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What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, the main active ingredient found in the hemp plant.

It’s a naturally occurring substance that has many health benefits. For example, cannabinoid derivatives have natural botanical properties. Unlike THC—the famous compound found in cannabis—CBD does not make you feel intoxicated. It’s also important to know that hemp seed oil contains no CBD, as CBD can be found only in the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant.

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CBD 101

CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid from the hemp plant, a subspecies of cannabis. Hemp is a phenomenal plant known for its hundreds of uses in textiles, skincare, and beyond. Hemp is a sustainable crop that requires little water and maintenance. It is also known for its ability to remove carbon from the air and clean soil.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, or an optimal state of balance and equilibrium. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, promoting optimal wellness and an overall sense of calm and well-being.

Many people integrate CBD into their daily health routine as a natural way to support their body, ease their mind, aid recovery, and help with their sleep cycle.

In 2016, Green Gorilla™ became the first hemp CBD company to be certified organic by the USDA. Our products are either 100% USDA Certified Organic or certified organic made with organic ingredients, which means that the product has 70% or more certified organic ingredients.

Many brands claim they sell organic CBD yet lack products that have been verified and certified by the USDA with official seals. Our certification ensures that the ingredients used to make the product were cultivated, processed, and manufactured using the highest standard of organic techniques.

This common CBD 101 question stems from the fact that hemp and marijuana look and smell very similar. However, while they are both cannabis subspecies, they’re entirely different plants.

Marijuana contains high levels of the cannabinoid THC, which is notoriously psychoactive. Hemp, on the other hand, contains only negligible amounts of THC and is not considered psychoactive. For hemp to be legally produced and distributed throughout the United States, it must contain less than 0.3% THC.

HOW IT’S MADE

Gorilla FarmCo® grows hemp throughout the spring and summer using organic and sustainable agricultural practices. We plant our crop directly in the ground outdoors and use organic soil amendments and clean aquifer water.

After our organic hemp plants have been harvested, we extract CBD using CO2 and organic ethanol to ensure that the product is safe and able to provide users with the maximum CBD health benefits.

Many other CBD brands extract CBD with toxic solvents and chemicals, which can leave residue in their oils and CBD products. That’s why it’s important to make sure you purchase CBD from a trusted source that undergoes thorough lab testing.

Our formulas blend CBD with potent, organic ingredients including turmeric, eucalyptus, extra-virgin olive oil, and lavender. We manufacture our products in FDA Registered and/or USDA Certified Organic facilities, which ensure adherence and compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) procedures and standards. We always follow quality and control guidelines set by the FDA to produce and distribute finished products to consumers.

We use third-party lab testing for all of our products to ensure that there are no pesticides, microbials, or heavy metals in your product. QR codes and lab tests are posted on the packaging of our products and online for easy access.

HOW IT’S MADE

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What types of CBD products are there?

FULL SPECTRUM CBD
Full-spectrum CBD products are made with a full range of natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and hemp plant material to provide a wide range of CBD health benefits. Full-spectrum products can contain up to the legal limit of 0.3% THC but remain non-intoxicating due to the minuscule amount of THC.

BROAD SPECTRUM CBD
Broad-spectrum CBD products are made with CBD and a broad range of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and hemp plant materials. Unlike full spectrum CBD, these products contain 0% THC.

PURE CBD
These products are made with only pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant. Because it doesn’t include other cannabinoids from hemp or components of the hemp plant, these products contain 0% THC.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN

CBD HEALTH BENEFITS?

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Immune Support
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Calming Relief
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Healthy Sleep Support
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Recovery Support
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Everyday Wellness Support
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Mood and Focus Support

WHAT TYPE OF CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

Choosing the right CBD product for you has a lot to do with your preferences and desired effects. If you’re a beginner using this site as a CBD 101 guide, we recommend experimenting with different delivery methods to find what works best for you.

An excellent place to start is with infused edible products, like our vegan Gorilla Gummies. Each gummy has 5mg of active CBD so you can start slow and build up to your ideal dose. Plus, our delicious CBD gummies are certified organic and kosher.

For a dose you can easily customize to your preference and for faster absorption, CBD oils are the way to go. Green Gorilla™ offers both pure and whole plant CBD oils in a variety of different strengths for a wide range of CBD health benefits. Ingesting CBD offers a more whole-body effect, while CBD topicals can provide relief for specific, localized areas.

Your ideal dosage will largely depend on what effects you’re looking for and which delivery method you choose. Since everyone has a unique body chemistry and needs, there’s no one-size-fits-all dose. A good rule of thumb on any CBD 101 guide is to start low and go slow.

For specific Green Gorilla™ products, check out our dosing guidelines.

WHAT TYPE OF CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

CBD Oils

CBD oils are one of the most popular types of delivery methods. Oils are generally taken sublingually, or under the tongue, which allows them to bypass the digestive system and be absorbed quickly. This delivery method is ideal for fast, whole-body effects. CBD is fat-soluble, so oil makes it easier for your body to absorb and experience the maximum CBD health benefits.

Tailoring your dose to your exact needs and preferences is easy with CBD oil. Green Gorilla™ offers a full line of both pure and whole plant full-spectrum CBD oils in a variety of potencies to make it easy to find your perfect strength. Our CBD oils feature a calibrated pump to guarantee consistent and easy dosing. This also prevents having to open the bottle, which preserves the oil more effectively than a dropper.

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CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are applied and absorbed through the skin. Topicals can come in a variety of forms such as balms, lotions, sprays, and more. They are ideal for localized issues in specific areas of the body.

Up to 50% of CBD absorbs into the bloodstream through the skin, and the effects of CBD topicals can be felt quickly. Green Gorilla™’s topical CBD balms are infused with healing botanicals for additional soothing relief.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles, or ingestibles, are a convenient delivery method option that provides long-lasting effects over time. If you’re just getting introduced to CBD, our CBD 101 guide recommends starting with this product.

Green Gorilla™’s delicious berry-flavored CBD gummies are 100% vegan and contain 5mg of pure CBD in each gummy for easy dosing.

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CBD Capsules

Green Gorilla™’s vegan CBD capsules are easy to use, convenient, and effective for daily support and relief.

These herbal capsules are formulated using organic and natural ingredients to maximize CBD’s health benefits and support your body and mind. Our Defense, Sleep, Inflamend, Relax, and Balance CBD capsules each target your specific needs.

CBD for Pets

Pet owners trust our CBD pet supplements and dog treats to help maintain a strong foundation of overall health and wellness. Our furry friends can experience a myriad pf CBD health benefits, including relief from everyday hip and joint discomforts to an improved sense of calm.

You can get started with our CBD pet oils, available in pure or full-spectrum, for fast and effective absorption. Our CBD dog treats are also great for a quick and tasty pet snack, while our CBD pet balms are great for soothing relief.

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