WHAT SEPARATES ALTERNATIVE VIBES FROM THE REST?
At Alternative Vibes, we strive to succeed not only on a national and federal level, but also from within. We live by these standards daily, which reflects our products as well as in our customer service.
Our products are similar in many ways to other hemp CBD oils you will encounter on the market. However, we are separated from that market by standardizing a different set of expectations for ourselves, our products, and our clients. We take pride in our core values of quality, loyalty, respect, and honesty. Our moral obligations became our indelible foundations in creating this space, and sharing our best with the world has become our way of living.
Providing high quality products is not our only niche, we have also garnered a dynamic team of dedicated individuals devoted to the cause. Here at Alternative Vibes you may find a Product Support Specialist who is a perfect fit to your unique personality and needs. Every Product Support Specialist is here to assist with any questions you may have and provide more direct, one on one customer service to help you feel confident and comfortable in your decisions.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANNABIS AND ALTERNATIVE VIBES’ ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL HEMP CBD OIL?
Industrial hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. Industrial Hemp naturally contains very little THC (less than 0.3%), therefore exempting itself as a drug, and making it fully legal in all 50 states, and over 40 countries. Industrial hemp is cultivated for textiles, biofuel, biodegradable plastics, food, animal feed, and more. The hemp CBD oil in our products is 100% non-intoxicating while containing all the natural health benefitting properties of the plant with no adverse side effects. According to pre-clinical studies done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is shown to have a wide range of therapeutic effects including anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties. Our Organic Industrial Hemp is sourced from Europe, so it is guaranteed non-GMO, pesticide free, and pure as can be, with zero THC. Review our lab results here. We support whole plant products, meaning our hemp CBD oil comes from the stem, stalks, flowers, and leaves of the industrial hemp plant, utilizing Supercritical CO2 extraction methods.
Medical cannabis is another completely distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. It is bred containing high levels of THC (delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) and usually, low levels of CBD, naturally. Albeit having its own unique set of health attributes (compare), THC is classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal and not a popular choice among many health professionals. The naturally occurring compounds in our hemp CBD oil can actually counter effects of THC. There are over 85+ naturally occurring chemical compounds in the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. The two most abundant are THC and CBD, Fig. 1 represents their difference in molecular structure. Because they are different on an atomic level, they both react differently in our bodies. THC from the medical cannabis plant produces a “high” effect. CBD, derived from organic industrial hemp, cannot.
WILL I FAIL A DRUG TEST FROM USING YOUR PRODUCTS?
Typically, most employers use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Associations (SAMHSA) guidelines when administering a drug screening. THC is the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, and is tested for by with an immunoassay with antibodies that are used to detect it, and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH). SAMHSA dictates that > 50ng/ml (nano grams/milliliter) is the amount needed for a positive screening to be declared. If the immunoassay tests positive, a more specific and accurate Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) is conducted. The GC/MS is used to verify the positive drug screen, the amount needed is 15ng/ml, and it solely looks for THC-COOH. Since the chemical compound in our products is structured differently than THC and THC-COOH, it would not register in the GC/MS screening. Our organic industrial hemp CBD oil contains no THC whatsoever, so this would rarely be an issue. Please keep in mind, if your workplace operates under different guidelines, this commentary may not apply. Although the scientific aspect is inherent, this information is for educational purposes only and should not take place of legal or medical advice. Always consult your health care professional.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM CONSUMING INDUSTRIAL HEMP CBD OIL?
Truthfully, the main side effect is at low doses, it can promote wakefulness. At high doses (over 1,000-3,000mg/day) it can cause a mild mental sedation, a “thick” feeling, if you would. A dose over 1,000mg in one sitting is rarely needed, and we also would not recommend a dose higher than that for a typical consumer. There are no known studies that have reported adverse side effects, and most studies conducted have only concluded desirable effects. The science of Industrial Hemp CBD Oil is still young, but seems promising. Check out our resource page for more reading of the studies on the effects of Cannabinoids, and other educational information.
IS IT ADDICTIVE?
No, Hemp CBD Oil is not addictive. According to a study published on US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Hemp CBD Oil may be able to combat some addictive drugs. Click here to view a list of studies of addiction and alcoholism that Hemp CBD Oil may be able to help with.
IS IT LEGAL?
This is a controversial question that is asked by all. The short answer: Yes it is legal, but it depends on where it comes from and the THC levels. The industrial hemp plant is exempt from the controlled substances act as long as it contains the lowest amounts of THC (less than 1%) possible. Our product has zero THC and we do not sell products that are in violation of The United States Controlled Substances Act (US CSA).
WHAT IS “MCT”?
MCT (Medium-Chain Triglycerides) Oil a caprylic triglyceride. It is made using glycerine from vegetable oil sources and medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil. MCT are quickly digested and provide a large amount of energy. Medium-Chain Trigylcerides are easily absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and converted into energy by the liver. They are often digested well even by those who can’t digest normal, long-chain fatty acids. MCT is comprised mainly of Caprylic and Capric fatty acids. Our MCT is sourced from the highest quality manufacturers, is not processed with any solvents, and contains the most ideal C8:C10 ratios. MCT is a clean fuel which can improve your mitochondrial function, reducing your risk for diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and epilepsy.
WHAT IS CBN?
