What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 natural compounds called phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis Sativa. There are two classifications for the plant: hemp and marijuana. We use safe, quality, lab-tested, USA hemp-derived CBD with minimum traces of THC. 

CBD is the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC which elicits the “high” feelings we tend to associate with cannabis. In fact, CBD can have a canceling effect when taken with THC depending on the amount of each compound. The sticky resin full of CBD’s benefits is concentrated into thick clusters of cannabis “flower” or “buds”. These buds are covered in “trichomes” which hold thousands of terpenes including CBD and THC. CBD is also known for eliciting a variety of medicinal benefits while avoiding unwanted symptoms often experienced with pharmaceutical options. The natural compound has been linked to studies correlating CBD use with decreased inflammation and chronic pain, improved sleep quality and consistency, as well as reduced anxiety and feelings of depression. CBD may also assist with treating symptoms related to Alzheimer’s, CTE, Parkinson’s, PTSD, breast cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, osteoporosis, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, menstrual cramps, and rheumatoid arthritis.

How Does CBD Work with the Body?

Our bodies are basically designed to process CBD! The body produces “endogenous cannabinoids” which are a type of neurotransmitter similar to the compounds we use in the cannabis plant and what make up the endocannabinoid system. 

The ECS (Endocannabinoid System) controls a variety of crucial organs such as the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, pancreas, ovaries, hypothalamus, pineal gland, parathyroid glands, thymus, adrenal glands, and kidneys. The ECS’s role is to bring balance to our tissues including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. 

Within the central nervous system, CBD assists receptors CB1 (in charge of coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and more) and CB2 (effects pain and inflammation) to trigger the benefits we know and love! Without a fully functioning endocannabinoid system, the body becomes more vulnerable to diseases developing.

Types of CBD

There are numerous ways to ingest CBD that may feel overwhelming to understand at first. Below is a beginner’s guide to understanding the various options and benefits of each method. 

Sublingual (Estimated time to take effect: 15min./30-60min. Duration: 4-6hrs): Allowing CBD oil to be absorbed under the tongue preserves more of the compound and decreases its reaction time by bypassing the digestive system. 

 

On the other hand, gummies require much longer to process, usually taking 30-60 minutes before feeling its effects. Although, gummies also provide a less intimidating and more discreet way to gain CBD’s benefits. 

Inhalation (Estimated time to take effect: 1-5min. Duration: 2-4hrs): CBD can be ingested through vape pens or rolled in joints as well. This method provides the quickest results and better absorption through increased levels of bioavailability. However, avoid using vape cartridges diluted with harmful chemicals that can have damaging effects on the lungs. 

Topical (Estimated time to take effect: 15min. Duration: 2-4hrs): More discreet options like lotions, gels, creams, and balms target specific pain points or skin conditions. This method is especially helpful for athletes who need immediate relief to a specific irritated muscle or joint. 

Transdermal (Estimated time to take effect: 15min. Duration: 12hrs): This method bypasses the stomach, liver, and lungs for a more efficient absorption, often through using less noticeable patches. Transdermal patches release CBD through the skin into the bloodstream slowly beginning with the local area surrounding the patch.

While endocannabinoids are produced by mammals, phytocannabinoids are produced by plants. There are over 100 types of phytocannabinoids categorized into 11 subclasses according to their chemical structures:  

Both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids utilize cannabinoid receptors in the body’s ECS, though endocannabinoids are produced according to the body’s ability to send messages indicating a deficiency while phytocannabinoids are used medicinally. If the ECS is deficient, phytocannabinoids can be used to “manually” trigger therapeutic effects. This can be especially helpful for those whose bodies produce lower rates of endocannabinoids or cannabinoid receptors.

Phytocannabinoids

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WHAT IS CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis Sativa. There are two classifications for the plant: hemp and marijuana. We use safe, quality, lab-tested, USA hemp-derived CBD with minimum traces of THC. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential

CBD v CBG

Think of CBG as a cousin to CBD; both are cannabinoids found in the cannabis
plant though each is processed slightly differently in the body. CBG works directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, while CBD works more indirectly with receptors. Many studies have found CBG also helps counteract adverse effects due to an abundance of psychoactive sensations produced by THC. CBG and CBD offer a few differing benefits, rather than a difference in effectiveness. Studies have linked CBG use to decreasing risk of inflammatory bowl disease, glaucoma, bladder dysfunctions, Huntington’s disease, bacterial infections, colon cancer, and appetite loss. However both compounds are best utilized in combination creating the “entourage effect”. Broad spectrum and full spectrum utilize the entourage effect to synergistically trigger the benefits of both compounds.

What is Hemp and MCT Oil?

Hemp is a specific variety of Cannabis Sativa, used for much more than it’s medicinal benefits such as pressed into paper, woven into clothes, and prepared in food. Hemp-derived CBD contains higher levels of CBD, compared to cannabis-derived CBD which contains higher levels of the psychoactive compound THC. No matter the plant derivation, the benefits of CBD do not change. We use hemp-derived CBD with less than .3% of THC, classified as a legal substance under the 2018 Farm Bill. Our CBD oil is made up of CBD and MCT oil, which stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride. MCT oil is a type of saturated fatty acid that allows CBD, a fat-soluble compound, to absorb more effectively. MCT oil has been correlated with improved brain function, antimicrobial, and antifungal effects.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is a lot like it sounds, meaning the CBD is isolated from all other substances to provide the most concentrated compound. After being extracted from the hemp plant using a high pressure CO2 based extraction process, the CBD appears as a clear and odorless powder that is then transported using oils, lotions, or capsules.

Full Spectrum v Broad Spectrum

Full Spectrum contains CBD, other terpenes such as CBN and CBG, and trace amounts of THC that are naturally found in the hemp plant. Neither elicit a “high” feeling, though Broad Spectrum removes the minimal traces of THC, and maintains its CBD and other terpenes.