With CBD popping up in virtually every corner of the market, you’ve probably got some questions. For starters, what exactly is it? With beauty products, lotions and creams, wellness products, vitamins, tinctures, capsules, pet products, hair products, cooking additives, and so much more, it seems there is no limit to the items that CBD can be added to, and companies have honed in on our desire to use CBD by marketing every possible product to us with the claim that it contains CBD and that it will somehow make us better.

To fully understand the excitement around CBD, you first need to know what it is and how it is derived. You’re also probably eager to know if CBD is safe, and how long CBD stays in your system. It’s also beneficial to know what the effects of CBD are based on the CBD product, and which CBD products are proven to deliver quantifiable health benefits.

If you’ve got questions like these, you’ve come to the right place. KULCBD is committed to delivering not only the best CBD products available but also dispersing accurate information and separating rumor from fact. We believe CBD is a beneficial compound with properties that are healing and helpful to the skin and body, and we want to be part of a culture that understands it properly and uses it in ways that take advantage of the health benefits it has to offer. As such, let’s take a look at what CBD is, how it is used, and what we know about its safety and benefits.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or “CBD,” is one of over one hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. A cannabinoid is a naturally occurring chemical and is even produced within the human body in the endocannabinoid system ("endo" just meaning inside of the body, thus endo-cannabinoid meaning made "inside of the body"). These chemicals can be extracted from the cannabis plant and used in a variety of products for different purposes. The extraction of cannabinoids dates back to 2737 B.C., so the use of CBD and other cannabinoids is not necessarily new or groundbreaking. In fact, Chinese medicine has been using cannabinoids (including CBD) for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Unlike the well-known cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not a psychoactive compound. THC is the cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant famous for giving its users a “high” or delivering feelings of euphoria. It is also illegal for use without a medical prescription in many states, and completely illegal to use in some. THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, followed by CBD.

So, here comes one of the most common questions around CBD products and the effects of CBD: will CBD make you high?

One of the major misconceptions about CBD is that CBD is the same as or similar to THC just because it comes out of the same plant. This is simply not true. Even though CBD and THC are both cannabinoids and they both interact with our endocannabinoid system to exert their effects, their chemical components are very much different. According to the World Health Organization , “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” The WHO has ruled CBD usage safe and has acknowledged the existence of CBD for use in medicines and other products.

How is CBD Extracted?

CBD oil can be extracted in one of three ways. Depending on how the CBD oil is extracted determines how strong the CBD is, and how effective it is. When selecting a CBD product for usage, you should be certain you know which type of CBD oil the product in question contains. Many marketing agencies love to throw around the term “CBD” for products that don’t actually contain the compound or contain such a small amount of CBD isolate that there’s little chance of the product actually working exerting any actual effects of CBD. So that you can be in the know, here are the three ways CBD oil can be extracted, and how you’ll find CBD oil in your products.

CBD isolate. CBD isolate refers to CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant by itself. This means that the only cannabinoid taken from the plant is CBD itself, and the only compound in the oil is CBD, arguably being the most pure CBD form since there are no other compounds present.

Broad Spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD refers to CBD oil that has been extracted from the cannabis plant along with all the other terpenes, cannabinoids, fibers, nutrients, and other beneficial ingredients present in the cannabis plant, except for THC.

Full Spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD is the most powerful CBD oil available. It is CBD that has been extracted along with all of the aforementioned compounds, including THC.

The most effective and beneficial of these three oils is full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD oil is the only oil that can produce the “entourage effect," which is produced when all of all the compounds in the cannabis plant work together synergistically to produce the most benefit to the user. If the inclusion of THC in full spectrum CBD oil makes you nervous, let us put your fears at ease by providing you some more information.

The full spectrum CBD oil that you will generally find available in products is referred to as “hemp derived.” This means the oil has been extracted from the hemp plant, which is just a different species of the cannabis plant. Hemp-derived CBD oil contains less than 0.3 percent THC, as required by law. This amount of THC does not produce a psychoactive effect in the user.

Another common question people have about full spectrum CBD oil is "will CBD show up in a drug test or cause a false positive?" This pairs with another concern that the trace amounts of THC may cause a positive result in drug screening or drug testing. The good news is that even taken in high doses, the trace amounts of THC are unlikely to cause a positive drug test result in a urine test (though it’s not impossible), and even though CBD remains are detectable if tested for, CBD itself is not an illegal substance and isn't generally tested for in drug screening or urine tests.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

The amount of time a CBD product stays in your system depends on several factors that are very specific to the type of CBD product that was used as well as the individual who took it, so the time the CBD is detectable in your system is generally widely variable. Here are some factors that play into how long CBD stays in your system.

How much CBD was used. As with any other substance, the amount of the substance you use is the biggest determining factor in how long the substance remains in your system. The more of a particular substance you use, the longer it stays in your system. Generally, the half-life of CBD orally taken (gummies, sublingual, etc.) is about one to two days, half-life meaning that half of the substance has been consumed/metabolized and there's about half of the initial amount left.

Frequency of use. If you use CBD regularly, you can experience product build-up. As such, most CBD products recommend that you use them for at least a week to find out if they work for your intended purpose. While some CBD products may provide more noticeable results sooner, such as with minor pain relief after strenuous exercise, most health benefits generally require continued use in order for the CBD to properly promote overall wellness.

Individual user’s statistics. Height, body weight, and individual chemical makeup all also determine how long CBD will linger in a person’s system. Also important is a person's hydration level, and whether they took the CBD on an empty stomach--taking anything on an empty stomach generally makes it more absorbable by the digestive system at a quicker rate, which is why some medications call to take pills with food as to not cause stomach aches.

How the CBD was taken. The method of consumption--orally through a tincture, pill, or edible, a topical CBD like a cream or lotion, or even if it was vaped--can make a significant difference in how our system processes the CBD and metabolizes it.

Uses and Benefits of CBD

CBD has a plethora of uses both internally and externally. KULCBD has been delivering high-quality CBD beauty and wellness products to our community of holistically minded customers since 2019. Before our founding, we consulted with the most reputable beauty product formulators in the business, with over 30 years of experience with including CBD in beauty and wellness products. As such, we've developed a line of products that deliver on CBD’s most amazing health benefits.

Here are our five favorite CBD benefits:

Oil cleansing. When CBD oil is added to a cleanser, the cleanser becomes more effective in dissolving excess oil produced by your skin. This is referred to as “oil cleansing.” One of the properties of oil is that it can dissolve other oil. As such, when you use an oil-based cleanser, any overly oily areas on your skin can benefit from oil cleansing and the natural method of balancing out the oil production of your skin.

Anti-aging. CBD oil is chocked full of fatty acids and antioxidants, which are essential in achieving and maintaining a healthy, youthful glow. CBD can assist in diminishing the appearance of large pores, and restoring a balanced, more even complexion.

Calming. One of the best benefits of CBD is its calming properties. Taken orally, CBD can help relieve, relax, and may provide support to the musculoskeletal system. Used topically, CBD can help calm the skin and reduce redness. Users have reported an overall feeling of wellness when taking CBD both topically and orally.

One of the best benefits of CBD is its calming properties. Taken orally, CBD can help relieve, relax, and may provide support to the musculoskeletal system. Used topically, CBD can help calm the skin and reduce redness. Users have reported an overall feeling of wellness when taking CBD both topically and orally.