CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TRACY GIBBS – DECEMBER 17, 2018.
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Tracy Gibbs: Good evening everybody and welcome to the Scientific Advisory Board call. I will be the only one on the call this evening. I’ve got a pretty exciting topic and it’s mostly just going to be going over the frequently most asked questions regarding CBD. I know there’s a lot of excitement out there, so that’s what our December call is going to be about tonight. I hope everybody is getting ready for the Christmas season and the holidays coming up and all your shopping is done. Time to relax tonight, let’s listen to this call, let’s share it as much as possible over the holidays because there’s a lot of great information that you’re going to get from this call today. Once again, the topic is going to be the most common misconceptions and also the most common or frequently asked questions regarding CBD.
Tracy Gibbs: There is a lot of stigma behind CBD and I’m going to try to clear some of those things up tonight. Already in just the last few days since Daniel’s announcement that this is the product we’re going to be introducing, I’ve been flooded with phone calls, lots of questions and some of them are actually quite interesting to see how much people really don’t know about CBD. So I hope we can clear that up tonight. Let’s start off right from the top, you know, what is CBD? That’s a question that a lot of people have even asked me so let’s talk about CBD for a bit. CBD is nothing more than an abbreviation for a group of phytochemicals called cannabidiol or cannabinoids. There are a couple of ways of saying it and you do need to understand that there are literally hundreds of different cannabinoids out there. It is a group of phytochemicals, meaning plant based chemicals and you do need to understand that cannabidiol, is a natural non psychoactive ingredients from plants. It’s mostly found or most concentrations are found in the hemp plant and the marijuana plant.
Tracy Gibbs: And don’t again think that those two are the same. There is something called commercially grown hemp, which we’ll talk a little bit about later. And then there is marijuana which grows in the wild and also people cultivate it and have been cultivating it as well for its psychoactive properties found in THC, another phytochemical we’ll talk about later. But again, please understand that the CBD or cannabidiol is a natural phytochemical. Now, one of the things that a lot of people don’t know is that we actually have CBD receptors in our own body. We actually have thousands of CBD receptors, in other word site on cells that actually need and love cannabidiol. And those are mostly found in our central nervous system and in our brain. So again, let’s get rid of this stigma that CBD is something new and that it’s something that only people use to get high.
Tracy Gibbs: Cannabinoids and CBD receptors are already in your body and CBD is already found in many different plants, including by the way, something is common as broccoli. Even broccoli contains trace amounts of CBD. When I mean trace, it is trace amounts, but CBD is found in many, many plants in trace amounts. But again, it’s highly concentrated in the hemp and marijuana plants. So it’s not new, it’s something that you have been ingesting in the plant world for a long, long time, for as long as you’ve been eating vegetables. But once again, as we age, these CBD receptors in our body need to be fed just like any other system or group of receptors in our body. And so taking CBD oil would be one way to feed those receptors.
Tracy Gibbs: So those internal, and I’m going to throw some topics here. Hopefully people are writing this information data and some of these words down. I want to talk about the Endocannabinoid system that is the system in our body that again, mostly this Endocannabinoid system is found in our brains and in our central nervous system but this is a system in our body that once again accept cannabinoids, accepts cannabidiol and cannabinoids and you can actually feed that once again by taking CBD. So I’m going to read a little paragraph here on the Endocannabinoid system because I think if you understand what this system is, you’ll get a better understanding of why CBD can help you in so many ways.
Tracy Gibbs: So I’m going to quote here, ‘The Endocannabinoid system uses receptors within your brain and your central nervous system to assist your major body systems and working harmoniously together. These receptors are naturally built to respond to CBD, found in plants by helping to regulate mood, anxiety, pain, appetite, metabolism, and overall immune health. Since the end of the Endocannabinoid system helps the body balance other systems in the body, we should look into feeding the Endocannabinoid system as we age.’ Now, that’s a direct quote from an encyclopedia on what the Endocannabinoid system is and what it does. So once again, this is something that’s already in your body, something you’ve already been getting through other plants in really small trace quantities. But as inflammation increases, as pain increases, as nerve damage and in some instances even brains damage affects us as we age and as we grow older, increasing the CBD content in the form of naturally occurring cannabinoid can be something that’s highly beneficial for you.
Tracy Gibbs: Now I’m going to go over some of the most frequently asked questions that I’ve been getting over the past week. So bear with me on this, if you already know the answers, that’s great and if you don’t, well I’ll hope you’ll learn something. A lot of people have asked me, don’t all CBD oils contain certain levels of THC or some trace amounts of THC? And in the answer to that is no, they do not. Most common sources of CBD right now are commercially grown hemp and especially in the Canadian and European markets, commercially grown hemp has been altered over the course of many years, over the last 60, 70 years to contain zero parts per million or in other words, no trace amounts of THC. In fact, many of these you’ve been using, if you shop at the health food stores, hemp seed has been a source of protein on many of the vegan protein drinks that you would find even in Costco and at big-box stores.
Tracy Gibbs: Again, a lot of those seeds have been coming from Canada and from Europe where again, they have regulated over so many years that now they’re, I guess you could say hybrid plants or plants that have been selected, each new crop to where, over the course of many years, they contain no CBD or no THC anymore. And again, THC is a psychoactive component of marijuana users are looking for when you want that high feeling or the hallucinogenic agents. That’s what THC is. No, CBD is not THC and no, CBD oils do not have to contain THC. It all depends on how they’re processed and again, what plans they come from.
