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Synthetic CBD: Know the Difference

Synthetic CBD: Just Say No!


  • We are not talking about marijuana. We are talking about Hemp products you currently find in your local grocery store and the CBD that comes from the hemp plant.
  • Cannabis Sativa L produces 2 plants: hemp and marijuana
  • CBD (cannabidiol) is produced by both plants
  • The Hemp plant contains less than 1% THC, usually less than .3%, and cannot get you “high”.
  • The Marijuana plant contains more than 1% THC, the cannabinoid that will get you “high”.
  • Hemp is not illegal and is not considered a drug.
  • The CBD we sell comes from the legal, non-intoxicating hemp plant.

Hemp CBD becoming a hot topic for those that want to provide healing and those that are greedy. Unfortunately many influential agencies are trying to manipulate the conversation for corporate financial benefit. This evolving dialogue will have a huge impact on society.


Government agencies such as the DEA, FDA, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention continue to discover and publish the value of natural hemp CBD. So our government understands (to some extent) the health benefits associated with CBD but they also know the dangers of quick-profit businesses that are producing synthetic CBD products, like Spice, and introducing them into the marketplace. They are synthetically recreated in pharmaceutical labs for a huge profit.

Although cannabis is legal to grow and use in many states, it is still not legal in all states. This is one of the reasons why many sellers are stocking synthetic CBD over the naturally-derived kind: it doesn’t place them in potential legal jeopardy. It often comes from China, costs less, and is lobbied by pharmaceuticals to monopolize the market. However, with synthetic CBD comes a long list of “approved” side effects that natural, hemp-derived CBD does not possess.

During a 2015 study, the most common adverse side effects of synthetic cannabinoids, as reported by the CDC, were:

  • Agitation.
  • Vomiting
  • Tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rate).
  • Confusion.
  • Drowsiness or lethargy.
  • 15 reported deaths.

Pharmaceutical CBD will more than likely be manufactured in a lab, once again providing the exact kind of synthetic CBD that the government is trying to protect us from, and introducing the side effects that caused the panic in the first place.


The promise of the therapeutic effects of hemp CBD cause greedy companies to create a synthetic version of CBD (Spice or illegal designer cannabinoids) saying they will improve potency, efficacy, pharmaco-kinetic properties and make a huge profit from this natural substance that has all the holistic benefits in the plant itself.


Marinol is a well known “legal” synthetic cannabinoid that is endorsed by the FDA for pharmaceutical use, but it also has a long list of side effects, as expected from pharmaceutical companies. Side effects are not common with natural hemp CBD.

Regarding these synthetic cannabinoid drugs approved by the FDA, the FDA reports side effects that include but are not limited to:

  • mood changes;
  • weakness, lack of coordination;
  • dizziness, trouble concentrating;
  • anxiety, confusion;
  • feeling “high”;
  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • warmth or tingly feeling; or
  • disturbing psychiatric symptoms
  • sleep problems (insomnia).
  • hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • syncope (fainting),
  • tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
  • death 

We encourage you to become educated about the products you are buying.

  • Ask questions: What is the source of the CBD? Where is the hemp grown?
  • Read the labels.
  • Most importantly be aware of what is going on in the cannabis industry. Become an active voice in the conversation, and protect this amazing plant from the profiteering of those that are only interested in their profits and not interested in the health of our civilization.


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Can you diffuse CBD oil?

