What is CBD?


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.


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. 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”.