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What is CBD, exactly?

Cannabidiol, CBD is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.

Is CBD legal in Jamaica?

Yes

Is there special permission required to sell CBD products in Jamaica?

No

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Both of these substances interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, but the types of effects brought about by these compounds couldn’t be more different. For this reason, CBD is more often used as a medical treatment than THC. THC is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. This compound works by imitating the effects of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced naturally by the human body to help modulate sleeping and eating habits, as well as the perception of pain. CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are arranged differently. This slight variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect while CBD lacks such an influence.

Does CBD cause a high?

CBD does not cause a high, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  The reason why CBD is non-psychoactive is due to its lack of affinity for CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in the brain (the pathways responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC).

Does CBD affect my driving skills?

No

What is CBD good for when taken internally?

CBD may be useful in treating:

  • Schizophrenia – Reduce psychotic symptoms
  • Social anxiety disorder – Lower anxiety
  • Depression – Reduce depressive symptoms
  • Side effects of cancer treatment – Decrease pain and nausea while stimulating appetite

What is CBD good for when used externally?

CBD may be useful in treating:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Sunburn
  • Wrinkles
  • Arthritis

Is CBD addictive?

CBD, when consumed, affects the body in a variety of ways. Researchers are studying CBD for the ways that it could provide relief for underlying factors in addiction—pain, mood disorders, stress and more—in a way that is safe and that is not addictive. In fact, it may even help people who are addicted to other substances to quit. Addiction can affect anyone. Addictive substances trigger a release of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure centers. Over time, the body becomes dependent on the substance, and will experience withdrawal symptoms if a person stops using it. This cycle of pleasure and withdrawal leads the person who is using the substance to crave it and seek it out compulsively; even when they know that it has negative consequences in their life. With CBD it does not produce an excessive release of dopamine, so it cannot get you high. The scientific community’s current understanding of CBD is that it works to balance the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. If there is too much of one neurotransmitter, CBD will help to lower it, and if there isn’t enough of another, CBD will help bring it up to a healthy level. It’s also important to note that when you stop using CBD, there are no withdrawal symptoms. NIDA has even taken a stand in favor of CBD, saying, “CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

Do your CBD products have any THC, at all?

No the products we carry have no THC in them.

Can I develop a tolerance to CBD? 

No.  Tolerance most commonly develops with drugs, illicit or otherwise, that bind directly to endocannabinoid receptors. Although the drug molecules continue binding to the same receptors, over time the same dose becomes less and less effective. Long-term use of certain drugs leads to an internal response. Our bodies adapt to the continual presence of the new compound, and more medicine is required to achieve the same effect.  With THC, the research clearly links long-term use to increased tolerance. Unlike CBD, THC binds quite strongly to an endocannabinoid receptor found in the brain: the CB1 receptor. The strong connection is the reason THC triggers a mind-altering experience. Through continued use, THC eventually reduces the number of available cannabinoid receptors.

Are the CBD Products distributed by Zimmer and Company categorized as List 4 or List 2 in Jamaica?

Both. The Topical/Health & Beauty Products such as the CBD Creams, Lotions & Gels are categorized as List 2.  However, the CBD Products such as the Tablets, Oils, Suppositories & Sublingual’s are categorized as List 4 & require a prescription from a medical practitioner.

Who can purchase CBD products directly from Zimmer and Company?

As stated in the food and drug regulations, List 4 & List 2 Drugs/Products can be sold to any registered dentist, medical practitioner, veterinary surgeon, veterinary practitioner or registered pharmacy for sale only by a registered pharmacist.

Are your Products lab tested?

All our products are tested at an international standard.

Can I combine medication or pharmaceuticals with CBD?   

No, However, patients should keep in mind that while there is evidence that low doses of THC can produce desirable effects (such as euphoria and relaxation), high doses can do the opposite — too much THC can increase anxiety (or even induce a panic attack). The second most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis, CBD, counteracts many of the adverse effects of THC, and significant preliminary evidence suggests CBD may be useful to combat anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. Therefore, if you’re experiencing anxiety or depression and choose to use cannabis, seek out strains that are high in CBD such as ours.