Joseph Miday, Founder/CEO
Fit Organics Health & Nutrition
Identifying a Good Company
When the CEO Joseph Miday, first began using CBD oil for overall health benefits he developed several key characteristics of quality products that he looked for. As we list items that we feel are important to investigate when looking into manufacturers, it is very important to have a basic understanding of what CBD is and where it exactly comes from.
It is vital that if you are looking into a company and they make direct health claims about their products, you need to avoid them. Because health claims are not allowed by the FDA until a product is thoroughly tested and approved, any claim can be a sign that a company is out for a quick profit. You do not need to even know anything about CBD to understand this! Again, finding the right product that works for your body is crucial. Once you are educated, choose a trusted brand and give it time.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. CBD oil contains several other compounds that must be present in order to receive the potential benefits of the product. These compounds which are non-toxic and well-tolerated are called cannabinoids and terpenes. We will discuss these compounds later in detail.
It is very important to note that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same item! Hemp seed oil is simply the oil extracted from hemp seeds and contains no CBD or other cannabinoids. Therefore, they can not be compared as you may not feel the same effects as the products are very different.
It is very important to understand we are just beginning to comprehend how CBD affects the human body as modern science has just identified the Human Endocannabinoid System. This system will also be discussed later and how receptor sites such as CB1 and CB2 play a role in the body. Over the past few decades, there have been an explosion of research on the health benefits of CBD and many more to come!
Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
Many people understand that marijuana is a psychoactive compound due to the presence of THC. It is considered a "drug" and is cultivated for medical and recreational purposes. Studies have shown that THC found in marijuana binds to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Hemp is not marijuana! Hemp does contain certain cannabinoids while having a minimal amount of THC. In fact, in order to be cultivated in the United States, hemp must contain less that .03% THC. CBD from hemp binds to the CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system. While many products on the market are produced from industrial hemp, the CBD oil in the Fit Organics products is produced from CBD rich cannabis sativa strain. This product can contain as much as ten times higher concentration of CBD as the typical generic industrial hemp. It does not cause a high and is not considered a drug.
Types of CBD Oil
Full Spectrum CBD oil extract is a balance of terpenes and cannabinoids found in the original plant. This is when the oil retains a natural balance after the intial raw CBD oil was extracted. We refer to these products as full spectrum.
Broad Spectrum CBD oil is very similar to the definition of full spectrum. However, broad spectrum oil in our definition has all the trace elements found in our extract (terpenes and cannabinoids) but has the trace amounts of THC removed.
CBD isolate is simply when CBD is isolated and purified. In this form, cannabinoids are solid crystals that are colorless and odorless. It can be used as an additive to edibles and beverages in this form. However, it is devoid of the very important terpenes and other cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) or another term you might hear is CBD-rich oil. This is a product that has gone through initial filtration and distillation steps to remove unwanted substances such as chlorophyll. It does have a higher concentration of CBD than the raw product.
CBD-Infused oil is referred to when a product has been infused CBD isolate. A properly labelled product will inform the consumer which ingredients were used. If a product uses "CBD Isolate", then it is not full spectrum. If the product label reads full spectrum oil, then you are getting a full spectrum product.
- Hemp Seed Oil - Does not contain CBD
- Raw Industrial Hemp Extract - Low quality source of CBD oil
- Raw PCR Hemp Extract - High Quality, full spectrum product which is rich in CBD and includes cannabinoids and terpenes
- CBD Concentrate/Distillate either full or broad spectrum which unwanted materials have been removed
- CBD Isolate - purified CBD, does not contain beneficial terpenes and canabinoids
- CBD Rich/Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) - either full or broad spectrum oil infused with CBD concentrate
- Broad Spectrum Oil rich CBD and the benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids. THC has been removed
- CBD-Infused a product that has been infused with pure CBD. Can also be called full spectrum
Frequently Asked Questions
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
No! Properly produced CBD oil should not get you high as it does not have enough THC content. CBD does not trigger the same receptors in the body that THC does. Fit Organics crafted products removes the THC from their line.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Hemp extract is considered a food product and is 100% legal.
Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
If you think about it...marijuana is a type of cannabis as CBD is derived from the a cannabis plant. Therefore, it is logical to wonder is it possible that CBD will cause a false positive on a drug test. Professional labs do not test for CBD. Therefore, Fit Organics products do not have any THC in them and are confirmed by 3rd party testing. However, if you use a cheap drug store test, they are not advanced enough to distinguish between CBD and THC. If you use a product with .03% or less THC in it, reports suggest that there is a 1 in 500 chance of a false positive. The easiest way to be safe is to use a THC free product line.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?
Some individuals claim that CBD increases their hunger while others claim it decreases it. More studies must be done to identify other side effects. Depending on serving size taken, people have reported that CBD cases drowsiness. This is easily adjusted for by gauging the time of the day you take your dose.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are active compounds produced by the cannabis plant. They are what account for the great benefits we can receive from the plant. There are several that will be listed on your 3rd part testing reports. It is important to understand that they should be present in the product you take.
List of Some Cannabinoids (Not Exclusive)
- CBD - Second most common cannabinoid produced
- THC - Primary psychoactive compound found in marijuana
- CBC - Third most common cannabinoid product, thought to have anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory properties
- CNB - Possibly could act as an appetite stimulant, antibiotic, pain reliever and sedative
- CBG - Possibly could be used as a pain reliever
- THCv - Less psychoactive than THC and known to have neuroprotective properties
- CBDv - Similar to CBD in effects
- THCa and CBDa - Compounds found in raw cannabis that are non-psychoactive and used for anti-inflammatory properties
The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Neurotransmitters work to adjust cellular activity within each person's body. It is crucial to know that ECS plays a role in Homeostasis - state of balance, within the body.
There are two parts of the ECS system that are important to understand:
- CB receptors are found on the surface of cells throughout the body.
- Cannabinoids interact with those receptors
An example of how this works would be once an individual takes CBD, the cannabinoids signal to the CB2 receptors in the ECS. Once the signal is received, certain molecules may be released due to this process. For instance, serotonin levels are often low with individuals suffering from depression. Studies have shown that CBD may raise levels in these individuals due to their initial amounts. Therefore, if a person has low serotonin levels and they use CBD, their CB2 receptors in the ECS could possibly release serotonin in their system. This system regulates a large amount of functions. This can range from appetite, sleep patterns, moods, immune response and much more. This is the reason why CBD seems to affect a wide range of conditions. Everyone's genetics are different and lacking certain molecules which CBD could possibly assist in Homeostasis.
What are Terpenes?
Produced by the cannabis plant and many other plants, terpenes are a hydrocarbon compound. They are recognized to be safe by our FDA for consumption. Many acts as neurotransmitters themselves. The key idea with terpenes is that they act as an inhibitor to many neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. This is important because they act on CB2 receptor site and modify the effects of cannabinoids in a positive manor.
What Is the Entourage Effect?
This is the combination of terpenes and cannabinoids. When looking for products you want to make sure that both are present because they work together. When together, their sum is greater than their individual components. More work needs to be done to better understand the exact effect.
Research into CBD's Benefits
After years of studies, there is still not a lot of knowledge about the ECS and how cannabinoids effect systems in our bodies. We are certain of one major idea and that is that CBD does influence complex systems within our bodies.
The endocannabinoid system was discovered by Miles Herkenham as he worked at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1990. This discovery started a trend in the effects of cannabinoids.
In 1992, the first endocannabinoid produced by the human body was identified. The endocannabinoid Amandamide was that compound. It was later found that amandaminde as responsible for "The Runners High".
Research on CBD
Many more studies that provide conclusive results are needed on CBD. However, there is early evidence that CBD may assist with several human ailments.
The following is a list of ailments that are currently being or have been studied:
Research on Mood Disorders
Much of the new research suggest that CBD might have a very positive effect on mood disorders. Remember that amandaminde is produced by the nervous system to stimulate serotonin in the brain. Research shows that CBD has a positive effect on the levels of amandamide. This directly correlates to individuals that struggle with depression and anxiety. These individuals typically have lower levels of serotonin. If CBD does increase their levels, then they will experience an increase in overall well-being.