Cannabinol (CBN) is another naturally occurring compound of the plant species, Cannabis Sativa L. It is sometimes a degradation of THC, meaning that when the cannabis plant is oxygenated or under sunlight for a period of time, the THC converts to CBN. By this time it would remove the psychoactivity characteristic to THC. CBN is known for its sedative effects and has a lot to offer to the restless, and sufferers of sleeplessness. There are many studies underway to prove the efficacy of CBN in preventing glaucoma, as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and even bone growth.
DO YOU SHIP TO ALL 50 STATES?
Yes! The United States Farm Bill of 2014 classified industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis. At Alternative Vibes, all of our products contain 0% or less than 0.3% THC. By U.S. Federal law, this means we can ship to any location in the country and some parts of the world.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Anandamide: A naturally occuring chemical compound within our bodies that plays an important role in the regulation of appetite, pleasure, and reward. Anandamide has been found in chocolate, and is thought to be partly responsible for the intense enjoyment experienced while eating it. Anandamide may also be partly responsible for pain regulation and sleep patterns. Anandamide is an existing chemical in our bodies that is a counterpart of THC. Anandamide has an effect on both the CB1 and CB2 receptors; with the CB1 receptors more affected in the central nervous system and the CB2 receptors more affected in the periphery.
C8: Caprylic Acid (Octanoic Acid) — The rarest ~6% of coconut oil. It has potent anti-microbial properties to help you maintain a healthy gut, and it is the fastest to metabolize in the brain. Your liver does not need to process this rare type of MCT, and it only takes 3 steps for your body to turn it into ATP, the cellular fuel you use. Sugar takes 26 steps.
C10: Capric Acid (Decanoic Acid) — Around ~9% of coconut oil. This is the second shortest form of MCT, also rare. This acid contains anti seizure effects by acting as a non-competitive AMPA receptor agonist at therapeutically relevant concentrations, in a voltage- and subunit-dependent manner. Meaning it directly inhibits excitatory neurotransmission which contributes to the anticonvulsant effect of the MCT ketogenic diet.
Cannabinoid: Naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant that interact with receptors in the brain and body to create various effects. There exist dozens, and potentially more than 100, Cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant.
CB1 Receptor: Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1; located primarily in the central and peripheral nervous system. It is activated by a chemical already in our bodies called Anandamide, and by plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids). Source. CB1 receptors are located throughout the brain and central nervous system, as well as the kidneys, liver, lungs, digestive tract, and even the eyes. Revealingly, these receptors outnumber those for opiates by a wide margin (possibly as high as 10 to 1). The placement of CB1 receptors is also why overdoses on cannabis are impossible – because these receptors are not present in the basal regions of the brain that are responsible for vital functions, such as heart and respiratory function, overdoses due solely to cannabis use simply do not occur. Source.
CB2 Receptor: Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2; CB2 receptors are primarily found in the peripheral organs, in particular tissues associated with the immune system, including the tonsils, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.
CBD: Cannabidiol; the second most abundant, naturally occurring chemical compound (Cannabinoids) found in a genus of the plant, Cannabis Sativa L. Cannabidiol is technically psychoactive or psychotropic by nature, in the sense that it can alter mood or brain function. However, it is impossible to feel any type of intoxication or “high” from it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Cannabidiol contains a wide range of potential health applications with no known side effects.
CBN: Cannabinol; a naturally occurring chemical compound found in a genus of the plant, Cannabis Sativa L. CBN is known for its sedative effects.
Endocannabinoid or Endocannabinoid System: The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. Source.
What makes the system an “endo”-cannabinoid system is that our bodies naturally produce neurotransmitters that are similar to CBD and other cannabinoids. Compounds we get from cannabis are called “phyto”- cannabinoids, as they come from a plant source.
A comparable analogy is how our bodies produce endorphins that are chemically similar to opiates but are much weaker. Similarly, the general consensus is that although our body creates its own endocannabinoids, it’s not as strong as phytocannabinoids. Thus, when we use cannabis or hemp, we’re creating a stronger response to something our bodies are naturally creating. This is why phytocannabinoids such as CBD is considered to have such promising medicinal benefits. Source.
Hemp CBD Oil: The oil extracted from the Industrial Hemp plant that contains traces of natural hemp cannabinoids.
Intoxicating: Affecting temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, especially to excite or stupefy with liquor.
MCT: Medium-Chain Triglycerides are triglycerides whose fatty acids have an aliphatic tail of 6-12 carbon acids. The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Like all triglycerides, MCTs are composed of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids. In the case of MCTs, 2 or 3 of the fatty acid chains attached to glycerol are of medium length. Rich sources for commercial extraction of beneficial MCTs include palm kernel oil and coconut oil.
Phytocannabinoid: A cannabinoid that occurs in plants, cannabis and hemp are only a few plants that contain phytocannabinoids click here to see what other plants contain phytocannabinoids too!
Psychoactive: (chiefly of a drug) affecting the mind; of or relating to a substance having a profound or significant effect on mental processes.
Schedule 1 Drugs: Those that have the following characteristics according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency — The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision — Drugs/Substances include:
- Heroin (diacetylmorphine)
- LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)
- Mescaline (Peyote)
- MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or “ecstasy”)
- GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)
- Methaqualone (Quaalude)
- Khat (Cathinone)
- Bath Salts (3, 4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV)
- And dubiously, Marijuana (Cannabis, THC)
THC: delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol; the first discovered, most notorious, naturally occurring chemical compound (Cannabinoids) also found in a genus of the plant, Cannabis Sativa L. THC is responsible for the euphoria associated with being “high”.