Myths and Realities about CBD Oil



Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

That quote could have been written about the many CBD Myths that are circulated in the press and social media. Here are the facts!

~ CBD is “pot” and will get you high! Myth! CBD oil is from the hemp plant, NOT from it’s cousin the “marijuana” plant. Why is this important? Hemp is bred to increase the quality and concentration of the Cannabidiols (CBD), terpenes, and other useful bioflavonoids instead of the psychoactive THC molecule.

~ CBD is GOOD, THC is BAD! Myth! Both are useful, but for most, even a “pure” CBD oil can have tremendous health benefits as a daily supplement. THC has many potential advantages, but I would like to stick with the more mainstream CBD products.

~ CBD is illegal! Myth! Hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3 mg% is legal to purchase and use in all 50 states.*

~ Isolates of Cannabidiol (CBD in its purest form) are better than “Full-Spectrum” CBD products. Myth! Many of the terpenes and bioflavonoids that accompany CBD in a full-spectrum product provide an amazing, rich, and healthful plant-derived supplement that an isolate cannot deliver.

~ CBD is safe in children! Truth! Studies of children given even high dose CBD oil (with THC even) show no appreciable toxicity in several clinical studies. The relatively small serving sizes in CBD products are exceedingly safe (again, you must be certain that the manufacturer of your product has reliable and independently verified analysis of contents before trusting it with your child). Although it is a supplement, I would discuss the use of the product with a CBD literate health care provider. Be aware, though, most health care providers may not know as much as you do after reading this post. We have a long way to go in Medicine before embracing naturopathic and holistic alternatives as the rule and not the exception.

~ More CBD is better! Myth! Actually, in many ways, smaller servings can achieve many of the positive health results as high-dose oils. Each individual may have different needs and deficiencies and using a premium product may be a more affordable value than you think.

~ CBD is toxic! Myth! A review of 132 studies showed an incredible safety profile, even at high doses.***

~ I will test positive on drug tests for marijuana! Myth! “Pure” CBD products contain no measurable THC, the psychoactive component tested in drug screens. Further, the 0.3mg% products have such small amounts that they are nearly impossible to measure with modern screens. One caveat though, you must know and trust the product you are using! It’s wild in the CBD space and there are no guarantees that what is labeled on the bottle is what you are actually getting in reality.

~ CBD has been clinically proven to support the reduction of anxiety, depression, social anxiety, autism, ADHD/OCD, and mood disorders. Truth! Though more research is needed to fine tune the use of CBD in many pathologies, it is clearly of significant benefit in the studies to date. Long term data has constantly shown safety in the chronic use of these products, even in children.** ***

~ CBD can support many natural and healthy functions in the body! Truth! Inflammation, digestive health, anxiety, sleep disorders, mood stabilization, enhanced immunity, and cosmetic benefits can be supported naturally and safely by regularly supplementing with CBD products, especially the full-spectrum compounds.

~ All CBD products are the same! BIG MYTH! This is the important take away here! I think we can agree that CBD based health supplements are going to be transformational in our health and wellness quests, but caveat emptor (let the buyer beware)!

Clearly, with all the thousands of products representing the CBD movement, there are all sorts of incentives to cut corners, misrepresent the product, and even commit outright fraud! So, as I have warned before, quality and trust in your product are essential. Only do business with reputable companies, companies that can show independently validated tests insuring purity, concentration, and quality. Hemp is a plant that is extremely good at “bioaccumulation.” What this means is the plant will concentrate both the good components in soil, but also toxins and pollutants. Plants grown in many parts of the country may have been exposed to fields which previously grew crops like tobacco, GMO corn, soy, wheat, etc. These crops can leave toxic residues like nicatinamides, dioxins, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides in the soil just waiting for the hemp plant to concentrate in the same plant tissues in which you are deriving your CBD products.

Further, how the product is produced is critically important. Many companies try to reduce costs by cutting corners on extracting the oils from the plant. Premium and quality oils are manufactured using expensive extraction techniques that eliminate any residual solvents, heavy metals, toxins, or THC in the “pure” labeled compounds. Earl Mindell gives a useful outline of how to judge a quality CBD product in his book, Healing With Hemp CBD Oil: A Simple Guide to Using Powerful and Proven Health Benefits of CBD, Oct 17, 2017, by Earl Mindell (highly recommended).

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ~ Mark Twain


* So is CBD legal? If we’re talking about hemp-derived CBD, then the answer is yes. Now, the keyword here is “hemp-derived.” Because CBD from hemp has no psychoactive effects, the purchase, sales, or possession of hemp CBD products are completely legal in all 50 States. Because hemp is sometimes confused with the marijuana plant, there is still some stigma towards hemp-derived CBD, but from a legal perspective, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal and enjoys the rights of any other legal product.

