Frequently Asked Questions

CBD - What’s the big deal?
CBD, everybody is talking about it. Signs are popping up everywhere. You can find it for sale at farmer’s markets, small storefronts, and even convenience stores throughout Tennessee. But what exactly is it? How is it made and where does it come from? Is it safe? Is CBD marijuana? These are essential questions to answer before you buy any CBD product. Nature’s Elite is committed to helping you learn about CBD through awareness and education. We want you to understand how CBD interacts with the human body, and the many ways you can use it to promote good health and overall wellness. And above all, we want to you feel confident in purchasing the right CBD product to meet your needs.

What does CBD stand for?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. The compound is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids which are unique to the plant.

What is a cannabinoid? 
A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body. They also occur in plants. The two main types of cannabinoids are classified as Endocannabinoids, which are produced naturally within the body, and phytocannabinoids, which are produced from a plant. Phytocannabinoids mimic many of the biological actions of endocannabinoids and can act as a supplement, giving your body a boost beyond what it can provide on its own. CBD (cannabidiol) is one type of phytocannabinoid.
source:  https://echoconnection.org/similar-plant-derived-cannabinoids-endocannabinoids/

What is CBD?
CBD is a common name for cannabidiol, a safe, non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with substantial therapeutic potential. Many people use CBD products to treat a wide range of conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.* It’s even being explored for its anti-cancer properties — although this research is still very much in progress.* CBD is produced from industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis. CBD doesn’t make people feel high because it does not contain the psychoactive properties of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in marijuana.

What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is produced from the whole industrial hemp plant—leaves, stalks, flowers, and seeds. Through the process of extraction, CBD is separated from the plant material. There are several extraction methods. The purpose is to make CBD available in a highly concentrated form. The extraction produces a think, potent oil. Once removal is complete, the solvent is removed. The CBD oil may then be refined and formulated into a variety of consumable products including edibles, tinctures, gel caps, topicals, beverages, and more.

What is Elixinol?
Elixinol is a CBD grower and manufacturer that is a veteran in the CBD industry. Nature’s Elite carries pure CBD oil and other CBD products made by Elixinol. All of the hemp is organically grown and processed in choice locations of Northern Europe and North America. The company not only grows industrial hemp at locations throughout the world, but they also utilize superior sourcing as well, an advantage that allows them to obtain the highest quality hemp resulting in the best CBD oil. Elixinol works with seed breeders and suppliers, growers, harvesters, cleaners, primary processors, manufacturers, laboratories and quality control personnel. All of their products go through rigorous Pharmaceutical-grade testing by an independent lab which detects microbiological contamination, heavy metals, and pesticides. Upon request, every product can be traced back to the original source with a batch and lot number on each product. They also publish certificates of analysis on their products.

What does CBD do in the body?
CBD helps bring the body back into with cannabis. CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive and will not impair your daily functions.

Does CBD get you high?
Consuming CBD will not make you high. It is made entirely from industrial hemp and does not contain the psychoactive properties of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) found in its sister plant, marijuana. CBD contains under 0.3% THC and does not react with the same receptors as THC. This means it does not produce the psychotropic effects associated with cannabis. CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive and will not impair your daily functions.

How does CBD make you feel?
CBD may have a soothing effect on the body. Your body uses CBD where it needs it most. Every person is different, but for many, there is a feeling of relief and balance. However, it's not so much about what you feel as what you don't. Less pain and anxiety can lead to a feeling of overall wellness.

How long does it take CBD to take effect?
The effects of CBD are typically noticed in 20 to 30 minutes.  It depends on why you are taking CBD oil and whether the dosage is enough to combat the symptoms. It’s important to note that CBD has to be absorbed into the bloodstream to deliver its benefits. Therefore, the consumption method affects how much CBD reaches the blood and how fast.

Is CBD Safe?
CBD is believed to be a very safe substance according to a report from the World Health Organization. However, it can interact with conventional pharmaceuticals, particularly opioids.* It is important to speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about interactions. A few of the possible side effects of CBD include nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloating. While there are many emerging studies showing signs of CBD’s health benefits, research is limited on its long-term effects. CBD oil is considered a supplement and should be used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
Buying CBD from a reputable source is essential as well. Look for evidence of laboratory tests and verification of CBD concentrations when purchasing a CBD remedy or supplement.


How much CBD should I take?
CBD dosages vary depending on an individual's needs.  In some cases,  a small dose is all that is necessary to achieve optimal results. A universally prescribed dosage is impossible due to variables such as weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, and product consistency. Start with the suggested CBD dosage on the product.  As with any natural product, it is crucial to speak with your physician before beginning use. Many CBD oil products come in a range of concentrations. The amount of CBD they contain per bottle or capsule can usually be found on the packaging. Some list the amounts in mg, such as 500 mg, or 1,000 mg, while others CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages, such as 10%, or 20% cannabidiol (CBD). Start with products featuring a low to moderate dosage, then gradually work your way up to a higher dosage if needed. Observe the effects for several days or a few weeks, and then make the necessary adjustments. Once the desired effect sets in, you will be able to establish what concentration of CBD is best for you.

What is the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD, also referred to as “whole plant” CBD, includes all the phytonutrients, cannabinoids, antioxidants, terpenes, and flavonoids present in hemp. In CBD isolate, all of the other compounds are removed, making it the purest form of CBD. Broad spectrum CBD is somewhat of a mix between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Like full spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, the THC is completely removed. Read more about the differences at https://medium.com/cbd-origin/full-spectrum-vsbroad-spectrum-vs-cbd-isolate-the-difference-explained-a09e415bf235.

