Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are so many questions surrounding CBD and because we hear the same questions often, we felt it the perfect opportunity to share a list of the more introductory questions we come across. We’ll do our best to keep it short, sweet and to the point!

What does CBD stand for?

Cannabidiol

What is CBD?

A chemical compound found in cannabis plants and tends to be most abundant in the hemp plant.

What does CBD do?

The short answer is that CBD works with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help maintain internal balance despite external factors.

Will I fail a drug test from using CBD?

CBD on it’s own will not cause a failed drug test but if you are taking a full spectrum product (all cannabinoids including <0.3%THC) it is possible to test positive. If you are using a broad spectrum product it is very rare but possible to have a false positive drug test. This is due to the CBN content, typical drug tests struggle to differentiate between THC and CBN.

Will I experience side effects?

A common question with a complicated answer. The majority of people will not experience any side effects, it is very rare but has not been studied long enough to give a direct yes or no. If you are concerned about a drug interaction always consult your physician prior to starting a CBD regime.

How long does CBD stay in your system?

For the majority of people, 2-5 days. But keep in mind every body is different and can vary depending on individual factors such as metabolism, etc…

How will CBD make me feel?

The beauty of CBD is it’s not what you feel, it’s what you don’t feel! CBD does not have intoxicating effects such as THC. Some will feel a noticeable sense of calm, many will feel a sense of relief from things such as joint/muscle discomfort, symptoms of stress and more. 

Will CBD get me high?

No. CBD is not an intoxicating compound.

Where does CBD come from?

CBD is found in all cannabis plants but is most abundant in the hemp plant. 

What are the different ways I can take/consume CBD?

So many options! Oils that are taken orally, edibles, drinks, topicals, capsules, vapes, concentrates, and flower(actual hemp plant buds to be smoked) are super common! 

Are CBD and marijuana the same thing?

No. CBD is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Marijuana is one of the plants in the cannabis family.

Is CBD legal?

Yes! CBD has been legal in the US since 2018.

Can you travel with CBD?

Yes! Be mindful when traveling with full spectrum products but as for isolate and broad spectrum products you should have no issues!

How do I find trustworthy brands to purchase my CBD products from?

Ahh, the cardinal question. Because this industry is unregulated you do have to be very vigilant in choosing your products and company. Always look for companies that are third party tested, come from a cGMP facility and are open with where their extract comes from. Also keep in mind that many brands will use cheap fillers to pump out more product so watch the ingredient list and fact panel! Kao Naturals is dedicated to providing you with the most transparent, efficacious, science backed products that you can trust and believe in.

Hopefully we’ve answered either some of your own questions or maybe even questions your loved ones have had! These are only a handful of curiosities we’ve encountered thus far so we’ll dive into some more intricate questions in upcoming blogs so be sure to check back in!

A deeper look into the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Deep Dive into Endocannabinoid System

As promised in our “Into to the Endocannabinoid System” blog, we’re back with a slightly deeper look into the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)! Today we’ll go into slightly more detail on how the ECS works as well as endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes.

So how does our ECS work?

The ECS plays a role in regulating a plethora of vital functions from appetite and mood to memory retention and perception of pain. I won’t say the list is “endless” but let’s just say it’s very, very lengthy. Even if you’ve never used a cannabinoid product in your life, your ECS system is still working for you even at this very moment. The ECS helps you maintain homeostasis or internal balance despite ever changing external factors, keeping you and your body functioning at its best. There are 3 vital pieces to this elaborate ECS puzzle: endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors and enzymes.

Endocannabinoids

The human body produces its own cannabinoids that are called endocannabinoids, an important function of the peripheral nervous system as well as the central nervous system. Currently anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol are the two known and studied endocannabinoids. They are produced naturally as needed to help communicate and send messages between cells. One of the important functions of endocannabinoids is to calm or essentially quiet over active cells. Some cells needlessly send too many signals causing imbalance, endocannabinoids travel to the targeted cells and bind to receptors helping to correct cell communication and ultimately support overall homeostasis.

Cannabinoid Receptors

We have two major cannabinoid receptors, CB1 & CB2. These aren’t the only receptors present within our ECS but they are the first discovered and have been most studied thus far. 

CB1 receptors tend to be the most abundant cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord. These receptors are what interact with THC and allow people to get that “high” feeling when using marijuana (keep in mind all of our products are hemp derived and will never contain more than .3% THC). CB1 receptors play an important role in memory, emotion, perception of pain, appetite and cognition.

CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the peripheral nervous system in places such as the immune system and especially the gastrointestinal system. But both types of receptors are found throughout the entire body. CB2 receptors may regulate inflammation and other immune responses, per research.

These receptors allow our body’s cells to detect cannabinoids, both endocannabinoids as well as phytocannabinoids from the plant such as CBD. Once detected, receptors send cells into action. Responses vary greatly depending on the type of cell and cannabinoid. 