CBD Diffusers - Austin Texas
CBD is everywhere and is even being sold in CBD diffusers.
However, it’s not really “therapeutically” possible to diffuse CBD oil and you will not benefit from any of the health benefits by diffusing CBD.
CBD Diffusers - Austin Texas
The key problem with trying to diffuse the medicinal effects of CBD into the air is that CBD is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are a substantially heavier molecule than the scent molecules you’d typically try to disperse through the air and they will remain behind when the diffusion process is complete.
If you are going to diffuse CBD, one important thing to remember is to NOT, under any circumstances, use a tincture. Though CBD oil and CBD tincture might sound similar, a tincture is actually made from an extract suspended in an alcohol solution, which could cause some serious problems if you try to diffuse it into the air.
If  you want the smell of hemp throughout your house but don’t feel like smoking some CBD flower, feel free to use some cannabis oil in a diffuser.  You won’t get high or receive any real effects (other than maybe some soothing aromatherapy), but you will create a nascent smell of cannabis that can dissipate inside your home.
For the therapeutic benefits of CBD, simply vape it, smoke it or put CBD oil directly under your tongue.  Although, the full spectrum taste is distinctive and can occasionally require a quick drink of water afterward, Pure CBD oil is odorless and tasteless.  Taking CBD orally is a great way to get the medicinal effects of hemp cannabis without having to deal with the smoky aftertaste of a toke from a joint.
Whatever your preferred methods or reasons, proper diffusion of cannabis sadly isn’t possible due to the molecular structure of the substances within the plant. However, if all you’re after is the smell of the cannabis plant, then common garden variety diffusers are perfectly suited to disperse the smell of musky cannabis throughout your home.  Or you might buy some CBD flower and smoke it for that faint smell of cannabis in your home.
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What’s in Your CBD oil?

RESTART CBD and Organic MCT Oil

Did you know that there is more than CBD in your CBD Oil.

CBD is not very bioavailable since it needs to be in the presence of fat to be effectively absorbed.  Bioavailability refers to the proportion of CBD your body can process compared to what it takes in.

That’s why CBD oils contain a carrier oil, whether it’s MCT oil, hempseed, avocado, coconut, ghee, grapeseed, olive, palm kernel oil or another oil.   CBD’s bioavailability is largely determined by the types of fat molecules contained in the carrier oil.

There are many different types of fat, and the way they vary on a molecular level affects how well it can transport CBD into your system. Besides bioavailability, individual differences between oils such as flavor consistency, may affect their viability as carrier oils. 

What’s a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is what the name implies. It’s an oil that carries another substance.  The same way that a perfume contains a base that carries the scent.

But with CBD, a carrier oil does more than just act as a base. It powerfully influences how much CBD your body absorbs and utilizes.

If you were to extract and dry the CBD from hemp, it wouldn’t do you much good.

  • First, pure CBD powder would be hard to measure accurately because the doses are so small. (It’s very powerful!)
  • But second, powdered CBD is not very bioavailable since it needs to be in the presence of fat to be effectively absorbed. Thus, the carrier oils.

Does it matter which kind of carrier oil is used?

We think so. RESTART CBD uses Organic MCT coconut oil and here’s why?

MCT oil is one of the best carrier oils for CBD. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. RESTART CBD uses MCT oil  derived from coconuts (vs. palm kernel oil).  MCTs are easier to digest and absorb than long chain triglycerides (like the ones in olive oil). As a result, the CBD they carry is released into your system quickly and easily absorbed directly through the liver. MCT oil also preserves more CBD during the extraction process than other oils. In fact, coconut oil has been called a “near perfect medium for cannabis” products because of the ease with which CBD binds to it.

All carrier oils ARE NOT created equal. We prefer organic “coconut” MCT oil for the following reasons: 

  • Coconut oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut tree, is a super-oil full of naturally present antioxidants and has  excellent anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Coconut Oil has little to no flavor, which makes it a great choice. Additionally, it is thinner than most oils, making it easy to dispense and measure. 
  • It is exceptional for nourishing the hair, nails and skin. Its almost 50% content of lauric acid means that coconut oil can retain a long shelf life and improve good cholesterol (HDL).
  • It is also great for dry skin and treating skin conditions as it has natural deep moisturizing properties. Which is why we love using it in our topicals as well.

RESTART CBD PURE CBD Oil starts with organically grown, co2 extracted CBD and combines it with Organic MCT coconut oil. That’s it.

NOTE: For those allergic to Coconut Oil, we do offer a few custom blends using olive oil in both our Pure CBD and Full Spectrum Products (30ml – 600mg – 20mg/ml)


“In order to boost your energy levels, consuming “a tablespoon of MCT oil” is a great alternative to inhaling cups of coffee, because “it’s a very concentrated source of energy.”

