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) the body’s energy source.
Assists enzyme activity in all our cells. Zinc also aids protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and supports the immune system, growth, development and reproduction, wound healing, healthy skin, nails and eyes.
Works with different enzymes to facilitate body processes. It is involved in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood clotting and reproductive hormones. Manganese is also required for normal brain and nerve function.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS:
LINOLEIC ACID (OMEGA-6)
Plays a crucial role in brain function and normal growth and development. It also helps to stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism and maintain the reproductive system.
LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-3)
Beneficial for heart health and supports immunity. Omega-3s reduces inflammation in many body tissues, including the arteries of the heart. It has a crucial role in brain function and growth and development.
Helps to promote normal blood cholesterol and regulates blood glucose and maintains a healthy bowel function. Fibre also helps in the maintenance of a healthy body weight by increase the feeling of fullness.
Finding your Sweet Spot! (how much should I take to start?)
We suggest you use the Up-Tritration method which is a trusted, step up approach by gradually increasing a dose until the most desired results are reached. If you go past your optimal dose, just drop back down to the previous dose. By using this method, you're tailoring the amount of hemp oil to fit your distinct needs.
Use the chart below to help.