What is CBD?2018-09-19T20:15:04+00:00

Are you curious to know what is CBD? Cannanabidiol or CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) present in the cannabis plant. Next to Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid. However, there are some major differences between the two. CBD, unlike THC, is non-psychoactive. Therefore, regardless of how much you consume, you will never feel high. What’s perhaps even more astonishing about CBD is that a growing body of research indicates it offers numerous holistic benefits.

What exactly is cannabidiol (CBD) and more importantly, what does it do? Cannabis plants are chemical powerhouses that produce more than 400 different compounds. Not all of those compounds are unique to marijuana, of course, and appear in many other species of plants.  But of those 400 compounds, more than 60 of them are totally specific to the plant genus Cannabis. Scientists call these special compounds “cannabinoids.” However, not all cannabinoids are created equal. One of them, cannabidiol, or CBD, holds the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects marijuana offers.

The more we learn what is CBD, the more it seems poised to revolutionize medicine as we know it. Find out why cannabidiol is so important and why you should care about it, especially if you consume cannabis.

NOTE: We are not doctors. We do not claim Cannabidiol (CBD) can diagnose, cure, or treat any disease. However, we do believe CBD offers life enhancing benefits and relief for some ailments.

How does CBD work?2018-09-07T11:59:12+00:00

How does CBD work? CBD effects the The Endocannabinoid System or ECS. The ECS is a biological system present in all humans and most animals. It is made up of cannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2) and endocannabinoids (cannabinoids our bodies produce naturally). The primary role of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis. Like a lock and key signaling system, cannabinoids (such as CBD or THC) interact with cannabinoid receptors. CBD is unique from THC in that it does not interact with these receptors directly. Instead, it acts as a signaling system. Which helps explain why CBD effects the body without making you feel high. It can actually block the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a “high” or change a person’s state of mind, but it influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively.

According to one study posted to Neurotherapeutics, this is because CBD itself does very little to the ECS. Instead, it activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system.

For example, CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. So, increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels.

What is the difference between cannabis and hemp?2018-09-05T13:14:00+00:00

The difference between hemp and cannabis begins with a simple concept: Both ultimately come from the same plant… just different parts.

Depending on how the plant is grown and utilized will determine which term is correct. For instance, the term cannabis (or marijuana) is used when describing a Sativa plant that is bred for its potent, resinous glands (known as trichomes). These trichomes contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties.

Hemp, on the other hand, is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC. It is a high-growing plant, typically bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, and much more.

Only products made from industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC) are legal to sell, buy, consume, and ship. This single factor (0.3%) is how most people distinguish between how the plants are classified. They are both varieties of cannabis sativa L. However, the major difference between the two is primarily how they are bred. Hemp is predominantly cultivated for industrial purposes such as fiber, food, plastics, and oil to name a few. Hemp only contains trace amounts of THC while cannabis tends to contain relatively high levels of THC. In fact, is is legally distinguished from cannabis by less than 0.3% THC content. However, what it lacks in THC content it makes up with its naturally rich CBD content.

Will CBD products get me high?2018-09-19T20:13:30+00:00

CBD products, while derived from cannabis, will not get your high. Freshleaf CBD products are derived from domestically grown USA hemp and only contain trace amounts of THC. Consuming Freshleaf CBD products will not produce psychoactive effects.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant.  Next to Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, it is the most abundant cannabinoid.

First thing to note is that there are several differences between the two. In contrast to THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. As a result, regardless of how much you consume, you will never feel “high.” There is a growing body of research that shows a wide range of holistic benefits of CBD.

Throughout history, cannabis alleviated a variety of health issues. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s did researchers begin to investigate why it worked. In 1964, a scientist named Raphael Mechoulam isolated CBD and THC for the first time. The results from this study changed everything we know about the plant today – the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

What is the best way to take CBD?2018-08-30T14:39:08+00:00

There are a variety of ways to take CBD and incorporate it in your lifestyle. Freshleaf CBD provides the best way with concentrate, CBD gummies, CBD vape oil, full spectrum cbd and e-liquid. We recommend starting with a low dose and gradually increasing until the desired effect is reached. Please refer to our suggested use guide for more information.

Stay safe by consulting your physician before starting CBD.

If you are already taking it, inform your doctor. Research shows that many people do not let their doctors know that they are taking a dietary supplement or are considering taking one. While many products are safe, side effects can happen, especially if taken with other medications. Even if you don’t take medication or have a chronic health problem, the wrong dietary supplement or the wrong amount, can cause problems. Check with your doctor first.

For more questions regarding CBD and CBD products, check out more FAQ’s here. 

Are your CBD products tested?2018-09-05T12:53:45+00:00

Freshleaf CBD takes every precaution to bring you the cleanest, tested, CBD products gummies, vape oil, vape cartridges, and tinctures on the market.

All CBD products display a QR code sticker with the following information when available.

