CBD 101

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp, and is known for supporting body and mind in various ways.*

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What Is CBD?

Many people integrate CBD into their health routine to support their cellular and molecular health.* CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of over 80+ cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. In fact, scientists found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This means that CBD and all those other great compounds can support the body more fully than just CBD. And how, exactly, do they provide support to the body? Among the many benefits that our users experience, some of the main ones are: a sense of calm for focus; relief from everyday stresses; help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation; and support for healthy sleep cycles*. Charlotte's Web is a full-spectrum cannabinoid extract with CBD and other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. Since research shows that using the whole plant maximizes benefits delivered throughout the body and supplies additional wellness components, we make sure to give you as much of Mother Nature’s goodness as we can.

No. Charlotte’s Web comes from hemp plants, not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are close relatives, but not the same. By definition, hemp contains no more than .3% THC - the psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentration in marijuana. By contrast, hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound known for helping human bodies maintain health and overall wellness.*

There’s so much confusion between these terms. Some people refer to “hemp oil” when speaking about hemp seed oil while others use it as shorthand to refer to an oil that carries CBD (cannabidiol) extract. Let’s tackle the first one first: oil from hemp seeds is primarily composed of dietary fats, which means it can provide benefits for skin but does not include all of the same plant compounds (such as CBD). These phytocannabinoids -- cannabidiol, among others-- are found naturally in the leaves and flowers (also known as “aerial parts”) of hemp. After deriving the cannabinoids from plant parts during our production process, we’re left with a broad-spectrum hemp extract that retains a range of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids - all of which are found naturally in hemp. This extract is then diluted with a carrier oil to make the final Charlotte’s Web product, whether that be our hemp extract oils or capsules.

As a broad-spectrum cannabinoid extract, in addition to cannabidiol (CBD) and more than 80 other cannabinoids in hemp, Charlotte’s Web may contain a trace amount of the cannabinoid THC, less than .3%. 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%. It’s important to understand that the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids to other related cannabinoids when consumed is not yet fully understood. If you are subject to drug testing we strongly suggest consulting your health care provider before consuming any hemp products because individual biochemistry, the potential for the conversion of cannabinoids, and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products are all factors to consider.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

The human body has a vast network of receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System. The purpose of this system is to help our body stay balanced and in good overall health, even when external factors and certain lifestyle choices diminish our wellbeing. CBD and other cannabinoids fit into the receptors of the Endocannabinoid System, helping the body complete its efforts to keep us in good health by supporting many of the body’s physical processes. Learn more about the Endocannabinoids System.

The most accurate answer to that question is - it depends. Meaning, it depends on what your body needs. Each body is different, so everybody will have a different response. Since hemp extract with cannabinoids works with the body’s internal Endocannabinoid System to maintain good health, the effect is personalized based on what you have going on internally. That being said, quite a few people mention a feeling of relaxation, while others note that hemp extract helps them feel focused.* The best way to find out how CBD will work for you, is to try it for yourself!

CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe. As with any other supplement, there is a chance that it could cause adverse reactions for some people, and/ or could interact with certain medications. As with any dietary supplement, consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have or suspect a medical condition or are taking any medications.

Studies show that hemp extract with CBD can be well-tolerated by many. Since the most common results of taking it are calm and focus; relief from exercise-induced inflammation; support for healthy sleep cycles; and relief from everyday stresses, anyone looking for balance in these areas might benefit from a cannabinoid extract with CBD and additional plant compounds.* And don’t forget about your furry friends! See how CBD works for dogstoo.

What CBD Product Is Best For Me?

Your body has needs. So does your lifestyle. Whether you prefer oils, capsules, or a topical option like our skin balm and cream, do what works for you. Use our product finder to select the best product for you.

We provide serving details on our product packaging and in the product details on our site. In terms of what product to start with, some people start out with our Full Strength CBD Oil concentration but later decide to bump up to our Extra Strength CBD Oil or our Original Formula CBD Oil to achieve their personal wellness goals. If you’re starting with Full Strength CBD Oil or Extra Strength CBD Oil, take the recommended serving as indicated on the package for 4 to 6 weeks. If you’re still not where you want to be, we suggest moving up to the next concentration. Being consistent: For any dietary supplement to work properly, it must be taken regularly. Missing days or servings can affect ability to help support your body. For more, check out our blog: concentration but later decide to bump up to our When to Expect Results.

Hemp has a symphony of over 400 compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), secondary phytocannabinoids, as well as terpenoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds work synergistically to heighten the positive effects of cannabidiol. That’s why we believe so strongly in creating whole-plant hemp extracts. With that in mind, we also understand that sometimes we just want a boost. Specifically, a boost of CBD. Listening to our consumers, we’ve added a CBD Isolate to our product line, so you can enhance a broad-spectrum hemp supplement routine, whenever, however you need to.

Each technique has its own advantages. Supercritical CO2 extraction is extremely efficient, while IPA extraction is more like an artisanal process, that is by nature, not as efficient, but extremely effective in extracting a wealth of various beneficial compounds from hemp, such as CBD and other cannabinoids. Both processes produce high-quality products. Our Charlotte’s Web Original Formula CBD Oil is still made using IPA extraction, while our other CBD products are made through CO2 extraction or using a mix of CO2- and IPA-extracted cannabinoids. Why? Because we use trusted methods to create the best products we can.

How Is Charlotte'S Web Different?

Seven brothers started Charlotte's Web because they believed in creating a world where good health is attainable for everyone. From our seeds, soil and hands-on approach to farming, to our FDA-registered facility, our rigorous standards for quality and consistency set Charlotte's Web products apart.

Wellness isn't a one size fits all solution, but that's what we've been lead to believe. Through the power of science and nature, compassion and curiosity, discover a new truth about CBD and hemp extract oil.

We grow Charlotte’s Web the best way we know how, with quality and care in every step. Plants - It’s our mission to help others, and as such, we produce the best products we possibly can. That's why we oversee production from seed to bottle, beginning with high-quality raw materials. We extract using only the highest quality parts of the plants – flowers and stems -- not discarded scraps of stem parts from other industries. Soil - Healthy soil grows healthy plants. The soils where we take root are tested and cleared for heavy metals and other contaminants prior to planting. Doing things the right way - Our growing practices are natural and sustainable - as beneficial to the earth and environment as they are for our plants and products. While Charlotte's Web is in the process of achieving official USDA Organic Certification, we already practice organic and sustainable cultivation techniques to enhance the overall health of the soil and our crop. Quality is in the details - Learn more about how we oversee our product quality, safety and consistency, every step of the way.

Charlotte’s Web is committed to making every single product the best possible extraction of Mother Nature, and we do so by overseeing the entire production process. This starts by testing soils, testing the plants as they grow to ensure correct phytochemical profile, testing the final product, and more testing in between. Learn more. You can get information about the phytochemical profile of your Charlotte’s Web products by getting batch results here.

This company wasn’t started as a company. It was started as a mission. Our extract was something we gave away to people who could benefit from it. To a few and then many. Today our mission remains at the core of everything we do- improve lives, naturally. That means using resources we have to work in service of others. Our company dedicates money and resources to support the following groups:

  • Children and Families
  • Veterans and Service Workers
  • Women and Girls
  • Responsible Agriculture