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CBD Made Simpler

You’ve probably heard something about CBD oil — are you confused? 

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Let’s get started. What is CBD?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol.  That’s a compound that is found abundantly in hemp.Other plants, such as broccoli, echinacea,  and kale, also contain cannabidiol,  but the highest amounts are found in the hemp plant. CBD has been called a superfood! 

Over the last thirty years, researchers have found that the human body has a very important system called the Endocannabinoid System, which helps regulate and balance our health. CBD has a role to play in strengthening this vital system.

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What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

They come from the same plant family — the same species, Cannabis Satavia L. If you could zoom back nearly 10,000 years ago to Taiwan, you would see hemp cultivated for its many useful characteristics. Varieties were cultivated to encourage those different properties. Some varieties were cultivated to grow tall and fibrous, which is useful for rope, fuel, building materials, as well as many other uses, including seeds. These varieties make up what has been developed into the hemp plant of today.

Cultivators discovered that the flower buds of other varieties had psychoactive effects, and so they cultivated those types to increase those effects.  The goal was to isolate the medicinal properties of the plant. This has been cultivated to be the marijuana plant that we know today. 

In modern times, the two plants are very different. Before 1970, there was some commercial cultivation of hemp for several uses — textiles, food, paper, furniture, auto parts, soap, etc. But once the Controlled Substance Act passed in 1970, which classified marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, there was no legal distinction made between hemp plants and marijuana plants, although they are very different. The 2014 Farm Bill opened the door to commercial cultivation of hemp.

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OK, we’ve got the botany. But let’s get down to chemistry. Is there a chemical difference between hemp and maijuana?

Yes, a big one. And it goes back to cannabidiol (CBD), and another property in the family, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC.) THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that gives the euphoric high. Hemp has just a trace of THC (less than 0.3% dry weight) while is has a much higher amount of CBD. Marijuana has very little CBD, and much more THC.

In other words, you won’t get high from CBD. 

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I have objections to using drugs; is using CBD taking me down that road?

No. There is nothing psychoactive about CBD. It is a superfood, not a drug. One concern that people have is that they don’t want to fail a drug test. There is little chance that using CBD products could cause a problem with a blood test. This is from the US Drug Test Centers Website:

“According to Quest Diagnostics Director of Science and Technology, Barry Sample, CBD likely won’t show up on a drug test: ‘If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolite.’

“According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the recommended cutoff level of THC is 50 ng/mL to pass a drug test. Most employers and legal services prefer to use SAMHSA certified labs as the standard, since it’s more likely to hold up in court. Most hemp oil or CBD products are usually sold with much lower levels of THC (compared to marijuana), so most CBD consumers won’t have trouble passing a drug test. For those using extremely high levels of CBD or hemp oil (over 2,000 mg per day) it’s possible, though unlikely, that this could produce a ‘false positive’ result on a drug test.”

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So why would I want to use CBD products?

CBD oil is showing great promise in several areas of health and wellness.  Cannabidiol has been used for centuries for many ailments.  The most commonly mentioned uses right now (and the ones that have been studied the most so far) are for epilepsy (seizure disorders), arthritis, and chronic pain. One company, Charlotte’s Web , has been built on the story of a little girl who suffered from a serious seizure disorder. Another company, Sagely Naturals, has several informative videos on their site, and emphasize how CBD can help with pain and inflammation.  CBD is also mentioned as promising treatment for inflammation and anxiety. This YouTube Video, a feature on a San Diego News channel (Made in San Diego) about CV Sciences includes a physician who uses CBD oil in her practice.  An article from Project CBD, mentions several other conditions such as diabetes, PTSD, and more.  You can also search CBD on pubmed.gov for articles on interesting CBD research. (As of yet, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, prevent, cure, or treat diseases.)

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What does Lassen’s have to offer in the way of CBD?

Lassen’s has carried CBD oils for quite some time. We carry all of the above mentioned brands, along with several others, including Jambo Superfoods, Ojai Energetics, CBD Mendo, and Jeff’s Best Hemp. We also carry CBD teas from One Love Tea and the CBD chocolates from Medicinal Foods. Our knowledgable Supplement Staff can help you find the products that are just right for you, so stop by and we can answer your questions!

There is much still to be learned about CBD, and Lassen’s will be here to help!



27 thoughts on “CBD Made Simpler

  1. Thank you very much for this article, very illuminating. But, I have a question. Why import these products from Canada, while we have here in California a big Hemp industry? Buying locally will cut expenses and therefore give more affordable prices to your customers.

    Best regards,


    1. Thanks for your question — the answer is kind of complicated, though. Our Supplement Buyer has written to our CBD Companies, and each of them were happy to answer your question. The most important thing to note is that California law does not allow for commercial cultivation of the industrial Hemp that produces CBD. Federal laws also do not allow it. There is legislation being written to allow growing hemp for the next growing season, and many are hopeful that it will pass. None of the companies reported that their Hemp derived CBD comes from Canada. Most are importing from Europe (the Netherlands in particular) where it has been legal to grow hemp for many years, so the quality is very high. Some said they were getting the hemp from Colorado, and others are hoping to source their hemp from Kentucky, where there is a test/research farm. It is a common misunderstanding that there is a large industrial hemp industry in California. Until the laws are changed to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp (the source cultivar for CBD), the CBD companies must import it. All of the CBD companies that we carry are highly committed to sourcing everything as locally as possible, and have environmentally friendly manufacturing practices in place. Anyone who is concerned about the availability of commercially available industrial hemp should write to their congressional representatives and express support for changing the laws to allow such cultivation. And please come into your local Lassen’s to speak with our helpful Supplement Team Members, who can help you with all of your health needs!

