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.
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.
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
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.