Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hempsley?
Hempsley is a wellness guidance company dedicated to teaching you about how to support your endocannabinoid system with natural wellness tools. Our mission is to empower you with the knowledge to help you can take better care of you and your loved ones.
Why should I trust Hempsley?
At Hempsley, our focus is on educating you about the endocannabinoid system so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to your health.
We make sure to stay updated on the most relevant and factual research on these topics, so we can provide you with the best information.
When it comes to purchasing CBD products from Hempsley, you can be sure that the products you are buying are of the highest quality. For a brand to sell its products on our online storefront they have to go through our rigorous onboarding process by letting us try the product first along with providing us with lab reports to ensure that their product is clean. Furthermore, we do our best at learning about the people behind the brand. Not only do we want to make sure that the products a company is selling is high quality, we want to ensure that the people working for and own the brand are using ethical business practices. Also, while we do have an online storefront, sales is not our main motivation for existing. Simply empowering the consumer to make better health decisions is motivation enough for us.
What is the endocannabinoid system and why should I care about it?
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, is a recently discovered bodily system (1990s) that everyone has in their body. The ECS is what keeps all of the rest of your systems in balance when you undergo stress throughout your day and is made up of a system of cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are responsible for helping your body more effectively communicate with itself, and cannabinoids are the compounds that are absorbed through these receptors.
What exactly are cannabinoids?
The analogy we like to use to describe cannabinoids’ primary function is that they serve as the crossing guards that help children safely cross the street. In this analogy, the cannabinoids are the crossing guard and the children are the neurotransmitters that are crossing from one cell terminal to another.
Your body naturally produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, such as Anandamide and 2-AG. The prefix endo- means inside, which means that endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by your body naturally. It has actually been found that Anandamide can be produced in the blood of runners in high levels, and it is believed that this is the reason behind the “Runner’s High” phenomenon is so prevalent in experienced runners.
You can also supplement your ECS with phytocannabinoids. In comparison to endocannabinoids, the prefix phyto- means plant, which means that phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that come from plants. Think of phytocannabinoids like any other nutrients your body needs. For example, if you are deficient in potassium, you might eat more bananas. Similarly, if you are deficient in cannabinoids, you may consume more cannabis. There are 113 cannabinoids that have been isolated and identified, but the two most famous are THC and CBD.
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
The biggest difference between THC and CBD is that THC is intoxicating, while CBD is non-intoxicating. This means that THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and throughout the body, and produces the “high” effect people are commonly familiar with. In comparison, CBD also binds to the cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, but does not produce the same “high” effect.
There are therapeutic benefits to both THC and CBD, and in fact, we are strong believers in the entourage effect.
What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect states that cannabinoids work best when combined with other cannabinoids, rather than in isolation. For example, if you use a full-spectrum CBD product that has less than 0.3% THC, it will have a greater effect than an isolate product. Isolate products are any product that has had all of the THC and other nutrients from the extraction removed from it.
Tell me a little bit more about Full Spectrum vs. Isolate products.
Currently there are three categories of products in terms of cannabinoid content. Full spectrum and isolates are two of these categories, while the third is called broad spectrum.
Full-spectrum CBD is extracted from hemp plants grown for their high CBD content, and contain a full range of cannabinoids and all of the other beneficial compounds found in the plant.
Broad spectrum CBD is extracted from those same high CBD plants, and contain the same full range of cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds, except for any THC in the product.
CBD isolate is exactly that. It is the CBD cannabinoid extracted and isolated from the rest of the cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds. This sounds like it would be the best considering that most isolate products are almost 99% pure CBD, but based on what we know about the entourage effect, this is actually untrue.
Now you may be asking yourself what product should I be taking if I am concerned with being drug tested?
Do I have to worry about getting “high” or drug testing when taking CBD?
We definitely understand that both getting high and drug testing are concerns for people trying CBD for the first time. For both broad spectrum and isolates, you have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to getting “high” or failing a drug test. THC is the psychoactive chemical that produces a “high” and is tested for on drug tests, but since all of the THC has been removed from these products, there is nothing to worry about. Full-spectrum products, or products containing less than 0.3% THC, have such a small amount of THC that you will not experience any sort of high. With regards to drug testing, you should be ok depending on how much you consume daily. There has been one case that we are aware of where an athlete was taking 70mg, which is much more than we recommend taking daily, everyday for 2 months and tested positive. THC is stored in fat, so if you use a full-spectrum product over a period of many months, there is a chance that it could build up over time and cause you to register positive during a drug test.
If drug testing is something that you are concerned with and want to be 100% sure you will not test positive or experience any “high”, we would recommend trying a broad spectrum product over an isolate. Broad spectrum products still have the phytonutrients that can be found inside the plant, so they are likely to have a greater effect. Isolates are fine if that’s all you have access to, but it has been found that it takes 3x as much of an isolate product than a broad spectrum or full spectrum product. And again, this is because of the entourage effect.
What are the different ways I can take CBD?
There are four methods of consumption when it comes to cannabis. Those methods are mucosal, ingestion, inhalation, and topical. Mucosal consumption involves anything that can be administered through the mucus membranes. This includes things such as eye drops, nasal sprays, and tinctures that are absorbed under the tongue. Ingestion consumption includes anything that is orally administered and processed through the digestive system. Inhalation consumption includes smoking and vaporizing the CBD. Topicals are applied to and absorbed through the skin. They are applied like any other lotion or salve.
What types of products should I be trying?
This is a question that we get often, and it can be hard to answer at times because it depends on the needs of the individual. In general, whenever you are dealing with an internal ailment, we like to suggest tincture as a great starting point for people. Their versatility and the ease of adjusting their dosing makes them great way to get intune with your body’s ECS and find what dosage works best for you. Topicals are a great option if you are dealing with any muscular pain/soreness and want more targeted relief.
*If you are looking to try a variety of different products and methods of consumption, check out our CBD Starter Pack. It has samples of products from companies we trust, and is a great way to try CBD and the different methods of consumption at a reasonable initial investment.