CBD vs THC & FAQs
Common Questions And Answers
CBD vs THC – What is the difference?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are both cannabinoids found in industrial hemp and marijuana plants.
CBD and THC bind to cannabinoid receptors in your body to help regulate many of its vital functions. THC binds differently, resulting in the psychoactive effects or “high” commonly associated with smoking or consuming marijuana. CBD, however, does not bind with this receptor in the same manner and does not produce the same psychoactive effects.
C4Life products are made with hemp-derived Cannabinoid oil that is phytocannabinoid-rich, full spectrum, and organically grown in the USA. Our industrial hemp oil contains less than 0.3% THC.
CBD is generally believed to be safe, well tolerated, and effective. It should not produce any psychoactive effects.
What is the difference between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to the marijuana form of Cannabis sativa.
Marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a low amount of CBD. Industrial Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances and a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of industrial hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the “high”. Industrial hemp is used for herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally.
What is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp plants with high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) while having low levels of THC. The cannabidiol (CBD) content of CBD oil varies tremendously since the manufacturers use an assortment of cannabis plants and preparation techniques. We produce CBD oil with a high concentration of CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC.
What is the difference between CBD products and the hemp products found at local grocery stores?
Hemp products at the grocery store come from hemp seeds, which are high in protein and nutrients but contain almost no CBD.
Are CBD products legal?
Currently, industrial hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 states, and over 40 countries. You should always check with your local government, police department, or customs office for the most up to date information regarding the legality of CBD in your area. This article should not be considered legal advice. We strongly recommend that you check with your local administration to ensure that you are happy with the legality of consuming these products before you buy them.
Are CBDs Safe?
CBD’s are usually safe and non-toxic even at high doses. Studies show doses up to 1500mg per day have been well tolerated in humans – this is 150x the 10mg dose standard. In rare cases, some people have reported feeling tired, light-headed, or having a dry mouth. CBD’s may inhibit drug metabolism, much the way grapefruit does. So please consult a physician before using CBD’s if you are taking any prescribed medications or have any concerns.
Is CBD safe to consume with my doctor-prescribed medications?
Grapefruit and CBD have a similar effect on P450, an enzyme found in the liver, which metabolizes different kinds of drugs in the human body. If taken in large doses, CBD can inhibit the metabolizing properties of P450, temporarily neutralizing the effects of other medicinal products in the body’s system. This side effect is also responsible for why cannabidiol counteracts the effects of THC.
A review on the safety and side effects of cannabidiol found that CBD might interfere with the hepatic drug metabolism, alteration of in vitro cell viability, decreased fertilization capacity or the reduced activity of p-glycoprotein.
How does CBD work in the body?
Unlike THC, which primarily binds to CB-1 receptors located in the brain, CBD works in the body by manipulating receptors throughout organ tissues, the immune system, the pain response system, the hormonal system, and other whole-body regulatory systems. Since its receptors have been found to exist in virtually every cell and tissue type in the body, CBD is believed to work on every aspect of human health and behavior, from the subcellular level to the whole-body level and beyond. Also, since it affects different receptors than THC (receptors located outside the brain), CBD does NOT produce any mind-altering effects.
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan poured tens of millions of dollars into a study to prove that marijuana damages the human brain. Rather than showing how marijuana harms the brain, the Reagan administration ended up subsidizing a series of studies that culminated in the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
CBD works in the body by activating receptors and neurotransmitters in the ECS. Found in all vertebrate species, ECS plays a vital role in regulating and modulating a wide range of bodily processes. To give you an idea of just how important this is, here’s a list of just some of the functions it regulates:
• Immune function
• Motor control
• The dopamine system (motivation, pleasure, and reward)
• Reproduction and fertility
When the ECS becomes disrupted, these processes can fall out of balance. In turn, this can cause any manner of physical ailment, such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This pathology is termed “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” (CECD). If you follow this train of thought, you can see why cannabinoids such as CBD might offer such vast therapeutic potential in treating CECD and its related medical conditions.
CBD is therapeutic in nature and will work to manipulate bodily systems at the cellular level. This returns afflicted organ, tissue, and chemical systems in the central nervous system back to a state of health and homeostasis.
What does CBD help with?
The FDA does not permit us to use anecdotal evidence to affirm that CBD can have beneficial (and often curative) effects on a variety of serious conditions and diseases. However, many users say that CBD oil helps them with the challenges of Alzheimer’s, Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic pain, Depression, Epilepsy (seizures), Inflammation from various conditions, Insomnia, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea (emesis), Obesity, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
A recent newsletter article in Medical News Today highlights benefits, side effects, and risks of using CBD. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
How long does CBD stay in your body?
How do you use C4Life CBD products?
Each of our products has a different recommendation for how to use it and how much should be ingested or applied topically.
One of our most popular products is a tincture. CBD Tinctures have a high concentration, therefore, should be taken in small doses. That’s why our tinctures come with a dropper which allows users to take carefully measured quantities.
Tinctures can be taken sublingually by applying them underneath the tongue and holding it there for 30 to 90 seconds. Some research has found that this delivery method makes cannabinoids readily and consistently available to the body than other oral alternatives.
Also, the tincture can be mixed into a meal or can be added to cold or room temperature food or drinks. Tinctures can also be applied directly to the problem area or mixed with your favorite moisturizer and applied.
Topical CBD Products, such as our balm, roll on pain gel, and facial serums, are gently massaged onto the skin.
