What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, is one of the compounds found in the hemp and marijuana plant, which are both strains of the cannabis plant.  Aethics products contain CBD derived from hemp grown on our own farm.  We do not use CBD from the marijuana plant.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD has been shown to provide relief for many ailments that current and former athletes experience, and that everyone experiences at times.  It is commonly used to reduce pain, inflammation (commonly arthritis), anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. The FDA recently approved the use of a CBD-based drug to significantly reduce seizures related to a form of epilepsy.   People often us CBD as an alternative to over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen and addicting opioids.

Will Aethics products get me high?

No. Aethics CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant, and contains 0.3% or less THC, the psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant that causes a psychoactive effect.  When taken at the recommended dosage level, there is not enough THC present to make you high.

Is CBD legal in my state?

Forty-seven states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have passed laws that permit the recreational or medicinal use, or both, of CBD.  Only Idaho, South Dakota and Nebraska have not passed such laws.  Because of hemp’s relationship to marijuana, CBD has been burdened by the laws and stigma associated with marijuana, despite the fact that hemp-derived CBD products do not make you high when used as recommended.  More detail regarding state-by-state laws can be found here.

As an athlete, is it OK for me to use CBD?

Not surprisingly, we at Aethics believe so, and for good reason.  CBD helps relieve many of the ailments experienced by athletes, whether you walk occasionally or compete at a professional level.  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which fights globally against doping in sports and, notably, in Olympic events, approved the use of CBD products by athletes beginning in January 2018. 

Will I fail a drug test if I use an Aethics product?

Drug tests are designed to identify THC in the body.  Because Aethics products contain only a trace of THC (.3% or less), it is unlikely you would fail a drug test after ingesting or applying a CBD product topically in accordance with dosage/application directions.  However, depending on the sensitivity of the test, how much CBD you ingested/applied, and other variables, it is possible you could fail a drug test.  It’s best to understand your employer’s, school’s, or sport team’s rules as it relates to CBD.

Is hemp oil and CBD oil the same thing?

No. Hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant and contains very little CBD.  CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant and is rich in CBD content.

Do Aethics products contain isolate or full spectrum CBD?

Aethics offers both isolate (CBD only) and full-spectrum (whole hemp) products.Full-spectrum CBD oil   contains an array of hemp plant compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, minerals, vitamins, fats, and proteins) that work together to provide the greatest therapeutic effect. CBD-only oil or powder, called “isolate,” is CBD separated from other cannabidiol compounds.

Is there research to back up the benefits of CBD?

Likely the most significant report comes from the World Health Organization (WHO).  The November 2017 reports notes, “CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials, with one pure CBD product (Epidiolex®) currently in Phase III trials. There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions.”  Until recently, the US federal government did not fund scientific research for marijuana or CBD, but that has begun to  change with the US National Institute of Health funding over $100M in cannabis research in 2017.  Compelling to us here at Aethics is the significant empirical evidence that has come from our conversations with hundreds of people who have experienced therapeutic benefit by using CBD.