First, a little bit about the history of hemp.

Hemp has been cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years and is grown in many parts of the world today, including North America. Hemp plants produce nutritious seeds that are high in protein and have many uses, such as being pressed into a healthy culinary oil. These seeds are also used to make hemp milk, an alternative to dairy milk. Hemp stalks are used for paper and textiles and can supply the base for green building materials and alternative fuel.

Hemp is an earth-friendly plant that gives nutrients back to the soil it is planted in, grows densely so herbicide is not needed, and is the perfect rotation crop. In addition, the crop grows rapidly and is ready for harvest in just a few months, making it highly sustainable and renewable.

Why are athlete's taking CBD?

Athlete's have been looking to CBD for a number of reasons. We've listed a few of them here:

Well-Being – CBD supports the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS helps support a wide range of our everyday functions, including sleep, digestion and relaxation.

Recovery – CBD may help reduce inflammation from overuse or injury, and ease related discomfort.

Sleep – CBD may help you settle in for the night and support a better sleep cycle.

Mood – CBD may help maintain a sense of calm, improve your body’s response to daily stress and help you achieve an overall sense of well-being. And don’t forget how CBD affects your natural bliss-molecule, Anandamide (AEA).

Which competitive sports allow CBD?*

Anti-doping Chart (1)

*April 2019

CBD and Diet: the important role of Omega-3s

  • Your body needs Omega-3s in order to make your own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids)
  • You need Omega-3s to metabolize plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids)
    • Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, which means they need to be in the presence of fats like Omega-3s in order to be metabolized
  • Your ECS needs Omega-3s to function
    • Omega-3 deficiency can cause CB1 receptors to become disconnected from the proteins they need to function (1), (2)
  • Are you getting enough Omega-3s
    • Fatty fish like salmon, cod and tuna are some of the best food sources
    • Vegetarians can get Omega-3s from walnuts, flax seed and seaweed
    • Supplementing with a quality fish or flax oil supplement can be a good insurance policy
  1. Lafourcade M, et al. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Jan 30;14(3):345-50.
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 July 2017.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of over 85 known phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in cannabis plants. It’s also the most prolific cannabinoid found in hemp plants. CBD has very low THC – less than 0.3% – which is why CBD doesn’t make people feel high. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the feeling of being high caused by THC. CBD continues to gain popularity as studies reveal its potential benefits for human health.

What does ECS stand for?

ECS is the endocannabinoid system. The human body is self-regulating, so like a tightrope walker, it’s constantly shifting to stay balanced and healthy – a process called homeostasis. One way our bodies maintain homeostasis is via the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

The ECS is made up of receptors on cell membranes that regulate a variety of processes including eating, sleeping, relaxation and cognition. The ECS also assists in the body’s overall recovery and repair. Our bodies naturally produce compounds called “endocannabinoids” (endo=inside) that bind to those receptors, like a key fitting into a lock. CBD hemp oil is a plant-based cannabinoid – or phytocannabinoid (phyto=plant) – that binds to cell receptors in a similar way. Once the key (cannabinoid) is inside the lock (cell receptor), our body’s ability to maintain ideal health is “unlocked.”

What is a CB1 Receptor?

It's a receptor type in the ECS believed to be located primarily in the central and peripheral nervous system, activated by all types of cannabinoids. CBD signals the body’s natural mechanisms to activate those receptors to do more of what they do naturally.

What is a CB2 Receptor?

CB2 cannabinoid-2 receptor. It's a receptor type in the ECS believed to be located primarily in the peripheral tissues of the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, the peripheral nervous system and to a lesser degree in the central nervous system. CBD signals the body’s natural mechanisms to activate those receptors to do more of what they do naturally.

What is a cannabinoid?

They are compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors, including endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids.

What is a Phtyocannabinoid?

“Phyto” means plant – phytocannabinoids are the cannabinoids naturally occurring in plants like hemp. Many plants make cannabinoids, but hemp plants contain particularly large amounts of many cannabinoids, with CBD (cannabidiol) being the most prolific.

What is an endocannabinoid?

“Endo” means within – endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced naturally by cells in the human body.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are compounds found in the essential oils produced by many plants, including cannabis (what makes a lemon smell like a lemon). Terpenes bond with cannabinoids to turbo charge them, creating synergistic effects, otherwise known as the Entourage Effect. Different combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids have different effects.

What does Full Spectrum mean?

all the good things you get from a plant. The good things come from a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes, antioxidants, nutrients and other plant compounds present in the hemp plant. It can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together, as nature intended, in what is known as the entourage effect. A recent study from Israel has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole-plant (full spectrum) cannabis extract over single-molecule (isolated) cannabidiol (CBD)*.

