Cannabidiol, abbreviated CBD, is one of the most studied and most prevalent cannabinoids, second only to THC. It is non-psychoactive, and provides numerous health benefits without the intoxicating effects of THC. Some of the many benefits of CBD include: promoting restful sleep, supporting normal cartilage and join function, relieving nausea, and enhancing relaxation. Before taking CBD, ask your doctor if it’s right for you, and research scientific publications and other government resources for more information.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a group of cannabinoid receptors found naturally in the body. The endocannabinoid receptors that make up the ECS are located in the body’s Central Nervous System (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord, Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), which acts as a communication network linking the CNS to our body, and in the Immune System.
Our brains contain the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors, though they are also present in our organs, tissues, and glands. The widespread presence of ECS receptors throughout our body helps to explain why CBD is effective in a variety of uses and benefits.
Cannabidiol is naturally found in the tiny structures known as trichomes that grow on hemp and cannabis plants. The first cannabinoid molecule was discovered in 1940, and researchers have studied the numerous health benefits of CBD ever since. CBD has been shown to promote sleep, relieve joint pain, help in athletic recovery, enhance relaxation, improve mood, reduce stress and frustration, alleviate nausea, and support immune system health.
Cannabidiol exists in two states, CBD and CBD-a. The latter, CBD-a, grows directly on hemp and cannabis and has shown potential for different types of treatment. However, its effects have not yet been researched as extensively as CBD. When CBD-a is heated, it loses its acid chain in a process called decarboxylation (or “activation”) and becomes CBD. CBD has been well studied and has a more pronounced effect than CBD-a due to more efficient binding process in relation to the body’s cannabinoid receptors.
CBD is a safer, natural alternative with little to no side effects. While CBD has been shown to be non-toxic even at extreme doses, you should consult your doctor before you take CBD.
Cannabinoids are organic molecules produced by the hemp and cannabis plants that activate two of the body’s central nervous system receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain, CB2 receptors are spread throughout the rest of the body. Because CBD does not activate the brain’s CB1 receptors, it is largely non-psychoactive, unlike the more common THC.
All of the known cannabinoids have unique receptor interactions, producing individual results. Research has also shown that the benefits of cannabinoids multiply when used together, producing what is called the “entourage effect.”
Commonly Asked Questions
Are CBD and THC the same thing?
No. There are more than 100 known cannabinoids, each with a unique effect on the body. THC and CBD have a very similar chemical composition, but their atoms are arranged differently. Because of the way THC is arranged on a molecular level, it is the perfect compound for interaction with CB1 receptors in the brain, which provides an intoxicating effect. CBD, however, is not a good connector to CB1, but instead connects with CB2 receptors. This interaction produces a completely different effect on the body, leading to many health benefits without the psychotic effect.
Is CBD legal?
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 states, and more than 40 countries worldwide. You should check with your local government, police department, or customs office for up to date information regarding the legality of CBD in your area. We strongly recommend that you check with your own local administration to ensure that you are comfortable with the legality of consuming these products before you buy them.
What is your CBD made from?
Our CBD is derived from hemp. We extract the CBD from our hemp and the extract then undergoes purification and distillation processes to result in a high quality, CBD oil free from all solvents.
Do Azure CBD products contain any THC?
There are trace amounts of THC present in most hemp-derived CBD products, however, our products comply with the federally mandated THC limit.
Are there any heavy metals or pesticides in Azure products?
We test all of the hemp from our supplier for heavy metals and pesticides. Our test results can be found on individual product pages. We do not test our finished products, but plan to begin testing each finished batch in the future.
Do you test the quality of the hemp you use?
Yes. Our products undergo a testing protocol to ensure we are selling the highest quality and safest products possible. When we receive a shipment of hemp to our, we test for heavy metals and pesticides. Post extraction, we test the raw oil again for heavy metals and pesticides, as well as testing for potency and solvents. We send all batches made in-house to a third party for potency and quality analysis. All of these test results can be found on each product page.
What do you test for?
Upon receiving a bulk shipment of hemp we test for heavy metals and potency.
In the next step we use ethanol to separate CBD from the plant material, then the raw oil is tested for potency and solvents — the solvent we use is the same as what you find in alcoholic drinks and is safe for human consumption. You can find potency results on each product page.
If the raw CBD oil is refined into distilled CBD we test again for potency. Testing for solvents is not performed twice because the distillation process removes any remaining alcohol. If it is refined into CBD isolate, we test for solvents and potency.
Are Azure products vegan?
The majority of our products are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no preservatives. The only non-vegan ingredient we use is beeswax in our balms.
Can I order from anywhere in the United States?
Our products are available in all 50 states. Laws are constantly being updated, so we recommend that you check with your local administration to ensure you are comfortable with the legality of consuming hemp-CBD products in your state before you buy and use CBD.
Should I swallow or take the tinctures sublingually?
You can take the tinctures sublingually by keeping the product sitting under your tongue for five to ten seconds. This process may increase the uptake of the product.
Will I test positive on a drug test if I use your products?
There is a chance for a false positive on a drug test if you take CBD products. We hold no liability. If this is a major concern for you, we suggest not taking CBD.
What do you mean by ``THC Free``?
