What is CBD?

CBD is short for “cannabidiol”–one of the main active components in hemp known for its therapeutic properties

CBD occurs naturally in all cannabis plants–including hemp and marijuana. The main difference between the two is that hemp is characteristically rich in CBD and contains less than 0.3% THC. Most modern strains of marijuana are above 10%. 

Marijuana alters your mind, whereas CBD improves your wellness. Our customers look to our CBD products to ease anxiety, chronic pain, body aches, and to boost mood. 

Vital Leaf products are made from full-spectrum hemp oil, extracted from organic Oregon hemp, and independently tested for purity and potency.

How does CBD work?

The human body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS), an essential system that supports mood, sleep, memory, appetite, digestion, pain, and immunity. CBD helps to inhibit the breakdown of naturally-occuring endocannabinoids, allowing your body to maintain a sense of balance and promote inner peace.

What else is in hemp extract, besides CBD?

Hemp extract is rich in CBD, contains less than 0.3% THC, and also contain trace amounts of over 100 other naturally occurring phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. These cannabinoids help to boost the effects of CBD (via the entourage effect), but may also deliver their own therapeutic properties. 

Terpenes are a prominent element in cannabis, which help to give each strain its defining characteristics. Terpenes are naturally-occurring organic compounds found within all plants, which gives them their distinctive scent. The most prevalent terpenes in cannabis include Limonene, Linalool, Myrcene, and alpha- and beta-Pinene. 

Other naturally-occurring compounds in hemp include amino acids, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, fatty acids (like omega 3 and 6), flavonoids, trace minerals, and vitamins (like B1, B2, B6, D).

Is Hemp Seed Oil the same as Hemp Extract or CBD Oil?

In short, no.

Hemp seed oil is pressed from hemp seeds and contains only trace levels of cannabinoids. What it does offer is high levels of omega-3 and -6, making it a common cooking ingredient. Hemp Extract, or CBD oil, is primarily extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant, where CBD and other cannabinoids are more prevalent. The stalk may also have a higher concentration of these naturally-occurring chemicals. It’s best practice to inquire further if a label simply reads “hemp oil.”

How do I consume CBD?


The most common way of taking CBD oil is orally, or through the mouth. When CBD is ingested, it passes through the digestive system and is metabolized by the liver, before entering the bloodstream. 

While ingestion is an easy and often enjoyable method of taking CBD, it isn’t always the most efficient because some potency is lost in the digestive system. Studies have found that consuming CBD oil with fatty acids (like the MCT oil in our Elixir Drops) can help bypass liver metabolism and increase how much CBD is absorbed through ingestion. 

You may take CBD sublingually, as well. Holding Vital Leaf Elixir Drops under the tongue for a minute or allowing our chocolate to melt in your mouth slowly before swallowing will give mucus membranes time to absorb CBD, skipping the digestive system and metabolism in the liver entirely. CBD is able to enter the bloodstream more efficiently this way. 

Topical Application

When CBD oil is applied topically, it never reaches the bloodstream but interacts directly with cannabinoid receptors in the skin.
Because cannabinoid receptors are found in skin, topical applications of CBD can be highly effective. Applying CBD in a balm, cream, oil, or gel is the most effective way to address a localized issue. When applied topically, CBD does not enter the bloodstream. 


When CBD is inhaled, through vaporization (or “vaping”) of CBD oil or smoking CBD-rich cannabis flower, cannabinoids are absorbed through the lungs and immediately transferred into the bloodstream. Compared to ingestion, inhalation allows more CBD to be absorbed. 

The effects of inhalation are felt more rapidly, but are shorter lasting, than ingestion and this method of ingestion may not be suitable for people experiencing certain health issues.

Infused Edibles

Available in a wide variety of options, and chocolate is our favorite. Most edibles come in standard dosages ranging from 5-20 mg. Ingesting CBD provides a longer-term, more holistic effect since the cannabinoids are broken down and absorbed slowly through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream. 

It may take longer to feel the effects from this method of consuming CBD, and some of the potency may be lost as it passes through the digestive tract, but this can be a wonderful option for those looking for a discrete, easy, and enjoyable dosing experience.