Other Carrier Oils:

Olive Oil

Olive oil has a light fruity taste, which may be noticeable. Additionally, olive oil tends to be thicker, which may affect the measuring process. Monounsaturated fats are the premier fat molecules in olive oil, generally in the form of oleic acid. These larger fat molecules require more processing which may reduce the amount of CBD your body absorbs. However, oleic acid may help reduce inflammation and olive oil is packed with antioxidants. For those who are allergic to coconut oil, olive oil makes a good alternative.

Avocado Oil

Similar to olive oil, avocado oil has high concentrations of oleic acid, however, it is much thicker. Avocado oil has a nutty taste and can be added to CBD oils to increase the viscosity. Avocado oil is often chosen for topical applications due to its slow drying time and abundance of vitamins A, D, & E.

Hemp Seed Oil

Although hemp seed oil may seem like it should always be the carrier oil of choice, it is a generally inefficient carrier of CBD on its own.  To reach its full potential, it must be mixed with oils with higher bioavailability, such as MCT oil. That is why we add organic MCT coconut oil to our full spectrum products as well.

Hempseed oil does not contain any CBD. This constituent occurs in other parts of the hemp plant. So when you use hempseed as the carrier oil, you are reuniting some of the various components of the whole plant, which may work in synergy together.  However, we recommend keeping it in the refrigerator, and using it within 6 months as it is one of the few oils that have a very short shelf life once open and exposed to air.

Another thing to note, hemp “seed” oil, from the hemp seeds, is not the same as CBD hemp oil from the whole plant. Some companies try to pass hemp seed oil as being the same as CBD oil. This is not true, so make sure you are buying a product with verified levels of CBD in it. Any reputable CBD company should clearly display the amount of CBD in their products and preferably have test results to support their claims.

Grape Seed Oil

Grape seed oil is thin and has a wine-like aroma. It is isn’t very greasy, so grapeseed oil is often incorporated into skin and hair products. Unfortunately, grape seed oil primarily consists of polyunsaturated fats which doesn’t make it the best carrier oil for CBD.

Palm Oil

Palm oil can also be used to make MCT oil, just like coconut oil. That is because MCT oil is a somewhat general term which refers to the type of fat molecules in an oil, not the natural source of the oil. This is an important distinction because palm oil’s manufacturing process is often connected to animal cruelty, deforestation and climate change. For this reason, we recommend MCT oil which originates from coconuts, or other sustainable and eco-friendly sources.

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Is CBD Legal in All 50 States?

States where tHC / CBD are Legal without a Prescription

Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp was declared legal in all fifty states. However, the legality of CBD is still confusing for many.

Here’s what you need to know.

The legality depends on the source of the CBD.

While hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, ‘marijuana’-derived CBD is not federally legal.

Both hemp and marijuana are members of the cannabis family making them similar in many ways. The government classifies “marijuana” as any plant of the cannabis family that contains greater than 0.3% THC.  They classify hemp as any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC.

Hemp plants have a high amount of CBD and low amounts of THC rather than marijuana plants that have high levels of THC. That’s why most CBD products use CBD from hemp not marijuana.

The bottom line here is, if your CBD comes from hemp, it’s legal.1 CBD made from “marijuana” with high levels of THC, is only legal if your state has legalized it.

Where is CBD illegal?

Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, zero THC CBD is not illegal in any state in the USA. That’s right; according to federal law, it is legal in all 50 states. However, since the change in law is relatively new, some states might not fully embrace CBD.  Below you will see four different jurisdictional categories based on pre-2018 Farm Bill practices.

States where THC / CBD are Legal without a Prescription
The United States government defines hemp as any member of the cannabis species that contains less than 0.3% THC. It defines marijuana as any member of the cannabis species with greater than 0.3% THC.2 

States can be grouped into four jurisdictional categories.

Friendliest States. 

These jurisdictions have explicit laws allowing retailers to sell industrial hemp-derived products.

They include Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Friendly States. 

In these jurisdictions industrial hemp grown in a Farm Bill-compliant agricultural pilot program is explicitly exempted from the definition of marijuana.

They include the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

Gray Area States. 

In these jurisdictions explicit prohibitions against the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products but that have exemptions in the law for the argument that hemp-derived CBD products are legal.

They include Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

States with Concern. 

These jurisdictions have no explicit prohibitions against the sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products. However, recent law enforcement actions or pronouncements raise the risk of the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products.

