What would you like to know about CBD?
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of 100+ naturally occurring chemical compounds, including CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), that are produced by cannabis plants along with many other botanicals, as well as the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). These compounds interact with cannabinoid receptors within the ECS to produce a variety of non-psychoactive and psychoactive effects.
Where does CBD come from?
The plant genus Cannabis contains three species; Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. CBD is derived from specific cultivars of Cannabis sativa, which are bred specifically to contain high levels of CBD and low levels THC. Cannabis sativa, which is below 0.3% THC is classified as hemp. Our CBD is derived from organic hemp flowers grown right on our farm.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling biological system composed of cannabinoid receptors, internal neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) and cannabinoid receptor proteins expressed throughout the central nervous system (CB1) and peripheral nervous system (CB2). The ECS is active in regulating a range of functions involved in physiological and cognitive processes and contributes to the homeostasis of the body’s internal environment through modulation of immune, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. The ECS is linked to immunity, sleep, mood, learning and memory, appetite and digestion, metabolism, bone and muscle formation, skin and nerve function and motor control, and therefore plays a significant role in holistic health.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that is found in high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. Cannabidiol can interact with the human endocannabinoid system and has non-intoxicating effects.
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil (CBD)?
Hemp seed oil is extracted solely from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant while CBD hemp oil is extracted from the plant’s flowers, stalk, stems and leaves. While hemp seed oil contains valuable nutrients and antioxidants, such as omega-3 and omega-6 acids and vitamins E, B2 and B6, cannabidiol quantities are rarely detectable. CBD hemp oil, however, contains high concentrations of cannabidiol as well as additional phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
Is CBD legal?
Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level in all 50 states and regulated under the 2018 Farm Bill. Marijuana-derived CBD products (which contain 0.4+ percent THC) are still considered illegal by the federal government. Prior to purchasing any CBD product, verify that it is third-party tested for potency. For more information regarding legality, it is encouraged that you consult with state’s laws, customs offices, and the local government of anywhere you travel to ensure your safety and regulatory compliance.
Is CBD legal in my state?
- Under the 2018 Farm Bill and Agricultural Improvement Act, hemp-derived CBD is not regulated as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. State jurisdictions vary, however, and additional restrictions may apply in your region. Lazarus Naturals cannot offer legal advice so please consult with your local representative regarding the legality of any product prior to purchase. According to the World Population Review, in 2020:
- CBD is fully legal without restrictions in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
- CBD is legal with restrictions in: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- CBD is fully illegal in: Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Will I test positive on a drug test if I use your products?
CBD alone will not show up on drug tests but many hemp-derived CBD products contain trace amounts of THC which may show up on a screening, depending on the lab and testing threshold used by your employer. This means that while Lazarus Naturals products comply with the federally-mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% by dry weight, a positive test is possible. Before using any CBD product, check the company’s lab results to verify the potency is within federal limits. If a CBD company’s lab results are not readily available, or are not third-party verified this may be an indication that their products are not in compliance with federal standards. Since drug tests do not distinguish between THC-positive results based on hemp-derived CBD usage or marijuana usage, we recommend not using CBD products if this is a concern for you.