All About CBD & Hemp Extract

What is CBD?

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of over 100+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. Cannabis is a general term, under which both marijuana and hemp fall under. A very low THC content is the single difference that most rely on to distinguish hemp from marijuana, as hemp is required to contain less than 0.3% THC.

CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in Cannabis. Second only to THC, the compound responsible for the intoxication that people experience when consuming marijuana, CBD does not cause any “high” or altered state of mind.

Vital Leaf CBD products incorporate full-spectrum hemp oil extracted from regeneratively grown Oregon hemp and tested in a certified laboratory to ensure its safety, purity, and consistent cannabinoid content. 

How does CBD work?

CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), an important physiological system that supports homeostasis, affecting your mood, sleep, memory, appetite, digestive system, pain sensation, and immunity.

Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters produced by our bodies that interact with receptor sites primarily in the brain and central nervous system, as well as peripheral organs and tissues. Phytocannabinoids, like CBD and THC, are produced by plants (including Cannabis) and also interact with these receptor sites.

Unlike THC, CBD does not interact strongly with the two primary cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Instead, CBD works to inhibit the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to a higher concentration of cannabinoids that the body naturally produces.

What else is in hemp extract, besides CBD?

Vital Leaf sources our hemp extract from Cannabis Sativa plants, regeneratively grown in Oregon by ODA licensed hemp farmers specializing in phytocannabinoid-rich strains of hemp, which means that they contain a THC concentration of no more than 0.3% and are especially rich in CBD and other non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids. There are many other types of natural molecules and compounds in the hemp plant, too! 

In addition to CBD and other minor cannabinoids, our hemp extracts are composed of naturally occurring molecules which include: amino acids, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, fatty acids (like omega 3 and 6), flavonoids, terpenes, trace minerals, and vitamins (like B1, B2, B6, D).

Terpenes are organic compounds found within hemp flowers and leaves. Part of each cannabis strain’s defining characteristics are determined by terpenes, which influence the aroma and flavor of oil extracted from these plants. The most prevalent terpenes include Limonene, Linalool, Myrcene, and alpha- and beta-Pinene. 

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

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the hemp seeds and is often used as a mild carrier oil in tinctures or balms, but it contains only trace levels of cannabinoids. It is widely considered to be a superfood because of its high Omega-3 and Omega-6 content, and is often used in the kitchen, adding essential fatty acids to dressings, smoothies, etc. Typically when the term hemp oil is used, it is referring to hemp seed oil, yet this is not always the case today. It’s best practice to inquire further if a product is only labeled as “hemp oil”. 

CBD oil or Hemp Extract is primarily extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant (often called buds), which are rich in CBD and various other cannabinoids and terpenes, but can be found in small amounts in the seeds and stalk. Full-spectrum hemp extract oil is non-psychoactive, as it typically contains only trace amounts of THC.

How do I consume CBD?

Orally


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 therapeutic. Applying CBD in a balm, cream, oil, or gel is the most effective way to address localized pain and inflammation. When applied topically, CBD does not enter the bloodstream. 

Inhalation

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 or symptoms?

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 therapeutic 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.

Buying from Vital Leaf

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.

All About Vital Leaf CBD 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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