*Br J Parmacol. 2011 Aug; 163(7): 1344-1364. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. E B Russo

*Gallily,R., Yekhtin, Z. and Hanuš, L.O. (2015) Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose – Response of Cannabidiol by Using Cannabis Extract Enriched in Cannabidiol. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 6, 75-85.

Is broad spectrum CBD the same as full spectrum?

it is NOT the same as full spectrum! Broad spectrum is typically used to describe products that do contain some terpenes and cannabinoids, but don’t contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes hats could be extracted from the hemp plant. In many cases, products labeled “broad spectrum” are those in which all THC (a beneficial phytocannabinoid) has been removed. 

What is the Entourage Effect?

It's when the various compounds of a full spectrum CBD hemp oil are combined, their benefit is greater than what you’d receive from each individual component. This is also what we call synergy: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There are over 85 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefits, they combine synergistically* to provide far better results.


*Br J Parmacol. 2011 Aug; 163(7): 1344-1364. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. E B Russo

How is CBD isolate different from broad or full spectrum CBD?

CBD isolate is the pure, crystalline powder extracted from cannabis. All the plant matter – oils, chlorophyll, terpenes, other cannabinoids – are removed leaving only CBD.

What the heck is Anandamide?

(AEA) is a neurotransmitter produced in the body. It comes from the Sanskrit word, Ananda, which means “happiness, pleasure, joy and delight.”

What is cannabis?

While many people consider cannabis and marijuana as interchangeable, Cannabis is actually a plant family with three different sub-specials: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.

What is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp comes from the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa L, which have 0.3% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp is similar to marijuana, in that they come from the same plant family (cannabis), but are genetically distinct and are different in their use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods. Sort of like lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits.

Would you like a quick hemp history lesson?

Hemp has been cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years and is grown in many parts of the world, including North America today. Hemp plants produce nutritious seeds that are high in protein and have many uses, such as being pressed into a healthy culinary oil. These seeds are also used to make hemp milk, an alternative to dairy milk. Hemp stalks are used for paper and textiles and can supply the base for green building materials and alternative fuel.


Hemp is an earth-friendly plant that gives nutrients back to the soil it is planted in, grows densely so herbicide is not needed, and is the perfect rotation crop. In addition, the crop grows rapidly and is ready for harvest in just a few months, making it highly sustainable and renewable.

What does CBD do in the body?

When we consume CBD, the cannabinoids and terpenes act upon receptors within our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). This means CBD helps to support our ECS as it controls our responses to pleasure, memory, appetite, sleep, coordination, and both sensory and time perception. CBD also attaches to receptors in the brain that are related to Serotonin production, to receptors that are anti-psychoactive, and to various other receptors that help our health.

What are the benefits of CBD Oil?

CBD 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 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.

What's the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Just as lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits, hemp and marijuana come from the same plant family, but are different in their genetic makeup, use, and cultivation.

Some key differences:

  • Hemp contains a negligible amount of THC, but is higher in CBD. It’s used in foods, dietary supplements, skin products, clothing and paper.
  • Marijuana is generally grown to have higher levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Marijuana generally has lower levels of CBD.

Is CBD from industrial hemp as good as CBD from marijuana?

As far as your body is concerned, CBD is CBD, regardless of whether it comes from marijuana or hemp as the molecules look the same, just as Vitamin C molecules would look the same extracted from oranges or rosehips. It’s important to keep in mind that hemp and marijuana are different subspecies of the same plant, Cannabis sativa L. A defining characteristic that makes hemp different from marijuana is its low volume of THC.

Will I get "high" from CBD Hemp Oil?

You won’t get high from taking CBD hemp oil. It is made from industrial hemp, so it doesn’t contain nearly enough THC for you to experience the “high” associated with marijuana. While there are trace amounts of THC in CBD hemp oil, your body couldn’t physically consume the amount of it needed to ever get high. We’re talking truckloads. And we’re pretty sure you don’t want to drink that much of ANY oil.

How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

The uptake of CBD depends on several factors such as your current health, your digestion, and the amount (mg) of CBD you take. The best source of info on what to expect in relation to time and effect may come from talking to your healthcare professional, or simply by seeing how your body responds.

What will I notice when I take CBD hemp oil?

That depends on the amount used, frequency and length of use. Your body’s metabolism, weight, and health status all play a role in determining your response to CBD oil. Some people report a quick response, while others report a slower response. We definitely recommend chatting with your health care provider if you have any questions about how CBD hemp oil may be working for you.

When is the optimum time to take CBD hemp oil?

That probably depends on your specific situation. As with any supplement, we recommend health care provider counseling. Your provider (assuming he or she is familiar with CBD) should be able to provide you with guidance on whether there’s a specific time of day or situation that’s best for you to supplement with CBD hemp oil.

What are the side effects of CBD?