In 2009, The British Journal of Pharmacology published findings from a Brazilian study on CBD's effects on anxiety in a report titled, "5-HT1A receptors are involved in the cannabidiol-induced attenuation of behavioral and cardiovascular responses to acute restraint stress in rats." Authors of the report concluded that "CBD can attenuate acute autonomic responses to stress and its delayed emotional consequences by facilitating 5-HT1A receptor-mediated neurotransmission."
A group of UK and Brazilian researchers studied the effects of cannabidiol on anxiety, fear and trauma. They published their findings in the 2016 December issue of Frontiers in Pharmacology in a report entitled, "Bidirectional Effects of Cannabidiol on Contextual Fear Memory Extinction." The study involved mice that had been subjected to fear conditioning. They found that CBD "reduced contextual fear memory expression."
Research on Sleeping Disorders
Daily rhythms (circadian rhythms) are what our body relies to determine which activities our cells should be doing at certain times of the day. Our nervous system and endocrine system work together to keep our cells on schedule. Early research is suggesting that CBD might help balance our daily rhythms. When speaking to consumers, many will report that not only do they sleep better at night but also have more energy the next day. A review of the literature on the effects of cannabinoids on sleep disorders entitled, "Cannabidiol in Humans - The Quest for Therapeutic Targets," was published in the journal Current Psychiatry. The report states, "Medium - and high-dose CBD is sedating and has been examined in the context of a number of sleep disorders including insomnia. Initial basic research has suggested that medium-/high-does CBD is associated with an increase in the percentage of total sleep."
Another report on CBD's effects on sleep disorders authored by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Wholeness Center was published in the Permamente Journal. In the report, entitled, "Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia and Part of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report," the authors conclude, "Pharmaceutical medications provided partial relief, but results were not long-lasting and there were major side effects. A trial of cannabidiol oil resulted in a maintained decrease in anxiety and a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of the patient's sleep."
Bioavailability of CBD
Bioavailability is simply the amount of the active compound in a percentage that mes it to the bloodstream. Thus, this percentage is what is available for the body to use. Effectiveness of CBD can rely on the method of consumption but also the quality of the ingredients used to produce the product. The only way to achieve 100% bioavailability would be through intravenous administration (injection).
It is important to understand to tinctures have twice the bioavailability of edibles. Tinctures are taken sublingual, meaning under the tongue. This can be a successful route due to the large number of capillaries and veins under the tongue. This produces upwards of a 40% bioavailability rate.
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work
No two people are alike in their genetics. Just as some individuals can eat before bed and never gain a pound while others gain weight easily by doing the same thing. CBD reacts the same way within our bodies. Age, current health, past health conditions, weight, circulation and metabolism all play an important role inthe products effects.
An individual who has a higher number of CB2 receptors and possibly lower levels of endocannabinoids will be more sensitive to CBD and benefit from the effects quicker. On the other hand, an individual who has a low number of receptors may take longer to benefit from CBD supplementation. As a general guideline, many individuals will have the onset of effects from 20 minutes to one hour after consumption. This is a wide range since everyone's body is that much different.
CBD Serving Size
Fit Organics crafted products will list a recommended serving size. It is crucial to understand that there are many variables to consider. Many people start their dose too low. Serving size can change from company to company due to the amount of CBD in each. Another element might be is the product you are now taking a full spectrum versus your last one a broad spectrum. One might lack CBN and you might experience a less than desired effect for a sleep disorder. Therefore, finding a caring and reliable company is crucial. Given all the above information, you must place some thought into your dosing. Taking too little will not provide a desired effect and you might give up on the product. CBD can be expensive but a very worthwhile investment if you do your homework. A good baseline that we would suggest at Fit Organics is to try 1mg for every 20 pounds of body weight. Therefore, if a person was to weight 100 pounds, they should start with 5mg. a 200-pound individual should start 10mg and so on. If you do not feel the desired effect, then it might be best to double that serving. It is best to give the product 5-7 days initially before increasing your serving size. Once increasing your serving size, wait another few days before increasing again. It also is best to start your dosing before bed just in case CBD does cause drowsiness in your system. If you are trying to take CBD oil for an ailment, skip the above advice and consult with a Doctor. CBD oil is non-toxic and well tolerated in the body. To date, there is no one on record being poisoned from too much CBD oil.