**The comprehensive review of 132 original studies by Bergamaschi et al. describes the safety profile of CBD, mentioning several properties: catalepsy is not induced and physiological parameters are not altered (heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature). Moreover, psychological and psychomotor functions are not adversely affected. The same holds true for gastrointestinal transit, food intake, and absence of toxicity for nontransformed cells. Chronic use and high doses of up to 1500 mg per day have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans.

***This review could substantiate and expand the findings of Bergamashi et al. about CBD favorable safety profile,” Kerstin and Franjo after building on studies showing the safety profile since the original 2012 Bergamashi review.



~ Stephen O’Connor, Emergency Services at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, CBD-Rich Hemp Oil Educator and Entrepreneur

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My Testimonial of the CTFO Product: Lash and Brow Growth Serum

Lash and Brow Growth Serum

Even though my main focus is health and wellness, I do like to use beauty products as well. Of course these products have to be healthy as our skin absorbs whatever we put on them.

I saw the Lash and Brow Growth Serum, a non-CBD product, and thought I would try it. I have used different brands of lash and brow growth products in the past with little to no results. I ordered it and kept an open mind with no expectations. I did not take ‘before’ pictures because, well, honestly … I wasn’t really sure if there were going to be any noticeable results.

Wow, oh wow, was I ever surprised to see the results! My eyelashes were getting longer and my eyebrows were filling in nicely. My lashes and brows felt softer and look healthier than ever before!



Another bonus was that I discovered was that mascara went on easier too. I am greatly impressed and now have a new favorite beauty product. I feel that my list of favorite beauty products will grow as I continue to use the CBD and non-CBD Beauty Products by CTFO.

Aging, Looking and Feeling Old is a Choice… and I choose not to subscribe to those outdated and useless aspects of thinking.

If you are interested in the Lash and Brow Growth Serum,  click HERE


~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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What is the Difference Between Cannabinoids and Cannabidiol?

As you set out to learn more about cannabidiol (CBD) and its properties, it’s not uncommon to find yourself confused over many of the terms related to the compound. Often times, people have a challenging time understanding how cannabidiol differs from cannabinoids, two commonly used terms that share spelling similarities and are often used interchangeably.

To begin, it’s helpful if you understand that cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid. In fact, it’s one of more than 100 cannabinoids found throughout the stalks, seeds, and flowers of cannabis plants like hemp. From there, let’s dive in a bit deeper to better understand how these two terms differ.

What are Cannabinoids?




Cannabinoids are active chemical compounds found naturally in the seeds, stalk and flowers of cannabis plants. Phytocannabinoids, a term used to describe cannabinoids derived from plants, are able to interact with our body’s natural systems because their makeups and behaviors mimic endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are synthesized on demand by our own bodies.

Our bodies are set up to interact with cannabinoids. Both phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids join with or influence cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to alter the release of neurotransmitters and encourage balance in our systems. Cannabinoids are largely responsible for the natural effects that cannabis oils, such as CBD Hemp oil, have on the body.

Scientists have so far identified over 100 phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp. The two most abundant cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The cannabinoid composition of a cannabis plant is wide ranging and varies by strain. Some are higher in CBD and others contain more THC. Hemp is naturally higher in CBD and contains only trace amounts of THC. 


What is Cannabidiol?


Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is among the most abundant of all the cannabinoids. It’s found in all varieties of cannabis, but dominates the makeup of hemp plants.

Thousands of scientific studies suggest that cannabidiol may hold a wide array of potential benefits. CBD has been shown in a patent by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to possess significant and antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, suggesting that it could be beneficial for treating neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Several studies have found CBD to be effective for reducing, and in some cases eliminating, seizure activity. *

Studies have shown that cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, unlike THC. Therefore, consuming CBD won’t ever cause a high or temporarily inhibit cognitive functions. This makes CBD an appealing option for children or anyone looking to incorporate the balancing effects of cannabinoids without having to experience the fuzziness of a high.

CBD Hemp Oil is made from hemp that is naturally high in CBD and low in THC. Because hemp contains only trace amounts of the cannabinoid THC, hemp oil products are non-psychoactive.

Now that you know the difference between Cannabinoids and Cannabidiol … Check out these CBD Hemp Oils and Products

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Can CBD Hemp Oil Help You?
Due to federal regulations, no claims can be made about any specific ailments that may be alleviated or cured with the use of CBD Hemp Oil. However, you can do your own research with the product and see if it helps you.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product/products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Drugs that may Interact with CBD Hemp Oil

CBD and Drug Interactions


If you are on one or several medications, you may want to print this out or save the link, to share this information with your doctor for both of you to discuss the best course of action for your health and wellness plan. 

Research has begun to demonstrate that cannabidiol (CBD) has the potential to effectively help a large number of people. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a way that produces very few unintended side-effects.