Enzymes

So once cannabinoids have done their job and fulfilled their purpose, they’re broken down by specific enzymes. Currently there are two known types of enzymes that work with our ECS.

      • Fatty acid amide hydrolase – eliminates/breaks down anandamide
      • Monoacylglycerol acid lipase – eliminates/breaks down 2-arachidonoylglycerol

If cannabinoids were not broken down and eliminated after they have served their purpose there is a chance that the cannabinoids could re-trigger the same receptor or even multiple receptors after the need has passed which could potentially lead to negative side effects and limit proper communication between cells.

And those, my fellow wellness enthusiasts, are the 3 major components of the ECS and a bit of how each of them work together to support homeostasis and provide an overall wellness experience. Don’t forget to keep checking back in for more cannabinoid education and news! We’ll touch on bits of the ECS here and there over time to keep everyone informed and in the loop! As always #liveandlivewell

What are cannabinoids?

cannabinoids

With all the buzz around cannabis, CBD and cannabinoids I’m sure many of you have wondered…what exactly are cannabinoids? In this blog we’re going to quickly and simply break down what cannabinoids are to give you a better understanding that is clear and straight to the point!

Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body (endocannabinoids) and in cannabis plants (phytocannabinoids). These compounds interact with our Endocannabinoid system (ECS) and trigger various physiological responses. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is probably the most well-known compound due to its psychoactive or intoxicating effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) seems that it may play one of the most significant roles in the plant’s medicinal benefits. Some other key phytocannabinoids you may have already heard of or probably will very soon are:

      • Cannabigerol (CBG)
      • Cannabichromene (CBC)
      • Cannabinol (CBC)

CBD does not cause intoxicating effects, CBD is often isolated in some form for medicinal use but many studies suggest that other phytocannabinoids are mutually beneficial and provide the best results when utilized together such as in broad spectrum, full spectrum or whole plant form. CBN has been recently gaining more interest with medical researchers and has shown natural sedative properties that appear to potentially have analgesic, anti-swelling and anti-convulsive properties. CBG has been shown to help fight symptoms of swelling, discomforts, occasional nausea and some research has shown it may potentially reduce intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. CBG also has promising research on it’s positive effects on digestive issues and mood support!

Endocannabinoids…

Endocannabinoids on the other hand are the cannabinoids we produce naturally within our own body including anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), they play roles in metabolism, food intake, memory, sensory perception, central nervous system development and more. 

Endocannabinoid system and receptors….

We have cannabinoid receptors throughout our body as a part of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These receptors (CB1 & CB2) are found all throughout from cell membranes to our central nervous and immune systems to various organs. As external environments and stress factors change the ECS helps the body maintain a stable internal environment or homeostasis. Phytocannabinoids work by imitating the endocannabinoids produced naturally in the body. Our receptors, when activated, trigger various chemical, natural and physiological effects on how we feel…mind, body and as some would say, spirit. 

Conclusion…

So in conclusion phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis or hemp plant and endocannabinoids are produced naturally by our body. There are well over 100 cannabinoids being studied today and the research will soon be endless, stay tuned for upcoming blogs diving deeper into the Endocannabinoid System and its importance in our daily lives!

Intro to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Endocannabinoid system

For those who aren’t familiar with the endocannabinoid system and its role within the human body, this post just may provide a whole new perspective and appreciation for cannabinoids as well as the hemp/cannabis plant! I want to make this as easy to digest as possible so I’ll spare you the extra wordy approach and dive right in!

Cannabis has been known to have various effects and benefits depending on how it is consumed and which cannabinoids are utilized. Hemp and it’s beautiful cannabinoids wouldn’t have the therapeutic benefits it does if our bodies didn’t already have a biological system (ECS) specifically built for interacting with its chemical compounds/cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, CBG, THC(<0.3%) and so many others.

The endocannabinoid system…

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered in the late 80’s and early 90’s and there is still so much research to be done, for my fellow canna-nerds and biochem enthusiasts out there, that’s pretty exciting! The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, CB1 and CB2 receptors and enzymes that are believed to impact various functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, perception of pain and discomforts, and the list just goes on and on. Overall the endocannabinoid system when cared for, helps to promote internal balance and homeostasis despite external factors. There are some key factors to consider when looking at the ECS..

Cannabinoid receptors…

Cannabinoid receptors are found on the surface of cells and essentially “listen” to conditions outside the cell. They then use that information to determine the changes that need to be made inside of the cell to accommodate the appropriate cellular response in order to help maintain homeostasis and balance. 

We have two major cannabinoid receptors, CB1 & CB2. These aren’t the only receptors present within our ECS but they are the first discovered and have been most studied thus far. 

CB1 receptors tend to be the most abundant cannabinoid receptors in the brain, these receptors are what interact with THC and allow people to get that “high” feeling when using marijuana (keep in mind all of our products are hemp derived and will never contain more than .3% THC). CB2 receptors are more commonly found outside of the nervous system in places such as the immune system but both types of receptors are found throughout the entire body.

