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Frequently Asked Questions About CBD Honey

What is hemp honey?

Sweet Joe’s CBD Hemp Honey is a superfood that could provide incredible therapeutic benefits for the body and mind. Sweet Joe’s raw unfiltered honey fuels your body with phytonutrients and antioxidants that slow and prevent damage to cells caused by excess free radicals. Antioxidants are needed for proper cellular function and can prevent the adverse effects of free radicals. Sweet Joe’s acts as an adaptogen and a honey nootropic. Our CBD honey works with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to aid in adaptation to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon your body processes. Hemp honey benefits the mind by being a source of polyphenols and other nootropic compounds that potentially aid in focus, improved memory, and a reduction in anxiety with daily use. Using CBD hemp honey routinely in your diet can help achieve improvements in your health and well-being.

*Sweet Joe’s honey contains broad spectrum CBD.

**Some manufacturers label their products as hemp honey, but use hemp oil - not a CBD hemp oil. Hemp oil is nutritious, however it does not contain CBD or other cannabinoids used to support the body’s  Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

Is CBD honey the same thing as hemp honey?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive relates to the composition of both CBD and hemp honey. Although CBD honey and hemp honey are often used as interchangeable terms, they are not the same thing. Sweet Joe’s is broad spectrum CBD hemp honey. Our honey is raw and unfiltered, the way nature intended. Our honey is specially formulated to be more bioavailable for the body - enhancing it’s therapeutic effect. 

Different Types Hemp Honey:

  • Broad Spectrum CBD Hemp Honey - Honey that contains the full range of the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the hemp plant. This full range of phytocompounds work together and interact with the body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Broad spectrum CBD hemp honey does not have a psychoactive effect - meaning it will not get you “high”. When the full range of phytocompounds are present, they work together and provide a more therapeutic effect - this is called the entourage effect. 
  • CBD Hemp Honey - Honey that contains CBD isolate. An isolate is the purest form of a chemical compound. That means a CBD honey contains only CBD and none of the other beneficial phytocompounds found in the hemp plant and does not provide users with the entourage effect. 
  • Hemp Honey - Honey that contains hemp oil. Hemp oil does not contain CBD or the other cannabinoids. Hemp oil provides honey with a different taste, texture, and some nutritional benefits. 

Does hemp honey contain CBD?

Not all hemp honey contains CBD. Sweet Joe’s honey does contain CBD.

The hemp plant naturally produces over a hundred phytocompounds. CBD is one of the most abundant compounds produced by the hemp plant; CBD can make up nearly 40% of the hemp plants resin. You would think because CBD is abundant in hemp that hemp honey would contain CBD. Depending on the producer, this is not always the case. 

There are three varieties of hemp honey: broad spectrum CBD hemp honey, CBD Hemp Honey, and Hemp honey. Although the different names are often shortened to hemp honey, Broad Spectrum CBD hemp honey and CBD hemp honey contain CBD, while hemp honey does not. 

Sweet Joe’s is broad spectrum CBD hemp honey. Our honey is raw and unfiltered like nature intended - produced to be more bioavailable for the body. Our honey contains the full range of the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the hemp plant. This full range of phytocompounds work together and interact with the body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The honey does not have a psychoactive effect - meaning it will not get you “high”. When the full range of phytocompounds are present, they work together and produce a more therapeutic effect - this is called the entourage effect. 

What is hemp honey used for?

CBD Honey is a superfood that provides incredible therapeutic benefits for the body and mind. Sweet Joe’s raw unfiltered honey fuels your body with phytonutrients and antioxidants to reduce free radicals that can lead to disease. Hemp honey benefits the mind by being a source of polyphenols and other nootropic compounds that potentially aid in focus, improved memory, and a reduction in anxiety with daily use.

Good nutrition compliments the treatment of the whole person, and aids in the support of mental functions. Your gut has a neural network that is capable of leveraging your gut’s bacteria to produce essential chemicals. This gut bacteria is called a microbiome. Consider this; your gut contains 90% of the body’s serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a chemical that has a wide variety of functions in the human body, and it contributes to wellbeing and happiness. As a result, serotonin is often called the happy chemical. CBD Honey supports your microbiome and protects the body’s reserve of anandamide. Anandamide is often referred to as “the bliss molecule”. Your body naturally produces anandamide and it’s responsible for the feeling after a good run - “runner’s high”. CBD may help your body to sustain this feeling of bliss.

Taking a holistic approach to wellness rather than just treating the symptoms of anxiety and depression starts with your gut. Replacing processed foods and sugars with wholesome supercharged sustenance like CBD honey is a perfect place to start balancing your gut and calming your mind.

Does hemp honey get you high?