At the present time, we’re not aware of any negative health effects of using CBD oil. That said, it’s always a good idea to discuss your concern for any possible side effects with your healthcare professional.

What's the difference between culinary hemp seed oil and CBD hemp oil?

Culinary hemp seed oil is pressed only from hemp seeds, and it’s often used as a cooking oil or in cold recipes as a healthy fat that provides Omega-6 and some Omega-3. Culinary hemp seed oil contains a very low amount of CBD and little to no THC.

CBD hemp oil can be extracted from hemp stalks, leaves, seeds and flowers. Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD hemp oil is used specifically to provide the body with additional cannabinoids, primarily CBD. The amount of CBD in CBD hemp oil varies, with some products offering a very limited amount of CBD per servings, and other being quite concentrated. Legal CBD from industrial hemp contains <0.3% THC, so it won’t get you high.

Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal?

It’s hard to give a short answer to a complex question. Let’s start by making an important distinction: hemp is legal, whereas marijuana (in most states) is not. With regard to CBD hemp oil, it isn’t quite so black and white. There are a number of overlapping pieces of legislation – and a lot of opinions – surrounding the legality of CBD. Here’s our current interpretation of the law and the landscape*:


  • First, CBD can be derived from either marijuana or industrial hemp. Marijuana has a high level of the psychoactive compound THC, while industrial hemp contains little to no THC. 
  • Second, the DEA’s list of schedule 1 controlled substances ( specifically includes marijuana and marijuana extract, but does not include industrial hemp or CBD. In fact, the CSA specifically exempts hemp derived from mature seeds and stalks that contains less than 0.3% THC.
  • Third, to our knowledge, CBD derived from hemp is currently being sold in all 50 states. Some states appear to view CBD from industrial hemp differently than CBD from marijuana.
  • Finally, while the federal government has yet to specifically state that CBD is legal, it is our understanding that there are two situations in which the federal government has carved out exceptions from prohibition:


Exception 1: CBD products made from industrial hemp are generally regarded as legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight and were grown on farms sanctioned under a State’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot (IHRP) project. These pilot projects were authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014, aka 2014 Farm Bill.


Exception 2: The CBD in question is derived from the mature stalk or seeds of the plant and contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight


How this applies to Barlean’s CBD hemp oil

Barlean’s Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil is derived from industrial hemp grown on farms sanctioned by Colorado’s IHRP. It contains less than 0.3% THC. (Exception 1)


Barlean’s Organic Ideal CBD Hemp Oil is derived from the seeds and stalk of industrial hemp and contains less than 0.1% THC. (Exception 2)

Will CBD oil show up on a drug test?

It’s unlikely, but it could. Hemp does contain a very LOW amount of THC. So, conceivably, much like when you eat foods that contain poppy seeds, it could show up on a drug test. This probably depends on the amount of CBD you’re taking and how long you’ve been taking it. Of course, it also depends on exactly what’s being tested for. This is also true with culinary hemp oil and hemp protein products.

Can CBD/cannabis cause allergic reactions?

It is possible to have allergic reactions to most plants. If you’re quite sensitive to many plants and have allergic reactions to them, it’s a good idea to consult with your healthcare professional or allergist before using any new product coming from plants. It might be that you have to start out with a fraction of the suggested serving in order to see if you might react, but as always, please talk to your healthcare provider first.

Can I take CBD with my prescription medication?

Please consult with a healthcare professional familiar with CBD or your pharmacist regarding your current medications and CBD hemp oil.

Can I give CBD oil to my pet?

Many veterinarians are now recommending CBD for animals due to positive studies regarding animal health. Check with your own vet in regards to using any CBD product for your pet.

Are there terpenes added to your oil?

Our Organic Ideal CBD does have some very beneficial terpene sources added to the formula: extracts of clove, hops and black pepper. These are found on the label in the ingredients list. Terpenes are aromatic plant compounds that can influence our bodies using the aromatic compounds. For example, the terpene called Linalol is what makes Lavender Oil have a relaxing effect on us. The terpenes added to our Organic CBD Oil formula include a very important terpene called Beta-caryophyllene which binds to CB2 receptors throughout the body.

Do you ship direct?

As with all Barlean’s products, we can ship directly to people throughout the US. We do have a small shipping fee for most direct orders. We don’t ship directly for international orders at this time. We take direct orders by phone through our customer service department. The number is 800-445-3529. Our customer service department is open between 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

Do you ship internationally?

Sorry, we don’t do international shipments directly to consumers for any of our products at this time, but it is possible to purchase Barlean’s products at retail stores throughout the US. We do not sell our CBD hemp oils to any international retailers, but that may change.

I need to report an issue, how do I do this?

Please call our customer service department at 800-445-3529 to resolve any issue.

Do you offer any discounts?

