About BioCBD Plus
BioCBD Plus is a line of nutritional supplements claimed to combine high quality, water soluble cannabidiol (CBD), along with a “full spectrum of other cannabinoids and terpenes” and nutraceutical grade Ayurvedic herbs.
BioCBD Plus claims to have put 30 years of research and development into their supplements, in addition to the use of their patented Hybrid-Nanoengineering process that’s claimed to provide you with 100% bioavailable and all-natural CBD, compared to an average of 6% bioavailability for other CDB oils.
With the swift rise in popularity (and legality) within the marijuana industry, you’re curious to learn more about the potential health benefits related to CBD, as well as whether or not BioCBD Plus is the right product for you.
We’ll answer all your important questions in a moment, but let’s first take a look at BioCBD Plus’ products and manufacturing process.
BioCBD Plus Products
Overall, BioCBD Plus manufactures a line of 4 supplements:
- Total Body Care – Contains 10mg of BioCBD and a 490mg Proprietary Blend of curcumin, magnesium, starch & cellulose.
- Digestive Support – Claimed to help you maintain digestive health and reduce indigestion over 2 phases. Phase 1 includes BioCBD, curcumin, boswellia, licorice, magnesium, starch & cellulose. Then, after 30 days of taking Phase 1, you’ll switch over to Phase 2, which is the same formulation, minus the licorice (we’ll talk more about this in the final section).
- Joint & Muscle Support – Contains BioCBD, curcumin, saffron, magnesium, starch & cellulose.
- Total Pet Support – Contains BioCBD, curcumin, magnesium, starch & cellulose.
BioCBD Plus’ Manufacturing Process
According to the company, BioCBD Plus obtains their exclusive variety of industrial hemp (known as Endoca) from Scandinavia, which is shipped in the form of a CBD-rich, CO2 extracted oil.
Then, once they receive this oil, BioCBD Plus uses a patented process known as Hybrid-Nanoengineering to make the CBD it contains more available for your body to use (known as bioavailability). Here’s how the company explains it:
“Through the use of patented Hybrid-NanoEngineering™, our CBD* + Ayurvedic herbs have been transformed into BioCBD™, transforming the phytonutrients into particles on the nano level. Nano particles (1/100 the width of a human hair) are easier for your body to absorb and transport to where they are needed within your body. We have set out to prove that BioCBD™ is over 10x more bioavailable in the body than any oil based CBD currently on the market. Our initial tests show that 10 mg of BioCBD is the equivalent of taking at least 100 mg of oil based CBD.”
Because of this process, BioCBD Plus is claimed to be high in Cannabidiol (CBD), but to contain less than 0.001% THC (much lower than the 0.3% allowed by the FDA). As such, it’s available in all 50 states and across 45 countries, and is claimed to be generally safe for consumption by all people.
In addition, BioCBD is free of artificial coloring and flavoring, soy, nuts, GMOs, and binding solutions and solvents, including glycerides.
What’s the Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
Probably the first question you asked yourself when reading through the BioCBD Plus website was, “Is there a difference between hemp and marijuana?” After all, one appears to be legal and the other is not.
As it turns out, according to an in-depth article on Alternet, hemp and marijuana is actually the same thing, and are derived from a plant known as cannabis sativa. However, “Hemp refers to strains of Cannabis sativa that have been bred specifically for fiber used for clothing and construction, oils and topical ointments, nutritional benefits and a wide and growing variety of other purposes that don’t involve intoxication.”
On the other hand, “Marijuana is a slang term used to describe strains of Cannabis sativa specifically bred for the potent resinous glands (trichomes) that grow on the flowers and some leaves (buds).”
Will the CBD in BioCBD Plus Get You “High?”
Because hemp and marijuana is technically the same thing, the second question you probably asked yourself was, “Will BioCBD Plus make me intoxicated?” Let’s find out.
The short answer: No.
The detailed answer: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive cannabinoid component of marijuana that is generally associated with the feeling of being “high,” since it affects “certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception.” THC is often most concentrated within the plant’s reproductive organs (e.g. the flowers).
