Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is CBD?
- Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a thousand-year history as a medicine. CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids” unique to cannabis that endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. CBD has shown great potential to control cravings associated with substance abuse. Its myriad therapeutic properties are currently being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors worldwide; it is widely considered a safe, non-addictive substance.
Q: How does CBD Work?
- Despite extensive research, how CBD works is not yet entirely understood. It’s thought, however, that CBD binds to receptors in the brain and throughout the body to help balance the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which in turn steadies important bodily functions from sleep, to mood, to appetite, to memory and pain sensation, addictive cravings. A balanced ECS helps our body maintain homeostasis, or equilibrium, in response to physical, mental and environmental changes and stressors. Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids to support this system, but like with any nutrient, can become deficient and require extra support from time to time. CBD helps block the breakdown of our endocannabinoids, thereby allowing our bodies to draw on more of what it’s already naturally producing.
Q: What's the Difference Between CBD, THC, Cannabis, Marijuana, and Hemp?
- CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a thousand-year medicinal history. CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids” unique to cannabis which endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile.
- THC: THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants and is the compound that produces a "high."
- Cannabis: The umbrella term for marijuana or hemp, cannabis is the family (genus) of plants comprising both marijuana and hemp.
- Marijuana: A high-THC variety of cannabis plant, specifically the cannabis sativa species. Marijuana typically has high amounts of THC and moderate amounts of CBD, depending on the strain.
- Hemp: A variety of the cannabis plant – they are high in CBD and low in THC.
Q: Is all CBD the same?
- Not all CBD is created equal – quality does vary – so it's important to be an educated consumer. CBD and THC, the two most popular and well-known cannabinoids, are far from the only ones in the cannabis plant. With the exception of THC, broad-spectrum CBD keeps the cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and nutrients working together to create a balanced option for your wellness.
- With Exact Nature brand, broad-spectrum CBD, you get products made to exacting standards by leading experts in the industry, with zero THC levels.
Q: Does CBD work on addiction?
- A recent study with animals by the Scripps Research Institute discovered that the brain’s serotonin receptors are stimulated by CBD and directly related to a reduction in drug-seeking behavior. In this study, CBD oil was administered to rats after they were given alcohol and cocaine. The results indicated that even five months after CBD had left their systems, the rats still did not engage in drug-seeking behaviors. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6098033/
- Will Exact Nature work for addiction? Exact Nature Detox is formulated to address the factors that lead to addiction-related behaviors. It’s too early to say conclusively, but many individuals have enjoyed early success.
Q: Why should customers choose Exact Nature products?
- Because of their exceptional proprietary formulas, manufacturing process and ingredients, and their ability to help with the range of conditions that are often a part of early sobriety.
- Exact Nature products are formulated by (recovering) addicts for (recovering) addicts to help with the unique challenges of getting sober. The products start with the finest non-GMO, pesticide- and herbicide-free CBD, grown without solvents or chemical fertilizers, and independently tested by licensed laboratories to ensure the exceptional quality of its ingredients. The result is dietary supplements made from full spectrum, water-soluble, high-potency CBD with zero THC and complemented by additional exceptional, use-specific ingredients.
Q: How are Exact Nature CBD products manufactured?
- Our products start with CBD made from hemp grown on farms in Nevada. It is organic, non-GMO, grown without pesticides, herbicides, solvents, or chemical fertilizers, and is independently tested by licensed laboratories to ensure its active ingredients are free of impurities. The result is CBD products that are broad spectrum, water-soluble, high-potency, non-psychoactive dietary supplements.
Q: What is CBD oil?
- CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids produced by cannabis. CBD oil refers to an extract of cannabis or hemp formulated to contain high levels of CBD. CBD oil is derived from hemp plants that have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and low levels of THC (always have less than 0.3% ) THC. CBD levels in CBD oil can vary based on the quality of hemp and the preparation and extraction techniques used.
- Exact Nature produces some of the market's finest quality CBD oil and is extracted from healthy, CBD-rich hemp plants grown in the US with all of the THC removed rendering it non-intoxicating.
Q: Do the Risks Outweigh the Potential Benefits?
- At this point, it’s safe to say that the risks of using CBD may very well outweigh its potential benefits, especially for someone who has struggled with substance abuse. Although CBD may not be addictive in the same way other drugs like cocaine or heroin are, users must still exercise caution in order to avoid developing an unhealthy dependency on CBD. Source: https://novarecoverycenter.com/drug-use/what-is-cbd/
Q: Is CBD oil safe for recovering addicts?