Whatever CBD product you use, begin with a minimal dose, and proceed from there. If you notice results, you can reduce the dose, or you can always increase the dose until you achieve your desired results. The key is to increase your dosage in small increments so that you can pinpoint how much CBD it takes to manage your condition. You do not want to exceed dosage and end up developing a tolerance to the active cannabinoids.
If you have an aversion to ingesting CBD, an alternative is to use topical CBD products. These are one of the most popular and effective choices for arthritis and other types of localized pain and inflammation. Since the skin is an excellent semi-permeable membrane, applying CBD tinctures, balms, or roll-ons onto the affected area can be quite effective against pain and inflammation.
Be advised that you should not exceed the recommended daily doses listed on the product. Consult a physician if you have any concerns.
Please refer to each C4Life product for more information.
What method of CBD extraction does C4Life use?
We use Ethanol (food grade alcohol) to extract the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes from industrial hemp plants, providing the advantage of a full-spectrum CBD Oil product that is safe for consumption.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are powerful aromatic molecules responsible for the flavor and aroma of plants. However, terpenes do more than provide flavor and aroma. They also support other cannabis molecules in producing wanted effects. We call this the entourage effect, and it’s the reason terpenes have become such a critical piece of the cannabis puzzle.
Cannabis contains hundreds of molecules with the ability to directly interact with both bodies and minds. Cannabinoid molecules are relatively unique to the cannabis plant, but other plant-derived molecules such as flavonoids and terpenes also bind to our cells and influence our experiences.
In addition to their aromas, terpenes have direct interactions with our bodies. For example, alpha-pinene and beta-caryophyllene interfere with molecules that dilate our blood vessels. There is less dilation, which equals less inflammation. Evidence suggests that whole-plant cannabis (that includes terpenes) is superior to isolated compounds from the plant. If pinene and CBD are both anti-inflammatory, then the body has a chance to fight inflammation from two different angles.
Can I have CBD products shipped to my house?
CBD products are legal to ship to all 50 states.
Can I bring CBD products on board an airplane?
While CBD is legal across the U.S. because it does not contain THC, you still need to be careful about looking up the rules and laws wherever you go. Other than that, the only consideration is just how much CBD you’ve packed. If you plan to carry on your CBD product, the same rules apply as with other liquids and substances. You cannot bring anything hazardous or flammable aboard. You also have to keep your liquid contents under a certain amount. If you are still uneasy about clearing TSA checkpoints, transport your CBD products in your checked baggage.
Is it possible to test positive on a drug test while using CBD products?
The hemp oil in our products contains CBD, which is a LEGAL cannabinoid from industrial hemp. It contains minuscule amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC) that could show up on a drug screen. C4Life cannot guarantee that you will or will not pass a drug screen due to the number of variables. Drug screens vary, and some can be more sensitive than others. Most companies only search for the cannabinoid THC, which is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant.
By law, you are allowed to ask the facility what cannabinoids they check for in testing. If you are uneasy, you can call and ask anonymously. We suggest contacting the testing facility if there is any concern. If you have to take a drug test, it might be best not to use CBD products.
Are CBDs addictive, or are there ill effects when stopping use?
“Current evidence shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for instance).” https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/blog-new-who-report-shows-cbd-is-not-addictive-nor-dangerous-n771
Do CBD products increase or decrease your appetite?
CBD products should not affect your appetite.
Do you feel high when you use CBD products?
There is no high euphoric feeling when you take CBD as opposed to THC.
Are CBD products best used on an “as needed” basis, or used consistently?
It is up to you how often you use the product. CBD does tend to work better with daily maintenance dosages and extended use.
Should you use CBD products before or after exercise?
We recommend using a daily maintenance dose of one of our C4Life CBD Oil Tinctures and use our topical Comfort C4Life CBD Oil Roll-On Pain Gel after your workout. Our C4 Life Restore CBD Oil Tincture with Turmeric and Ginger added could be extra beneficial for inflammation reduction.
How well do CBD products treat disorders like anxiety and depression? Can you stop taking anxiety medication?
It may help with anxiety disorders and depression, but we recommend talking to a doctor before using CBD products to treat anxiety or depression. Talk to a doctor before eliminating any prescribed medications you are currently taking.
Do you need to ingest CBD products with food or water?
CBD is not known to irritate the digestive system, so you do not need to ingest it with food or water.
Can you still work while using CBD products?
You can work and carry on with normal activities while taking CBD products.
Can you drive while using CBD products?
Our CBD Tinctures contain less than 0.3% of THC and will have no psychoactive effects on your body. However, depending on how much CBD you take, it may make you tired; therefore, we recommend learning how your body reacts to CBD before driving or operating heavy machinery.
Do I need a medical marijuana card to buy CBD products?
Since CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, it is not considered marijuana. Therefore, you do not need a prescription or card to purchase it.
How should I store my CBD products and what is the normal shelf life?
For the best shelf life, please store in a cool dark area, this will assure there is no loss of potency. Don’t allow to sit in direct sunlight. If properly stored CBD has around a 1-year shelf life!
What’s difference between MCT and coconut oil?
MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil used in our tincture products is odorless, colorless, liquid at room temperature, and derived from coconut oil. Please consult your doctor or veterinarian in case of a coconut allergy.
ALL PRODUCTS CONTAIN LESS THAN 0.3% THC AND ARE LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES.