The ABCs of CBD @ Camp Wander

August 05, 2019

The ABCs of CBD @ Camp Wander

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 100+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions. Both marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana. Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term, under which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall. Until recently, THC was the most well-known and studied cannabinoid however, as the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media.

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high,” which contributes to its legalization across the United States.

Camp Wander CBD extracts by Bluebird Botanicals are derived from hemp (not marijuana), and can also be referred to as CBD hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, or plainly “hemp extracts,” since they typically contain more than just CBD. However, CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hemp seeds (not the resin) and do not contain cannabidiol.

How does CBD work?

CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system. While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors.

Unlike THC, CBD does not interact strongly with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). This is why CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in your body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids. This increase even occurs in our furry friends, making CBD useful for pets too!

What is the endocannabinoid system?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.”

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “Ananda,” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980s. However, it’s still not taught in most medical schools.

What's the ideal serving and how often should I take it?

The suggested serving size for our CBD oil is 15 drops, but we generally recommend experimenting a bit to see what feels best to you.

Can I use CBD topically?

Yes! Some people have a hard time with the pungent taste of a pure CBD oil that's why we're is releasing CBD+ Cream very soon! But you can get a sneak peek ie: FREE sample with any CBD oil purchase.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, so using CBD topically can produce similar effects as ingesting it orally. You can also employ a little more targeting and precision when using CBD topicals for any areas of discomfort, I use it CBD+ Cream on my face, hands and after a shower on occasion. There are actually cannabinoid receptors located specifically in your skin that allow CBD to interact immediately upon application.

Can I fly (on a plane) with CBD?

The answer is finally and definitively yes. 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated their guidelines so that it is now expressly legal to fly with hemp-derived CBD oil. This change comes following a headline-making report in May 2019 of a 71 year-old-grandmother who was hit with a felony charge at Dallas-Fort Worth airport for carrying CBD oil.  

Over Memorial Day weekend, TSA amended their policy on carrying cannabis, making these products allowable “with special instructions,” where they had previously been prohibited. The agency is specifically clarifying that CBD products made from hemp may now be carried on planes.

Prior to this change, TSA did not distinguish between marijuana and hemp-derived cannabis products. But with the 2018 Farm Bill making hemp federally legal, TSA saw it appropriate to update their guidelines to align with new federal regulations.

According to the TSA’s new guidelines,

“Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”

Hooray! CBD is safe for the skies. U.S. domestic travelers can now relax knowing they can take their favorite CBD products in-flight without any uncertainty or complications.

Does CBD show up on drug tests?

Many of the CBD oils on the market contain a full-spectrum hemp extract, which includes the entire array of cannabinoids plus the extra nutritional compounds in the cannabis plant like terpenes, flavonoids, ketones, omega fatty acids, and more. Per federal regulation, hemp extracts must contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This limitation prevents most people from experiencing any kind of psychoactive effect from the THC. 

The 0.3% limitation is also such a small amount of THC that it is very rare for it to turn up on drug tests. However, it is possible and does occasionally happen. In most cases, it happens when someone has been taking an extremely large amount of CBD oil for a long time.

Third party testing and more!

Both of our manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA and licensed with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. We manufacture our products following cGMP guidelines (FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices), and in April of 2018 passed a third-party cGMP audit with a 99% rating. For comparison, 70% is a passing score. Eurofins Scientific, a world-renowned laboratory testing organization, conducted the audit. Bluebird, strives to go above and beyond, especially when it comes to quality, safety, and the wellness of our customers.

Every single bottle that leaves our facility has a full set of third-party Certificates of Analysis that are publicly available online. All ingestible oils include separate analyses for the cannabinoid profile, potential microbial life, mold, heavy metals, residual solvents, and pesticides/herbicides/insecticides. 

Glyphosate Residue Free: of December 2018, all Bluebird products have been officially certified Glyphosate Residue Free. Bluebird is the first hemp company to have its products certified for this by The Detox Project.

Our Hemp Complete blends are a special formulation of various hemp extracts with an extra serving of terpenes. It contains 50% decarboxylated CBD and 50% non-decarboxylated (CBDA – the raw version of the molecule directly from the plant). To this, we add a steam distilled extract of terpenes – the molecules that give the smell to many of the plants we love and help contribute to the entourage effect. With both forms of cannabinoids plus the steam distilled hemp, this blend is the most comprehensive hemp product that we know of.

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