Hemp does not get you high.

Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the same species cannabis sativa. However, hemp has been cultivated as a source of food, medicine, and industrial fiber, while marijuana was cultivated for recreational use. Hemp does not get people “high” because it contains 0.3% or less of THC. THC is the main chemical compound responsible for psychoactive effects in marijuana. 

Where is your hemp honey from?

Sweet Joe’s is based in Colorado and we use the rawest, unfiltered Colorado hemp honey. Our hard working bees have been producing honey for nearly 100 years and get their fill of farm life while frolicking in wildflower, clover, or hemp fields. This is the reason why some of our honey products come in various shades of gold or amber. 

Our CBD honey contains the full range of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. This full range of phytocompounds work together and interact with the body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Our honey does not have a psychoactive effect - meaning it will not get you “high”. When the full range of phytocompounds are present, they work together to provide even more therapeutic benefits.  

What are hemp honey benefits?

CBD and raw honey has been the subject of many peer reviewed medical studies* in regard to various aspects of human health. However, due to DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) guidelines, we cannot specifically state conditions CBD may address. We encourage you to do your own research, consult with healthcare providers familiar with CBD, and use PubMed.gov as a resource as newly published research is coming out in real time. 

  1. Phytotherapy Research27 No. 5(2013): 633-636, Cannibidiol in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Authors: G. Esposito, D.D. Filippis, C. Cirillo, T. Iuvone, E. Cappocia, C. Scuderi, A. Steardo, R. Cuomo, L Steardo.
  2. Journal of the American College of Cardiology56 No. 25(Dec. 14, 2010): 2115, Cannibidiol Attenuates Cardiac Dysfunction, Oxidative Stress, Fibrosis, Inflammatory and Cell DeathSignaling Pathways in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy. Authors: M. Rajesh, et al.
  3. Neuropharmacology103 (2016): 16, Cannabidiol Induces Rapid-Acting Antidepressant-like Effects and Enhances Cortical 5-HT/Glutamate Neurotransmission: Role of 5-HTIA Receptors. Authors: R. Linge, L. Jimenez-Sanchez, L. Campa, F. Pilar-Cuellar, R. Vidal, A. Pazos, A. Adell Diaz.
  4. CNS Neurol Disorders—Drug Targets13 No. 6 (2014): 953-960, Antidepressant-like and Anxiolytic-like Effects of Cannabidiol: a Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa. Authors: A.R. de Mello Schier, N.P. de Oliveria Riberio, D.S. Coutinho, S. Machado, et al.
  5. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 75 No. 2(May 25, 2012): 323-333,Cannabidiol for Neurogenerative Disorders: Important New Clinical Applications for this Phytocannabinoid? Authors: J. Fernandez-Ruiz, O. Sagredo, M.R. Pazos, C. Garcia, R. Pertwee, R. Mechoulam, J. Martinez-Orgado. 

Does CBD Honey Work?

CBD Honey has a host of potential therapeutic benefits for users.  See “What are hemp honey benefits?” for more information.

How much CBD honey should I take?

Many users do not feel effects from CBD, while other users emphatically state the effects they feel. The differences in each of our body’s along with the difference in the amount of CBD honey used is likely the contributing factors. There is no one size fits all, but the general rule of thumb is to start with half a tablespoon of Sweet Joe’s and continue increasing that amount until it has the desired effect. Sweet Joe’s honey contains 30mg of broad spectrum CBD per tablespoon. 

Please consult your physician for personalized health advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice or treatment because of something you have read on Sweet Joe’s.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. CBD is a chemical compound (called a cannabinoid) found in hemp and in marijuana, which are both cannabis plants. While hemp and marijuana are related, they have very different chemical profiles and have been cultivated for very different purposes. While marijuana was cultivated with the intent to produce psychoactive effects, CBD and hemp does not produce psychoactive effects - meaning CBD and hemp will not get you “high”. Hemp has been cultivated since the dawn of agriculture for its use in textiles, as a nutritious food, for its medicinal properties.

CBD is one of over 100 phytocompounds that occur naturally in hemp plants, and it interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is often called the body’s master control system and works to regulate body functions and maintain homeostasis. The body produces its own cannabinoid (called endocannabinoids) and has receptors throughout the body for interacting with these cannabinoids. When consumed, CBD from hemp interacts with the body’s ECS and contributes to supporting balance in the body. 

CBD gained wide notoriety for being used to treat the seizure disorder, epilepsy. It is also commonly used and being studied for treating anxiety, pain, a muscle disorder called dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and many other conditions.

What is a cannabinoid?

