Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS CBD?

Cannabidiol—CBD—is one of the many chemical compounds found in hemp and high-CBD strains of cannabis. It is non-psychoactive (it will not get you ‘high’) and is a wonderful nutritional supplement and super food.

WHY IS CBD GOOD FOR YOU?

CBD has been shown to support the proper functioning of the Endocannabinoid System. The role of the Endocannabinoid System is to protect and modulate the nervous system and the immune system by regulating cellular communication. Think of it as a natural way to push the reset button on both the nervous system and the immune system, pulling these natural bodily systems out of abnormal patterns and stress responses. CBD can support the return to normal cell communication and helps the body to remain in its natural healthy state (homeostasis). It is also a neuroprotectant and helps guard against the aging of cells from oxidation.

WHAT IS ‘FULL SPECTRUM’ CBD, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Full Spectrum refers to all the cannabinoids naturally found in hemp. There have been over eighty different cannabinoids isolated and identified, and these different cannabinoids all work together to provide the health benefits hemp is celebrated for.

The main point to take away is that CBD has shown to be much more effective in the presence of all the other naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant (known in the scientific community as the Entourage Effect. As CBD gains an increasing amount of notoriety, it remains important to note that not all CBD products are made equal. Some mistakenly think that CBD isolate is what we are referring to when describing our products, but all our products are ‘full spectrum, CBD rich hemp extract’, that contain the full entourage of cannabinoids and terpenes known to work in concert to provide the best health outcomes. It is always this Full Spectrum oil that we produce, sell and recommend.

Cannabinoids are rare in nature. Even though all animals, including humans, internally create small amounts of cannabinoids, there are few other places in nature where they can be found in abundance. Hemp is by far the richest source for a wide range of cannabinoid substances. It is a unique plant that has been shown to have unprecedented healing properties.

WHAT EXACTLY IS FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL?

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is an extracted oil made from industrial grade hemp that contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids (including CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, phytonutrients and fatty acids found in whole plant hemp material.

I WANT TO TRY CBD- IS THIS WHAT I WANT?

Yes! Our products are designated as Full Spectrum Hemp Oil as part of an industry wide move towards clarifying that the source of our oils, tinctures and capsules is industrial grade hemp, not marijuana. Our products are CBD rich and have the full cannabinoid profile needed to ensure the Entourage Effect supports CBD’s role in the body.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL AND CBD ISOLATE?

CBD Isolates are made by extracting the CBD and separating it from all the other cannabinoids, terpenes and compounds in the hemp plant. Full Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD within the full profile of cannabinoids and nutrients found in the hemp plant, which provides a synergistic effect known as the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect refers to the fact that the broad spectrum of phytonutrients in the hemp plant work together to increase the potential health benefits of each one, meaning whole plant matter provides benefits that isolated cannabinoids never can.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL AND HEMP DERIVED CBD OIL?

Often these are different terms for the exact same thing. CBD Oil can mean several different products, some of them isolates (containing just the CBD compound separated from all other cannabinoids) and some of them Full Spectrum made from the whole plant material and containing all the naturally occurring compounds in hemp. Full Spectrum CBD Oil made from whole plant hemp matter is the same thing as our Full Spectrum Hemp Oil.

IS FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL DIFFERENT FROM HEMP SEED OIL?

Yes. Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant only, and has a variety of uses including as a cooking oil, salad dressing, natural body product or nutritional supplement. It is NOT made from whole plant matter and does not contain CBD.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?

Hemp is the heirloom variety of cannabis. It is the unadulterated strain of the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabinoid and phytonutrient makeup in the hemp plant are closest to the ratios found in the naturally occurring industrial hemp strains, that are high in CBD and low in THC. What is commonly referred to as ‘Marijuana’ are strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant that have been bred to be high in THC and low in CBD. Both are varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is selective breeding and growing conditions that differentiate these two strains.

IS CBD CANNABIS OIL?

Cannabis oil is often thought to be cannabis extract from Marijuana plants that are high in THC. Ours is extracted from hemp, meaning it is high in CBD and low in THC, and will not produce a high when consumed. Hemp is the heirloom form of cannabis; it hasn’t been selectively bred to be high in THC.

CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil. While both are wonderful products, and hemp oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, CBD oil contains concentrated levels of the CBD cannabinoid not found in hemp oil. The therapeutic effects of CBD are profound and wide ranging; many people experience beneficial effects that provide relief from neurological conditions, normal immune system regulation, anti-inflammation, and pain management.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of modern science’s newest and most revelatory discoveries, and is key in maintaining health in the human body. The ECS regulates relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and even cognitive function, and functions by using naturally occurring cannabinoids to communicate. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body (CB1 and CB2), but they are most abundant in the brain and immune system respectively. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally—no small task!

DIDN’T YOUR PRODUCTS USED TO BE CALLED CBD OIL? HAVE THE INGREDIENTS CHANGED?

No. All our products remain the same CBD rich oil derived from industrial hemp. To better clarify the source of cannabidiol (CBD) the natural food industry is moving towards calling these products hemp extract or full spectrum hemp oil instead of CBD Oil.

The Vital Blends Difference

The Vital Blends approach to wellness is through all-natural, homeopathic blends of products to treat the whole body. Our organic products are made utilizing the whole plant philosophy and are free of pesticides, unnatural additives, or preservatives. Our manufacturers process the entire plant, for a terpene rich and full spectrum concentrate, and incorporate ayurvedic herbs for additional therapeutic value.

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