Fit Organics Patent Pending Technology
Fit Organics crafted products use a water-soluble technology which encapsulates the active compounds in extremely small sized emulsions. Fit Organics product lines CBS oil droplets are between 4 and 200 times smaller than the industry standard. This smaller size leads to higher absorption in the blood and better results are seen by customers. Because of this, less oil is needed for the same results a person might use from another company.
Buy the Best
CBD oil is not a product that a consumer should try to find a bargain deal on. You need a trusted manufacturer that has an oil that produces rich cannabinoids and terpenes.
Recently, a study done by Brightfield Group showed that 40% of CBD companies are selling items that do not have the amount of CBD they are advertising on their label. With CBD oil companies flooding the market, it is becoming more difficult to understand who to trust.
***Identifying a Good Company
When we first started this section we discussed giving you specific criteria that we used personally in looking for a CBD company when we were consumers. This list has evolved the more educated we became about CBD. This list is just a guideline, but we recommend you developing one of your own. You only have one body and it is important to take care of your vessel as you travel through life.
We hope you take a good look at Fit Organics Health & Nutrition. We only use PCR Hemp in our products with the smallest particles on the market for better absorption. Our products are extracted through supercritical CO2 and are 100% THC free. Finally, our products go through rigorous 3rd party testing which each customer has access to those results by scanning their product.
- Is their hemp 100% pure organic?
- Some places use pesticides in growing the plants and then remove them in the extraction process. Therefore, they might not show pesticides in their testing of the oil but could have used them in growing their hemp.
- What Hemp plant do they use for your oil? Industrial or PCR
- Do they use CO2 or Butane to extract your cannabinoids?
- It is getting rarer to find Butane as a mean of extraction but still important.
- Is their products full spectrum, broad spectrum, or neither?
- On the company's lab results or web site you want to read decarboxylated.
- This is the important process where heat is slowly added to change CBDa to CBD
- Select a company that shows you on their lab results their products are pesticide, metals and solvent free.
- Many companies will give you a cannabinoid profile only
- Ask why they do not offer the other key testing information
- Make sure your provider tests each batch
- Some companies might only test every few batches
- A reputable company that is in for the right reasons will want to test each batch
- Review their website***
- This have been the biggest identifier for many
- Companies that have 1 page website with no education or explanation of why they are in the business should be a red flag
- Companies and founders that use their products and believe in CBD benefits are crucial to finding the right supplier Look for "our story" type pages
- On their web page you should be able to contact them easily and know who the individuals running the company are. They should be proud of their products and making a difference.
- Their products should be well represented on their page. If you see that their products are just random pictures that look like the company might have taken them on a phone and posted, then most likely they did.
- A good company is going to put money and time into their webpage and make sure it is a well representation of them.
- Absolutely no health claims should be made by a reputable company!
- If you see CBD "will" cure ____ or CBD "will" help ___, then this company must be questioned
- Non-GMO is not the same thing as Organic. Know what is important to you.
- In our experience we look for a gold color oil. We feel this oil is the most complete in the process.
- Brown color can have a high rate of CBD but can be processed longer for a better cannabinoid profile
- A clear oil might be missing crucial cannabinoids and should show "ND" (not detected) on their 3rd party report for certain cannabinoids.
- From our experience, a gold color shows the highest quality, most complete and can be the most expensive. However, it comes with what we believe are the best benefits
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires that we inform you that the efficacy of CBD products has not been confirmed by the FDA approved research treatment for any medical condition. This information in this document or webpage is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.