Tracy Gibbs: Another frequently asked question that I get is, well, don’t you need THC in order for CBD to work? I hope my opening statement earlier in this call kind of answered that question for you. CBD and THC are two totally different phytochemicals and they do not need each other to work property. Your Endocannabinoid system needs only CBD, it doesn’t need or want THC. I guess that would be, for example, let’s take an orange. In an orange, there’s many different phytochemicals and many different vitamins even and minerals. You’ll find calcium and vitamin C together in an orange. Again, two completely different things. Do you need one without the other to make them work? No, we can extract vitamin C from an orange and it’ll work perfectly fine all by itself. And we can extract the calcium from an orange and it works fine all by itself to. And THC and CBD are similar that way, two phytochemicals found in the same plants. If it’s marijuana, if it’s coarsely growing hemp, you’ll find THC but again, they can work independently from each other.
Tracy Gibbs: Another commonly asked question we get is, what about the purity of the CBD oil that you’re getting, have people tested for that or whatnot? Well, and again, that’s a great question because the industry has been fairly unregulated recently the levels of CBD, in other words, how many milligrams are in a drop? And then sometimes even the levels of THC have not been monitored closely by any regulatory body so depending on the brand you’re buying and even the makers of that brand may not actually know if they don’t properly test for it. So it’s really important if you have been using CBD oil or if you plan on using it in the future to make sure that testing certificates are made available for the CBD, especially if you’re wary about THC levels.
Tracy Gibbs: Again, make sure it comes from a commercially grown hemp and not marijuana but even if it is from a marijuana, it can be adjusted and processed to where there is less than point zero, zero five parts per million of THC, which is what most states right now are saying is legal as long as it’s under that, then you can sell it as a CBD oil. So that is something you should look for. I always look for the certificates of analysis when it comes to the CBD and how pure the process is.
Tracy Gibbs: Another question that I get a lot of is, well, is your CBD a CBD isolate or is it a broad spectrum? And again, I’m not here to talk about the CBD oil that Vasayo will be launching, but as a frequently asked question, you need to understand the difference between the two. A CBD isolate would be an extract of a particular type of cannabinoid. So for example, there are cannaboid receptors, cannabinoid receptors that might help epilepsy. They’re cannabinoid receptors that might help pain and again, of the hundreds of different types of cannabinoids out there, some works for pain, some works for central nervous system function, some works for epilepsy, some have had been even found to fight cancer. So if it were my choice, and again I were choosing to take a CBD oil, I would look at it as a supplement as something that I’d be taking on a daily basis. I would want to find a CBD that is broad spectrum, something that contains hundreds of different cannabinoids in it. And I wouldn’t look for something like an isolate.
Tracy Gibbs: Now if I had epilepsy or if I had cancer, then I might want to take an isolate that had been found to be effective for that specific disease. But again, as a dietary supplement is something that I would take every day. I’m looking to feed my Endocannabinoid system and so I would want something that has broad spectrum that would cover all areas of my Endocannabinoid system so that it would feed not just my brain but my central nervous system and you know, it might even help me prevent cancer. We don’t know, there’s no studies out, but again, that’s kind of what vitamins do too. Vitamins help keep us healthy. Taking a broad spectrum CBD has been shown to again, help keep us healthy.
Tracy Gibbs: So that’s something that again, we have as Vasayo we’re looking to create our product. We were looking for that particular broad spectrum type of CBD simply because we are a dietary supplement company. We’re not a medical company looking to cure a disease, so we’re not going to be using an isolate. But again, it’s a great question because you see that on different labels of products right now. You see CBD isolate or CBD full spectrum, so that is something you should be aware of.
Tracy Gibbs: Another most frequently are common asked question that I get is, is CBD approved by the FDA? That’s a tough one to answer and when I say it’s tough to answer, it falls right back into that dietary supplement category too. Dietary supplements are not FDA approved, but they are regulated by the FDA under The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act or what we call DSHEA. CBD oil is going to be regulated under the recently passed farm bill. So no, it will not be FDA approved, but it will be regulated under this farm bill. Who’s going to be the authority above that? We’re just not sure but I believe it’s going to be the FDA and all of us think it’s going to be that. Will it be congressional oversight for this farm bill? Again, there’s a lot of questions that need to be asked regarding this recently passed farm bill. But it’s a broad question when you say, is it FDA approved or not, just know that under the farm bill CBD has now been approved for youth and again, whether states follow or not, that’s up to the state. But again, that’s a great question.
Tracy Gibbs: I think I’ve covered the majority of the most frequently asked questions right now. I’m not going to get tonight again, product specific. Will hold another call maybe in February after our convention to specifically talk about the Vasayo’s new CBD product and then we can get right down to what makes the Vasayo CBD oil better than others or whatnot. But tonight I just wanted to train you all on what is CBD, get some of the myths out of the way that it can make you high and things like that. So again, I hope you’ve enjoyed the call tonight, I kept it short on purpose because I know it’s a Monday night, it’s Christmas season. I hope you all enjoy this season and thank you all for joining me on this call. Have a great evening.