“THC Free” means there are no traceable amounts of THC that were detected in our third party testing, but this does not guarantee that you’ll pass a drug test.
Less Commonly Asked Questions
How much CBD Should I take?
CBD is gaining attention as a wellness supplement, but there is still a lot of confusion surrounding it and more research to be done. The information on our website is not intended to provide medical information and our products are not guaranteed to cure or treat any disease. We recommend consulting your doctor if you have any questions regarding CBD.
A number of factors will determine the ideal CBD serving for you, including your weight, metabolism, and genetics, among others. Each individual’s endocannabinoid system is unique, so some people may require a small amount of CBD to receive their desired benefits, while others may require a much higher serving to experience the same effects. If this is your first time trying CBD, we recommend starting with a small serving of only 10-25mg and increasing it later, if desired. CBD can take up to 2 hours to work, so be sure to wait before ingesting another serving. You can always take more if you’re not receiving the desired effect, but you can never take less.
What is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is often referred to as “activating” the chemical compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that happens during the extraction process when CBD-a is heated to 248°F. It can happen above and below 248°F but without the same efficiency. When CBD-a reaches 248°F the carboxyl group breaks away and is replaced by a proton. This step is important, as the decarboxylation of CBDA to CBD ensures that the CBD present in our products have the desired effects within the endocannabinoid system.
Is CBD Psychoactive?
CBD is largely non-psychoactive, meaning it has no intoxicating effects, due to the interaction of CBD with cannabinoid receptors located in the body.
As with all cannabinoids and endocannabinoids, CBD works within our endocannabinoid system (ECS), part of the nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of cannabinoids produced naturally in our bodies, called endocannabinoids, and two primary cannabinoid receptors.
The first receptor, CB1, can primarily be found in the central nervous system. The other, CB2, is primarily found throughout the peripheral nervous system, with smaller quantities found in the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the central nervous system.
Because CB1 receptors are located mostly in the brain, they are responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabinoids, and CB2 receptors are responsible for many of cannabinoids’ other effects.
THC is psychoactive because it binds to and activates the CB1 receptor. It also fully binds and activates the CB2 receptor, leading to a number of other possible benefits from THC intake.
CBD will bind to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but does not exhibit a strong binding affinity to them. CBD provides some neurological benefits because of its bind with CB1, but with no psychoactive effects.
What is the difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Extracts?
There are numerous online stores selling hundreds of different CBD products. For a first-time buyer, it can be a challenge to sort through all of the options. Large retailers typically sell “hemp oil,” but these products are not the same as CBD.
Hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, is extracted by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. While hemp oil does offer a number of health benefits, hemp seeds do not contain any cannabinoids, so products labeled as “hemp oil” do not provide the reported benefits of CBD or other cannabinoid-based products. Hemp seed oil does not contain any significant quantity of CBD.
Are There heavy Metals Pesticides in CBD Products?
Hemp is a bioaccumulator, which means that it uptakes soil and air contents faster than it excretes them. Because of this, there is a potential for the CBD derived from hemp to contain environmental pollutants depending on where it is grown. In places with higher levels of soil contamination or air pollution, like in China, or places with fewer regulations on heavy metals, this can cause a problem.
In the United States, there is potential for soil contamination on industrial lands, downstream of mines or other contaminated areas since hemp accumulates toxins faster than other plants.
Pesticide usage on hemp itself is generally rather minimal, but the problem is that hemp, being such a new crop, is often planted on land that was recently used for other agricultural purposes. Previous crops are very likely to have been to exposed to pesticides and the pesticides will stay in the soil for years. Hemp can help remove and clean up the pesticides from the soil, but in this process will carry the pesticides into the plant and the finished product.
Depending on where hemp is grown, it may also be exposed to pesticides that are sprayed in the air. Since hemp is extracted and refined down, the pesticide levels reflected in finished products will generally be much higher than those found in other products grown in the same conditions.
Testing practices are critical to being able to ensure a safe and consistent product for our customers. We test every hemp supplier and CBD extract for heavy metals and pesticides and post the results on our individual product pages.
What are the benefits of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations, we cannot make any health claims regarding our supplements. We can only recommend our products for general wellness purposes. None of our products are intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
Do your products contain Hemp Oil or CBD Extract?
Our products contain and are made with CBD extract.
We do use hemp seed oil as an added ingredient, but the hemp seed oil itself does not contain CBD. Our CBD products are extracted from industrial hemp, which is grown to contain high concentrations of CBD. No hemp seeds are intentionally used during this process but may incidentally be extracted.
We process our CBD extract in-house, and depending on the desired product, the hemp may go through a series of purification steps, including vacuum distillation, carbon filtration, and crystallization, to extract CBD in high concentrations. The high-CBD extract is then blended with a variety of carrier oils to produce capsules, tinctures, and other products.
Where Should I buy CBD oil?
Before you buy any CBD products, it is worth comparing your options from a few companies. Compare the price per milligram of CBD content, check if they provide their party test results for their products, find out what ingredients are used, and where the hemp is sourced from. You can easily find online forums where customers can share stories and product recommendations.
There are plenty of low quality CBD oils, however, there are also a number of companies that follow good business practices and provide high quality, reliable CBD products.