Barlean’s has an ongoing discount program called the Autism Hope Program. Under this program, we offer wholesale pricing to people who are either on the autism spectrum or have a family member on the spectrum.  You can sign up for the program by calling our customer service department at 800-445-3529.

How do you give back?

At Barlean’s we’re on a mission to create prosperity for people around the world in a variety of meaningful ways. Which is why, since 2013, a significant portion of our corporate profits go straight to empowering children and families around the world to live healtheir, safer and happier lives. As a result, we have come to view our products in a new light. They have become more than nutritional supplements...they are now our primary vehicle for realizing our purpose of paving a Pathway to a Better Life for those most in need – both in our local area and throughout the world.

Didn't the 2014 Farm Bill (7606) legalize CBD?

The 2014 Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) defines industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana and is often cited as evidence that CBD derived from industrial hemp is legal. In actuality, the Farm Bill made it legal to grow, cultivate and market hemp and hemp products as part of a state sanctioned industrial hemp research pilot program.

Is your hemp oil Vegan/Vegetarian/Non-GMO/Solvent Free?

(see chart below for product comparison)

Both products are Non-GMO and are currently under submission to be verified by the Non-GMO Project, however, one product is certified organic which also certifies that it is non-GMO.

Organic Ideal CBD is solvent free.

 Extra Strength Ideal CBD uses a food grade, Kosher alcohol as a solvent in the extraction process. Ethanol/alcohol is the most historically used method for cannabis/hemp extracts. It is third-party lab tested and a clean extraction method that allows for optimal retention of terpenes and other sensitive compounds.





What extraction method do you use?

Our products are extracted using two different methods: CO2 for our Organic Ideal CBD hemp oil and food grade, Kosher alcohol for our Extra Strength Ideal CBD hemp oil.

 While CO2 extraction retains fewer of the terpenes found in the plant, the cloves, hops, and black pepper used in this product provide additional terpenes.

Ethanol (alcohol) is the most historically used method for cannabis/hemp extracts. It is a clean extraction method that allows for optimal retention of terpenes and other sensitive compounds. 

What is hemp extract?

Hemp extract is another way of saying CBD hemp oil. To ease the confusion that’s out there, we chose to be as clear as possible with our product and put CBD hemp oil on our label.

Is it legal to ship across state lines?

Let’s start with US-grown hemp. We believe that hemp, and hemp-derived products (including CBD) are legal so long as they’re grown under a state-sanctioned Industrial Hemp Pilot Program (IHPP). Those pilot programs were established by section 7606 of the [federal] Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka the 2014 Farm Bill). 


Next, let’s talk about shipping that US-grown, hemp-derived CBD across state lines. In 2014, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which states that none of the funds made available by that act (or any other act) may be used to contravene (interfere) with section 7606 of the Agricultural Act. States receiving federal funds cannot prohibit the transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with one of the IHPPs. That applies whether the hemp is from either that State itself, or from another State. And for the record, ALL states receive federal funds.


US-grown hemp (and products derived from that hemp) NOT grown as part of a State-sanctioned IHPP, however, would not be protected by the Consolidated Appropriations Act.   


Barlean’s Extra Strength Ideal CBD is derived from hemp grown under Colorado’s IHPP.

Now, let’s talk about hemp-derived products from EU countries. Hemp products made from seed and stalk have been legally imported from Europe since 1970, and continue to be legal, as products from the seed and stalk with less than 0.3% THC are specifically exempted from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Just as other legal agricultural products, like apples or pears, can be transported or sold across state lines, so can legal European hemp.


Barlean’s Organic Ideal CBD Hemp Oil is derived from the seed and stalk of legal European Hemp and contains less than 0.1% THC.


What is the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018?

Not to be confused with the 2014 Farm Bill, the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018 was introduced on the federal level by Senator Mitch McConnell in April and is being referred to as the Dream Bill by hemp advocates. The key reason for this is the bill will legalize hemp – not just stalk and seeds but ALL parts of the cannabis sativa L plant with a concentration of not more than 0.3% THC – on the federal level.

The bill specifically de-schedules all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, and seeds of hemp as long as those portions remain below 0.3% THC, which will clear up the confusing grey area we currently navigating. 

As of December 12, 2018 Congress has passed the 2018 Farm Bill.

Is CBD from the EU legal?

In the European Union, it is legal to cultivate and supply cannabis plants for hemp fiber if they have levels of THC not exceeding 0.2%*. (EU Regulation 1307/2013)

My friend said she felt nauseous after taking CBD. Is this normal?

Nausea is not frequently reported after taking CBD. One possible cause could be the carrier oil used in the formula. If you are sensitive to oils, you may want to eat before taking it. We use MCT oil in our Extra Strength and hemp oil in our organic. Talk to your medical provider regarding any medical concerns.

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