- According to a report from the World Health Organization (2017), the results of human studies have not shown CBD to be addictive, though the number of human studies that have been conducted is limited and more research needs to be done. Source: https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf
- Addiction recovery is individual. There will never be a straightforward answer to this question because, ultimately, it’s up to you. Some people feel that even using prescribed antidepressants is an affront on their recovery because it represents a continued reliance on drugs. Most people are less strict, however, and recognize that we rely on many substances throughout our lives. Because CBD does not produce euphoria, it’s unlikely to lead to misuse. As such, you should feel pretty safe using it for anxiety, depression, pain, and other issues you’re facing in recovery. In the end, it’s up to you.
Q: Can CBD be used for treating substance use disorders?
- Proponents of CBD claim it's helpful in treating a range of substance use disorders, despite there being limited evidence to support this. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6098033/
- It's believed to work like this: CBD binds to receptors throughout the brain and body to help balance the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which in turn steadies important bodily functions like sleep and mood. And by stimulating the brain’s serotonin and dopamine receptors, CBD also reduces drug-seeking behavior making it less likely people will pursue addictive substances.
Q: Does CBD help with alcohol use disorder (AUD)?
- Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural, non-intoxicating substance derived from the cannabis plant. A non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD holds great potential for preventing and treating drug and alcohol addiction. Recent studies have shown that CBD may help by:
- Helping reduce cravings. Briefly, it works like this: CBD binds to receptors throughout the brain and body to help balance the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which in turn steadies important bodily functions like sleep and mood. And by stimulating the brain’s serotonin and dopamine receptors, CBD also reduces drug-seeking behavior and making it less likely people will pursue addictive substances.
- Addressing the symptoms or conditions that contribute to substance abuse. It’s important to understand that a person's genes, the action of the drug, peer pressure, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and environmental stress can all be factors. As many people suffering from addiction also suffer from underlying mental health issues like depression, psychosis and anxiety disorders (PTSD, social anxiety, etc.), CBD could make people less likely to abuse alcohol in the first place.
- In the research community there is substantial interest in the therapeutic potential of CBD. Scientists have begun to understand the critical role the endocannabinoid system plays in alcohol and other addictions, and also in mood disorders, pain management, depression and anxiety relief, and other health related issues.
- In addition to reducing alcohol consumption and preventing relapse in recovering alcoholics, studies suggest that CBD could also be beneficial when dealing with some of the underlying conditions that lead people to self-medicate before they become addicted to alcohol. As many people suffering from addiction also suffer from underlying mental health issues like depression, psychosis and anxiety disorders (PTSD, social anxiety, etc.), CBD could make people less likely to abuse alcohol in the first place.
Q: Does CBD work on addictive cravings?
- CBD may serve as the panacea for reducing the cravings and anxiety experienced by individuals suffering from addiction, but more research needs to be done. CBD's capacity to regulate the body's dopamine receptors is the key to providing relief and the results to date have been promising, though individual results may vary.
- CBD has received a lot of attention for its potential to treat drug and alcohol abuse and relapse prevention. It’s thought that CBD is effective by reducing anxiety and stress related to drug cues, by mediating anti-depressant activity, and through its impact on the brain circuitry responsible for drug craving and seeking behaviors. The implications of CBD for use in the treatment of drug addiction has attracted the interest of the research community investigating therapeutic solutions for drug addiction and relapse.
- Source: https://www.news-medical.net/health/Can-CBD-be-Used-to-Treat-Drug-Addiction.aspx
- A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (May 2019) suggests that CBD can help reduce stress and cravings among people who've been addicted to opioids. CBD’s potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigation of this phytocannabinoid as a treatment option for opioid use disorder.
- Source: https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.18101191
- Exact Nature Detox has been formulated with ingredients that, on their own, have been successful in curbing the cravings associated with alcohol and other addictive substances.
Q: Does CBD work for depression? Anxiety?
- Using CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies. Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache. What’s more, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and may lead to substance abuse. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior. Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section2
- For treating depression, CBD appears to have some benefits over antidepressant medications. A 2019 animal study found that CBD has a fast and sustained antidepressant-like effect. CBD may also result in fewer side effects than antidepressant medication. Experts believe CBD’s potential benefits for depression are related to its positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. Low serotonin levels are likely connected to depression. CBD can replenish your body's serotonin levels and affect how your brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin that’s already in your system. Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-depression
- Several studies published on PubMed Central found that CBD may reduce anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/?term=CBD+for+anxiety
Q: Does CBD help with sleep?
- Many things can cause poor sleep. If your insomnia is caused by external factors or related conditions, CBD may help by treating the causes of sleeplessness. While research on CBD is still in its infancy, research suggests that CBD can treat anxiety which, in turn, could improve sleep. Pain may also cause sleep problems, and there’s a fair amount of evidence to support the claim that CBD soothes pain, so by reducing chronic pain, CBD can improve sleep. Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-insomnia#research
Q: Will CBD work for me?
