What is CBD?


What is CBD?

There are more than one hundred cannabinoids in cannabis. THC is the most well-known. It is the cannabinoid that makes people feel “high”. CBD, or cannabidiol, is becoming the second most well-known. It is increasingly being described as a magical cure all and that’s just not true. CBD is a molecule that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties that give it a range of health and wellness applications.


What Can CBD Do For You?

We cannot make any claims regarding potential benefits because CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, this means seeking out legitimate research falls mostly to you. Follow our social media channels and regularly visit our website to find the educational content most interesting to us.

You should also look up our good friend, Dr. David Casarett, Duke University’s Chief of Palliative Care and the author of Stoned: A Doctor’s Perspective on Medical Marijuana.


How Do I Take CBD?

Naternal currently makes tinctures and topicals. A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract. It is typically taken sublingually-- by placing the liquid under your tongue and allowing it to absorb. You may also opt to mix a few drops of CBD oil into your favorite beverages, such as your morning coffee or post-workout shake. Our topicals come in four unique formulations-- a lotion, butter, salve, and muscle rub. To use, simply coat the affected area and rub thoroughly into your skin.


Will CBD Make Me Feel “High”?

CBD is a non-psychotropic and will not cause you to feel “high”. However, some CBD products contain THC in trace amounts and these can make you feel “high” when used improperly. For example, our fully spectrum products contain just under 0.3% THC-- or approximately three milligrams of THC per milliliter of oil. We make THC-free broad spectrum products for anyone concerned about exposure to THC.

For more information on why we include trace amounts of THC in some of our products, check out this section on the pros and cons of full spectrum versus broad spectrum products.

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What is the CBD Experience?

While some people may be stuck on what CBD is, those that want to integrate it into their everyday life may have questions about how CBD makes you feel. After all, it is a close cousin to THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that makes you "high." 

 While it is uncommon to have a psychoactive experience with CBD products, there are some people who are more sensitive and may feel different. Generally, you may feel a calmness or an increased sense of focus -- or you may feel nothing at all. That's normal. 


What Does Taking CBD Feel like?

Most people who take CBD won't feel a thing. It's not because CBD isn't doing anything, but because it's not that kind of compound. 

That said, how you'll feel depends on how sensitive you are to CBD and how much CBD you take, as well as the specific product and how the CBD is used. Some CBD-infused topicals may be great at mitigating localized relief, while tinctures may have a more systemic approach internally.

Some CBD products such as full and broad spectrum CBD oil may also contain other cannabinoids, which can provide even more synergistic benefits, commonly referred to as the entourage effect.


How Often Can I Take CBD?

It is up to you to dial in your perfect dose, which includes how often you should take it. However, most people use CBD one to two times per day - most commonly in the morning and at night. If it’s your first time using CBD, start with a small dose at bedtime just in case it makes you sleepy. After using it for a few days you will have a better understanding of how CBD interacts with your body. If you need to, adjust your dosage accordingly.


How is CBD Made?

To make CBD, you first need to extract the CBD from the plant. This can be done via ethanol extraction or CO2 extraction, which is basically just a fancy way of separating the CBD from extraneous plant matter. Ethanol is both easier and more popular.

Once the CBD is extracted, it's made into one of three types of raw material: CBD isolate, full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is the crystalized, concentrated form, meaning that only CBD is contained within.

Other types of CBD products are known as full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD. As you can likely guess, full spectrum CBD includes all the cannabinoids and terpenes in the processed plant, while broad spectrum doesn't contain THC.


Which CBD Product is Right for Me?

From tinctures to topicals to gummies, there are so many options when it comes to CBD products. Choosing the best product for you starts with your reason for using CBD. Some research along with tons of anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD can potentially be effective for managing stress, pain, depression and sleep issues. Tinctures are the most popular form because they are administered sublingually and are absorbed faster into the bloodstream, which makes effects faster than a gummy. Most people use tinctures or gummies if they are looking for systemic relief, whereas they choose a topical product if they are looking for localized relief. Still can’t decide? Take our quiz to find the perfect Naternal product for you.


What Other Cannabinoids are Present in Full and Broad Spectrum Oil?

CBD is the primary cannabinoid found in our full spectrum and broad spectrum oils, but there are also minor cannabinoids present. Researchers have identified over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD is considered a major cannabinoid because it is found in higher concentrations in the hemp plant. Minor cannabinoids like, CBG, CBN, CBC and THCV are found in lower concentrations in the plant. They all work synergistically to provide users with “the entourage effect”.


What is CBG?

CBG, also known as Cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid that can be either a major or minor cannabinoid depending on the hemp strain used. It is the precursor molecule to all of the other cannabinoids, which is why it is often referred to as the “mother of all cannabinoids”. This means, it usually starts in high abundance as CBGA on cannabis plants and as the plant ages, it transforms into other cannabinoids. CBG is most commonly being researched for it’s potential anti-inflammatory properties, which are thought to be even stronger than just CBD.

Find CBG in our Move CBD + CBG product.

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What is CBN?

CBN, also known as Cannabinol, is a minor cannabinoid often produced after THC ages or oxidizes. It is most commonly researched for its anti-inflammatory properties and anxiety management. Anecdotally, CBN is said to have sedative properties, which is why it is often used before bedtime.

Find CBN in our Rest CBD + CBN product.

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What is CBC?

CBC, also known as Cannabichromene, is a minor cannabinoid that is beginning to be researched for its promising benefits. Like many of the other cannabinoids, CBC is also being researched for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it also shows promise for some other use cases. Ideally when combined with CBD and low levels of THC, CBC appears to deliver antidepressant properties.

Find CBC in a Naternal product coming soon.