Frequently Asked Questions
Hemp produces a broad range of naturally occurring chemical compounds called cannabinoids. CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of many cannabinoid compounds produced by the plant.
CBD is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and is non-intoxicating.
Hemp plants and marijuana plants are both the same species, Cannabis sativa. However, while they may look and smell similar, hemp and marijuana are two different things.
Marijuana is cannabis that is cultivated to have high levels of Delta-9 THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound that makes you feel “high”).
Hemp is cannabis that is cultivated to have an ultra-low quantities of Delta-9 THC. Because of its low Delta-9 THC, hemp is non-intoxicating, and it is federally legal to grow, sell, purchase, and ship.
Hemp plants have been used for a wide variety of purposes for more than 10,000 years, including fiber from the plant stems, protein from seeds and oils from the leaves and flowers.
While hemp plants do not have high concentrations of most cannabinoids, it is possible to isolate and extract different cannabinoids through a laboratory process.
In 2018, the U.S. Farm Bill created a legal distinction between “industrial hemp” and marijuana-cannabis. As a result, industrial hemp, defined as any cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC, became federally legal. Despite this, a few states have implemented state-specific restrictions.
The legality of marijuana-cannabis (cannabis with over 0.3% THC [delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol]) is a deeply-rooted issue and a current political topic. Many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use (specific regulations vary state-by-state), but it remains illegal at the federal level.
Prior to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the regulated production of hemp, hemp was not differentiated from other cannabis plants. CBD was viewed as another cannabinoid, along with THC, that derived from the cannabis plant, which was deemed as federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. The Farm Bill effectively removed hemp and hemp extracts, including CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act and made it federally legal and accessible to mainstream consumers.
Since gaining legality, hemp and hemp-derived products, such as CBD, have experienced rapid growth and adoption as more research is conducted and consumers explore the potential benefits associated with hemp-derived products.
No – CBD will not make you feel high, even at high doses. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating.
Because CBD is non-intoxicating, you will not feel high after taking CBD. The effects of CBD are very subtle, and everyone experiences CBD differently, but in general, people report:
- Feelings of calm
- Relief from mental and physical discomfort
- Improved rest
Please note that our products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.
CBD dose will vary from person to person, and will depend on the specific concern being addressed. For most people, it makes sense to start with a moderate daily dose (25-50mg), and gradually increase as needed to achieve the intended effect.
When starting a new CBD routine, make sure to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether or not your symptoms are getting better.
Please consult with your healthcare professional before incorporating CBD into your daily routine, particularly if you are taking prescription drugs.
When consumed orally, it may take up to 2 hours to feel the effects of CBD.
If after two hours you still don’t feel the desired effects, you could consider slowly increasing your dose. While some individuals may feel effects from a low dose of CBD, others will require a higher dose. Because CBD is non-intoxicating, you will not feel “high” after taking CBD, even at high doses.
Everyone reacts to CBD differently. While most people do not report negative side effects from CBD, some individuals may experience symptoms such as dry mouth, fatigue, drowsiness, or nausea.
Also, CBD may interact with some prescription medications and render them less effective. This isn’t totally out of the ordinary – some medications interact the compounds inside things as natural as grapefruit juice.
Consult your doctor before starting a CBD routine, especially if you are taking prescription medications.
CBD and other hemp derived cannabinoids are not tested for in routine drug screenings. However, there is a chance that hemp products may contain trace amounts of Delta-9 THC (<0.3%, in compliance with federal law). Because of this, we cannot guarantee that hemp-derived products will not show up on a routine drug screening. Please proceed with caution if you believe you may be subject to a drug test.
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Everyone has an ECS, regardless of whether you consume cannabis or not.
The ECS has three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Endocannabinoids are molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies. These molecules bind to receptors found throughout the body. When these receptors are activated, they signal to the ECS that it is time to go to work. Once the ECS process is over, enzymes in the system break down the endocannabinoids and free up the receptors.
Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC interact with our body’s ECS by binding to its receptors, just like a naturally produced endocannabinoid.
Experts are still researching the ECS, but so far, we know that it plays a role in regulating many of our body’s most critical systems, such as inflammation, sleep, mood, and memory. Clinical research on CBD is still new, but ongoing. Recently, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first clinical treatment using CBD.
Several studies suggest CBD is non-toxic and well tolerated even in extremely high doses (>1500mg per day).
However, you should still consider a few things with regards to safety:
- CBD may interact with some prescription medications and render them less effective
- Some products being marketed as “CBD” do not contain the labeled dosages, and/or may contain substances that are harmful for human consumption.
Always ensure that the products that you are consuming come with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a third party laboratory that confirms that the product contains the advertised dosage and is free of harmful substances.
Each CLEO product receives a full panel test immediately after manufacturing, which confirms dosages and ensures that our products do not contain toxins or contaminants. Our Certificates of Analysis are easily found on our website.
Unfortunately CBD shouldn’t be used by everyone. CBD may interact with some prescription medications and render them less effective. This isn’t totally out of the ordinary – some medications interact the compounds inside things as natural as grapefruit juice.
If you are taking prescription medications, consult your doctor before starting a CBD routine.
Yes, you can take CBD along with your daily vitamins.
Yes, CBD is safe to use with alcohol in moderation.
In existing studies, including one by the World Health Organization, CBD has not been shown to have addictive qualities.
However, CBD research is still ongoing.
CBD is a naturally occurring substance, and is not known to cause cancer.
No, CBD is not known to cause “the munchies (the feeling of increased hunger sometimes associated with consuming marijuana)”
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