CBD & Chocolate

The marriage of CBD and chocolate is about so much more than taste. The combination of CBD and dark chocolate increase anandamide levels in the body. Chocolate happens to be the most anandamide-rich plant food in the world. Anandamide is one of the compounds in chocolate that may be associated with the good feeling you get when you eat it.

Anandamide is a neurotransmitter whose name is derived from ananda, the Sanskrit word for bliss. It is a cannabinoid, which means it can bind to cannabinoid receptors, which are located in the brain, central nervous system, major organs, skin, white blood cells, and urinary and digestive tracts. Because these receptors are located throughout the entire body, ingesting a substance that contains anandamide will produce widespread benefits.

Chocolate is widely known to enhance the effect of cannabinoids, even decreasing the amount that needs to be consumed to achieve the desired result. Additionally, the compounds in chocolate can help to slow the breakdown of anandamide, extending the period of time during which you’ll feel its effect. The lipids (fats) in chocolate will also aid in extending the duration of CBD’s effects, since CBD is fat-soluble.

Will CBD help my condition?

Due to federal regulations, we are not able to make claims about whether or not CBD and hemp extract can help with specific health issues, we can only recommend it to support and improve overall wellness. 

The scientific and medical communities are increasingly showing interest in the potential uses of CBD and other phytocannabinoids. We encourage everyone to do their own research to discover more about how CBD can be used to improve health and wellness. 

The Mayo Clinic is a well-respected organization that compiles scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion to determine dosage and treatment recommendations.


How long does it take to receive my purchased item(s)?

During summer months, Vital Leaf ships products Monday through Wednesday using USPS Priority Mail or UPS 2 Day shipping. You can expect a delivery time of 2-3 business days after purchase. Please note that processing your order may take up to 2 business days. Tracking information from the carrier will be sent upon shipment of your order.

Will Vital Leaf ship to me?

We happily ship to most places in the United States, with a few exceptions. We do not accept orders from or ship to: Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas or South Dakota.

We are unable to ship internationally at this time.

Please check our Shipping & Returns page for more details.

Where can I buy Vital Leaf products?

In addition to our Online Shop, Vital Leaf can be found in natural grocery stores, CBD specialty shops, cafes, wellness and yoga studios, boutiques, and dispensaries across the United States.

Please check our Store Locator to find a list of current retailers. We recommend calling these stores to see if the product you are looking for is in stock.

Can I return a product?

Yes! Under certain conditions, we will accept returns. For more information, please see our Shipping & Returns page.

Does Vital Leaf follow GMP Guidelines?

Yes, we follow GMP guidelines to ensure we are providing the highest quality, safest, and most effective products.


How do you know how much CBD is in your products?

We send every single batch of finished products to an independent laboratory to ensure the amount of CBD it contains matches what is on the label. We also test for a long list of pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, molds, fungi, and mycotoxins. We keep an archive of all Lab Results for our customers to view at any time. Every Vital Leaf product has a QR Code printed on its wrapper. When you scan the code, you’ll be taken directly to our Lab Results page.

Is there any THC in your products? Will they get me high?

Vital Leaf products are tested to ensure that the THC content falls below the allowable limit of 0.3%, so our products offer all of the benefits of cannabis without the high. 

You can enjoy freely, knowing that even if you consumed an entire bottle of Elixir Drops or a whole CBD chocolate bar, you won’t experience any psychoactive or mind-altering effect!  

Are your products made with Full Spectrum hemp extract?

Vital Leaf uses Full Spectrum Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Extract in all of our products. 

CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its pure form. It is an extraction of CBD alone, without additional cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that full-spectrum hemp extract contains. In the early days of studying CBD, it was hypothesized that isolating the CBD compound would make it more effective. This has since been debunked by more recent studies that suggest that CBD works best alongside the other compounds in what’s known as “The Entourage Effect.”

The entourage effect refers to the perfectly synergistic effect that occurs in the human body when consuming the full spectrum of compounds that naturally exist in the cannabis plant. The combination that’s included in a full spectrum CBD oil allows for far better performance of each compound than any single one by itself. This results in an amplified effect that is far greater than the sum of its parts. 

What does this mean for you? Consuming a full-spectrum CBD oil will have a quicker and more efficient effect on your body than a CBD isolate.


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