So to wrap it all up…We’re all designed with a specific internal system that is built to work with cannabinoids both from the hemp or cannabis plant as well as the endocannabinoids we produce naturally within our body. One of the main purposes of our ECS system to help maintain internal balance despite external factors. Below is a chart giving a visual of our CB1 and CB2 receptors and where they are found throughout our body! Stay tuned for more of a deep dive into the intricacies of the ECS in upcoming blogs!

Endocannabinoid System Diagram

 

Feeling Stiff?

Feeling Stiff?

Do you ever wake up in the morning, reach for your obnoxious alarm clock and realize your hands are abnormally stiff? Or maybe a recent gym session was extra intense and has some joints or muscles feeling like they could use a little extra love and care. Whatever the cause, stiff joints and muscle discomforts are all too common in today’s world. Many of us don’t even realize how much we neglect our body’s internal needs.

There are a plethora of options when it comes to herbs and supplements that may help alleviate and prevent those discomforts. In today’s blog we’ll run through just a few of our favorite ingredients and a bit about what they’ve been known to do. Check them out below:

Calcium Fructoborate: Calcium Fructoborate serves as an important source of bioavailable dietary borate storage, when taken orally it has been known for its positive effects on bone and cardiovascular health. 

Boswellia: Boswellia serrata is a plant that produces Indian frankincense. Boswellia is typically known to be taken by mouth for things such as brain injury, joint discomfort, and swelling of the joints. 

White Willow: White Willow Bark contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Salicin is thought to be responsible for the potential pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. 

Turmeric: Because of its antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric may also contribute to healthy digestion along with all around potential anti-inflammatory benefits. 

MSM: is an organosulfur compound. Research shows that it may be helpful in reducing joint pain, lowering inflammation, improving skin health, decreasing allergy symptoms and speeding recovery after exercise. 

These are just a few of the well known herbs in the natural realm that may help you with occasional joint or muscle discomforts. Kao created a Mobility capsule that blends this list of herbs with an isolated CBD extract to give you a well rounded product that tackles that frustrating morning stiffness while providing you with 1000mg of CBD. Try taking Mobility after each workout for a more comfortable recovery or daily for all around joint support! Great as a stand alone product or paired with your current cannabinoid regimen. 

Keep in mind that staying ahead of the problem is always the most effective route to wellness, preventative care and preparation will help to keep the more severe symptoms at bay. Our body is our vessel in this life and you only get one, so remember to show it some extra love and care!

Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolate: What do the different spectrums mean?

Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum

As you’re sifting through websites and articles browsing for your soon to be new daily CBD product you see full spectrum on one bottle, broad spectrum on another and isolate on yet another with little to no explanation of what these spectrums are and how to choose. It can be maddening! To help alleviate some of that overwhelmed energy when searching for your best fit let’s walk through what each spectrum contains and why you may choose one over the other.

FULL SPECTRUM

Let’s start with full spectrum. Products containing a full spectrum extract will contain all phytocannabinoids including .3% or less THC. Something to keep in mind is that there may be some variety in the way companies define “full spectrum”. Meaning, some products will claim full spectrum and contain all phytocannabinoids but may also include the terpenes and other compounds found in the hemp plant. Both are accepted definitions just read a bit to know what you’re getting! Kao offers full spectrum products that include all phytocannabinoids, no terpenes.

When our endocannabinoid systems (ECS) is stimulated by all phytocannabinoids, we experience what is referred to as the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect refers to the synergistic interaction of all phytocannabinoids, which inspires a deeper physiological response than if any single cannabinoid was consumed on its own

BROAD SPECTRUM

Broad spectrum is a fantastic middle ground for many people! Broad spectrum products contain all of the hemp plants phytocannabinoids with the exception of THC. This gives the opportunity for you to experience the “entourage effect” without any weary feelings regarding THC. Also may be more suitable for younger consumers or someone easing into the world of CBD and cannabinoids.

ISOLATE

Last but not least (kinda) is isolate, and I say “kinda” because technically a CBD isolate does contain the “least” cannabinoids. Isolate means CBD only, that is the only phytocannabinoid present in an isolated product. Some newbies opt for isolate products as a way to “dip their toe in” before jumping into a full spectrum full force. This is also a safe option for first responders and others in a professional field that does not allow the use of THC and administers drug tests. The entourage effect is phenomenal but keep in mind, CBD is a powerhouse all on it’s own!

Choosing your best fit ultimately boils down to your reason for use and preference. There are many ways to determine what may be best for your specific needs but as always, every body is different. Hopefully this breakdown has helped provide more clarity when browsing for your new CBD/cannabinoid routine. Kao carries products in all spectrums to cater to a bit of everyone. If looking for a bit more guidance, check out the wheel chart below from Leafly!

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