General CBD FAQs

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is natural, organic compound found in the cannabis plant. To be legally sold in the USA outside dispensaries it must be sourced from hemp (cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC). All Hawaiian Choice products go a step further and have had THC removed to below lab detectable levels.

Can CBD make me high?

No, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a “high” and is associated with a wide range of benefits both physically and mentally.

How does CBD work?

The endocannabinoid system, discovered in 1992, is a network of receptors around the body that helps to keep our bodies in balance - or in a state of homeostasis. It is believed to have a huge effect on our overall health and wellbeing by supporting a multitude of physical processes, including mood, pain, energy, sleep, appetite, metabolism, stress and digestion. 

The body naturally produces endocannabinoids, the goal of which are to maintain the body’s homeostasis. Research suggest that CBD and the other more minor cannabinoids work synergistically with this system to help maintain and even improve our natural balance by modulating the endocannabinoid system and supplementing our own production of endocannabinoids.

Full spectrum vs. Isolate vs. broad spectrum?

Full spectrum oil is a rich, whole plant extract which contains the diverse and vibrant cannabinoids and terpenes, each of which has its unique profile and benefits.

A broad spectrum oil is one in which a particular cannabinoid has been filtered out (in most cases THC) preserving the integrity of the rest of the plant’s compounds. All Hawaiian Choice products contain broad spectrum CBD that has had THC filtered to undetectable levels. This means that our customers can still benefit from the entourage effect from all of the other cannabinoids, such as CBN and CBG, and our products can be available in places with very strict THC laws, such as Japan. 

An isolate starts with the hemp plant, but is extracted to contain only CBD, and does not contain any of the plant’s other compounds. Not only does this mean the user is denied the host of benefits of the full hemp plant, it also means they do not reap the rewards of what is known as the entourage effect.

What is the entourage effect?

This is the name given to the complex synergistic relationship between the hundreds of compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids and essential fatty acids. By preserving the rich natural balance of the plant’s compounds, the full and broad spectrum oils allow them to be combined in a way that is greater than the sum of their individual parts.