On the other hand, CBD is another type of cannabinoid found in marijuana (there are more than 50) that has the same chemical composition as THC, but is non-psychoactive, and might actually block THC from producing a “high.”
What’s the Difference Between CBDs from Marijuana and CBDs from Hemp?
According to BioCBD Plus, there is no difference between the hemp-derived CBD contained in their supplement, and CBD derived from marijuana, other than from where the CBD is obtained.
In other words, in states where medical marijuana is legal, CBD is derived from the flower (which, as we learned above, is also where the highest concentration of THC is located), whereas BioCBD Plus derives their CBD from the fibrous stalk of the plant. However, the benefits are claimed to be the same.
Is BioCBD Plus Legal? Will it Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?
Based on BioCBD Plus’ website, “If you live in the United States, you can purchase and consume our products. You can transport them across state lines, you can take them through airport checkpoints, and they will not cause a positive drug test of any kind either.”
This is because BioCBD Plus claims their supplements contain less than 0.001% THC, which is much lower than the threshold used by most urinalysis tests for THC (15 ng/ml, 20 ng/ml, 50 ng/ml, 100 ng/ml).
However, if you’re concerned about testing positive for THC based on your use of BioCBD Plus or any other CBD-based product, you’ll definitely want to consult with your physician.
BioCBD Plus Benefits & Side Effects
Because CBD research is in its infancy, there is still much to be learned about its benefits and side effects.
However, based on clinical research, we do know that CBD can provide many benefits, including anti-inflammatory, a reduction in nausea and vomiting, combating tumors and cancer cells, reducing anxiety and depression, and more.
Despite these benefits, CBD (whether in BioCBD or another supplement) rarely causes any side effects.
BioCBD Plus Pricing & Refund Policy
BioCBD Plus’ supplements are priced as follows:
Total Body Care
- 1 Month Supply (30 capsules): $99
- 2 Month Supply: $178
- 3 Month Supply: $249
- Phase 1: $99 for 1 bottle, $178 for 2 bottles, $297 for 3 bottles.
- Phase 2: $99 for 1 bottle, $178 for 2 bottles, $297 for 3 bottles.
Joint & Muscle Support
- 1 Month Supply (30 capsules): $99
- 2 Month Supply: $178
- 3 Month Supply: $249
Total Pet Support
- 1 Month Supply: $54
According to the BioCBD Plus FAQ, they offer an autoship program, although we weren’t presented with this option when attempting to check out.
Regardless of which option you choose, all BioCBD Plus products come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. According to the company, the first 30 capsules don’t have to be returned, but any orders larger than 30 capsules will have to be returned in order to prevent fraud.
There isn’t a phone number listed on the BioCBD Plus website, so you’ll need to use their online contact form in order to request a refund.
Keep in mind that BioCBD Plus supplements are also available through several other online retailers, although prices appear to be the same.
Are BioCBD Plus’ Formulations Right for You?
Chopping to the point: When it comes down to it, CBD (whether obtained through BioCBD Plus or another source) appears to hold potential for a wide range of benefits. And when compared to the competition, BioCBD Plus’ Hybrid-Nanoengineering process seems to make this CBD more bioavailable in order to provide you with a variety of health benefits.
However, we should note that, other than the inclusion of curcumin (turmeric), boswellia, licorice, and saffron—which will likely provide very mild benefits, if any—there doesn’t seem to be any meaningful differences between their different formulas. In fact, BioCBD Plus’ Total Body Care and Total Pet Support appear to be the exact same product, although the animal supplement is almost half the price as the human one.
Also, it’s interesting to note that according to the manufacturer’s website, the licorice contained in their Digestive Support Phase 1 supplement shouldn’t be taken for more than 1 month, after which you should switch over to Phase 2 for ongoing maintenance. Despite this, the company offers 2 and 3-month packages of Phase 1, which seems to go against their claim.
With all of this said, BioCBD Plus’ high level of bioavailability might help you experience some positive health benefits, although you’ll have to decide whether or not its high price is worthwhile. And as always, be sure to speak with your physician before taking BioCBD Plus or any other nutritional supplement.