- The overall effectiveness of CBD varies, just as it may with pharmaceuticals. More than half of the CBD-users surveyed—some 55%—said they use it to relax. Half reported using it to reduce stress and anxiety, and the proportions of people who use CBD to improve their sleep and relieve pain (including muscle, chronic, and joint pain) were close behind. Source: https://qz.com/quartzy/1597088/does-cbd-work-a-comprehensive-look-at-its-most-popular-uses/
Q: Is CBD addictive?
- According to a report from the World Health Organization (2017), the results of human studies have not shown CBD to be addictive.
Q: What is the Difference Between THC and CBD?
- While both THC and CBD are said to have many of the same medical benefits, the two chemical compounds are different. Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive compound and it won’t get you high, as THC will. Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-vs-thc
Q: What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?
- Although hemp oil and CBD oil are both derived from hemp, hemp oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant and CBD oil is extracted from the whole plant.
Q: Is taking CBD a potential risk for people in recovery?
- For people in recovery who think they might benefit from using CBD, it’s essential to maintain a very distinct line between using CBD—which has no psychoactive properties—and marijuana products with the high-inducing ingredient THC. Using CBD is likely to remain controversial in the recovery community for the near future, so avoid it if you feel it would imperil your sobriety.
Q: Are there concerns with using CBD? Side effects?
- Since CBD is not regulated by the government, and lab testing is not required in every state, products can be unreliable in delivering a consistent amount and the purity or the dosage listed is not always dependable. Research is limited regarding how the chemical compound impacts the brain, is metabolized by the liver, and interacts with other medications.
- Many small-scale studies have looked into the safety of CBD in adults. They concluded that adults tend to tolerate a wide range of doses well. Researchers have found no significant side effects on the central nervous system, the vital signs, or mood, even among people who used high dosages. The most common side effect is fatigue, and some people also report diarrhea and changes in appetite or weight.
Q: What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
- Hemp and marijuana share the genus and species name of Cannabis sativa, but have a unique genetic profile. Typically, hemp is very fibrous with long stalks and few flowering buds, while marijuana plants are usually smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes. Typically, marijuana has a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD, while hemp, naturally, has higher amounts of CBD with small amounts of THC. The cannabinoid profile of hemp is for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the high.
Q: Are CBD products legal?
- The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp in all 50 states as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Anyone in the US can buy CBD online, on the shelves of health stores, and even in pet stores. While hemp-derived CBD is legal, CBD derived from marijuana is not legal federally. Therefore, CBD made from 'marijuana' with high levels of THC is only legal if your state has legalized marijuana. Exact Nature products only contain CBD derived from hemp.
Q: Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD products?
- A preliminary study suggests the answer is no, if the CBD is pure. Researchers found that CBD, or cannabidiol, did not react with either of two commercially available tests used to screen for marijuana use. However, another cannabis compound – cannabinol (CBN) – did. CBD and CBN are two of more than a hundred chemicals found in cannabis plants. They differ from THC, the source of the marijuana "high." CBD is present in marijuana but more abundant in hemp, which contain only low levels of THC. CBN, meanwhile, is a THC derivative. Source: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20190809/pure-cbd-wont-make-you-fail-a-drug-test-but#1
- Exact Nature CBD is sourced from Nevada-grown industrial hemp with the trace elements of THC removed, rendering the amount of THC to be less than .001 percent.
Q: What is the best method of use?
- Exact Nature CBD products are available in a wide variety of forms. We offer CBD oils which are consumed by placing droplets under the tongue. We also offer CBD capsules and powdered drink from stickpacks. Please review our Exact Nature product pages to determine which product may be most suitable for you and your needs.
Q: Will Exact Nature CBD products get me high?
- All of our hemp extract products are made from industrial hemp with THC levels below 0.001 percent. Exact Nature products are non-intoxicating.
Q: Will I become addicted to CBD?
- While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization. CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential... To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.
Q: Can I overdose on CBD?
- There have not been any documented cases of someone overdosing from using CBD. Exact Nature products are “broad spectrum” with a focus on the therapeutic benefits of CBD and have removed the THC to eliminate its intoxicating effects.
Q: Where can I find the third-party testing for your CBD products?
- All our products are lab tested to ensure that we are providing you with the best possible product. the third-party lab results, called Certificates of Analysis, can be found at https://exactnature.com/pages/certificates-of-analysis.
Q: How long before I receive my order?
- You will normally receive your Exact Nature product within 3 to 7 working days.
Q: Do you offer returns and refunds?
- If you are not fully satisfied, Exact Nature will refund your money if claimed within 90 days of your purchase date.
Q: Does Exact Nature ship to every state?
- Yes, Exact Nature ships its CBD products to all states within the U.S.