Is full-spectrum CBD better than CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD?
One type isn’t better than the others. Each one is unique and best-suited for different purposes.

What are the side effects of using CBD?
CBD oil side effects are relatively few, and it is generally well tolerated. However, CBD may cause adverse reactions in some people, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue.* Before taking CBD, it is important to research any possible drug interactions and talk with your physician about your concerns. Information and education are always your best allies. If you try a CBD product and start to see unpleasant side effects, stop taking it and see your doctor immediately.

How do I take CBD?
To deliver its benefits, CBD has to be absorbed into the bloodstream. There are several different ways to use CBD. You can consume it orally in CBD capsules, and CBD gummies, absorb it sublingually through CBD drops under the tongue or apply it topically with a CBD cream. It can also be injected and inhaled through vaping. Each method delivers CBD to the bloodstream in a different way. As the CBD is absorbed it passes through various digestive functions in the body, which break down the CBD. The consumption method affects how much CBD reaches the bloodstream and how fast. Read more at https://medium.com/cbd-origin/how-longdoes-cbd-take-to-work-69b27684c0ee

Where can I buy CBD oil?
All CBD oils are not created equal. With so many options available, it can be hard to know where to buy CBD oil. Nature’s Elite is committed to bringing our customers the highest grade of CBD oil. Our oils are 100% organic, free of additives and preservatives, and are laboratory tested. Nature’s Elite has four convenient locations in Tennessee, Nature’s Elite Tullahoma, Nature’s Elite Manchester, Nature’s Elite Shelbyville, Nature’s Elite Chattanooga.

Can I take CBD oil for pain?
Using CBD oil for pain management has shown to be quite useful for millions of people. CBD oil combats that pain through its analgesic properties. It can increase the body’s cannabinoid receptors which help to reduce inflammation.*

Can I take CBD oil for anxiety?
CBD oil is known to aid relaxation and calmness, easing temporary symptoms of anxiety. An ever-increasing number of people are using CBD oil for anxiety and stress relief.*

What are the potential benefits of CBD?
CBD works in the body by activating receptors in the endocannabinoid system(ECS). Receptors for cannabinoids are found in almost every system of the body, including the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems. These receptors help regulate neurotransmitter function, inflammation, mitochondrial function, and metabolism, which is why the benefits of CBD oil are so widespread. Small doses of CBD can help support the ECS and enhance its signaling.

Research has shown that CBD oil can alleviate social anxiety and help relieve pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. CBD has been used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and depression as well. CBD can lower inflammation and help alleviate autoimmune conditions, aid gut health, and may relieve epilepsy in children. It also may help to reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting, and pain.* CBD  is continually being studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues. Ongoing research is discovering new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy every day. 


Does CBD show up on a drug test?
It depends on the testing standards of the lab administering the drug test. Most companies only search for the cannabinoid THC, which is in marijuana. Some testing facilities check for a spectrum of cannabinoids and could trigger a positive drug test. We suggest contacting the testing facility if there is any concern. However, if you’d prefer to err on the safe side, the best approach is most likely to refrain from taking CBD before a drug test. Find out more at https://www.usdrugtestcenters.com/drug-test-blog/181/can-you-fail-a-drug-test-due-to-cbd.html

Are Hemp oil and CBD oil the same thing?
This is a common question and misconception. CBD oil can be extracted from cannabis or hemp. However, hemp remains the primary source for commercial CDB oil. Hemp varieties are commonly cultivated for fiber, grain, CBD oil, and hemp seed oil by farmers. Much of the confusion stems from comparing CBD oil with Hemp seed oil. They are not the same. Hemp seed oil is made by pressing the seeds of the plant and does not contain any CBD. CBD oil is made from the entire plant. Hemp-seed oil is used as a protein supplement for food, as an ingredient in lotion and soap products, and has many other uses as well. CBD oil is generally used for medicinal purposes.
Misconceptions about the history and use of the hemp plant are common, and some manufacturers choose to use “hemp oil” instead of the more controversial “CBD oil” in their marketing. CBD levels can vary substantially based on manufacturing, so it is important to find a high-quality manufacturer and always read the label.

A few more words about hemp…aside from the CBD benefits, hemp is one of the strongest, longest, and most durable natural fibers. It is also sustainable, good for the soil, and can be grown without any pesticides or herbicides. (source https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/blog-whats-the-difference-between-hemp-seed-oil-and-cbd-oil-n918)


What is hemp seed oil used for?
Hemp seed oil is considered a superfood by many and is excellent for adding nutritional value to your diet. Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, has been available in health food stores for decades and popular in smoothies and skin care products. It is high in antioxidants, omega-3, and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and contains no CBD. Hemp seed oil is the only edible oil that contains greater than 80% polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. It also contains Linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) in a ratio of 3:1, considered the optimal ration by many nutritionists. Another benefit of hemp seed oil is the high levels of vitamin E. On average, 100g of hemp seed oil contains 100–150mg of vitamin E. The cosmetic industry can’t stop raving about the anti-aging properties of this natural nutrient. In terms of skin care, hemp seed oil is known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin. It shows up on the product label as hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, virgin hemp oil, and hemp oil. See our products page to learn about Sativa Hemp skin care products offered at Nature’s Elite. 

Can I use CBD for pets?
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. Therefore, CBD oil can have the same benefits for pets as it does for humans. This is excellent news for pet owners. For dogs and cats, CBD oil may help with excessive barking or crying, separation anxiety, pain management, and an overall calming effect.* Visit our CBD Products page and learn more about Edibites CBD dog treats.
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Disclaimer *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product and the above statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.