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CBD: What to know before you buy

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Q: What is CBD?

A: CBD is short for cannibidiol, one of over 85 cannabinoids, in the hemp plant. Hemp is a term that refers to a variety of the cannabis plants that contain less than .3% of tetrahydrocannibidol or THC. Marijuana, (an entirely different species of cannabis) on the other hand, can contain up to 30% THC.

Q: Will CBD make me high?

A: No. THC gives the high or intoxicating effects. Even though the Full Spectrum CBD has less than .3% THC, it is not enough to give any 'high' effects.

Q. Why is Cannibidol so important? What does it do?

A. Cannabidol interacts with the endocannabidoid system (ECS) of the body. The ECS is comprised of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoid molecues and metabolic enzymes that helps to maintain homeostasis (or balance) within the body. The ECS controls a wide range of biological functions: regulating the nervous system, and helping to control inflammation and pain, stress, anxiety, cognitive performance, mood regulation, immune response and more.

Q: What is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum , & CBD Isolate?

A: Full Spectrum is the most pure CBD product from the hemp plant. It contains up to 400 constituents including vitamins, minerals, terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, fatty acids, proteins and under .3% THC. Keeping all of the constituents intact magnifies the therapeutic benefits and gives the 'entourage effect', where the constituents work synergistically together. Because of this, people report having higher levels of relief from their symptoms. Full Spectrum CBD will also have a very strong 'hemp' (or nutty) taste. (Best option for the most therapeutic effects).

Broad Spectrum CBD has been processed take out the THC. It still has the 'entourage effect', due to the many different cannabinoids, however there isn't as many other constituents. Some flavonoids, minerals, vitamins, terpenes, etc. have been removed in the processing, making it more palatable and can be possibly be flavored. Also, without THC, it's good for those who need to pass a drug test.

(Better option for therapeutic effects).

CBD Isolates has been further processed to take out all constituents except CBD. This loses the 'entourage effect'. CBD isolates are water miscible since it has all of the oils taken out. This makes it easier to work with for foods such as CBD drinks, gummies, and candies. It also has no flavor or odor making it palatable and easy to mix with other flavors. Because it has no THC, it's good for those who need to pass a drug test.

(Good option for therapeutic effects).

Q. Does it work for everyone?

A. No. My experience with customers, is that about 10%-15% have no effects or feel any difference taking CBD. While some people may take a couple of weeks of constant use to start to feel a difference, others feel it immediately, and some people don't have any change at all. This would mean that your body's endocannabinoid receptors are already full, because your body already makes enough cannibidol on it's own.

Q. How many milligrams (mg) do I need?

A. That is entirely up to your body. However, most people find the most relief from their symptoms between 15-25mg/serving. Your first bottle you may need to experiment with dosages to find what's right for you. Many individuals buy the lowest milligrams per serving (around 5-10mg) and add more if they need to. The next time you purchase CBD, you will know what your optimal dosage is for your body.

Q. What's the most effective? Topical creams? Tinctures? Edibles?

A. All are effective, however the ailments you are treating may dictate which CBD product you choose.

  • If you have a specific joint or spot on their body that needs CBD for pain, a topical cream or salve works great.

  • If your whole body is hurting or if you are using it for anxiety, digestion, etc., a tincture or edible may be best.

  • If your digestion is compromised (you have a digestive disorder such as leaky gut, SIBO, colitis, etc., I would use a tincture- as it is sublingual (under the tongue) and gets absorbed into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.

  • If your digestive system is well, an edible like gummies, may be a good option as their effects are longer since it takes longer to break down in the digestive tract. However, gummies are made with CBD isolate, which means you may not get as powerful of an effect.

Q. Why doesn't Monarch Herbs use CBD Isolates?

A. As it was mentioned above, the isolates are less therapeutic than full or broad spectrum. Isolates are also good for food products, which Monarch Herbs does not currently make.

Monarch Herbs' Full Spectrum CBD products uses only the best, raw, non-GMO, organic CBD oil. We then add other herbs, because again, the herbs work synergistically together to better enhance the different things that CBD can do.

We also have a plain (no other herbs added), Viva Full Spectrum CBD tincture, Luna Broad Spectrum CBD, and pets' Jovial CBD which only have CBD & MCT oils.

Another great benefit to Monarch Herbs' CBD is it can be custom. If you are allergic to MCT oil (coconut), I can mix it with other oils like grapeseed, sunflower, or whatever you wish.

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