Your CBD Questions Answered
What is CBD
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 active phytocannabinoids, or plant-derived chemical compounds, that can be extracted from either the hemp or marijuana plant. Similiar to any other vitamin, mineral, or compound found naturally in other plants, herbs, or food.
Since hemp is no longer a federally controlled substance, research studies are in full effect to help us better understand how CBD interacts with the human body, and the many ways it works to improve our overall mood, health and wellness.
What is the difference between CBD and Marijuana
While both hemp and marijuana fall under the subspecies, Cannabis Sativa, their cannabinoid profile is different. Hemp is a plant abundant in CBD but contains only minor amounts of THC (under the legal limit of 0.3%). Because of these trace amounts of THC, hemp does not cause intoxicating effects, or undesirable side effects, that are associated with marijuana consumption. Marijuana is a plant more abundant in THC and contains minor levels of CBD. CBD made from Hemp offers all of the mood benefits and health benefits of THC products without the harmful high.
How does CBD work
The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is made up of endocannabinoids, enzymes, and cannabinoid receptors. It works within our body similarly to our nervous system. Just as hemp produces cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, your body produces its own endocannabinoids (“endo” - body). These are chemical messengers that attach to cannabinoid receptors found all throughout the body that help regulate many body and brain functions, such as mood, sleep, digestion, pain perception, and reactions to stress. Recent studies suggest that an endocannabinoid deficiency and/or a poorly functioning ECS can result in various health complications. Scientists have discovered that CBD, THC, and other hemp-derived compounds can interact with our ECS to improve its functioning and boost the availability of our bodies endocannabinoids to restore natural balance.
What is CBD used for
While the full benefits and uses of CBD are still being studied, there are many scientific studies that have found many health problems that CBD may relieve. The most common, and most studied, uses for CBD are to treat chronic and neuropathic pain, in the body, lower stress and the effects of stress on our bodies, protect our brains and memory from deteriation, improve and heal our skin, and to improve sleep and our general daily moods. CBD has been shown to improve many of our brain functions and to fight against degenerative diseases such as ALS, MS, PTSD, and alzheimer's disease. Though more studies are necessary still.
Frequently asked questions
What is Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad Spectrum CBD is defined as hemp extract that contains most of the beneficial chemical compounds found naturally within the plant but has the trace amounts of THC removed through additional post-processing. It is very common to see Broad Spectrum CBD products on the market that resemble more of a CBD Isolate product than a Full Spectrum product. When the THC is removed, minor cannabinoids and terpenes can be removed in the process which alters the integrity of the original hemp extract and makes a less effective product. The most common reason a customer would choose Broad Spectrum instead of full is a personal aversion to any THC.
What is Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum means that all of the naturally occuring cannabinoids, terpenes and other health beneficial compounds produced by the original hemp plant are also present in the CBD extract. The resulting product has a full cannabinoid profile that not only contains CBD, but also other therapeutic cannabinoids such as CBN, CBC, and CBG, and trace amounts of THC. Low concentrations of THC found in Full Spectrum products are extremely beneficial to our health and do not cause intoxicating effects commonly associated with cannabis consumption. All of these cannabinoids work synergistically together to become more effective than if the same cannabinoids were consumed separately. This phenomena is called The Entourage Effect, and it is what makes Full Spectrum CBD so powerful when compared to other types of CBD or Delta products.
What is the Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect is the results produced from the synergistic interaction of all the cannabiniods, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids naturally found in Full Spectrum CBD. Simply put, the entourage effect is the theory that the full spectrum of the plant works best together - the interaction between all of the compounds from a cannabis plant, such as phytocannabinoids and terpenes, come together to enhance their effects. The term usually refers to the remedies that contain different compounds that work together to produce a particular impact on a person’s well-being, from easing anxiety to decreasing inflammation.
Does CBD have side effects
CBD use can cause some minor side effects in some people. The most common side effects observed in some have been dry mouth, reduced apetite, and drowsiness.
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