While the majority of the vast majority of the science indicates CBD is safe for use and consumption, it does pose a few risks that, if not properly understood, could be dangerous. One of these risks is the inhibition of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system.

What is the Cytochrome P-450 System?

Found within the liver, the cytochrome P450 enzyme system is responsible for metabolizing potentially toxic compounds, including over 60% percent of any drugs you have consumed.

According to Davis’s Drug Guide, this system contains more than 50 enzymes that process and eliminate toxins.

Why Does CYP450 Matter?

In order to determine the appropriate dosages of medications, doctors make calculations using the average amount of time it takes for various drugs and medications to be processed through the cytochrome P450 system.

If only one drug is being processed, and the system is generally healthy, these averages provide accurate dosage information.

However, certain substances have the ability to affect processing times within this system, making drugs metabolize faster or slower than they would on their own.

Similarly, if the cytochrome P450 system is unhealthy due to problems with the liver or other pre-existing conditions, drugs may not metabolize as they should.

Cannabidiol in the Cytochrome P-450 System

Cannabidiol can inhibit the cytochrome P450 system’s ability to metabolize certain drugs, leading to an overall increase in processing times.

Interestingly, CBD is not alone in its effect on drug metabolism. Grapefruit, watercress, St. John’s Wort, and goldenseal all have a similar impact in terms of CYP450 inhibition.

When the CYP450 system is impacted in this way, it leads to higher levels of certain drugs in your system at one time. This can cause unwanted side effects, and sometimes, an overdose.

If you are taking a medication affected by cannabidiol, you should consult your doctor to make sure that it is safe for you to supplement your personal care routine with CBD Hemp. From there, the two of you may consider adjusting the dosage on your medications so that you can use both products safely.  


Drugs that Interact with Cannabidiol

Any drug metabolized by CYP450 enzymes could potentially interact with cannabidiol. According to the Indiana University Department of Medicine, drugs known to use the CYP450 system include:

  • Steroids
  • HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antihistamines
  • Prokinetics
  • HIV antivirals
  • Immune modulators
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antiarrythmics
  • Antibiotics
  • Anesthetics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Beta blockers
  • PPIs
  • NSAIDs
  • Angiotension II blockers
  • Oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Sulfonylureas


This list does not include all of the potential medications impacted by cannabidiol. Nor will every medication in the categories contained on this list will cause an interaction. For these reasons, you should consult with a medical professional before supplementing with CBD Hemp products.

There are certain medications, known as “prodrugs,” that need to be metabolized to produce the therapeutic compound. In other words, you ingest an inactive compound and once in the body, it is processed into the active drug. If this processing is dependent on CYP3A4 (part of the larger CYP450 system), then inhibitors can result in too little active drug in the body for the desired therapeutic effect.

Codeine, for example, is a prodrug that is metabolized into morphine which provides the effect.

Vyvanse and Concerta are two other popular pharmaceutical medications for ADHD that fall into this category.

If you are worried that your CYP450 pathway may not be functioning properly, physicians can test the system to ensure that the medications you take are metabolizing as expected.

If you are on one or several medications, you may want to print this out or save the link, to share this information with your doctor for both of you to discuss the best course of action for your health and wellness plan. 


Combining Alcohol and CBD Oil

Alcohol and cannabis are both widely consumed in our society and the effects of combining the two are well known.

What is less understood by the general public, is the effects of combining alcohol and the cannabinoid compound CBD.

Alcohol depends on a few different metabolic pathways in the human body, with the primary enzymes involved being:

  • Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH)
  • Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)
  • CYP450 (specifically CYP2E1)

In people who only drink socially or occasionally, ADH and ALDH handle the entire workload of metabolizing ethanol. However, when binge drinking (or during chronic consumption of alcohol) CYP450 gets involved to assist the overloaded ADH and ALDH pathways.

Here are some interesting tidbits about alcohol and CBD:

  • The CB1 receptor is a significant player in the reinforcing and motivating attributes of alcohol. [S]
  • Combining alcohol and CBD results in significantly lower blood levels of alcohol. [S]
  • CBD reduces the reinforcement, motivation and relapse for alcohol. [S]
  • CBD protects the liver from damage done by binge-drinking alcohol. [S]
  • CBD prevents against alcohol-induced neurodegeneration. [S]
  • CBD attenuates alcohol-induced liver steatosis, metabolic dysregulation, inflammation and neutrophil-mediated injury. [S]
  • Cannabinoids have an effect on nearly all enzymes responsible for metabolizing alcohol. [S]
  • CB1 receptor agonists (THC) encourage alcohol consumption, while CB1 receptor antagonists (CBD) decrease it. [S]

Although the pharmacokinetics of alcohol and CBD are not yet well-understood, what we do know is CBD inhibits the CYP450 enzyme system, and this system plays a significant role in alcohol metabolism. Additionally, as found in mice, CBD alters levels of ADH and ALDH to varying degrees.