These jurisdictions include Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

What can you do?

Get Involved in Your State’s Advocacy of Hemp Legalization.  And don’t let big pharma lobbyists continue to keep cannabis hemp from being consumed or grown without government control.

They stopped hemp farming 80 years ago and they are trying to stop it again. They want the power and control of a natural plant.  Don’t let them get away with it again.

Pharmaceutical company Insys spent $500,000 to block legalization in Arizona. Five months later it won approval for a cannabis-derived medical drug.

“It’s pretty absurd that federal law considers marijuana to have no medical value, but allows for the development of synthetic versions of the same substance,” said Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project, which has backed many state legalization measures.

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What is CBG?


What is CBG (Cannabigerol)?

Without CBG, THC and CBD wouldn’t exist.

In 1975, CBGa was discovered as the first cannabinoid to form in the cannabis sativa plants. There are over 100 cannabinoids and CBD is the the precursor to all cannabinoids. Through an enzymatic process, CBGa is broken down into CBDa and THCa which is then transformed through heat into psychoactive THC and non-psychoactive CBD.

CBG hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, due to low concentrations, less than 1%, in plants with high THC content.  But that’s rapidly changing. Hemp plants contain higher amounts of CBG, especially during specific growth times, and scientists are learning ways to produce strains that contain even more.

While it’s benefits are becoming known, researchers around the globe believe it could have a significant impact on mental, physical and emotional health.  CBG works with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, and it appears to work with many other receptor systems as well.  CBG’s properties include:

  • Sleep aid
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth (also found in CBD Isolate)
  • Promotes bone growth (also found in CBD Isolate)
  • Slows bacterial growth (also found in CBD Isolate)

While CBD Isolate does not include a sleep aid property, it is tranquilizing, and at higher strengths, CBD Isolate can help you relax.

However, if you are seeking a more potent sleep aid product, then a broad spectrum or full spectrum product that contains CBG may be the answer for you.  RESTART CBG Oil contains no THC while the full spectrum products will contact <.2% THC.

As the benefits and research come in, we will keep you up-to-date on the latest advances.

What is the Difference Between CBD and CBG?

CBG is the parent molecule of THC and CBD. CBD and CBG, unlike THC, are non-psychoactive, meaning they won’t get you high. They occur in different concentrations in the plant and have unique chemical structures.

Isolated, each cannabinoid has its own beneficial properties, many that overlap, but when CBD and CBG are taken together, the benefits of the CBD last longer and are more pronounced. CBG also amplifies the other cannabinoids in full spectrum products.

How does it work?

CBD works with FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) to stimulate anandamide and the production of endocannabinoids in the body. If your system is over or under-producing, CBD helps to regulate it. CBG interacts with the receptors, and together they open the gates for healing.

Does CBG Get You High?

CBG cannot get you high and is non-psychoactive. In fact, if you’ve overindulged in THC and need to come down, it’s been found that taking CBG will clear the THC receptors and you’ll be sobered up in no time.

What Are the Potential Benefits of CBG?

CBG is being studied for potential benefit in a myriad of health issues including:

  • sleep aid
  • epilepsy
  • tumor reductions
  • glaucoma
  • inflammation
  • anxiety
  • central nervous system disorders
  • promotes bone growth
  • slows bacterial growth
  • inhibits cancel cell growth
  • and more.

Every day we are hearing  stories from our customers who can’t believe the changes happening in their lives. The more research we do, the more we’ll understand how these potent phytocannabinoids interact our system.

Super powerful and super tasty!

RESTART CBD offers a completely unique CBG Oil that is a broad spectrum with high amounts of CBG, CBD, CBN, and CBC but NO THC.

This is the strongest CBG Oil on the market with (no sugar, 100% natural, organically grown in Colorado).

RESTART CBD is always looking for ways to give customers the most benefit from our products. We stay on top of the hemp research and incorporate the latest scientific findings. When we learned about CBG, an until recently overlooked phytocannabinoid, we knew we had to bring you products that incorporate it.

RESTART Broad Spectrum CBG Oil is 20:1 strength CBD to CBG. It comes in three strengths, 300mg(20mg/ml), 450mg(30mg/ml), 600mg(40mg/ml).