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CBD 101


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: The Basics


Where does CBD come from?

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.

What are some CBD health benefits?

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. 

One important thing to note in our CBD 101 guide: 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.

What is organic CBD?

In 2016, Green Gorilla™ became the first hemp CBD company to be certified organic. Our products are either 100% USDA Certified Organic CBD 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.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

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

Marijuana contains high levels of the cannabinoid THC, which is 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 and where is your hemp grown?

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

How is your CBD extracted?

One big CBD 101 takeaway you should note: proper extraction makes a difference. 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 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.

How are your CBD products made?

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.

Is your CBD lab tested for safety and efficacy?

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.

CBD 101: How It’s Made

CBD 101: Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Pure CBD

Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and pure CBD component charts.

What Types of CBD Products Are There?

Another important CBD FAQ, we’ll cover the differences below:


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 negligible amount of THC.


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.


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.

CBD 101: The Benefits

What Are the Main CBD Health Benefits?

CBD has grown in popularity among people seeking to live a healthy, vibrant lifestyle—whether the goal is easing recovery and stress, supporting general wellness, or gaining peace of mind.

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What type of CBD should I take?

Choosing the right CBD products for you has a lot to do with your preferences and desired effects. If you’re a beginner using this site as a guide, we recommend experimenting with different delivery methods to find what works best. You may find that, depending upon the purpose, you may use different products, including oils, edibles, capsules and topicals.

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. 

How much CBD should I take?

Start with the minimum dosage and work your way up. Read our dosing guidelines here.

CBD 101: What Green Gorilla™ Products Are Right for You?

CBD 101: 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 101: 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™ topical CBD balms are infused with healing botanicals for additional soothing relief.

CBD 101: 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 hemp through this CBD FAQ, we recommend starting with this product.

Our delicious berry-flavored CBD gummies are 100% vegan and contain 5mg of pure CBD in each gummy for easy, tasty dosing.

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CBD 101: Capsules

Green Gorilla™ 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 101: Pet Care

If you’re reading our CBD FAQ to see if pets can benefit from this remarkable natural supplement, the answer is yes! Pet owners trust our CBD pet supplements and dog snacks to help maintain a strong foundation of overall health and wellness. Our furry friends can experience myriad 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 nibs are also great for a quick and tasty pet snack, while our CBD pet balms are great for soothing relief.

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