It is important to be mindful and cautious when mixing CBD and alcohol.



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Is CBD Hemp Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

Safe for Pregnancy


The eureka moment for many pregnant women would be finding out the positives of cannabis. Since discoveries are made related to cannabis and its constituents, and their positive response in the human body, many people including mothers, are more interested in knowing the physiology behind cannabinoids and their optimizing bodily functions.

Yes, cannabis can be positive for your body too! Regardless of its negative popularity, the cannabinoids from the cannabis sativa plant are a non-psychoactive component that does not create “high” feeling in its user.

The more you deeply go through the plant, the more you will get to know that the real culprit – yes the element that makes you high and creates downregulating feeling in the human body is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive constituent of the plant.

Cannabidiol or CBD extracted from the leaves of the cannabis, on the other hand, is scientifically proven safe.

The chemical compound in this element has immense therapeutic properties that can heal some diseases with minimal or no adverse effects, hence legal!

Additional to the amazing discoveries, cannabinoids found in cannabis also interact with endocannabinoid neurotransmitters densely present in CNS and other organs in the body.

This interaction of endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors fine-tune the bodily systems and optimize the crucial functions like mood, energy, immune response, appetite, reproduction, etc.

So does cannabinoids similar to cannabis, also found in breast milk?

As discussed above, the human body is full of endocannabinoids which react with externally ingested cannabinoids.

This crucial interaction in the human body optimizes functions, protect cells against viruses, bacteria, cancer and other malignancies.

Similarly, human breastmilk also has an abundance of these endocannabinoids, which is rather a special type of neuromodulatory lipid.

A research took place in the year 2004, published in the Journal of Pharmacology stated that endocannabinoids have distinctive influence in pre and postnatal development.

The investigation took more than 30 years but came up with the positive response that all human born with cannabinoid receptors have the presence of these powerful elements in bovine and human milk also.

The study of 2004 stated that detection of endocannabinoids was noticeable in maternal milk and the CB1 receptor that develops before 14 weeks of gestation, basically teaches newborn after parturition how to eat, activating oral motor musculature while stimulating suckling process.

All this makes sense when we consider that if cannabinoids were not in the breast milk, a newborn would not necessarily have developed the desire of eating, nor they would know how to eat which could cause malnourishment.

It’s hard to believe, but logically the process is similar to an adult who smokes cannabis develop a strong desire for more.

As newborn who naturally receives cannabinoids through the mother feed develops the hunger mechanism that promotes growth and development.

Fortunately, cannabinoids also play a fundamental role in the conception and successful pregnancy. In research reported in 2006 from Pediatrics Department at Vanderbilt University identified endocannabinoids as “an emerging concept in female reproduction.”

Their research discovered a cannabinoid sensor system to impact important steps during early pregnancy.

According to embryology, a newly fertilized embryo must attach itself to the lining of the uterus. If failed to do so, the umbilical cord would not form, and no pregnancy will take place.

Hence, for the embryo to attach itself to the uterine lining, a particular amount of specific endocannabinoid known as anandamide, is essential.

An abundant amount of anandamide is crucial as too less, or high anandamide presence would not let cannabinoids activate a certain number of CB1 receptors that in return trigger the fertilized egg to attach itself to the uterus safely.

Not only cannabinoids are essential in conception, but they also play a significant role in other aspects of pregnancy as well.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study in 2004, stating that “both exogenous and endogenous cannabinoids administer a vigorous and direct relaxant impact on human pregnant myometrium, which is mediated through the CB1 receptor.”

Famous Dr. Melanie Dreher studied pregnant women who were active users of cannabis till they delivered and continued her research on the babies one year after birth.

She documented that babies of the women who had used cannabis during pregnancy were superior, confident, made eye contact quickly, socially more responsive, alert, less irritable, easier to engage and automatically stable.

The Doctor was expecting to see a major difference in the babies as far as their neurological tests and birth weight, but there was no variability whatsoever.

Dr. Dreher was able to conclude that there were no possible links between the exposure of cannabis during pregnancy and development of the babies.

Usage of cannabis during pregnancy helped some women to relieve nausea, fatigue and improve appetite, they also found relief from depression and feelings of desperation.

According to another follow-up research conducted in California also documented that there were no developmental problems in the babies whom mothers used cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In conclusion, we would like to draw the attention of our readers that cannabis during pregnancy is particularly safe and indicates the positive influence it holds from conception to the day of baby’s birth, it is advised only to use hemp extracts during this crucial stage of life.

Keeping in mind that pregnant women are prone to allergies, it is recommended to seek advice and help from a health professional before CBD consumption.




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