A cannabinoid is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by both the human body and by cannabis plants. The body uses cannabinoids to direct and regulate functions. Cannabinoids that the body produces are called endocannabinoids, while cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana) are called phytocannabinoids. 

Hemp and marijuana are related, but have very different phytocannabinoid profiles and have been cultivated for very different purposes. There are 66 different phytocannabinoids and many have been linked to therapeutic health benefits. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that has gained recent fame for being used in the treatment of many health conditions and it makes up nearly 40% of the hemp’s resin. Other phytocannabinoids are also under study for therapeutic effects: cannabigerols (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidiols (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL), cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT). When the various hemp phytocannabinoids work together, their therapeutic benefits are greater than what is received from each individual component. This synergy is referred to as the entourage effect.

What is a phytocannabinoid?

A phytocannabinoid is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana). “Phyto” means plant, therefore a phytocannabinoid is a cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant. Hemp and marijuana are related, but have very different phytocannabinoid profiles and have been cultivated for very different purposes. There are 66 different phytocannabinoids and many cannabinoids have been linked to and are being studied for therapeutic health benefits. 

What is an endocannabinoid?

An endocannabinoid is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by the human body. “Endo” means within, therefore an endocannabinoid is a cannabinoid produced by the body. These cannabinoids interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is often called the body’s master control system and works to regulate body functions and maintain homeostasis.

Anandamide is an endocannabinoid; it is also the chemical responsible for the feeling after an intense run. This feeling is often called a “runner’s high”. Anandamide is often referred to as the bliss molecule. CBD, a phytocannabinoid found in hemp, has been shown to support and help the feeling produced by anandamide last longer.

Full spectrum, broad spectrum, & CBD Isolate: What's the difference?

  • Full Spectrum - Reference to using phytocannabinoids from marijuana. This includes THC. THC is the compound responsible for psychoactive effects in marijuana - “getting high”. 
  • Broad Spectrum - Reference to using contains the full range of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes contained in the hemp plant. This full range of phytocompounds work together and interact with the body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The honey does not have a psychoactive effect - meaning it will not get you “high.” When the full range of phytocompounds are present, they work together and provide a more therapeutic effect - this is called the entourage effect. 
  • CBD Isolate - An isolate is the purest form of a chemical compound. That means a CBD isolate does not contain the other beneficial phytocompounds found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate honey typically will have higher amounts of CBD to appear more beneficial because it does not provide users with the entourage effect. 

What is hemp?

Hemp comes from the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis Sativa L. Hemp does not get people “high” because it contains 0.3% or less of THC. THC is the main chemical compound responsible for psychoactive effects in marijuana.  Hemp is similar to marijuana, but is genetically distinct, has different uses, a different chemical profile, and requires different cultivation methods. 

Hemp has been cultivated by humans since the dawn of our agricultural civilization - That’s a 10,000 year history. Hemp has been used as a nutritious high protein food, durable fiber for goods, and medicine.  Historically, hemp was a vital crop for North America. Early settlers - starting in Jamestown in 1616 - produced hemp for various applications such as oil, clothing, sailcloth and rope. The early drafts of the Declaration of Independence were on hemp paper, and Thomas Jefferson is even quoted as saying, “Hemp is the first necessity to wealth and protection of the country”. It’s safe to say that the United States depended on hemp for clothing, food, and more. Although hemp was unjustly vilified and restricted by the government for most of the 20th century, in 1942 the USDA launched the “Hemp for Victory” program to help support World War II efforts.

Recently, hemp has been recognized once again for containing therapeutic benefits. See “What Are Hemp Honey Benefits” for further details. 

What is cannabis?

The words cannabis and marijuana are often used interchangeably, however cannabis is actually a plant family with three different sub-specials, of which marijuana is one: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Although hemp and marijuana are both derived from the species cannabis sativa, hemp has been cultivated as a source of food, medicine, and industrial fiber, while marijuana was cultivated for recreational use. Hemp does not get people “high” because it contains 0.3% or less of THC. THC is the main chemical compound responsible for psychoactive effects in marijuana. 

Is CBD from hemp as good as CBD from marijuana?

CBD from hemp is indistinguishable from CBD derived from marijuana. The body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) recognizes and uses CBD to supplement its own cannabinoids. The origin of the CBD makes no difference to the body.

Similar to the nervous system, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is complex and is made of cell receptors that interact with cannabinoids to direct the body’s attention to reach homeostasis. Endocannabidnoids (produced by the body) and phytocannabinoids (produced by cannabis) bind and interact with the ECS’s CB1 and CB2 cell receptors. When the interaction occurs, the ECS is activated to help bring back balance. When phytocannabinoids from cannabis are absorbed, the body does not distinguish them from the endocannabinoids it naturally produces. 

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