  • COA for Cannabidiol
  • Lot/Batch Code (when manufactured in-house)
  • GCC for bottles
  • Expiration
  • 3rd party testing (when manufactured in-house)

Products tested by third parties provide a neutral, unbiased source examination of the content and quality. This is incredibly important in today’s market, as the non-regulated state of cannabis lets manufacturers and distributors slap impressive-looking labels on their products, and market them differently. We maintain transparency so you know our products are reliable and reputable. We want you to know our brand is legit. Ensure your CBD products are properly sourced to ensure you receive the highest quality CBD on the market. Order from Freshleaf CBD’s in-house, 3rd party tested products.

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Where Do We Source Our CBD?2018-08-29T12:39:33+00:00

Freshleaf CBD products come from a pure, high-quality cannabidiol (CBD) isolate source derived from domestically grown USA hemp.

CBD comes from specific varieties of the cannabis plant, also known as hemp. The cannabis plants are first separated and then CBD is extracted. The cannabis plant contains 85 chemical substances, one of which is CBD. It is the second most abundant compound found in hemp and represents up to 40% of its extracts. CBD is a 100% naturally-occurring chemical compound sourced directly from the cannabis plant. Above all, CBD is not synthetic or man-made.

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Will CBD Show up on a Drug Test?2018-11-30T08:57:40+00:00

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it could show up on a drug test. Drug tests are searching for narcotics or illicit drugs. THC is still considered an illicit drug. CBD has no psychoactive effects, while also being extracted from industrial hemp; the THC content is minuscule.

The answer can get complicated, but the simple answer is no as long as you’re using Freshleaf CBD products. Drug tests screen for THC levels, not CBD content. Freshleaf CBD products are derived from internationally and domestically grown industrial hemp only containing trace amounts of THC, if at all.

Does this mean that all companies follow the same road and use legal CBD? Absolutely not. Be careful when choosing your CBD. Do your research and search for reviews before you buy.

There are many legitimate CBD companies on the market today and Freshleaf CBD is one of them. Choose your CBD supplier wisely.


Learn if CBD Trigger False-Positive on Drug TestsDrug Screening Typically Doesn’t Detect CBD

Employers require drug screening for various reasons including safety, improved productivity, and federal mandates. The goal is to determine impairment, not a medical regimen. Therefore, most drug screens don’t test for CBD.

Most organizations use either a 5-panel or 10-panel drug screen. These test for THC-COOH (what THC turns in to after the body metabolizes it). Additionally THC, the 5-panel drug screen tests for cocaine, opiates, PCP, and amphetamines/methamphetamines. The 10-panel screen tests for barbiturates, propoxyphene, benzodiazepines, methadone, and propoxyphene. Though the 10-panel test contains more recreational drugs and medical marijuana, painkillers as it contains components for pharmaceutical drugs that have become a growing epidemic.

Can High Doses of CBD Trigger False-Positive

Hemp products can legally contain up to .3 percent THC levels, therefore there is a possibility that regularly consuming high doses of CBD trigger false-positive results. However, it is unlikely that taking high doses of CBD daily would surpass the federal limit of 50 nanograms THC metabolite per milliliter of urine, therefore, causing you to fail a drug test.

Please note, a positive test would be the result of minute traces of THC in the body, not CBD.

Consuming CBD products (with only trace amounts of THC), will not show up on standard drug screens since CBD does not result in impairment.  We recommend full disclosure to medical professionals regarding cannabis and/or other medications. CBD consumption is not common grounds for workplace discipline. But check your workplace drug policy for more information.


Purchase your products from a legitimate CBD supplier and ask questions. Know what you’re buying, where it’s sourced and made.


Is CBD safe to consume?2018-08-29T10:54:21+00:00

Stay safe by consulting your physician before starting a new dietary supplement.


If you are already taking dietary supplements, you should inform your doctor. Research shows that many people do not let their doctors know that they are taking a dietary supplement or are considering taking one. While many products are safe, side effects can happen, especially if taken with other medications. Even if you don’t take medication or have a chronic health problem, the wrong dietary supplement or the wrong amount, can cause problems. So check with your doctor before taking a dietary supplement.


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Full Spectrum versus CBD Isolate2018-09-12T12:18:30+00:00

When you are purchasing CBD oil and other related products, you have two options: full spectrum CBD or CBD isolate (regular) CBD. There are a few key differences you’ll want to be aware of.

Full spectrum CBD, as hemp oil, contains every cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. This means cannabidiol, cannabicyclol, tetrahyrdocannabivarin, and cannbichromevinaric acid, to name a few. In full spectrum CBD oil, there is nothing held back or left out.

Different cannabinoids introduce various potential benefits that can address a wide variety of ailments, both on their own and in conjunction with one another, and with CBD.

These full spectrum products may also contain small amounts of THC. This is because nothing is removed from the cannabis plant. Still, it is CBD oil, so the focus is not on the content. Most likely, it also comes from plants that have a low level of THC by nature.

However, it should be said that industrial hemp is regulated at 0.3 per cent THC concentration. This amount will not generally cause psycho active effects. Chemists create full spectrum CBD oil by extracting the whole source of the plant and distilling it down into oil. This brings all of the other properties and molecules along with it.

Still, when it comes from a plant that is very low in THC, that means the full spectrum CBD oil will also contain just a very minimal amount of THC. It is an easy choice for some people as long as they are okay with some exposure to THC. Otherwise, CBD isolate is the other option.