CBD stands for cannabidiol, a component of the cannabis plant. It is NOT marijuana and CANNOT make you “high.”  Most CBD comes from the hemp plant. It is a “cousin” of marijuana but without the psychoactive THC. Hemp is related to marijuana just like Chihuahuas are related to St. Bernards. They are in the same “family,” but the characteristics are very different! By law, hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC (less than 3 parts per 1,000). 

In 1992, scientists discovered the Endocannabinoid System.  That’s right, our bodies are “hardwired” to use cannabinoids. We even produce limited amounts of them internally if our bodies are working efficiently. The ECS acts much like the conductor of an orchestra. Its role is to maintain perfect balance and harmony between cells, organs, glands, and tissues in the body. It also regulates our response to challenges, both internal and external.

Our Endocannabinoid System modulates our mood, appetite, energy, immune system, hormones, brain chemistry, sleep, metabolism and overall well-being. No wonder everyone is talking about CBD! When our internal level of cannabinoids falls, our “orchestra conductor” goes on vacation and the harmony falters. Supplementing with a pure, full-spectrum CBD provides unparalleled support.

There are lots of CBD choices (and much misinformation) in the marketplace. How do you know a reputable CBD supplement from an inferior product? Here are a few guidelines to assure that you are investing in HOPE rather than HYPE!


Choose a full-spectrum CBD product with synergistic cannabinoids and active terpenes. Full spectrum hemp extract contains powerful co-factors that contribute to the “entourage effect.” There are more than 400 therapeutic compounds in hemp that work synergistically. CBD isolate is NOT a bargain.

Choose a product with ingredients that are organically grown. Hemp is great for the environment because it effectively removes toxins from the soil. If it is grown in fields that are contaminated with toxins, the hemp plant itself will be filled with those contaminates. Know where your product is grown and how it is processed.

Choose a product that is tested for quality and purity by an independent certified lab. Certificates of Analysis should be available on request.

Choose a high-quality hemp-based CBD product. Your product should be tested by an independent certified lab for actual percentage of THC as well as heavy metals, bacteria, mold, fungus, herbicides, pesticides and solvents. If you are drug tested, you want a THC-free product. 

Premium full spectrum CBD is Mother Nature’s treasure chest. Use these guidelines to become informed about your potential choices. To learn more, join me at the free seminar on Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at The Natural Alternative in Paso Robles.