FAQs & General Information
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. This particular compound is what’s referred to as a cannabinoid and is one of over 80 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that we currently know of.
Cannabinoids are compounds that humans, animals and plants all produce. These compounds interact with specific cannabinoid cell receptors that both humans and animals have, called CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Up until now, researchers have isolated two different kinds of cannabinoids
- Phytocannabinoids–cannabinoids made by plants
- Endocannabinoids– cannabinoids made by all humans and vertebrate animals.
Inside all of us we have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This important physiological system is made up of cell receptors, called cannabinoid receptors (CBs), and their natural binding molecules, endocannabinoids, which we all naturally produce. By adding CBD into your diet in the form of hemp, which produces phytocannabinoids that are similar to our own, can help to keep those cannabinoid levels in check. Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which has been highlighted in the media and is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. However, unlike THC, CBD & CBDa (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high. CBD has antipsychotic effects which means CBD works completely the opposite way of THC. Numerous studies suggest that CBD also acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC.
How does CBD work?
The ECS is a vast communication network of cannabis-like chemicals, called endocannabinoids, and receptor sites found across all cells in our bodies. It is known as a homeostatic regulator, meaning that its main action is to bring balance to our bodies and minds.
Think of it as being like a dimmer switch, turning up or turning down activity to ensure equilibrium is reached, which after all is the perfect environment for optimum health. THC was seen to activate this system, because it is an almost perfect fit for the receptors in our brain and central nervous system, as well as partially activating those in our immune system and gut.
But when it comes to cannabinoids, one cannot assume they all act in the same way and this is certainly true of CBD. Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not attach directly to any of the receptors, but instead indirectly activates endocannabinoid signalling by suppressing the enzyme, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH).
FAAH is the enzyme responsible for the intracellular degradation of anandamide. Anandamide is part of our own endocannabinoid system which plays an important role in pain, appetite, fertility, anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties, it also has been seen to reduce cancer cell proliferation. It has been suggested that CBD restores the anandamide levels (by stopping its breakdown), thus restoring the clinical endocannabinoid deficiency seen in many diseases.
What is CBDa (Cannabidiolic Acid)?
The most common naturally occurring forms of CBD and THC are their acid forms, CBDa and THCa. Raw THCa is not psychoactive. It must be heated to form THC in order to become psychoactive. Raw cannabis is an historical component of the human diet. It is now believed that oils containing CBDa are more effective than those that contain CBD alone.
How Should I Take the CBD Oil?
Most people agree that you should take your CBD oil on an empty stomach, starting with 1 drop, 3 times a day of our 3% CBD oil, and increasing by 1 drop every 3-7 days. This is the best way to introduce CBD oil into your system.
How soon you increase the amount of drops you are consuming depends completely on you and how you feel on CBD. Perhaps after 3 days you feel fantastic and ready to increase your dose; then by all means! If by day 3 or 4 you are feeling a bit tired or too relaxed, try slowing down. Or if you are just the kind of person that just prefers to take it slow, feel free to increase at day 5 or even day 7, or if you don’t want to increase your dose at all, then stay right where you are! The most important thing is that you are comfortable with your progress and are listening to your body.
When and if you decide to increase your dose, you may add an extra drop morning, noon and night. For example:
1 drop morning, 1 drop afternoon, 1 drop evening
2 drops morning, 2 drops afternoon, 2 drops evening
3 drops morning, 3 drops afternoon, 3 drops evening
And so on, and so forth, until you find the dose that works for you!
Although these guidelines may seem varied on their own, as mentioned before, the correct dosage for you will depend on your body, its tolerance levels, and your health condition
What’s my dosage?
When you first start taking CBD, it is wisest to begin with the lowest possible dose. While your body gets used to the cannabinoid, it’s a good idea to note your reactions to each dose. You will likely need to experiment a little before you find the ideal dose for you and after your body becomes more tolerant of its effects.
We always suggest people to start low and go slow, and let the body adjust to the CBD. Monitor how you feel throughout the process and be aware of your body’s reactions.
If you are new to CBD and want to test the waters first, or perhaps you’re just interested in living healthier and strengthening your endocannabinoid system, then our 3% CBD oil is perfect for you. With 1mg of CBD inside every drop, it’s easy to work out what dose of CBD works the best for you and to up-titrate until you find your own personal ‘sweet spot’.
What’s on the Label?
Be aware, CBD products are not the same from different producers, measurements do not conform to a universal standard that is why we have chosen Endoca and PharmaHemp who adhere to good manufacturing practices. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
All products supplied by Bridge Brothers™ are Lab Tested and not just percentages of CBD. A good lab analysis needs to check for pesticides and heavy metals, microbial organisms, fungus, mould and other impurities along with CBD percentages. Simple, transparent, and honest.
Important note: Though CBD oil on its own is very safe, it may interact with medications, particularly opioids. Speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about interactions, pregnancy or are unsure about using hemp oil for your conditions.
How do we insure quality?
Manufactures of Endoca and PharmaHemp test all their products through each stage of the manufacturing process. From seeds, hemp plants while they are growing in the fields through to the CBD extract through to the purification process. Only by doing this can they guarantee that their products are pure and safe.
Third party independent lab tests are published on each product and the results can be found online at:
Easy profits are made by buying cheap hemp from countries like China, Russia and South America. A consumer has no idea of the seed strain, type or quality or whether they used pesticides or chemical fertilizer in the growing process especially if there are no independent lab tests available.
Look for quality not low prices. it’s more than tempting to grab the most affordable CBD oil you can find; but cheaper is not necessarily better.
Are they organic?
All Endoca and PharmaHemp products are grown on organic certified land. Both companies have very strict quality control during the whole production process from seed to the final product. No chemicals are used in the production of Endoca or PharmaHemp products and none of their products are mixed with anything that is not organic.
What product should I choose?
As a consumer you may have based your decision on which product to buy on how much CBD it contains. So, it would make sense then to choose a delivery method that allows for the maximum amount of CBD to get into your bloodstream and do the job you’ve purchased it for.
The delivery method also impacts on how quickly the CBD begins to act and how long the effect lasts. The quickest time for CBD to have an effect is by inhalation using for example the vaping method, followed by suppositories where the effects are noticeable after 10-15 minutes and can last for up to eight hours depending on your physiology and previous experience with CBD. This is then followed by chewing gum and oil drops as they are the most practical and absorption rates are good. Paste, capsules and salve can also be an easy way to take CBD, however there may be delay in absorption of up to two hours as it goes through the digestive system but last longer in your system of up to 6-10 hours.
Are there any side effects?
CBD is non-toxic and usually tolerated in fairly high doses for the average person. The good news is that the vast majority of research into the subject has found that CBD treatments show little to no risk of side-effects. But we are all different and we have learned that possible side effects from CBD oil in some cases increase the sensation of dry-mouth, drowsiness, diarrhoea and nervousness. There are no studies showing the that there are any drug interactions using CBD and other drugs. However, it is always wise to consult with a professional doctor prior to making any dietary or food supplement changes.