  2. Have diabetes and get the rough skin and occasionally get the lesions. CBD 550 was recommended
    for the long term.
    Do you carry? Can it be taken internally.
    Thank you…..

    1. Thanks for your question! CBD is quite new on the market and the manufacturers label things a little differently, so I am not sure what the “550” is. However, we have CBD oils and creams, as well as capsules. Oils and capsules can be taken internally. Please come into one of the stores and speak with our Supplements Consultants. They know each of the products and also can do some research for you on the spot to make sure you get the products that will be most helpful for you. I am sure we can find something that can help. Good luck!

    1. We love the CBD Mendo alcohol based CBD tinctures for cocktails because it does not have oil-based CBD droplets that are hard to blend into other liquids and achieve taste and texture consistency. CBD Mendo has unflavored and flavored versions which you may add to your drinks. If you are creating virgin cocktails it is important to notify anyone consuming a drink with CBD Mendo tincture added that there is a trace amount of alcohol. Adding an alcohol tincture will make the drink no longer alcohol free. For a truly alcohol free CBD extract try any of the other brands we carry. You will need to use a blender to mix the fat based CBD into the blend you have already made. For the fat based CBD we recommend Jeffs Best Hemp.

      For fun, here’s a blog post with a video about making Hot Chocolate with CBD Oil with Charles Chen. Looks delicious! http://www.charleschen.tv/recipes/2017/11/10/cbd-hot-chocolate

      Good luck, have fun, and cheers to your Health!

  3. I have Planters Facitas and there are times when the pain is so bad I can hardly walk. I work at a theme park so I’m on my feet 6-8 hrs a day. Now, will the CBD oil drops under the tongue be better the the cream?

    1. As natural product retailers, not medical practitioners, we are neither qualified nor allowed to diagnose or treat any illnesses or conditions. Our supplement staff will be able to show you products that may be helpful, and can help you with the recommended usage for those products. Please visit your closest Lassen’s!

    1. We carry several brands and strengths of CBD oil, but we cannot diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Please come speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable supplement team members who can show you what is available. Hope to see you soon at Lassen’s!

  4. I have a lot of pain from arthritis and CBD oil has been suggested to me. However, I am a substance abuse counselor and my doctor tells me that I will test positive for marijuana if I use it. I can’t afford to lose my job.

    1. Thanks for your question. This is on the Charlotte’s Web site, on the topic of drug testing:

      “Much like the consumption of poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opioids, the consumption of certain hemp products may lead to a positive drug test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is inherently present in trace amounts in hemp plants. The legal limit of THC in hemp is no more than 0.3%. Furthermore, the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids, for example cannabidiol (CBD), when consumed, to other related cannabinoids, for example THC, is not yet fully understood. Although the risk is low, individual biochemistry, the possibility of conversion of cannabinoids and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products, we strongly suggest consulting your health care provider before consuming any hemp products if you are subject to drug testing.” Charlotte’s Web

      There are CBD brands that have no THC (as opposed to the 0.3% legal amount found in some brands), so they would probably be less likely to cause a positive drug test.

      However, Lassen’s carries many other quality natural anti-inflammatories, such as turmeric and omega-3. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find something that should help. Great question, and thanks for reaching out!

    1. Hi Paul, We are not selling CBD on-line at this time. Please come into any Lassen’s, and yes, we do accept credit cards! Thanks!

  5. Hi — in Oregon I buy CBD oil drops and CBD oil spray. Both have the same 1 oz weight. The drops show 3mg cbd per serving = a serving size; the spray shows 2 sprays is a serving.

    Is a puzzlement. I’m on my knees to science for all of the above and much much more. This has replaced excessive advil/tylenol use and made me feel like a spring chicken at 80…….. but would like to understand all this better. Thanks so much.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, we are all working on learning more about the exciting new science around CBD. I’m so glad it is being taken seriously! Good luck, and I appreciate hearing your experience with CBD!

  6. I have severe facial nerve pain. Can you tell me what would be best for me and, if you can, best dose to start out with?

    1. CBD has shown promise for treating all kinds of pain, but we cannot diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please come talk to one of our helpful and knowledgeable supplements staff; they can help you learn more. Good luck!

  7. I am a cancer survivor because of CBD. I had breast cancer (stage 4) and I don’t know how will I be cured but a friend of mine told me to try the CBD. At first I did not believe it. But I read that it really has helped others so I tried it. I have taken this for 11 months and it really helps me a lot. I know that others won’t believe me but trust me it really does.

    1. CBD oil is used both orally and topically. Since we cannot diagnose or suggest treatment for any ailments, I would suggest coming in to any of our stores and speaking with one of our helpful supplement consultants. They can help you learn more. Thanks for your question!

  8. Very interesting and informative. Health is the most important part of life nothing is more valuable than good health and massage is very good for healthy life specially the use of Cbd and Hemp oils are very beneficial for us.

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