Whether you're an experienced CBD consumer, or you're just getting started on your CBD journey, we know there's a lot to understand and you probably have some questions. At Arrive Market, helping you make educated, confident purchases that are best for you is at the center of our mission. We've put together some commonly asked questions below.
So, what exactly is CBD? +
CBD stands for cannabidiol (ka-nuh-buh-dye-ol).It is the most abundant compound, or cannabinoid (ka·nuh·buh·noyd), in the hemp and cannabis plants, which are different species of the same plant – the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Hemp has historically been bred to contain less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) whereas cannabis contains greater than 0.3% THC. CBD can be extracted from both, but all CBD products available on Arrive Market are derived from Industrial Hemp plants, and therefore contain either no THC or less than 0.3%.
What is a cannabinoid? +
A cannabinoid is any compound synthesized within the cannabis or hemp plant, or compounds that are similar to those. There are technically three types of cannabinoids: Phytocannabinoids (plant-based),Synthetic cannabinoids (lab-produced), and Endocannabinoids (naturally producedin the body). All of our products contain Phytocannabinoids, as syntheticcannabinoids can be dangerous to consume.
Scientists have identified dozens of different cannabinoids to date. Some of the most common cannabinoids that you also often find in CBD products are:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabidivarin (CBDV), Cannabinol (CBN), and Cannabichromene (CBC)
What’s the difference between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD? +
Hemp plants contain 0.3% THC or less by weight, while cannabis plants contain more than 0.3% THC by weight. We only sell hemp-derived CBD on Arrive Market.
What’s the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate CBD? +
Full spectrum CBD oil contains the full array of compounds produced by its sourced plant. These include CBD, a trace amount of THC (<0.3%), and other cannabinoids and terpenes (natural compounds found in the plant that produce different aromas and work in synergy with CBD to increase the healing properties of the plant). This can produce the“Entourage Effect,” which happens when CBD is ingested with other compounds from the plant to boost the effects of CBD.
Broad spectrum CBD oil contains a wide array of the compounds, but THC is removed completely. Other cannabinoids and terpenes are still present, meaning the Entourage Effect can still take place.
CBD isolate contains only pure CBD with all other cannabinoids and terpenes removed. CBD isolate begins as a full-spectrum extract and goes through several rounds of winterization to strip away all additional cannabinoids and compounds, leaving a white, crystallized powder with only CBD present.
The wide variety of compounds found in full spectrum CBD oils makes this option popular among consumers wanting the full range of compounds included in the hemp plant.
Broad spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate, however, would be a good choice for those who want to avoid even trace amounts of THC.
How does CBD work? +
CBD affects the endocannabinoid system and interacts with a wide variety of other receptor systems in the body. This is the reason it is purported to have such a range of potential therapeutic benefits.
Brain receptors are not only sensitive to neurotransmitters produced naturally in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin, but also chemical messengers produced outside the body, such as plant cannabinoids like CBD. When these plant-derived compounds enter the body through the bloodstream, they can influence brain activity by interacting with receptors on neurons. But they don’t interact with all neurons, just the ones that have the appropriate receptors.
What is the Endocannabinoid System? +
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is our body's natural system of maintaining homeostasis. The ECS is made up of three parts: Endocannabinoids, Receptors in the nervous system and around your body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with, and Enzymes that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids.
Through those receptors, the ECS helps regulate a lot of important functions, such as inflammation, mood, sleep, and digestion.
CBD stimulates ECS activity, which is why we feel a variety of benefits when we use it.
Is CBD safe? +
With so many new CBD products popping up on the market, we can understand why you might have this question.At Arrive Market, we pride ourselves in vetting all of our brands and products that are safe and trustworthy. All of the products on Arrive Market are third-party lab tested, and you can see all of the lab results here.
Do CBD products get you high? +
No, CBD alone will not get you high. Sometimes products containing both CBD and more than 0.3% THC can get you high, but any CBD product you purchase on Arrive Market contains 0.3% THC or less (which is within the legal limit of the 2018 Farm Bill).That trace amount will not result in any detectable intoxicating effects.
Will CBD show up on a drug test? +
Probably not, BUT full spectrum oil does contain the legal limit of less than 0.3% THC. At Arrive Market, we audit all our brands and verify that each CBD product contains no contaminants as well as 0.3% or less THC by weight per serving. It is possible that over time, the small amounts of THC allowed in CBD products could also build up in the body to detectable levels.
If you’re concerned about THC, it’s best to look for products containing isolate or broad spectrum hemp instead of full spectrum. We've made it clear which type of CBD is in each product for you on the products pages.
It’s always best to consult your employer or doctor if you're concerned about an upcoming test.
What will I feel like when I take CBD? +
Depending on your serving, unique body chemistry, method of delivery, and the amount of THC present in the product, CBD can have a range of subtle effects including physical relaxation, relief, or a slight alerting or sedating effect. CBD by itself is non-intoxicating, and a THC content of 0.3% or less by weight per serving will not make you feel “high.”
Will I get addicted? +
No. Since CBD is non-intoxicating, CBD itself is not addictive, and according to the World Health Organization, CBD is not associated with abuse potential. Once again, if you find yourself with more questions, it’s always best to consult with your doctor or a medical professional.
Is CBD legal? +
Yes. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is legal. It is federally legal to grow, sell, and consume industrial hemp-based products. While he sale of hemp-derived CBD products is legal at the federal level, some states still consider CBD products illegal. Please refer to our shipping policy for more details on where we do and do not ship.
Does CBD have any side-effects? +
Many studies indicate that it is safe and virtually free of side effects. If you are concerned about using CBD with other medications you are taking, we recommend talking to your doctor.
Is CBD gluten free, vegan, etc.? +
Nearly all of the products on Arrive Market are both gluten-free and dairy-free, but there may be risk for cross contamination as some products travel from point of origin to our facility. It’s best to check the ingredients of each individual product, which are listed on our product pages to be sure.
How do I take CBD? +
CBD is available in a variety of forms: oil tinctures, capsules, topicals (lotions, balms, etc.), transdermal patches, vapes, edibles, and liquid beverages. The time of onset and duration of effect vary depending on the method of administration. You can shop by product type, purpose or brand on Arrive Market. If you’re unsure which form is best for you, you can take our quiz, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or utilize the chat feature on our site!
How much CBD should I take? +
Because every person is different, every person will require a different amount of CBD depending on how their body metabolizes, absorbs, and responds to CBD. As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to start small and observe your body’s response before adding more into your routine.
Take a look at our beginner’s guide to microdosing here.
Can I travel with CBD purchased on Arrive Market? +
In most cases, yes you can. As always, we recommend checking with the laws of your destination.
If you find yourself needing more guidance, feel free to utilize our chat feature, or reach out to us at email@example.com. We're here for you on your wellness journey!